William Branham's Rapture of 1962:
Many are familiar with Branham's doomsday prediction of 1977. Some are even aware of Branham's doomsday prediction of 1954, which he mathematically calculated based on a two-thousand-year "world order" based on some unknown origin:
"But look, let's take historically speaking. The first two thousand years, the world order come to a climax, and God destroyed the world with water. You know that? Then it come forth as a new world. And the second two thousand years, it came to its end again and God sent Jesus. Is that right? This is the end of the next two thousand years, 1954. And the Gospel, Jesus said, "The work would be cut short." For what? "The elect's sake, or no flesh would be saved," it would so wicked. So we're at the end time. And then the seventh, in type, is the Millennium, a thousand years."
- William Branham, 54-0513 THE.MARK.OF.THE.BEAST
But very few are aware that when preaching in cities that had never heard of the 1954 doomsday or the 1977 Armageddon, Branham scared the unsuspecting crowds with a 1962 doomsday. Take the tiny little city of Green Lake, Wisconsin, which even today has a population of less than a thousand people. Branham entered the city, gathered the people, and told them that only "a month or so" was left before "little bride" was swept away.
"What's the matter with people? Can't you see we're at the end time? It's all over. The next thing will be a sweep that'll grab that little group together. In a month or so she'll be gone, as soon as she's gathered together. Well, we're at the end. There's no hopes left nowhere."
- Branham, 62-0518 - Letting Off The Pressure
What was the purpose of his many doomsday predictions, based on calculations that had no scriptural basis or even reasonable mathematical logic? Is capturing the hearts of men through fear of destruction the way of a righteous teacher? What happened to this crowd of people when the "month or so" had passed, 1962 ended, and they were all still living and breathing the Green Lake fresh air? Were they suddenly scared that they missed the rapture?