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Israelite House of David.

Communal religious colony (see also Communistic Societies) est. 1903 by B. Purnell* at Benton Harbor, Mich. Purnell claimed to have received a revelation 1895 designating him the 7th messenger in Rv 8:6; 10:7; 11:15. He allegedly called himself “Son of Man” and “Younger Brother of Christ.” He and his followers considered themselves the remnant of the 12 tribes of Israel, of whom 144,000 are to be gathered body, soul, and spirit and restored to their proper position as rulers and judges of God's kingdom est. on this earth; all others would at best receive immortality only for the soul and their bodies would return to dust.^

Purnell taught that the glory of Christ's transfigured body consisted in immortality; there is no damnation; the 144,000 must keep the law of Christ, conform their bodies to His, refrain from all killing; communism of goods, vegetarianism, and wearing long hair were to be strictly observed by all mems.

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