Prophecy in Motion
by C. Elden McNabb
Seventy Years of Desolations
The first seventy years of the operation of God’s Church in this century are prophesied of in Daniel chapter nine. He said, “I Daniel understood by books the number of the years whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Dan. 9:2,24-27). That is to say, hidden in the revelation of the “seventy weeks” is also a revelation of another work of “seventy years” one precept being upon another (Isaiah 28:9-10).
The mention of seventy years, in the beginning of this passage, is not merely to inform Daniel of when to anticipate the restoration of Jerusalem, nor is it only about the 70 years of their captivity. It is also a prophecy of the first seventy years of the “Heavenly Jerusalem, the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn” among the Gentiles at the end of the Grace Age (Heb. 12:22-23).
Both the seventy weeks and the seventy years are broken into groupings of 7, 62, and 1. That 24th verse was written to accommodate both periods. The first seven weeks of years was allotted to Israel for an opportunity for them to keep the 49 years of seventh-year Sabbaths. The next 62 weeks of years ended with the three and a have years of the ministry of John the Baptist and the three and a half years of Jesus ministry and His crucifixion. The seventieth week was given to Peter to confirm the Covenant of the Church “with many.”
In the twentieth century, the first of the seventy years began with the establishment of the Holiness Church at Camp Creek, May 15, 1902. About a year later, the seven years began with Brother A. J. Tomlinson’s declaration of the Church. Shortly thereafter the office of General Overseer was established. About 62 years later, on April 21, 1972, God led us out of The Church of God. In January 1973, God sent me to Mexico City, elevation about 7,000 feet, and on Passover morning He gave me His covenant.
The 62 years were allotted for ministry of A. J. Tomlinson to produce the sign of the 40 years of leadership. And for the ministry of M. A. Tomlinson to fulfill the loss of the shields of gold, in 1 Kings 14:25-27. In the fifth year of Bishop Milton Tomlinson’s reign, 1948, he forfeited the authority of the office of General Overseer, and glory of the Church was diminished.
It also supplied the time for Bishop Kent’s anointing to accomplish the fulfillment of many prophecies, including the restoration of the spiritual altar: the Twelve Apostles. And Marion W. Hall used the final eight years of it to fulfill the volume of prophecy which was written of him, especially the prophecy of “That Man of Sin” (2 Thess. 2:1-4). Bishop Hall was dethroned in March to May of 1972 (Ezekiel 21:24-27).
In the seventieth year, the covenant of the Lord was given to the “Messenger of the Covenant, the morning of the Feast of Passover, in 1973,.
Seventy weeks were determined upon Daniel’s people and upon his holy city, “to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to seal up the vision and prophecy.
The Churches of God have clearly fulfilled this. From the rise of The Church in 1903, God’s elect people have been under siege. In 1910, the office of General Overseer was established. In 1914 the appointment of A. J. Tomlinson was accepted to be for life, and by June, 1923 the enemy had, once again usurped that seat.
By June, 1972, the office had been so defiled by Marion W. Hall that the fall of the organization had begun. In April, 1972, God called me out of The Church of God, and in a few days Bishop Hall was censured and cast away. Then was fulfilled that prophecy, “For that (well) they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth. And Isaac, “went up from thence to Beersheba,” and the stage was set for the eventual work of the messenger of the covenant.
Today, as far as I know, all three of those organizations have rejected there being an Anointed of God. As it is written, “Offenses must come.” Thus were the transgressions finished, and the desolations of the “seventy years,” accomplished. Then, in the seventieth year, on Passover morning, 1973, God sealed up the prophet, by giving me His covenant.
Let us look at Daniel’s prophecy, together with the allegories mentioned previously. There were some things to be accomplished during what He called “desolations,” which Ezekiel referred to as three “overturnings” (Ezek. 21:24-27). The Churches of God, of which I have spoken, broke their covenant with God’s anointed, in fulfillment of the three measures of meal in Jesus’ parable (Matt. 13:33). All three became contaminated by that woman’s leaven.
The first three wells which Isaac dug, prophesy of those three organizations, as does also the allegory of Job’s three daughters in his latter end. Those churches are now desolate, as pertains to “the Revelation of the Mystery,” and the close relationship which they had with God when His anointed was among them.
Isaac left Rehoboth and went to Beersheba, the Well of the Oath, and his servants eventually found water there. The fulfillment of that prophecy was set in motion in 1973 when God gave me a covenant for His people. Now the time is at hand, and a large number of the saints of God will soon enter into a covenant which God has given to His Messenger (Mal. 3:1).
Each of those three churches used a covenant for membership. Those covenants were good, and were necessary, and were justified according to Galatians 3:15. Paul said, “Though it be a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.” However, those covenants have been broken, and God is beginning the fulfillment of Daniel 2:43-44. He has begun to raise up a holy Gentile nation which will fulfill the nation which Jesus mentioned in Matthew 21:43, and which has begun to rise under the guidance of the messenger of God’s covenant. By the grace of God, when Jesus returns, His throne will be ready.
That messenger is the fulfillment of Noah, the tenth from Adam, to whom God gave His covenant. For Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the son of man” (Luke 17:26).
That fourth well is a prophecy of an organization which is the beginning of something new. It is a nation which is prophesied to come forth after the ten toes of the image are identified. And they have been identified! They revealed themselves when the “Group of Ten” wealthiest non-Communist nations went to Rome, in November 1971, to revamp the “World Monetary Fund.” The “woman” and the “scarlet coloured beast,” of Revelation 17, had already been identified in about 1966. The Woman got on “the beast,” when the encyclical of the Pope of Rome was read before the United Nations that year.
That nation is a stone cut out of the mountain. In Daniel chapter two, we are told that the “Stone” will emerge as a nation, “In the days of these kings (toes).” Therefore, sometime after November, 1971, a new organization must come forth to be the “kingdom” which “shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44). Thus shall the Throne of David be “built again.”
In the spring of 1972, while the Mountain: the Church: still stood, God hewed the stone out of the mountain. About the same time, God called me out as well, and gave that small group of faithful saints to me. As we went, we took with us the Seven Spirits of God, which were revealed by Bishop Kent while he was the Chief Bishop.
Shortly thereafter, I began to sound the seventh trumpet in fulfillment of Rev. 10:7. As it is written, “The mystery of God” was finished, the “great mystery, which is Christ and the Church,” and the seven anointed men of God have been revealed, and it is time to build again “the Tabernacle of David which is fallen down.”
That mystery was revealed to me, by the allegory of the generations of Adam to Enoch, on July 19, 1972. Thereby, the prophecy of Rev. 1:16-17 was fulfilled in me. Jesus, in a figure, laid his right hand upon me, and He gave me the revelation of those seven stars in his right hand, which “Are the angels (Messengers) of the seven churches.”
At Pentecost, 1973, I declared, among The Church of God, at Jerusalem Acres, the word which God had given me. Also in attendance at that meeting was a group of about twenty three people from “The Church of God, New Testament Judaism,” with its founder, Earl S. Steward (in later years he called himself David), who we had turned out of The Church of God for adultery in 1966. Mr. Steward and his people were honored, and He was given space to preach. I, on the other hand, was reproached and vilified by both groups. Thus was fulfilled Isa. 8:6-8, “This people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Resin (Earl Steward), and Remaliah’s son (Robert Somerville).”
Within the next two years, the influence of Earl Steward had defiled the whole church. The Church of God adopted the name of Earl Steward’s church and his group’s use of wings on their motorcycles, as it is written, “He shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel” (Isaiah. 8:8).
From 1973, until now, the voice of an Anointed has not been prominent in the land, but that prophecy is being fulfilled: “The voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder” (Exodus 19:19). It would behoove today’s Christians to begin to listen for the sound of that messenger.
We must begin to come in the unity of the faith, and build an organization which will save us when the enemy shall come in like a flood (Isaiah 59:19).
The time has come for the words of Jesus, in John 10:16, to begin to be fulfilled. He said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” Jesus was, no doubt, referring to Ezek. 34:21-25. “I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.” This “David” is not King Solomon’s father; he is sleeping. Neither can it be Jesus, because He is already the shepherd of all Christianity. And the term “one fold” certainly does not describe God’s people today.
God is using David, here, to prophesy of the man who “will build again the “Tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; will build again the ruins thereof, and set it up” (Acts 15:16,17 and Amos 9:11,12). And God said, , “In mercy shall the throne be established: and He shall sit upon it in truth in the Tabernacle of David” (Isaiah 16:1-5). The “Tabernacle of David” has fallen down. Therefore, it must be built again, because that is where the Throne of David must be established, whereon our Lord shall sit to rule (Isa. 9:7).
There has been no throne of King David for many centuries. And the present day Government of Israel surely is not it. It is not a kingdom of any kind. King David prepared a throne for Solomon, and Solomon brought peace to the land. Those things are written to prophesy of two other men. Solomon is a shadow of Christ, and David fore-shadows the man who will make the final preparations for His return, including preparing Him a throne. He is that David in Ruth 4:18-22, the tenth generation.
The preparation for the return or our Lord is our responsibility. Let us put our shoulders to the work so that, when the moment comes, we will hear the words, “Well done.” Let us diligently take heed to these prophecies, so we can recognize the prophet of God as he fulfills the volume of the book that is written of him. Not only so, but also fulfill it with him (Col. 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19).
I challenge you to look back on all of these things, and say with the Apostle Peter, and with me, “These things are the fulfillment of that which was spoken by the prophets.” It is high time for us to wake out of sleep and “come in the unity of the faith.” Then shall we be able to say with the Psalmist,
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard:
that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon,
and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
For there the Lord commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.” Psalm 133
“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses (prophecies), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 11:1-12; 12:1-3).