Michael Mills believed himself to be divinely commissioned to gather the lost tribes of Israel and claimed the mantle of the seventh messenger. Despite being convicted of having carnal knowledge of a girl between fourteen and sixteen in 1892, he along with his wife, Eliza Court, managed to lead a small colony of Christian Israelites at the God House in Detroit. Two followers of Mills were Benjamin and Mary Purnell. They soon laid claim to being the seventh messenger themselves, and established the House of David in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
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