A Modern Prophet
Few men who pose as authorities on Bible prophecies can resist the temptation to do a little prophesying of their own. It has been an interesting pastime of mine for years to file away such literature for future reference. Without exception it becomes amusing reading after a few years.
During the summer of 1936 "Dr." Bruce Corbin, author of a number of books on the prophecies, lectured for months in my hometown. Among his books and lectures was one on the Great Pyramid. Practically all of the dozens of sects which spend their time guessing about the future and the meaning of Daniel and Revelation, have a slight variation of the same thing. The Russellites and Anglo-Israel have their version.
In outline the theory is as follows: The pyramid is of divine origin, having been built by Melchizedek who was none other than Christ. It is a "Bible in stone"; a "storehouse of wisdom," "incontrovertible," "unmistakable." It is represented as being a revelation better than the Bible, which, "will stand when Bibles and prayer books have been consumed in the flames." The Sphinx is also a companion revelation but they have not, it seems, gotten around to writing books about its message.
Inside the pyramid are certain passages and chambers which were divinely intended, so they claim, to be a portrayal of all time from creation to the establishing of Christ's kingdom. A man named Taylor about eighty years ago suggested that perhaps an inch in this tunnel represented a year. They claimed that they followed the channel and in this way read all the great events of history. But they came to a certain point and this no longer was true, so some one suggested that a different measure must from then on represent a year. This man Corbin refers to himself and his co-laborers as "super-scientists." That means, no doubt, that one belongs to a select race who can reach out in this air and produce such fantasies.
Not only are we able to read history in this passage in the pyramid, but the future is very minutely and accurately foretold. Among the things so "unmistakably presented," are, that the Battle of Armageddon would be fought not later than 1944 or 1945. The church would be caught up, all nations destroyed, the Jews restored to Palestine, Jesus would be reigning in Jerusalem and the Millennium begun before Jan. 31, 1947! Not the least of the "incontrovertible" message of the pyramid was that Mussolini would "wax stronger and stronger" until he became the greatest man on earth!
Corbin's greatest date was September 16, 1936. I agree with him that it was a great date for it happened to be my birthday! He said that most of these world-shaking events would take place on this date. I turned prophet and predicted about a week before this date that Corbin would not be in Port Arthur the morning of September 16, 1936! Sure enough, on that morning his tent and truck had been stored and he had translated himself to some other place. A year later his tent and truck was still stored at the same place and no one seemed to know his whereabouts.
And the world goes on as usual!