Circular Letter Spring 2005
/ Ewald Frank
1. Midnight Cry
My beloved Brothers and Sisters, I greet you cordially, in the precious name of the LORD Jesus Christ, with the burning question as found in Isa. 21:11,
Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
True servants of God are watchmen placed with God’s people (Ezek. 3:17). According to Mt. 25, there is a wake-up call, a midnight cry which is very decisive. At first, all of the virgins fell asleep, then, there was a cry, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” The night is far spent and the great day is at hand (Rom. 13:12). The evening time which brought the light is behind us, the midnight hour is here. Every sermon, every circular letter must be understood and received as a wake-up call. The last message must be heard, as mighty as the sound of a trumpet, and its sound must be clear (1. Cor. 14:8). No one should turn to the other side and keep sleeping after having heard the midnight cry. All listeners must clean their lamps, so the illumination we have received can really shine forth as a light. The wise virgins fill their vessels with the oil of the Holy Spirit, so they will have sufficient supply until the return of the Bridegroom.
It seems like we have just left the old year behind us and yet we are already well into the new year. Many good things can be reported in the Kingdom of God. Never before have we received so many testimonies of the supernatural working of God. The truthful proclamation of God’s Word has helped many to find their balance in the knowledge of the truth and also in all the doctrines. Obedience by faith is the work of the Holy Spirit and is becoming increasingly obvious everywhere. In all its truthfulness the last message is reaching the ends of the earth, and those who believe as the Scripture says are expecting the final tremendous work of God, the total restoration and their completion unto the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:10-11).
Soberly we observe the events in this last and serious time from the scriptural viewpoint.
In this circular letter we shall deal with three current events:
1. We shall address the events of December 26th, 2004, when the seaquake occurred in South-East Asia, causing a flood wave that left behind a devastation unlike any we have previously experienced, killing hundreds of thousands of people.
2. We will also talk about the significance of January 27th, 2005. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of the surviving Jewish prisoners from the deadly concentration camp in Auschwitz. On this day, special memorials were held in Israel, in Germany, and in Auschwitz itself, where minutes of silence were observed in great respect.
3. We shall refer to the book by Pope John Paul II titled “Remembrance and Identity — Talks between the Millenniums”, which was published on February 23rd, 2005.