Internet Summary Video – November 2016
/ Ewald Frank
Internet Summary Video – November 2016
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, this is brother Frank speaking to you from the International Mission Center in Krefeld, Germany.
May God bless you richly is my prayer. We just had a tremendous weekend – the meetings were attended by so many as never before. The last two times, in the beginning of October and now, at the first weekend in November, over 1200 people gathered from 19 and 20 nations. Beloved, the hunger, the famine, is there to hear the Words of the Lord. And we’re just so grateful to Almighty God for giving us the direct revelation of the things which are now so important before the return of Christ. One of our brothers read 1st Thessalonians Chapter 4 and in verse 15 we read:
“And this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord…”
And when he read this passage it touched my heart. What we share with you must be the Word of the Lord. It cannot be your or my interpretation, it must be “Thus says the Lord!” in His Word. And especially when it comes to the message of the hour, to the main subject about the return of Christ, the calling out of the Bride, the preparation for that great day, when the trumpet shall sound and the voice of the archangel will be heard and the Lord Himself will come down to take us home… first to wake those who sleep in Christ and then we, who are alive, shall be changed in a moment and together we shall be taken up in the clouds of heaven to meet the Lord in the air and then be with Him forever.
I hope, I trust, you can imagine what it means to have known God's servant and prophet personally. But before I knew brother Branham I knew the Lord as my Savior, I knew Him by divine revelation, for in 1949 I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I had fellowship with the Lord, but beloved, when I met brother Branham, heard the first two services, beloved, I saw Bible days, I saw Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.
Now coming to our main subject – the return of Christ, the calling out of the Bride and especially Matthew 25. Our Lord spoke all things in a parable, also Matthew 25, presenting the last message that will be heard about the return of the Lord: “Behold, the bridegroom cometh!” And then from the ten only five were ready to go into the marriage supper of the Lamb.
To make it plain before all of us let's say this: If 10 million in our time have heard the message of the hour, have recognized brother Branham’s ministry, if 10 million have heard and gone out to meet the Bridegroom, only half of them will be ready when the Lord returns. And beloved, we just have to take it very seriously. We must realize there is no confusion in heaven, no confusion in the body of Christ, no confusion in the Word of God, no confusion! No! Not one! And we, by the grace of God, can say: This we believe according to the Word of God! According to the Word of God we have the Old Testament prophecy in Malachi chapter 4. The Lord would send someone like the prophet Elijah to turn us back, to restore us, to bring us back to the original foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, that was the “Thus says the Lord” in the Old Testament in the last two verses.
Beloved, in the New Testament we can say the same: “This we say onto you as the Word of the Lord!” In Matthew 17:11 our Lord confirmed the prophecy from the Old Testament: “Truly Elijah shall first come and restore all things.” Also in Mark, chapter 9 verse 12 we can say and emphasize: “This we say onto you by the Word of the Lord written…” Written in Malachi, written in Matthew, written in Mark! Written in the Word of God!
Beloved, the time has come to take even the promise seriously: “…and he will and shall restore all things…” Not to start a new religion! No, no… But bring us back to the beginning. How many times did I read the statements of the brother Branham: “The message of the hour is to return to God, to His Word, to the teachings of the apostles.” And as I've said many times: “The first and the last sermon must be the same, the first and the last baptism must be the same, the first and the last Lord’s supper must be the same, the first and the last teaching about the return of Christ must be the same! We cannot change one bit in this Word of God! This is the whole counsel of God and, beloved, I can say this: In the over 8000 sermons I preached all over the Earth, in the many brochures, circular letters and books I have written I don't have to take one point back. Why? Because I only shared the Word of God!
Recently we have checked a circular letter: 40 pages, 153 Bible verses in one circular letter with 40 pages! My beloved friends, I believe this Word of God to be eternally true. But I also believe you must be called of God to share the Word. As we read in the New Testament, especially in Ephesians chapter 4, God has placed into the church the different ministries. Not somebody coming and saying I’d like to be a pastor. No! God must place and before He can place you, He must call you, he must commission you. If you don't have a divine commission what are you going to do? You're going to tell stories. You're making up something. But if you can look back by the grace of God and can say like the apostle Paul: “I was on my way to Damascus and then it happened…” And after that he could say: “This I say unto you by the Word of the Lord!”
Beloved, if I think about the many misunderstandings of brother Branham’s statements, it tears my heart to pieces. William Branham had a ministry that no man ever had on earth. The same ministry our Lord had when you walked on the earth, the same prophetic ministry repeated in our time. And I knew brother Branham for 10 years, I'm an eyewitness of this divine ministry. I was in his meetings in Germany, in the USA, but what is going on right now… beloved, it breaks my heart. Sometimes brother Branham did not finish a thought here, but in two pages later or five minutes late he completed the thought, which was incomplete here. Why do you take statements, which are not yet complete in themselves? Why don't you go back to the Word of God? I'm asking you in the name of the Lord, especially those brothers who claim to believe the message: What are you believing? And there are so many directions and everybody says: “I believe what the prophet said!” You go to this one, to this one and all will say: “I believe what the prophets said!” But the time has come, I challenge you, to say: “I believe what the Scripture says!” That you can say as William Branham could and the apostle Paul could say: “This we say onto you as the Word of the Lord…”
And, beloved, when we read about the return of Christ, how many Scriptures we must take together to have a complete picture of how and what is going to happen when the Lord returns. You must take 1st Corinthians chapter 15, you must take 1st Thessalonians 4, you must take 2nd Peter chapter 3, you must take all the Scriptures which speak about the same subject. Like you must take every Bible reference that speaks about the Godhead. You must take them all together and put them together – the Old and New Testament. And every scriptural reference about baptism – you must take all the Scriptures – you must take Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John chapter 20 in reference to the great commission. The same you must do with every Bible doctrine, you cannot just go to one place.
And then, let me say this in love: 1st Thessalonians 4 was not fulfilled during brother Branham’s ministry, but Matthew chapter 25. He was sent with the message that will forerun the second coming of Christ – the calling out time, preparation time, to meet the Bridegroom when He comes. I think it's 147 times that brother Branham spoke about the Bride of Christ. Beloved, 1st Thessalonians 4 will happen when the Lord physically, bodily returns. He went bodily to heaven, He will return bodily and whoever denies that is the antichrist. Read 2nd John verse 7: Who does not believe, that the same Jesus Christ, who bodily went up to glory, will return bodily, is antichrist! The same Jesus that was taken into heaven, will return in the same way as we’ve seen Him going up into heaven…
Beloved, the time has come to challenge all ministering brethren to return to the Word of God! Only when you can say, holding the Bible: “This I say unto you as the Word of the Lord…” and then please, show us the chapter, show us the verse! Not just taking brother Branham’s sermons, taking one statement out of context and say: “The prophet said!” Be ashamed! Return to God! Return to the Word! God sent William Branham not to make a new religion, but to take us back to God, to the Word of God and this is the calling out time, this is the preparation time, this is the most important time for the New Testament church.
Many things should be said.
God bless you and be with you, is my prayer in Jesus' holy name. Amen.