Internet Video Summary April 2008
/ Ewald Frank
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
this is brother Frank speaking to you from the International Mission Centre in Krefeld, Germany. We again look back to a most wonderful and blessed weekend. We had wonderful meetings and over 800 people were here from all over Europe and different parts of the earth. Our aim is to share God's precious Word in all clarity, no interpretation, no explanation, just the pure Word of God, be it evangelistic, teaching-wise or prophetic. We believe as the Scripture says.
Of course, there are many interpretations in circulation and questions are being brought up in such meetings, but before I shall touch on one of the issues, I'd like to read Romans 16, 24-27: "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began but now is manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen." Beloved in the Lord, here we read about the mystery that was hid throughout all the ages from the beginning of time, and then, that this mystery was made known to us.
Beloved, we live in a marvellous time, God has sent a prophet and we have to acknowledge that God's Word, God's plan of salvation, was never revealed in such a deep way as through the ministry of brother Branham. I would like to say this again, I count it a very, very great privilege to have known brother Branham personally for ten years, I have known his ministry, I ate with him at the same table, drove with him in the same car, was in his meetings. I translated all his sermons preached after the opening of the seven seals into the German language. So I know the message in and out by God's grace. But I also know the Holy Scriptures and, by God's grace, I can say I also know my Lord and Saviour personally. What I do not fully understand is that brethren take certain statements out of context, making doctrines like about the seventy weeks of Daniel, which I was confronted with at this last weekend and the brother stood before me and said, "Brother Frank, your teaching is different to brother Branham's teaching" and I said, "Beloved brother, you must not read only in one sermon, and one or two statements, you must read and go to the different sermons to hear what brother Branham also said, not only he said, but what he also said." Then I showed to him this chart which I brought with me personally from Jeffersonville, from the tabernacle, showing the seven weeks, the sixty-two weeks, and then showing the church and then showing the last, the seventieth week divided into two parts - the first part for the two prophets in Revelation 11 and second part - he great tribulation. This is William Branham. This is William Branham. And, I also know that bro. Branham made statements about three and a half years, but then he has in view the ministry of the two prophets, which is also correct. So we have to understand the subject he preaches on and why he says this and why he says that. It is very important, it is not only important to repeat what the prophet said, but to show the precise connection according to the Scripture, why did he say such here and why does he say, maybe in our view, for a moment, something different, here. It is not something different, but it is in a different context that he has to say something.
Now, to make it very plain, I shall read to you and hopefully you respect God's Word. Daniel 9, verse 24 and 25: "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city... (not the church, not the bride, not Gentiles, but Israel) ...thy people and thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy... (you can read on)... Now therefore, understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem... (not the church, not the Gentiles, to build Jerusalem) unto the Messiah the Prince there shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks..." And, and and... so the concern is not at all the bride, it is Israel, Jerusalem, and after the 69 weeks, our Lord gave His life.
I would suggest, beloved brethren, especially you who teach and preach, that you should read these 70 weeks of Daniel once again carefully, because this chart was drawn during the time when bro. Branham spoke on the seventy weeks of Daniel. And here I underlined the many statements, but you can do the underlining yourselves as well. Here, for instance, bro. Branham speaks about the last seven years, and he speaks about the antichrist making a covenant with Israel, breaking it in the midst of the week, there are many statements, especially in this sermon about the seventy weeks of Daniel. Here, he says, "the moment he starts the seventieth week, the seven years, the church is gone." So, before the seventieth week starts, the church is gone. And bro. Branham emphasises his statement with these words: "this is what the Holy Spirit put upon my pen while I was writing." Beloved brothers and sisters, let me say this in love. There are too many who do not know the Lord, who do not know the message, who do not know the Scripture, have not had a personal experience with the Lord, who were never called to the ministry, just with head knowledge, they go into the sermons of bro. Branham and therefore coming to different conclusions. We must be under the same guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit the apostles and prophets were, and also our beloved brother Branham, God's servant and prophet for our age. I wish God's blessings and I wish you the respect towards God and His Word. Please respect God's Word first and then you can place every statement within the message, within the pages of the Holy Scriptures. Then you do not have two things, you have one thing. The message is the Word and the Word is the message.
Beloved, I wish you God's blessings in Jesus' holy name. Amen.