Internet Video Summary transcription - February 2011
/ Ewald Frank
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
I greet you from the Mission Centre in Krefeld, Germany. I believe you all know me already, I am brother Frank. We had a wonderful weekend; the main subject was the return of Christ, the restoration of all things before the second coming can take place. And we remembered the sermon brother Branham preached on the restoration, also using Joel 2, 25: “I will restore to you the years…” We all know the Scripture, we know what brother Branham said about this. And now we have to realise that we are very, very close to the return of our Lord and Saviour. This is the calling-out time, the preparation time. God is gathering His people to hear His Words. As there was a time of calling out in the days of Moses, because God fulfilled the promise He gave to Abraham, there is a time of calling out, a time of restoration, and if you remember right, brother Branham was told: “As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, you are sent with a message that will forerun the second coming of Christ.”
Our Lord took His servant and prophet, but the message is reaching the ends of the earth. And beloved, even at this last weekend, we had over eight hundred people gathered from all over Europe and from certain countries in Africa, and, by the grace of God, with 790 joining us in the services, listening worldwide by the Internet.
I say it again, this is God’s time for God’s people. Now we must recognize the messenger and the message and must go back to the original teachings of apostolic days. When the Scripture says that the hearts of the fathers were turned to the children, that was fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist – Luke 1:16 and 17. In our time the Scripture is being fulfilled that our hearts, the hearts of true children of God, are brought back to the beginning, back to the teachings of our fathers, back to the teaching of the apostles.
And dear friends, I believe with all my heart that this is the final call going forth to reach the last elect wherever they might be on the face of the earth. And I also believe, as our Lord said, “…when you see all these things come to pass, then you know it is near, even at the door.” – Mathew 24. And in Luke 21, our Lord said, “…when you see the fig-tree coming back to life again, when you see these things come to pass, then lift up your heads, look up for your redemption is drawing near.”
Beloved, I am not judging and I am not criticising, but I believe that whatever we teach must be found in the Word of God. If it is not in the Bible, it is not biblical. If it is not in the Word of God, it is not in the will of God. God did not forget a single thought or teaching or whatever He planned – it is all in this Word of God. And brother Branham was used of God in a very, very special way. And we are grateful for that ministry, but we do not stop at William Branham, admiring him, talking about the message and the messenger. But we go back into the Word of God, being led by the Holy Spirit into the will of God and the Word of God. So many try to put all the emphasis on God’s prophet, books are written, everything, everything around the prophet, around the prophet. Now they claim there are not only hundreds of photos, but over one thousand photos. And everyone who thinks to have a commission or a ministry tries to present brother Branham and brother Branham and brother Branham…
I, brother Frank, knew brother Branham for ten years, right from 1955, from the first meeting, I knew in my heart this is a man sent from God. And in 1958, at that Dallas, Texas convention, when I compared the ministries of all the renowned evangelists with the ministry of brother Branham, I just had to go and talk to him and say: “I see the difference between your ministry and the other ministries. What is it about?” And we had this conversation in June 1958 in Dallas, Texas. And then came the statement through his lips: “I have a message to bring.” And these words entered my soul… “I have a message to bring.” At the end of that conversation, brother Branham said, “Brother Frank, you will return to Germany with this message.” To be honest, I had no idea at that time what the message meant, no idea about a promised prophet, no idea about the promise in Malachi or about the confirmation in Mathew 17:11 or Mark 9:12. I had no idea about the plan of salvation for our day and time.
But by the grace of God, the Lord opened my understanding. And I say this over and again, there cannot be a single brother on the face of the earth who esteems the ministry of William Branham as I do because my ministry is directly connected to his ministry. And by the grace of God, I look back because since 1966 I took the message of the hour to one hundred and fifty-five countries, sharing the Word of God with God’s people. Not a single time did I leave the Scriptures, always staying within the Word of God. And beloved, I am convinced that the bride of Christ will not be deceived, the bride of Christ will be restored - first will be called out, then gathered, restored for the final move of God. There will be a restoration of all things. And brother Branham had a restored ministry and we believe, before the return of Christ, God will keep His promise – “I will restore…” He restores Israel, He restores the New Testament church, the time is at hand, the Holy Spirit is moving all over the earth.
May God bless you wherever you might be on the face of the earth. May God have His way and may Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, be the centre of our preaching, of our thinking, be the centre. To the God of Heaven be all the glory for ever and ever, many thanks to God for sending His servant and promised prophet William Branham in our day and time to bring us back to the Word and will of God. The Lord bless you and be with you. We would be happy to hear from you. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.