Internet Video Summary transcription - August 2011
/ Ewald Frank
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
This is brother Frank speaking to you from the International Mission Centre in Krefeld, Germany. We look back to a weekend when people from sixteen different nations gathered to be with us to hear the Word of God. We also had the Lord’s Supper and foot washing. This is something that I came to know in the Branham tabernacle in 1962 when I, for the first time, together with brother Branham and the rest, took part in the Lord’s Supper and than also in foot washing. Brother Branham had asked me to speak in the morning and in the evening service just briefly to give my testimony. So since that time we are practicing the Lord’s Supper and then also foot washing.
Now, our main subject remains the return of our beloved Lord and Saviour as the Bridegroom to take the Bride home to glory. And the promise is in John 14:1-3 and we do well if we consider every Word and respect it the way it is written. I read verse 2 and 3: “In my Father's home are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” So there is no promise to us for the Lord to come to the Earth and be with us here on Earth. No, He went to glory…in my Father’s house…my Father’s house is not on Earth. These mansions are not anywhere on Earth, they are in glory. And our Lord went to prepare these mansions, this place for His own and made the promise: “I will return and I will receive you unto myself that you might be where I am.”
Beloved brothers and sisters, it is so important to believe every Word the way it is written, even in Mathew 25 where the call is going forth: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” Not Son of God, not Son of man, not Son of David, not Son of Abraham „Behold, the Bridegroom cometh“. There are different comings of our Lord. First, He calls His Bride out of all denominations, from all tribes all over the Earth He is calling right now. And we do believe the promise God gave was fulfilled: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.” Anybody can read what the day of the Lord will be and, friends, I personally believe with all my hearth the testimony of William Branham. I believe he was a true man sent from God, a prophet promised to be with us before the day of the Lord comes to turn our hearts back to God, back to the Word, back to the original teachings of the apostles. And therefore we read about restoration, not only like it was with John the Baptist to prepare, but to restore, and he will restore. This is not only in Malachi 4, it is in Mathew 17:11, in Mark 9:12. And friends, now it becomes very, very serious. We are not dealing with a promise Malachi or anyone made, we are dealing with a promise that is directly connected to the plan of salvation, to the very last moments of the time of grace, that all things in the New Testament church would be restored to where they were at the very, very beginning. Please remember Acts 2:42: “And they remained in the doctrines of the apostles.” Please remember Ephesians 2:20. Remember when God said: “I will restore unto you all the years…” This is now history. This promise of God is fulfilled and I, brother Frank, had the great opportunity to be with brother Branham, whether it was in Germany or in the USA, even in his home, not only in meetings, driving with him in the same car. I knew brother Branham as a person, I knew him as a man of God, as a prophet, I saw Bible days, I saw the same ministry repeating which our Lord, a Son of man, had when He walked on this Earth.
But, friends, quickly to the main point. Some claim to believe the message, but then they have different teachings, even the teaching that the Lord Jesus must have come back to Earth in the days of William Branham, because John the Baptist was on Earth when Christ, our Lord and Saviour, had His ministry. But, friends, please listen to this. John the Baptist was not on Earth when our Lord and Saviour died on the cross of Calvary. So why should William Branham be on Earth when the Lord will take the redeemed to glory? And, by the way, it is a mistake to say the Lord is coming back to Earth again. That is not the truth at all. In the rapture, the Lord does not come back to Earth again, we meet Him in the sky and will be taken to glory, to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Then you read all the other Scriptures, where the Son of man will come and every eye shall see Him and when the Lord God will come to stand with His feet on the Mount of Olives. There are different comings and different connections to the plan of salvation. We are waiting for our Lord as the Bridegroom; therefore, the Scripture says: “His Bride has made herself ready.” Therefore, the Scripture says the Spirit and the Bride, not the church, the Spirit and the Bride. The Bride are the called-out ones, preparing to meet the Bridegroom. By the way, it will not happen when the seventh-trumpet angel will sound. When you read 1st Thessalonians 4, it says: “…the trumpet of God will sound.”
Please, beloved brothers and sisters, read the Word of God again and again and believe it the way it is written. May the grace of God be with you and I trust you have received our October circular letter to be informed of what God is doing worldwide right now. Be part of what God is doing right now. May the blessings of Almighty God rest upon you all in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.