The Apostolic Prophetic Bible Ministry - TV series - No.40
/ Ewald Frank
Dear friends, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
I greet you from the Mission Centre in Krefeld, Germany. My name is already known the world over: I am Brother Frank , and the Lord has given us a true ministry, which we call apostlic, prophetic Bible teaching ministry. We go back in every way to God’s Word to the beginning, and I like to share with you a number of things today, important for you to know to be prepared for the soon coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. For the Scripture reading I have chosen Romans, chapter 1, verse 16 and 17, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation.” It’s the power of God. It’s not a story, it’s the power of God, referring to what took place on the cross of Calvary, when Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, the Son of God died to pay the price, to redeem us. HE shed His blood, He gave His life, so that we could be reconciled with God again. We understand what our Lord said in John, chapter 3, “You must be born again.” After we received the Word, we believe it, and then the Spirit of God begins to work and create a new life in us. The seed is always the Word of God and therefore we have chosen to emphasize God’s Word and to reject every interpretation, every explanation and just let the Word of God be truth and whatever a man says be a lie. In Romans, the 16th chapter, the apostle comes to the conclusion why he does preach the Gospel, the Word of God, in verse 25, “Now to Him that is of all 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”. In one verse a number of things are expressed: here we find the emphasis on the preaching of Jesus Christ, also upon the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began.
Beloved friends, the endtime is upon us and we must know God’s plan of salvation, we must know God’s promised Word for today, because true faith anchors into the promised Word of God. In Amos 3, verse 7 we are told, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants, the prophets.” Then if you go directly to Amos, chapter 8, verse 11, we are told, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord god, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the words of the Lord …” So we see the promise is given in the Scriptures that the days would come when people would actually have a hunger. They would thirst to hear the Word of the Lord to turn away from all interpretations and to return to the true Word of God. Beloved, in a few years, in the year 2017, it will be 500 years since Martin Luther nailed 95 theses unto the church in Wittenberg and the Reformation started. 500 years of the time of grace! And we must know that 1,000 years had come and gone, because from the year 500 the Roman church had established itself in the Roman Empire and was the only existing force through one thousand years. History calls that period of time “The Dark Ages”—not only “The Dark Ages”, the “bloody ages”. Much blood was shed. Seven crusades, millions of people died, the Spanish inquisition, the Jews were tortured and driven from country to country during that time. Then we understand, since the Reformation God’s Word was placed again into the pulpit, and those preaching the Word of God had the opportunity to present again the counsel of God, salvation and whatever God had prepared to humanity. Then after the breakthrough in the Reformation a number of revivals followed. God had a John Wesley, He had many others, William Booth, He had John Smith, He had Meno Simos, He had many of those men, by whom actually churches or even denominations were established. John Wesley is responsible for the Methodist movement; William Booth is responsible for the Salvation Army, John Smith for the Baptist movement. Meno Simos is responsible for the Mennonite Church. All these men had the grace of God to come closer and closer to the Word of God until the turn of the last century, when hundred years ago the outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place and the Bible was put again and again unto the pulpit and more light came all the time.
Then after World War II the Lord Himself chose William Branham. He was a man sent from God with a message of the hour to bring us back to the very beginning, not to what has been 50 or 100 or 200 or 300 years after the day of Pentecost, but right to the very beginning to the original teachings about God, about Water Baptism, about all these Bible teachings and practices. The Lord used him in a mighty way to bring up the breakthrough of the last revival. And Brothers and Sisters, since 1949 I am part of that revival. I came to know William Branham personally and also all the other evangelists. But may I be permitted to say this: There is a purpose connected to a direct commission. And I know William Branham had such a commission. If you go to the Old and the New Testament, you can actually start with Exodus, chapter 3, verse 14, where the Lord God himself told Moses, “Tell the people, The I am has sent you.” There is a sending, a commission for someone who has a part to play in the Kingdom of God. Then if you go to II Tim., chapter 3, where the apostle is admonishing his co-worker, speaking about the latter days of what would take place at the end of the time of grace. I read from II Tim. 3: 1, “This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” And then it states in verse 8, “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth…” Beloved, the comparison is here making the time of Moses to be compared with the endtime. Moses was a prophet and his ministry was confirmed by great signs and wonders. Jannes and Jambres had no commission, no message. They were not sent. They just were there performing miracles. And the Bible says, our Lord speaks about it, especially in Matth. 24, that there shall be false christs, anointed ones, but false, miracle workers, great miracle workers, but false; false Prophets, false anointed ones and they would withstand the Truth. Just like Jannes and Jambres withstood the Truth in their day.
Beloved, we have to recognise that the Bible writes history in advance. All things which will be right to the end are written already in God’s Word. Then, in the same chapter of II Tim., chapter 3, verse 16, it says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine …” So we need the Scripture to be our doctrine. And then, of course, if we go straight to II Tim., chapter 4, the apostle charges his co-worker Timothy before God and explains or tells him that the time would come when people would not endure the sound doctrine but have teachers, because the people would have itching ears, and then the admonition is given, “Preach the Word; be diligent in season and out of season …” Beloved, that is also my commission: to preach the Word of God in time, in season or if people think it’s out of season. But this is God’s time for God’s Word to return to the church of the living God to come away from all interpretations and to line up with the Word of God. If we look into the religious realm of today, all religions are joining together. I was seated next to a very high clergyman, flying back from Africa to Europe. I had 5D, and he had 5H. We were seated next to each other, and he explained to me how he partook in the procession when the twelve world religious leaders had joined. In the procession everyone having their own place of worship and their own prayers. And they could pray whatever they wished. But what the Bible says is this, “The time will come when the true worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth.” – not as a religion or a church wishes but as God demands. Everything else is not reaching God at all.
So we must understand like we read in John, chapter 1, verse 6, about the forerunner of the first coming of Christ: John was a man sent from God. I like that terminology. “A man sent from God” with a message of the hour to prepare the way of the Lord. He was not a church man, he was not a religious man – he was a man of God preparing the way of the Lord. Then if you go to John, chapter 13, verse 20, our Lord said, if He sends someone, and we would receive him, then we would receive the one who is sending him. Then if you go to John, chapter 20, especially verse 21 and then also verse 23, “… as the Father has sent me, so send I you.” It was a commission: the same ministry, the same gospel, the same redemption – everything is being preached in the same way. Then from John, chapter 20, verse 23, where our Lord said, “To whom you remit sins, they are remitted.” then you have to go with it to Luke, chapter 24, verse 47, where our Lord said that in His Name repentance and remission of sins would be preached to all nations. And with this, with Luke 24, 47 we have to go to Acts, chapter 2, verse 38 and 39, where the Apostle Peter had preached his anointed sermon on the day when the New Testament church was established and the impact was so great that people asked, “What shall we do, brethren?” And the Lord spoke through the lips of the Apostle Peter, “Repent, every one, and be baptised for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Beloved, it still applies today. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism. And if you read the Holy Scriptures correctly, in Matthew 28 our Lord said that we should baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. We know, “father” is not a name, “son” is not a name… But we are to be baptised into the Name in which God revealed Himself for our salvation in the New Testament covenant in the precious name of “Jesus” – Emmanuel – “God with us.” The Yahwe of the Old Testament was the Yahshua of the New Testament. The same Lord, the same God, the heavenly Father, manifesting Himself in His Son on earth who could say in John 14, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
What we need today are men of God sent with a divine commission, with the true Word of God! What we need today is the apostolic, prophetic teaching! And we understand by the Scriptures, especially Daniel, chapter 7, which speaks about the four world empires, especially about the last one, and then also in chapter 8 and chapter 9 we are told about the developments in the endtime and also about the one who would be leading in religion and politics, the person where religion and politics are merged and the person that would have the highest esteem on the face of the earth.
Beloved, then again if you go to Romans, chapter 10, verse 15–17, the apostle is asking, “How shall they hear if no one is there to preach, and how shall somebody preach unless he be sent?” Beloved, I am about to tell you that Matthew 23: 34 was fulfilled, when our Lord said, “I will send unto you prophets and scribes” – not self-appointed prophets, not learned men in seminaries, but those who are taught by the Lord, who know the Lord personally and who know the Word of God by divine revelation. Such a man sent from God was William Branham in our time and I must tell you this, because if I don’t nobody else will do it. I must tell you that this humble man of God, also rejected by the clergy but received by those who were ordained for eternal life. His ministry was like John the Baptist’s to prepare the way of the Lord. One step further, not only to prepare but to restore, because this is the time of restoration of all things. Beloved, William Branham had such a divine confirmation as no one in the two thousand year period. He had a direct ministry; he saw visions; the Lord revealed to him who was standing before him, like in the days of our Lord and His ministry. HE could tell Nathanael, “Before Philip called you, I have seen you under the tree.” HE could tell the woman at the well, “Five husbands you had and the one you have now is not your husband.” HE could say, “Go into the village, you will find a man carrying the water. Tell him, In your home the Master will have the Passover.” HE could say, “Go and get the ass and the foal and bring it to Me.” HE had a prophetic ministry, our Lord did, when He was here on earth. In the same way William Branham had a prophetic ministry. I saw it many times. I am an eye-witness. I am an ear-witness. I can say like John, the apostle, “What our eyes have seen, our ears have heard from the Word of life, that we preach and we teach and share with you.” Beloved, let’s put it this way: The time has come to draw the attention of God’s people to the message of the hour. We must understand that now Bible prophecies must not be interpreted anymore – they must be watched as they are coming to fulfilment. No prophecy of the Scripture has come by any private inspiration, and no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. Today we have prophets and prophetesses almost in every country, but they say what is in their hearts. Beloved, we need to know what is in the heart of God. We need to know what the Scripture says. And therefore, the Bible teachings must be placed back and we must come to understand that there are two unities: one under the antichrist, where all religions find their place, connected with politics, world government – world religion, and the true church of the living God, as our Lord said in John, chapter 17, “Father, You in me and I in them”, that we shall be one. Christ in us, the hope of glory! Not a Christian religion but Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who paid the price, who redeemed us. We are not our own; we belong to Christ. May the dear Lord have His way. May you understand the time we are living in. May you know the message of the hour and line up with the Word of God. The day is moving towards the end – I mean the “Day of salvation”, and the “Day of the Lord” will soon be.
May you be prepared, may I be prepared for the glorious morning when the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall call us home. God bless you and be with you in Jesus’ holy Name. Amen.