Internet Video Summary transcription - June 2013
/ Ewald Frank
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
this is brother Frank speaking to you from the International Mission Centre in Krefeld, Germany. And especially to all ministering brethren on the Earth: May the grace of God be upon each and every one, on those who share the Word of God and also upon them who hear the message of the hour.
By the grace of God we look back to a most blessed weekend where people came from all over Europe and even from overseas to be with us in the meetings, to join us to hear the Word of God. Also, over one thousand were connected online through the Internet to hear and to receive the Word of God. The main subject is the return of Christ and our preparation to be ready when He comes. At the same time, we are led to go back to God's Word, in every case, whatever teaching is concerned, whatever subject, we have to, we must return to God's Word, to our final authority.
And to be honest, about the return of Christ, about the second coming, there are so many Scriptures speaking and showing to us precisely what will take place when our Lord returns. And also what must be done, what must happen before He returns. And to this, we have to say what brother Branham was told on June 11, 1933: "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." So the message is not the moment of His return, the message is being preached for decades already, but the return of Christ does not take decades, but it will be one moment as the Word of God says. And therefore, beloved, it is very important to understand by the grace of God that the message was sent to call God's people together, to call out, to prepare, to bring us into the direct fellowship with our Lord and Saviour and in agreement with every teaching, with every Word of God. And therefore, we have to emphasise that you cannot take one Scripture, you have to take every Scripture pertaining to the same subject.
In the same way, you cannot only take one statement of the prophet, you have to take all the statements he made in reference to the same subject and also to the return of Christ. Beloved, let me say this with respect. Too many have closed the Bible and put the Bible aside and only refer to the statements of their choice, they leave out all the other statements, they only take statements which fit into their way of thinking. And this is not right. We have to take every Word of God and also all the statements pertaining to the same subject. Before reading the Word of God in 1st Thessalonians, chapter 4, I'd just like to read from the sermon "The Rapture" in this book, it is page 587, paragraph 141. I read: "A message comes forth first, now is lamp trimming time, rise and trim your lamps. Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, rise and trim your lamps. And they did. Some of them found they did not have any oil in their lamps. But it is lamp trimming time now, it is Malachi 4 time now." Beloved, maybe one more statement: "It is the message going forth first, the living bread of life bringing forth the bride."
You know, I am in the message for so many years, but I am also in the Word of God and for me the message is the Word and the Word is the message. But now, to let you know and trusting that you respect the Word of God, because I am about to tell you in love, if you do not respect the Word of God, you are already on the other side. You must respect the Word of God. If not, forget it, God will not even talk to you. So I read, with respect, the Word of God pertaining and concerning the return of our Lord, 1st Thessalonians 4, 13: "But I would not that you be ignorant, brethren, concerning them who are asleep…" So first, the concern is about them who are asleep, because they must rise first and then we who are alive shall be changed. Please respect the divine order given to us in the Word of God.
Then it says in verse 14: "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." Again, first those who sleep in Jesus, God will bring with Him at that moment. Verse 15: "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them who are asleep." This is addressed unto us who are now alive just before the Lord returns. In verse 16: "For the Lord himself…", not a message, no, the Lord Himself. That's God's Holy Word. Please respect what God says in His Word. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first." This is God's Word. Three things shall happen. When our Lord return, when He comes, he is accompanied by the archangel - there is only one archangel mentioned in the prophet Daniel and in Revelation chapter 12 and in Jude in the ninth verse - and it says "…with the trumpet of God…". Not one of the seven trumpets, but the trumpet of God.
Beloved, let me say this in love. The message is the shout going on among the living, among the living now to call them to the Lord, to His Word, calling-out time, that is our time. The message is to the living, but when the Lord returns, then the shout will be and the dead in Christ will rise first. And accompanied by the voice of the archangel and also by the trumpet of God. Please, I repeat, if you cannot respect the Word of God, forget it, just forget it. Close your Bible and close the books and don't claim to believe the message, because William Branham, whom I knew for ten years, whose sermons I translated into the German language and know them in and out, was the man sent from God with the revealed Word of God in our time. Not to bring confusion, but to take us out of confusion. Only those who do not have the divine revelation, do not have a call to the ministry, do not have a direct commission from the Lord, they are bringing confusion because they are confused themselves.
Whosoever believes the Word of God, whosoever believes the message of the hour will not be confused, but will believe the Word of God and have it divinely revealed by the Holy Spirit. May the grace of God be with you all in Jesus' holy name. Amen.