Internet Video Summary transcription - July 2013
/ 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 wonderful meetings, around 800 were participating and receiving God's Word by faith and I believe that every word that was preached was also revealed to the individuals by the Holy Spirit. We shared especially Hebrews 11 and then also 1st John, chapter 4. And, of course, the main subject - the return of Christ, the last message to call out the elect from all nations. I also gave my report from the last trip to Thailand and Myanmar and God has blessed in the eight meetings in an outstanding way. It is simply not possible to go into all the details how the Lord God would open the doors in the different churches and open the hearts of those who He wishes to call.
Now, coming to our subject - the return of Christ - it is so important to believe every Word the way it is written. And we read in 1st John, chapter 4, especially verse 4 and also verse 6: "Ye are of God, little children... Ye are of God..." If you read verse 1, it says: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world." And then we find the description about our Lord and Saviour coming into the flesh and it is so very important to go back to the Word of God and compare the teachings which are contrary and therefore they cannot be of God. If you read verse 6, the man of God includes all the other true servants of the Lord and makes the statement: "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." The German Bible says here "…the spirit of truth and the spirit of deception". Any error is deception, is interpretation, is an explanation. God does not explain, God gave us His Word, His promises, and when the time comes, He fulfils what He promised. But this is a very strong statement, the first one "Ye are of God…" and the second one "We are of God…". "He that knoweth God…" Do you know God? Do we know God personally? Even if we read the first three verses, it is so important to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ the way the Bible says it.
And beloved, if you go to church history, you know what the first statement of faith was: that Jesus Christ, as Son, that the Son of God was begotten by God in eternity and that that Son that was begotten in eternity then came to be with us. But there is no Scripture of a Son being begotten or born in eternity, that is simply an error, that is a lie, that is a deception. In all the Old Testament, our Lord revealed Himself, walked in the garden of Eden, talked to Abraham, spoke to Moses and to all the prophets, but not as Son, but as the Lord. And if the Bible says that all things were made by Him, that is not that things were made by the Son, but by the Lord as it says in Hebrews chapter 1.
So we understand the importance and the differentiation between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The spirit of truth predicted throughout all the Old Testament the birth of the Saviour, the birth of the Son of God - Psalms 2, 7: "Thou art my Son; today have I begotten thee." All the other Scriptures - "A virgin shall conceive and bear a son…" When the time was fulfilled, the angel Gabriel visited Mary, gave unto her the promise and she believed and the Word was made flesh and the Son was born. Beloved, for me, there is no compromise possible, one is the spirit of deception and the other is the spirit of truth. And all the true children of God are born of God, born by the seed of the Word of God, born by the spirit of God and we are just as much sons and daughters of God as our Lord and Saviour was the Son of God and could say: "I go to my Father and your Father, to your God and to my God" - the first-born among many brothers.
But coming back to this here, reading the sixth verse: "We are of God…" If I am of God, what I say God must already have said in His Word. I cannot say differently in any verse, in any chapter. And I have to say, by the grace of God, in the past 50 years, I never said anything that I would have to take back. I just shared the Word of God. The next was Hebrews chapter 11 where it says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Here we have twenty examples of those who believed what God promised, what God told them to do and God confirmed His Word every time. True faith is not imagination, is not "maybe" or "it could be". True faith is anchored into the promises of God. True faith is a divine substance - you have it by the grace of God. And therefore, the Word, the message of the hour, we share with all the ends of the earth, it is not imagination, it is God's promised Word for this day and we believe with all our hearts that all who are of God will hear, believe, receive and have the Word of God as a divine revelation granted to them and will have part in what God is doing now.
Let me say this, beloved brothers and sisters, in love: To only refer to what God has done through the ministry of William Branham is not enough, because what God has done through that promised ministry in our time was to lead us into what God is doing now. And what He is doing now is leading us into what He will do in the completion. So beloved, our brother Branham, God's prophet, was told the message given to him will forerun the second coming of Christ. God took the messenger and we take the message by a divine commission to the ends of earth.
May God bless you, may you be of God and only hear the true Word of God. Never fall into the trap of the enemy, under the deception of the spirit of error, but remain in the Word of God, now and forever in Jesus' holy name. Amen.