Internet Video Summary transcription - December 2013
/ Ewald Frank
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, especially to you who share God’s Word for this time. We do call it the end-time message – all the promises of God given to us to believe and to experience what God promised. And the main thing is that God can put us right into His Word and that we do not change, add or take away, but believe every Word the way God said it. And so, the main promise is about the return of Christ: „I go to prepare the place, then I will return.“ And with this great promise of our Lord the promise is connected: „I will send you Elijah, the prophet, to restore all things.“ And beloved, this is so very, very important. We just had a great weekend, hundreds came from all over Europe and those who live all over the Earth joined us to partake of the ministering of the message, of the Scriptures, which were being shared with God’s people.
Beloved, if the Lord confirmed in Mathew 17:11, in Mark 9:12 the promise of Malachi 4: „I will send you Elijah to restore all things.“ The word “restore” is the key word in that promise. Not a new religion, but to restore the body of Christ, to restore the true church of the living God, back to its original foundation. Back to the teachings of the apostles. Back to our Lord and Savior who is the chief cornerstone and also the headstone, Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.
Let me please share a few Scriptures with you and this I do because of the direct commission and responsibility that I do have before God towards His people – to inform the bride of Christ about the things God has done through the ministry of His prophet William Branham and also what God has done and is still doing now after brother Branham was taken to glory. And this is so very, very important as brother Branham many times made the statement: Wesley could not come with Luther’s message, Pentecostals not with the message of Wesley, but brother Branham also stated, that what happened in the days of Luther was already necessary for what would happen in the ministries after. And what happened then was already needed to prepare God’s people for the next round in the Kingdom of God. Beloved, if you only know what God has done up till 1965, you are certainly not in the right boat. Only if you know what God is doing right now, you understood what the Lord did through the ministry of brother Branham, because it stands forever what the Lord said: „The message given to you will be the forerunner of the second coming of Christ.“
Now, the word “restoration” means what it says and says what it means. In Ephesians chapter 2, verse 20 we read: „We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone…“ This is what is taking place right now - restoring us back to the very beginning to what happened at the first coming of Christ, when the Church was established by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and then the foundation was laid by the apostles and prophets. Not the apostles and prophets being the foundation, but Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone is the foundation, was, is and shall remain to be. So we understand from the Word of God that “restore” means being brought back to where the Church was. The same foundation, the same teachings, the same power, the same ministries, restoration means to place and to put back into its original state and condition. In 1st Corinthians chapter 3 the apostle Paul writes in verse 10 and 11: „According to the grace of God, which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon.“ Now, please understand, the foundation was laid. In verse 11: „For another foundation cannot be laid, then that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“
May the blessings of Almighty God rest upon all who understand the message of the hour. The message of restoration, to bring us back to the beginning, to the original Word of God, to the original blessings. William Branham did not bring us a new religion. He had the message of restoration, he had a restored ministry, he had a restored apostolic, prophetic ministry and God blessed him in a mighty and outstanding way.
To know a little better what apostle Paul was saying and to understand brother Branham’s ministry also from the Scriptures to know what it means to restore. You have to go back to the Old Testament to know what restoration means. In Ezra – everybody knows about the return of God’s people from the Babylonian captivity when they returned to Jerusalem, they found the old foundation and upon that foundation they rebuilt the House of the Lord. Ezra chapter 5, verse 15: „And he said unto him: Take the vessels, go carry them into the temple, that is in Jerusalem and let the House of God be built in its place.“ Be built in its place. Not only to build, but build upon the foundation. Build at the same and in the same place. Oh, God in heaven, what has happened in all the directions called themselves end-time message. Beloved, I am not criticizing, I am saying it with a heavy heart. All build their own kingdoms, referring to what the prophet said and again to what the prophet said, but not understanding, not having part in what restoration actually means. Here, in 2nd Chronicles in chapter 3, Salomon, the man of God, was commissioned to build the House of the Lord in Jerusalem on mount Moriah. And I want you to understand now, please, by the grace of God, where and what is mount Moriah. Genesis, chapter 22. Abraham was told to take Isaac and to bring him as a sacrifice on mount Moriah. And what was it? It became the temple mountain in Jerusalem. Genesis 22:1-3: „… and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering.“ My beloved, this is church history foretold! Abraham, the father of faith – take thy son, go unto the mountain Moriah, which is in Jerusalem. Then Solomon built the temple on the mountain Moriah, which is the temple mountain. And the restoration in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra happened at the precise place and precise measurements the temple was restored.
Oh, beloved, please, understand what God is doing now. Do not have your own interpretations, please find your way back to God, find your way back to the Word of God. The prophet did not take as away from the Word, he brought us back to the Word of God. So now, before the return of Christ, not only the message of restoration, but the restoration in reality must and will take place as certain as God said it. And the New Testament church must be built again upon that original foundation, which was laid by the apostles and prophets, to which we were brought back through the ministry of God’s servant and prophet.
May the dear Lord bless you, may He be with you, is my prayer in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.