Internet Video Summary transcription - February 2015
/ Ewald Frank
nyelv : angol
Internet Summary – January 2015
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, this is brother Frank speaking to you from the International Mission Center in Krefeld, Germany.
We look back to a most wonderful weekend sharing the precious Word of God with many from different churches in different countries and on top of that over 1.200 were joined online to hear the messages that were being preached.
Beloved, the main theme is the promised return of our Lord and Savior and according to Mathew 25, verse 10, we know: They that are ready will go into the marriage and the door will be closed. And also in 2nd Timothy chapter 4, verse 8: "Those who love His appearing" and also in Hebrews chapter 9, verse 28: "He comes for those who wait for His appearing".
Our Lord and Savior came the first time to redeem us - He comes the second time to take the redeemed to glory – the Bridegroom will take His bride to the marriage.
Beloved, what really gets me is the many different interpretations and misunderstandings of brother Branham's statements. I want you to know this, and I say this in love: I knew brother Branham for 10 years, I translated his sermons since 1958 into the German language. Every sermon brother Branham preached was sent to me. I heard every sermon two-three times. I know what brother Branham believed, I know what he taught, so it really hurts me if false teachings are being presented in connection with brother Branham, his statements and his ministry.
William Branham was a man sent from God with the message that will forerun the second coming of Christ. So the space for the message to forerun can be 20, 40 or 50 years or 60 or 70 years. Since 1933 many years have come and gone, but the return of Christ will not be for a period. The return of Christ will be like the lightning goes from the East to the West and two will sleep on one bed and one will be taken and the other will be left.
And therefore, beloved, it is absolutely my responsibility before God Almighty to share with you also what brother Branham said in respect to the return of Christ. He spoke in the message "The Rapture", he says here two things: First what will happen before the Lord returns and what will happen when He returns and this is what we have to respect! It says here: "There are 3 things that have to happen before the Lord Himself appears." Do you understand? Do you hear? Things have to happen before He appears again. "These things have to happen before Jesus appears." And then brother Branham goes right to the message and says: "It is the living bread of life bringing forth the bride." Not rapturing the bride, but bringing forth the bride! And then the prophet also says: "It’s a message to get the people together!" Do you understand? It's a message to get the people together. "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."
I continue to read: "A message comes forth first. Now is lamp-trimming time. Rise, trim your lamps!" Well, the rapture and the return of Christ will be in a moment – not in 20, 40 and 50 years! This is calling-out time, this is preparation time and God is calling out His people. He says again: "Rise, trim your lamps!" That is Matthew 25: "Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him!" So a message like a shout goes forth to the living, to those who are now living, but at the return of Christ the shout will not be to the living in the US and Australia, New Zealand or Germany – it will be directed to the dead in Christ. And please, respect the Word of God.
Even brother Branham said like our Lord spoke to Lazarus with a loud voice: "Come forth!" (John 11:43) and he came forth, so with the voice of the command our Lord will speak the word and the dead in Christ will rise first and then we who are alive shall be changed and together we shall be taken up.
So, it says in 1st Thessalonians chapter 4… you just need to read prayerfully the text and believe every phrase of it! Every! Verse 13, 14, 15 – it is here about those who fell asleep in Christ and God will bring with Him. And then it says here: "For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not hinder or precede them who are asleep." And then: "For the Lord Himself…" Not a message! "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout…" That is not in the period of 30, 40 and 50 years! No and no again! The message is going forth now! The bride is being called! The bride is being prepared, but at the direct return of our Lord the dead in Christ shall rise first and we who are alive shall be changed and together we shall be taken up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
Brother, sister, if you don't believe this Word of God, who are you? What are you? If you don't respect the Word of God, if you say: "The prophet said..., the prophet said…" The prophet meant to say precisely what the Word of God says, because the Word of God comes to the prophet. The misunderstanding is not in what the prophet said! The misunderstanding is in what you are saying! And if you would take back everything the prophet said into the Word of God, you would have the same revelation. How many Scriptures could we read to show you from the Word of God… 1st Corinthians 15 from verse 51. It will be the moment and the dead will rise and those who live will be changed and together we should be taken up to meet the Lord in the air. (1. Thessalonians 4:17)
So this is the space of time when the message is going forth and the calling-out and the preparation is taking place. And beloved, it says in Acts chapter 1 from verse 9 to 11: "The same Jesus that was taken from you into heaven will come in the same way as you have seen Him going up to heaven." His resurrection was bodily! Not a thought, not a doctrine! The same Jesus, that was put into the grave rose on the third day and the same Jesus went to heaven and the same Jesus will return in the same way He went up to heaven. If you deny this, if you spiritualize the second coming of Christ, than I read to you where the Word of God really puts you. I read the same Bible brother Branham read – the Scofield Bible and I read to you from the 2nd epistle of John, verse 7: "For many deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh. This is the deceiver and an antichrist." Here you are. I read the same Bible William Branham read and I believe every Word of God.
Beloved, let us summarize what I am to say here today in the name of the Lord. I do have a divine commission, I do have a divine responsibility and every true man of God will preach the Word of God. Never would I preach any interpretation – no, I cannot and I will not! I have to preach the Holy Word of God!
So let's say it again: This is God's time and the message was given to us and I'm glad I'm not in the mess age – I'm in the message of the hour. And there is nobody on the face of Earth who esteems William Branham as high as I do. Not only that I drove with him in the same car, ate with him at the same table, but the same divine revelation God gave to His prophet, He gave to me and the same commission He gave to Brother Branham – to read 2nd Timothy chapter 4 – to him it was given in 1933, to me it was given in 1980 in the city of Marseilles in France: "My servant, rise and read 2nd Timothy chapter 4!" Brother Branham put this text into the foundation of the tabernacle in Jeffersonville. I leave it here where it is, but it is in my heart.
May the blessings of Almighty God rest upon you!
I could report of many, many things what God is doing right now in many countries. Let us pray and believe together and prepare for the return of Christ.
God bless you and be with you in Jesus' holy name. Amen.