30. 01. 2022, 10:00, Krefeld, Germany
Dear brothers, dear sisters! I greet you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are grateful that we can hear the Word of God again today, that all who are joining us online today receive the same blessing. We from Zurich wish all brothers and sisters around the world a blessed New Year 2022, good health and much joy. A year has passed, an eventful year, and a new year has begun. We ask ourselves, what does this new year bring with it? Dear brothers, dear sisters! Don‘t fear, the Lord will also lead us through this year. And I thank him, I thank the Lord, that He took us by the hand, that He has sown His word in our hearts so that we may have eternal life. We can only thank God, praise Him that He leads us through this new year. The one thing I ask the Lord: “Lord, come soon”.
I would like to read a Word, from 1 John 5, from verse 5 to 21:
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen!"
A wonderful Word that we have just read now. Our God is Jesus Christ. He gives us eternal life. Let us pray.
Faithful Lord! Praise, glory and thanks be to you also for today. Lord Jesus, anoint the lips of brother Frank that he may bring us your true and holy Word. Open our hearts, Lord Jesus, that the seed may be sown into it, that it may bring fruit. We can only thank you, praise you and glorify you for all your goodness, for your love that you have shown unto us to this day. Faithful Lord, bless all your people! Bless Israel! Bless our beloved brother Frank that he may bring us the true Word. Bless also all the ministering brothers, especially those brothers who are translating this sermon today. Bless them, bless us, and to you be praise, glory and thanksgiving in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for this wonderful Word of introduction, read by Brother Keller. Unique. One could go into every verse and we will also come back to it later.
When we think about how much grace God has also given us here in Zurich – from 1969 I preached on every last Sunday of the month. Well over 600 sermons I preached here in Zurich. And now we hear some of these sermons, especially from the eighties, again and again, and worldwide it is proving to be a blessing as never before.
Before we come back to these precious verses from 1 John 5, let me say somethings for clarification. I have said that Brother Branham did his part, that I did my part and that all brothers in all languages worldwide have done their part. And from this then followed the misunderstanding that now everything came to its end. No, dear brothers and sisters, only at the return of the Lord will everything concerning the Church come to its completion. And until then we will proclaim the precious, revealed, holy Word. I just meant that I can't do any more mission trips because of the overall situation and also the age got hold of me. You can all see it. I have become old and weak, but I am healthy, to the Lord be the thanks. When you have reached the age of 89, then there is only one step left to reach the age of 90.
And I look back to all these years in which the Lord has led, has given instructions. And today I briefly want to refer to the ministry of Brother Branham and also to the ministry that is taking place now. You all know that I have heard about Brother Branham since 1949, that I read this book in 1953, "A Man Sent from God". "William Branham – a man sent by God". And then followed 1955 and all the other times in which I could be together with Brother Branham.
But because it is a January right now, let me point out the following. It was in January 1950 when this photograph was taken of Brother Branham with the supernatural light with the pillar above his head [Gn 13:21] and this photograph was sent to Washington by the Douglas Studio so that it is examined whether it is authentic. And here we have the entire report of Dr. George G. Lacy of January 29th, 1950, and he examined it and had to testify that, "The light was there, otherwise the camera could not have taken it."
We are grateful to the Lord God for the confirmation of the divine commission of this man of God who had both – an evangelistic and a prophetic ministry and to whom it was said already in June 33 from the same light before couple of thousand of people as he stood in the Ohio River:
"As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the First Coming of Christ, so you are sent with a message that will forerun the Second Coming of Christ."
To this yet the remark that I myself was in Washington, that I have seen this photo with my eyes in Washington D.C. in the Hall of Art and then held it in my hands.
God has made sure that I could be an eye and ear witness of what God has done in our time.
But now comes the difficult part. Millions have heard that Brother Branham received a special call, a direct commission to bring the message. But the same man of God received the commission to store in the food, the Word promised for this time with all the promises, to preach it, to store it in and that then the time would come in which this message would reach the whole earth and be preached.
And you all know, I have said it often enough. Brother Branham has been to exactly 15 countries, preached in exactly 12 countries, only preached evangelistic sermons and prayed for the sick. And after 1963, after the opening of the seals, he only made one more trip to South Africa. And in his passport it was written, "May only participate in hunting trips, but not in Christian meetings." He was in South Africa before that, when the most powerful meetings took place there, when probably 500,000 people came together to hear the Word of the Lord. And if you read the report carefully, it were probably the largest and most powerful meetings with so much healings of the sick ever to take place in a church service.
And Brother Branham reports that Sidney Smiths, the mayor, phoned him in the hotel to look out the window and see the procession, how crutches and stretchers and beds were loaded with some trucks, little trucks and they made the procession through the city and sang, "Only believe, only believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
But then, came this visit, in 1965, and under tears he prayed with brother Sidney Jackson, saying in his prayer, "Faithful Lord, if I cannot be the one who brings the message to this country, then you will see to it that someone will come who will preach your message here."
And now we really come to the difficult point, which is particularly difficult for me to refer to. Firstly, because I have already spoken about it many times. And if one has to say time and again, some people will be happy about it, others will be upset and say: "Now he's testifying of himself again."
Brothers and sisters, I am not here to give testimony of myself, but of the Lord and of that our Saviour has done by His grace. And so that all worldwide, especially all ministering brethren, know once and for all what the Lord determined for this phase. Therefore, we will read the Word from Matthew 24, verses 45 to 47 in a moment. And I really want to say to this: I did not know that such a text was written, nor did I know what would be contained in it. But the day came (I have already told you this and I will be very brief) in Edmonton when Brother Bablitz said on that Saturday, "Brother Frank, Brother Branham's ministry is in the Bible. Shouldn't your ministry be in the Bible too?" And I sharply rebuked him and told him to shut up: "How can my ministry be written in the Bible?" So really I cut him short, as they say. And we went on talking. That was the Saturday in Edmonton, Canada.
On Sunday morning, the sun was already shining in the room and I was already dressed for the day, I stood up and reached over to take my Bible. And that's when it happened – so clear as you hear my words, the Lord stood at the right side of the window and said, "My servant, I ordained you, according to Matthew 24 verses 45 to 47, to give out the food in due season." This is as true as God lives, this is "Thus saith the Lord". And now we read these verses. I ask Brother Borg to read them.
We read Matthew 24, verse 45 and 46:
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing?"
One moment, let's stop right there. "Who then is a faithful and wise servant…?" Until that September in Edmonton, during the 2000 years, all could have asked: "Who is it?", "Who will it be?" But since that day when the Lord spoke to me personally, I knew who it was. And here is the point, please read again – of the household (servants), that the food is given to the household. Please:
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household…"
"Has made ruler over his household!" Next:
"… to give them food in due season?"
I ask all to respect this Word, and whoever cannot respect it, please close your Bible, and go home. Finish. Whoever cannot respect what the Lord has personally said in His Word, please close the Bible and go home.
Here is the point, the most important point before the return of Jesus Christ our Lord. All of us, especially all ministering brethren, you know the Holy Scriptures. You know what is written in 1 Corinthians, in the 12th, in the 13th, in the 14th chapter about the ministries in the Church. You all know what Paul wrote to the Ephesians.
"God has set in the church the various ministries: Apostles, Prophets, Shepherds, Teachers, Evangelists." [Eph 4:11]
These are ministries set by God. But now, now, before the return of Jesus Christ, not every brother can continue in his field as he had until now! That is no longer possible! Now the revealed holy Word as the last message, as the spiritual food for the people of God, must be given to the whole household, be it apostle, be it prophet, be it evangelist… whoever he may be. Whoever has now a ministry from God will accept that what God has ordained for the household, and whoever does not accept it has no ministry from God!
This is the holy consequence which we have to take from this Word of God! And whoever is not ready for it may he, just carry on like before.
And we all know, dear brothers and sisters, that at the end the Church must be one heart and one soul, that it cannot go in different directions, cannot spread various teachings and interpretations. No, Brother Branham has seen that the Bride got out of lockstep and that it was a witch who led her. But this time is over.
The true Church is now delivered from any strange influence and is placed under the divine influence – the true, Holy Word message as it was given to our beloved brother Branham by God, how it was revealed to him. And how often he said, "The message is: Back to the Bible, back to the apostles' doctrine, back to the beginning." How often he spoke of the restoration, that the Lord remains in heaven until the times of restitution of all things in the Church… And then he makes the difference between "Church" and "Bride" and says, "The Bride is called out of the Church before she can be presented to the Bridegroom."
So, dear brothers, you who have part now worldwide in the proclamation, having part in the giving out of the divine food which Brother Branham stored in, that we have been proclaiming worldwide for 55 years, please take this divine commission seriously! Renounce all interpretations, be it an interpretation about seven thunders, about all the different heresies… renounce them! Preach only what you can preach from the Holy Word.
And therefore, the emphasis once again: Dear ministering brethren, God has taken care for it that I was acquainted with the ministry of Brother Branham for 10 years, that I knew him personally. And how often shall I say it? Sitting with him at the same table, eating, I was in his house, drinking tea with him. Brothers and sisters, God has really taken care for everything.
But because I have made this statement that Brother Branham did his part, and I did my part and the brothers did their part, therefore it was necessary to give this clarification.
Please dear ministering brothers, preach the holy Word, give out the precious food, so that the Bride can be brought into lockstep!
And if I mention this now… When Brother Green told me many years ago that in Tucson there are 9 different message churches and in all cities, in all countries there is so much disagreement, so many interpretations, so many directions…
God seeks today His household whom He ordained to pass on that what we throughout all these years could give out by His grace. And so I ask all so that the Bride can be brought into lockstep.
And let me say this briefly before we come back to the Word of introduction. Don't we realise that we have arrived at a time when Matthew 24 is being fulfilled altogether? Wars, rumours of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences, everything is happening in our time.
But the Lord took care for it. And He not only said:
"And when you see all these things … then … lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." [Lk 21:28]
He also said that what would happen before the coming of the Bridegroom. He foretold it very clearly. And let me also say it here very clearly: It had to come this way (please listen carefully), so that also the second part of Matthew 24, namely verse 48 to the end is fulfilled, that the foolish servant thinks by himself, "My lord delayeth his coming."
There is always both. First God sends his servant, and then somebody comes on the scene who also pretends to be a servant. And it was the same with our Lord who sowed the seed. And behind him came the enemy and sowed his seed.
I say it again before the living God. The verses 45 to 47 came forth from the mouth of the Lord, and were emphasized that which referred to me. To whom do the next verses refer, maybe to the one who visited me recently, he is born in 1960, and, said: "Listen, the Lord is far from coming. I guess it will take another 15 years." Yes, there are enough brothers who refer to brother Branham, to the message, and who have no idea of what God is doing at the present time, but instead they mislead the people.
God has given a commission, Brother Branham carried it out, I carried mine out, that I preached the Word. And at the moment, we are listening to what Brother Branham preached in the 60's, and what I preached in the 80's; and the whole world hears and all who are part of the Bride they have part in that what God is doing right now. Blessed and praised be our Lord!
Now we come back to some verses. Please.
We read from the 1st John chapter 5, verses 11 and 12:
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Amen. That is how it is. God himself gave testimonies.
Dear brothers and sisters, from the beginning of the New Testament God gave testimonies. At the birth, in the ministry of our Lord and even at the baptism, God Himself bore witness and especially about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Oh, how precious are the Scriptures! We received the adoption of sons and God Himself gave testimony of His Son. We will read it just in a moment. "And He that hath the Son of God, who believed the testimony of God, he has eternal life." Oh, blessed and praised be our God! Believe the testimony of God. Please.
We read from Gospel John 8 chapter verse 18:
"I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me."
Wonderful! Our Lord and Redeemer testified of that what took place, and God Himself bore witness. The Son could confirm what the Father has said and what took place, and the plan of salvation came thus to fulfilment. The testimony of the Son was the testimony of the Father, and we are so grateful to God for the total conformity. Please keep on listening.
We read from the 1st Epistle of John, 5th chapter, verse 8 and 9:
"And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."
There are three who bear witness. Our Redeemer went to the river Jordan and was baptised, and He said, "It becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." [Mt 3:15] And thus it happened, and we see the Spirit, the water and the blood everything belongs together. Whether it is baptism, whether it is redemption through the blood, whether it is the baptism of the Spirit – all belong together. There are three that bear witness, and we agree with the testimony of God. Please.
From Matthew, the 3rd chapter, verse 16 and 17:
"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!"
Blessed and praised be our God! John could be a witness of that the Spirit came down in the shape of a dove. He heard the voice of God coming down from heaven. "This is my beloved Son." God gave testimony. Blessed be our Lord! "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." What a grace that men of God, in this case John the Baptist, could be present when God gave testimony.
Brothers and sisters, especially all ministering brethren, God over and again gave testimonies and we believe every testimony which God has left unto us. And we are grateful that to us these reports have been kept, that we have it black on white and can read what took place.
"This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
Let us remember the Word of Scripture:
"At the acceptable time, I have heard thee." [2Kor 6:2, Isa 49:8]
Let us think of 2 Corinthians 6 of the acceptable time, of the day of salvation. First God's well-pleasing had to rest upon the Son of God before it could rest on all sons and daughters of God. Let us read on.
We read Matthew 17, verse 5:
"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him!"
Thanks be to the Lord God. I most certainly have said it many times. In Matthew 3: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased" and here in chapter 17 the text is added: "Hear ye him!" Let me say it, dear brothers and sisters: He who is born of God, he who is truly born again by the seed of the Word through the Spirit of God, he who has received eternal life, there has to come to the moment where God's well-pleasing rests on us. It has come down on us. As certain as we have just read now: "Hear ye him!", so certain all the elect, all who are born again, all who are filled with the Holy Spirit, all who are led by the Holy Spirit, they will hearken to no one anymore but only to Jesus alone!
And as it is written that there were Moses and Elijah, but at the end they saw no one but Jesus alone.
Brothers and sisters, not Moses, not Elijah, not Brother Branham, not Brother Frank, not Paul and Peter. Now the moment has come when all that these men sent from God preached, what they practised, was summarised in the term "end-time message". And we all know that we have arrived to the end.
And as certain as it is written: "Hear ye him", so certain will all the elect never again listen to this and that, to this false heresies and that, but to him, to him alone, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks [Rev 1:13, 2:1].
Brothers and sisters, we are coming to the end. I am overwhelmed by the grace of God. And we all know in which time we have arrived at.
Brother Borg, do we have another scripture?
Yes, we read from Ephesians 1, verse 7:
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace…"
Amen. It just belongs to it. One can't preach a single sermon without getting to the heart of it, namely to the precious blood of the Lamb of God. To the blood of the New Covenant, to the finished work of redemption on the cross of Calvary.
"God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself." [2Kor 5:19]
We were reconciled with God. And as Brother Branham emphasised a few times: Before God we are as if we had never sinned. The letter of requirement is torn to pieces [Kol 2:14], the debt is paid for, we can go out free, justified by faith in the finished work of redemption on the cross of Calvary.
Let us once again say in the summary: God gave promises for the first coming of Christ and they were all fulfilled. When the time was come, then it happened. John the Baptist came on the scene and he could say when he was asked who he was in John 1, he was able to say, in verse 23, "He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord." The two scriptures Isaiah 40 and Malachi 3 verse 1 were fulfilled. The man stood there and he said: "You don‘t have to ask anymore who it is. I am the voice of him who cries in the wilderness." In the prophet Isaiah it was only written, "A voice is cries in the wilderness," and the man of God could say, "I am this voice of him who cries in the wilderness." The same with Brother Branham. He could really say, "Here it’s being fulfilled what God said through the prophet Malachi, »Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the children to their fathers«…" And then the man of God and prophet emphasises: "This happened in our time, that the hearts of the children of God were turned back to the faith of the apostolic fathers."
He knew how to see and place his ministry biblically. He who has a ministry from God, brothers and sisters, already in the promise in the Old Testament that all the Gentiles would see the glory of God. And what happened? When Paul, the man commissioned by God, when he carried out his ministry, he suddenly says in Acts 13:
"It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." [Acts 13:16, 46-47]
What was it? Every man of God knew where he was placed by God. Should it be any different today? Is Jesus Christ not the same yesterday, today and forever? [Heb 13:8]
Let us thank to the Lord. And please, believe me, I, the very least of all God's servants, I found grace and have preached the Word throughout the world, established the contacts. And now because I can no longer travel, we have the possibility to broadcast the sermons in all the channels worldwide in all languages and all can hear, all can experience their preparation.
And let me say this quickly: We don‘t live in the time of the calling out. We are living in the time of going in, going into every promise which will become a reality in the Bride Church. God will finish his work, as it is written. And by grace we may have part in it. I don't just want to have preached, I want that all who hear God's Word now to be able to believe with all their heart.
And let me make here this remark: There is a German saying, a proverb: What I think and do myself, I believe everyone else thinks and acts the same way. There are people who say: "Yes, Brother Frank, he speaks about that the Lord spoke to him." And then comes the question mark: "Were you there? Did you hear it? Could it really have happened like that?" If you are a liar yourself, you will expect lies from others. If you are truthful, you will expect from others, and especially when it is about God’s matters, you will expect God's truthfulness in the one who preaches God's true Word. And until today, I didn‘t preach and testify anything else but only that what the Lord commanded me. And I am grateful to the Lord for every instruction, for everything what He said and did and for that what is happening worldwide now.
So, may all of the household continue and give out the stored in food that was given out and especially it was given to the the household. May you find grace with God and may you prepare to the people of God a pure holy table with only divine food.
And as our Lord said: "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedth from the mouth of God." [Mt 4:4, Deu 8:3]
So, beloved brother, preach only every Word as it came forth from the mouth of God and as it is written in the Holy Scriptures and the Lord will bless you and all who listen and by God's grace we will be brought into step with God and God's Word together at the same time internationally. And the Lord God will bring His work to completion, will send early and latter rains. Everything will happen as the Lord has promised.
To Him, the Almighty God, be the glory and be all blessed, in the name of the Lord, you who can believe with all your heart and who receive and you who got the Word revealed to you by God. Because that’s how the Lord asked in Matthew 13, "Have ye understood all these things?" [Mt 13:51] May all of you understand everything correctly.
Be blessed in Jesus' holy name, Amen.
We stand up for a prayer.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your precious Word that we have heard. Your Word is spirit and life, your Word accomplishes what you send it to do, in those who believe it. We thank you for this sermon, for the wise servant whom you have placed in our midst.
Heavenly Father, bless your people here in Switzerland, in Austria, in Germany, bless your people worldwide who hear your Word, believes and does according to it. In Jesus' name. Amen. Amen.