“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” Matthew 24:45
I have received the question multiple times on who the servant of Matthew 24:45 is. You might think, why is this question being asked. Well, the reason being is that various leaders after Brother Branham have raised up claiming to be someone important and they have claimed to be this wise servant. Many followers of Ewald Frank claim that he is the wise servant being spoken of. Remember, it says a faithful and wise servant. However, Ewald Frank, years ago committed adultery with his secretary, his wife divorced him and he is now married to another woman. We wish him the best and have no ill will, but this behavior cannot be referred to as faithful and wise. God is more than able to forgive every one of us. I don’t speak of forgiveness in any fashion. However, a man during the time of his ministry that commits such sins and then continues in his ministry even after being disqualified from it cannot be considered wise and faithful. We want to base our thoughts upon the Scriptures and not the interpretations of men.
The context of this verse is speaking of the time period referred to as the Days of the Son of Man in Luke 17:22-30. It is a parallel verse and discourse from Jesus Christ. The days of Noah and the coming of the Son of man are connected in these verses and in Luke 17:26. It is clearly referring to the end time period just before the rapture and the destruction of the earth by fire.
Jesus is explaining in verse 43 that if the master of the house knew the hour that the thief was coming they would be prepared for him. Jesus then says in verse 44 that they should be ready because in such an hour as they think not the Son of man comes. This is when he says, “who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household…” A search through the message yields no results when you look for the exact match “faith and wise servant”. Brother Branham has a sermon about Spiritual Food in Due Season. He doesn’t even read this verse in that sermon, but he uses the term “meat in due season” during it. The entire sermon is referring to the time that Elijah was fed by the ravens in a hidden place. As he starts his explanation, he refers to the prophets of old bringing their message to the people and that the Lord God would do nothing until he reveals it to his servants the prophets, referencing Amos 3:7 and then finishes by showing that today there is hidden food the world knows nothing of. He refers to the Scriptures fulfilled today.
“We notice here again, if the Word is in us and has come to us, as It did Elijah in that day, It’ll do the same thing that he did, he would feed on the secret Things of God which is hid from the world. Oh! Again, it makes the Message and the messenger as one. The spiritual Food is ready, and It’s in the season now. And each one of you can have this Food if you wish It, if you are willing to steal away from all of the unbelief of this hour, if you are ready to come into Christ, come into His promise.”
Brother Branham has now gone off the scene, and the catching away has not happened yet. As we read and looked at the verses, it refers to being ready when the thief comes. It is those feeding the Bride with the hidden food. Who is the faithful and wise servant that has been made the ruler of his family (household)? It is not a one man ministry. This is a challenge to every minister of the word of God, who rules the house of God, not as lords, but as servants. Verse 46 states, “blessed is that servant whom his lord when he comet shall find so doing.” It is clear this is a challenge to every minister of the Gospel to faithfully “give them meat in due season.” The food has been delivered by the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6, but there needs to be stewards that serve the family (the Bride) that food. It is not a one man ministry; it is a Bride ministry, called to be faithful to the Word.
“In every age we have exactly the same pattern. That is why the light comes through some God-given messenger in a certain area, and then from that messenger there spreads the light through the ministry of others who have been faithfully taught. But of course all those who go out don’t always learn how necessary it is to speak ONLY what the messenger has spoken. (Remember, Paul warned the people to say only what he said, I Corinthians 14:37, “If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD. What? Came the Word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?”) They add here, or take away there, and soon the message is no longer pure, and the revival dies down. How careful we must be to hear ONE voice, for the Spirit has but one voice which is the voice of God. Paul warned them to say what he said, even as Peter did likewise. He warned them that EVEN HE (PAUL) could not change one word of what he had given by revelation. Oh, how important it is to hear the voice of God by way of His messengers, and then say what has been given them to say to the churches.”
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