Franz hasel

Sermon series on heroes featuring Franz Hasel, a non-combatant in Hitler's

  1. Alvin Reyes
    Sermon series on heroes featuring Franz Hasel, a non-combatant in Hitler's
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    • 1. Franz Hasel: A Thousand Shall FallAlvin L. Reyes MD
    • 2. Theme: Psalm 91 5-7• Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;• For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.• A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.
    • 3. This is an incredible story • About how to work up faith in God. • About faith in action, a Sabbath- keeping family who dared to keep their faith in the chaos of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. • About the miraculous acts of the Almighty on behalf of His faithful people.
    • 4. World War 2• Forty-year-old Franz Hasel, a Seventh- day Adventist literature evangelist, was drafted into the German Pioneer Company 699.• This company built bridges at the front lines.
    • 5. Before leaving for the war..• Franz had read in family worship, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day . . . a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee . . . For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways,” Psalm 91:5-11.
    • 6. The Hasel Family
    • 28. Adventists die in a bombing raid…• "The Bible is all lies! God doesn’t protect us. He doesn’t care what happens to us. We might as well not pray any more."• These words spill from 7 year-old Gerhard Hasel, who believed that God will protect believers from harm.
    • 33. War Medal • He earns the Maltese Cross because of his "good moral influence on the men in the entire company." • Franz is promoted and received new benefits, such as being relieved of all outdoor work.
    • 34. June 22, 1941• At 3 o’clock am Hitler launched the invasion of Russia. The Russians were surprised by the attack.
    • 35. • On June 30 the awaited order arrived: The Pioneers were to enter Russia the following day.
    • 36. • Pioneer Company 699 moved into Russia as far as the Caucasus. They felt they had arrived in Eden with grapevines and pomegranates heavy with fruit.
    • 37. Franz’ Unit
    • 38. • The people were friendly, welcoming the Germans as liberators from Communist rule. For the time being the Pioneers were stationed near Mount Elbrus, at 18,510 feet the highest mountain in Europe.
    • 39. Mount Elbrus
    • 40. Back to war…• His sergeant notices that he is the man in their company who does not get even a scratch or a bruise. The bullets always seem to miss Franz.
    • 64. To one of his officers…• "Because of my Christian beliefs, you have wanted to do away with me all during the war. Now those same Christian beliefs are going to be your salvation because I am not going to turn you in for war crimes."
    • 65. • Franz Hasel was released by the American forces only ten days after he surrendered. His youngest son Gerd was the first to meet him along the road some distance from the village.
    • 66. • Soon Helene was in his arms. There would be difficult days of famine and hardship ahead. Yet the war was over, and they were safe.
    • 67. Family reunion• The family knelt together while Franz prayed. “Lord, all through the war You protected us and, in the end, brought us back together safely. Thank you. Thank you!”
    • 68. A Mighty Fortress• The family rose, formed a circle, and once again sang their favorite hymn: – “A mighty fortress is our God . . . “We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us . . . “The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still, His Kingdom is forever.”
    • 69. • At the end of the war, when they return to their city of Frankfurt, the Hasels discover that their home is still standing amidst the destruction.
    • 70. Frankfurt after the war
    • 71. 1,200 minus 7= 1,193• All but seven of his 1,200-man unit died in the war. Three of whom were not wounded;• Franz Hasel, the man with the wooden pistol is one of these three.
    • 72. Franz at peace-time
    • 73. Susi Hasel• Susi Hasel was born in 1943 to Franz and Helene Hasel. She is married and currently is the Registrar of Pacific Union College, Angwin, California. (email:
    • 74. Gerhard F. Hasel• Gerhard became Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Andrews University.
    • 75. Some lessons from FranzHasel’s life:
    • 76. 1. Be true to your faith.• The truth will always be true- no matter who twists it. It cannot be hid. It will always come out.• Stand on the truth.
    • 77. Loyalty unto death!• Practice loyalty to self, family, friends, truth and God.• Don’t sell your principles for money, position, privileges.
    • 78. Our High Calling p357• Daniel did not seek to hide his loyalty to God. He did not pray in his heart, but with his voice, aloud, with his window open toward Jerusalem, he offered up his petition to heaven.
    • 79. 2. The majority isn’t always right.• Be aware of the “mob” reaction.• Be wary of people who force their morality on others (esp. leaders).
    • 80. The SDA Church Apology: Lateby 60 years• Church Leaders say “We’re Sorry”: German and Austrian Churches apologize for Holocaust actions. (May 2005 Advent Echo)• We "deeply regret" any participation in or support of Nazi activities during the war. The church bodies "honestly confess" a failure "in following our Lord" by not protecting Jews, and others, from that eras genocide.
    • 81. Acts of the Apostles p68• In matters of conscience the majority has no power." – Merle dAubigne, History of the Reformation, b. 13, ch. 5.
    • 82. 3. Determine not to kill.• Make a stand on combat duty, abortion and euthanasia.• We also kill ourselves with bad health habits.
    • 83. • We can also kill reputations by gossip and kill others’ faith by bad example.
    • 84. 4. Know & trust God personally.• Walk with God on a daily basis.• Trust Him on minor and large, secular and spiritual issues.
    • 85. • Remember, you are set aside for a holy purpose.• You are not to copy the ways of the world- in speech, dress, food, methods and actions.
    • 86. Gospel Workers p373• We must know Christ personally. Then only can we rightly represent Him to the world. Let the prayer constantly ascend…Wherever we are, we must let our light shine forth to the glory of God in good works. This is the great, important interest of our life.
    • 87. 5. Keep the Sabbath.• Keep the Sabbath (including the edges) and it will keep you.
    • 88. Isaiah 58:13, 14• If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, and the holy of Jehovah honorable; and shalt honor it, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
    • 89. The 2nd Commandment with aPromise• …then shalt thou delight thyself in Jehovah; and I will make thee to ride upon the high places of the earth; and I will feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.
    • 90. God’s Amazing Grace p.156• It (the Sabbath) is the sign that now distinguishes Gods people as they come out from the world to enter the heavenly rest. The Sabbath is a sign of a relationship existing between God and His people, a sign that they honor His law.
    • 91. Gospel Workers p209• Those who sanctified the Lord God in their hearts by a strictly devotional frame of mind, and who sought to improve the sacred hours in keeping the Sabbath to the best of their ability, and to honor God by calling the Sabbath a delight,
    • 92. Cont…• --these the angels were specially blessing with light and health, and special strength was given them. – Vol. 2, p. 702.
    • 93. The Sabbath a sign• In all ages the Sabbath has been the test of loyalty to God. "It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever," the Lord declares. • Gospel Workers, pp. 148, 149. (1915)
    • 94. Final Word From Our Sponsor• Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;• For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    • 95. Psalm 91: 7• A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.
    • 96. Salamat po.
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