Wednesday, December 6, 2023


                                       AALESUND ONE MONTH AFTER TRAGIC  FIRE 

                                                       Evangelist Fredrik Fransen

                                        Max & Ken Solbrekken - house that would not burn

                                FREDRIK FRANSEN:                                                                      NORWAY'S FIRE PROPHET

                                    By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Fredrik Fransen was an itinerant Gospel preacher in Norway around the turn of the 19th Century. At that time, it was almost impossible for a Minister to conduct Gospel meetings outside the Lutheran State Church. 

Fredrik Fransen had been invited to stay at the home of Andres Nor an elderly man, while evangelizing the city of Ålesund, which lies near the Ocean.

His work came to an abrupt stop when an agitated crowd turned ugly and threatening. The preacher was told in no uncertain terms that he was not wanted in that city and a very large, angry gathering of town’s people literally chased him out of Ålesund.


Just outside the city, Fredrik Fransen spoke to the angry mob with these words, "As you have driven me out of your city, one day all of you will flee from this city on this very road." 

About a year or so later a fire started when a cow kicked a torch in the Ålesund Preserving Company’s factory at 2:00 AM on January 23, 1904. A gale from the sea propelled the fire forward and almost the entire City burned to the ground. 

As the fire swept across the city devouring almost everything in its path, the owner of the house fell to his knees and prayed. His relatives said: "Hurry you old religious nut. Get out and run for your life." He answered: "I didn't start the fire and I'm not leaving." 

They said: “We are all carrying what we can to the top of the mountain. We will take your furniture, you old fool. You will die." He answered: "You are free to take what you want. I didn't start he fire and I'm staying."

An angel had visited him earlier that night explaining that judgment was coming but he would be spared. He must remain in his home because he would be protected!

The fire leaped over the house belonging to Andres Nor, the man that had given the preacher lodging. It is still preserved as a ‘heritage site’ until today.

The fire raced up the mountainside to the look-out (A restaurant is there now) and burned every one's furniture. True to Fredrik Fransen's prophecy, thousands of people literally ran for their lives out of Ålesund down the very road they had chased Fredrik Fransen.

Ten thousand people were able to get to safety and fortunately only one person died in the early morning fire! I have had powerful meetings in that city and have seen God's hand in saving and healing people!


At the 100th anniversary of the fire January 23, 2004, I was preaching in that city and was invited to the Museum at Midnight to hear the history and enjoy some musical renditions performed by their Orchestra.

 At midnight several hundred brave souls made a two to three hour walk about the city to hear the Curator/Historian relate some facts about the fire 100 years earlier. Pastor Haaken Nilsen introduced me to the Curator and informed him that I could speak Norwegian and that I knew the history of Fredrik Fransen. 

The Museum’s Curator said that the House had been recently struck from the tour, and he would be pleased if I would relate to the crowd the story of Fredrik Fransen and the reason the fire did not engulf that house, because many had not heard it.

I stood on a chair at about 2:00 AM and shared with several hundred die-hard History buffs the great historical event of the Ålesund Fire and why it happened, and that God not only loves us but also Judges mankind because of our sins. 

Everyone there were very attentive, and I prayed for their city and all their loved ones and our Revival crusade continued with God's blessing of forgiveness, healing and deliverance!


ACKNOWLEDGE your lost state: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isiah 53:6); “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)

2. BELIEVE the Gospel: ”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36); “And brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house.”  (Acts 16:30,31)

3. REPENT of your sins: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7) “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

4. RECEIVE Christ as your Saviour: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might saved.” (John 3: 16,17)

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”; Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to  Him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”   (Rev.3:20)

5. CONFESS Him as your Lord: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Rom. 10:9,10)

“And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save His life shall lose his own soul.” (Mark 8:34-38)

                                             Aalesund at night as it is today!

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