Praise the Lord for this week of the National College Training! We thoroughly enjoyed this time and feel that it has truly been a landmark in the history of the Lord’s move. I’m sure you’ve already heard many reports regarding the number of students attending, countries represented, etc., so I won’t go into that.
This week has been truly the Lord’s work and the response to many saints’ prayers to close this age. We believe that the subject, “God’s Age-turners,” was not merely that, but that in the coming days, the Lord will truly fulfill what was spoken in all these messages, to gain His dispensational instrument, a group of age-turners to close and end this age.
What really impressed me is the Lord’s mercy in placing us here at such an opportune time. Watchman Nee put it best when he said,
Are we at the end of the age? If we are, the kingdom will soon begin. If a dispensational move is near, then God needs an instrument… What are we doing to close this dispensation? What are we doing to bring in the next age? This is a special time, so there is the need of special Christians to do a special work… We live in the most privileged time; we can do the most for God. (Watchman Nee, The Glorious Church, Appendix)
We could have been born in Abraham’s time or Noah’s time. We could even have been born among people who were not part of God’s chosen race at that time. Even if we were born in their family – surely Abraham and Noah did do something great to help turn their age – they did not complete the ultimate work of God. But saints, guess what, we are at the end of the very last age in the center of what God is doing today to close this age!
Heb. 11 describes all the saints who have gone before us by faith, suffering this, enduring that, but they were not perfected! The end of Heb. 11 tells us that apart from us, all the saints who have gone before us would not be made perfect. Heb. 12 then goes on to tell us that this cloud of witnesses is surrounding us, cheering us on, to finish this race. We are very likely at the very last leg of this race to finish God’s eternal purpose!
Matt. 24 says that just as the days of Noah were, so will the coming of Son of Man be. Surely this age is getting darker and darker. Just look at the news, even around you. These are the days of Noah! Surely these things tell you that we are at the end of this age! One would have to be blind to not see how dark this age is and how much it resembles the days of Noah! The coming of the Son of Man is near!
God has been waiting for this. He said He would come quickly almost 2,000 years ago, but where is He? He has been patiently waiting for a group of young people to rise up and meet this need. Not only has He been waiting for 2,000 years; this is something that’s been deep in His heart since eternity past, and here we are at the end of this age with the opportunity to do the most for God.
Saints, what are we doing to bring in the close of this age? Are we going to give our lives to a sinking Titanic or are we truly going to be the dispensational instrument to build up the Body, close this ultimate age, and bring the Lord back? Saints, have we seen the vision? If we have, we will realize there’s nothing on this earth worth giving our lives to!
Noah’s friends probably thought he was crazy when he was building the ark, but definitely repented when the flood came. However, by that time it was too late. Saints, we have the opportunity now to wake up, to sober ourselves and fully give ourselves to be the overcomers! We believe the Lord does not need those who are capable but only those who are available.
This call was sounded on the last full day, Friday night, of the training, and over 1,200 students rose up to consecrate themselves to the Lord to be the age turners. The prayers were straight from the Lord’s heart. We felt that the Lord has truly gained this generation. This was truly the fulfillment of Psa. 110:3,
Your young men will offer themselves willingly / In the day of Your warfare, / In the splendor of their consecration. / Your young men will be to You / Like the dew from the womb of the dawn.
There was a splendor that night. The consecrations were splendid not only in our eyes but also in the Lord’s eyes. The Lord was truly satisfied and refreshed by these consecrations. Not only that, we feel that there was the passing of a baton from the older saints to this generation after 12 leading brothers afterwards went up to the microphone and poured themselves as a drink offering upon the consecrations. We really believe that the Lord heard every single one of the prayers that night.
Not only that, after the meeting, singing the chorus of “Come, Lord Jesus” back to the dorm rooms, each of the trainees was given a sheet of paper to personally write a consecration to the Lord, in which they consecrated their lives, futures, jobs, time, and everything else they had to the Lord. May the Lord truly answer and keep each one of those prayers and consecrations.
To conclude, the time was thoroughly covered in prayer. We could literally feel the saints’ prayers. Everything from the transportation to the food service ran extremely smoothly, and the Lord’s anointing and blessing were visibly present. We hope that the Lord will truly use this generation to close this age and consummate His eternal purpose.
But in order for this to happen, we hope that all the saints will realize the need for prayer and rise up to pray and meet this need. This week was only the beginning. The Lord needs the continued working in the coming weeks, months, and years to fully work out and gain what He’s after. For this, continued prayer is vitally necessary. Without prayer, we cannot move on.
The Lord needs two generations to close this age. The Lord needs the young people whom He desires to gain and use, but without the older generation’s experiences, prayers, leading, covering, shepherding, and perfecting, it is impossible for the Lord to gain what He’s after. May the two generations work together to labor in the coming years to fully accomplish the Lord’s will so the Lord can turn this age. Lord Jesus, come quickly! Amen!
Sharing by bro. D. L. (USA) from what touched him the most during the 2015 National College Training in the USA. If you were at the training during this time and would like to share your testimony, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.