WASHINGTON, D.C. —Some of the most influential evangelical leaders from across the United States believe a juncture in American and global history is being approached that can permanently seal both the nation’s and world’s course, for bad or good, for calamity or redemption.
Many noteworthy leaders believe that America has been given a critical window of opportunity to re-pent and return to God. On Sept. 26, thousands of evangelicals will gather at the National Mall in Washington to pray for the sake of the nation and its people. This event is called The Return.
Jonathan Cahn, New York Times best-selling author of The Harbinger, The Paradigm, The Book of Mysteries and his newest book, The Oracle, says in a video on The Return website, thereturn.org, “America and much of Western civilization, was founded on a biblical foundation stone, but it has turned away from that foundation. We have not only driven God out of our public life, and have called what is good evil and what is sin good, but we have sacrificed the lives of over 60 million unborn children. And America’s fall from God is not only progressing — it’s accelerating — to the point that it is no longer just a falling away but a war against the purposes of God.
“I wrote in The Harbinger of the signs of judgment that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel— warning of calamity — that these same signs of warning have now appeared on American soil.
“The biblical template concerning judgment is that the nation so warned is given a space of time — to return or to head for judgment and calamity. We are now in that window of time, but if America continues on its present course, that window will come to an end and there will come a flood that will begin the end of religious freedom, even usher in persecution and seal America’s fall. And if America falls, it will affect the entire world.”
Believers and leaders who are already part of The Return include James Dob-son, Pat Roberson, Ann Graham Lotz, Alveda King, Kevin Jessip, Michele Bach-mann, Mike Lindell, Gordon Robertson, Marcus Lamb, Bishop Harry Jackson — and many more.
Cahn goes on to say that 2020 is crucial as it leads to a presidential election in which the stakes are higher and the necessity of prayer more critical than ever before. And even if the election goes in the direction of biblical values and righteousness — if America doesn’t see a spiritual turning, an awakening, repentance and revival — then all political, legal, judicial and cultural efforts will ultimately fail or be undone.
“We have a window of time, and the purpose of that window is return and revival,” Cahn continued. “Without that return, America will be lost. In the days following 9/11, people flocked to houses of worship, and it looked as if there could have been a spiritual revival and awakening. But it never came because there was no repentance. And without repentance, without a turning back, there can be no revival.
“But I have seen once in my lifetime the hand of God change the course of American and world history,” he added, “and it all began not in the halls of government but with the people of God who gathered in a sacred assembly in our nation’s capital with Scripture: ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their sinful ways, I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.’
“It can happen again. But if we don’t respond now at this most critical moment, we may never have the chance to do so again. ”
The central day of The Return will be Saturday, Sept. 26, in a sacred assembly according to what is laid forth in Scripture, in the nation’s capital. But it will also take place throughout America in events in cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, especially for those who can’t make it for the event in Washington. There also will be events and gatherings taking place in other nations around the world.
The Return will take place 40 days before the presidential election, and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, in the days of America’s founding and dedication to God.
Surrounding the “The Day of Return” on Sept. 26 will be 10 days, known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, to be set as a special time of prayer and repentance — starting on the Feast of Trumpets and ending with the Day of Atonement Sept. 18-28.
Visit thereturn.org to register and learn more.