The Bible verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has taken on a new significance as the world has dealt with the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
But months before the sickness hit families, before world economies tumbled and before churches and businesses closed their doors nationwide, the organizers of the worldwide movement, "The Return," had this verse on their hearts.
"We have a window of time, and the purpose of that window is to return and for revival," says The Return co-leader and bestselling author Jonathan Cahn in a video with over 1 million views on The Return website. "Without that return, America will be lost. What can we do? What can you do? 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."
The Return is centered around a major event on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C.—40 days before the presidential election and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Surrounding "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 from Sept. 18-28.
Coordinated events within The Return movement will also take place throughout America's cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God, especially as America and much of Western civilization was founded on a biblical foundation stone but has turned away from that foundation.
Cahn added that 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," he said, "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. But I have seen, once in my life, the hand of God change the course of American and world history. 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 a Scripture: 'If my people who are by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.'
"It can happen again," Cahn added. "But if we don't respond now at this most critical moment, we may never have the chance to do so again. Since the time of 9/11, I've been calling for return, for repentance, for revival, not only as individuals, but as a nation, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. At the same time, a faithful man of God, Kevin Jessip, has for years carried the burden of a sacred assembly for that same purpose of restoration. We are convicted that now is the time."
Cahn and Jessip are joining with others such as Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Gordon Robertson, Anne Graham Lotz, Alveda King, Michele Bachmann, Marcus Lamb, Bishop Harry Jackson and many more, who are all helping to spread the word about The Return.
Jonathan Cahn is the author of The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, The Paradigm and The Oracle. He is also the president of Hope of the World Ministries and leader of the Jerusalem Center in Wayne, New Jersey. To get in touch, receive prophetic dates, and free gifts, go to HopeOfTheWorld.org or find Jonathan Cahn on Facebook.
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