In ancient times, at critical times in Israel's history, they changed the course of history and saved a nation. America is now in deep crisis, more so than at any other time in our lifetime. Could it happen again?
On Saturday, Sept. 26, a biblical and sacred solemn assembly will take place in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. It will be "The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance." Called for by Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip, "The Return" will bring together believers and leaders from all over the nation who are coming to Washington to fulfill the ancient Scripture given for national restoration and revival:
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).
It will also follow the call and template of Joel 2: "Consecrate a solemn assembly."
"The Return" will take place in the most sacred time in the biblical year—during the "Days of Awe"—between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. "These are the days," said Jonathan Cahn, "which, from ancient times, are consecrated for repentance, for a nation to return to God." The book of Joel ordains that the priests of Israel play a key part in leading repentance and solemn assemblies. Cahn, "coincidentally," is a descendant of Aaron, born of the house of the priests of Israel.
As it also concerns the return of America to God, Kevin Jessip, who co-chairs the leadership of "The Return" and has long envisioned such a sacred assembly, is a descendant of those linked to the sailing of the Mayflower at America's spiritual founding. "The Return" will also take place during the 400th anniversary of that voyage.
"The Return" will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern by the Washington Monument—in the same way that the biblical assemblies of God began—with the sound of the trumpets and an ancient Hebrew prayer. As in Joel, it will involve leaders of God's people coming before God in repentance. "Before we can pray for America's return and repentance, we must take part in our own," said Cahn. The first prayers lifted up will be for the repentance of the church and the individual. Then will come the prayers of intercession for America and, since "The Return" is also global, prayers for the continents and nations of the world.
As in the sacred assemblies of the Bible, there will be the giving of the word, prayer, intercession and worship—along with prophetic acts. At 11 a.m. Eastern, Jonathan Cahn will deliver the keynote address—a prophetic word to America. At "The Return," the ancient scroll of Israel will be opened and the appointed word read to the assembly. There will also be the sounding of the shofar and the seven trumpets, the Aaronic blessing and much more.
"We believe that as we follow what God has set forth and required for revival, He will answer us," said Cahn.
As the solemn assembly involves leaders coming before the Lord, "The Return" will include everyone from Pat Robertson to Dr. James Dobson, Pat Boone, Billy Graham's daughter Anne Graham Lotz, Martin Luther King's niece Alveda King, Michele Bachmann, Gordon Robinson, Marcus Lamb, Pastor Robert Morris, Bishop Harry Jackson, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, Tony Perkins, actor Kevin Sorbo, Gen. William Boykin and many more.
Believers, buses and churches will come from all over America to the National Mall to be part of the event. But "The Return" will not be limited to those who come. All believers throughout the nation can take part in this sacred biblical assembly and prophetic event. "The Return" will be simulcast on a multitude of television stations and streamed over the web, so anyone can take part in their churches, their communities, their cities, and in their homes.
Beyond that, "The Return" is an international and global event. Believers from all over the world will be taking part by simulcast and streaming as they hold their own version of "The Return" in countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and more.
The following Christian organizations are partners of "The Return": 10 Days, A. Larry Ross Communications, All Pro Pastors International, America's National Prayer Committee, Anne Graham Lotz & Angel Ministries, Assemblies of God, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Bless Every Home, Calvary Chapel and Capitol Hill Prayer Partners.
Other partners of "The Return" include CBN, Charisma magazine, Church of God, Collide, CTN, Daystar Television Network, Engage Media Partners, EpicPay, Every Home for Christ, Family Research Council, Family Talk, Gateway Church, Hispanic Prayer Network, House of David Ministries, Incite Events, Intercessors for America, Jensine Bard Ministries, John Kilpatrick Ministries, MyPillow, National Christian Foundation, National Day of Prayer, Nicky Cruz Outreach, Outreach, Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America, Pre-Born!, Triple Horse Studios and World Evangelical Alliance.
"The Return" will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, on the National Mall at 9 a.m. Eastern—between the Washington Monument and Capitol Hill—and all around the world by simulcast on television and live-streaming on the web. There will also be a 'Return Eve: Next Generation' celebration the night before on Friday, Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m. and 'The Return Night Celebration' on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 6-9 p.m.
To find out about how you can be a part on the National Mall or by Simulcast, visit "The Return" at TheReturn.org or call **pray (**7729) to register and learn more. Follow "The Return" on social media at Facebook: @ReturnEvent2020; Twitter: @2020_Return and Instagram: @The_Return2020.
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