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Thousands of people think so and are converging on the National Mall for an event called "The Return." But the historic gathering is not only taking place on the National Mall, it is reaching people throughout America and the world through livestreaming on the web and simulcasts on television.
Gatherings, assemblies and events are taking place on all six continents—involving tens of thousands of churches. Many churches are joining together for citywide or regionwide gatherings—from Brazil to India, from Germany to Nigeria, and to Israel, the Mount of Olives. They, along with families in their homes, will be taking part in "The Return." It is estimated that tens of millions of believers are in some way taking part.
"The Return" is the National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance, called for by Jonathan Cahn, author of the just-released The Harbinger II, and Kevin Jessip, who helped organize it.
"The time is critical," said Cahn. "If we don't respond and rise up to the call of God to return, we may pass the point of no return. America hangs in the balance between life and death, revival or calamity."
Cahn became well known with the release of his first book The Harbinger, which reveals the parallels between the signs of judgment that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel and the same signs of judgment that have now appeared in America. "We've been replaying the ancient biblical mystery of judgment. And since The Harbinger came out, the mystery has only increased, the template has continued, and America now stands in much greater danger in the years since that time."
According to Cahn's latest book, The Harbinger II, all signs are pointing to an ending in the window of time, a period of grace, given to America after the shaking of 9/11.
"This is all part of the biblical template," Cahn said. "The nation under judgment is given a span of years to return to God. In the years after 9/11, America has not only not turned back to God, but it has deepened and accelerated its fall from God. The next thing that happens in the mystery is that great shakings come upon the nation. We are now watching it happen. It is a danger sign of coming judgment."
What does "The Return" have to do with all this?
"The one hope America or any such nation has is to return to God. In the case of ancient Israel, this could take place in sacred gatherings devoted to repentance," Cahn said. "'The Return' is a sacred gathering in the nation's capital and around the world with one purpose: return or, in other words, repentance. The Lord gives us this promise: 'If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.' 'The Return' is based on this promise.'"
Why is the timing of "The Return" critical?
"We are less than 40 days away from the most critical election living memory," Cahn said. "We are watching our nation hanging in the balance, overtaken by a virus, paralyzed by a lockdown, rattled by an economic collapse, and shaken by violence and the breakdown of civil order. Now is the time we must return."
"The promise rests on the words 'If My people ..." Cahn said. "Thus the people of God are critical. So the call of 'The Return' is to all of God's people regardless of denomination or background. And people are coming from all over the nation, even the world, to be part of it because there is a wide sense among God's people that we are at a critical juncture, and only prayer can save us."
As in the days of the Bible, "The Return" will open up with the sound of trumpets at 9 a.m. by the Washington Monument, and then will involve the repentance of God's people, followed by their priestly intercession for America and the nations. At 11 a.m., Cahn will deliver a prophetic word to America.
"The Return" will also involve worship, praise, intercession, the Word, prophetic acts and more.
"We will close," Cahn said, "with a mass sounding of shofars and then the ancient Aaronic blessing. Most important will be that God shows up in power—for revival. And that's what we'll be praying for. Without revival, America is lost. But with revival, all things are possible."
To take part in "The Return" live and in person, just go to the National Mall, which is between Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. It's free and open to all. To take part in your church or home, just go to TheReturn.org or charismanews.com for the simulcast.
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