The Return was truly a powerful and, I believe, history-shaping event. I was deeply moved by it and believe it deeply moved the heart of God! For those who partook of and engaged in it, I’m sure you would concur! It had all the marks of Divine providence upon it and the anointing of the Holy Spirit throughout was abundantly manifest! All glory to God for His mercy and grace!
As well as there being a great blessing that comes with initiatives and events such as this, however, there is also a great danger that can accompany them. After they have passed, we can easily hail them as “powerful” “history-shaping”, “deeply moving”, and the like, and then put ribbons on them, set them up on the trophy shelf, and move on with life pretty much the same as before. Such an attitude can not only undo much of the good that was done in people’s hearts, but also has the ability to provoke the Lord to remove His hand of mercy and grace that would have otherwise been extended as a result of the event.
God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel about such an attitude in the hearts of the people of Israel whom he was warning of impending judgement if they did not turn from their sins. The Lord said,
“As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 30:30-33 NIV
Jonathan Cahn delivered an anointed “watchman’s” word to the nation of America on Saturday morning as the primary address of The Return event. It was powerful and prophetic. I want to encourage everyone to watch and listen to his word (again.) Moreover, I want to encourage you to ponder it deeply in your heart, pray into it, and then put into practice whatever the Lord speaks to you concerning it. (I extend this encouragement to those of you who do not live in the USA as well, for there are universal principles shared that likewise apply to your nation, and the future of America will also impact, for good or bad, the future of the entire world. We are all in this together!)
There were many moments of deep and sincere prayers of repentance and intercession during this solemn assembly which I believe were deeply effectual both in the heavens and in the earth. In fact, it surpassed my expectations, which I admit were hopeful and yet slightly reserved. (I’ve been involved with a handful of other similar national gatherings and I’ve been disappointed that many seemed more about the speakers and singers than about actual, deep, collective repentance and extended periods of effectual fervent prayer from God’s people in the assembly.)
The fact of the matter, however, is that no individual heart, and certainly no nation, is ever turned around and brought back to an ongoing dedication to God through any single event, no matter how deep and moving it may be. It is primarily what gets set in motion and then carried on through an ongoing and perpetual returning, repentance, life of prayer, and obedience that is the lasting value of such events. In other words, it’s not about going to a concert of beautiful “loves songs”, its about actually becoming better “lovers!”
John the Baptist said to the Pharisees, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…” Luke 3:8 NKJV Or as the Complete Jewish Bible words it, “If you have really turned from your sins, produce fruit that will prove it!” So, now is the time that we need to put into practice what was declared, prayed, repented unto, and committed to. It is the fruits of repentance that God is now looking for, not a trophy event on the shelf!
Our nation, and the nations of the world are in a titanic spiritual and natural battle, and will be unto the end. The forces of darkness know that their time is short and the Kingdom of God is advancing against them with spiritual “violence.” (Matthew 11:12) We do not wage war with the weapons of this world, but with the weapons of prayer, fasting, intercession, humility, obedience, worship, the Word of God, and the word of our testimony. What has begun with this solemn assembly, then, must now be pressed forward unrelentingly! The RETURN isn’t over, it has only just begun!
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Unto that end, then, below are links to the entire live-stream “replay” of The Return, to the main address by Jonathan Cahn, and to some additional 40-day fasts that are underway leading up to the most consequential election of our lifetime! Please partake of these!
In addition, as long as I hear the reverberations of the “trumpet” in my spirit for this critical hour, I will also continue to put out some additional smaller posts with encouraging and edifying material for equipping the saints in this epic, end-times battle. I pray that you will be blessed and strengthened by them! The Lord of Hosts is with us! The trumpet is still sounding!!
The Return – Replay Three live-stream videos encompassing the entire two-day event.
Jonathan Cahn’s prophetic word to America:
40-Day Prayer Fasts to be joined:
Yours in the battle…and in the victory of Christ,
The Final Call to Repentance and The Return
1857 Prayer Revival – Can it Happen Again?
Call to a (Virtual) Solemn Assembly – [UPDATED with follow-up report]
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)