The Return – Live Stream (and more)

UPDATE: (9/27/2020) The Return was a very powerful event that I believe will prove to be historic in our nation’s unfolding destiny.  I have updated the link below to the live-stream replay of the gatherings Friday night and all day Saturday.  It is essential that the solemn call to national and global repentance and prayer continue in our lives, our nation, and our world.  The turning of our hearts and of a nation is never a “one and done” affair.  Never!  I pray this live-stream replay continues to inspire, challenge, convict, and radically change our hearts towards God in the days, weeks and months ahead!
-David

The Return 2020 begins its live-stream today, Friday, September 25, from 6pm -9pm EDT.  The main event streams from 9am – 9pm on Saturday, September 26.

The link for the live-stream is here:

THE RETURN live-stream REPLAY

I also wanted to pass on two calls to 40-days of fasting and prayer for our nation that began today, September 25th, forty days out from the election.  The links to those are here:

“Pray in Unity” – with Dr. Cindy Jacobs and others

and,

Very clearly the trumpet is sounding!

-David


Related:
The Final Call to Repentance and The Return
1857 Prayer Revival – Can it Happen Again?
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)

“The Sacrifices of God” – by David Bolton (original song)

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1857 Prayer Revival – Can it Happen Again?

Today, September 23rd, marks the anniversary of the beginning of this extraordinary prayer movement and the global revival that ensued.  I will let it speak for itself.

For a deeper dive into the events leading up to this revival, how it began, spread, its unique characteristics, and it’s national and global impact, please watch this excellent exposé!

The parallel of the times leading up to this revival and the present time is uncanny!  Now the trumpet and the torch are in our hands!

-David


Related:
The Final Call to Repentance and The Return
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)
Sowing and Reaping – by Dwight L. Moody (free audiobook)

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The Final Call to Repentance and The Return

About a month ago I had a very distinct and sustained impression in my spirit of a long, drawn-out trumpet blast.  The spiritual understanding that accompanied it was that the Lord was sounding an alarm and strong rallying call to His people to rouse them from their slumber and get them up to the front lines of the battle.  The specific assignment for His people was for them to engage in the battle for our nation through deep repentance and persistent, prevailing intercession.  These are the most powerful and needed weapons of warfare for the battle that is presently raging.  There was a sense of urgency, ultimatum, and finality that came with this strong and clear impression.

Following this experience, the Lord sovereignly led me to a book written by a dear sister in Christ, Eva Zarley, called, The Final Call to Repentance.  I listened to the audiobook version all the way through and felt that it truly hit the mark and resonated perfectly with what I had been sensing in my spirit.  It is the most thorough, articulate, and accurate call to repentance for the Church collectively, as individual believers, and to unbelievers that I know of.  Every point that is made is grounded in and backed up with Scriptures as well.  I also believe that it was written (and, in the audiobook, read) by the author in a very broken, humble, and obedient spirit.  (Many times in the reading of the book you can hear the author’s heart breaking as she delivers the message the Lord gave her to write.)  There is not much in this book that I disagree with and much that I heartily “Amen!”  I believe it is a significant, prophetic word from the Lord, “for such a time as this!”

I will come back to this book momentarily, but I also want to highlight a very timely and practical expression of what I heard and felt in my spirit that is planned to begin the day following the publishing of this post.  This is a movement and event called “The Return.”  I’m sure many of you are aware of this already, but I feel it is important to share the link and related video here to help further spread the word and to encourage the Body of Christ to solemnly participate in this national and world-wide call to fasting, repentance, and intercession.  The trumpet is sounding!!

Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there.  Our God will fight for us!”
Nehemiah 4:20 NIV

This call spans a ten-day period beginning with the Feast of Trumpets (September 18) and ending with the Day of Atonement (September 28).  Near the end of this period, on September 26, there will be a solemn assembly on the National Mall in Washington, DC that will also be simulcast to the Body of Christ across the nation and around the world. (There are links on the website for how you can participate right where you are.)

I believe this is a divinely-appointed call to prayer and repentance for God’s people and that the future not only of our nation, but of the nations of the world is literally hanging in the balance.  For those of you who are outside of the USA, I encourage you to join in this time of intercession as well for your own nation and also for America and the world.  We are all connected in one Body and are called to labor together for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven!

As part of preparation leading up to this specific event on the 26th, then, I want to, encourage you also to read or listen to the book, The Final Call to Repentance by Eva Zarley.  The free audiobook is published by Scribl and can be found in serialized podcast format here (login required.)  The print and Kindle versions are also available through Amazon, and the print book is, likewise, available through Barnes and Noble (all reasonably priced at $5.95)  Other options may also be found online.

This book truly captures the gravity of the need for repentance in this hour and also cuts to the heart of the specific sins we need to repent of.  I am personally committing to re-listening to the nine episodes of the audiobook podcast that relate to the Church corporately and the Christian individually for the nine days of September 18th through to the 26th, the day of the solemn assembly.  I will take one episode each day as a template for contemplation, repentance, and prayer for that day.  I invite you to consider joining with me in doing the same!

I know in my spirit that the trumpet is sounding long and loud!  I have heard it!  This is the time and this is the hour, even as God declares in Joel 2:

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.  
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.  Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.  Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar.  Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD.  Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations.  Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ”  Joel 2:12-17 NIV
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Here, then, is the link to “The Return” website and also the announcement video with Jonathan Cahn:

Website: https://thereturn.org/

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Finally, this call to repentance and prayer is not merely for a certain time and place and then we move on or go back to something else.  It is to be the Church’s constant vocation and calling until our Lord Jesus returns.  This post will undoubtedly be posted for months and years after this specific time frame and event has come and gone, but the relevancy of the call must never fade.  May the words and resources offered here be an ongoing source of inspiration and encouragement for those who read to continue on in this heavenly calling!  May we in this way fulfill the Lord’s words to “occupy until I come!” Luke 19:13 KJV


Related:
The Ministry of Intercession – by Andrew Murray (free audiobook)
A First Century Message to Twentieth Century Christians – by G. Campbell Morgan (free audiobook)  (exposition of Revelation 1-3: The Letters to the Seven Churches)
Call to a (Virtual) Solemn Assembly  (updated with follow-up report.)
“The Sacrifices of God” – by David Bolton  (original song)

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PRINCIPLES Book Revisited – (Restored PDFs and serialized audiobook page added)

The most popular of all pages and posts on this blog for the past six years has been the PRINCIPLES Book (Complete – PDF, mp3 and more) page.  This is the complete resource page for the book whose full title is: Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ by Gospel Fellowships.

In my description of the book I explain,

“This book is the collaborative work of over 100 brothers and sisters, from many different nations and backgrounds, and is a clarion call to the Church to return to her Christ-centered, New Testament roots and expression in these last days.  It is, likewise, a sobering call to prepare the Church for the coming global persecution which is prophesied at the end of the age.  (Matthew 24:9)”

I further expressed,

“I highly recommend this book as one of the most Christ-centered, comprehensive and spiritually practical books on the Church that I have read in a long time.  It not only communicates the truth concerning the life and practice of the New Testament Church, but also the spirit of the New Testament Church comes across powerfully through its pages.  In addition, it’s testimonies and insights from the underground churches in China, North Korea, and Iran are powerful, convicting and compelling.

I believe this is a strategic manual for the Church in this last day, given by the Spirit, to help prepare the Body of Christ for its end-time mission, as well as for the persecution that will undoubtedly accompany it.

The Church in the West desperately needs to hear this message…NOW!”

I fully affirm these words again today and feel even more strongly that “NOW” is even more “NOW” than ever!!

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In 2016, the PRINCIPLES book was revised slightly and the PDF links to some of the Introductory sections and the three Appendices became inactive (though the mp3 files did not.)  Through the help of one of the readers of this blog, I have recently been able to recover and restore the Appendices PDF files (except for one.)  I wanted to make the readers of this blog aware that they are now accessible again.  (This is also in keeping with the expressed desire/permission of Gospel Fellowships.)  These additional sections have some very substantial content in them and so I encourage you to look them over.  I’ve listed and linked the restored files below for you to easily access.

In addition to this, I’ve set up a page dedicated simply to the mp3 audio files of this book and have collected them according to the book’s major sections in a serialized playlist for consecutive listening.  This makes it much easier to listen through this powerful (professionally recorded) audiobook rather than downloading the individual files.  Below is a sample chapter and the link to the full audiobook page:

Principle 1 – Solely Looking to the Person of Jesus Christ

Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ
(free mp3 audiobook)

I encourage you to take advantage of this excellent, free resource and also to intentionally share it around.  The hour is coming when this may no longer be possible or to do so will have serious consequences!  As Jesus said, We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4 ESV.  I believe that such a time may be fast approaching for many if not all of us if the course of this world does not drastically change!  Now is the time, my brothers and sisters, to do His work!!

The full resource page with all reading, listening, and downloading options is here:

PRINCIPLES Book (Complete – PDF, mp3 and more)

The restored Appendices (PDFs) are as follows:

APPENDIX I – PREPARING THE BODY OF CHRIST FOR PERSECUTION
Preparing for Persecution; To be a Christian by brother Edgar
The Coming Tsunami of Persecution by brother Greg
A Plain Vision for Coming Persecution by brother Brian

APPENDIX II – SELECT TEACHINGS FOR GOSPEL FELLOWSHIPS
Chinese House Churches Interview by brother Denny
God’s New Thing by brother David
Submission and Leadership by brother Zac
Baptism of the Holy Spirit by brother Denny
Without the Holy Spirit of God by brother Chadwick
Loving Your Brothers and Sisters by brother Edgar

APPENDIX III – GOSPEL FELLOWSHIPS ADDITIONAL HELPS AND RESOURCES
Statement of Faith for Gospel Fellowships
Rereading the Book of Acts
Chronological Bible Reading of Scriptures
Gospel Fellowships Hymnal
Gospel Fellowships Readings

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Finally, I encourage you to visit the Resources section on this site to take advantage of other excellent free resources that are linked there.  The FREE AUDIOBOOKS sub-section, for instance, has dedicated pages for audiobooks by A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, R.A. Torrey, Catherine Booth, D.L. Moody, and more for your spiritual nourishment and edification!

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
Isaiah 55:2 NIV

May you be richly blessed by these anointed, print and audio offerings!

All blessings in Christ Jesus,
David


For more content related to the gathering of believers under the headship of Jesus Christ,  please see the following category link:
https://christcenteredchristianity.com/category/the-headship-of-christ/


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