Today is the second “series within a series,” when I invite VIPs to share their favorite Bible passages with Townhall readers. The first was Vol. 9 with Harry Hargrave, President of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., and continues now with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn.
There is a specific reason why I asked Cahn to be my Bible Study “guest.” Next Saturday, September 26, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Rabbi Cahn is co-leading an event of critical importance – “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance.”
Many readers are familiar with Cahn, who leads Hope of the World Ministry and is a prophetic New York Times bestselling author of numerous books starting with “The Harbinger.” Cahn’s newest “The Harbinger II: The Return,” (currently No. 8 on the NYT list) continues to warn about the inevitable consequences that beset a nation when it has turned away from God.
For this study, I asked Cahn to select verses that justify “The Return” event, and he chose the following:
2 Chronicles 7:14 — 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Jonathan Cahn: This most crucial of promises was first given to Solomon as he prayed for his nation and specifically for mercy if it should turn against the ways of God. Its principles, though, are universal as America has turned away from, and increasing wars against, His ways.
According to the biblical template that I explored in The Harbinger, there is a time period given to that nation to turn back to God. Increasingly, there are red flags and danger signs that this “window” is approaching an end. In fact, one of the mysteries opened in The Harbinger II points to 2020 as a critical year, a year of shakings – and why I had to write and release the book now.
If we are nearing the end of this “window of grace” then it is all the more critical that we take this Scripture seriously. Many wonder if America has passed the point of no return. But, before we accept that, we must do everything we can to take God at His word, and 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a promise from God.
For this reason, we have called for “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance.” It will begin the morning of Saturday, September 26, on the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and Capitol Hill. I pray that it will be a momentous and prophetic event. The organizers see it as a Sacred Assembly for God’s people to come together in the nation’s capital—in prayer and repentance—to intercede for our nation, and for end-time revival. Without repentance, there can be no revival. But with repentance, the heavens can be opened.
Interestingly, the context of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is set in the previous verse “..or send a plague among my people.” Amazing. We now have a plague — and it is time to follow the instructions written in 7:14. Furthermore, The Return will not only take place in Washington, D.C., but all over America: in churches, towns, cities, and homes by simulcast on television and live-streaming on the web. It’s open to everyone!
Revelation 3:1-3 — I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
Cahn: These are sober warnings to the church that we can apply to our own day. The Lord called us (believers) to be a light to the world. Had we been the light to America, this nation could never have become as dark as it is today. Much of the church has grown lukewarm and cold to God. The church is more interested in God as a personal trainer to be invoked for our personal prosperity and success—rather than the Almighty Sovereign to which we must surrender and bow down. Revival begins with repentance, and repentance must begin with the church. Thus, we will begin The Return with repentance for the church to return to our First Love.
Joel 2:12-13 — “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.
Cahn: ‘Even now..’ meaning after all this, God still longs to have mercy. And in the case of America, that means much. Even now, after we’ve driven Him out of the public square and out of our culture. Even now, after we’ve called evil good and good evil. Even now, He still longs to have mercy. This verse sets the template for the Sacred or Solemn Assembly. It is this very Scripture that The Return will follow.
Malachi 3:7 —“Return to me, and I will return to you.”
Cahn: This critical Scripture promise can be applied to our day. God’s heart is to return to us, but we must also return to Him. In Hebrew, the word for ‘return’ and ‘repent’ are the same. There is a mystery to The Return that we recently realized: On the Biblical calendar, September 26 is a sacred day called ‘Shabbat Shuvah.’ The word ‘Shabbat’ means ‘Sabbath,’ and ‘Shuvah’ means ‘Return’! Thus, the day of “The Return” will occur on the day ordained on the Biblical calendar as the Day of the Return! Therefore, I do not doubt that God Himself has appointed and called for the Return—and the future of America may hang on it.
Myra Kahn Adams: On behalf of Townhall readers, I would like to thank Rabbi Jonathan Cahn for sharing Bible passages and insight pertinent to “The Return.”
Myra Kahn Adams is a media producer and conservative political and religious writer with numerous national credits. She is also Executive Director of www.SignFromGod.org, a ministry dedicated to educating people about the Shroud of Turin. Contact: [email protected] or Twitter @MyraKAdams.