I dealt with this upcoming event, The Return 2020, in an earlier post, but the time is nearly upon us. There is now more information and more reason to be concerned, as you can see in the video on this page.
The event is turning out to be an ecumenical, nationalist and libertarian agenda to “take back your country” and ultimately the world – as the website for leader Dr. Chaps states. [See the video below for more information].
More worryingly, it is one more step in the New Age agenda to “return to the light” and prepare the way for a saviour figure to come and solve the world’s problems. Below is just one comment on a site that uses Christian terminology but has New Age roots.
Atonement Day for the USA?
The date for The Return 2020 chosen by Jonathan Cahn – a messianic believer – is significant. It is the same date as Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
By choosing that date “Rabbi” Cahn is proposing that the entire nation can be cleansed by God – and not just the Church. The organisers have stated that this event is open to ALL faiths and ALL denominations “whoever wants to come” – and they are pushing a unity agenda.
Can A Whole Nation be Saved?
The supporters of this event are using bible words but many or perhaps most of those involved do not have a biblical understanding of those terms.
The “return” is to nationalism and to the supposedly godly origins of the Constitution. But that would include the First Amendment freedom of religion, that is, the right to worship any God you choose.
We have to ask if the Church or even God Himself will bring about a national return to righteousness, when at this late stage of history the bible says the opposite – that greater and greater lawlessness WILL prevail.
If any kind of revival happens, it will only be amongst the few godfearing true believers who are withstanding the onslaught of the devil’s lies.
The path is narrow that leads to Heaven, and FEW there be that find it. Even fewer stay on that narrow way after they discover its privations and sacrifices! How tempting to decorate that narrow path with worldly comforts, freedom, peace, unity and prosperity, and then rename it the Way of National Salvation.
In using bible metaphors such as the salvation of Ninevah [Jonah 3], when all the people of that city turned to God and repented of their wickedness, the organisers are seeking a national salvation, but missing the point that not all worship the one true God and not all genuinely repent.
Repentance means not just feeling sorry for your condition but turning to God alone for redemption, not a new awakening to spiritual empowerment and victory.
The Return2020 leaders are seeking a patriotic awakening of America, as if that is the Promised Land, and a return to the Constitution, as if that is the Law of God. Yet the very same Constitution prohibits the establishment of one national religion!
Unlike the people of Ninevah – unitedly directed by their king – the people of America are free to pray to anyone they choose, or to deny God completely. Thus there is not going to be a wholesale nationwide return to God, and the Ninevah connection is misleading.
This attempt at national cleansing or restoration could just be another damp squib. Or it could lead to a great delusion.
The book seen in the image has been written by one of the supporters and promoters of Return 2020.
The Return: Revival or Delusion?
Watch the video here. It is over an hour long, but what is said is vitally important to give understanding of The Return 2020 event, who is involved and what is the aim. I encourage you to hear what is said and consider the consequences.
The Day of Atonement
This biblical feast day was when the nation would assemble to receive cleansing as a result of the blood sacrifices offered by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies.
Leviticus 16:30: For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.
But also, and perhaps more pertinent to this supposed revival event, is that Yom Kippur entails a cleansing of the Temple.
The altar absorbs certain sins of the Israelites, and the main function of Yom Kippur is to cleanse these sins by using the blood of a purification offering. The biblical term yom kippurim is thus best translated as “the day of purgation,” and specifically refers to the purgation or cleansing of sins from the tabernacle or temple.
This festival only appears in Priestly texts that focus on the tabernacle or temple, such as Lev 16 and Lev 23.
Leviticus 16 describes other rituals as well, including a scapegoat that carries away the sins of the Israelites. Thus, the chapter is broadly concerned with cleansing sin but not with repentance. Most of the other activities now associated with Yom Kippur, such as fasting, are based on the interpretation of the phrase “you shall deny yourselves,” which appears in various biblical texts about Yom Kippur (e.g., Lev 16:29); rituals of self-denial are meant to call God’s attention and sympathy. [Source]
In deliberately timing the “Return 2020” event to coincide with Yom Kippur, Jonathan Cahn (a Messianic believer) is seeking to purify the nation and the Church (the Temple of God) by fasting and prayer in the same way that Israel did in the Old Testament.
However, God has never promised a nation other than Israel national cleansing.
Nor indeed has God promised to purify the Church as a whole. The one and only sacrifice made to bring us redemption was offered 2000 years ago, and there will be no other.
Who is Cahn?
Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jewish pastor whose novel ‘The Harbinger’ compares the United States and the September 11 attacks to ancient Israel and the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel.
Cahn has followed up with 3 other books – The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, and The Paradigm. In 2019, his most recent work, The Oracle: Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled, was published.
Born in New York State, Cahn was raised in a Jewish home, the son of a Holocaust refugee, and attended the synagogue frequently; at age 20 he became a Messianic Jew, believing that Jesus is the Messiah.