Is it possible that behind what is currently happening in America and the world lies a mystery hidden in inscriptions of ancient Mesopotamia?
Could the ancient entities known to the nations as “the gods” be more than just fiction and myth, and actually possess an independent reality?
Is it possible that these gods have returned to our world and lie behind what is happening in our culture today?
In what people are calling his most explosive book ever, Cahn reveals a stunning mystery that lies behind the changes that are now overtaking America and the West—how ancient gods, spirits or entities are now at work in our culture, initiating social upheavals and cultural revolutions, indwelling our politics and transforming our world—and even our lives.
“The Return of the Gods” opens up the meaning and significance of it all, explaining what it will lead to and what we need to know and do in light of it.
Gods in Exile
According to Cahn, these gods or entities are transforming America from a Christian nation to a pagan one. In the Hebrew Scriptures the entities were called the shedim. In the New Testament they are referred to as the daimonia.
Cahn warns that these gods never die. It was the entrance of Christianity more than 2,000 years ago that overcame their reign of terror and sent them into exile. It was the message of the gospel, of God’s love and forgiveness, that caused the polytheism and pantheism of the Greco-Roman world to give way to the belief in one God, breaking the spell of the gods.
But Cahn reveals how America’s turning from God has opened the door for the gods’ return. To discover the keys of this return, Cahn opens up an ancient parable given by Jesus concerning the departing and returning of spirits:
“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation” (Matthew 12:43–45, NKJV).
Cahn admonishes that when we apply this parable to the modern world, it reveals an ominous warning: “If that civilization should ever turn away from God, from His Word, from the gospel, from Christianity, from Jesus, then that which drove out the spirits will no longer be present to protect it against their return. And the civilization that had been delivered of the spirits will become repossessed by them.”
The Dark Trinity
If the gods have returned, then which gods? Cahn cites three in particular from ancient times that are at work at this very moment transforming America and Western civilization.
The first god of the dark trinity was known as the Possessor. Thousands of years ago, this god warred with the God of Israel. In the mid-twentieth century, this god set out to transform America from a Christian nation into a pagan one. Signs and symptoms of this metamorphosis can be seen in every aspect of our culture today.
The second god was the Enchantress. She was the goddess of sexuality and sexual immorality. With the return of this ancient goddess, Cahn says we would expect a revolution to take place in the realm of sexuality—and that’s exactly what happened in the ’60s. Pornography also originated with this goddess. In mythology, she fights against male authority, and we see this happening in our culture of radical feminism. She was also a caster of spells, so along with a sexual revolution we’ve seen a revival in the practice of the occult.
Cahn identifies the third god of the dark trinity as the Destroyer. He was the god of human sacrifice, and particularly child sacrifice. The Destroyer is behind the killing of children in legalized abortion. “Human sacrifice, and particularly child sacrifice, were one of the most common practices of pagan civilization,” says Cahn. “So as America and the West turned away from God and Christianity, they began taking up the ancient pagan practice of child sacrifice and offered up millions in abortion.”
Where It’s All Heading
Cahn’s purpose in writing “The Return of the Gods” is to expose the darkness, to break down walls and barriers, to set captives free and to bring revival and redemption for such a time as this.
How does Cahn advise that we should live in these days when the civilization around us has become a house of spirits? How can we stand against the gods?
“We cannot stand against the gods and be serving them at the same time,” says Cahn. “We must remember—that which we most serve, most dwell upon, most rejoice in, and most live for—that is our god. And if we serve any of the gods, we cannot stand against them. We must renounce any and all gods and any hold they have on our lives.”
We might ask, “If we’re surrounded by these gods in our culture, and even our leaders are led by them, how do we stand?” Cahn points out there is only one power strong enough to resist them; there is only one antidote. “The only answer to the gods—is God,” he says. “The powers of the gods can only be overcome by the power of God.”
Cahn continues, “The answer is even more specific. When the pagan world was set free from its bondage to the gods, it was set free through a specific name, the name of Yeshua, Jesus,” he says. “In Hebrew it means ‘the Lord is salvation.’ For the pagan world it meant that there was one God and only one who could actually bring freedom and bring redemption.”
Cahn reminds us that the gospel message which came into the pagan world was that by the death of Jesus of Nazareth there is forgiveness for sin—every sin—redemption for every life, and the ending of every separation from God. And by His resurrection from death there is restoration of all brokenness, the nullifying of every curse, and eternal life for all who will receive it.
“There is no life so far from God that His mercy cannot reach it,” says Cahn. “There is no sin one has committed that is so great that His forgiveness is not greater still; no bondage, no addiction, no chain so strong that it can withstand His power to break it; no past so defiled, so full of guilt and shame, that His power to redeem it is not still greater; and no darkness so dark that His love is not deeper still. His arms are still open, and His love is calling. One only has to say yes to receive it, to receive Him.”
Offering hope to all, Cahn writes that it’s as simple as opening one’s heart and life to the love of God—to give Him your sins and burdens, to receive Him into your life and let His presence come into your heart.
Jonathan Cahn caused a worldwide stir with the release of his explosive first book, The Harbinger, which became an instant New York Times best seller and brought him to national and international prominence. His next five books were all New York Times best sellers: The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Book of Mysteries, The Paradigm, The Oracle, and The Harbinger II. Long before writing these books, he was known for opening the deep mysteries of Scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import. He leads Hope of the World, an international outreach of the Word, teachings and compassion projects for the needy around the world. He also leads the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, made up of people of all backgrounds, just outside New York City, in Wayne, New Jersey. Called the prophetic voice of this generation, Cahn is a much-sought-after speaker and has been highlighted in the New York Times as well as in many national and international media. He has spoken at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill and to millions of people around the world. For more information go to www.BooksbyJonathanCahn.com