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“We have been robbed.”

It’s the most common reaction Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries hears from Christians exposed to Jewish religious traditions. For many believers, participating in events such as a Passover Seder is like discovering an unknown part of their own heritage. Pastor Biltz is part of a growing movement of Christian believers who incorporate Jewish traditions into their own worship and who argue such practices have great meaning both for believers and for God Himself.

And if last weekend is any indication, Passover may soon become as significant to Christians as it is to Jews.

Biltz hosted a Passover Seder attended by more than 1,500 people at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Eight states were represented at the gathering as well as several other nations, with people coming from as far away as Canada and Costa Rica. There was also a sizable Russian contingent.

Blitz said one of the most significant aspects of the event was the 12 pastors who attended, representing several different denominations including Lutherans, Nazarenes, Baptists and Pentecostals. He suggested this heralds a genuinely new development in Christianity.

“This is very much a new thing,” he told WND. “This wouldn’t be happening 10 years ago. And what’s amazing to me is we had people watching this weekend from Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey and other Arab countries. Not to mention all those watching from Europe, Africa and everywhere else on the globe. There were 20,000 people watching the livestream. You name the country, it was represented.”

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The pastor claims there is a deep seated hunger among Christians to reconnect with the Jewish roots of their faith.

“Every time we do something like this, we get a lot of feedback from a lot of different individuals who are just totally blown away,” he said.

One of the most common comments is, “We’ve been robbed, why haven’t we heard this before?’ They just feel like they’ve been robbed of some of the most exciting things there are in the Bible.”

Biltz is best known as the discoverer of the Blood Moons phenomenon. Biltz found the celestial occurrences corresponded with both key events in the history of the Jewish people as well as biblical feast days such as Passover and Tabernacles.

If you want to understand what’s coming, it’s time to get on God’s calendar. “God’s Day Timer: The Believer’s Guide to Divine Appointments,” by Pastor Mark Biltz. Available now at the WND Superstore.

Now, Biltz is back with a new book, “God’s Day Timer,” which teaches Christians about what he calls “God’s Calendar,” the biblical calendar of feasts and celebrations linked to so many biblical events.

Biltz argues certain events, especially those involved in the end times, follow a certain pattern and are linked to certain biblical feast days. Thus, Christians who follow the traditional Western calendar, which Biltz calls a “pagan” calendar, will constantly find themselves off-base when trying to interpret prophecy and current events from a biblical viewpoint.

“The most important thing is for people to realize how critical it is to be on God’s calendar,” Biltz said. “I see a lot more acceptance among Christians for this idea that we have to be on God’s calendar. Not just Americans but Christians all over the world. Even pastors, which is the really important thing. A lot of Christians around the world contact me about this all year long.”

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Attendees at the Passover Seder in Tacoma reported the ceremony was so moving even the convention center staff stopped to listen and watch what was happening.

“I thought the interest show[n] by the caterers was amazing,” said one. “The convention center staff was totally blown away.”

Another said one of the most deeply touching moments was the song played at the end, “Watch the Lamb.”

It tells the story of Simon of Cyrene, a Jew who was forced to carry Jesus’ cross when he was going to Jerusalem to make a sacrifice with his children. The lamb the children were supposed to watch escapes in the confusion, but Simon tells his children to face the cross and “watch the lamb,” which is Jesus, the Lamb of God and the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy.

Biltz says this reflects what he is teaching, as belief in Jesus as the Messiah is ultimately rooted in the Jewish roots of the faith.

“Christians should realize that these traditions thought of as Jewish are for today,” he said. “They have great meaning. The more Christians participate the greater depth of understanding they will receive.”

If you want to understand what’s coming, it’s time to get on God’s calendar. “God’s Day Timer: The Believer’s Guide to Divine Appointments,” by Pastor Mark Biltz. Available now at the WND Superstore.

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