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God's Day Timer: The Believer's Guide to Divine Appointments Paperback – September 13, 2016
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As multitudes of Christians awaken to blessings inherent in observing the biblical holidays or more correctly the appointed times, Pastor Mark Biltz has been a leading voice speaking to this often-misunderstood topic. In discussing this thoroughly biblical concept, Mark Biltz truly shines. --Joel Richardson, New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, and internationally recognized teacher
If you ever wanted to know how to practically apply the Feasts of the Lord to your church and family life, in a biblical and Jesus-honoring way, then this is the book for you! Pastor Mark Biltz lays everything out in an easy-to-read and step-by-step fashion giving you the solid, biblically contextual foundation along the way. Be prepared to unearth a treasure-trove of biblical knowledge on this incredible journey through God's Day Timer. --Carl Gallups, pastor, author of When the Lion Roars, and host of Freedom Friday podcast
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Mark Biltz, bestselling author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs and founder of El Shaddai Ministries, is a well-known commentator on the feasts of the Lord who has spoken in South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States. He has been interviewed by FOX television, appeared on the Sid Roth television broadcast, the Jim Bakker Show, the Jewish Voice, as well as on Prophecy in the News, and he was the first to discover the blood moon prophecies. Pastor Mark lives in Bonney Lake, Washington.
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He begins with several biblical keys that unlock what he calls a “treasure chest of insights more precious than gold.” Then explains why he believes the feasts are “prophetic dress rehearsals” that forecast future divine appointments, especially the fall feasts. According to the biblical prophetic calendar 2017’s “Feast of Trumpets” falls on September 21 and 22 this year. He relates this feast to a “dress rehearsal” for the second coming of Jesus or perhaps the actual event.
Since the bible is the best interpreter of the Bible he then searched for where to begin and found Isaiah 46:10 where it says, “God declares the end from the beginning.” Then Genesis 1:14 “God is creating the sun and the moon for ‘signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.’” He explains the Hebrew word for seasons, moed, also translates as “feasts or divine appointments.” The days in this verse reference God’s holy days and year’s reference God’s shemittah (7) and Jubilee (50) years.
He explores the “four cups of salvation,” who the sleeping church is and why the fall feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Feast of Trumpets are sequential. Also, who can know the signs of the times, seasons and appointed times, as well as who won’t be overtaken like a “thief in the night.”
Studying the feasts of the Lord has given the author a “fresh way of seeing the Bible from another perspective,” expanded how he views “fundamental truths of Christianity” and broadened his knowledge of God’s calendar in relation to prophetic divine appointments. Appendices conclude the book with instructions and recipes for the “Passover Seder” and “Erev Shabbat, the Sabbath Meal.” “God’s Day Timer” is compelling, easy to read and a must read for anyone interested in Bible prophecy.
‘God's Day Timer: The Believer's Guide to Divine Appointments,’ by Mark Biltz, WND Books, 2016, 240 Pages, 978-1944229238, $15.26
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Taken from the pages of the Bible and enriched with a historical Jewish context, Mr. Biltz brings the Bible’s calendar alive as seen through the Biblical holy day festivals of:
• Unleavened Bread
• Shavout (Pentetcost)
• Yom Kippur
In wonderful detail, Mr. Biltz shows how these holy days are built upon a Biblical reckoning of time as defined by cycles of the sun and moon. You’ll be thrilled as Mr. Biltz explains how the divinely appointed spring holy days of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits are evidence for the accuracy of the Bible concerning the Messiah Yeshua’s first coming.
Building upon this compelling evidence Biltz goes to show how the fall festivals of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles provide a template or rehearsal, if you will, of prophetic events related to the Messiah Yeshua’s second coming at the end of this age.
I will say I did note that Mr. Biltz seems to be a bit feistier in this book. Those looking to pin labels like “date setter” or “legalism” will find that Biltz doesn’t let those labels go unanswered. In chapter 4, Biltz also answers other objections which are often raised by those who reject the relevance of the Bible’s calendar to Christians today.
The book is composed of 8 chapters which include:
1. The Biblical Calendar
2. Passover: The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World
3. Feast of Unleavened Bread to Pentecost
4. Answering Objections
5. Practical Application
6. Rosh Hashanah
7. The Feast of Yom Kippur
8. The Feast of Tabernacles
In reading this book I was struck by how Jewish tradition is so interwoven with the Messianic idea and how beautifully their traditions speak of the Messiah Yeshua, yet this symbolism was completely missed by those of Yeshua’s generation. Biltz opines that Christianity may be repeating some of those same mistakes. Indeed he may have a point that many of us today have inadvertently allowed the subtle influence of anti-Semitism to flavor our Biblical world view regarding our Creator’s calendar and its Jewish roots.
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In the spirit of respectful disagreement there were a few aspects of this book which I find myself in disagreement. There were also places in the book where I’ll have to run down the facts for myself. Mind you, nothing which is fatal to the overall Messianic redemptive theme of the Bible’s divine appointments as described by Mr. Biltz, but nevertheless I would like to have a better understanding of the Biblical evidence upon which he based his conclusions. A couple examples include:
The timing of the Exodus events as they relate to Yeshua’s death and resurrection.
The Biblical basis for his understanding of the priestly courses.
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One of the unexpected highlights of the book for me was Mr. Biltz’s explanation of Yeshua’s statement in Matthew 24:20-21 regarding the coming destruction of Jerusalem and how this warning makes much more sense if seen through a 2nd temple era context. Great insights to be sure.
On a more controversial note, I also appreciated Mr. Biltz’s discussion of the Sabbath and its role in the Bible’s festival calendar. I thought he did a good job of explaining this holy day’s past, present, and future significance. As a working man whose days are spent with a great deal of hard physical labor I can tell you personally that keeping the Sabbath for the past 15 years has been a great blessing to me and my family. This one day of rest in our crazy schedule has been a bulwark against the world’s encroachment on our family life.
Personally, I don’t see the Sabbath as a day I must keep in some misplaced effort to fulfill a legal mandate, but rather as a privilege which acknowledges that YHWH intended this day to be a blessing to mankind as it was a blessing to Him in the first 7 days of His creative genius.
In summary, God’s Day Timer is a thrilling exploration of the Bible’s calendar and its past, present, and future significance in light of YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind through Yeshua our Messiah.