By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News—
Pastor Mark Biltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries, has called for churches around the world to recite the “Shema” prayer, declaring the oneness of God, on Sunday, July 29, as a powerful act of solidarity with Israel.
The concept for the act of unity first came to Pastor Biltz several years ago when he read the news of a pastor asking churches everywhere to read from the Koran on Sunday to show their solidarity with Islam.
“That had to be the stupidest thing I ever heard of,” Pastor Biltz told Breaking Israel News emphatically. “We need to have solidarity with Israel. We may disagree on some things but we have the Bible in common and Christians won’t need to read from some book that we don’t believe in.”
He called for a global Shema at the time and the response is overwhelming. Pastor Biltz has been a longtime supporter of Israel and the Biblical feasts but the reading of the Shema bears special significance.
“I wanted Christians to be reading the greatest commandment, unifying God’s name, straight from God’s book, a when the People of Israel read the same words,” he said.
Pastor Biltz emphasized that the global reading of the Shema will be the realization of a prophecy in Zephaniah.
For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, So that they all invoke Hashem by name And serve Him with one accord. Zephaniah 3:9