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Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?

When Michael Rood wrote a letter dated May 31, 2007, it was with an attitude that Jamie Louis needed time away from the business/ministry to recover his health and grief over the loss of his  daughter and Connie's father in a car accident October of 2006.  Nothing was said about having concerns over financial issues on Michael Rood's side. In fact he acknowledged Jamie Louis's concern over finances. Written from Tampa, Florida, May 31, 2007, while on his Jonah Code Tour, Michael Rood stated the changes that were going to take place:

"...After much prayer and after consulting with Jamie two days ago, I have  made the decision that Judith and I will not return to Israel at the end of this summer tour. Instead, I will stay on in the U.S. to assume the responsibilities for day to day ministry operations. Jamie and I are both in agreement that this is necessary at this time.

...As of ... Tuesday night, Jamie will no longer be handling any ministry business other than to ...advise me on any details I may need...When he returns to Oregon, he will not be going into the office....

I am informing the staff immediately so that you can be helpful in this transition. I will also be assembling some trusted advisors and experienced staff to help us facilitate effective organizational changes. We will all need to shoulder more of the load for a while until we can bring in reinforcements. As Jamie recovers, he will eventually assume a new position as 'wartime consigliore' for the ministry.

...We have all depended on Jamie for so long that it will be difficult to wean ourselves from... ...All departments will continue to function as usual with the exception... I will be the one who will call the shots, and I will be the one to go to Jamie when I cannot figure things out. Until I arrive in Oregon, Michele will be directly under me as the office coordinator, ... all activities required of any Oregon office personnel must go through her first.

The usual monthly financial disbursements will be made from the Oregon office by Michele and Nancy who will co-sign disbursements in the place of  Connie...

.... I will need Jamie in prime health so that he can be ready to share at the "vision conference."

...I believe that we can make this work smoothly. Jamie will be focusing on his physical recovery...The ministry will continue to pay his full regular salary, but he is required NOT to work at this time.

 He has already put two lifetimes of labor into this ministry. With due diligence, 'Kemosabe' will be back in the saddle riding another range with me in the near future....." 16

That said, it is important to note that at that time, May 31, and also in The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood by Michael Rood, posted mid-July, there was reference to the idea that he was planning to stay in the US, and spoke of plans to start a pastoral ministry (sic), train future Rood replacements and send them to the world, as well as having the plan for "fiduciary responsibility with a goal of becoming accredited by the evangelical association for financial responsibility."

"...The current idea being discussed is to let the temporary corporate sole ‘A Rood Awakening!’ wither and become defunct after all debts have been satisfied.  A new nonprofit corporation with a legitimate board of directors will over see the financial constitution of the ministry.  In this vein, I have asked Don as the Chief executive officer to immediately implement and oversee the financial accounting system that Pam Harris will administer. Don will also secure an accountant ...to have us qualified under the Evangelical Accounting Association standards...

3.  Having proven the practical impracticality of our road tours as of this spring and summer, we will now focus on a necessary pastoral role in introducing more teachers and printed materials though several regional conferences though out the United States, and hopefully other countries as well.  We will raise up a staff of younger and more energetic people to properly produce these life changing spiritual adventures in the form of three or four day restoration conferences.  Jamie Louie and his family will be a vital part ..."  17. 

Since Michael Rood has repeatedly called all Christians pagan, the Person and Name of Jesus as pagan, rejects the deity of Christ, and doesn't recognize pastors, does it not seem slightly hypocritical to now want to be under the oversight of the Evangelical Accounting Association? Yes, he has Christianized some of his material in order to draw on the Sky Angel, Christian Booksellers and similar crowds, but that does not mean his core beliefs have changed.

Regarding the Corporate Sole registered in Arizona, Michael Rood stated he did not know anything about it, and made it sound as if there was a conspiracy afoot to have everything put in Jamie Louis's name in the preceding months to this fiasco. From his writings, and posting of an audio tape:

"...We soon learned, through a recorded phone conversation secured by a private investigator, that two men in the ministry had been plotting for several months to vilify Michael in order to hide some apparent financial misdealings...An obscure Arizona corporation in the name of A Rood Awakening! in which all bank accounts, phone services, postal service contracts and vehicles donated to the ministry were put in the personal name, and under the exclusive control of the one man..." 18.

The panel reported on the alleged tampering (by Michael Rood) of an audio tape of the Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007, with all parties stating they knew they were being recorded. The audio tape, which, according to the information provided, displays the editing work done on the tape, posted to Michael Rood's website, reallyrood.com. The Oregon office of course has the original tape. According to various statements on the panels page, it is illegal to post a recorded conversation to the public, without full permission of those involved.  19

It certainly could be disputed that Michael Rood had no knowledge and did not support the Corporate Sole, simply by factually looking at things sent out for his support, and the documentation for corporate meetings which has been stated he attended. Unfortunately the Louis camp, while stating the events took place, has not provided any documentation that this writer has seen, such as minutes, which would show who attended said meetings.

However, Michael Rood from his own pen, prior to the many emails to staff, stated in THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT MICHAEL ROOD BY MICHAEL ROOD, that he had in fact spoken at and was in the meeting with the 'greater advisory board' which validates Jamie Louis's statement concerning the meeting and the financial issues. It also invalidates his claim that no financial records were available nor had any been produced for him to view, or that there was concern on his side related to financial and meeting issues:

"...Don told me that you had some concerns about your financial liabilities for things that you put in your name as we began organizing for our Israel project several years ago.  You also voiced those concerns to me briefly over the phone while I was in Baltimore.  My intention in this – and I will commit to it in writing.

1.  We met with our greater advisory board over two years ago and we all decided that we would put a financial accounting system in place that would allow us to track every dime of income and expense so that we could make a financial plan ...Pam Harris was appointed to set up the inside book keeping system including the purchase order system and manage the bank accounts.  An outside bookkeeper [Debbie Cooper] would make sure that we are squeaky clean in the eyes of the world...."

"...After reviewing the records produced by Debbie from last September through April of this year, it is the consensus among knowledgeable colleagues that it may be physically impossible to pay to have our financial records audited and brought up to an acceptable standard.  The current idea being discussed is to let the temporary corporate sole ‘A Rood Awakening!’ wither and become defunct after all debts have been satisfied.  A new nonprofit corporation with a legitimate board of directors will over see the financial constitution of the ministry..." 20  

In an email from December 2004, Jamie Louis was fundraising  and included the following statements, which also shows the corporate sole:

"...We need your financial help now, as the year concludes... we can offer you a deductible contribution through our non-profit Corporation Sole (we do not subscribe to the popular 501c3 non-profit status, as it is government controlled).  (email Thursday, December 30, 2004 )

The Arizona Corporation Sole was filed June 25, 2003. It should be noted that Rood and the panel mentioned the failure of Jamie Louis to have filed the proper 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 forms. Rood stated the proper 990 income tax forms, but the panel stated what should have been filed was Form 1099's. They stated the books were in the name of the Arizona Corporate Sole since June 2003.

From the legal filing of the December 14, 2007 lawsuit against Jamie Louis, we see again that Michael Rood's statements appear to be not in sync with some of his other earlier statements.

"27. In 2004, Michael and Judith Rood, Defendant, and others attended an A Rood Awakening meeting in the State of Washington. 28. At the Washington meeting, Defendant recommended for the first time that A Rood Awakening incorporate as a “corporate sole” in the State of Arizona.  29.  At the Washington meeting, Michael Rood learned that Defendant had, in fact, already organized A Rood Awakening as an Arizona corporate sole, even though he had neither the permission nor the authority to do so. ...31. Michael Rood informed Defendant that he had no authority to decide where to deposit money generated by the business and that he was to provide an accounting to Pam Harris, comptroller, and relinquish any control over any company financial account or matter." 21

The Arizona A Rood Awakening! Ministries Corporate sole was temporarily dissolved in 2005 because of having not filed the required annual report and the address was wrong for Perry Challender, the registering agent. They were reinstated August 31, 2005. The corporate sole in Arizona has been changing registering agents from Perry Challender, who resigned 08/16/2007, to two other changes for registering agent, the last being 10/25/2007.

Jamie Louis submitted the Annual Report August 16, 2007. It had been due on or before June 25, 2007. In it he stated that A Rood Awakening! Ministries "had no receipts in the State of Arizona. There were no assets or liabilities in Arizona in 2006." That would be so, since the business was not run in Arizona nor were there any seminars booked there. However, the financial statements do show a tad bit more than 'no assets or liabilities'. 22

It is more than a little noteworthy that the bylaws for the Arizona corporate sole state that aside from the claim of being a church, there is the claim in it's objectives as being, "A Rood Awakening! Ministries is involved with providing shelter for people in need of protection from the elements, clothing for people in need of warmth, food for the hungry and drink for those with thirst...education and training in....personal hygiene, agriculture and related sciences, security of mind, body and spirit...." 23

Other than taking care of volunteer staff, or those 'contracting' to ARA, and the occasional mention of a need for a supporter, this writer has seen no evidence or documentation or presence of funds from the public financial statements, being directed to/for the above stated objectives.

Jamie Louis did in fact register a new "CORPORATIN SOLE" in Oregon with the Secretary of State, with himself as president, amidst all the turmoil of this mess. One assumes that is the same as a corporate sole, although the IRS may not view them in the same way.

Oregon Secretary of State> Registry No>459934-90

Entity Name > A Rood Awakening! MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATOR "AND SUCCESSORS, A CORPORATIN SOLE"

Foreign Entity>A Rood Awakening! MINISTRIES

Date Registered> 08-28-2007

But what of the original Corporate Sole registered in Arizona instead of Oregon where the offices were? Doesn't a Corporate Sole suggest the separation of church and state, and to that end topics such as government are prohibited in order to keep charitable status? Would that not exclude A Rood Awakening! Ministries, simply because Michael Rood has many times spoken against the government and presented other anti-government related topics?

The Real Michael Rood ... Really!

Proverbs19:9

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

Michael Rood pleaded for support in his November 2007 Newsletter, while claiming to be a victim. Mailed from his new location in Michigan and using A Rood Awakening!! Ministries, (without the International) apparently a source in Oregon supplied the postage... How does one stamp envelopes in Michigan with a postage stamp permit from Oregon, when one claims they have been doing business in Michigan since 2004?

Envelope folded for size

Of note was Michael Rood's statement concerning seeing the new office. After going to Muskegon to pray with Glen McWilliams, he stated they left, "and then Judith and I drove to Grand Rapids to meet an old ministry friend. As soon as we arrived, my friend took me upstairs..."

That is slightly different than what he wrote in, The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood, in which he stated:

" ...Judith and I went to Glenn’s in Muskegon for two days and I felt a resounding spiritual thud.  There was nothing there.  I drove to Grand Rapids after a couple of days with my parent’s for dad’s 75th birthday. When we arrived in Grand Rapids something took place that was completely unexpected.  The moment that a 3000 square foot office and a huge space for a video studio opened before my eyes, ..." 23a

And the audio tape from Michael Rood's reallyrood.com website:

"...When I got up to Michigan and was with Glenn, we prayed for that same miracle that we would know this is where we're supposed to be. And, after a couple of days with Glenn, we went to visit my parents - my father's 75th birthday transpired and then we went over to Grand Rapids to visit a long time ministry friend. And before we got here, I believe it was really a couple weeks earlier, this friend said that part of his building he was gonna lease out to Aloette Glass Corporation, but the deal fell through and he said, this place would be perfect for you. ...Now it's at least two weeks later. Judith and I go over to Grand Rapids just to drop in to visit him and we went over to his place of business...." 23b 

The documented fiasco of alleged mail fraud via a letter and postal information was dated July 22, 2007 and was presented by Don Harris and signed by Michael Rood. Don Harris went into the Oregon post office, and attempted to redirect all A Rood Awakening! Ministries mail to the new Michigan address, for the new A Rood Awakening! Ministries International corporation.

Michael Rood wrote many statements from July forward that he was broke, had no money, no email or adherents lists, and no way to communicate. In his November 2007 Newsletter he stated:

"...This means that I no longer have any of your personal letters to me. I don't even have your email addresses or phone numbers. We do have an old list of some addresses and yours is among them. I felt that contacting you was important enough to borrow money to send this letter..." 23c

Update January 2010: No Missing Mail Lists

In perusing some material on the internet the mystery of the claimed missing mail/email lists information came to light. It is concerning the false claim of not having any email lists in order to contact adherents for support....which obviously were available since Rood mailed or emailed many people...

From Christian Media Research, in the article, The Michael Rood Brand of Ministry, James Lloyd recounts his role of maintaining the existing, not missing mail lists, and doing mailings after the break up in 2007. He discusses Rood's continued 2008 claims of not having a mail or email list as being false and Rood's claims were being used to solicit support: [red added, some bolding in original]

"...Rood's ministry organization was based in my home state of Oregon, and I had accepted an assignment to produce the Rood newsletter on a contract basis, I was an eyewitness to much of what occurred. Many are familiar with the monthly mailings "sent" by the Rood organization; these were actually produced, printed, and mailed by my organization (I had the complete mailing list).

When Michael Rood subsequently broke with (and inaugurated legal proceedings against) the administrator of the ministry, one Jamie Louis, I unsuccessfully offered to mediate the conflict.

Another Messianic Jewish believer in Yahshua, Jamie Louis had run the ministry on behalf of Rood for some time, and predictably, the fight began over money - and lots of it. ... Mr. Louis recognized my capabilities in ministry data management, and asked if I could revamp Michael Rood's regular mailings. I enthusiastically accepted.

... As I've long believed that God has given us significant revelation related to prophecy, I was delighted to have the opportunity to send complimentary copies of our publications to a group of believers that might otherwise never read our material.

I had already printed multiple editions of the Rood monthly newsletter when Michael and Jamie came into conflict, and Rood subsequently brought in another ministry figure, a man named Don Harris, to attempt to regain control of the official ministry known as A Rood Awakening, during an ensuing power struggle.

...During the fracas, ... I realized I was probably the only person who actually had a clear understanding of the Rood ministry database in terms of numbers, regular supporters, how current the addresses were, and so forth. ...

When Don Harris assumed the helm of a hastily restructured Rood organizational structure (which included a move to Michigan from Oregon), one of his first acts was to contact me to discuss the status of the ministry database. Don wanted a copy of the database, and as he was represented as the new General Manager of Michael Rood's ministry, I complied.

In the apparent hope of some degree of continuity, I was then asked to publish a ministry mailing to Michael's supporters on behalf of the new ministry structure in Michigan. This occurred in August 2007. Because my own direct mail activities are constantly updating the various databases in my possession, when I was also asked by Don ... to produce another mailing ...I did my best to effectively utilize the most recent data relative to all Rood ministry supporters.

Further, I personally supervised the printing, envelope stuffing, sealing, sorting, labeling, etc for the first Rood newsletter after the restructuring, in a critical effort to ask his supporters to continue to help him through the difficult period. Once again, this was in August 2007. I was also involved in direct mail for Michael's speaking tours, as well as a November 2007 printing and direct mail program.

It should be noted that lists are updated daily here, and even though we mailed a sample of our materials to names on the Rood list, ...Because good mailing list management requires methodical maintenance (people move, the post office sends back undeliverable letters, etc), not knowing if we would produce another newsletter for the new organization, we continued to maintain the Rood list.

Shortly after the November newsletter project was completed, a Rood staffer named Rashel Kammerling contacted me. She had been assigned to interact with me on the newsletter and database projects, and realizing the Rood list I used for the November mailing was more up to date than the one given to Don Harris in August, she asked for a copy of the database. I sent it to her at the Rood Michigan offices shortly thereafter.

Over the course of the next year, as I began to study various aspects of the Messianic Jewish movement in earnest, I was horrified to learn just how apostate Michael Rood's doctrine actually is. ...

I've since learned that significant portions of what is called the "Hebrew Roots" movement have been transformed into an integral component of the Antichrist deception of our time.

...In the fall of 2007, when Michael Rood reconfigured his Rood Awakening ministry, and filed a lawsuit against Jamie Louis... I completed the previously mentioned printing assignments for the new Rood organization and then severed my professional association with the ministry. ... Michael's suit against Jamie Louis was settled out of court with a "gag order." ...

...However, his July 2008 statements, in writing, are so completely inaccurate they demand a refutation. In an insert in his newsletter, Rood characterizes the break with his former friends as an attempt to "Stop Rood" - as though the break with his former associates was a sinister effort to stop his ministry activities

...In this same July 2008 letter to his mailing list, Michael Rood clearly seeks to manipulate his clientele into financial support by claiming he had been "cut off" from contact with those supporters due to this supposed "twisted" plan to "Stop Rood." Claiming he has had no way to contact his supporters through the last year, he writes

"From that heartbreaking day last July until now, I have been unable to contact you or any of my other friends who have stood with me through the years..."

Rood just pours on the hyperbole as he claims his "vociferous critics" tried to keep him from speaking the truth by holding on to the computer records (read his mailing list) so he could not continue any fund raising activities to do the Lord's work:

"I was completely shut out with no access to even my own family's addresses and phone numbers...I was completely cut off from you with little hope of reconnecting..."

Incredibly, in this two page appeal, Rood claims a third time he was cut off from access to the records of his supporters:

"Please do not take it personally that I have not kept in contact with you this past year. You were cruelly cut off from me and I was powerless to change the circumstances in which I found myself." (It Was Only A Flesh Wound, M Rood, July 2008 direct mail insert)

The actual facts are decidedly different.

Not only did I provide a database copy of Mr. Rood's entire mailing list to Rood's new General Manager Don Harris in the Fall of 2007, as I previously noted, I provided an updated version of the database/mailing list to the new Rood organization two months later. Further, I published another newsletter on behalf of Rood's reconfigured ministry in November 2007 - four months after Rood claims to have had "no access" to any of his supporters.

Once again, the claim of no access to his mailing list is patently false. Furthermore, the database records which I forwarded to the "new" Rood ministry included data indicating which supporters had sent funds to Mr. Rood. Indeed, in the first Rood mailing project I produced after the split in the ministry, I was specifically instructed to bulk mail that newsletter/fund raising appeal to every name that had ever given Rood any money.

In short, in addition to his willingness to dispense with the Scriptures when it suits his agenda, Michael Rood is also apparently willing to dispose of the basic facts when they inconveniently fail to dovetail with his marketing practices... James Lloyd"[http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/michaelrood.html]

End update

Please read the following with the above in mind:

On September 3, 2007, an email was sent out to members of an "old list", which is odd that was mentioned immediately after stating he had no lists. In that email he described events in a slightly different manner than what the Louis camp has presented the events:

"On July 21, 2007, under the cover of the Sabbath, a formerly trusted friend hired a locksmith to change the locks on the A Rood Awakening!! U.S. office. He brought in a computer specialist who disconnected the server containing all the contribution and personal records of Michael Rood's ministry partners...

We soon learned, through a recorded phone conversation secured by a private investigator, that two men in the ministry had been plotting for several months to vilify Michael in order to hide some apparent financial misdealings...An obscure Arizona corporation in the name of A Rood Awakening! in which all bank accounts, phone services, postal service contracts and vehicles donated to the ministry were put in the personal name, and under the exclusive control of the one man...

Michael and Judith Rood's cell phones, as well as the cell phones of all of his Israel and U.S. road crew, were soon disconnected, and they were left without any way to access even their families, let alone the thousands of friends who have been faithful supporters of Michael's ministry through the years.  Michael's entire staff was immediately cut off financially and stranded on the road..

...You must be aware that Michael Rood has been completely cut off from the ARoodAwakening.tv  and MichaelRood.com websites, any and all donations, product orders, and all A Rood Awakening! information accounts....

Michael does not have access to anyone - that includes you! ...
Please call us in Grand Rapids Michigan at our new number: 616-583-0200

Michael and Judith, as well as the staff that stayed loyal to the message and the ministry have been left completely broke and without resources at the end of his grueling two-month east coast Jonah Code speaking tour.
..w.ReallyRood.com
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Apparently the private investigator has no name and no contact information and has made no public statement. In fact, later episodes of letters eliminated the term Private investigator, because, according to the Jamie Louis camp, one of the board members accidentally sent the wrong audio to Don Harris. As far as Michael Rood's inability to have contact and drum up money and support so to speak, he seems to have done fairly well, since he had his new website up and running by Mid-August, with his son-in-law, Eric Fransen as technical contact.

Domain Name: REALLYROOD.COM
Created on..............:2007-08-07 16:24:13 GMT
Expires on..............:2008-08-07 10:24:14 GMT
Last modified on........:2007-10-27

Domain Name: MICHAELROODMINISTRIES.COM
Created on: 14-Aug-07
Expires on: 14-Aug-09
Last Updated on: 14-Aug-07

On November 21, 2007, Michael Rood wrote an email which in the opening information painted a completely different picture of the last 6 months, from being totally broke to being extremely able to travel both in the United States and abroad:

"...I have continued without interruption in my work to take the gift of Yahweh's
revelations to people who have never heard them. This is the ministry Yahweh gave into my responsibility long before the eruptions of this tumult ever transpired. Throughout this time, I have taken the "Jonah Code" to Texas, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, California, Israel, Norway
and Iceland. My wife Judith and I have been on the road non-stop..."
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From the aroodawakening.tv website, for June/July Jonah Code tours:

"...We are currently in Florida on our East Coast Jonah Code Tour. The Tour was launched in Waco, Texas, and continued through Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, and finally to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the time you receive this update the speaking Tour will, for the most part, be over. We are planning an event in Albuquerque August 1st and 2nd, the western slope of Colorado August 8th and 9th, and in Southern California September 9th and 10th!..." 26

From his November 2007 Newsletter, it appears that all the equipment --has been sold off--or did Michael Rood forget that he had a trailer full of equipment and materials since August valued at approximately $100,000 which was allowed by the Oregon office, and in particular Jamie Louis, for him to use on the tours. There was evidence of a willingness from Oregon to provide all that was needed, in spite of all the infighting. Instead, mentioning again the ARA Oregon office, Rood wrote in November:

"...Satan's plan to "cut Rood's throat" involved the confiscation and "fire sale" of the equipment that was given to this ministry for the specific purpose of producing live seminars on the Internet...." 27

I think we can scratch Albuquerque, New Mexico as having heard his message as that is where Michael Rood pulled out in the vehicle which was registered in his name and with the ARA equipment loaded into the trailer (which was in Jamie Louis' name) in the early morning, and then the meeting was canceled. 28   

From the alleged audio tampering done by Michael Rood, a statement by Jamie Louis noted that the 'Excursion" (a recent model Ford van) was in Michael's name.

How can someone who has claimed to live like a levite, to being a true levite and claimed to own nothing, own something? Jamie Louis and others stated in the many fundraising letters for Michael that he lived as a levite.

"...Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their Levite. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their Levite. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their Levite..." 6001.com/news_sp08.htm > 2001

"...Michael lives to teach and lives his life as if he were a Levite...Michael has never asked for money in any of his newsletters to help support his ministry.   He lives as a Levite.  He does not own a car or even rent an apartment..." www.michaelrood.com/news_sp07.htm >2003

"...He lives like a Levite, owning no property and having no inheritance (Numbers 18:23), surviving only on the tapes and videos he sells during his presentations, which he believes is as things should be (Deuteronomy 26:12). He has literally devoted his entire life to his mission. ..."  29   

A letter was posted on a Messianic forum by a member, who stated that this was a letter sent by Michael Rood to him in response to his questions:

"... I don't own a house. I have no life insurance. I have no car insurance. I rode busses in Jerusalem at the time they were being blown up every week. I get no paycheck. I have not had a vacation in 10 years. I get room and board just like everyone else on my staff..." "  30  

One can presume that the statement of Michael Rood never asking for money in 2003, has changed dramatically, since his new website is plastered with requests for money, with ads for  PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express cards showing the means with which to donate to him. Of course he has asked for money before, despite the statement of him not asking for money. Those Levite statements are in sharp contrast to that which has now become the public statement of Lee Ware Alon, who was staff in Israel.

"...For example, the difference between the picture Michael would paint publicly of his own poverty, sacrifice, and hardship while living in relative opulence and luxury in a beautiful home overlooking the Galilee in Israel..."

...I was asked, by Michael, to personally import a vehicle earmarked for the "Rood Crew" and production needs, which was instead used exclusively as a personal vehicle of Michael and Judith. I was intentionally deceived in this matter by Michael and Judith to procure my help with the Israeli government so they could avoid tax liability..." 31

In amongst the statements of his November 21, 2007  Newsletter was Michael Rood's complaint that, having stated that ministry donations were for his needs and that all the debt for the various tours, trips, books and audio equipment were being pinned on him, but were "ministry expenses" and not in fact his personal debt. That suggests acknowledgment of himself as being separate and distinct from the ministry organization, which is what the Louis camp and the 'judges' have stated. The difference is in who is required to do what for what specific money. 

The report by the arbitration board stated:

"...With regard to that specific charge, this committee did find evidence of impropriety by the standards of general accounting principles and common business practice. Specifically, Michael Rood received cash funds and checks written to “Michael Rood” from the offering boxes that were not deposited to the ARA ministry account. ...With regard to his compensation, Michael Rood received deposits paid by ARA to his US bank and an Israel bank account (using another person’s name). He also had the use of a ministry credit card that was paid by ARA. All of the ARA payments to these accounts were made without Michael supplying expense reports." 32

The two financial statements that have been publicly posted show an income of over 1 million dollars for 2006, and another million from January to July in 2007.  The fact that Michael Rood was given $80,000 in 2006, with the appearance of all expenses paid, gives one the impression that some statements simply are not kosher. Connie Moser stated in her financial report that, Michael Rood wrote cheques which bounced, and large amounts had to be paid on Michael's credit card transactions, without his submitting receipts, which were then allocated in the books as miscellaneous expenses. 33

Over $80,000 was paid to Michael Rood for services in 2006 according to the financial statements posted for the public, and by all appearances, rent and any other expenses were covered by the A Rood Awakening! Ministries office.  33

This begs the question, whose idea was it to deposit Michael Rood's money into another person's account in Israel, instead of being paid to him directly as is required both in Israel and also for US IRS requirements? 33 

This might also bring the question on whether these claimed Torah Observant individuals are in fact observing the law of the land?  Matthew 22:17-21; 2 Peter 2:10; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; Titus 3:1-2

According to the Israeli Government, in the Ministry of Finance website information,

"...Methods of Reporting Funds when Entering or Leaving Israel 2001), starting from Sunday February 17, 2002, reporting of transfer of money into or out of the country is required by law, as described below. For the purpose of reporting, "money" refers to cash, bank checks and travelers' checks...."  34

$80,000 US converted to NIS equals about 304,560 NIS, which is Israel's shekels. If the financial reports are correct, that would indicate that Michael Rood was given at least 4 times the amount that must be declared in Israel, according to Israel Government websites. It is unknown and not specifically stated whether he did or did not declare his income, or whether it all passed into his hands while in Israel or partially was given to him in other places. This writer does not assume he did not, but rather hopes that he and Judith did make proper declarations, both in Israel and with their personal taxes to the IRS.

In the numerous stated laws with regards to Israeli Customs, there is mention of "Obligation to Report" and "Violation to Report" money, which reads, in part, as follows:

Obligation to Report

The law obligates every person entering Israel or leaving Israel who carries with him money ("money" here refers to cash. Bank and traveler's checks), must report these upon entering to Israel or exiting from Israel, if the combined sum is 80,000 New Israeli Shekels (NIS) or higher (If the person entering the country is a new immigrant, according to the law of Return 19504, he/she must report if the individual or combined sum exceeds 1,000,000) NIS.

Violation to Report

Violation of the obligation to report is an offense for which the penalty is 6 months imprisonment or a fine as stated in Paragraph 61(A)(4) to the Penal Law, or ten times the amount which was not declared, whichever sum is higher. ..." 
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There is also extensive information for importing of vehicles for foreign residents, tourists and so on. See: > http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/tourist_guide2005.htm#9 ;  http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/ole.htm#2b; http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/tour.htm

In a 2006 radio interview with Jan Michelson in Iowa, with Jamie Louis also in attendance, Michael Rood was asked if he was an Israeli citizen. Rood responded that his wife was a citizen and he was a "journalist", and (Jan asked) "...you look like an observant Jewish Rabbi like you are a practicing..." (Rood): Lubavitcher?", and then Rood stated that both he and Jamie were "Israelites", [we] "are Jews", "we're not ancient Israelites". 36 

It was during that same interview, that Michael Rood left the impression that he was from Israel, by stating: 

"J:  It says here that you are a Messianic Rabbi – that’s a teacher, right?

R:  Yeah, that’s right.  Actually that’s “moreh” in Hebrew, a teacher. That’s what I basically do.  I come to America and teach. "

He also responded to: "J:  Were you at one time Jewish in faith? 

R:  At one time my father’s family is Jewish and we also have some ministers that come over and John Wesley and that line, but my great, great, great grandfather started the first synagogue in Amsterdam....In his home and that seems to be what I do too"

That is an incredible statement to have made.

1. According to Jewish Virtual Library, >Synagogues of the World: Netherlands> "The Sephardic Synagogue in Amsterdam was dedicated in 1675 and accommodated 2,000 worshipers. The synagogue was designed by Elias Bouman." and "The Synagogue in Middelburg, founded in 1705, was the first synagogue built outside of Amsterdam" http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/synnether.html

2. Either Michael Rood's, "great, great, great grandfather" had incredible longevity or...

3. As documented Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?, some clips from his interview with Sid Roth,  Date: April 2-6, 2001

"Monday broadcast:
Sid Roth introduces Michael as a Messianic Jewish Rabbi - ****which he never disputes or corrects.***
Sid introduces Michael as having a Baptist heritage and as a young man went to see "Fiddler on the Roof".  ...

....One of my great, great-grandfathers came over as a horse back riding circuit rider with John Wesley,  but my family are from Spain, originally Sephardic Jews.  Most of the Roods went from Spain to Holland. 

4. From the same article > September 29, 1997, in another promotional brochure, also entitled "From Here To Eternity," Michael Rood also made the following biographical claims. ....

"Michael John Rood is an ordained nondenominational Christian minister and Messianic rabbi. "Rood" is the ancient English word for the "Cross of Messiah" given to Michael's British ancestors after their conversion to Christianity."

This begs the question, if Rood was the name given to his family in Britain, how is it possible that "Most of the Roods went from Spain to Holland" and then to Britain?

Since Michael Rood has stated that as a non citizen, he was a journalist living in Israel, then it might behoove Mr. Rood to present his Israeli Press Card as well as his work visa publicly as validation of his alleged occupation. After doing a minor amount of research on what it takes to acquire these press credentials as well as a work visa in Israel, I personally believe that it would be extremely hard for a non citizen of Israel to get these privileges issued to them, without extensive supporting documentation of work related history as well as validation of articles published in Israel. Anyone can claim to be a journalist, but that does not mean that they are recognized by the state of Israel as such. 37 .

All journalists operating in the country must be accredited by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). 38

Let's recap with some of the many names and titles Michael Rood has had:

 "The Reverend Michael John Rood ", "Rabbi", "Rabbi Michael Rood" or "Messianic rabbi (teacher) Michael Rood", "Messianic Kairite Rabbi" (he and Judith joined the Kairite movement, which rejects the NT and Christ), "Messianic Jewish Rabbi, " “honorary mohel”,  Torah Observant" Messianic or Jewish Messianic (he was not born Jewish), a "Levite" (he's not of the levitical priesthood), living as a levite, Baptist minister (he was not), a former Baptist minister , a rabbi, "I am a Jewish follower of the Jewish Messiah", Gentile,  Jewish theologian, "Christian teacher", prophet...Bible teacher, marine sergeant, author, lecturer, Bible-confirming archaeology,  professional Bible instructor, for more than thirty years...

And by 2006 Michael Rood claims to be a journalist from Israel.

In the November 2007 Newsletter, Michael Rood wrote:

"It seemed surreal, as Jamie proudly boasted that he "IS" "A Rood Awakening!. Jamie Louis, with the help of his co-conspirators, had seized control of what they thought was the "ministry". But the "ministry" is not bricks and mortar--is is Spirit. It is HIS message and HIS mission that HE has ordained me to carry out on this earth.

...These men thought they could fire me from the ministry that the Almighty assigned to me. ...

Despite the conspiracy to "stop Rood", we are going to move ahead with plans to make all my teaching materials available free of charge on the Internet, so that we can reach the world with The Gospel of the Kingdom...."

...P.S. One of the most important teachings of my life, Yahshua's First and Last Message to Israel,...which I would love to send to you -but frankly, I'm broke!. Please write and request this profound prophetic teaching and please pray about sending an offering to us to help us recover from this hostile takeover." 39

Michael Rood, due to his many failed predictions has denied many times that he has prophesied. However, "this profound prophetic teaching" shows he still views himself as a prophet. It is interesting that Jamie Louis stated in his FAQ's concerning the breakup of A Rood Awakening!, and discussing his role in supporting Rood since 1998 that:

 "...We produced various products, including a 10-hour video production called Count Down to 6001. On this video, Michael was predicting that in September 1999, the 7th millennium would begin. He predicted that this day would be Tishri 10, 6001, which would be the Day of Atonement and the start of the last seven years before Armageddon....

When Michael’s prophecy failed, he became depressed and went into seclusion in a cave in Tekoa, Israel. After a week, I was able to convince him that we had much work to do and that the message, without predicting the specific date, was still good and needed to be told.  We returned to America and started our “A Rood Awakening!!” tours...."
40

It needs to be very clear that Jamie Louis has stated Michael Rood gave a false prophecy. His statement confirms what has been stated by this writer on this website and also Pam Dewey's and John Juedes articles and others. It also needs to be clearly understood that after that time, Michael Rood, along with Jamie Louis and other staff published statements denying that he had ever prophesied anything. Apparently what constitutes a false prophet according to the Scriptures was not an issue after the initial week of the failed prophecy, and the many other failed predictions.

A Real Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Actions

 Page 3 Old Habits, New Ways

 

 If using the 3 Pages

Page 1 A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities

Page 2 Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?  Page 3 Old Habits, New Ways

 

Footnotes

16  From: "Michael" <rood6001@hotmail.com>To: Addresses removed to protect privacy Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:55 AM

17. MJR Letter - Mid July 2007;  The Ugly Truth About Michael Rood by Michael Rood    areallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/MJR%20Letter%20-%20Mid%20July%202007%

18. September 3, 2007 email> From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Janet [janet21047@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM To: michael@reallyrood.com; michael_rood@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I found your name on an old list and wondedred if you had the news!; Statement%20of%20Angie%20Bishop.pdf; reallyrood.com/Story.html#exp; etc.
19  Audio manipulation file> Spinning the Audio; yaakovlevi.com/Audio%20Manipulation.pdf                                Oregon. Rev. Stat. §§ 165.535, 165.540: It is illegal to obtain or divulge a telecommunication or radio communication, unless one is a party or has obtained consent from at least one party to the conversation. It is illegal to obtain or divulge an oral communication unless all parties to the communication are informed that their conversation is being obtained. Certain enumerated exceptions apply. Violations are punishable by a maximum sentence of $5000 or one year in jail.

Michigan. Comp. Laws § 750.539c: A private conversation legally cannot be overheard or recorded without the consent of all participants. Illegal eavesdropping can be punished as a felony carrying a jail term of up to two years and a fine of up to $2,000.

In addition, any individual who divulges information he knows, or reasonably should know, was obtained through illegal eavesdropping is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and a fine of up to $2,000. Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.539e. Civil liability for actual and punitive damages also are sanctioned. Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.539h.

>2.8.  Taped Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007> .areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId473963">2.8.&nbsp;
Taped Advisory Board Meeting, July 26, 2007  areallyrudeawakening.com:8080/ramgen/rude/conspiracy_downloaded_aug30-2007.ra; reallyrudeawakening.com/Documents/Statement%20of%20Matthew%20Dilello.pdf

20 Ibid >MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth

21. Ibid #9

22. Arizona corp sole > A Rood Awakening Ministries; # 1084560-2

23.A%20Rood%20Awakening%20-%20Corp%20Sole.pdf;

23a   opcit   MJR Letter - Mid July 2007 Ugly Truth

23b  Abreviated explanation to contributors found on reallyrood.com - A Rood Awakening!, Under Seige http://reallyrood.com/MJRCheck%20return1.rm

23c Rood Newsletter November, 2007

24. From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Janet [janet21047@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:34 AM
To: michael@reallyrood.com; michael_rood@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Michael_Rood] Re: From Michael Rood - I found your name on an old list and wondedred if you had the news

25. From: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com on behalf of hachamor [hachamor@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 8:45 PM  To: Michael_Rood@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Michael_Rood] Michael Rood's Response

26. .aroodawakening.tv/2007-June_July-news.pdf

27  Rood Newsletter November, 2007

28 .yaakovlevi.com/Abandonment%20of%20Albuquerque%20Event.pdf 

29 michaelrood.com/comments.htm>2005

30 From: Michael Rood Subject: Trying to clear a little "smoke" ... Date: Friday, April 08, 2005 8:47 AM  .eliyah.com/forum2/Forum10/HTML/002162-6.html

31 .yaakovlevi.com/Statement%20of%20Lee%20Ware.pdf

32 areallyrudeawakening.com/#mozTocId67002 #1. Executive Summary

33  Mosier%20Services.pdf; financial-2996.pdf; financial_2007.pdf

34 http://www.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/halbanat_honEng.htm

35 ibid

36 Michael John Rood interview with Jan Mickelson, WHO 1040 radio.  DesMoine, Iowa; September 21, 2006, http://mickelson.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=132685&comments=on

37 http://www.israelbar.org.il/uploadFiles/foreign_experts_in_israel.pdf

38 .jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Human_Rights/hrisrael06.html

39  Rood Newsletter November, 2007

40 Frequently Asked Questions: yaakovlevi.com/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf

 

Other Articles About Michael Rood

A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities  >>Due to size also broken into 3 articles for those with dialup > Page 1 A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities Page 2 Change of Heart? or the Real Michael Rood?  Page 3 Old Habits, New Ways

 

Michael Rood's Complaints

The Creator's Calendar and the Restoration of All Things And Raiders of the Lost Book: New Discoveries in the Hebrew Text of Matthew > Michael Rood & Nehemia Gordon 2005 USA Summer Tour

The Ever Changing Michael Rood > Michael Rood Teachings       Michael Rood Teachings 2      Michael Rood Teachings 3

The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention With Focus On Michael Rood

Raiders of the Lost Book Equals Raiders of  Nothing of Value  Michael Rood of A Rood Awakening and Nehemia Gordon, US Speaking Tour January 2005

Michael Rood,  Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The National Religious Broadcasters

Series On Michael Rood> Michael John Rood: WAY Days   > Part 1 of series; The Reverend Michael John Rood ;   Michael John Rood: Continuing The WAY  ; Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?  ; Michael John Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications ; Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi ; Michael Rood: WAY Colleague, Occult Calendar & False Prophecies

Other > Other Articles About Michael John Rood  ;  David Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA ; The James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor ; Michael Rood & James Trimm & The WAY ; Vicky Dillen's Inquisition ; EdNydle Newsflash ; Also see SeekGod.ca Letters

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