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The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)

Convention With Focus On

  Michael Rood

 

 

The following is an Email from an Attendee of The 2005 NRB's Convention.

Following the letter is my response.

Dear Vicky,

I am writing you to share with you an experience that I recently had while attending the 2005 National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) held in Anaheim, California. I had been to your website a few times in the past, and had read some of your articles on the Hebrew Roots movement and Michael Rood of A Rood Awakening, including your recent Newsflash about him.

While attending the NRB, I had the opportunity to talk with a few of the people from the Michael Rood exhibit, and would like to share with you what I observed in the hope of you giving me some clarification on the people and the information.

The first person that I spoke with, was a man who identified himself as Frank. He was dressed in the same type of costume that Michael Rood wore, and appeared to be a representative working at their A Rood Awakening TV booth. During our discussion, he informed me that he used to be a Baptist Christian, but now he was a believer. I found his statement to be somewhat confusing, as I thought that all people who followed Jesus Christ were believers. When I told him that I was a Christian and a believer, he responded by saying that Christians are not believers because they do not keep the Torah. He also said Christians do not keep the sabbath or the festivals, and that it is not enough to just to believe, you must keep the law. This Frank also told me that Jesus and Yahshua were two different people.

I also spoke with a man who identified himself as Michael with a Hebrew pronunciation, and he was not Michael Rood. I had read in an article on your website that Michael Rood had been a member of the cult the Way International, so that was the first question that I asked him about. He just turned and walked away, but did not answer my question.

I then asked Michael Rood's wife, Judith, the same question. She told me that, yes, Michael had been a member of The Way, but that was just when he was 17. I also mentioned to her that I had read an article that stated Michael Rood was not Jewish, and Judith's response was basically that he's not Jewish but he thinks there might be some Jewish ancestry.

Judith said we had to follow the Law, but I said Christ had fulfilled the Law.

Michael Rood, while present and in his costume, lounged on pillows underneath a canopy and if one wanted to talk with him, you had to go under the canopy in order to have a conversation with him. I did not feel comfortable doing that and so decided against speaking with him.

I am not sure why Michael Rood and his exhibit were at the NRB, because the things that they were teaching do not fall in line with the NRB statement of faith that each exhibitor had to sign in order to exhibit there. Some Christians were going to the booth to see some brimstone rock, stated as being from Sodom and Gomorrah. That allowed openings for the sale of his various merchandise, and trying to get contracts with Christian bookstores and other media. They were also giving away some of Michael's DVD's.

As a related sidenote, there were also people there walking around handing out tracts stating that a man named Menachem Schneerson was the messiah, and that he would be returning. They appeared to be Orthodox Jews.

I must admit that I am very disappointed with some of the things I witnessed at the NRB, and I am hoping that you can clarify some of these things for me.

Response from Vicky

Thank you for writing and sharing your experience.

I would note that The National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) for 2005 ended with a banquet and a prestigious award being given to Mel Gibson for his The Passion of The Christ movie, which I reviewed extensively in the articles Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ. Please see the NRB award information in The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention With Focus On Mel Gibson's The Passion Recut  

There is much information concerning Michael Rood's activities that I have not published, including his military record and so on. But I have included much, and will address the issues you raised.

Frank could be Frank Balch, according to the promotion about the tour and NRB, "Frank Balch (Rood Crew NRB volunteer)". His statement that they, those who follow Michael Rood or similar, are true believers and Christians are not, is clearly going against Scripture. That is, those who confess that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord, and Jesus is God manifest in the flesh, that He was Crucified, He died, and on the third day rose again and now sits at the right hand of the Father---that is a Believer and many would claim as being a Christian and that fits some of the basic parameters of a 'believer' according to the Scriptures. The term Christian is also found in the Scriptures.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

 Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

'Christian' From Strong's 5546. Cristianov Christianos, khris-tee-an-os' 

from 5547; a Christian, i.e. follower of Christ:--Christian. See Greek 5547 (Christos)

5547. Cristov Christos, khris-tos' from 5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:--Christ. See Greek 5548 (chrio)

Michael Rood rejects and undermines the Greek manuscripts while promoting the corrupt Shem Tov Matthew, which scholars have stated is a medieval Hebrew copy from a Latin text, which was copied from the Greek. He believes that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and attributes perceived 'translation mistakes' to the translators corrupt Greek beliefs, and because of them not having a good knowledge of the Hebrew, which is ludicrous at best. He believes that Greek translators and scribes changed things, and they poisoned the New Testament. He therefore changes the Word of God to fit it to what he wants it to say.

Michael Rood's recent book is called the Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed. And he constantly refers to Christians as Pagan Christians, and also refers to all as having 'western Gentile minds'. Quoting from the article Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, where Michael is promoting his Israel tour.

"....Do not wear 'Jesus' t-shirts....We are on this tour to learn from Torah loving Israelis - not offend them with our ignorance and lack of sensitivity.  Many of the lecturers and staff on this tour are Jewish.  Don't try to 'convert' them.  It is not only illegal, but they know more of the scripture in more languages than most of us on the tour.  You are coming to Israel so that I can convert you from a pagan Christian into a Torah loving follower of the Jewish Messiah.  You will love the Israelis for who they are, and come home with a better understanding of who you are. [enlargement and bolding added] 

The term pagan is from the latin paganus. It is very difficult to define, and can include earth worshippers, wiccans and similar. Some, many who are actually pagans, have tried to define it thusly:

A pagan is someone who practices a religion other than Christianity, Judaism or Islam, especially the polytheistic religions of the ancient Romans and Greeks. Paganism also refers to a group of practices originating from pre-Christian Europe, which include the worship of nature, polytheism and the female deity (The Goddess).
www.sanatan.org/en/glossary/p.htm,

This word has many unrelated meanings. Some definitions are: Wiccans and other Neopagans sometimes use Pagan as a synonym for Neopagan.
www.religioustolerance.org/gl_p.htm,

A religion which isn't Christian, Jewish or Muslim based. Nature worshipping religion.
www.mysticaltemple.com/content/glossary.htm,

A person who follows non christian or other socially established faiths. They are usually of an earth based faith or religion. This includes family's taught practices that might including witch craft, psychic gifts and the like.
thecronescorner.com/Definitions.html,

An umbrella term to describe most earth based religions, with worship of God and Goddess as equals an intrinsic part.
www.fortunecity.com/bally/wicklow/283/glossary.htm,

Therefore to call Christians pagan is false information. Christians follow Jesus Christ who is God manifest in the flesh. Not all who claim to be Christians are in fact Christians, and many are and can be disobedient to the Word of God. That does not make them pagan, unless they reject Jesus Christ and follow gods and goddesses or worship the earth or similar. That would then mean they don't belong to Jesus Christ and are not in fact followers of Christ, that is, Christians. There are many that do in fact follow after another gospel and another Jesus, which we are warned about, while claiming to believe Jesus Christ or claiming to be Christian. There is an attempt by Michael Rood to infer that all Christians are simply pagan Gentiles. In fact, many Christians were and are of Jewish descent. And Peter, the Apostle to the Jews and in 1 Peter 1:1 reveals he was speaking to Jews, and Gentiles, encouraged all to not be ashamed of being a Christian and not be offended if they were persecuted for being Christians. 

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

From Strong's > Christian <Christianos>5546. Cristianov Christianos, khris-tee-an-os'
from 5547; a Christian, i.e. follower of Christ:--Christian.

1Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

Strangers scattered :

strangers <parepidemos> 3927. parepidhmov parepidemos, par-ep-id'-ay-mos from 3844 and the base of 1927; an alien alongside, i.e. a resident foreigner:--pilgrim, stranger.

scattered <diaspora> 1290. diaspora diaspora, dee-as-por-ah'  from 1289; dispersion, i.e. (specially and concretely) the (converted) Israelite resident in Gentile countries:--(which are) scattered (abroad). See Greek 1289 (diaspeiro)

Incidentally the term converted or convert is a Biblical term found in Isaiah and other passages, as well as the New Testament and refers to a turning away from sin, turning to Christ and being healed. It has nothing to do with the forced 'conversions' throughout history which were not only not of God, but a disgrace to all those who thought it good.

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Psalms 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Isaiah 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

The fact that Michael Rood rejects the name and person of Jesus Christ, whom Christians know as Savior and Lord, may be the impetus for applying the term pagan to Christians. As his associate Frank also stated, "Jesus and Yahshua were two different people." That would be so, since Yahshua is not found in the Scriptures and is a made up name.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Michael may now occasionally be using the terms Jesus, which he believes to be a pagan name after a Greek god, or Yeshua, shortened from the long form Yehoshua which is the correct Hebrew, since attempting to reinvent himself for the SkyAngel viewers and NRB attendees, but, he prefers the made up name of Yahshua as discussed in the article Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi:

Michael touches upon that theology in his teaching tapes, but distorts it to being the faulty Greek translators and the false Christian belief system who refer to Christ as the anointed one, similar to "other Greek false gods". The Jews, according to Rood,  "correctly" refer to Messiah as simply the Prophet. From his tape, " The 70th Week Ministry of the Messiah", tape 1:

"...Book to the messianic Hebrews chapter 6v1...leaving the principles of the doctrine of messiah...therefore leaving the foundational principles of the doctrine of Messiah, your KJV says the doctrine of Christ,  I use the term Messiah because the Greeks use the term Christ in referring to all of their anointed ones, all of their gods, but Messiah refers to the one of whom Moses spoke that there is going to be a prophet, one prophet, who is coming, and that prophet, if you do not hear him, if you do not listen and obey, you will be cut off. And he has been known as the Messiah to his people for thousands and thousands of years before the Greeks ever came on the scene with the Greek language." 

See Also: Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?

From Michael's tape, Title: The 70th Week Ministry of the Messiah, Tape 1 of 4 ," From Baptizing in Water to Baptizing in Spirit" by Michael John Rood::

"... ye have therefore received [the Messiah Yahshua ] and again I will use the Lords real name, the name that Gabriel the angel told his mother Miriam and Joseph to call him, Yahshua, because Yahshua means Yah, which is the ..poetic short version of Yahweh and  hushau which is salvation. Every time you say Yahshua you are saying, Yah our God saves.  Yahshua. And so, rather than a Greek transliteration in which really does not keep the real true sense of the word I will use his real name. Yahshua. ...The letter J is is, fairly recent, it's only about 400 years old and even over in Europe today where it originated, J's are sounded out as Y's. They are still  ...and Joshua is not Joshua, it's Yahshua. He has the same name as the Savior. The Savior does not have an extremely unusual name. There are many people that have been named Yahshua, which means our God saves. Yahshua. And we see that in Hebrew names the name of God appears many many times. ...So when I say the name of Yahshua, I'm saying the most beautiful name in heaven and earth. This is the name by which you must be saved. So I Like to pronounce it correctly. And you'll notice I do not pronounce it as the way that many messianic Jews have been raised to pronounce it as Yeshua, which completely misses the point of Yah. It is not Y'eshua, the emphasis is not on salvation, the emphasis is on Yah. The name of God Yahshua. because it is our God whose name is emphasized in every hebrew name..."

Michael Rood's skill of languages and Scriptural Truth is easily refuted.

Yeshua [short form] for Joshua or Yehoshua [long form], translates into Greek as Iesous. Jesus is a transliteration of Iesous [Greek] and it came about from the Hebrew/Aramaic. 

The long form of the name Joshua is written in the book by that name, and earlier books as yod-hey-vav-shin-ayin or also as yod-hey-vav-shin-vav-ayin [3091], which the Jewish scholars transliterate as Yehoshua utilizing the vowel pointing's from the Masoretic text. [# from Strong's] 

You can view the Yehoshua spelling of the Name in the Jewish Publication Society Bible which can be found at: 

 http://www.hareidi.org/bible/Joshua.htm  

In the Hebrew portion of the book of Ezra, you will find a name written in Hebrew as yod-shin-vav-ayin [3442] which the Jewish scholars transliterate as Yeshua or Jeshua. [# from Strong's] 

For example:

Ezra 2:2 "Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua , Nehemiah , Seraiah ...."

The names Yehoshua and Yeshua are the two which are commonly accepted by Jewish believers today, as the Hebrew / Aramaic Name of the Messiah.

If you go to the Hebrew Scriptures or attend a service in a traditional Jewish synagogue on certain Holy Days such as Yom Kippur, you will hear Yeshuah, not YAHshua, spoken in the service.
Yeshuah means Salvation. Yehoshua means God is Salvation. Also, in Scripture, the God of Salvation is known as El Yeshuah.

It has been alleged by many that the name YAHshua was created by the sacred name movement in the 1930's to promote a specific doctrine.  They have presented all sorts of pseudo-scholarship to back up their claims, but upon close examination it is quite easy to expose.  

For an in-depth discussion from a reader about the various Names, please see: Yahshua, Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred Name or True Name; also see: Taking the Name

The term Christ which Michael Rood states is merely the Greeks referring to one of their gods, is another weak argument.

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

From Strong's > Christ > <Christos>5547. Cristov Christos, khris-tos' 
from 5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:--Christ.

There are many like Michael Rood who claim that they alone have been given the 'truth' that has been lost and hidden since the time of the Apostles. If that were true, there could be no person saved since then, until Michael Rood came along. That rather blows Old Testament and New Testament truths and prophecies out of the water.

We are saved by God's grace, not the keeping of the law. In fact, a discussion of the keeping of the law or parts of it as some like to claim, is found in the series Tithing Is It Scriptural for New Covenant Believers?  That series incidentally, also refutes the nonsense that Michael Rood could be of the Levitical lineage, can be a Levite priest or can even live like a Levite, and he certainly has no right to claim the 'Levite tithe' as he calls for financial donations in those terms. [See: The Reverend Michael John Rood] The Levite priests activities included bearing the iniquity of Israel and themselves, and giving the sin offerings that were required to be acceptable before the Lord, and make atonement for their souls. [Lev. 16;17] That task was to be given to the Messiah, according to prophecy, and was fulfilled in Christ. Levites were commissioned by God and they had to keep ALL of the Laws given to Moses, and that included the feasts and the tithes  which all pertained to the Laws and were a shadow of things to come through Christ. And we are told that those who desire to live by the Law, must keep ALL of them. Every single precept, no exceptions. None can be excluded. There is no Scriptural excuse for not keeping them all, if one is going to claim it is required to live by them. So those like Michael Rood and his crew, who claim they are in fact keeping the law, are not only denying Scriptural commands, but disobeying what God said. It is partly because people could never keep all of them, and fell into sin, that Christ died. See Hebrews, and note chapter 8 and so on.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Michael Rood stated in one of his tapes that, "If you keep these commandments none of the diseases of the Gentiles will come upon you. ...Christians, who are followers of the Messiah die everyday, they drop like flies from diseases that Kosher Jews never get. Why, because God has given his commandments and He said if you keep my commandments none of the diseases of the Gentiles will come upon you. But we want to fabricate a whole entire theology, where none of these things apply to us, and yet why are we dying from these things. They don't apply to us yet we die, but those who keep these things don't die. But I just know if we keep his commandments none of the diseases of the Gentiles will come upon us. " [Tape: Mikveh: The Doctrine of Baptisms]

This is interesting in that Michael Rood, according to his Newsletters, has just been ill to the point that he required corrective surgery with something that had plagued him for a long time.

"....For the past few years Michael has suffered with a relatively minor medical problem - which has, over the past year, developed into a much more severe condition.  ... He has tried natural and organic healing methods but the problem has developed into a chronic condition that is unrelenting.  This problem empties a large amount of poisons into his system.  The initial reaction is painful lassitude, general sickness, and a susceptibility to more complicated illness due to his weakened immune system..." [November, 2004 from Jamie and Connie Louis]

It is interesting to note that Victor Wierwille, founder of The Way International, also taught a similar teaching, that only those that were weak in the faith become ill, which is in essence what Michael Rood is saying. Wierwille, in fact, died of cancer.  This teaching would mean that Jews who observed the laws in their entirety, would not get sick, and would live until when?   Yet, we see recorded in the Scriptures people ill from all manner of infirmities and died young and old, and they were 'under the law', including Lazarus. Just a small proof of this is found with what Jesus did while walking on this earth.

 Mt 8:14-17 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

See also the examples: Matthew 8:1-4, 9:1-8, 18-26; John 5:1-16

Luke 7:11-16 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

Email: "Michael with a Hebrew pronunciation, and he was not Michael Rood."

That would be Michael or Mikha'el Detwiler. From the Newsflash: Michael Rood of A Rood Awakening and Nehemia Gordon US Speaking Tour January 2005 ~ Raiders of Nothing of Value

It is noteworthy that the first stop of this tour, January 4, with Mikha'el Detwiler (Michael Detwiler), who was formerly on James Trimm's  Beit Din. He now is also the Marketing Director for Michael Rood according to a Rood Newsletter recently sent out.

"...Staffing our booth at NRB 2005 will be Michael and Judith Rood, Jamie Louis, Mik'hael Detwiler (Marketing Director), Roberto Umana (Spanish Producer), Lee Ware (Graphic Designer), Frank Balch (Rood Crew NRB volunteer) and me."

Email: "...Michael Rood's wife, Judith, the same question. She told me that, yes, Michael had been a member of The Way, but that was just when he was 17."

That is blatant misinformation. Either Judith does not know Michael's history or that is what she has been told to say. That goes entirely against public record, and eye witness information. Michael Rood may have joined The Way International at the age of 17, but that also contradicts what he told a reporter in 1981. He was 29 at the time and had, according to that interview, been in The Way nine years by then, and quoting from Michael John Rood: WAY Days:

Having joined The Way International in 1972 at the age of 20 and claiming to be a former Marine marksman in 1981, Michael Rood was introduced to a Way Twig meeting as "The Rev. Mr. Michael Rood," according to the October 13, 1981, Washington Post article called, Giving Thanks for Array of Blessings, 

"....The Rev. Mr. Michael Rood," The Way's Washington area director -- "limb coordinator" in Way parlance -- and the honored guest at this twig.

A nine-year veteran of the Way, Rood, 29, still displays vestiges of his years as a Marine Corps sergeant... 

And from the article Michael John Rood: Continuing The WAY

One source stated to this author that when the Way college affiliation was brought to Michael's attention he said that as soon as he found out what the "college" affiliation was, he "got out right away." That would have meant he left the Way before 1979, which goes against eye witness testimony, and public record. He was in Way leadership, which required the "college indoctrination" and in fact, Michael was teaching Way home fellowships as late as 1994-1995, according to Greasespot Cafe Forum and Chat site. 31 [This information has been confirmed via others directly connected with Michael Rood, through private email correspondence.]

Meaning Michael John Rood was in The Way International or holding to Way doctrine at least 22 years. That's 22 years minimum, because facts show Michael Rood's doctrine continues to clearly reflect Way doctrine and practices.

People seem to wish to make light regarding Michael Rood's past and involvement with The Way International, believing that was then, this is now. This is now, that it is being put forward the idea that he was 'just 17' when he was in The Way International. The implication is that it was just a brief or short time and when he was a foolish youth. That while some individuals appear to be almost in awe of his claim that he abides the Word of God and specifically his claim to be Torah Observant, claims to live 'like a Levite' and attempts to dress like one, is foolishness at best. That means that Michael Rood claims to abide the laws specifically applying to the Levites as well as those given to Moses--which he most certainly does not. But more than that, there is a serious issue of deception that is willingly ignored, because the excuse from many that would follow this false teacher and false prophet is that, 'well we all make mistakes.'

The Scriptures are clear.

Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Psalms 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. [ leasing <kazab> From Strong's 03577. bzk kazab, kaw-zawb' from 3576; falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol):--deceitful, false, leasing, + liar, lie, lying.]

Psalms 101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: [From Strong's >guile <dolos>: guile>1388. dolov dolos, dol'-os from an obsolete primary verb, dello (probably meaning to decoy; compare 1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (figuratively) wile:--craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.]

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death....27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

2Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Email: "Michael Rood was not Jewish, and Judith's response was basically that he's not Jewish but he thinks there might be some Jewish ancestry."

This is so much nonsense. Michael Rood himself has stated he was not Jewish, but a Gentile. He might wish he was Jewish for influence sake, but that means nothing. Yet he allows himself to be promoted on his own website as a 'Jewish theologian'. His publisher, Bridge-Logos, promotes him as a 'Jewish Christian', and he is promoted as Jewish in many other ways and via other statements, and some people fully believe he is Jewish or a Levite.

From his tape 4 of The 70th Week Ministry of the Messiah:

"...we are not, as Gentiles in the west to give heed to the doctrines and commandments of men that turn away from the truth. Just as the Jews are not to , and we are not to give heed to Jewish tradition which turn away from the truth. ...we're just ignorant of the Torah and Jewish traditions where we have been raised with the doctrines and commandments of men."

In the article Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend?, I noted,

His stated Jewish heritage is all the more interesting knowing that Michael fully embraced Way theology for most of his adult life and which theology includes denial of the holocaust and clearly racist views towards Jews, at least by Victor Wierwille. And those placed in leadership had to follow and embrace Wierwille's teachings, which Michael proved he did by being placed as a Limb.

And from that same article:

One of his followers defended him on one internet site in 2001 by saying, "Rood has acknowledged that he *is* Messianic, *is not* a Jew by birth, and only a "rabbi" ("little 'r' ") in the sense that he is a "teacher.""  12 

This concept that someone might have Jewish heritage, is like saying, My husbands dad's sister married a Jewish man therefore I am Jewish. Or my great great great great uncle may have married a Jewish woman, we don't know for sure, but, therefore, I am likely Jewish. It's utter nonsense. And it certainly does not make one more acceptable to God. We are reminded:

1Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Michael Rood has proven himself to be a false prophet many times with many failed predictions which are seemingly brushed away as of no consequence by those enamored by his costume and claims. In his foundational teaching about Zechariah, which was first introduced in his Mystery of Iniquity book, and also his separate teachings currently being promoted, he promoted his version of Scripture and prophecy, fully changing the Word of God. The Bridge-Logos promotion of that book states, "Zechariah's thermonuclear war and the legal prerequisites to the return of the Messiah."  They have promoted Michael Rood's books and DVD's and other media to the Christian Booksellers Association, despite the many failed prophecies about Armageddon, invasions of and by various countries or groups of people and so on. Those are excused by many as, 'just mistakes' or some wish Michael Rood wouldn't dabble in that arena, but the rest of his stuff is good. False prophets were not viewed favorably or excused by God in any Scriptures.

Mr. Rood's latest deception lies in the very advertisements of his 2005 tour with Nehemiah Gordon, and the promotion of the Shem Tov Matthew, billed with such phrases as, "The Dead Sea Scrolls of the New Testament"...These ancient manuscripts of the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew are the "Dead Sea Scrolls of the New Testament", "covert archives", "Dead Sea Scrolls New Testament" that are "ancient Hebrew texts of the Gospels"..."in many ways.. more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves." 

Meaning, the Shem Tov Matthew, which is not a Dead Sea Scroll find, and which is part of a polemic against Christ and Christians called Evan Bohan, is more important than Biblical Truth.

Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Email: "...were people there walking around handing out tracts stating that a man named Menachem Schneerson was that messiah, and that he would be returning. They appeared to be Orthodox Jews."

Menachem Schneerson was a known Jewish leader, and part of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, who died. Followers believe he will return from the dead, fully believing he was the awaited Messiah. Many Jews do not hold that belief. I had written briefly about him in several articles, including, David Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA:

The most recent application of 'messiah' in the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement is found in New York City. Menacham Mendel Schneerson, through kabbalistic interpretation, was declared by many in the Chabad Lubavitch movement, to be the Messiah. When he died and did not return, many were devastated in the movement. Others have launched a campaign to 'prepare' the world for his return, using billboards and other media. Others in Orthodox Judaism reject the notion, saying the criteria for the Messiah was not met in Schneerson. 

Unfortunately, they have not recognized that the Biblical criteria for the Messiah was met by Jesus Christ. It's very noteworthy that Marshall Moshe Koniuchowsky of Your Arms to Israel, stood in support of Schneerson. In his article, Targeting Jews, he states..."

See Also: MJAA Executives and the Hebrew Roots Fringe ; and MJAA Inroads of the Hebrew Roots Fringe.

The fact that the ecumenical NRB, with it's Council for National Policy (CNP) Board members, has allowed all this to take place is shameful and does go entirely against their stated mission and statement of faith. They, and SkyAngel, discussed in the article Michael Rood,  Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The National Religious Broadcasters, are aware of the Michael Rood information. The NRB information states:

"NRB is an Association of Christian communicators that fosters electronic media access for the Gospel; promotes standards of excellence, integrity and accountability; and provides networking and fellowshipping opportunities for its members."

http://www.nrb.org/whoweare

Who Are We?
Our association represents more than 1500 evangelical Christian radio and television stations, program producers, multimedia developers, and related organizations around the world.   Members are responsible for much of the world’s Christian radio and television. This Association exists to represent the Christian broadcasters’ right to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.  [bolding added]

All Members subscribe to the NRB Statement of Faith and Code of Ethics  in their business practices. ...

http://www.nrb.org/

Statement of Faith (NRB) http://www.nrb.org/CC_Content_Page/0,,PTID308766|CHID568980,00.html

1. We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son
and Holy Ghost.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless
life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in
His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His
personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy
Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the
Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

There are Christians and Messianics, radio stations, booksellers and other media starting to promote Michael Rood and his teachings. Scripture tells us that the "blood" will be on their hands for the many who will be misled if they continue to promote those who reject Jesus Christ or who pervert the Word of God to their own advantage. We are told that a person who claims to follow the Messiah, yet, in fact is presenting another gospel and another Jesus, is not of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Galatians 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

 

 

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