Hebrew Roots Ministries
John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi
12.The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
Michael Rood advertisements show that he is
often promoted as a Messianic Karaite Rabbi. We find
the advertisement of Michael Rood's original 6001 website on other websites, such as:
"Countdown 6001-New Moon
Messianic karaite Rabbi Rood teaches seminars on Holidays and
Temple. Provides teachings and an agriculturally and astronomically
corrected Hebrew calendar, based on karaite observation..." 1
Norman Willis's Nazarene Israel
site, was used to promote Michael Rood's calendar, while
the names of Wadsworth and Fike seemed no longer important.
"SCRIPTURALLY CORRECT CALENDAR
- Want an Astronomically and agriculturally correct Israelite calendar
using the Scriptural means of reckoning the day of the year, cross-referenced
with the Roman calendar date? Michael Rood's Karaite-Messianic calendar
is available at www.6001.com. Proceeds
go to benefit Rabbi Rood's ministry." 2
An ex-Zen Buddhist Master, and an
ex-Taoist divination adept, Norman Willis's Nazarene site also promotes the
feasts and Karaite Korner calendar, and he posts letters on Michael Rood's web
site while working with Michael:
timing of the pilgrimage feasts is dependent upon the barley harvest in
Yerushalayim, which can only be determined by waiting upon YHWH. The
best source of this information is presently obtained by accessing the Karaite
Korner web site, as the Karaites specialize in the agricultural barley
In a newsletter,
Willis went so far as to write, asking for funding for the work of their good friend, Nehemiah Gordon, a
I was hoping to be in Israel in time for the Aviv barley search, with Nehemiah
Gordon of the Karaites. The Ruach (the Spirit) is blocking my travel,
and so although I am now unable to go, I believe strongly in what the Karaites
do. They determine time the way YHWH says it should be done.
...Given the situation in Israel with the Muslim war, the adventure is very
dangerous. It is also expensive, as they are renting armored vehicles
for the trip.
We all benefit from the Karaite new moon service. It is for this reason
that I ask that if my ministry has been of any service to you at all in the
past, will you please consider making a one-time charitable donation to the
Karaite Korner, ..."
For More information
on Norman Willis, see: Michael
Rood: WAY Colleagues, Occult Calendars & False Prophecies; The
Rev. Michael John Rood, Tom
Mitchell, Board Member of the Union of Two House Messianic Congregations; Marshall Moshe Yoseph
James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor; Michael
Rood & James Trimm & The WAY
Note: Since posting the
various articles, the name of Union of Two House Messianic Congregations has
been changed to : Union Of Nazarene Yisraelite Congregations, as of
October 26, 2003
In December 2000, Michael Rood
taught on his 6001.com site about the development of the Calendar, and promoted
his good friend Nehemiah Gordon.
"....I was invited to join the Israeli New Moon Society although
not technically living in the Land. One of the guest authors was aware of
my Astronomically Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar and concurred with all the
moon sighting projections for this next year. ...Nehemiah Gordon is the
revivalist restoring the ancient practice of determining the maturity of the
Barley harvest to declare the month Abib as it was done at the time of the
Temple. Nehemiah has a great love for the Torah and a healthy skepticism
for the rabbinicism that dominates much of modern Judaism. For that reason
he is not welcome in Hassidic circles. For over 10 years he has, with a
small team of Karaites, faithfully analyzed the barley harvest in the land of
Nehemiah challenged the modern notions of determining the month
Abib by carefully dissecting the nuances of Hebrew roots that are irreverently
disregarded and inconsistently translated in many English versions of the
Nehemiah stated with absolute certainty that the barley was not
Abib on the first new moon after Adar this last year. According to the
Torah, the Jewish calendar was off from God's calendar by not only a day, as I
had postulated in regards to the sighting of the new moon, but both of our
calendars were off by an entire month according to the Divine standard.
I was aware of this possibility when Wadsworth and I set the calendar over a
year ago. The modern Jewish calendar is approximated by averaging 7
Adar Bet months dispersed over a 19-year period. My calendar is based upon
Astronomical calculations that cannot discern the maturity of barley, in the
past or future. ...
The Countdown to the 7th Millennium Timeline Charts remain valid except the
years need to be slid forward by 6 months in relation to the Gregorian
calendar, and the year begins on Abib (Nisan) 1.
The Day of the LORD begins April 5, 2000....
From Michael Rood's current website, in the article, The Maiden
Moon, which content continually changes, we
read of Robert Wadsworth and Rood and the original calendar, from Bruce Brill.
The Maiden Moon...
1998, an American team, including astronomer Robert Scott Wadsworth, first
published a calendar of the projected monthly new moon appearances from
Jerusalem. The team's Michael Rood traveled to Israel with the express
purpose of finding moon watchers to confirm his team's exciting findings.
Rood's data scientifically confirms my nearly five-year's of observation,
proving that the Modern Jewish calendar is out of synch. Instead of a
calendar on the wall, we should be looking for the forlorn maiden moon each
month in the twilight of the western horizon"
Bruce Brill, who lives in Tekoa, Israel, is
director of the Islam-Israel Fellowship of
the Root and Branch Association. The Root & Branch Association, is
" an all-volunteer, non-member organization
founded by Torah-observant Jews, promotes cooperation between the State of
Israel and other nations, and between Jews and B'nai Noah (non-Jews) in Israel
and abroad, to build a better world based on the universal Noahide Covenant and
Laws as commanded by the G-d of Israel in the Bible and Jewish Tradition."
Mr. Brill, also a friend of
Nehemiah Gordon, like's to be viewed as a Karaite, as well as a Levite, although Karaites
aren't recognized as being Jewish by some, while most Karaite
would have their doctrine rejected by Rabbinical/Orthodox
Judaism. That seems a contradiction when
Brill is also part of the Jewish Root and Branch group. In a Yahoo
newsgroup Nehemiah Gordon's 2002 letter to fellow Karaites was
posted under the subject of War!!... and stated he was with
fellow Karaite Bruce Brill.
Israel is now going through hard times. We are in a real war
now. Friday night Devorah and I attended a Karaite Passover
Seder along with Bruce Brill. The Passover Seder was held at
the home of Moshe Dabah in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood of
Jerusalem, where Devorah and I live. The neighborhood is
only 6 miles from Ramallah and we hear the shooting and
Michael Rood claims to have been invited to be a member of
The New Moon Society, a group of moon observers, in Israel. Normally only
Orthodox Jews are invited to be members:
New Moon Society--by Roy E.
Hoffman and Tuvia Kaatz
"...For over a thousand years, the Hebrew calendar has been fixed by
calculation. Today, the Hebrew calendar does not match that fixed by observing
the Moon. Even thought the gap between the two calendars continues to
increase, we do not have the authority to alter the calendar until a new
Sanhedrin (religious high court) is reestablished.... Of course, we are not
intending to change the current calendar (without the permission of an
authorized Sanhedrin) but just to increase involvement in and embellish the
the Israeli New Moon Society, are asking the public at large to join
us by trying to observe the New Moon at the beginning of each month. The
Israeli New Moon Society was founded for this purpose by Rabbi Dr. Nachum
Rabinovitch, head of Yeshivat Birkat
Moshe, Maale Adumim. The society works with the Institude
for Kiddush Hachodesh Studies and includes scientists and rabbis from
Universities, Yeshivot and elsewhere.
Israeli New Moon Society presents the subject from the point of view of
Rabbinical Orthodox Judaism." 7
means, the New Moon Society presents the point of view that also includes rejection of the New Testament
and Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Some Jews do not consider the Karaites to be Jews,
while most Karaite doctrine would be rejected by Rabbinical/Orthodox Judaism.
The parallel in beliefs would obviously be the rejection of the New Testament
and Jesus Christ.
Abib Report section at Nehemiah Gordon's Karaite
Korner web site also speaks of the New Moon search:
"Karaite Korner Newsletter #125
Abib Not Found
On March 4, 2003 the New Moon was sighted by numerous observers in
Jerusalem including Nehemia Gordon, Melekh ben Ya'aqov, Devorah Gordon, Roy
Hoffman, Ruthanne Koch, Angie Andrews, and Richard Dolan, and Brian Convery...."
In Robert Wadsworth's Biblical Astronomy Newsletters,
which regularly reports on the search for the New Moon and barley, we also see the close association and promotion of Nehemiah Gordon, Michael Rood,
NEW MOON REPORT
Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the
month of November, and the beginning of the 9th Hebrew month
“On Wednesday November 6, 2002 the New Moon was sighted by: Devorah
Gordon from Jerusalem; Nehemia Gordon, Bruce Brill, Michael Rood and more than
20 observers from the Golan Heights. First
sighted in the Golan Heights by Eric Draht at 16:50. Hodesh Sameach (Happy New Moon).”
NEW MOON REPORT
* Nehemia Gordon* from Jerusalem Israel compiled
the following New Moon Report for the month of April 2002 and for the
beginning of the 2nd month on the Hebrew calendar.
"Observers across Israel looked for the moon
on Sunday April 14, 2002. ... Photographs taken during the April 14
observation, which include Michael Rood and Nehemia Gordon
blowing the shofar from Jerusalem, ushering in the 2nd month, can be viewed
From another website
promoting Rood and Nehemiah Gordon:
"...because the conventional Jewish
calendar, dating back to the 3rd century, is still the "official"
one, such reckoning is performed only by a handful of people, such as the
Karaite Jews, Gordon and Rood; yet I seem to recall one of Rood's articles
which stated that the Rabbis in Israel realize that it's only a matter of time
before they decide to return to this Biblical way of tracking their calendar -
so maybe it's a good idea to watch it now, so we'll be more accustomed to it
when it becomes official!"
"I would recommend visiting Gordon's and Rood's websites if you want to know
more about this calendar; in addition, these two articles by Rood (link
and link) are highly
has previously promoted Nehemiah Gordon's website from his 6001.com
website and his 2001, A Rood Awakening TV website, stating,
"Visit the Karaite
Korner for information on the sightings of the new moon
and much more." 12
Although Nehemiah Gordon and Robert Wadsworth
are Rood's co-workers in the "sacred calendar" scheme, Rood
uses Gordon as a guest speaker on his tours to Israel.
Jamie Louis's, A
Rood Awakening's Foundation, is used to advertise Rood tours to Israel and
promoted Nehemiah Gordon. Please note the final paragraph from Michael Rood
to participants of the past and upcoming 2003 Tour, which follows this preparation information--
the Karaite Nehemia Gordon at the Karaite synagogue and proceed to
"Nehemiah's wall" then the Southern steps of the Temple
and Michael will lecture on the Astronomically and Agriculturally corrected
Biblical Hebrew Calendar - on the very steps where the Aviv court convened to
establish the beginning of the Biblical year.
Wall Tunnel Tour with Nehemia
will share on the destruction of the Temple deep within the passages under the
modern city of Jerusalem....
Corazin episode of "A ROOD AWAKENING!" will premiere on the way to
the Corazin synagogue site.
lectures on "The Seat of Moses" while sitting on - the seat of
Karaite Nehemia Gordon lectures on "Was Yahshua a Karaite?"
"....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.
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]
Michael John Rood
Michael warns, in
essence, to not attempt to share Jesus Christ-- something all
Christians are Biblically called to do, and telling those who
follow him to not wear anything that says "Jesus
Christ." He is
actually declaring those in attendance are to deny Christ
before men, because to share Jesus Christ would be offensive.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Rood declares it is illegal
to share Jesus Christ in Israel. That is not quite accurate,
according to a news report from Jerusalem. Referring to
"...The only legal
restrictions include a ban on proselytizing to minors, and a
1977 Israeli law that prohibits anyone from offering or
receiving material benefits as an inducement to conversion.
According to a 1999 US State Department report on, there
have been no reports of enforcement of that law..." 13b
Rood also states that the
Jewish people in attendance know more about the Scriptures
and interpret them more accurately, than those who know Jesus
Christ and who believe the New Testament. From a Christian
perspective, is it possible for a person to reject the New
Testament and Jesus Christ, and have a Biblical understanding
that could be utilized by Christians?
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
I would also ask, should
Christians even be on this tour?
Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
As stated above, one of Nehemiah Gordon's
lectures on the tour was, "Was YAHshua a Karaite ? "
Here's the problem. The Karaites do not
believe that the "messiah" has come yet. Meaning they also reject
Jesus Christ in any form. And the point is really
moot as to whether Jesus was a Karaite because according to Rabbi Hyam Maccoby, in Revolution
in Judaea, written in 1973 and still proclaimed accurate
today, the Karaite sect didn't form until the 8th
"...Scholars tend to make a distinction
between Pharisaism and the 'rabbinical movement' which succeeded it; but there
is in fact no valid distinction. It was not until a new sect arose, the
Karaites, (8th century) that the heirs of the Pharisees acquired the name of 'Rabbanites."
According to Jewish facts, Hyam Maccoby, grandson to
the famous Rabbi Haim Zundel Maccoby, the Polish Kamenitzer Maggid, [spirit guide],
and well respected Jewish author, is
considered a classical scholar and Rabbi of Reform Judaism. In recent years
he's been director of the library at the
Leo Baeck College of Judaistics in London.
information reveals that the Karaites were not viewed by the
Nazi's as Jews. In fact, historical writings state that
certain Karaites collaborated with the Nazi's, particularly in
Vichy, and due to that, many Jews were discovered and
killed by the Nazis. Other historical writings state that the
founder, Anan ben David, a prominent Jewish scholar in eighth
century Babylonia, started with Jewish writings but also
incorporated Islamic thought.
Some quotes from various
sources regarding the Karaites state:
"...A huge disparity
between Karaites and mainstream Jews was created during
World War II, when the Germans ruled that Karaites were not
Jews -- a decision that saved most of them from death,
although some were massacred at Babi Yar in 1941..." 15
Schmuel Spector, writing in the Encyclopaedia of the
Holocaust' (ed Gutman,
MacMillan: NY and Jerusalem 1990) says that the small
Karaite community in Berlin- actually 18 people, asked for
exemption from the Nuremberg Laws, and an edict issued on
January 5, 1939 determined that their racial classification
should be based on their specific genealogy and not on an
attachment to a group of people!. There were Karaites in
Vichy France who eventually were exempt under the same
regulations although the general Council of French Jews
maintained they were Jewish!.
over 200 Karaites were killed by the Einzatzgruppen in Babi
addition to the scholars quoted above Dr Leib Landau and Dr
Yaakov Schall in Lvov expressed opinions in the late summer
of 1942 that the Karaites were not Jewish to save them from
the same fate.
late 1944 the heads of the SS noted that 5-600 Karaites were
serving in the Waffen SS and Tatar divisions of the German
Army. Himmler personally approved the decision not to
publicise the Jewish connections of these Karaites.
is evidence of collaboration in that they provided precise
lists in Vilna and Kovno of all their Karaite members, thus
frustrating 'rabbinate' Jews who had forged Karaite
other areas Karaites helped Jews, providing original
certificates and saving individual Jews..."
Holocaust Names Project of Keren Zikaron Yahadut Lita"
Even if Nehemiah
Gordon is Jewish as he claims, he did not grow up a Karaite, so his
motive to join a sect that most Jews will not even
recognize is certainly a question to be pondered. And more
importantly, why does Michael Rood promote the Karaite
movement and why has he claimed to be a Messianic Karaite?
Would this not be a contradiction of terms?
Karaite belief is contrary
to Biblical truth and includes a total rejection of Jesus Christ and the New
Testament. From Nehemiah Gordon's web site, the Karaite Korner:
"Karaite Korner -
Home Of The World Karaite Movement! "
"The home of the World Movement for karaite Judaism the movement of Nehemia
Gordon and Meir Rekhavi..." 17
Korner declaration of Faith:
"The Karaite Declaration of Faith, called Tuv Ta'am (after the first
two words in Hebrew) has been recited in the Karaite Synagogue on High
Holidays since at least the 13th Century, with an abridged version
being recited twice daily. The Karaite "Declaration of Faith"
consists of a series of statements read aloud by the Hazan (cantor).
The congregation responds to each statement by emphatically shouting Emet!
meaning "Truth!". The Karaite "Declaration of Faith"
includes the main principles and practices which give Karaism its unique
- The uniqueness and oneness of YHWH as God and Creator.
- The truth of the Torah given to Moses.
- The perfect nature of the Torah which requires no additions or
supplement (i.e. the Rabbanite Oral Law is extraneous).
- The concept of an ultimate reward for those who keep the Torah.
- The holiness of the Temple in Jerusalem and its status as a place to
turn in prayer.
- The beginning of months in the Biblical calendar according to the
visibility of the Crescent New Moon
- The beginning of years in the Biblical calendar according to the state
of the barley crops (Abib) in the Land of Israel.
- The truth and prophetic nature of the entire Hebrew Bible.
- The truth and holiness of the Biblical Holidays and Feasts.
- The eternal nature of God who rules the universe.
- The concept of an Eschatological or "Messianic" Era in which
all mankind will worship the one true God, YHWH.
...[Translated from the Hebrew by Nehemia Gordon
based on Karaite Siddur, Volume 2, Vienna 1854, p.110 (Hebrew);
reprinted in Karaite Siddur, Volume 2, Ramleh 1977, pp.208-209
"The World Karaite Movement is a non-for-profit organization dedicated
to increasing public awarenes about Biblical Judaism (Karaism)." 19
In their Kairite
Faqs, the following questions are asked and answered ---"Do Karaites accept the entire Hebrew Bible?
Yes.; Do Karaites believe in the New Testament?
No.; Do Karaites believe in Jesus?
No. " 20
In their "Karaite Links"
is Mordecai Alfandari's, Light of Israel, which is very enlightening for those
who love Jesus Christ. Light of Israel is part of the Karaite web
site and organization. Alfandari, who had been a leader in the Karaite movement,
died in 1999 and Nehemia Gordon apparently took over as spokesman for the
of Israel by Mordecai Alfandari"
- "Learn about the alternative to Rabbanite Judaism and Pagan Christianity,
why Jews reject Jesus and the New Testament, how we can be atoned for sins
in a period without sacrifices, and much more." 21
In Light of Israel, among the many
anti-Christ, anti-New Testament, anti-Christian articles, is an article that explains the Karaite
belief about Jesus, which is interesting in light of the fact that Michael Rood
is promoted as a "messianic karaite rabbi," and works and walks side
by side with Nehemiah Gordon who holds these beliefs:
"Jews Should Not Believe in Jesus because:
"1. He was to have saved them from their enemies (Luke 1:69-71), which
2. He was to have saved them from their sins (Matthew 1:21), which he DIDN'T!
3. He was to have returned as the reigning King Messiah in that same
generation (Matthew 16:27-28), which he DIDN'T!
4. He was to have come at that time, without tarrying (Hebrews
10:37), which he DIDN'T!
5. The true Messiah was to be "David's Son", and Jesus WASN'T!
6. The Servant described in Isaiah 53 (which Christians claim was Jesus)
was to have lived a long life and have many children (verse 10), and to have
had his share of wealth, (verse 12), which Jesus DIDN'T! (He died poor
and childless at the age of 33.) ....
Jews should definitely NOT believe in Jesus, nor should ANYONE for that
matter! The general picture obtained from an impartial reading of the
so-called New Testament (not to be confused with the New Covenant described in
Jeremiah 31:31-34) is one of a self-deluded, would-be prophet who failed to
actualize his claims.
WHY PIN YOUR SALVATION ON A FAIRY-TALE? COME TO YHVH, THE ONLY TRUE SAVIOUR
AND KING, TODAY, AND FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS!
Submitted by: Mordecai Alfandari" 22
These Karaite facts about Christ and the New
Testament are all the more interesting when we know that Michael Rood declared
in "The Pagan Christian
Connection Exposed", published in 2004 by Christian publishing company
Bridge-Logos, that he and
his wife Judith took Karaite vows for their 2002 wedding.
"Aviv Calendar and Marriage
"The Karaites have even incorporated the observance of the
Aviv Calendar into the marriage ceremony. To this very day,
every marrying couple takes a solemn oath to observe the true
biblical calendar. The oath is inscribed in every Karaite
ketubah, or marriage contract. In it, the couple swears, “by
the covenant of Mt. Sinai... to observe the holy appointed
times of YHWH according to the sighting of the New Moon and
the finding of the Aviv in the Holy Land of Israel.” This same
formula can be found in Karaite ketubot, dating back over 1000
years. By making this vow, the marrying couple expresses
their loyalty to the Torah and enters as full adult members
into Karaite society. The marriage ceremony of my wife Judith
and me was performed in the ancient portico of Jaffa Gate in
the Old City of Jerusalem. At that time, we entered into the
traditional Karaite covenant to observe the feasts of Yahweh
according to the ancient biblical reckoning of time.
Centuries ago, a form of this same vow was incorporated into
the standard Karaite liturgy. Even now, on every High Holiday,
the Karaite cantor recites the vow, and the entire
congregation responds with a resounding “Emet” “Truth!”
What Christians fail to realize is that saying
one accepts the Jewish view or Messianic view of Messiah, does not necessarily allow for the
divinity of Christ--that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh -- nor that He is part of
the Godhead. It means there is a rejection of the Father, the Son--Jesus Christ-- and the Holy Spirit and that they are
three manifestations of the Godhead. Judaic religious belief views that as saying
three gods. Those who reject Christ neither accept nor understand the New Testament Scriptures which
validate that belief.
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...9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
See also Titus 2:13--
...the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the
Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by
his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rather, if someone who embraces Jewish
religious beliefs of
Messiah, i.e. views Jesus Christ as Messiah, it is as stated in the Seek God article Jesus
Christ and The Talmud, and quoting Jewish sources for that information:
Rabbi Hyam Maccoby, in Revolution
in Judaea, written in 1973 and still proclaimed accurate
today, defines the Jewish view of Messiah as an anointed one,
and angel or king, but not divine:
"The title "Messiah'
(Greek-Christos) was not a divine title among the
Jews. It simply means ' anointed'. It was given to
two Jewish officials, King and the High Priest… every
Jewish king of the house of David was known as Messiah, or
"The 'Son of Man',
was not a Messiah. He was an angel identified with the Guardian
Angel of Israel, with Metatron, with the angel who
guided the Children of Israel in the wilderness…" 19.
"…There is hardly
any reference in the Prophetic writings of the Old Testament
to the Messiah as a person. There is no splendid shining
figure judging mankind, sitting at the right-hand of God and
coming very near to eclipsing God Himself by His
Jewish eyes, belonged to royalty, not divinity. Even the
title 'Son of God" was to Jews (but not to the
Gnostics) a human title applied at various times in
the Hebrew Scriptures to Kings such as King
David…"Son of Man" also was not a divine
title…far better known as a mode of address to a
prophet…to mean simply 'human being'." 21...."
Michael Rood 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",
"...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
The Seek God article goes on
another well respected Conservative Jew, Dr. Lawrence Epstein:
"According to Dr.
Lawrence J. Epstein, current Jewish teaching excludes Jesus
because it is unanimously believed that the Messiah will bring
"Jesus is not seen as
the messiah. In the Jewish view, the messiah is a human
being who will usher in an era of peace. We can tell the
messiah by looking at the world and seeing if it is at
peace. From the Jewish view, this clearly did not happen
when Jesus was on Earth or anytime after his death."
When Michael Rood stated, "You are
coming to Israel so that I can convert you from a pagan Christian into a Torah
loving follower of the Jewish Messiah. " he
was stating the above Jewish and Karaite religious beliefs about Messiah, and the rejection of the divinity
of Jesus Christ, and the three manifestations of God. For a full treatment of current Jewish
views of Jesus, Messiah and the New Testament, please see Jesus
Christ and The Talmud.
An example of
how people are moved through the various teachings to full
rejection of Jesus Christ and the New Testament is found in Greg
and Rita Schuck. They are Michael Rood's and Jamie Louis's Way
International friends, who moved from Way false theology,
into Rood's "messianic" and anti-Christian church
theology, to fully
rejecting Jesus Christ and the New Testament. They are now members
of "Torah Observant Israel" and are listed in that
"Torah Observant Israel
is a community of Torah observant Israelites and Torah observant
"The Torah Observant Israel
community came into existence to meet the growing needs of
the 100's and 1000's of people who have found themselves
"spiritually homeless." Torah observant Israelites
come from many different backgrounds, which they had called
- Former Christians who
have let go of the NT and its Messiah
- Former Messianic Jews
who have let go of the NT and its Messiah
- Former Messianic
Israelites who have let go of the NT and its Messiah
- Jews who never had or
no longer embrace Talmudic Judaism" 23
noteworthy that Michael does promote Karaite Korner himself, and
also states besides the 'new moon' information, that the Karaite
teachings have "much more" to offer. And so they do.
"....There is only one
human force that can put a holt to this trend and in time
reverse it. That human force is the World Karaite Movement!
By our very nature, the World Karaite Movement is the only
Jewish movement around the entire globe that declares the
"Word of YHWH". Only by following the Tora in its
true path can the tide of assimilation be held back from
washing away great hosts of the Jewish People. It is not
enough just to acknowledge these facts nor is it enough just
to take them to heart, action is needed! Not next year, not
sometime in the near future, but now this very moment!
This is the work that Hakham Nehemia and me have undertaken
to do. The burdens of such a task are crushing! The weight
of this burden is breaking my back it is shattering my bones
and I cry out to YHWH every day to send me help. This is
something not to be taken lightly, this is a matter of
saving human life's by the millions, and this is a divine
calling! We cannot carry this burden by ourselves the weight
of it is just too much. We need help and we need it fast...."
Hakham Meir Y. Rekhavi
Tenu'a Mikraith 'Olamith
World Karaite Movement (R.A) " 24
website this article was posted on, Qumran.com, is part of the
Sacred Name movement, as well as the World Karaite movement
and it was YAHchannah, the apparent webmaster, that
posted Nehemiah Gordon's letter to fellow Karaites about WAR,
mentioned above. Avi ben
Mordechai, a known kabbalist who,
"studied under" "Doctor" James Scott Trimm, has also posted
to the site. James
Scott Trimm does not have a doctorate.
It's very noteworthy that Nehemiah Gordon has
worked as an assistant to Emanuel Tov at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
A Jewish news article from the Jewish Agency for Israel
OF THE BARLEY PESACH, KARAITE STYLE, quoted Michaels friend, Nehemiah Gordon as
"The Karaites believe that every Jew has the obligation to study the
Torah and decide for him/herself the correct interpretation of Hashem's
commandments according to his conscience and understanding," says
*Gordon*, an MA student in Biblical studies at the Hebrew University. Gordon,
who defines himself as "a ba'al teshuva to Karaism," and his wife,
Devorah, grew up in modern Orthodox homes in Chicago..." http://www.jafi.org.il/agenda/english/index14.asp#20
Emanuel Tov is a linguistics expert. Tov has written many books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and
the original scrolls of the Old Testament. Both Gordon and Tov reject Jesus Christ.
Emanuel Tov's credentials are numerous and
lengthy, but one of the most interesting aspects of Mr. Tov's work is his
study on the Masoretic Text and the translation of YHVH. [http://jewishhistory.huji.ac.il/Profs/HU/Bible/tov.html]
Nehemiah Gordon has worked with Tov on the
Masoretic Text project. According to postings
on a messianic forum, it has been stated that, due to that work, Nehemiah Gordon
believes that the Name of God is closer to Yehowah, which is similar to Jehovah in English, and not even close to
In a Messianic forum, the "Yahweh" issue was discussed by a
Jewish believer, by the name of Schmuel:
"...Again be careful of simply quoting Bullinger, folks
like Lawrence Schiffman and Nehemiah Gordan do not
feel that he gives an accurate representation (Bullinger's Companion Bible
appendix notes are on the Net.) In fact, they are even quite dubious
about aspects of Christian David Ginsburg's work, on which Bullinger based
The Masoretic Text manuscripts tend to vary later on, per
Nehemiah Gorden (who also defends Yehovah after extensive study of the
Masoretic Text manuscripts). Nehemiah's view, developed quite
separately from Gertoux,... based on studying the actual
manuscripts under Emanuel Tov, is that Yahweh cannot be defended, and
the earlier Masoretic manuscripts all
have a Yehowah (or Yehovah) pronounciation, while later on there is a lot of
variation. His host Michael Rood did not seem to be all too
enthusiastic to spread this scholarship, Michael has a lot of material
already out promoting the pronounciation "Yahweh"..."
The mention of E.W. Bullinger as a
source for Yahweh is interesting as it is one of the foundational books used by
Robert Wadsworth and Michael Rood for their zodiac beliefs, and in fact was a
foundational book used by Victor Wierwille for developing his theology for The
Way International. That is, one source that he plagiarized
So in respect for his Karaite friend, Nehemiah
Gordon, will Michael Rood now have to issue
corrected tapes and writings on correcting the pagan errors and pagan names in the Christian church?
This definitely should pose a real dilemma
for Michael Rood, since in all of his books and tapes he does use Yahweh, and he has
been teaching his followers that you can get healed and saved by calling on THAT
name. Not the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God manifest in the
flesh, but what he terms is the 'real' name of the Father. Yet we
know that if one does not acknowledge the Son--there is no
access to the Father.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
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.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
Name movement has a problem deciding
which is actually The Name to use, although each group
advocates their version with all manner of reasoning. Examples
of the confusion include the following names of the Father
Yahweh Yahwah Yaveh Yaweh
Jehova Jahova Jahovah Yahova Yahovah Jahowa Jahowah
Yahavah Jahavah Yahowe Yahoweh Jahaveh Jahaweh Yahaveh
Yahaweh Jahuweh Yahuweh Iahueh Jahuwah Yahuwah Yahu
Jahu Yahvah Jahvah Jahve Jahveh Yahve Yahwe Yaohu Yahway
Yaohu Yahvah Yahuwah Iahueh Yahuah
Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, YESHUAH, YEHSHUA, YEHSHUAH,
Yeshouah, Y'shua, Y'shuah, Jeshu, Yeshu, Yehoshuah,
YHVHShua, YHVHShuah, Yhvhshua, Yhwhshua, YHWHShua, YHWHShuah,
Yhvhshuah, Yhwhshuah, Yahvehshua, Yahwehshua, Yahvehshuah,
Yahwehshuah, Jahshua, Jahshuah, Jashua, Jashuah, Jahoshua,
Jahoshuah, Jehoshuah, Yashua, Yashuah, Yahshua, Yahshuah,
YAHSHUA, YAHSHUAH, YASHUA, YASHUAH, Yahushua, Yahushuah,
Yahoshua, Yahoshuah, Yaohushua, YAOHUSHUA, Yaohushuah,
Iahoshua, Iahoshuah, Iahushua, or Iahushuah Yahvahosha
teachers in the Sacred
and Hebrew Roots movement
have tried to say that Jesus is not a valid Name.
They will go so far, as does Michael Rood, and state it is a
presented all sorts of pseudo-scholarship to back up their
claims, but upon close examination it is quite easy to expose.
Many use John 5:43 to validate their false claims. "43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will
as their validation.
Many try to rationalize, that if Jesus came in His Father's Name, and if the only Name that His Father had was YHVH,
as the sacred name movement claims, then His Name would have a part of the Fathers Name in it. This is why they call the Messiah [Jesus] YAHshua.
This name is not found in the Old Testament writings in
Hebrew. What you will find there is Jehoshua [Joshua].
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 , 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:
The majority of the Old
Testament is written in Hebrew. There are only four books
with isolated parts that are written in Aramaic, which
accounts for a small percentage of the total texts. The books that include some
writing in the Aramaic language are Genesis, Ezra, Jeremiah, and Daniel. The amount of Aramaic ranges from a few words or sentences, to large parts of some chapters, Daniel and Ezra being the two books with the most Aramaic.
In the Aramaic portion of the book of Ezra
5:2, we find the name Yeshua or Jeshua transliterated from the
Aramaic letters Yod-Shin-Vav-Ayin  These same Aramaic
letters were also found on a recently discovered first century
ossuary, which is claimed by some to be that of James, brother
The inscription reads:
"Ya'akov bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua" which translates
as "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
To view the inscription:
In the Hebrew portion of the book of Ezra, you will find a name written in Hebrew as yod-shin-vav-ayin  which the
Jewish scholars transliterate as Yeshua or Jeshua. [# from Strong's]
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.
Yeshua [short form]
for Joshua or Yehoshua
form], translates into Greek as Iesous. Jesus is a transliteration of Iesous [Greek] and it came about
from the Hebrew/Aramaic. We have no problem with the Name
Yeshua, as it means "He is salvation" in Hebrew.
What we have a
problem with, is those who try to deny the Name of Jesus, a
Name that billions have attained salvation using, and try to
tell other believers that YAHshua, a name that is not even
found in the Old Testament, is the only name of the Messiah. For more on the sacred name
movement please see the series Taking
the Name, the Mark and the Number.
For more on the Name issue as
discussed by a reader, please see:
Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred
Name or True Name or
Taking the Name, The Mark & the Number
Will Michael Rood re-issue corrected false prophecies and corrected versions of his many times
corrected "Corrected Hebrew Calendar," in which he states, incidentally,
on the subject of pagan names, that,
"...Jan 1 2000 has nothing to do with this. that is a papal
fabrication. Anyone who sets dates from the gregorian reckoning of time
doesn't have a clue because everything according to the papal calendar is
based on fiction. Days, weeks, months., years, centuries...all begin and end
on completely fictional basis. Every day is named after a different god, every
month is named after a different god and it has no basis in reality. God's
calendar is the only calendar in which there is any reality to be found..."
Rood has neglected to point out is that the Oriental,
Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu, Zodiac, Gaia based information he and his
friends have used for calculations is rooted in astrology, numerology,
kabbalist gematria and so on, and also has the names
of those same "false gods" on every day and every month, for his "Corrected Hebrew
The implication of Michaels
teaching of the Jewish view of Messiah, the pagan names and so
on, is that the
Greek writers of the New Testament were pagan and not to be trusted as a source of
truth. Meaning, then, that the Apostles could also not be
trusted to give truth, nor the New Testament, although we
know, the Apostles were given the scriptures by direct
revelation of God. God is so clear on these issues.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Peter 2:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Update: Due to the 2007 controversial breakup of A Rood
Awakening Ministries, the organization was split into two
groups. One held by Jamie Louis in the original A Rood
Awakening! Ministries Oregon office, and one held by Michael
Rood and some new staff. Michael Rood launched a new
corporation in Michigan, where his new office is, called A
Rood Awakening! Ministries International. Two new websites
were launched by the Rood camp, one called reallyrood.com in
competition with the original aroodawakening.tv,
unroododespertar.tv and aroodawakening.com, all of which
have since been shut down. The new michaelroodministries.com
was launched in direct competition to the original
michaelrood.com, which has been shutdown. Jamie Louis also
included in his Ya'akovlevi site the name of a new business
called Torah to the Nations, based in Oregon. On December 14,
2007, Michael Rood's Michigan attorney's filed lawsuit against
Jamie Louis. For more on this See:
A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities
Rood: WAY Colleagues, Occult Calendars & False Prophecies
John Rood: Marine Chaplain, Jewish Gentile Rabbi & Reverend?
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
Change of Heart? or
the Real Michael Rood? Page 3
Habits, New Ways
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
Michael Rood of A Rood
Awakening and Nehemia Gordon,
US Speaking Tour
Michael Rood, Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The
National Religious Broadcasters
John Rood: WAY Days >
Part 1 of series;
Reverend Michael John Rood ;
John Rood: Continuing The WAY ;
Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain,
Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend? ;
John Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications
John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi
Rood: WAY Colleague, Occult Calendar & False
Articles About Michael John Rood
Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA
James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor
Rood & James Trimm & The WAY
Vicky Dillen's Inquisition
EdNydle Newsflash ;
SINAI REDISCOVERED! OR ONE MORE TIME AROUND THE MOUNTAIN
December 19, 2000 [6001.com -Teaching]
6. Newsgroups: soc.culture.israel Date: 2002-04-03 14:44:24
"Revolution in Judaea: Jesus and the Jewish
Resistance"; p.296 ; Ocean Books; 1973
Tape 4-The 70th Week of
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