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Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi 


Psalm 37

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 Ministries
Messianic karaite Rabbi Rood teaches seminars on Holidays and Temple. Provides teachings and an agriculturally and astronomically corrected Hebrew calendar, based on karaite observation..."

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  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:

"...The actual 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 calendar issues."

In a newsletter, Willis went so far as to write, asking for funding for the work of their good friend, Nehemiah Gordon, a Karaite:

"Dear Nazarenes,
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 Koniuchowsky; The 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 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 Israel....

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 Scriptures....

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....

Michael Rood

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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...

...In 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" 4

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."  5

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. 

"Fellow Karaites, 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 explosions." 6


New Moons & Barley

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: 

The 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 Torah....

We, 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.

The Israeli New Moon Society presents the subject from the point of view of Rabbinical Orthodox Judaism." 7 

That 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.

The 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...." 8

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, etc: 


                "Devorah Gordon from Jerusalem, Israel compiled the following New Moon Report for the month of November, and the beginning of the 9th Hebrew month (Kislev).

            “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).”  9


     * 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 at:" 10

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 recommended!..."

Michael has previously promoted Nehemiah Gordon's website from his 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. 


A Karaite Tour


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-- 

"...4.   Meet the Karaite Nehemia Gordon at the Karaite synagogue and proceed to "Nehemiah's wall" then the Southern steps of the Temple

a.   Nehemia 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.

5.   Western Wall Tunnel Tour with Nehemia  

a.   Nehemia will share on the destruction of the Temple deep within the passages under the modern city of Jerusalem....

5.   The Corazin episode of "A ROOD AWAKENING!" will premiere on the way to the Corazin synagogue site.

a.   Michael lectures on "The Seat of Moses" while sitting on - the seat of Moses.

b.   The 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.  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] 

       Michael John Rood " 13

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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 sharing Christ,

"...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 century.

"...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." 14

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.  

Further historical 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!.

Nevertheless, over 200 Karaites were killed by the Einzatzgruppen in Babi Yar. 

In 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. 

In 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.

There 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 certificates.


In other areas Karaites helped Jews, providing original certificates and saving individual Jews..." 

Saul Issroff


Dr Saul Issroff

Lithuanian Holocaust Names Project of Keren Zikaron Yahadut Lita"  " 16

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 Facts

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

"Karaite 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 character including:

  • 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 (Hebrew)]" 18

"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 movement: 

"Light 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 he DIDN'T!

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.


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 Vows"

"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!”
(pg 115-116) [bolding added]

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 Christ…" 18.

"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 glory." 20.

"Messiah…in 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", 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." 

The Seek God article goes on quoting from 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 peace:

"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." 25."

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 Directory.

"Torah Observant Israel is a community of Torah observant Israelites and Torah observant Israelite Congregations....

"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 "home":

  • 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

It's 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) "

The website this article was posted on,, 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 called,  RIPENING OF THE BARLEY PESACH, KARAITE STYLE,  quoted Michaels friend, Nehemiah Gordon as saying:

"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..."

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. [] 

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 Yahweh. 

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 his conclusions.

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 from. 

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.

The Sacred 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 and Son:

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

Jeshua,  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

Many teachers in the Sacred Name Movement 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 pagan name. They have 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 receive," 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].

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:   

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 [3443] 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 of Jesus.

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 [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. 

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. 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: Yahshua, 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..." 25 

What Mr. 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 Calendar."

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 in competition with the original, and, all of which have since been shut down. The new was launched in direct competition to the original, 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


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