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The James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor


Jude 1:

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

It's likely a true saying that birds of a feather do flock together. Evidence of that is seen every fall with the flocking of the many varieties of birds in preparation for their yearly migration. 

The prophet Amos asked the question, "3:2 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" The answer is easily, no, they cannot. Very clearly, especially not when one is dealing with spiritual beliefs. 

While manipulating words and often carefully presenting their various theology, all that are connected in these groups appear to reject the divinity of Jesus Christ, although some have writings that say they don't, while also writings that show they do. All appear to reject Christianity, that is the Christian church. 

All appear to undermine everything Christian, while many target Christians to pull into their beliefs. All undermine the Greek manuscripts for the New Testament or reject the New Testament period, or reinterpret it by adding to or taking away information, and reinterpret it, in their minds, "correctly". Many are openly kabbalists while some are carefully implementing kabbalist doctrine into their theology. That includes the pretense of a kabbalistic trinity, which is found in Freemasonry, mormonism and so on, and has nothing to do with Christ.

Most openly appear to reject the name of Jesus as a pagan name. All present themselves as "the" ones to provide the truth hidden from all until they provide the keys to unlocking it.  

Some such as James Trimm, believe they are the 144,000 chosen ones or "the" remnant. 

Many claim to be fully Torah Observant; many are beginning to claim Levitical priesthood status, or similar. 

Many are divorced and remarried which violates the Scripture of a Bishop having only one wife, which cannot be misinterpreted to meaning having one wife at a time. Many state they obtained a Scriptural divorce, which Jesus addressed very clearly.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;...5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Luke 16: 18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 "He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."

We see that kabbalist Joe Vial (Viel) who is a member of James Trimm's "Beit Din", or halacha authority and is listed for 2003 as a faculty for Trimm's Yeshiva, also promotes false prophet Michael Rood. 

Jovial (21 February 2002) [link >]
"Michael Rood Seminar"

... I went to hear Michael Rood preach and WOW! was he good. At [ >Rood's old website] is a summary of something he taught last night on how Zech 5:1 et seq represents what he believed to be a nuclear war. Michael read this and when he dug into the original Hebrew, decided that the flying scroll was really a missile and the woman in a basket was really a "fire"....

Now many words of prophecy were "sealed". It seems one way God "sealed" prophecies was to use words that were ambiguious enough people would not see the interpretation until the right technology came along to allow for the right interpretation. Maybe this is one example.......and a good reason why we shold all learn Hebrew!!!!...." [spelling as seen] 1

Vial teaches a kabbalistic trinity, along with many diverse and what some would classify as very strange teachings. He and James Trimm appear to present the deity of Messiah in "Two YHWH's" or "Greater and Lesser YHWH", as does Marshall Koniuchowsky, and others. James Trimm very specifically has taught a kabbalistic "trinity" consisting of the Father, The Son, and the mother spirit. It's all kabbalistic teaching. All source the Zohar or secondary kabbalistic works for their various theology. It has no business with those who serve Jesus Christ, or in Messianic terms, Yeshua HaMashiach.

People seem to have forgotten that the kabbalah is the occult, and even Gershom Scholem, well respected Jewish mystic, quoting him in the Seek God article The Kabbalah , reveals the truth about the kabbalah, which includes mysticism, magic and gnostic doctrine.

In "Zohar, the Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah", Scholem describes the importance and authority of the Zohar to Judaism.

"The book of Zohar, the most important literary work of the Kabbalah, lies before us in some measure inaccessible and silent, as befits a work of secret wisdom…To have determined the formation and development over a long period of time of the religious convictions of the widest circles in Judaism, and particularly of those most sensitive to religion, and, what is more, to have succeeded in establishing itself for three centuries, from about 1500 to 1800, as a source of doctrine and revelation equal in authority to the Bible and Talmud, and of the same canonical rank---this is a prerogative that can be claimed by no other work of Jewish literature." 38. 

...Scholem expounds the belief that the Zohar, composed of contradictions and folk-tales, is the anonymous work of centuries, "like the Bible"

".. the Zohar has been regarded…as a work without unity…in which the most varied and often contradictory forces of the kabbalistic movement found expression…Moses de Leon was…regarded as the redactor of ancient writings and fragments…The theory that "primitive" sources and documents have been preserved in the revised form is today widespread. Thus the Zohar…would really be, even in its external beginnings, a deposit of the creative folk-spirit and, like the Bible and Talmud, the anonymous work of centuries…" 41.

The Bible, unlike the secret oral traditions and teachings, is neither an anonymous work nor is it comprised of contradictions, myths, or fairytales.

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; That the man of God may be throughly furnished unto all good works."

Psalm 119:160:

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever."

Proverbs 30:5-6:

"Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

Gershom Scholem states that the "Secret Midrash" writings of the Zohar were in all probability the earliest part of the work. His profile of the Jewish mystic who authored the Kabbalah begins with his education in the Talmud:..."

Many occultists are trying to present a "Christian kabbalah", which notion many Christians and Messianics are entertaining,  and which was something that was attempted many years ago. Quoting from the same article:

...Quoting from the Jewish Encyclopœdia's articles on Cabala and Reuchlin, we see the history of the influx of Cabalism into Catholicism and Christianity.

"At the same time the Cabala was introduced into Germany by Reuchlin, who had learnt Hebrew from the Rabbi Jacob b. Jechiel Loans, court physician to Frederick III, and in 1494 published a Cabalistic treatise De Verbo Mirifico, showing that all wisdom and true philosophy are derived from the Hebrews. Considerable alarm appears, however, to have been created by the spread of Rabbinical literature, and in 1509 a Jew converted to Christianity, named Pfefferkorn, persuaded the Emperor Maximilian I to burn all Jewish books except the Old Testament. Reuchlin, consulted on this matter, advised only the destruction of the Toledot Yeshu and of the Sepher Nizzachon by the Rabbi Lipmann, because these works " were full of blasphemies against Christ and against the Christian religion," but urged the preservation of the rest. In this defence of Jewish literature he was supported by the Duke of Bavaria, who appointed him professor at Ingoldstadt, but was strongly condemned by the Dominicans of Cologne. In reply to their attacks Reuchlin launched his defence De Arte Cabalistica, glorifying the Cabala, of which the " central doctrine for him was the Messianology around which all its other doctrines grouped themselves.1." 17.

"His whole philosophical system, as he himself admitted, was in fact entirely Cabalistic, and his views were shared by his contemporary Cornelius Agrippa of Nettesheim. As a result of these teachings a craze for Cabalism spread amongst Christian prelates, statesmen, and warriors, and a number of Christian thinkers took up the doctrines of the Cabala and " essayed to work them over in their own way. " Athanasius Kircher and Knorr, Baron von Rosenroth, author of the Kabbala Denudata, in the course of the seventeenth century " endeavoured to spread the Cabala among the Christians by translating Cabalistic works which they regarded as most ancient wisdom." "Most of them," the Jewish Encyclopœdia goes on to observe derisively, " held the absurd idea that the Cabala contained proofs of the truth of Christianity…. Much that appears Christian [ in the Cabala ] is, in fact, nothing but the logical development of certain ancient esoteric doctrines.2" 18.

All wisdom and knowledge does not come from the Hebrews. True wisdom and knowledge comes from God, as any God- fearing "Hebrew" will tell you. It's Biblical. Continuing to quote from the article, we note the kabbalist doctrine embraced by many in Hebrew Roots. That is, that one cannot understand either the Old or New Testament without the understanding or secret wisdom of the sages aka kabbalists. 

 "....S.L. McGregor Mathers', Introduction to the Kabbalah Unveiled is actually Mathers' English translation of Baron von Rosenroth's Kabbala Denudata, mentioned above. It was used to propagate the 'absurd idea' as stated by the Jewish Encyclopœdia, of a Christian Cabala, and as one peruses the contents, these ideas are affirmed.

"…At the present time a powerful wave of occult thought is spreading through society; thinking men are beginning to awake to the fact that "there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in their philosophy;" and, last but not least, it is now felt that the Bible, which has been probably more misconstrued than any other book ever written, contains numberless obscure and mysterious passages which are utterly unintelligible without some key wherewith to unlock their meaning. THAT KEY IS GIVEN IN THE QABALAH. Therefore this work should be of interest to every biblical and theological student." [bolding added]

"Let every Christian ask himself this question: "How can I think to understand the Old Testament if I be ignorant of the construction put upon it by that nation whose sacred book it formed; and if I know not the meaning of the Old Testament, how can I expect to understand the New?"

"Were the real and sublime philosophy of the Bible better known, there would be fewer fanatics and sectarians. And who can calculate the vastness of the harm done to impressionable and excitable persons by the bigoted enthusiasts who ever and anon come forward as teachers of the people? How many suicides are the result of religious mania and depression! What farragos of sacrilegious nonsense have not been promulgated as the true meanings of the hooks of the Prophets and the Apocalypse! Given a translation of the sacred Hebrew Book, in many instances incorrect, as the foundation, an inflamed and an ill-balanced mind as the worker thereon, what sort of edifice can be expected as the result?"

"I say fearlessly to the fanatics and bigots of the present day: You have cast down the Sublime and Infinite One from His throne, and in His stead have placed the demon of unbalanced force; you have substituted a deity of disorder and of jealousy for a God of order and of love; you have perverted the teachings of the crucified One. Therefore at this present time an English translation of the Qabalah is almost a necessity, for the Zohar has never before been translated into the language of this country, nor, as far as I am aware, into any modern European vernacular." 19.

The article continues noting the concept of Christian kabbalah and gematria, which is also being pushed on the naive and uninformed today. The way to heaven, according to the so-called 'Christian' kabbalah, is circumcision.

Perusing the contents further we see the presentation of a Trinity, alongside other "Christian" statements but it is clearly not Christian in content. The way to heaven is described through the use of Gematria.

"Thus the Qabalah is called ChKMh NSThRH, Chokhmah Nesthorah, "the secret wisdom;" and if we take the initials of these two words Ch and N, we form by the second kind of Notariqon the word ChN, Chen, "grace." Similarly, from the initials and finals of the words MI IOLH LNV HShMIMH, Mi Iaulah Leno Ha-Shamayimah, "Who shall go up for us to heaven?" (Deut. xxx. 12), are formed MILH, Milah "circumcision," and IHVH, the Tetragrammaton, implying that God hath ordained circumcision as the way to heaven." 20. [bolding added]

Gematria is based on the relative numerical values of words. Words of similar numerical values are considered to be explanatory of each other. In other words, it is lettered numerology which explains that circumcision is the way to heaven.

Galatians 5:2-6:

" Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."

God did not hide the truth of His Word from those who Love Him or those that are sincerely seeking Him. It is false teaching to proclaim only certain individuals know the Truth. God said we were not to make flesh our arm. 

1 John 2:26-27  These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Psalm 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Psalm 119:9 ... Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee...41 ... Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

The importance of having the true inspired words of God, not mans writings about them, are found in verses such as:

Ephesians 5:25-27 "...even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

I Corinthians 2:13

"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."


Norman Willis 

Norman Willis is a close friend and associate of Michael John Rood, who posts to his web site, and writes letters promoting Michael and their joint friend, Karaite Nehemiah Gordon. Linda Miller is Michael Rood's executive secretary. Linda and her husband John, have a Home Fellowship under Norman Willis's "Nazarene Israel". 

Norman Willis is advertised on Eddie Chumney's site as, "...NORMAN WILLIS TEACHER AND MEMBER OF UNION OF TWO HOUSE MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS...." That means Willis is a member of the Moshe Koniuchowsky's group, of which Tom Mitchell and Ed Nydle are fellow board members. 

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

Chumney also posts messages for kabbalists Avi ben Mordechai, James Trimm, Koniuchowsky, and also Michael Rood, and so on. 2 For More on Avi ben Mordechai see: Avi ben Mordechai & Millennium 7000

Norman Willis promotes "Doctor James Trimm's" HRV, and also his other teachings.

"The following is an adaptation of a commentary on Acts Chapter 15 written by Doctor James Scott Trimm of the Society for the Advancement of Nazarene Judaism. Doctor Trimm is one of the preeminent scholars in Nazarene/Messianic research, specializing in textual criticism. He puts things in their proper perspective, and sheds light on this commonly misunderstood passage of Scripture. The main body of the text is taken from his Hebraic Roots Version of the Brit Chadasha (or “New” Testament). It is well worth your time to understand this passage in the context with which the apostles understood it.

...Notes: Thus we see that Acts 15 is a guide to how to help the lost Ephraimites and Exiled Jews return to the Torah of Moshe, starting them out with four necessities as mentioned in 15:28. It is assumed that the newly returning Israelites will then proceed to the synagogues (assemblies) and will learn all of the Torah of Moshe. Thus the chapter that the Church commonly uses to dismiss the Torah, against Matthew 5:17, is actually a commentary on how to best help returning converts keep the Torah!]"

Doctor Trimm’s Hebraic Roots Version is available on his web site at:" 3

Update: It should be clarified that Norman Willis did not directly sell Trimm's HRV. Rather, his use and endorsement of it and James Trimm's writings on his website led him to tell people how and where they could obtain the HRV. On July 14, 2005, James Trimm posted an endorsement of the HRV from Norman Willis. In that endorsement Willis stated, "

"...At long last, I finally received my copy of James Trimm's Hebrew Roots Version of the Scriptures (the HRV). I must say that I am impressed. James Trimm has done his usual scholarly job of leaving a trail of high-quality, trackable notes...

I have not had time to go through the book entirely, but it appears that James Trimm has done a superior job. My only real comment is that I would like it very much if he were to come out with an HRV in a 'parallel edition,' with the English translation on
the left, and the Hebrew/Aramaic Text on the right (with all of the same footnotes and annotations). If he did that, I am certain I would trade up from my Artscroll Tanach.

The HRV appears not only to be a good translation, but it also contains very valuable commentary. It appears to be well worth having, and I am sure I will make good use of mine. James Trimm's scholarship has exceeded my expectations.

I understand that the book is available (and in stock) at You can also write to the owner of AlefTavJudaica, Dominick Zangla, at dominick@.... I believe that any serious student or scholar of Scripture will find this
edition well worth having... [I Received my HRV by Yosef ben Ruach (Norman Willis); From: "James Trimm" <jstrimm@...> Date: Thu Jul 14, 2005  ; Subject: I Received my HRV]

In October 2005, I received an email from Norman Willis, stating that because of James Trimm's failure to deliver the HRV to other people, he no longer is associated with or endorses him. He had been giving Trimm the benefit of the doubt despite the many articles and reports discussing Trimm's business practices and beliefs. Norman wanted it known that he never benefited financially from the endorsement of the HRV and did not sell it directly, but rather his purpose in promoting it, "was trying to help foster interest in Hebraic Roots research." Apparently even the kabbalist teachings were not a recognized red flag of warning for many. Nor is there a distancing by Norman Willis, on the actual Shem Tov Matthew as a source of truth despite the facts concerning it. Willis had been a speaker at Koniuchowsky's conferences, events and his writings were endorsed and promoted by Koniuchowsky. See: Marshall Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky As noted in the article, Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, Norman Willis also promoted Michael Rood's Calendar from his website, and advocated a one time tithe to Rood's associate, Nehemiah Gordon and his Karaite Korner, and tithes to these various leaders as being to the Levite priesthood. He also recounted Michael Rood donning priesthood garments in order to perform a ceremony with Willis. See: Michael Rood: WAY Colleagues, Occult Calendars  & False Prophecies. There is also no mention of his disassociation from these or others he has been working with. 


According to Norman Willis, "Nazarene Israel: the original faith of the apostles. Nazarene Israel is the original Jewish-Christian faith of the apostles, identified in the Book of the Acts as the "sect" (KJV: "heresy") of the Nazarenes..." 4

Of course Michael Rood, James Trimm, and many others are also presenting their version of the "original faith of the apostles", which according to each, has been lost until they arrived to give the real "truth." Perhaps one might think it becomes too many roosters in the hen house...but since this is all stems from the same root, each can present their variation of  "truth", as it leads to the same end.

Norman Willis writes:

....Why Christianity is not the original faith

“Christianity,” conversely, was a moniker the apostles were called by a rival Hellenistic (anti-Law) sect (Acts 11:26.)  These were probably related to the Hellenists that sought to murder the apostle Shaul (aka "Paul") at Acts Nine; and whose descendants are what we think of as “the Christians” of today. ...

.... Nazarene Israel was not a "Christian" faith at all, ...

...The original mission of the apostles was to bring the Good News of Yeshua Messiah to as many of the Jewish people as would accept Him; and then to take the message to the "gentiles," who were actually the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.

...One of the original missions given to the apostles was to regather the Lost Children of Israel (Ephraim), including the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, as well as those Jews who were still in the Babylonian Exile.  This can be verified by reading Ya'akov (James) 1:1 and First Kefa (First Peter) 1:1, which were written not to Hermes-and-Aphrodite-worshipping Greeks and gentiles, but to the twelve lost tribes who were scattered abroad, both in the Assyrian Dispersion, and the Babylonian Exile:...

It should be noted that while the Ephraimites were called "gentiles" in the New Covenant, the Jews of the Babylonian Exile were called "Greek" Jews.  These are referred to as the "Greeks" of the New Covenant.  They were called "Greeks" and not "Jews" because they had gone apostate, having no love for the Land, the Language, or the Marital Covenant (Torah.)..." 5

Regarding the yearly feasts, Willis states, it can only be determined via the Karaites and of course, the connection again with Michael Rood. Karaites reject the New Testament and Jesus Christ. 

"....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...."

"...We will host only sacred Name, two House, Scriptural-Agricultural calendar feasts. ..." 6

In their Nazarene Israeli Doctrinal Statement:

...The twelve apostles and Shaul (Paul) were Nazarene Israelites. ...

...The Hebrew Scriptures are the ultimate and final authority on all matters of faith, belief, and action.  We believe in both the Hebrew canon called Tanach (the "Old" Testament) as well as the Renewed Covenant (or the "New" Covenant) called "Brit Chadasha" (or the "New Testament") although we believe it was originally penned in either Hebrew or Aramaic...

The word "Trinity" does not appear in Scripture, so we do not believe in a "Trinity" per se, although we do believe unconditionally in the unified manifold presence and divine providence of the Creator of heaven and earth, Yahuwah Elohim ("Jehovah.")  We further believe that Yahuwah ("Jehovah") has appeared to men in the flesh as Yeshua of Natseret ("Jesus of Nazareth") in many ways, and in many forms.  (e.g. Genesis 19:24.)...

We believe in the importance of the divine Hebrew language.  English transliterations and English words are to be used for transitional teaching purposes only.  Both modern (Babylonian) and Paleo (ancient) Hebrew, as well as Aramaic, are the languages of presentation.

The Divine Name is a sacred Name.  YHWH has expressed His will that the Children of Israel make His Name (and His Son's Name) known throughout all the earth ... That command to make His Name known indicates a need to teach His true Name, and not substitute names. ...

Since no one can be absolutely certain how to pronounce the Divine Name of YHWH, we accept the Anglicisms "Yahuwah," "Yahuah," "Yahueh," "Yahuweh," "Yahweh," "Yahveh," "Yahuveh," "Yahovah," "Yahoueh," "Yahoweh," "Yahuweh," "Yahoveh," "Yod-Hay-Waw-Hay," "Yod-Hay-Vav-Hay," and also "Yah,"...

.. we will consider other reasonable derivations on this theme, there are some "names" that have pagan origins, and are therefore not acceptable as pronunciations of the Divine Name of YHWH.  Among these are "God," and "THE LORD" and "THE LORD GOD," which are all tied to pagan sun worship... "Jehovah" is considered incorrect... 

YHWH (and His Son) are also correctly referred to by titles. ...Abba...Elohim...Elohim is a plural form, referring to YHWH in whatever form He might wish to take, whether in male or female aspect of character. ... "El" (singular), Eloah, Elyon, Elah..."El Shaddai," or "The Big Breasted One," a female facet of His character emphasizing nurturance);..."The Power,"..."HaShem" (meaning 'The Name"), ... because it is found in the Psalms; but unacceptable as a substitution for the Name of YHWH;..."Adon" or "Adonai" (meaning "Master" or "Lord" in a Scriptural sense), acceptable as a title, because it is found in Scripture; but unacceptable as a substitution for the Name of YHWH...

We believe unconditionally that YHWH manifested Himself in the personage of Yahushua haMashiach, (also spelled Yahshua) other wise known as "Yeshua."  We believe that Yeshua was paradoxically both man and Divine, and that His blood was shed for the remission of sins both of individuals, and as a corporate atonement for both the Houses of Israel (Ephraim and Judah). ...We believe that the Name of Yahushua (or Yeshua) is also a divine Name, as Yeshua tells us that He came in His Father’s Name. The Name Yeshua means "Yah’s Salvation," "The Salvation of Yahweh," or "Yah Saves."  The Name Yahushua was legitimately shortened...

... the Name of Yahushua (or Yeshua) is also a divine Name, as Yeshua tells us that He came in His Father’s Name. The Name Yeshua means "Yah’s Salvation," "The Salvation of Yahweh," or "Yah Saves."  The Name Yahushua was legitimately shortened...

...A man is lawfully permitted to take more than one wife, but Scripture is clear that if a man is of a mind to take a wife, it were best that he dedicate himself to a loving monogamous relationship, as Scripture also says (at 1 Corinthians 7.)  It is not a sin to marry if one loves one's spouse,...The taking of multiple wives was only really ever intended to provide for widows....

True Torah observance requires that the believer walks orderly, which is witnessed by keeping of all six hundred and thirteen laws found in the Torah in absolute submission of the individual fleshly will to the Will of YHWH as aided by the Ruach haQodesh.  The reason the six-hundred-thirteen points covered in Torah are an accurate indication of the right Spirit is that the Torah was only ever a codification of the right Spirit to start with.  Though there are reasons and times when a believer walking in the right Spirit will transgress the 613 Laws (when it would lead to a higher and better good), under normal circumstances a believer walking in the right Spirit would not transgress the 613 Torah, unless there was some compelling reason to do so (such as direction by a malech (n "angel"), or a prophetic warning of some kind.  But these instances would typically be short-lived, much like traffic police may route traffic against the normal flow, whenever there is an accident, or a danger to be avoided.  It is only a temporary arrangement, and even then, only at the behest of a higher authority..." 7

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; Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite RabbiMarshall Moshe Yoseph KoniuchowskyMichael Rood & James Trimm & The WAY

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

Recently Norman Willis moved to Israel to further the 'regathering' of Ephraimites to Israel. His latest email announced that he was starting with humble beginnings, and that he was under heavy persecution, so he was remaining pretty much in his apartment many days. But he was trusting his god. He then presented a link to a new Ephraimite declaration of faith, and encouraged people to read it and comment on it. This writer will be more than happy to analyze his latest 'statement of faith.' Willis, incidentally has also changed his name to "YOSEF BEN ELOHIM", which means Joseph son of God.

Update: In an email dated 09/11/03, with title: Beit Yosef: The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, Norman Willis announced he has taken yet another name and position. "Office of the Presiding General Overseer: Yosef ben Ruach." Yosef ben Ruach, means Josef son of Spirit. 

"....Our challenge has been accepted and the burden is now on the Lost Ten Tribes: 1) to grow our numbers; and 2) to put together an acceptable Halachic proposal to put before the Jewish Court, by which Ephraim can return. This initial proposal will likely never return to us; but it needs to be as solid as possible, because it will
form the basis for our ultimate lawsuit against the Rabbinical Court.

I am making all possible strides towards this, and continue to work sixteen-to-eighteen hour days, six days a week, in support of this agenda. I pray you will bear that in mind, as I make the following announcement:

This ministry is presently still organized under the classification of 501C3.B The 501C classification forbids involvement in government affairs, and therefore it is no longer appropriate for me to organize under 501C.

The appropriate legal instrument is the Corporation Sole, which is essentially a spiritual Declaration of Independence (in this case, of the Northern Kingdom.) The only thing is that the Corporation Sole instrument is officially set up to recognize only the title of First General Overseer.

While I do not mind duties or job descriptions, I generally dislike titles, and ask your patience and understanding for having taken this title on. I pray I will always think of myself only as a fearer and servant of the Master YHWH...

Yosef ben Ruach
A servant of our Master
The Israelite sect of the Nazarenes
Re-establishing the original faith of the apostles"

*** end update***

For more on the Halacha court, see To Embrace Hebrew Roots: Part II: The Bible and the Talmud

Willis stated, "The immediate task at hand is to establish a minimum set of criterion that identifies what a returning Ephraimite is, and what a one should look like (as opposed to a Replacement Theology Christian who has not made a clean break with the Church.) My own feeling is that the importance of making a clean break with the Church and Replacement Theology cannot be overstated. Judah simply will not accept anyone who does not come back to the Torah, and a Torah-observant lifestyle. The proposal you-all helped me to draft is already available for viewing online at you could please just take a moment to review this proposal and get back to me before the Ephraimite meeting next week, it would be a tremendous help. Todah rabah (thank you very much), and please remember to support your statements with Scripture..."8  

From his Nazarene Israel website, "Beit Yosef" statement: 

Welcome to Beit Yosef, the Jerusalem headquarters of the
Nazarene Israel movement:

....These are:

1. We believe unconditionally in the Torah (Law of Moses);

2. We believe unconditionally in the Tanach (Old Testament);

3. We believe unconditionally in the Navi’im (Prophets);

4. We believe and practice Brit Milah (circumcision), not as a means of salvation, but out of obedience to our King;

5. We believe that Yehudah (Judah) is still a covenant people, even in an 'un-saved' state;

6. We believe in a coming Millennial Temple, in accordance with Ezekiel 44-48;

7. We believe in the continuing relevance of the Levitical Law, as did the apostles;

8. We observe the Clean Names, but do not automatically disfellowship if someone is not yet
convicted of them;

. We believe in a Semitic (Hebrew/Aramaic) Inspiration of the Brit Khadasha (Renewed Covenant);

10. We observe the ‘Karaite’ (Scriptural) calendar, with the head of the Hebrew month being determined by the first crescent sliver of the new moon; but we do not disfellowship over calendar issues;

11. We utterly reject Replacement Theology, and we reject the concept of a ‘Church’ as replacing Israel, because this concept is not supported by Scripture;

12. We utterly reject anti-Semitism, and embrace all Israelis who worship the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya’akov (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob);

13. We reject the concept of an Ionic (Greek) inspiration;

14. We reject bells, steeples, crosses and other pagan symbols (idols);

15. We reject Christmas, Easter/Ishtar, and ‘Sun-day’ worship.

16. Out of love and respect for our brother, we do not desire to ‘missionize’ Judah. Our goal of missionary work is oriented only towards the nations (the goyim.) If an Israeli twenty years old (or older) wants to know something, we will answer his or her question.

17. We reject the pagan concept of a ‘Trinity:’ Yeshua is paradoxically both the ‘Lesser YHWH’ and man. YHWH the Father is greater than Yeshua; but Yeshua is still Elohim.

18. Yeshua ben Yosef is our Mashiach, in that He came to be the means of effecting the regathering process for Ephraim.

19. We respect the elected government of Israel.

20. We support head-covering for both men and women, based not on rabbinical tradition but on Scripture [Shemoth (Exodus) 29:9]; however we do not disfellowship if the men choose not to wear headcoverings outside of the Temple area.

21. Ephraim is not the Church; but rather, Ephraim is hidden inside of the Church, and must ‘Come Out Of Her’ as part of returning to her identity as Ephraim/Israel.

 Judah was restored to the Land of Israel before Ephraim, and we need Judah's approval to gain Aliyah. ...." 9

First and foremost is the lack of validation of the New Testament. In Christ, NO day is better or required over another day. The kabbalistic trinity of "Greater and Lesser" is a false teaching. Circumcision is not required, just as feasts, holy days, and being kosher are not required to belong to Jesus Christ. 

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

See: Galatians, Philippians, Hebrews, Romans

Anything we do is to be done for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for the edification of others. 

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.


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