In a Nutshell
Michael Rood is a self-
1. Michael Rood currently presents himself, and is promoted in a number of "Christian"
settings, as an "expert" in interpreting End Time prophetic scenarios from the Bible.
His specialty is connecting the annual timing of the Feasts of Israel from the Old
Testament to his own projected time schedule for events he believes are soon to come
2. Rood also is considered in many circles as an expert in clarifying the "Hebrew
Roots" of the Christian faith, and emphasizing those roots in evaluating, in particular,
various New Testament passages.
3. One of the factors in the popularity of Rood as a teacher of Hebrew Roots is that
those who promote his ministry present him as a "Messianic Jewish" rabbi, with the
obvious implication that he has a Jewish education as a "rabbinical scholar" that
gives him deep insight into the Old Testament. And yet at the same time, he has come
to accept Jesus/Yahshua as the Jewish Messiah so he can understand both the writings
of the New Testament and the Jewishness of Jesus.
4. Although he seems to carefully avoid promoting his most controversial teachings in certain "Christian" settings, he clearly teaches those who are involved deeply in his ministry that any involvement of any kind in the denominations of "historical Christianity" leaves them in bondage to a Satanic counterfeit of Biblical teaching. Thus those who would not embrace exclusive observance of the seventh day Sabbath and the Biblical holy day cycle immediately upon hearing of Rood's teachings are branded as being under threat of imminent divine retribution, no matter the sincerity of their attempts to understand and serve God.
Although Michael Rood is beginning to gather a following from a wide cross-
However, the most significant factor of his widespread appeal both inside and outside Sabbatarian circles seems not to be based primarily on his doctrinal, scriptural insights, but rather on excitement and enthusiasm over his prophetic speculations.
They are very similar to the type of speculations promoted by Herbert Armstrong and
his organization the WCG in the years leading up to 1972. Armstrong had strongly
implied that the loyal members of the WCG would be taken to a "Place of Safety" in
early 1972, and that the world would then be plunged almost immediately into the
Great Tribulation for three and one-
The thrill and excitement of the kind of enthusiasm that such prophetic pontifications
can elicit in supporters of a dynamic teacher/preacher is certainly understandable.
But the let-
Failed Prophecy Speculations-
Michael Rood has been offering dogmatic predictions of exactly how Bible prophecy will be fulfilled in immediate contemporary history since at least 1998. From that year to this, he has promoted to his supporters yearly a number of very specific scenarios to be fulfilled within months, none of which has ever yielded any fruit of fulfillment.
As each proposed scenario has failed, he has offered excuses for that failure and
gone forward to offer an alternative scenario for the upcoming year. And yet each
such alternative has also failed. This process is extremely typical in the history
of the "End Times Prophecy" movement. Rood is only one in a long line of men (and
a few women) in the past two centuries and more who have gathered a following around
their dogmatic and bombastic proclamations regarding end-
And Rood's record gives no reason that anyone should give any more credence to his speculations than to those of dozens or hundreds of other such prognosticators, from William Miller who gained thousands of followers by predicting the End to come in 1844, to Edgar Whisenant who published the book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.
Although many of Rood's followers seem to assume his speculations regarding the Feasts
of Israel are unique to him, many prophecy speculators, including Miller and Whisenant,
have indicated that crucial prophetic events would be timed to the Feast of Trumpets
and other Holy Days. Ray Waugh, in Why All Church-
When they received their book and read it with care, they were informed by Edgar
Whisenant that the Rapture would take place on September 12, 1988, that the 144,000
would be sealed on September 26, 1988, that WW III between Russia and the USA would
end June 19, 1989, that the Two Witnesses would be killed at Sunrise on March 9,
1992." He went on to explain that the Antichrist would die and go to Hell on April
19, 1992, that Armageddon would conclude on October 4, 1995, and that Satan would
be chained on that Wednesday" [This may be where Hal Lindsey gets some of his prophetic
detail. RW]. He climaxed these supposedly final truths with the words that on Tuesday,
January 1, 3000 A.D. "Eternity Begins" [pp. 48-
Mixing in Hebrew Roots
There is definitely a value in understanding the historical and sociological setting in which the New Testament events transpired. And thus a certain amount of teaching about the "Hebrew roots of Jesus" and the first century apostles and believers is indeed helpful. But when such teaching is tied too tightly to false predictions about prophecy, when those predictions fail it can discourage the serious Bible student from continued study. In addition, a number of "Hebrew Roots" teachers including Michael John Rood tend to blur the distinction between "Jewish customs" and apocryphal Jewish stories, and solid Biblical information.
Mixing Speculation and Solid Bible Content
In addition, Rood has a strong tendency toward mixing wildly speculative material
in with solid Biblical teaching in a way that totally muddles just where solid Biblical
or historical fact leaves off, and where his own pure conjecture starts. If his audience
was made up entirely of Biblically-
Messianic Jewish Claims
All indications from both Rood's own comments in his public appearances and from investigation by outsiders of his personal history indicate that he is not Jewish at all. He was evidently brought up in a standard Protestant home in rural Michigan, and later became involved as an adult for about nine years with a fringe "Christian" religious group called "The Way, International," functioning in a position of leadership as a "minister" within that group.
Thus his self-
It is not surprising that someone as dogmatic as Rood would attempt to reinforce his teachings to his supporters with extremely strong warnings that to depart from them would be to "deny God" or such. But what is surprising is what strange bedfellows he can acquire by hiding his strongest teachings from those among whom he would like to gather new supporters.
His ministry had a booth at the "National Religious Broadcasters" convention in early 2003. Yet his teachings make it very clear that he would consider almost every other participant in the NRB convention as being utter heathens.
And he has appeared on stage with a variety of speakers and teachers who do not share his narrow view of just WHO really is a "true believer" and what beliefs and practices they must adhere to. And yet his specific teachings on tape also make it clear that he would consider a number of those who have spoken on the same stage as he in recent times as being utterly false teachers deceived by the Devil.
It would be interesting to see how many teaching and speaking engagements he might
lose if those inviting him knew about all of his teachings, not just the generically-
Although Rood has not claimed the "office of prophet," he has indicated over and over in his writings and speaking that he has been the recipient of direct divine interventions over and over which he evidently offers as validation of his ministry. And over time he has tended to make bolder and bolder claims about himself and his role in End Times events.
Posted on his website in August 2002 was a description by him of an incident some time earlier when he had a sudden revelation from God of a "mistranslation" of a portion of the book of Zechariah. He goes to great pains in this article to explain the events surrounding this revelation…
Now, I must remind you of the scenario. I am laying in bed on the Sabbath during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. I am scribbling in the oversized margins of my freshly printed 8.5 X 11 inch paper, as I am translating this text without so much as a dictionary with me. I am seeing a picture develop that I had never entertained in the thirty years that I have been studying the prophet. I came to this verse, sat up in bed and shouted out, "This is not a woman – this is a fire. This is not a woman in a basket – this is a fire in a container." Going down a couple verses I said, "These are not two women, these are two fires."
Now, I know what a hare-
… I took you through this chain of events so that you can judge for yourself the validity of what I am about to show you. The Word still goes forth from Zion.
There is no question that he is offering this material as validation that he has unique insight from God into matters separate from just "diligent Bible study."
The bottom line of this article was to "prove" that the passage regarding a "woman in a basket" in Zechariah had been mistranslated for centuries, and it really meant a "fire" in a "projectile." And he further interprets this to mean nuclear missiles being fired from Iraq on the modern nation of Israel … an event which, at the time, he was predicting to occur soon …
In the coming months we will see that Iraq has nuclear warheads that were produced
outside of the country, and brought into Iraq after the U.N. inspectors conveniently
left the Job in the late 1990’s. The warheads were flown into Iraq and sealed into
Unfortunately for Rood's "revelation," this scenario about the warheads in Iraq never panned out. Was God confused when He "inspired" Rood with this new translation of Zechariah, leading to the dogmatic claims in the paragraph above … or was Rood confused by his own delusions of grandeur? The article was still up on Rood's website as of November 2005. In fact, there have been no "news updates" on the site for a very long time, and no explanation of this particular speculative failure.
Connections to the Claims of the Late Ron Wyatt
An extensive proportion of Rood's speculations are based in part on unconditional
acceptance of the highly questionable archaeological claims of the late amateur archaeologist
Ron Wyatt. Ron Wyatt claimed to have discovered (or positively identified-
Some lists of such discoveries by Wyatt include close to 100 such claims made by him. The most significant of these are what he insisted were the "real" Noah's Ark and the "real" Mt. Sinai, the location of Sodom and Gomorrah, the location of the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites, debris (chariot wheels, chariots, bones of horses and humans, etc.) under the water there of the pursuing Egyptian army, and the Ark of the Covenant and other temple artifacts of Solomon's temple. For a detailed examination of Wyatt's sensationalistic claims, see the Overview of the Archaeological Claims of Ron Wyatt elsewhere on this Field Guide website.
Examining the Claims
Documentation of a brief overview of Rood's ever-
In 1999 Rood was teaching dogmatically that the "Day of the Lord," the Sabbath millennium, the beginning of obvious, public fulfillment of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, would commence on September 11, 1999. (Red highlighting has been added to the following excerpts from his website at the time to call attention to the significant points.)
March 29, 1998 at sundown, the first new moon after the vernal equinox appeared. The first sliver of the new moon was sighted at 3% illumination, 18 degrees above the horizon, over the city of Jerusalem. At that moment, for the first time in this millennium, we knew where we were on God's sacred calendar. It was Nisan 1, in the Biblical year 5999, precisely 5,998 1/2 years after the creation of Adam. At that moment, we were exactly 18 Biblical months from the beginning of the 7th, or Sabbath millennium: the Day (or millennium) of the LORD. Our countdown to Tishri 1, 6001: September 11, 1999 at sundown, had begun.
The Hebrew rabbis have taught for thousands of years: "In that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the 7th day he rested...man will have his time of reign on earth for 6,000 years and the Messiah will reign in the 7th millennium." When speaking of the last days before the Messiah's return, Peter wrote, " Do not be ignorant of this one thing: a day with the LORD is as a millennium, and a millennium is as a day." Tishri 1, 6001 [Sept. 11, 1999] will be the first day of the millennium of the LORD ... That day will not be the much anticipated rapture of the church. At that time, the intermediate fulfillments of the fall feast will commerce with Yom Teruakh ... When we understand God's method of reckoning time, and get a working knowledge of the Feasts of the LORD, which are all prophetic shadow pictures, we will see the prophecies that were sealed until the time of the end can now be be understood with simplicity as we peel 1,900 years of pagan traditions from our eyes and look at the Hebrew scriptures through a Hebrew lens.
Note that Rood said that understanding the prophecies would be "simple" ... but that his understanding was proven later to be totally false.
Below is an excerpt from Michael John Rood's book The Mystery of Iniquity which laid out his prophetic scenario. Of course, as with most modern prophecy pontificators, in other portions of his writings he occasionally adds "fudge words," such as "may" and "possibly." And he may even include on occasion subtle disclaimers such as "I do not claim to be a prophet" that soften ever so slightly the dogmatism of the statements here.
But the overall effect of both his writings and speaking leaves his audiences with
the distinct impression that he has a corner on the understanding of the prophecies
of the Bible and unique insight into their fulfillment not available from just the
You will note that the dogmatic dates set in the following material have come and
gone without fulfillment. Yet again, as with most latter-
From The Mystery of Iniquity
On Tishri 1, 5994 (Biblical reckoning) Israel entered into a covenant with the world government of the United Nations, with the United States acting as guarantor. The "Covenant with Death" was signed on the White House lawn in front of about 3,000 dignitaries on September 13, 1993. Israel entered into a covenant that caused them to pledge land to the UN that had been given to Israel by an everlasting covenant with God. That covenant was made in response to the UN's promise for peace and safety from their enemies.
God will annul this covenant when the overflowing scourge of troops passes through the land on Tishri 1, 6001 (October 29, 2000). The Messiah will confirm the covenant that was made in his blood, when the Ark of the Covenant is brought forth at the height of the invasion of Israel.
Just as the spring Feasts of the LORD were fulfilled to the day, hour, and moment at his first coming, the fall Feasts will be fulfilled with the same exactitude. The Feasts are all shadow pictures of that which is to come.
As with the Feast of Trumpets itself, we will never know the day or hour that the
Messiah will return until it happens, but astronomically we can narrow it down. Why
do his servants know in advance? Because he said the Holy Spirit will show us things
to come. We can see the finish line and have hope, but it will be too late to do
anything but trust in the Lord and do the work of the ministry. We can't change the
course of history no matter how hard we try. This is it! When Judah takes Jerusalem
and the Ark of the Covenant is brought forth we are eighty-
The following schedule will be in effect in fulfillment of the fall Feasts of the Lord at the end of the first seven years of the seventh Millennium.
1 Tishri, 6008 The Feast of Trumpets
The Last Trumpet Gathering Together
The Judgment Seat of Messiah in heaven
The Wrath poured out on the earth
10 Tishri The Day of Atonement
Judgment is executed, preparation for the marriage supper in heaven
Wrath is finished, preparation for Armageddon on earth
15 Tishri The Feast of Tabernacles
The Marriage Supper in the Throne Room
Armageddon logistics executed by Destroyer
22 Tishri The Last Great Day
The Battle of Armageddon
Millennial Reign Begins
Aviv 1, 6001 (May 5, 2000 at sundown in Jerusalem) began the Day of the Lord -
Below is an excerpt from some of the claims Rood was making on his website, 6001.com, in May 2000.
Rabbi Shaul [Paul] spoke of the millennium of the LORD coming upon the inhabitants
of the earth, "as a thief in the night." They cry out for the world government to
deliver peace and security while the freedom to govern ourselves according to God's
Torah is being wrestled from us. The inhabitants of the world are about to enter
into the birthpangs of the Messiah, but are oblivious to the fact that the "Day of
the LORD" is at hand. God's time reckoning and God's seasons (moedim) have been forsaken
by most of the world and they have no idea what time it is on the clock of the heavens.
Time has run out. In months, millions of lives will lay in ashes without a single
I will see you when the smoke clears,
Michael John Rood
When Prophecy Fails
Rood's ministry in the past was is conducted through the website michaelrood.com/ which no longer exists.
The original name of the site was "6001.com" but the ministry evidently lost the
claim to that domain name at some point. The "6001" of the URL was a reference to
his belief that the "6000 years since creation" were complete on the new moon of
the first month of the Hebrew calendar in the year 2000, and that we then entered
the year 6001-
However, this calendar date did not synchronize with the current Jewish calendar,
as Rood also has declared that he has rediscovered the only True Calendar since the
time of Christ. In the year 2000 he claimed to have been part of harvesting the only
legitimate "green ears" of barley in Jerusalem that indicated the proper month for
the year to begin ... one month after most other Jews and Holy-
Rood is not at all unique in his claims for his own role in End Times fulfillments. This Field Guide website provides history, profiles, and documentation about a number of teachers and groups which have predicted the Return of Christ to occur in their own time and/or declared that they had a unique role in the plan of God and were His primary spokesmen on earth in their own time, revealing truths hidden or lost by previous generations.
One particularly significant social-
The authors of the book were able to infiltrate the group with their own research-
Click here for details on the conclusions of the When Prophecy Fails book.
In spite of the miserable failure of Rood’s bombastic pronouncements in 2000, he was right back at it the next year. On September 13, 2001, the following was on Rood's website. It was written on September 7.
The world will be in a panic in a few short days, but you will know what to do. If you do not, gather your family and friends and watch the following videos in order:
The Great Secret of Solomon´s Temple
The Feasts of the LORD and their Prophetic Fulfillment (10 hours)
The Mystery of Solomon´s Laver
I have sounded the alarm since my release 7 years ago this month. Last fall my throat was bleeding after sounding the warning for over 500 hours in 100 cities in 9 months. I have been on a forced Sabbath year since my health failed last October. But I had given my best in front of the television cameras in a final warning as to what is about to transpire. Get the videos now! Do not wait until this whole thing goes up in smoke and you are ready to grasp for any plausible concoction that shows up on "Christian" television.
This was in the midst of a long letter. As with most date-
"Depending on atmospheric conditions in the land of Israel, we will witness the first sliver of the 7th new moon at sundown on either the 18th or 19th of September. The date, if all of my calculations are correct, will be Tishri 1, 6001. I expect that the new moon will not be witnessed until the 19th at sundown which will cause all of the Feast days in my calendar to be shifted one day into the future. If this is the year that we have calculated, the night of Tishri 1, the skies will glow red over the land of Israel."
But it is undeniable that the average Rood supporter at that time would not focus on these words at all, but would rather breathlessly devour the rest of the hype in the letter. Such as the following excerpts:
For seven years I have been separated to sound the warning of the Times and Seasons of the Day of the LORD. My job is finished. I have a new assignment, but I need serious full time help from those who have taken heed. This next assignment will cost us our lives, and the dead wood is going to get burned. Interested? Grab your execution stake and give me – or better yet, give Jamie Louis a call ….
… Watch the sky over Israel on September 18th and 19th. Tishri 1 begins the last phase of our countdown to the Confirmation of the Covenant on Tishri 10.
Do not faint. Stay faithful to the end and I will see you when the smoke clears.
Although Rood has stumbled over and over in his own "theories" that have led to his failed date speculations, he has very little tolerance for the theories of others, and doesn't hesitate to take them to task in very strong words …
But, due to circumstances beyond my control, I have been forcibly self-
Click here for a more detailed chronology of Rood's failed predictions.
Click here for documentation of Rood's tendency to seamlessly mix fact and speculation in his presentations .
The following website has extensive and detailed documentation in a series of articles about some of the most controversial aspects of Michael John Rood's ministry, including his former affiliation with the "Way, International" cult.
Personal note from the webauthor
When Rood's predictions of a great war in the Mid-
My husband and I attended a live seminar by Rood in 2001. The schedule indicated
Rood intended to speak from 7 PM to 11 PM. As I just wanted to get a flavor of what
the man's teaching was like, I assumed we could just go for a couple of hours and
leave perhaps at "half-
Click here for an unabashedly candid, subjective, and opinionated "snapshot" of my experience at one of Michael John Rood's "Rood Awakening" lectures
Can Michael Rood be "forgiven" for setting false dates and misleading people by his teachings to look to those dates? Of course. The question is not "forgiving" Rood.
The question is this:
Rood has had an unending record of setting dates which prove over and over again … 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 … to be utterly meaningless. Not one thing that he has dogmatically and bombastically declared to audiences who hang on his every word has come to pass. Yet he refuses to quit using loaded words such as "See you in Jerusalem when the smoke clears" to his audiences.
Given this track record, why should anyone give credence to the idea that the man has credentials as an "expert" in the area of Biblical prophecy? And why should anyone continue to look to him for his opinion on events of the future?
Michael Rood’s Latest “Personal Rude Awakenings”
In August 2007, almost all of Rood’s associates in the Rood Awakening Ministries,
with headquarters in Oregon, joined in rejecting his leadership of the organization,
accusing him of “inappropriate behavior,” financial irregularities, and heavy-
A group of leading Hebrew Roots individuals was called together as a panel to investigate and arbitrate between the two sides of the Rood problem.
Those arbitration efforts failed. The panels findings went against Rood’s interests, and he rejected them totally.
Those opposing Rood’s leadership had the legal ability to remove him from his role in the ministry, so he moved his base of operations to Michigan, where one of his loyal supporters set him up with a new office and studio space to record his programs. He was soon back in business on the Web.
The following sources provide considerable revealing documentation and commentary regarding the events surrounding the 2007 breakup of the Rood Awakening ministry.
In 2009 and 2010 Rood went back to his standard ministry activities.
And then suddenly in August 2010 the Grand Rapids WOOD-
August 24, 2010
BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WOOD) -
The sign on the door of the Byron Center ministry's office used to say 'A Rood Awakening,' for Michael Rood. His name has since been removed.
[Full story at link above]
By September 1 the TV site reported that some sort of court negotiations were ongoing between the two factions.
[Full story at link above]
Public notice of the ongoing battle ended at that point. Rood shifted his operations to North Carolina, and was soon back on the Web, now with a website titled “Michael Rood on the Loose.”
Beyond concern about Michael Rood’s false prophecies and related issues these days,
and beyond his latest legal troubles, are his turn further and further towards rejecting
the integrity of the New Testament. He has for several years appeared around the
country and on videos with Nehemia Gordon, a non-
For an explanation of the significance of Rood’s partnering with Gordon, and the serious concerns it raises, see:
Michael Rood is just one of many would-
Armageddon Now! The Premillenarian Response to Russia and Israel Since 1917
Baker Book House, Gr. Rapids MI
(history of prophetic speculation from 1917-
Doomsday Delusions: What's Wrong with Predictions About the End of the World?
Pate, C. Marvin; Haines, Calvin B. Jr.
Intervarsity Press, Downer's Grove IL
The Gentile Times Reconsidered: Chronology and Christ’s Return
Jonsson, Carl Olof
Commentary Press, Atlanta GA
(evaluation of the Jehovah's Witness speculation on End Time prophecy)
The Last Days Are Here Again
Baker Book House, Gr. Rapids MI
(history of prophetic speculation)
Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession
Oxford University Press, New York NY
The Sign of the Last Days: When?
Jonsson, Carl Olof and Herbst, Wolfgang
Commentary Press, Atlanta GA
(overview of Jehovah's Witness speculations on prophecy)
Soothsayers of the Second Advent
Alnor, William M.
Fleming H. Revell Co., Old Tappan NJ
(Profiles of a number of current prophecy teachers)
When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted
the Destruction of the World
Festinger, Leon; Riecken, Henry W.; Schachter, Stanley
Harper & Row, Publishers, New York NY
Author Festinger, a social psychologist, coined the term "cognitive dissonance,"
and introduced it to the general public in this work. The book is considered a classic
in the field of Social Psychology. Festinger and his social-
When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA
End Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon?
Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville TN
(history of prophetic speculation)
Check out the Field Guide Profile on the End Times Prophecy Movement for more information on related topics.
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and His "Rood Awakenings"