WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME TODAY
WARNING: Michael John Rood
May 11, 2001
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I feel compelled to write regarding Michael John Rood today. I know
that some are quite taken in and impressed by him and his teachings. I
state the following points, for which I have concern and wish to sound a
trumpet of warning:
1) Mr. Rood holds himself out as a "Messianic Jewish Rabbi". This
began to be done, as I became aware of his ministry, with Stan Johnson
on Prophecy Club broadcasts in 1999. It is now revealed that, Mr. Rood
is not Jewish by birth. He is, at most, a convert to Messianic
Judaism. He holds no formal training to qualify for the use of the
title of rabbi. There is a picture of him, at www.6001.com, dressed in
the manner of a Jewish high priest, holding a staff. That picture
speaks volumes. This gives an appearance of an attempt at deception.
While by itself, it is not a serious ethical breach, it is certainly not
a sign of the presence of inherent integrity in the man and his
ministry. We still wait for him to publicly discuss his past and his
cultic connections, and to clearly renounce those beliefs and
2) Mr. Rood has been publicly accused of privately teaching a doctrine
that does not confirm, and in fact denies the deity of Jesus Christ. An
internet firestorm has raged, during the last two months, at WWW.
michaelbunker.com. Supporters of Rood were apparently urged by Rood's
ministry to confront Michael Bunker, and they did so on his unmoderated
forums. To date, Mr Rood currently sets forth no statement of faith on
his website, www.6001.com. He makes no affirmative statement that he
accepts Jesus Christ as the LORD GOD, even while under public accusation
that he still has connections with "The Way International". He makes
little mention of Jesus on his website. I have checked his website and
as of today, May 11, 2001, there is still no statement of faith
presented that would answer these public charges, made by Michael Bunker
several months ago. A man of integrity and faith, confronted in this
way, would clearly write of his belief in Jesus Christ as LORD GOD. We
still wait to see if he will do this.
3) Mr. Rood has been a setter of dates for the last several years.
Every year brings forth with it new anticipation, trumpeted by him, that
this Aviv 1, in the spring, will mark the beginning of year 6001. This
has brought much ridicule to prophecy, even though this man is not a
prophet and does not claim to be one. His failed prophecies are listed
on the internet websites devoted to documenting such. He expresses
faith that once we are assured that year 6001 is here, we will be able
to make predictions, as to the date, of the occurence of certain
events. The last time of supposedly high alert was in fall, 2000, when
Elul5, or September 28 was to have begun a period of 40 days of
repentance. Tishri 1, or sundown, October 28, 2000, was to have
commenced a 10 day war. As with the previous alerts, very little
happened as predicted. We still wait for something to happen as
4) The "Revised Hebrew Calendar" trumpeted by Mr. Rood was not created
by him, yet he certainly has left that impression in the minds of many
on his many Prophecy Club broadcasts. Still, the calendar is used by
him and there is no clear assertion as to it's origin or creators, even
on his website. A man of integrity would give credit where it is due.
We still wait for this credit to be given.
5) The "Revised Hebrew Calendar", trumpeted by Mr. Rood, is used by him
to predict many events. In the 6001st year, whenever it arrives, we
will see, according to Mr. Rood, the coming forth of the ark of the
covenant, the cleansing of the temple mount and, on day 35, or Tishri
22, the holding of the Feast of Tabernacles on the temple mount. This
speaks of a restoration of the entire law of Judaism, with animal
sacrifice. Should this occur, this will not be a day of great blessing,
but an abomination to the Lord God, who has already provided the Lamb
for the sacrifice. We still wait for a clear presentation, from Mr.
Rood, that he is warning of a coming abomination, and not looking
forward with gleeful anticipation, to the resumption of animal sacrifice
on the temple mount.
Finally, last fall marked the coming forth of an important word of
prophecy, from the Lord, to me, entitled "Nothing Has Changed". This I
published on October 27, 2000, or one day before Mr. Rood's "Tishri 1".
You can search for it in our archives at Watchmen-Prophets-Assembly, at
Yahoo Groups, or see the link below to my website, GAMMADIM VISION.
That word came to me one day and a half prior to the day on which Mr.
Rood was expecting the commencement of many of the aforementioned events
It became clear to me on that day, October 27, 2000, one day before his
"Tishri 1" date, that the Spirit of the Lord and the Spirit of Prophecy
are diametrically opposed to Mr. Rood and the spirit he moves by. He is
not speaking for the Lord. Be careful, be watchful and be not deceived.
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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Nothing Has Changed
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