Michael Rood

By Tim McHyde / June 15, 2006

Michael Rood is the Messianic Jewish / Hebrew Roots Bible teacher and author who popularized the Agricultural Biblical Calendar of the Karaites and the Prophetic Feasts of the LORD. He is also known for the Jonah Code and Chronological Gospels book. If you can handle his controversial "rude" style, you will learn much about the Bible that they do not teach in church.

His materials are highly recommended for those wishing to understand prophecy, especially the Prophetic Feasts of the Lord video series and the Jonah Code, as well as his book Mystery of Iniquity. He also has Israel tours. (I went on the first one in November, 2001 and had a memorable time.)

Also if you have a chance to see Michael in one of the cities of his U.S. speaking tours, it would be well worth your time to make the drive out.

My main beef with Michael Rood's teachings is something common to Hebraic Roots teachers. There is an unnecessary focus on avoiding things that came from paganism or have pagan origins. For example, he teaches that the days of the week are named after pagan gods and the Christian holidays Christmas and Easter were originally pagan holidays. While this is true, many people come away from Michael's teachings with the idea that these "pagan" things are sinful or displeasing to God. They become afraid of celebrating Christmas or using certain words, even the word "Jesus." What they miss is that Israel was told to avoid pagan idol worship not pagan-influenced words and days. When you get down to it, it is impossible to avoid all paganism anyway as most of the world's words and practices did not come out of ancient Israel, but pagans or gentiles.

But don't let that discourage you from Michael Rood's teachings. After all, there is no perfect teacher or teaching without error. Just use your discernment with all teachings and realize that even the errors you fall for are only temporary and serve to give you better discernment forever.

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4 comments
Jay - December 12, 2016

Hello!

Decided to finish chapter 7 of Mystery Of Iniquity by Michael Rood and WoW! This man is totally into Torah and “keeping and doing.” Can’t help to feel and believe I am totally condemned already.

Not having ever read Torah I believe in the Torah Feasts as Holy Convocations/dress rehearsals per (Mark Biltz) and I believe that God wants all His children to keep these feasts but how many children do you think know about them and are practicing them let alone doing or keeping them? Rood points out that Jesus came to fulfill Torah and lends huge instruction for followers to abide in Torah.

As you can see I continue to struggle with this. It does seem clear that we are to obey Jesus Commandments and to keep Torah even if many of us are Gentiles.

He points out that Jesus words “Depart from me, you never knew me and I do not know you” are exactly a result of not keeping Torah or the commandments.

Yes there were a lot of rules that he pointed out that the Pharisee’s made and kept that were cumbersome and quite frankly obsessive and ritualistic but truly what is the message here? The pharisee’s were offended by Jesus and Jesus said to them that they were workers of iniquity teaching doctrines of devils.

Reading what Michael Rood writes makes me wonder what other author can be trusted. I would imagine he would not be in agreement of the subject matter you wrote in your book esp about the 3 resurrections and what you said about paganism and pagan practices.

So I am just saying here… What Is It That I Am NOT Getting? Guess I need to go back and read your book again. If your book causes me to feel hopeful and positive and his causes me to feel hopeless and condemned someone is teaching a doctrine of a devil and according to Michael that would not be referring to him.

I get two major feelings when I read both of your books. One is devastating the other is exhilarating.

I am so perplexed. It’s like there is a battle for the mind/soul and who is the true villain/devil.

Has anyone else on this site read Mystery Of Iniquity by Michael Rood? I would love to hear what you all have to say about his book and the subject of paganism as it seems to have always been a very hot spot with our God.

Totally I feel like I am being tossed and turned in a sea of very rough waters.

Tim I really would like your perspective on this and his teachings. What the “H” is going on? You obviously appreciate his work, research and writings. But you also call his style rude! According to Michael we are all missing what is perfectly right in front of our faces.

Please expound or lead me somewhere that can explain/expose the confusion.

Thanks

Jay

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    Tim McHyde - December 12, 2016

    Jay, I understand your frustration and remember my own when I was still wrestling with these same questions. Back when I read Mystery of Iniquity, I was fully in support of Sabbath and Torah-keeping (TK). Soon after as I continued to read the Bible, I started to see cracks in the arguments of TK. Have you already read my testimony that touches on what those cracks are here: http://timmchyde.com/category/torah/ I think it will answer what you think you’re missing. It shares what would have been helpful for someone to tell me back in 2000 when I was deep into the Torah keeping mindset.
    Look, Michael Rood is very persuasive after 50 years of studying and teaching the Bible passionately. It took me many years to see through his arguments. But what Michael is doing is ignoring the context of the passages he is using. A) Jesus NEVER said to keep Torah B) Jesus himself did not consistently keep Torah but said he had the right to break Sabbath as “Lord of the Sabbath” C) Jesus instead in Mt 5-7 told people to love one another because this “fulfilled Torah.”
    Therefore, “Depart from me, I never knew you” (for people who end up not saved) has nothing to do with Torah as Michael suggests (because Torah I remind you was about Israel staying in the Promised Land as God’s nation, not about salvation), but everything to do with missing personal salvation based on God’s law of love.
    The feasts will be kept worldwide as you say once everyone is made to know them. Right now, any objective person reading the Torah will see that it was given to ancient Israel and not even modern Israel is receiving prophets anymore telling them to keep it. It’s “waxing old” as Hebrews says and that’s why a “New Covenant” (Jer 23:23) will be made with Israel and Judah to replace it once they are regathered.

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Jay - December 16, 2016

Tim,

I read your articles and responses. I understand what your saying and only I regret I can not understand it on my own. Always seem to need some type of clarity. This really bothers me. How convincing Michael is regarding this Torah Keeping. I wonder why it is so difficult to understand scripture and why God made it so at least for me? Maybe it is an impetus to keep me in His word I just don’t know and I know I am not alone. I guess on behalf of myself if I didn’t care I would not be interested in searching.

Chapter 7 of Mystery Of Iniquity is utterly upsetting. If reading up to that point
caused me to question or seek out a more perfect understanding then his writing accomplished that for me. I felt like I was back in third grade trying to make sense of why I was given a (Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism 1960’s by Bennet Kelly) with one (in particular) terrifying illustration of a mother, father and two children burning in purgatory and yet this chapter was worse ! Didn’t need the photo as the recollection is very vivid. Indelible, ingrained and yes haunting!

BTW, unable to find that particular catechism anymore as they deemed it inappropriate in of the year I don’t recall and rid the schools of them but I have a few copies of later ones without the illustrations. My point is that they left mental images that will not ever be forgotten in this life time for many of us.

Forgive him Lord for he knows not what he does or more importantly he does what he is led to do to those who seek the kingdom that are confused but are courageous enough to trample through for the TRUTH!

That Chapter 7 is a nightmare (for me at least)

Michael……………… Mission Accomplished!

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    Tim McHyde - December 16, 2016

    Jay, look at it as job security for me =). Seriously, though, you are not alone. We all struggle with the Bible (including me) even if people explain it to us. It’s that hard.

    My old version of MOI has a very short Chapter 7, just a conclusion paragraph starting out apologizing he could not paint the future dark enough or impress upon you how fast it’s coming… You have me curious if you have something more in that. Perhaps you can send me the PDF or a copy paste of that chapter

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