Michael Rood’s Rude Awakening

Is Your Bible A “Satanic” Translation?(Rood Asks) 

Has your version of the Bible been deliberately mistranslated? Michael Rood explains how these Bibles are misleading believers into politically correct conduct that will spell disaster for their eternity!

Roodimental Review-Mystery Of Iniquity-Episode 8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaHaKMwhkOk (video)

https://aroodawakening.tv/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RoodimentalReview-MysteryOfIniquity-Episode8.pdf (lesson notes)

Examination-Analysis Of Michael Rood’s ‘Awakening’

Christ Came To Fulfill The Law- Mat. 5:17-20

1“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

EUSEBIUS CONSPIRACY– Adding John 6:4 To Extend Jesus Earthly Ministry To 3-1/2 Years

At 27 min. mark of video above, Rood proceeds with Eusebius conspiracy theory of inserting John 6 verse 4; and the Jewish feast of the passover was near.” He says this verse was added by Eusebius to make Jesus’ earthly ministry appear to be 3-1/2 years instead of 1-1/2, as he claims. This was done, claims Michael Rood, to allow Mat. 5:18 to be interpreted (by Torah observance detractors), as Jesus’ ministry being completely fulfilled, thereby justifiably claiming the Law has passed away.

Much debating over these few verses by Torah observers, insist that opposers of Torah observance are attempting to justify lawlessness, by ‘misinterpreting’ Jesus’ words here. Church father Chrysostom states plainly what Jesus’ words implicate, revealing the far reaching stretch of Rood’s Eusebius conspiracy to justify Jesus supposedly declaring the Torah binding on all peoples, Jew, believers and unbelievers alike until His final return, fulfilling His ministry then.

Chrysostom: 347 – 407 AD “Christ then fulfilled the Prophets by accomplishing what was therein foretold concerning Himself—and the Law, first, by transgressing none of its precepts; secondly, by justifying by faith, which the Law could not do by the letter.” Mat. 5:17

Paul, as well as other New Test. texts clearly explain the relationship of the believer with the Torah Law. The intention here is to specifically examine and scrutinize Michael Rood’s presentation.



According to the Nestle-Aland 28th critical edition there are no textual variants for this verse. So I’m going to say Rood is mistaken.

Here is the text in the NA28:

John 6:4 (NA28): 4 ἦν δὲ ἐγγὺς τὸ πάσχα, ἡ ἑορτὴ τῶν Ἰουδαίων.*

Here is the critical apparatus:

John 6:3–5 (NA28 Apparatus): 3 ⸀ ουν D W ƒ1.13 565 lat samss ly
⸁ ο Ιησους א2 A K L N Γ Θ Ψ ƒ1.13 565. 579. 700. 892. 1241. 1424
¦ − Δ
¦ txt 66 א* B D W
⸂ εκαθητο εκει ƒ1 565
¦ εκει (− א*) εκαθεζετο 66 א*.2 (D) ƒ13; Epiph
5 ⸉ 66* א D Θ 892
⸆ τον A K Γ Θ ƒ1.13 565. 700. 1241. 1424
¦ txt 66 א B D L N W Δ Ψ 33. 579. 892
⸀ αγορασωσιν 75vid

Notice what’s missing? Any reference to verse 4. This guy doesn’t have a clue of what he’s talking about. Sounds like another money grubbing televangelist.

To be fair there is some debate regarding the chronology leading up to the Crucifixion of our Lord and how they are resolved but trying to Jettisoning whole sale an entire verse isn’t one of them.

Michael Rood’s Reconstructionism Made Clear

JOHN 6:4..Yet Another BAD Bible Translation from the HEBREW ROOTS Camp..via Michael ROOD

MICHAEL ROOD: Another Bad Bible-Maker

“Michael John Rood, yet another Hebrew Roots “Messianic” leader, has re-written Scriptures to his own tune, sadly enough.” (see link below for excellent examination-analysis of Rood’s purveying).


Scribes, Pharisees Occupy Moses Seat-Of Authority

“The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” Mat. 23:2-3

PHILLIPS Then Jesus addressed the crowds and his disciples. “The scribes and the Pharisees speak with the authority of Moses,” he told them, “so you must do what they tell you and follow their instructions. But you must not imitate their lives! For they preach but do not practise.

NLTThe teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.

AMP “The scribes and Pharisees have seated themselves in Moses’ chair [of authority as teachers of the Law];

Contemporary English Version The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses.

Good News Translation
“The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpreters of Moses’ Law.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
The scribes and the Pharisees teach with Moses’ authority.

International Standard Version
“The scribes and the Pharisees administer the authority of Moses


“Matthew has been clear that Jesus is speaking to the crowds gathered in the temple who are listening to Him, as well as to His own disciples (Matthew 23:1–2). What He says in this verse seems surprising, given His overwhelming condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees throughout the rest of the chapter. These men occupy “Moses’ seat,” meaning they were responsible for teaching the people of Israel how to properly understand and apply the Scriptures. Jesus tells His audience to do “and observe” what they teach, but not to follow the example of their actions.

In other words, Jesus is careful not to invalidate the role given to these men by God. He also endorses the heart of their teaching from the Torah, the Jewish Scriptures, though He will reject their teaching about matters beyond the Scriptures. He is not giving His listeners permission to turn their backs on the teaching of God’s Word. Nor is He invalidating all spiritual authorities. On the contrary, Jesus is condemning the religious leaders of His era for failing to meet their very reasonable obligations.

Though He accepts the idea of religious leaders and teachers, Jesus bluntly tells those listening to not follow the example of that generation of scribes and Pharisees. He will call them hypocrites repeatedly (Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29). Here Jesus previews that idea, though not using that exact word: “They preach, but do not practice.” This matches the Greek word hipokritēs, which literally means “an actor.” These spiritual guides live in a game of “make believe,” or “let’s pretend.” The people of Israel should not live as these men do.”

The Seat of Moses: Mat. 23:2-3 According to Shem Tob’s Hebrew Matthew

More Rood Conspiracy Reconstructionism

Michael addresses this theory as well, that possibly Eusebius changed ‘he’ to they.


By Ross K. Nichols
President of the historic Temple Sinai Congregation in St. Francisville, LA.
March 2010

“Perhaps no other passage in Matthew’s Gospel stands more at variance with the book’s overall theology than Matthew 23:2-3.I The difficulty which these words have presented to scholars was described by Jack Dean Kingsbury when he said, “To date, no scholarly proposal for resolving these apparent contradictions has proved entirely satisfactory.”II

In 1995, while engaged in a study of Shem Tob’sIII Hebrew Matthew, I discovered a variant reading which deserves a place in this discussion. Although Shem Tob’s Matthew text was preserved within a Jewish Polemic treatise dating only to the Middle Ages, Professor George Howard has effectively argued that, “the evidence suggests that the Matthew text predates the fourteenth century.”IV Shem Tob’s Matthew is the earliest known complete copy of the Gospel in the Hebrew language. It is replete with puns, alliterations, and word connections which far exceed what is found in the Greek texts.V

The lack of a definitive solution to the interpretation of Matthew 23:2-3 based upon Greek sources suggests that we consider other sources for a possible explanation. I propose that the variant reading found within Shem Tob’s text is the solution to these apparent contradictions.

“Upon the seat of Moses the Pharisees and Sages sit, and now, all which HE (Moses) will sayVII unto you-keep and do; but THEIR ordinances and deeds do not do, because THEY say and do not.”

The Hebrew of Shem Tob’s Matthew allows for a clear distinction to be made between what HE (Moses) says and what THEY (the religious leaders) say. While admitting that the Pharisees and Sages “sit upon Moses’ seat,” the Hebrew of Shem Tob’s Matthew does not demand that the “people and his disciples” do and keep what THEY say. Rather by using the singular –“He will say,” his hearers are directed to keep and do whatever Moses says unto them, but NOT to do according to the ordinances and deeds of the religious leaders. This proposed solution, based upon a variant reading found within Shem Tob’s Hebrew Matthew text fits within the interpretive framework of Matthew as a whole, and it provides a sensible solution to the apparent contradictions which the Greek texts present to scholars.”VIII

Shem Tov Matthew-merely a copy from Latin & Greek sources, into the Hebrew language


“The second theory is actually a textual one. It is based on the Shem Tov Hebrew Matthew. If you’re unfamiliar, the Shem Tov Hebrew Matthew is a Medieval-time translation of the Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew. Those that support this version’s authenticity claim it is a copy of a Hebrew original Matthew. This is not the article that seeks to debate this, but to put it simply, the Shem Tov Matthew is merely a copy from Latin and Greek sources, into the Hebrew language. In fact, it was not even found as a singular manuscript, but was in a collection called “The Touchstone.” This collection was filled with anti-Catholic material, and was used by Shem Tov ben Isaac ben Shaprut (after whom the manuscript was named) to debate Catholic priests and monks in the 1300s, with the purpose of disproving Christianity.

There are nine known manuscripts of the Shem Tov Matthew, and of the nine, two (2) read the following for Matt. 23:3: 

“3 therefore all that he tells you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.”

Interesting, right? The primary proponent of theory number two, Karaite scholar Nehemiah Gordon, claims that this means Yeshua was telling His disciples to “do all that he [Moses] tells you to do.” 

Well this, too, seems to clear it up. So which theory, then, is correct? Perhaps both? After all, they both seem to be indicating that what it truly means is obeying Moses (meaning the Torah) and not the words of mere men. So perhaps, in a way, both theories are correct.

So overall, we find that those sitting in Moses’ seat are the judges. These were to be elders and priests. In Yeshua’s time, these positions were held by the ruling elite, which were the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. This was the entire Senhedrin, or “religious court.” This is why He commanded His followers to “observe and do” whatever the Pharisees commanded them to do, when they were in Moses’ seat. Because, when they were “in the seat of Moses” it meant that they were trying cases according to Torah. Thus, as YHWH commanded in Deut. 17, “all that the judge commands you shall do.” In this case, the Scribes and Pharisees were the judges, and were required to judge the cases according to Torah. However they decided, the judgment handed down was to be obeyed.”

Conspiratorial ‘Satanic’ Bible Translation?

So once again Michael Rood’s conspiracy application, making room for reconstructionism, favouring Torah observance, is proven highly suspect, and unlikely, tho,’ as was pointed out above, whether it’s Moses referred to or the scribes and Pharisees, ministering in acceptable authoritative position, as pertains to the Torah only, this is the point Jesus is making, not requiring a conspiratorial satanic bible translation.


Analysis of Rood’s Eusebius conspiracy theory of altering Scripture, per adding John 6:4, “and the Jewish feast of the passover was near,” to extend Jesus ministry to 3-1/2 years, has been proven erroneous, not that there are questions as to the actual length of His ministry, but that John 6:4 was not added. The length of Jesus ministry does not affect the perspective that His statement in Mat.5:18 is not making Torah observance obligatory until His return, as Chrysostom clearly explains in his quote above, and discussion on the ‘Law’ and the believer. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Rood’s conspiracy theory of Matthew, and perhaps the entire New Test. being originally written in Hebrew and then translated in Greek, nefarious changes made as per Mat. 23:2-3, changing ‘he’ to ‘they’ has also been addressed. “The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

The modus operandi of Hebrew Roots & Torah observant movements, is to discredit, dismantle, church history, doctrine, words, reconstructing one that favours a return to Jewish practice. Michael Rood attempts just that, Eusebius one of his catalyst agents of change, implying that the ‘christian church’ has a ‘satanic bible translation.’

‘The Mystery Of Iniquity’ – ‘Without Torah’?

Michael, claiming, that the Greek word for Torah being anomia, which can also mean lawless, strictly specifically applies anomia to Torahlessness, without Torah. Explained below.

“To best understand what Christ meant by “lawlessness” I’d like to substitute the term Torah-lessness, or perhaps The Law of Moses-lessness. I have no doubt of this interpretation because if we take the phrase the way it is most often taught, then it means that if we are criminals or violators of any system of civil laws on earth, then He rejects us. Can our adherence to manmade legal systems…. some of them horribly corrupt and ungodly, be what Christ will use to determine our eternal worthiness to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven? As Paul might say: “Heaven forbid!” Thus lawlessness can only mean the lack of obedience to the Law of Moses.”  https://www.torahclass.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3591&catid=1936

Michael says that all will be judged according to the Torah, whether it was obeyed or not.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven...Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’ Mat.7:21, 23

The will of the Father is revealed in the Torah, Michael says.

“Thus lawlessness can only mean the lack of obedience to the Law of Moses.” (quoted from above)

Is this true tho’? A study in the word ‘law & lawless’ amomia, explains that several laws are mentioned in the New Test. When the word ‘the’ is absent, law could be a general reference, and many times ‘the’ is inserted to help make sense of a text, when it is not in the original.

Multiple Uses Of The Word ‘Law’

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The Law’s claims, satisfied by Christ, no longer press upon those who are in Him. When the apostle adds, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:2), he is using “law” in the general sense as a principle or power of producing ordered action, and “the law of the Spirit of life” may be taken to mean the method of the Spirit’s working, and indeed may well be a way of describing the gospel itself–the new law, through which the Spirit operates. The other phrase, “law of sin and death,” is not to be taken as meaning the Law of Moses, but the law, the principle of sin producing death mentioned in the previous chapter,” 

(a detailed study on the multiple usage of the word law- below)


If the Torah is the standard for righteous living, then Rom. 14 would not be true.

14) I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean...22) But the one who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that is not from faith is sin.

A problem in Torah observance teaching, is the failure to distinguish the different applications of the use of the word law.

Will the Torah be the standard for God’s judgement of the believer as well as the unbeliever?

Michael Rood (@michaelrood) / Twitter

From Rudimental Review – Mystery Of Iniquity – Episode 8

“How can Yeshua’s words in Mat. 7 regarding the day of judgment be read as a full realization of divine law rather than a simplistic statement of reward vs. judgement as is often found in popular evangelism?”

What saith the Scriptures?


Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. Jn. 3:18

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 Jn. 5:12-13

For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as if through the flames. 1 Cor. 3:11-15

“The Bible is clear on this issue. Where a person spends eternity depends upon how they view Jesus Christ. Those who receive Him as Savior will not be condemned. However those who reject His free gift of salvation will be condemned for all eternity. Scripture also emphasizes that God’s judgment will be fair – there will be no partiality.” Blue Letter Bible – Don Stewart

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