Sid Roth - End Time Prophetic Mysteries Hidden in Plain Sight with Michael Rood
Has our calendar been intentionally changed to prevent us from knowing future events? Next on this edition of "It's Supernatural"!
Sid Roth: Hello. I'm Sid Roth your investigative reporter here with Rabbi Michael Rood. Now Rabbi Rood, what are you wearing?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well Sid, I am wearing a tallit. This is a traditionally - what was worn before a prayer shawl became a prayer shawl. It was literally a four-cornered garment that was worn over the jellabiya, and which, as we were commanded at Mount Sinai - on the corners of our garment to put a fringe of sky blue wool thread, and that was to remind us to always to keep the commandments of God.
Sid Roth: Yes, but I'm told that many Orthodox rabbis don't have the blue because they don't know the exact shade.
Rabbi Michael Rood: That is true. The reason why there had been - the tzitzit had been done for many, many years without the blue thread - is because they could not find the particular blue. But in the 1980s, the Chilazon shellfish from which the original blue dye was done - and this has been proven by the scholars and rabbis in Jerusalem - they found it again; it has come back from extinction. Basically they had no idea where to find it; but it has been found, and now we are able to bring back the original blue. And the significance of this, Sid, is that this blue is representative of the color of the floor of the Throne Room of God. And that's why as we look upon it, it always reminds us to keep God's commandments. Even though we don't see Him, it reminds us that we are always in His presence.
Sid Roth: Do you think it's just a colossal coincidence that after all of these years, these snails just happen to materialize from nowhere, and they just happen to get the dye for the tallit?
Rabbi Michael Rood: There are so many things that are happening right now, Sid, in the Land of Israel, since we came back in 1948; became "a nation in one day". And now things that were listed and given to us in the scriptures - instructions given to us - have been now coming about in the Last Days. And in fact, this is one of the things that keeps me over in the Land of Israel quite a bit, is because of the different archeological finds in the Land of Israel that substantiate, that prove that the biblical record is correct. What the problem has been is that archeologists have been looking in places where the Bible did not say these things took place, and they looked in other places - none able to find them - so they said they didn't take place. But now when we go by what the biblical record - the ancient Hebrew Scriptures - said where it took place, we look there, and this is exactly what we find, and that is much the case with such as the recent finding of the City of Gomorrah.
Sid Roth: You know, speaking of that, you have over here something that I should actually be in fear and trembling to even touch. Would you explain what this is?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well Sid, this right here is a piece of brimstone that was recovered from the City of Gomorrah.
Sid Roth: Now for those that aren't familiar, what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah, and why did it happen?
Rabbi Michael Rood: At Sodom and Gomorrah, it says in the Book of Genesis that God "…rained fire" and "…brimstone… down from Heaven onto those cities of the plains… which were in total Sodom … Gomorrah …", Admah and Zeboiim, and he incinerated them. And as it says in Deuteronomy, nothing remains there except for brimstone, salt and ashes, and nothing grows there. And what appeared to be distant rock formations out in the middle of the Israeli desert, turns out that the entire City of Gomorrah has been found, still intact, and still standing. But it has been incinerated; turned to pure ash.
Sid Roth: Just like the Bible says.
Rabbi Michael Rood: Just like the scripture says, and is covered with millions of chunks of brimstone. This, Sid, is 95.72 percent pure sulfur. Three other trace metals in it, if we were to touch a match to it, it would immediately be consumed in a black oozing mass of purple flames. It will melt stainless steel, and this is exactly what rained down on the city - onto the cities of the plains. And this is what Peter, in the New Testament - Simon Peter said that the remains of Sodom and Gomorrah stand as an example, which in the original - is an invisible example of the righteous judgment of God. And so in order for it to be a visible example in Peter's day, it would have to be not in the bottom of the Dead Sea.
Sid Roth: Sure.
Rabbi Michael Rood: It would have to be in the area of the plain, and that's exactly where it was found, right where the scripture indicated. And so He went on to say that this is a testimony for the last days; that God is the righteous judge, and that God will judge those who decide to live a wicked and sinful life. But it is also a testimony in the Last Days that God is able to deliver the righteous in the Day of Judgment.
Sid Roth: Michael, let me...
Rabbi Michael Rood: So it's good news to you; it's bad news for those who decide to live an ungodly life.
Sid Roth: You know, it actually comes off - it's almost like chalk comes off on your fingers. But imagine holding this, that Peter said would be a witness to the Last Days just happen to have been found. The snails "just happened to" come out of the ocean to have that dye. What about the temple itself? We can't - the Bible says we will have a temple, but we can't have a temple until we have the Ark of the Covenant. What do you hear about the Ark of the Covenant?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well the Ark of the Covenant is an issue that I've been involved with over in the Land of Israel for several years now, and there's been a lot of disinformation that has come out of Israel and the Department of Antiquities concerning the Ark of the Covenant. But it was just this last fall, just a couple of weeks before September 13 of 2000, which was the target date for Israel to have turned over East Jerusalem to the Palestinians and part of the Temple Mount area. It was at that time that the Israeli government sent a gentleman over to the States, and on nationwide radio announced that the Israeli government has the Ark of the Covenant. They know where it is; it is in an obscure cave in the Temple Mount, and it will be coming out soon. Now what he said has long been denied, and really disinformation spread out about this. But this is what has taken us to the Land of Israel in working with the Temple Treasures Institute for several years now. Because we were aware, and I know personally, the archeologist that was involved in the excavation and finding the Ark of the Covenant, and also involved with several of the people that were involved in the disinformation that was spread about it in order to keep it quiet.
Sid Roth: So you believe that we have the Ark of the Covenant, and it's just waiting for the building?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Absolutely. The Ark of the Covenant has been found. And part of what we have been working on is that when the excavation was done up on the Temple Mount a while back, that is when the southern foundation of Solomon's Temple was found at that point. We knew where the northern foundation was, and at that point, we knew that huge stone, which is underneath the Dome of the Spirit, sits in the middle of the original Holy of Holies of Solomon's Temple. And when the rest of the excavation was done, we were able to uncover the rest of the details concerning that huge stone, which is in fact, Sid, the top of a sand hydraulic stone elevator system that was built in the Holy of Holies in order to hide the Ark of the Covenant in the time of the siege.
Sid Roth: How could they build something like that back then?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well this is - was built, remember, by Solomon, who was not only the wisest man in the world, but it says that "… Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh King of Egypt". Now that affinity is an agreement that has to be kept within the family. And it says in the scripture that that is why Solomon had to marry Pharaoh's daughter. The Egyptians were already masters in building with sand hydraulics and with huge stones. And so it says that Solomon built the temple, and brought in Pharaoh's daughter during the entire duration of that, and never let her leave the city until it was finished. We also see that there are great details given concerning the building of this.
Sid Roth: I'll tell you what. Hold that thought. And you know what I'm fascinated by? Our calendar was diabolically, demonically changed so we would not understand the times and seasons that we're living in, so we would not have the clues God has given us to what's going to happen next. I want to find out about the change and what it really means. We'll be right back after this.
Sid Roth: Hi. I'm Sid Roth your investigative reporter here with Rabbi Michael Rood, and we're talking about how our calendar has been literally tampered with. What should our calendar be?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well according to the modern Jewish calendar, it is the fifth year 5761. But there is no debate among Jewish scholars that years have been subtracted from the total elapsed time calendar, and we are probably right now at the year 6000 or the year 6001, which begins the time of "Jacob's trouble".
Sid Roth: Is that why the leading rabbis in Israel have proclaimed that the times of "Jacob's troubles" have begun?
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's right. Just last month they proclaimed - both Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazi rabbis together at the Wall - proclaimed the time of "Jacob's trouble" had begun, which indicates that they know how many years were subtracted from the total elapsed time calendar.
Sid Roth: Now for those that don't understand, what is "Jacob's trouble"?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Time of "Jacob's trouble" are the events that precede the coming of the Messiah to set up His throne, His rule and reign upon the earth, and that of course is the time that I'm looking forward to with great anticipation.
Sid Roth: Did you hear that? And by the way, this brimstone, remember that I have here, that actually comes from Sodom and Gomorrah, Michael. It stinks!
Rabbi Michael Rood: Oh yes.
Sid Roth: My fingers smell from this thing. It must have been an awful thing, this pouring down on people.
Rabbi Michael Rood: And from what Peter said, He wanted us to be not ignorant of just one thing concerning these Last Days in which this would be a testimony; "…that one day with the Lord is a… thousand years, and a thousand years is… as a day". In other words, when the seventh millennium comes around, that that is when the shaking of the earth begins, and the Messiah will reign in that seventh millennium. But what has happened, Sid, is that even the western gentile Christian world has adapted, and adopted a pagan calendar in which every day of the week is named after a different pagan god. Every month of the year is named after a pagan god.
Sid Roth: Every day of the week?
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's right.
Sid Roth: Monday is named after a pagan?
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's right, moon day. Sunday, the sun god, Sol Invictus Mithra and Ra the Egyptian sun god worshiped on that day. And so it is that calendar that we have, days, weeks, months, years and millenniums all begin and end on completely fictitious points in time, and the entire Christian world has forsaken the biblical reckoning of time, which is clearly laid out in the Hebrew Scriptures. It's as if the hands of the clock have been stripped from the face of the clock, because the times and the seasons have already been changed.
Sid Roth: Okay. The names of the days are after pagan gods. But what about our wonderful festivals in the church - Christmas, Easter - where we commemorate great things that have happened in the history of Jesus?
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's another part. That we in the western world have inherited - renamed - pagan celebrations, which again have nothing to do with the Bible, nothing to do with truth. Some of them, Sid, haven't even been renamed, such as Easter. Easter is the name of the bare-breasted goddess of fertility who came down out of Heaven in this giant egg on the first Sunday after the vernal equinox. She busted - burst out of the egg and turned a bird into an egg-laying rabbit, and thereby Easter proclaimed her divinity. And the priest of Easter, back in Babylon, would then impregnate virgins on the altar of Easter, on Easter Sunday, and a year later would sacrifice those infants, and then dip the eggs of Easter in the blood of sacrificed infants, blood red. And just a couple weeks ago on the White House lawn, they had the Easter egg roll in which tens of thousands of blood red Easter eggs were scattered all over the White House lawn in the United States. It all goes back to the slaughtering of children, the sacrifice of children, and the worshiping of pagan gods. But the Messiah - Yeshua - He fulfilled the spring feast of the Lord, which is the feast of Passover. Passover is the means by which God told the end from the beginning, and it is one of the feasts of the Lord that Israel was commanded to keep forever, that actually shows how God prophesied, and showed what the Messiah would fulfill when He comes.
Sid Roth: But you know, in the King James Bible, it actually says Easter, when it refers to that in the New Testament.
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's right. In the 12th Chapter of Acts it uses the word "Easter".
Sid Roth: Yes.
Rabbi Michael Rood: But in the original language, in the Greek in that case, it is the word "Passover".
Sid Roth: Why did they change it?
Rabbi Michael Rood: At the time that the King James translators translated the word "Passover", they had been keeping the Easter celebration, the goddess of fertility memorial, for so many generations that they automatically translated it as Easter instead of Passover, because they knew nothing about and were not taught about Passover and what the Messiah fulfilled as He fulfilled the Feast of Passover, unleavened bread, and the Feast of First Fruits. And this is the travesty that has happened in bringing in all these pagan sun god worship festivals is that we've lost track of what the Bible teaches us.
Sid Roth: I must ask you, was Jesus born on December 25th?
Rabbi Michael Rood: December 25th is the birthday of Tammuz, the illegitimate child of Semiramis, who became Easter, who is the wife of Nimrod. It is all Babylonian sun god worship, December 25th.
Sid Roth: But maybe he was born on December 25th. Was He?
Rabbi Michael Rood: No. It was Tishri 15, and Tishri 15 is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the first day of the Feast of Sukkot - or Tabernacles - when "… the Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us".
Sid Roth: That even sounds better.
Rabbi Michael Rood: Yes. He was actually born in a tabernacle. The word "manger" in the Hebrew is the word "tabernacle". And it was during the Feast of Tabernacles, and that was the time set aside for the Word of God becoming flesh; that God "became flesh and dwelt among us". That is that very holiday that each year we celebrate, and it's the most exciting time of the year. But see, in the east, we all know that "Ra", the Egyptian sun god, his birthday is December 25th; Tammuz, the Babylonian sun god, December 25th; Mithra, the Roman sun god, December 25th. You can look this up in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Everyone over there knows that is the birthday of the sun god, but after the Tower of Babel, the languages being confused, sun god worship got spread all over the world. The names of the gods were changed a little bit, but all of the worship ceremonies stayed the same.
Sid Roth: But why did we incorporate this paganism into Christianity?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well Constantine did it. Constantine was attempting to build not only a world empire, but a world religion.
Sid Roth: No, no, but wait a second. They did some of this before Constantine even...
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well that's true. Constantine brought it all into Christianity. But we see that it was all part of pagan sun god worship that had completely permeated the world, and that's what God told Israel. He separated a people and said, "I want you to be my priest. I want you to be a holy, set apart people, and I want you to expunge pagan sun god worship from this parcel of land, from the Euphrates River to the Nile. I want it completely expunged. I want you set apart and to keep my feasts three times a year. And when you get that taken care of then he would send us as priests through the whole world to instruct the entire world to come out from pagan sun god worship".
Sid Roth: If that's not reason enough to understand, I mean, the whole future of understanding when the Messiah is going to return is wrapped up into not the pagan festivals, and not the traditional festivals. It's not even the Bible festivals. It is the Bible festivals; it's not even that. You know what God says in the Bible? He calls them "MY feasts". There's something very holy about this. Don't go away. We'll be right back.
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth your investigative reporter. I'm here with Rabbi Michael Rood. We're finding out - we're getting some rude awakenings. Before we go back to Michael, let's go to Janie in the control room. Janie, were you shocked to hear that the days of the week are named after pagan gods and Jesus wasn't even born on December 25th, and all of these things?
Janie DuVall: It's like all the things that we were taught for years has been one big lie.
Sid Roth: And one of the Ten Commandments is don't lie. You won't go to Heaven. But who's our guest next week?
Janie DuVall: Bob and Lillian Old. And Bob is Lillian's father, and Lillian was in the worst car accident. The skin was ripped off of her back. She had brain damage. Her brain swelled, everything. She was in a coma and her father heard supernaturally, the day and the hour that she would come out of that coma.
Sid Roth: Out of curiosity, from what I understand, her father didn't move in this realm, was not used to things like words of knowledge and God coming to him.
Janie DuVall: And this is the event that made him all of a sudden start seeing the supernatural of God even after the supernatural happened to his daughter.
Sid Roth: Sounds exciting. I'm here with Rabbi Michael Rood, and here's what I really want to know, Michael. For you - for you, what do you feel like when you and your family observe one of God's festivals, like say, the Sabbath? Now I know that this has nothing to do in reference with salvation. I know this has nothing to do with righteousness. But what do you do on a Friday night?
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well Sid, the Sabbath day is one of the rehearsals that is spoken of in the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus. And each one of the feasts of the Lord are as it says, they are "holy convocations". They are the holy rehearsals of good things to come. And every week, the Sabbath day is a rehearsal of when the Messiah reigns upon the earth, and it is our preparation beforehand so that everyone can rest on that day. No one has to work. No dishes have to be washed, no food has to be prepared. It's all done ahead of time so that we can enter into that rest, which God has given to us right from the beginning of time in Genesis. He has promised us that day, and when we enter into it, it's that one day that we can tell the world we don't need their money, their entertainment. We don't need their problems. We can rest because our God is our sufficiency. He takes care of us, and He is faithful to His Word. That's one of the things He said He could - we could prove Him on concerning the Sabbath day, and it has been such a blessing to my family. I can do nothing but encourage everyone to involve themselves - fully immerse themselves in God's Sabbath. There's nothing wrong with worshiping on every day of the week. We ought to worship on every day of the week. But God said, "… on the Sabbath … keep it holy", and rest that day because that's the day that God set aside to meet with his people,. And that is something I would not trade for anything, even though Constantine said, everyone will rest on the venerable day of the sun, because he was a worshiper of Sol Invictus Mithra.
Sid Roth: No. No. Wait. No, it had to do with the resurrection of Jesus. It didn't have to do with the sun god.
Rabbi Michael Rood: Well that is the excuse that's given now days. But Constantine didn't use that excuse. He said everyone is resting on the day of Mithra anyway, so we're going to have that day set aside. And we see that even as far as the day of the death and burial, and resurrection of the Messiah, they didn't take place on the traditional calendar the days they say it anyway. Easter is Easter, and Easter Sunday many times is an entire month away from Passover because they have nothing to do with each other, Sid. Easter is a worship of a pagan sun god and Passover is the worship of the true God. And all of the shadow pictures embedded in the spring feasts of the Lord, the Messiah fulfilled each one of these to the very day, the very hour, the exact moment in every detail in which we have been rehearsing them as a nation for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Sid Roth: But the thing that's exciting to me, Michael, is the future is in these festivals.
Rabbi Michael Rood: That's right. And Sid, when we read the Gospels, we seldom, unless we're taught the feasts of the Lord, we don't recognize that the Gospels detail the Messiah fulfilling the spring feasts of the Lord. But the Book of Revelation is the Messiah fulfilling the fall feasts of the Lord. And unless we understand the fall feasts of the Lord there is no way that we can understand the Book of Revelation. It remains an indecipherable time warp continuum to the western gentile Christian mind because we have been separated from the feast of the Lord. But that is not what God's plan was. He did not want his people to be contaminated with sun god worship. In fact, he said, "Do not learn the way of the heathen. Do not learn how they worship and serve their gods and do the same thing and say you’re doing it to me". He says it is an abomination. It is utterly detestable, repugnant, putrid and vile.
Sid Roth: Rabbi Rood, I have a question. I have a question for you. Do you think it was just a coincidence that when you study the life of Jesus you find that more miracles occurred on the Shabbat or the Sabbath than any other day? Remember now, I'm getting legalistic on you. God hates legalism. I'm just saying there are keys to mysteries that should not be mysteries to his children. Besides that, how are we going to "…provoke Jewish people to jealousy"? By pagan festivals or by Jewish festivals that happen to be biblical festivals, that happen to be God's feasts? And how about impregnating them with the Spirit of God? And how about having the supernatural become natural at biblical festivals? And how about Jew and gentile coming together and becoming "… one new man" in Jesus, and causing the power we read about in the Bible to be manifest in this life now. If not now, when? The traditional rabbis say we're in the times of "Jacob's trouble". We must have the power now because there are people that must know God. It's time for you to know God. It's time for you to say, Jesus, I repent of my sins. Wash them away. I make you my Messiah and Lord because I believe.