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The errors of the Prophecy Club

I was invited to a meeting last night (4/23/2004) by a friend of mine. I didn't know anything about the speaker, and I suppose my friend was wanting my take on the guy and his subject matter.

The first thing that threw me when I got to the hotel was the sign on the marqee stating that the speaker was sponsored by the Prophecy Club. My memory was a little fuzzy about that group, since I haven't listened to christian radio for several years now. However, I did a little research this morning, and here's what I've found so far:

The Prophecy Club

Basically, the Prophecy Club is a tangled web of false doctrine and misinformation, done up in 4-color print, video, radio, and live seminar. They seem to enjoy running around after prophetic signs supposedly backed up by the Old Testament. Their doctrinal stance is rather fuzzy and hard-to-define, but one of their favorite topics seems to be the fall of the USA as we know it, where the present government is replaced by a shadow government that will delight in tossing Christians into concentration camps.

Oh, and did I mention the black helicopters? The Prophecy Club is real big on conspiracies. The term lunatic fringe doesn't begin to describe these flakes.

My main gripes

Web searches

Michael Rood, false prophet

Is he a false prophet? I think so, but I did a [google search http://www.google.com/search?q=%22michael+rood%22+%2Bfalse+%2Bprophet&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N] to see what others are saying about him.

[Rood http://aroodawakening.tv] was the featured speaker last night.

Michael Rood was apparently very high up in [The Way International http://www.google.com/search?q=%22the+way+international%22&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8] cult (see http://www.seekgod.ca/rood.htm and http://www.seekgod.ca/revrood.htm) in the 1980s, and apparently his speaking ministry is to be regarded as merely a promotion inside their ranks. He has gone to great lengths to hide his Way background, and has substituted a fictitious background with ministry positions in baptist churches, and on John Hagee's staff. None of his claimed background experiences check out, by the way.

Supposedly his meeting was to be on the feasts of Israel (that's what the advertisements said), but he went an entirely different direction. The general tone of the meeting was, hey, we planned something else, but this other information is just too hot, we just had to share it with you.

At any rate, he started off by giving reasons why Christmas and Easter were babylonian in origin. I've got no arguments with the statements he made (I personally do not keep either of these holidays, and agree that these and other traditions are pagan and were given a christian veneer by Rome), but in light of the fact that he's a representative of The Way International, his statements must be taken as a teaser, with other, more sinister beliefs kept conveniently out of sight. This is a common cult tactic, and is an attempt to lure unsuspecting sheep down a path of destruction.

My reactions to his presentation

Jim and Penny Caldwell

Geographical research: the Red Sea