"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Messiah unto another gospel:
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Question: "What is Kabbalah?"
I love the Hebrew language and the Alef Bet, the Hebraic alphabet. I am always amazed at the profound gematria, and the numerical revelations that are found in many teachings and observations contained therein. With that being said, you have to approach the 'religion' of Kabbalah as something you really need to stay away from.
A person cannot count on Kabbalah as the source of anything having to do with the God of the Bible. Although it has Jewish cuIture wrapped around it, it is occultic through and through. It is way outside the realm and meaning of the true teachings of the Torah.
Kabbalists are in good company with many dark cults and false religions world wide. Remember, a tree is known by its fruit and adherents of Kabbalah are of a different spirit. I would say they are spiritual people but not lead by the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. Many of the beliefs contained in Kabbalah are a mixture of Judaism, Hinduism, Luciferianism and Eastern thought. At the end of the day it can only be said that Kabbalah betrays the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It points people away from the Messiah of Israel.
Kabbalah developed mainly between the 6th and 13th centuries among Jews in Babylonia, Italy, Provence, and Spain. The word Kabbalah means "to receive" and refers to revelation from God received by Jews and passed down to succeeding generations through oral tradition. Almost every cult in the world pays homage to the teachings of Kabbalah. The word was first used by mainstream Judaism but later came to refer to those who believed that only a select few were given 'secret knowledge' from God. That is still the main draw of Kabbalah to this day.
It should be mentioned that their have been some prominent Kabbalists who have claimed to be the Messiah over the years. They drew millions to their sides with very bizarre doctrines. However, we can see that deep within the Jewish heart is a deep seated desire for Mashiach to come. This Messianic desire fell well short though when Jews lost their way following the likes of Shabbetai Zevi (1626-1676), and Jacob Frank (1726-1791).
Kabbalah resembles closely the beliefs of Gnosticism. It almost seems as if Kabbalah is for the Jews and Gnosticism is for the Gentiles. They are that similar. Gnosticism is the belief that you are saved by what you know. The ancient secret doctrines of the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, et. al, can be found in both Kabbalah and Gnosticism.
Kabbalah, like Gnosticism, teaches that emanations from God did the work of creation rather than creation being directly created from God. Both Gnosticism and Kabbalists believe in reincarnation, which is the polar opposite of belief in the Biblical narrative. In these 'doctrines of devils' you will not observe teachings about any 'resurrection'.
Resurrection and reincarnation are total opposites. Reincarnation is a false belief coming out of Eastern mysticism. Resurrection is the very heart of Scripture in the Old Covenant and in the New Covenant. Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are still intact as they were and wait for us now in Heaven. They didn't reincarnate into olive trees, cattle or bananas. Resurrection is plainly taught in both the Tenach (Old Covenant) and especially in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant). Our Messiah resurrected from the dead! He is the 'First Fruits' of our salvation! The teachings of reincarnation is a slap to our Maker's face.
Early Jews, in their desire to steer away from the teachings of the New Covenant Christians embraced Kabbalah. It is a shame that they would accept the teachings of Eastern mystics before they would even consider belief in Yeshua HaMashiach, the Jewish Messiah. Over the centuries, with each new Satanic teaching from around the globe, the leaders within Kabbalah have found themselves further and further away from the God of Torah. They claim to worship the God of the Bible but have been blinded by their own unbelief.
Their theories of religion and spirituality have become darker and darker as each generation has come and gone.
The most Orthodox among the Jews have gone so far against the teachings handed down to their forebears from Moses, that what they have now in no way comes close to the teachings of the Patriarchs. It is a shame. Today, those desiring a spiritual Jewish rebirth have gone way, way, way, away from the Torah. The Torah will always point you to Yeshua the Messiah, not toward Kabbalah. Thankfully, I believe our Lord is going to change this situation in the days ahead.
All of this Kabbalah mess, from the outset, is a direct assault on the true Messiah, Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus our Lord and Savior. Someday these poor souls will know. They will know what Kabbalah really is: It is an affront to our Creator and Maker, and it is open blasphemy. Kabbalah directly contradicts God's revelation of Himself in the Bible, in both the Old and New Covenants. They don't realize this yet but they will.
God teaches that He is both separate from all of His creation and yet is directly accessible by those who come to Him through Yeshua HaMashiach. Kabbalah does, at times, hold to the inspiration of Scripture, but does not seek the plain true meaning of what the Bible is trying to tell them. They have missed the obvious truth of Who their Messiah is. They have bent over backwards to embrace the spirit of the world's rebellion and idolatry, and think because they have learned a few things, they are in tight with the Lord. It is very sad. Yeshua railed against the Pharisees. He told them that within every book of the Bible, especially within the writings of Moses, He, the Messiah of Israel was to be found. Kabbalah is blind to this truth. They are blinded by their unbelief. May the Lord open their eyes to the path He has opened to all of mankind.
"Yeshua saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."