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Variations in spelling: Kabala, Kabbalah, Cabala, Cabbalah, Qabala, etc.
Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה, meaning “received tradition”) refers to a collection of Jewish mystical and esoteric traditions. According to Jewish Talmudic teachings, the secrets of the Kabbalah are to be ‘carefully controlled’. The Kabalah discusses issues of obscure nature including angels and demons, souls, magic or sorcery, alchemy, divination, after death journeys, spiritual entities invocations, reincarnation.
Kabbalists believe that the Torah (“Divine Law”) contains deeper, hidden truths, which only the spiritually developed person can decipher. According to Kabbalists, those people who interpret the Bible literally, only understand half truths or worse, complete falsehoods. (J. Dan, “Gershom Scholem’s reconstruction of early Kabbalah.” Modern Judaism 5 (1985): 39–66)
“According to Fabre d’Olivet, Moses, who ‘was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians’, drew from the Egyptian Mysteries a part of the oral tradition which was handed down through the leaders of the Israelites.” (Fabre d’Livet, La Langue Hébraique, p. 28, 1815)
“That such an oral tradition, distinct from the written word embodied in the Pentateuch, did descend from Moses and that it was later committed to writing in the Talmud and the Cabala is the opinion o f many Jewish writers.” (Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 6, 1924)
Esoteric Rabbinical teachers believe that Moses passed this teachings orally to other elders and for some reason he decided not to include them in the Pentateuch.
Obviously, that is only a myth that lacks of biblical support.
According to the Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism
- “Kabbalah: “[Occult] Tradition.” Historians of Judaism identify many schools of Jewish esotericism across time each with its own unique interests and beliefs. Technically, the term ‘Kabbalah’ only applies to the form of Jewish occult gnosis that emerged in medieval Spain and Provence from the 12th century on. Jews outside the circle of academia, however, use the term ‘kabbalah’ as a catchall for Jewish esotericism in all its forms.” (Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, p. 141, Llewellyn Publications, 2007)
In other words, Kabbalah is nothing else that a replacement of the Hebrew sacred teachings found in the Pentateuch, and the Talmud, Mishnah and Zohar are a replacement to the Torah itself. The Jewish tendency to compose mystical and esoteric materials resulted in the creation of the Talmud and the Zohar. In summary, the incorporation of occultism as a new form of religion.
The Cabala and the Talmud:
- “the Cabbala is not really in opposition to the Talmud” and “many Talmudic Jews have supported and contributed to it.” (Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 9, 1924)
According to the Jewish Virtual library, Kabbalah is based in Jewish Mystical Knowledge that tries to penetrate the spiritual realm.
- “Kabbalah is the name applied to the whole range of Jewish mystical activity. While codes of Jewish law focus on what it is God wants from man, kabbalah tries to penetrate deeper, to God’s essence itself.”
- “The rabbis of the Talmud regarded the mystical study of God as important yet dangerous. A famous talmudic story tells of four rabbis, Azzai, Ben Zoma, Elisha ben Abuyah, and Akiva who would meet together and engage in mystical studies. Azzai, the Talmud records, “looked and went mad [and] Ben Zoma died.” Elisha ben Abuyah became a heretic and left Judaism. Rabbi Akiva alone “entered in peace and left in peace.” It was this episode, the later experiences of individuals who became mentally unbalanced while engaging in mystical activities, and the disaster of the false Messiah Shabbetai Zevi that caused seventeenth-century rabbis to legislate that kabbalah should be studied only by married men over forty who were also scholars of Torah and Talmud. The medieval rabbis wanted the study of kabbalah limited to people of mature years and character.”
Source: (Joseph Telushkin. Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. NY: William Morrow and Co., 1991.) http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/kabbalah.html
Kabbalah as a way of demonology:
Demonology, therefore, occupies an important position in the works of many cabalists; for the imps are related to those beings that are generally designated as demons, being endowed with various supernatural powers and with insight into the hidden realms of lower nature, and even occasionally into the future and the higher spiritual world. Magic may be practiced with the help of these beings, the cabalists meaning white magic in contrast to (“the black art”).” (The Jewish Encyclopedia: A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, Volume 3, edited by Isidore Singer, Cyrus Adler, p. 479, 1903) Emphasis added
Is there a difference between Black and White Magic? Anton Szandor LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible answers the question:
There is no difference between “White” and “Black” magic, except in the smug hypocrisy, guilt-ridden righteousness, and self-deceit of the “White” magician himself.” (Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, p. 110)
According to David Livingston, author of “The Dying God”, the Kabbalah is a system of magic and sorcery developed by Jews during their exile in Babylon. The purpose of this system was to worship Lucifer “the dying-god of the Babylonians”.
These centuries were also the period in which a substantial Jewish population was found in Babylon. As a result of the Assyrian conquests of Jerusalem and the sacking of its great Temple, at the beginning of the sixth century BC, the great portion of the Jewish people were relocated to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar, where they would remain for nearly half a century, a period in Jewish history known as the Exile.
It is at this time that a faction of the Jews develop a system of magic and sorcery later known as the Kabbalah. These Jewish heretics rejected the God of the Bible, because he forbade the practice of magic, and instead revered his enemy, who introduced man to the “forbidden knowledge”. This devil they identified with the dying-god of the Babylonians, who was identified with the planet Venus, whose original Latin name was Lucifer.” (David Livingstone, The Dying God, The Hidden History of Western Civilization, Babylon) http://www.thedyinggod.com/babylon
According to H.P. Blavatsky and the Jewish Encyclopedia, the Jews also acquired from the Chaldeans their doctrines of Eastern mysticism. These were later developed into a written compendium of esoteric literature known as the Jewish Qabbalah or Kabalah, and in the Middle Ages as the Latin Cabala.
- “The hidden wisdom of the Hebrew Rabbis of the middle ages derived from the older secret doctrines concerning divine things and cosmogony, which were combined into a theology after the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. All the works that fall under the esoteric category are termed Kabalistic.” (Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary, p. 168) bolds added by blog
- “But especially does Gnosticism testify to the antiquity of the Cabala. Of Chaldean origin, as suggested by Kessler.” (see “Mandæans,” in Herzog-Hauck, “Real-Encyc.”) bods added by blog
- “The whole dualistic system of good and of evil powers, which goes back to Zoroastrianism and ultimately to old Chaldea, can be traced through Gnosticism; having influenced the cosmology of the ancient Cabala before it reached the medieval one. So is the conception underlying the cabalistic tree, of the right side being the source of light and purity, and the left the source of darkness and impurity (“siṭra yemina we siṭra aḥara), found among the Gnostics (see Irenæus, “Adversus Hæreses,” i. 5, § 1; 11, § 2; ii. 24, § 6; Epiphanius, “Hæres,” xxxii. 1, 2; “Clementine Homilies,” vii. 3; compare Cant. R. i. 9; Matt. xxv. 33; Plutarch, “De Isiḳe,” 48; Anz, l.c. 111). The fact also that the “Ḳelippot” (the scalings of impurity), which are so prominent in the medieval Cabala, are found in the old Babylonian incantations, is evidence in favor of the antiquity of most of the cabalistic material.” (Sayce, “Hibbert Lectures,” 1887, p. 472; Delitzsch, “Assyrisches Wörterbuch,” s.v. V03p458004.jpg), (Jewish Encyclopedia article on Cabala) bolds added by blog
The Jewish Encyclopedia describes the cabalistic practices of the Essenes, which were Judaized elements of Eastern mystical traditions:
So, too, were the Essenes familiar with the idea of the journey to heaven…and they were also masters of angelology. The practise of magic and incantation, the angelology and demonology, were borrowed from Babylonia, Persia, and Egypt; but these foreign elements were Judaized in the process, and took the form of the mystical adoration of the name of God and of speculations regarding the mysterious power of the Hebrew alphabet …, ‘the name of God creates and destroys worlds’), to become, finally, foundations of the philosophy of the ‘Sefer Yetzirah.’” (Jewish Encyclopedia)
According to the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, as cited in the Jewish Encyclopedia, the Essenes were guardians of the secret writings of the Cabala:
“In fact, the apocalyptic literature belonging to the second and first pre-Christian centuries contained the chief elements of the Cabala; and as, according to Josephus (l.c.), such writings were in the possession of the Essenes, and were jealously guarded by them against disclosure, for which they claimed a hoary antiquity (see Philo, ‘De Vita Contemplativa,’ iii., and Hippolytus, ‘Refutation of all Heresies,’ ix. 27)
Manly P. Hall explains in his book The Secret Teachings of All Ages how the Essenes were among those Jews that for some reason became the teachers of many Roman military officers. The same Essenes were later considered as the fathers of Modern Freemasonry.
The Essenes were regarded as among the better educated class of Jews and there are accounts of their having been chosen as tutors for the children of Roman officers stationed in Syria. The fact that so many artificers werel listed amont their number is resposible for the order’s being considered as a progenitor of modern Freemasonry. The symbols of the Essenes include a number of builders’ tools, and they were secretly engaged in the erection of a spiritual and philosophical temple to serve as a dwelling place for the living God.
It would thus follow that the Essenes were Qabbalists and like several other contemporary sects flourishing in Syria, were awaiting the advent of the Messiah promised in the early Biblical writings. (Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. 585, 1928, edition 2003) bolds added
This explains how the Romans became indoctrinated with judeo-christian Gnostic teachings, later on passing them through out the Roman Empire.
Speaking about the Mystic Christianity Manly P. Hall says “It is generally supposed that the Essenes were the custodians of this knowledge and also the initiators and educators of Jesus”. (Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. 584, 1928, edition 2003)
Théodore Reinach (1860-1928), a French archaeologist, mathematician, lawyer, historian, professor, and politician defines Kabbalah (Cabbala) as “a subtle poison which enters into the veins of Judaism and wholly infest it.” (Theodore Reinach, Historie des Israelites, p. 221)
Salomon Reinach (1858-1932), another French archaeologist and writer calls it “one of the worst aberrations of the human mind.” (Salomon Reinach, Orpeus, p. 299)
Esoteric and occult knowledge is being introduced for centuries in many ways through the Kabbalah (Cabala, Qabbala):
There are tree ways in which esoteric knowledge is obtained in Jewish traditions: Through textual interpretation, through the traditions transmitted orally by a kabbalistic master, and by means of some sort of direct relation (examples of this include and angel, Elijah, spirit possession, or heavenly visitation).”
Source: (Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, p. 141, Llewellyn Publications, 2007), (Lawrence Fine, Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos, 99-100, Stanford University Press 2003.) Emphasis added
Nesta H. Webster (1876-1960), a very controversial historian, writer and theorist, sometimes accused of being an occultist and antisemitic due to her efforts on exposing the truth, describes the precedence of the kabbalah:
“In spite of the Imprecations against sorcery contained in the law of Moses, the Jews, disregarding these warnings, caught the contagion and mingled the sacred tradition they had inherited with magical ideas partly borrowed from other races and partly of their own devising.” (Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 11, 1924)
The result of Gnosticism was thus not to Christianize the Cabala, but to cabalize Christianity by mingling its pure and simple teaching with theosophy and even magic.” (Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p.29, 1924)
It is worth to mention that Nesta H. Webster dedicated her life to expose occultism in secret societies. She exposed what according to her were political conspiracies that eventually led toward the French Revolution, the First World War, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Throughout her books she accuses Secret Societies in general of being occultists.
Jean Marie Ragon (1781 – 1862), considered by his contemporaries as the most educated Freemason of the xix th century defined Cabbala:
The Cabala is the key of the occult sciences. The Gnostics were born of the Cabalists.”
Source: (Jean Marie Ragon, La Maçonnerie Occulte, p.78, 1853)
Jean-Marie Ragon was a member of the Grand Orient of France , the Rite of Mizraim , and the Order of the Temple of Bernard-Raymond Fabre-Palaprat. He is the author of many books that had a Masonic influence like; La Messe et ses Mystères (Mass and its mysteries), La Maçonnerie Occulte (Occult Masonry), Le Cours philosophique et interprétatif des initiations anciennes et modernes (The philosophical and interpretation of ancient and modern initiations etc).
The Kabbalah and Modern Christianity
Is Kabbalah (Cabala) a holy teaching? No, in fact there is nothing Holy in any of these obscure traditions sustained in the Talmud, Mishnah and Zohar. These are doctrines of demons and all they do is to corrupt the gospel of salvation. Unfortunately, modern Christianity has corrupted itself with all sorts of Gnostic kabbalistic (Cabala) teachings, bringing the church to a New Messianic Era of Spiritual Prostitution.
Historic evidence reveals that Kabbalistic doctrines have been molding the protestant religious movements since the time of the reform. We can see it throughout all the different religious denominations that came out of the Catholic Church as a result of the reform, and latter on the so-called “Advent Movement”, or “Second Advent Movement”. The result of all these mixture gave birth to Modern Christianity which is the same as Judeo-Christian Gnosticism.
- “But it was Pico di Mirandola (1463-94) who introduced the Cabala into the Christian world. The Cabalais, for him, the sum of those revealed religious doctrines of the Jews which were not originally written down, but were transmitted by oral tradition. At the instance of Ezra they were written down during his time so that they might not be lost (compare II Esdras xiv. 45). Pico, of course, holds that the Cabala contains all the doctrines of Christianity, so that “the Jews can be refuted by their own books” (“De Hom. Dignit.” pp. 329 et seq.). He therefore made free use of cabalistic ideas in his philosophy, or, rather, his philosophy consists of Neoplatonic-cabalistic doctrines in Christian garb. Through Reuchlin (1455-1522) the Cabala became an important factor in leavening the religious movements of the time of the Reformation.” (Jewish Encyclopedia, see: The Cabala in the Christian World) Note: bolds were added by this blog.
Source: Jewish Encyclopedia http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=1&letter=C&search=Cabala#23#ixzz1WcRzOCvi
Texe Marrs, a former U.S. Air force officer, author, researcher and professor of the University of Texas describes the doctrine of Cabala:
Cabalism is pure Illuminism because it teaches the secret doctrine that, ultimately, the higher level adept learns: That the Holy Serpent is the true God; that all the evil that a person does, through alchemy, is magically transformed into righteousness; and that, yes, Lucifer is Lord. Satan is the true and only god, That is the essential doctrine of Cabalism.” (Texe Marrs, Codex Magica, p.426, 2005)
According to Albert Pike 33°, the Kabbalah is behind all the dogmatic religions:
Al truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabbalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the Illuminati… is borrowed from the Kabbalah: all the masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.” — (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, pp. 744-745)
Today most of the modern protestant religions are founded on Gnosticism and Freemasonry. These religious cults are easy to identify. The have their own prophets and doctrines, they preach Zionism, they claim your money, they present themselves as God’s remnant or chosen ones and their true job is to create distortion and confusion.
Even the Apostle Paul in the epistle of Titus, Christians not to follow these false teachers:
For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” (Titus 1:10-16 NIV 1984)
Documentary on Kabbalah
Kabbalah – Mystery Babylon’s Religion (Part I)
Kabbalah – Mystery Babylon’s Religion (Part II)
Other sources: New World Encyclopedia, “Kabbalah”