Kabbalah simply means “to receive”, but many generally think of Kabbalah as a form of religion, or as Eastern mysticism. Having a basic understanding of Kabbalah can be quite helpful if you come up against ideas of those who use Kabbalah to shape their ideas about spirituality.
Kabbalah is not a single system where all involved utilize the same basic principles, those who promote Kabbalist ideologies can be extremely duplicitous and deceptive. So hence some of the caution against studying Kabbalah. On the other hand, those who insist all Kabbalah is bad are generally ignorant and/or threatened by something they have little or no knowledge of. Anyone who communicates anything “spiritual” or who believes they have “received” insight from “the Spirit” are essentially teaching their own form of “Kabbalah”.
There are mainstream ideas within “Kabbalah” that everyone should know about and be able to discuss, whether they agree or disagree with its interpretations. For example, take a brief survey of the list of words below, how do you define them? Where did you learn about their definitions?
Abba Adam Kadmon Akedah Anthropomorphism Antinomianism Apocalyptic Atonement
Ba’al Circumcision Da’at End of Days Exorcism Gehinnom Gematria Gevurah
Grace after meals Halacha Hod Holy Spirit Kedushah Kavod Messiah Metatron
Nefesh Olam haba Pardes Passover Prayer Prophetic Redemption Remez
Resurrection Sabbath Sacrifice Sefirot Sexuality Sinai Temple
Throne Tiferet Toledot Adam Torah Tikkun Olam
Tree of Knowledge Tree of Life Trinity
Virgin Mary World Zodiac
Each of the above words represents a meaning that each of us has a “relationship” with. There are infinite “connections” within these words, each one has many levels of meaning and understanding. Let’s look at a set of names in Torah called the Toledot Adam (the line, or genealogy of Adam). The “given” names of Adams descendants to Noah are straightforward, these are “normal” Biblical names until we look a bit deeper. What is going on? Can you see a hidden meaning beneath these common individual names? You decide. In my mind what the meaning derived from the sequential meaning is no coincidence. There is universe of thought underlying these names, a hidden code to be “received”. It speaks of Mashiyach.
Toledot Adam Bereshit 5
(Geneology of Adam from Genesis 5)
|HEBREW NAME||ENGLISH DEFINITION|
|YARED||SHALL COME DOWN|
|METHUSELAH||HIS DEATH SHALL BRING|
MAN [is] APPOINTED MORTAL SORROW,
[but a] BLESSED ELOHIM SHALL COME DOWN
TEACHING [that] HIS DEATH SHALL BRING
[the] DESPAIRING COMFORT
MAGNIFICENT! YHWH ordained the Hebrew Names in the Toledot Adam to tell the story of Yeshua coming to earth to bring Comfort! Even SALVATION to His people! However, trying to understand Kabbalah or trying to connect with YHWH and His Mashiyach without Torah is to venture off into darkness and eventually the soul will be tormented.
True kabbalah is meant to establish the Word of YHWH in our neshama (spirit),
and to strengthen and confirm our relationship with Master YHWH.
There are many levels to receiving YHWH’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding. The Adversary (HaSatan) twists that which is good and distorts it for evil purposes. However, if we focus on the Kabbalah that is revealed inside of Tanakh and the Ketuvim Netzarim, we discover magnificent revelation about YHWH, His Mashiyach, and the Life He has given each of us.
Within the Mishkan (Tabernacle), we also discover the image of Mashiyach revealed. Consider the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies as the Head, and the Holy Place as the chest. In your mind stand the Mishkan on end with the Holy of Holies at the top. Picture the Table of Shewbread to the right side of the body, the Menorah to the left side, the alter of incense in the center right below the head, and the laver below that, and the alter below that and the door of entrance below that. YHWH revealed Mashiyach according to the how the Mishkan was arranged. As we study Torah and Mashiyach we can look inside our own souls and discover who we are in Him. We receive from the Spirit of YHWH something that is greater than the peshat (simple) sum of the parts. We can see how there can only be One Elohim whose Name is YHWH, Who knows about us and who communicates to us on a wonderful spiritual level. There are many imposter “spirits” which is why were are taught:
“And he that keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him.And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us.Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of Elohim:because many false prophets are gone out into the world.1 John 3:24-4:1
Here’s the acid test. When we “keep His Commandments we “receive” His Spirit. When we don’t keep His Commandments then we open our souls up to lying and deceiving spirits, it’s just that simple.
In the days of Yeshua, the writings of the prophets of YHWH were known as “The Kabbalah”. Today it is common for Christians or “Believers” to talk about “hearing from the The Spirit of YHWH (or the LORD). This is the hope and desire of everyone who puts their trust in Mashiyach. We desire that YHWH would communicate and reveal His will to us, help us conform our lives to Him. We are each unique souls created in the “image of Elohim” and we must have this confidence that we are worshipping YHWH in Spirit and Truth according to His Word. Each of us has received “Kabbalah” in our souls, this is our spiritual experience with YHWH and His Mashiyach. On a very personal and private level Kabbalah is all about intimacy with YHWH and seeking to do His will, but, for some it is about learning how to manipulate spiritual and material worlds to attain wealth or power, which is also known as witchcraft.
Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul) was one of the most vocal “Kabbalistic” Apostles. In Ephesians 6 Paul teaches us to put on the whole armor of Elohim, while juxtaposing the tactics of the Enemy. He applies these “Kabbalistic” elements from Tanakh to help the Body of Mashiyach overcome the whiles of the enemy. Paul draws out deeply embedded elements of Mashiyach (see Spiritual Armor p. 957 AENT 3rd Ed) from Scripture according to things he “received” from the Spirit of YHWH. However, Paul’s letters are also the most twisted part of the New Testament, Peter writes, “As also in all his (Paul’s) letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to understand, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16 Reason being, our carnal human nature tries to intellectualize the spiritual worlds rather than seeing YHWH’s Commandments as “applied Kabbalah”, as the work of the Ruach haKodesh writing Torah (part of the image of Elohim) upon our hearts.
Our homes are places of shelter, love, provision etc, we nurture a shalom biyet (house of wholeness) where the Spirit of YHWH is made welcome, and where we establish a gate of righteousness. Scripture tells us that every word from our mouths has natural and spiritual consequences. So imagine if each of us elevated our homes as a holy sanctuary, where no unkind or angry or malicious words felt comfortable. What if we could program the “jurisdiction” of our homes and everything within the borders of our gates according to Mashiyach? This is Torah. Torah is replete with jurisdictional elements of spirituality, but the reason many of us cannot “enter in” is because we follow a religion that interprets Torah according to certain traditions whether they be Jewish or Christian, rather than “receiving” Torah from Mashiyach.
Imagine your home as a sanctuary of peace and harmony. Joy and Peace is the predominate attribute. All anti-Messiah elements like religious discrimination, carnal sensuality, perversion, vain talking, lust, etc are awkward, unwelcome and do not belong.
The dinner table is an alter where we pray, fellowship and eat together with those we love. While we are having dinner together we are reminded of YHWH’s goodness throughout the day, His bountiful provisions, having our family, our friends, and many good things He gives us to enjoy each day, all provided to us by His outstretched Hand. We are also reminded of those who don’t know our Father and His love and His provisions as we’ve been blessed. Our thoughts and prayers and plans to help others often come together around the table where we eat together.
The table where we eat is a place of giving thank offerings, peace offerings and praise offerings for what YHWH has done for us in His Mashiyach. We remember the cup of wine and the bread and the words of Mashiyach Y’shua who said… “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of Elohim shall come.” (Luke 22:18) When we do the brachot (blessings) we remember that the King of the Universe reigns over our souls our families, our homes and over the borders of our gates. This is why we sanctify our homes unto YHWH and we separate ourselves to YHWH and protect ourselves and our family from unclean spirits and carnal worldly things.
The marriage bed is holy and set apart unto YHWH. What if all “Believers” were able to“receive“ a the Way of maintaining Joy, Peace and Justice in their marriages? What impact would it have if every married couple and every child knew that going home meant they would have a place of safety, respect, honor and be loved and cherished? Much of the unity of the home is derived from the honor of the marriage bed and the love and unity between a husband and wife.
The problem is many Believers don’t even think it’s possible to “receive” deeper levels of beauty and harmony into their lives and homes. Understanding functional “kabbalah” helps us to “raise the bar”, we can open our minds to “holy thoughts” and translate that into holy actions. Clearly evil forces have put fear into people’s minds about “kabbalah”… but Mashiyach said…
“The truth will set you free…”
And the spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHWH; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of YHWH: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. Isaiah 11:2-5
HaMashiyach Y’shua demonstrated:
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Netzer (Sprout) shall grow out of his roots:”
Y’shua Mashiyach is the Netzer (Sprout) which grew out of the Root of Ye’shai (Jesse), these Seven Attributes signify the Character and Calling of HaMashiyach. Each of these “attributes” are very unique. These are the “SEVEN Spirits of YHWH” Revelations 5:6. The Scriptures reveal that the FEAR of YHWH is the beginning of WISDOM. This is “kabbalah”, it is the Seventh attribute, mentioned many times throughout Scripture. Five times Scripture tells us that the FEAR of YHWH brings Wisdom. In an additional two more verses FEAR and WISDOM are mentioned in the same verse, bringing a total of SEVEN references in Scripture that connects the Fear of YHWH with Wisdom. But false religion for example outright rejects the “FEAR” of YHWH. Religions teach a theology that the FEAR of YHWH is not really FEAR, but REVERENCE, or LOVE, but the word fear is YIRAH, which is “fear”. Albeit a very unique and special “fear” that is given expressly unto YHWH, and mentioned 45 times in Scripture.
“And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the YIRAH (fear) of Elohim is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.” B’resheet/Genesis 20:11″And Moshe said unto the people, “YAREH (Fear) not: for Elohim is come to prove you, and that His YIRAH (Fear) may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” Shemot/Exodus 20:20″Who knows the power of thine anger?even according to thy YIRAH (fear), so is your wrath!” Psalm 90:11″Then were the men Gadol Yirah Yareh (exceedingly “fearful” afraid), and said unto him, Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of YHWH, because he had told them.” Jonah 1:10
Notice the last verse Gadol Yirah Yareh. The Fear of YHWH “YIRAH” is linked with “Yareh”, which means fear, afraid, terror etc. But what false authority has done, is to use theology to make an image of it’s own god, and in fact their “fear” is taught by the theology of men.
“Wherefore Adonai (the Master) said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their YIRAH (fear) toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Isaiah 29:13
False theology depicts their gods as being a nice god of love, forgiving all willful and perpetual sins according to a man made image of god. Certainly YHWH *is* love, “Because Elohim is love; and whoever does not love, does not know Elohim.” (1 John 4:8) Those who teach that the Fear of YHWH is not FEAR, but REVERENCE, find their religious roots in Marcion, the guy who coined the words “Old and New Testament”. Many Christian Bible theologians, translated the word Hebrew Yareh and Shachah into the word REVERENCE. This is how hirelings and false authorities keep the money rolling into their churches and synagogues, they preach acceptance, relativity and tolerance of sin and evil, rather than intimacy with Father YHWH.
Fear of YHWH is a spiritual connection between us and our Father. When we are in the valley of decision, whether we will sanctify His Name, keep Torah, suffer for Mashiyach’s name, lose our jobs, get kicked out of a church or synagogue by standing for truth etc, it’s at these times that our “FEAR” of YHWH overrules the fear of man. What false leaders want us to do is fear them, be afraid of being rebuked or chastened or finding ourselves on the bad side of the rabbi, priest or pastor. So what they have done is diminish our responsibility to YHWH and His Mashiyach, but advocating that we NOT Fear YHWH, but rather fear them. This is very obvious when “believers” have difficult decisions to make and rather than seek YHWH they run to a rabbi, pastor or priest for their answer and consolation.
No, again it’s how you can “receive” your understanding of FEAR, whether it be taught to you by theology or by “receiving” this within your own spirit according to the Word of YHWH being written upon your heart.
“You shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence (yareh) my sanctuary: I am YHWH.” Shemot/Exodus 19:30
“And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and (shachah) reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.”
“Shachah” is most commonly translated as worship, bow down, make obeisance etc. The false church system has completely and utterly removed the original and true FEAR of YHWH right out of their churches, in so doing they’ve opened the door to all manner of counterfeit teachings.
The FEAR of YHWH is an extremely important revelation for the Body of Mashiyach. What is the FEAR of YHWH then? YHWH is a SPIRIT, an intimate FEAR of YHWH is something we must receive from YHWH, it is not a theology but a LIVING SPIRIT which YHWH puts in His people to help us from falling into carnal living and sinning against His Word.
The FEAR of YHWH becomes a “spiritual instinct”; a quality of discernment that allows us to see the boundaries YHWH has given us according to His Word. KADOSH (SET-APART) also depicts the boundaries or set-apart Nature of YHWH and all that pertains to Him, including His people. This is something to be “received” of the Ruach HaKodesh. Personal living “KABBALAH” is vital, it has extensive ramifications when it comes to our perception of YHWH and Y’shua. Speaking of RAMifications, let’s consider Avraham and Yitzhak.
When Avraham was about to sacrifice his son Yitzhak, YHWH spoke through him,
“Abraham said, My son, Elohim (G-d) will provide himself
a SEH (LAMB) for a burnt offering:”
Five verses later we read,
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked,
and behold behind him a ‘AYIL (RAM) caught in a thicket by his horns:”
The SEH (Lamb) YHWH promised to Avraham is Yeshua the Word of YHWH. Avraham “received” this from YHWH. It was Mashiyach who spoke with Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya’akov, the WORD OF YHWH who said He would provide HIMSELF A LAMB. The WORD of YHWH is Pure and Faithful. So mankind tortured and put to death the Perfect Lamb of Elohim, who by His suffering took away our sin and empowers us to live free of sin. Who killed Mashiyach? You and I or was it the Jews or the Romans? Again, religion offers another gospel that takes the responsibility for sin off their flocks and puts it on others.
There is NO other acceptable “sin sacrifice” available today. When we speak of sacrifice we speak of an exchange of our debt of sin for forgiveness. If we can “receive”this truth, then we must realize that when we hurt another person, even unintentionally, we are indebted to make restitution and be restored with them in Mashiyach. The single most important reality in our existence is that we only enjoy so many wonderful things in this LIFE because it has been paid for us.
The majority of people on earth believe in the concept and ideals of Mashiyach. About one in four people on earth believe Yeshua is Mashiyach. That a person would evenBELIEVE in something metaphysical or spiritual that they can’t physically touch is “kabbalah”. Kabbalah is spiritual revelation regardless of whether we believe or not that we are also “spiritual beings”. The fact is that we exist, body, soul and SPIRIT, so it’s not a matter of whether a person accepts or rejects the idea of kabbalah. It’s a matter of which “kabbalah” we will choose and which one chooses us.
If you’re reading this paper, it’s most likely that you are choosing to learn the kabbalah of YHWH and His Mashiyach Yeshua, not the Kabbalah of man, or some anti-Messiah cult religion. The WAY to learn kabbalah from the Ruach HaKodesh is to keep YHWH’s Commandments. Meditate on His Word. Choose to do what YHWH says. Rejoice in our Father YHWH. It is YHWH who gave us Life and Who sustains life.
“Then said his wife unto him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse Elohim, and die.
But he said unto her, you speak as one of the foolish women speaks.
What? shall we QABAL (receive) good at the hand of Elohim,
and shall we not QABAL (receive) evil?
In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
“Hear counsel, and QABAL (receive) instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter end.”
Throughout Y’shua’s ministry he opened up our spirits by teaching “Truly I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of Elohim as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:15
John taught that “…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” John 3:27
Y’shua taught things that were difficult for many to understand and accept, when blockquoteing those who would become eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom he said “…All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.” Matthew 19:11
“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17
Regrettably, many “believers” refuse to receive the “comforter”, they have settled for a theology or a religious identity about spirituality rather than choosing to live life as spiritual beings. Many cannot turn from rebellion and lies and gossip against Torah and Mashiyach and YHWH’s people because they have not loved the Father according to His Word and Spirit. The Way back (teshuva) to the Father is through repentance and humility and acknowledging our sins and doubts to Him, along with those who are His people. If we judge ourselves by ourselves we are very foolish. The standard we are judge ourselves by is Mashiyach Y’shua himself. Ask YHWH to reveal to us who we are. If someone asks, “who are you?” What would you say? Do you know, or have you simply prepared an answer? I pray that you will receive your answer from YHWH according to His Ruach haKodesh.
“And Y’shua said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As my Father has sent me, I also send you.”
And when he said these things, he breathed on them
and said to them, “Receive the Ruach haKodesh.”
Baruch Ben Daniel