Kabbalh opposite Torah
"We want Mashiach now!" the famous cry of the Lubavitch Chasidim. It looks like they believe they have the right to demend Messiah's coming now, They believe that there is increased study of Torah, and there are more Mitzvot performed then ever. They offer "food for the soul" mixed with Kabbalistic ideas. But did God really hide Himself from mankind like the Kabbalah claims? Is the Kabbalah the right way to find Him, and find the Messiah? And what do Scriptures have to say about that? What does the prophecies about the Messiah say? Who will He be? When and how will He appear? What does the Torah have to say about the nature of God and how to stay connected to Him? What does the Tanach teach regarding the sinful nature of mankind, and how can we solve the implications?
The best thing to do is to listen to what the Torah says:
" The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this Law" ( Deut. 29:29).
how clearly did Moses address the Israelites before they enter the Promise Land. The fact is, that throughout the five books of Moses we discover a personal God, who communicates with Moses and others freely and honorably. The Torah reveals to us a holy God, separate, distinct, and exalted, and at the same time unreachable. It shows us a God who distances Himself from sin, but at the same time paving a way for sinners to right the obstacles by teaching how to remove the consequences of sin. The god of the Bible loves to be close to His people.
There are many hidden things in connection to God that the Torah does not reveal. Also the God of Abraham did not insist on us knowing the precise mystery of his unique nature, yet God still revealed all we need to live a life of holiness, including strict warnings of the consequences for human rebellion and unconfessed sins. In Deut. 31:17 God is says:
" Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they shall be consumed, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day, 'is it not because God is not among us that these evils have come upon us?' "
Adam and Eve sinned and were removed outside the presence of God. The Israelites were warned that they too will be exiled from God's presence if they will live a life of sin without repentance. God heeded his warning and Israel has a hard time to understand why this had happened. The Kabbalists are wrestling with this issue and uses signs and symbols to support the mystical answers they come up with. But what did God say to the first person who held the complete Torah in his hands?
" This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" ( Joshua 1:8 ).
God commanded Joshua to take His words seriously, not to add nor remove anything from them. God did not command Joshua to find some secret code in the Torah nor did He ask him to search for hidden mysterious meanings. Joshua was to keep the commandments in a practical manner, honor God and neighbor. Joshua was also to learn the severity of sin and the need for repentance before God.
Unfortunately, the philosophy of the Kabbalah concerning the redemption ignore these command completely, a command that still supposed to speak to us today. How did we get to this condition? well, a look at the historical development of the Kabbalah reveals some understanding on how this flawed philosophy concerning the redemption came to be. Rabbinic Judaism itself was developed as a result of the destruction of the 2nd Temple in 70 AD. The spirit of God resided in the Temple, but as God warned beforehand, his spirit departed the temple at the same time that the nation was dispersed. The Talmudic Rabbis were not mysticans, they seriously struggled with the event of their time, The questioned: how are we to continue living as Jews without the presence of God and without a temple? They turned toward the traditions, the Chukim- rules and the Takanot-regulations. Later on, when the Kabbalists also struggled with the loss of the presence of God, they developed a mystical yearning for His closeness, and later they systematically edited all these ideas and codefied them.
In order to explain the absence of God they combined Gnostic superstitions. As a result of the troubles that the Jewish people experienced in the diaspora, which demanded explanation, the Kabbalists in Tzefat developed mystical superstitions and beliefs concerning the departure of the Shekinah. Later on in a desperation to try to connect with God, the Chasidics zeroed in on mystical experiences, like "Dvekut" and "Kavanah," in order to try to unify with God and open a way for Messiah who will redeem and renew the world.
Despite the fact that god promised Moses that he will raise a prophet like him for the Israelites( Deut. 18:18) the Mysticans arrive to the belief that they, themselves, will be responsible to the return of the Messiah. By doing so, the Kabbalists missed the important and open to everyone source, the teachings of the prophets. Throughout the pre-exilic period God revealed clearly who the Messiah will be, and what he will do. Messiah will be the one that will be sent by God to redeem the world through his sacrificial death.
All of us long for the mysteries of the universe to be solved and reveal hidden truths, But god wants us to experience His presence without running through a maze in order to solve this mystery. he sent the Messiah to show us how we can be with god today and forever. Yeshua told His disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them, and they will know how to get there. Yeshua said: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me. If you see me, you see my Father."
whoever saw Yeshua, saw God. Messiah came indeed, but the mysticans missed Him. instead of searching for the answers through good intentioned scholars, but who lack godly gaudiness, we need to take into account that God revealed everything through Yeshua, who came to carry our sins, to forgive and to offer us an eternal future. A future we will not see through dark glass anymore (1 Cor. 13:12).