Revelation 3:9 - “And behold, I give those from the synagogue of HaSatan who say concerning their nefeshot that they are Jewish but they are not, but they lie, behold, I shall make them to come and to worship before your feet and to know that I have loved you.”
It was July and in the searing heat perhaps one heard the bloodcurdling screams before one saw the actual ruins of the city. Jerusalem smoked and flamed as Titus’ legions, V Macedonica, X Fretensis, XII Fulminata, and XV Apollinaris proved to its inhabitants that this time they would not be passed over (the siege had begun in April during Passover)! Some 20,000 Roman soldiers and their auxiliaries were reducing the Temple to rubble and slaughtering all those who opposed them. Perhaps this was Hell on Earth! Only those whom the Romans smiled upon among the Jews would prosper. And Satan would begin the building his synagogue.
Yah Shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) was born seventy years before. His followers, the Talmidei Yah Shua HaMashiach (“disciples of Jesus Christ“, the term “Christian” would not be common outside of the Greek world nor even be used among His disciples to describe themselves for almost a century), still observed the Holy Days as He had commanded them to and so the loss of the Temple was almost as grave to them as to the non-believing Jews. But unlike the non-believers, they had the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit) to comfort them.
When the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans the center of both Jewish politics and religion shifted to the synagogue. The Sadducees, priests, and Levites found themselves displaced and rapidly waning in influence and power. Akiba ben Joseph was impressed by the knowledge of the Pharisees and decided to study at the only Jewish university that the Romans then allowed.
This university was established by Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai who earned the right to establish and maintain the only Roman approved Jewish college after the Jewish revolt of A. D. 66 through 72. He earned this right by having himself smuggled out of the besieged Jerusalem to the Roman General Vespasian and accurately predicting that Vespasian would soon be chosen Roman Emperor. In gratitude, Vespasian allowed Zakkai to establish a university when all other institutions of Jewish learning were forbidden and closed down or destroyed. Zakkai was both a Pharisee and a teacher of Kabbalah (Jewish witchcraft). Thus in a single act, the Pharisees gained control of Jewish higher education.
The final rift between Jews and Christians occurred during the Bar Kokhba Revolt against Rome about A. D. 132. Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph declared Simeon ben Kosiba to be the Messiah and King of Israel (Akiba changed ben Kosiba’s name to bar Kokhba - meaning “son of the star“). The Talmidei Yah Shua HaMashiach refused to join the revolt for obvious reasons and were branded traitors. As such, they were persecuted (and executed) in those areas under the rebels’ control. It took the Romans four years and the loss of an entire legion (the XXII) to destroy the rebels, but the Jewish losses were perhaps even greater than that of the Holocaust some 1810 years later. After such losses on both the Messianic (Christian) and non-Messianic Jewish sides, emotions were so high and deep that they would barely associate with each other or even acknowledge that they shared a common heritage. The Messianic Jews faded into the background (but never disappeared completely) to be overshadowed by their gentile brethren. The surviving non-Messianic Jews ignored the fact that Rabbi Akiba was a false prophet and Kokhba a false messiah. So who was Rabbi Akiba and Simeon ben Kosiba?
Akiba ben Joseph had not only impressed his teachers at the university with his intelligence but with his stubbornness as well. In spite of being flogged five times, he refused to be silenced. He surpassed his teachers in learning and gradually exceeded them in influence and power. He set his mind to creating a new position to replace the priests and prophets. The casual title of “Rabbi” (“master/teacher”) was to become an office whose holders could sentence people to death. Indeed, not only were the priests and prophets to be replaced by the Rabbis, but the supremacy of the Torah (the “law” = the books of Moses) as well. Akiba would make the requirement that a true Rabbi must be able to reverse the meaning of a scripture and use it to justify any action.
Akiba propagated the lie of a secret “oral torah“ (supposedly handed down from Moses himself) to supplement the written one. After all, it would be difficult to control the masses if they believed that they had access to all of the Word. Now they would believe that only the Rabbis had such knowledge. Within three decades, Akiba had succeeded in bringing many Jews into his fold and needed only an excuse to eliminate all of the others.
Simeon ben Kosiba was both a man of action and a Jewish ultra-nationalist. He chafed at the Roman yoke and longed to rebuild the Temple as both the center of Jewish religion and the symbol of Jewish nationalism. He found a ready ally in Akiba and they began preparing the Jewish nation for a full scale revolt against the Roman Empire. Once the hostilities began to spread, Akiba galvanized the rebellion in Judea by declaring Simeon “King Messiah“.
Akiba’s declaration had the opposite effect in Galilee. The Talmidei Yah Shua HaMashiach knew that Bar Kokhba was not the Messiah and recognized Akiba as a false prophet. The Talmidei Yah Shua convinced thousands of other Jews of these facts. Whatever actions had begun against the Romans in Galilee quickly ceased. Bar Kokhba was livid and Akiba declared the followers of Yah Shua to be heretics and traitors. While Judea would be devastated and depopulated as a result of the rebellion, with a few notable exceptions Galilee would see relative peace.
When the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Talmidei Yah Shua HaMashiach were supplanted by the “Church”. As a creature of the state, the “Church” and the Bible were molded to serve the interests of the state. Innumerable true believers were exiled and/or martyred by the “Church” resisting the suppressing of its Jewish roots and the adoption of pagan beliefs and rituals. Descendants of these (the Coptic and Nestorian Christians) survive to this day! Thus the gentile Christians lost their Jewish roots and an indespensible part of their true religion. Remember, the gentile Christians are a graft onto the olive tree of Israel! No graft can survive without the roots of the tree it has been grafted onto!
The Edifice is Built
With the destruction of the second Temple and the demise of all of the rituals directly associated with it, the way was paved for Satan to fill the vacuum created. He succeeded in supplanting the Talmidei Yah Shua HaMashiach and now worked to undermine the remainder of Elohim’s (God’s) chosen people. To this end, he enslaved them with their pride!
The roots of Kabbalah are deep indeed! Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה) is the mystical aspect of Judaism. It refers to a set of cryptic teachings now meant to define the inner meaning of both the Old Testament Bible and the Talmud and to explain the significance of Jewish religious observances. Kabbalah literally means "receiving", and is sometimes transliterated as “Cabala“, “Kabbala“, “Kabala“, “Kabalah“, “Qabalah“, or other renderings. It is called “receiving” and “tradition” because the studying of the works without a teacher is considered useless. It is important to note that in all religious Jewish mysticism the catchphrase "those who know don't tell, and those who tell don't know" is one of its foundations.
That it is the most potent form of magick is evidenced by the many elements adopted from it by all other forms of magick. Furthermore, many elements of Kabbalah are found in Freemasonry, Golden Dawn, Renaissance Theurgy, Rosicruianism, and Theosophy! Though the first prominent Kabbalistic work was the Zohar, its roots are traced back to ancient Egypt when Israel was captive there. In fact, its true beginning are older still!
Abraham was from Ur. Ur was one of the most important cities in the world’s oldest civilization. Five hundred years before the first Egyptian learned to write or use metals, the Sumerians had fine poetry, great cities, monumental architecture, and extensive knowledge of the heavens. Most of the book of Genesis may be traced to Sumeria! No doubt this and other knowledge was passed down from Abraham to his descendents.
In Egypt, Abraham’s seed both taught and learned from the Egyptians. The so called “Star of David” (David had nothing to do with it!) is first evidenced in the Pharaoh Akhenaton’s royal seal (over 300 years before David!). Akhenaton was contemporary enough to have been well acquainted with the Hebrews and their exodus, and he promoted the worship of one god (Aton-Ra » Yah Veh?) at the expense of the traditional Egyptian gods.
Solomon is both known for his wisdom and his folly. Though he built the first Temple, he allowed his many foreign wives to keep chapels for their false gods. He is also recognized as a master (if not THE master) of alchemy and magick! The use of Elohim’s holy names are indispensable to the successful summoning, controlling, and banishing of spirits. Solomon’s seal (incorporating the “Star of David”) is considered more potent than the pentagram in magick rituals. And Hebrew script is considered more potent in written incantations than any other language. The division of Israel after Solomon’s death was a direct result of his straying from his father’s path and violating the Torah. Only Yah Veh’s great love for, and promises to, David saved Solomon’s reign.
In spite of the exodus and rise of Israel as a great nation under Moses, David, and Solomon, Egyptian influence never fully left it (as evidenced by Jezebel’s seal). Perhaps the hundreds of years that Israel spent in captivity there had left a permanent affectation. As Israel wandered from Elohim’s path, it often adopted Egyptian occultism and found its way into Kabbalah.
Thus Akiba’s “oral law” was nothing less than Kabbalah! Until fairly recently, only some well-educated Rabbis and those people well-versed in some form of magick had access to any of this knowledge. The Zohar is the first known text to explore and explain Kabbalistic concepts.
The Zohar was supposedly written about the time of, or shortly thereafter, Yah Shua (by a Pharisee? - Akiba himself?), but the first know publication came out in the late 1200’s in Castile (now Spain) and is often credited to Moses deLeon. It is without a doubt the most important work of Kabbalah in existance. According to the Zohar, Torah study is divided into four levels:
Peshat, the simple meaning of the text;
Remez, literally "hint[s]"—biblical allusion and allegory;
Derash, i.e. midrash, Rabbinic scriptural exegesis; and
Sod, which is the Kabbalah, the secret inner meaning of the Torah. Kabbalah is considered, by its followers, as a necessary part of the study of the Torah - the study of Torah being an inherent duty of all Jews. Its main theme is humanity’s ability to shape Elohim’s creation to its liking. It is an “enchanting” volume in every sense of the word! As with all witchcraft, Kabbalah glorifies the practitioner and reduces our Elohim to a mere mechanism. In essence, it teaches the practitioner how to use Elohim’s own universal laws against Him! This is why the Torah prohibits the practice of witchcraft whether for “good“ or “evil“.
Following the Zohar, John Dee (1527-1608), Isaac Luria "Ari" (1534-1572), Chayim Vital (1543-1620), Shabbetai Zvi (1626-1676), Gaon of Vilna (1720-1797), Rabbi Ashlag (1886-1955), Yehuda Berg, and many others have developed and revealed what has become modern Kabbalah. As our knowledge of the universe increases Kabbalah evolves. As our world “shrinks”, Kabbalah expands.
Note that Zionism adopted the “Star of David” as its national symbol. Now the flag of Israel is burdened by that image (at least its national crest has its true symbols - the menorah and the olive tree!). Imagine if any nation had adopted the pentagram as its national symbol! Imagine the U. S. flag with a pentagram at its center!
Just as “Christianity” adopted many pagan beliefs and rituals to be acceptable to non Jews, modern Kabbalah itself is also adapting to be palatable to people of all beliefs. The “Tree of Life”, for example, (a central part of Kabbalah) is being translated into many different beliefs and is the basis for a “one-world religion“.
Kabbalah has been disseminated worldwide through the Jewish Renewal Movement. Religious cooperation has been established by Rabbi Zalman Schachter. A founder of the international Jewish Renewal Movement, Schachter is among the best known Jewish intellectuals and writers of the past 75 years. Schachter moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Boulder, Colorado sometime around 1997. He led Naropa Institute’s World Wisdom Foundation. Rabbi Shelly Moss said in a Boulder Planet newspaper article, “His presence is just one factor that brings Jews and Buddhists to town and successfully bridges the two spiritualities.”
For decades, Buddhists have had a strong presence in Boulder, Colorado – home of the Naropa Institute and about a dozen established Buddhist congregations. The Naropa Institute teaches all forms of pagan religions! Look it up for yourself on the internet! The Jewish Renewal Movement has brought in the occult teachings of Kabbalah to the Rabbi’s internationally and to their congregations. They persist in teaching their ancient occultism and deny the crucified and risen messiah Yah Shua.
So who belongs to Satan’s synagogue? Not the “Satanists”! HaSatan has his own church whose members openly delight in doing evil. No, the members of his synagogue all see themselves as spiritual beings exploring their “Jewishness” through Kabbalah. They are not evil, merely deluded (and damned!)! Just as most practitioners of “good” or “white” magick see themselves as being beneficial, so most Kabbalahists see themselves as helpful (and very powerful) Jews. Their pride grows with their power. Power corrupts as it grows. But as Revelation predicts, it is they who shall come and to worship before our feet and to know that Elohim loves us!
We are to exalt Yah Veh Sabaoth and Yah Shua ben Elohim. This is an eternal holy calling as we will glorify our heavenly Father for all time. We are the ministers of the circumcision of the truth of Elohim, as Yah Shua is - “Now I say that Yah Shua HaMashiach became a minister of the circumcision of the truth of Elohim, to confirm the promises made unto our fathers. And that the Gentiles (nations) might glorify King Sovereign Yah Veh Sabaoth for His mercy; exactly as it is written. For this cause I shall avow to thee among the Gentiles and psalm unto thy name.” (Romans 15:8-9)
Prayer: O’ Yah Veh Sabaoth, sever these unholy roots of Kabbalah from the olive tree of Israel. Let the graft of Your gentiles be restored to that olive tree and let that tree flourish as You have promised. Let all of Your saints come together in the knowledge of Yah Shua ben Elohim HaMashiach in peace and unity. And let Your Shekinah glory return to all of Your people. I claim this by my baptism of water into HaMashiach and by my baptism of the Ruach HaKodesh. I plead the blood of Yah Shua HaMashiach and in Yah Shua HaMashiach’s name, amen.