Pharisees and the CabalaThomas Allen
[Editor’s note: Footnotes in the original are omitted.]
The father of all modern-day secret societies of any importance came out of Babylon about 517 BC. It was Pharisaism. During the 70 years of captivity, Judaism began to develop. During this time a sect known as the Pharisees arose. The theology that they developed became the Talmud, which the New Testament calls the “traditions.” The Talmud became superior to the Old Testament.
The Pharisees were preachers of Talmudic Judaism. Judaism is a cabalistic (occult) religion. It is based on the Talmud, which the Jews brought to Jerusalem when they were freed from the Babylonian captivity. The Jewish Talmud is based on the Babylonian religion. It replaced the Torah of Moses as the foundation of the Pharisees’ religion. Pharisaism became Judaism after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
The Talmud contains the oral traditions that God supposedly gave Moses to interpret and apply the written law that He had given Moses. Part of these traditional oral interpretations of the Old Testament was written down as the Mishnah in the second or third century A.D. Soon after that, the Gemara, a commentary, was added. These two works formed the Jerusalem Talmud. The Jerusalem Talmud was revised between the third and fifth centuries. This revised work is the Babylon Talmud, which is the Talmud used today. The Talmud pertains to everyday matters. It contains the rules of the rite of the Jewish masses. The Talmud also contains derogatory remarks on Jesus.
Using Chaldean Pantheism, the Pharisees molded the laws that God had given Moses into Jewish Pantheism, modern-day Judaism. Thus, they develop the doctrine that Jews are superior beings who are predestined to rule the world. They rejected the Old Testament teaching of God ruling the nations and replaced it with the doctrine of the Jews dominating the material universe. Instead of redeeming man from sin, the Messiah became a mighty king who would lead the Jews in the conquest of the world.
The moral code of the Old Testament applied to the relationship between Jews and between non-Jews. It also applied to non-Jews in their treatment of Jews. However, it did not apply to Jews in their treatment of non-Jews; Jews could morally treat non-Jews anyway that they desired.
The Pharisee (correctly) did not envision the God to whom Jesus prayed, the God of the Old Testament, whom they rejected, subjecting the nations to their rule. They were to achieve world domination by human means—hence, their use of secret societies and conspiracies. Like all secret societies, the Pharisees restricted their membership and maintained “the religion of the secret.”
Pharisees practiced a naturalistic religion. They taught that man is God, man rules the Universe, and man defines reality. They had no choice but to reject Christ. Jesus’ teachings were completely opposite of theirs.
Book of Zohar
Several decades before the pope abolished the Order of the Templars another important event in the history of Illuminism happened. The Book of Zohar was published.
A new dialectic of mysticism appeared during the Middle Ages. This mysticism was the Cabala. In 1280 Moses de Leon, a Jewish mystic, published the Cabala in the Book of Zohar. According to legend, God gave Moses two revelations. The first revelation was the written law of Moses, which is given in the Pentateuch. The second revelation was the secret meaning of the Law. The secret meaning was not written down for many centuries. It was past down orally through a chosen group of initiates. This secret meaning became the Cabala.
The Cabala is part of the oral tradition, dealing with the speculative, philosophical, and theosophical doctrines of Judaism and is a mystical commentary on the Pentateuch. It is an occult system of Jewish religious philosophy based on theosophy, mysticism, and magic and marked by belief in creation through emanation and a cipher method of interpreting Scripture. The Cabala contains the esoteric and occult teachings for the higher initiates of Judaism. These doctrines are related to Neoplatonic philosophy, Gnosticism, Hermetism, and the Mysteries. The Cabala teaches a sacred doctrine about the spiritual nature of man. Like Gnosticism, the Cabala teaches that divinity is found within man. It connects Judaism with the Mysteries of Egypt. According to the Cabala, not only is the nation of Israel and rest of the Universe in need of salvation, so is God Himself. It also teaches that every living and nonliving thing has a divine spark that seeks to return to its origins. One of its goals is to hasten the coming of a great universal ruler when Jews will rule the world. Also, it teaches humanism, the worship of humanity.
From the very beginning of the Christian era, the Jewish Cabala has played an important part in the occult and anti-Christian sects. According to Albert Pike, a Freemason, “The Kabala is the key of the occult sciences.” It has greatly influence Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and New Age religions.
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Copyright © 2009 by Thomas Coley Allen.
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