4 Kinds of Kabbalah
August 7, 2018
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST:
Re: The Validity of Christ-Centered Kabbalah
The following is some information concerning the four degrees of Kabbalah as they are manifested through Christ Jesus. The first degree, Philosophical Kabbalah, is the only degree of Kabbalah that Christ-Centered Kabbalah (“CCK”) shares with Jewish Kabbalah, and we completely shun Christian Kabbalah, which is used in magic and other occult practices.
Here at Christ-Centered Kabbalah we preach the principles of longevity and the binding of the death process by the authority, power and strength of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The principle of longevity says that there is a company of believers whose physical life will be extended to the end of this Sixth Millennium (the year 2240, or the year 6000 on the Jewish calendar) for the specific purpose of preparing the Church to understand and accept the invitation that the Lord Jesus Christ will be extending in the Seventh Millennium.
The message of the Sixth Millennium is, Be Ye Reconciled to God.
The message of the Seventh Millennium is, Return to the Immortality of Innocence, the state that Adam was in before the fall.
The message of the Eighth Millennium is, Spiritual Circumcision, the shedding of the foreskin of the physical body (after the perfection of the soul (personality)).
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. KJV
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. KJV
1 Cor 15:4
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: KJV
Four Kinds of Kabbalah
- Philosophical Kabbalah
The depth of understanding gleaned from the study of the letter of the Word, including comparing Scripture with Scripture, Hebrew and Greek word usage and multiple translations of any single Hebrew or Greek word:
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. KJV
- Meditative Kabbalah – Revelation Knowledge
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: KJV
Jewish Kabbalists study the Hebrew letters for the purpose of receiving Revelation Knowledge from Angels.
Christ-Centered Kabbalah receives revelation knowledge from Christ Jesus, the angel in the midst of us, through deep studies of the Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Text of the written Word:
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. KJV
- Prophetic Kabbalah - Prophetic Knowledge
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. KJV
Jewish Kabbalists study the Hebrew letters for the purpose of receiving prophecy from God,
Christ-Centered Kabbalah studies the Scripture to receive prophetic knowledge from Christ Jesus. Knowledge received by prophecy is revealed in the written word only after it is first believed by faith.
- Practical Kabbalah
Kabbalah can be used for good as well as for evil, depending on the spirit that wields it. As I am sure you know, this is also true of the Word of God, which practitioners of witchcraft sometimes use for their own ungodly purposes. Unfortunately, Practical Kabbalah has been apprehended by some ungodly persons who misuse it for evil purposes, wherefore, many serious believers will not investigate Christ-Centered Kabbalah.
But, Jesus of Nazareth clearly demonstrated the Godly application of Practical Kabbalah, the spiritual power that arises out of the Wisdom of God, when he raised the dead, healed the sick, cast demons out of the afflicted, supernaturally provided food, and completely delivered the Gadarene Demoniacs, spirit, mind and body.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the spirit of Baal-ze-bub because they could not believe that Jesus, a man who rose to power outside of their ranks, and who was not under their tutelage and control, had attained to the fourth degree of Kabbalah.
Some, but not all, Jewish Kabbalists and Christian (usually Catholic) Kabbalists, apply Kabbalistic principles to manipulate and control the forces of nature to protect themselves or others from evil, or to meet the human need for healing or financial prosperity. Christ-Centered Kabbalah has no part in these practices.
The demonstration of God’s power (the fourth degree of Kabbalah) manifested as recently as the 1970s and 1980s, when, a little more than 2000 years ago, it was poured out as a witness to the Truth that, The Lord Jesus Christ is Messiah, and that a new age of Grace, forgiveness of sins and freedom from the Law, began with Jesus’ resurrection. But we are hard pressed to find these miracles today.
What happened to that 20th Century demonstration of the fourth degree of Christ-Centered Kabbalah? The answer is that the demonstration of Christ-Centered power in the 20th Century, was a gift, that was given without repentance. It was never meant to be permanent . . .
1 Cor 13:8
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. KJV
. . . . because it was given without the Wisdom of God.
1 Cor 1:30
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: KJV
1 Cor 2:7
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: KJV
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. KJV
The lasting and permanent demonstration of the power of God flows forth from the Wisdom of God, and the degrees of the Wisdom of God that generate that primordial power, are the first three degrees of Kabbalah.
Today, the brethren at Christ-Centered Kabbalah and Living Epistles Ministries (“LEM”) have received permission from the Lord Jesus Christ to study Philosophical, Meditative and Prophetic Kabbalah, which is what we do. We have not yet received permission, or the ability, to demonstrate the validity of the message of Christ-Centered Kabbalah through its practical application, which is the power to reproduce the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and the enduring miracles of good works towards men associated with that power.
It is my hope that everyone who receives the information in this letter will understand that the four degrees of Kabbalah that manifested 2000 years ago in the early Church are valid today. It is also my hope that they will join us in our expectation that, in the near future, the enduring miracles of the fourth degree of Christ-Centered Kabbalah will pour out of the sons of God who are heirs to the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ raised up Living Epistles Ministries in January of 1988, and Christ-Centered Kabbalah in May of the year 2000.
As far as I know, CCK is the only ministry revealing Christ in the Kabbalistic literature at this time.
Sincerely in Christ,
Sheila R. Vitale, Pastor