The Cabalist Jewish Connection
By Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor
What is missed by the majority of researchers of the trinity doctrine, is the educational and Jewish influence upon Athanasius. Athanasius was from Alexandria, a learning center heavily populated by Jews who had Hellenized, and who had adopted a Babylonian Gnostic re-interpretation of the Old Testament. It is well recognized that the Jews played a major role in fertilizing the world with their own brand of Greek Gnosticism, that included a secret belief in a trinity of Kether [first elohim], Hokhmah [second elohim], and Binah [third elohim] (16). That Kabbalism is Gnosticism, I have only to quote the most eminent scholar and Kabbalist of the twentieth century: "Behind the whole stands the living personality of a mystic who, starting with the philosophical and Talmudic education of his time, lets himself be ever more deeply drawn to the mystical and gnostic ideas of the Kabbalah" (17).
It is from the Kabbalah often also called the Quabbalah, that the trinitarian and pluralistic use of "echad" the Hebrew word for "one", is said by the mystics to mean "unity" rather than an absolute oneness. I have challenged this heresy for several years. For instance, the trinitarians and the Jewish mystics, including many Jewish Messianic Rabbis, will say that the Hebrew word "Elohim" is a plural of unity compromising three separate persons in the trinity, namely: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These neo-Plato philosophers, corrupting the intent of the Word of God that there is one God, now saying that both the Hebrew word "Elohim" and "echad" means "unity". Well then, if these in this heresy believe this doctrine why then do they balk and hesitate to translate "Elohim" as "Gods" plural rather than in the singular "God"? Why then do they not likewise translate "echad" as "three" and not rather as "one"? Obviously such distortions would wreck the entire text of the Bible from lid to lid and these men of alleged great esteem are not ready to take that wrecking -ball upon the sacred text. The concept of a unity in a trinity or even more gods, has its roots within the ancient Jewish traditions of the Kabbalah, known in the days of Jesus Messiah as "THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS." And, did Jesus validate these traditions as truth or of having within them the sacred revelations of God? And if he did not, what does this say of those alleged scholars and Bible teachers who take their trinitarian cue from Plato or these nefarious traditions?
If we were to translate "Elohim" as "Gods" since they say it is plural and means more than one person that are all equally God, and if we translate "echad" as "three" instead of the "One" as they teach it for doctrine, what would this heresy do to Deut 6:4?:
"Hear ,O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord."
Hear, O Israel: the Lords our Gods are three Lords!
And: In the beginning Gods created the heavens and the earth, and Thou shalt have no other Gods before us! Does not the first Commandment prohibit a plural view or pluralistic practice of worship of God?
Jewish Kabbalahism has been the secret lodge of the trinity doctrine since the days of Babylonian captivity. Even prior to that eviction from the Holy land, the Jews worshiped a trinity in the form of "Baal, Ashtoreth, and Tammuz." So the trinity is not new to them, nor is it new that Jews would believe in a trinity of gods. Elijeh confronted the trinitarians on Mount Carmel. And after this encounter, the Prophets have each in their generations and in their Ministries stood firm against the trinity doctrine of the pagans and any adoption of it to be applied to God. The trinity did not begin in Nicaea, it was just adopted from paganism at that time as an explanation of the relationship of the three gods: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost to the former two.
How did the trinity come from Babylon to Egypt and then to Nicaea in 325AD? We shall now see the genealogy of the cult doctrine that has so many millions in bondage and captivity came through Jewish mysticism known as the Kabballah. Many are unlearned of this connection and because of it are blinded and remain lost without salvation in the cults of the trinitarians.
The Genealogy of the trinity from apostate Judaism:
Jews had settled in Alexandria from the time of Jeremiah. They held high positions in civic affairs, but mostly as educators. According to David M. Scholer, there were over a million Jews in Alexandria at the time of Philo (18). Philo Judaeaus, is perhaps the most celebrated Jewish Gnostic-mystic of the Christian era, being a contemporary of Christ and the Apostles. His daughter Bernice, was the wife of Herod Agrippa, who tried the Apostle Paul. Philo is recognized as the first who "openly" applied Babylonian and Greek methods of mysticism, in an allegorical re-interpretation of the Scriptures (19). He considered the Greek philosophers on the same level as the Prophets. He believed their logic, reasonings, and hypostasis were divine in origin. Later, so did the Roman and Greek Orthodox Catholics. Many Jews, following Philo's beliefs, Hellenized, and adopted the trinity concept of Plato and applied it to their God. This Gnosticism is known as Cabalism, the spiritual and metaphysical strength of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. Few know that behind Jewish mysticism is the secret belief in a triad of gods in interlocking trinities. These powers or elohims are pictured in the ten emanations of the Sefiroth, or tree of life, in Cabalism. This mysticism invalidates the literal meaning and interpretation of the Scriptures. Among Apostolics we call this "spiritualizing." In fact, "Christian spiritualizing" is mysticism, using private re-interpretation as a claim to invalidate the literal meaning and interpretation of Scripture. The trinity doctrine is birthed out of mysticism, not revelation. Out of this "spiritualizing and mysticism" comes the theory of the hidden trinity in God, that must come by "special" revelation through philosophy.
From Philo [20BC-50AD], to Athanasius [293AD-373AD], roughly 275 years, the Greek-Plato fermentation concerning God had reached its intellectual peak in Egypt. Judaism had fully molded to Platonism. Now it was time for the Christian Church to be molded. Would it reject Greek paganism, or philosophy as Apostle Paul called it [Col. 2:8]? Certainly we might question, that since Platonism was well known by Paul and the Apostles, why, if it was truth, that they rejected it and it took another 275 years for it to be accepted at Nicaea? Did God miss something here? Were his Apostles not led of the Spirit but those at Nicaea were?
Athanasius, the thirty two year old, archdeacon of Bishop Alexander, and the replacement of the aged Arius, championed Platonism, and fully impregnated the Roman and Greek Churches with it. "He received a liberal education. From early years he was instructed in Scriptures, that is the Septuagint and New Testament. He knew no Hebrew. These studies, combined with Greek learning, molded his later thought. In mind and outlook he was a through Greek. There was nothing of the native Egyptian about him" (20)
Athanasius was a Greek philosopher inside the pre-Nicaea Roman and Greek Churches. He did not accidentally come up with the Plato theory of godhead as his revelation, he learned it at the university where he studied and applied it brilliantly to the Scriptures as none before him. His genius and diplomatic power were assets around the old-heads at Nicaea, most who were unlearned, and some we might term today as liberals [so lose they don't believe fat meat is greasy]. How could a thirty two year old unknown archdeacon, come to such political strength behind closed doors, to cause 316 of 318 old grey-haired Bishops to fall for his Greek re-interpretation of monotheism [the Monarchy]? Could it be that Greek philosophy had already nearly deceived the Bishops that attended, through the writings of Clement, Irenaeus, Tertullian, et al? It must be said that the Monotheistic beliefs of the early Apostles and Christians, was firmly that there was one God and one person in the Godhead. This is verified by the following Scriptures, and the fact that the word "trinity" is not in the Bible:
10a: Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
32: And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.
30: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble [the devil does not believe in three gods, he ought to know, he was there].
16: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh [as Jesus Christ], justified in the Spirit [to still be God], seen of angels [in heaven], preached unto the Gentiles [when on earth], believed on in the world [as God by Christians], received up into glory [back to his throne].
The Greek Orthodox deny that these Scriptures prove there is one God the Father; that God is one person; that God came to earth in the fleshly form as Jesus Christ; that we are to believe upon Jesus that he is Almighty God; and that he went back to heaven; from whence he will return in the last day for his people as GOD. That he is the great God and Saviour, both at the same time, who will come back from heaven, we have only to quote one verse of Scripture:
13: Looking for that blessed hope [the rapture], and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Is not then the trinity doctrine, the fruit of the Nico-Latin seed, that grew in the fertile soil of Greek gnosticism, that tried to infiltrate the Church at Pergamos? Is not the acceptance of the trinity doctrine a proof that Greek Orthodoxy is a form of Hellenized Christian Gnosticism, and not the true Orthodox Apostolic Church at all? If the trinity doctrine was such a fact, why did it take 295 years before it become an established Church doctrine, in 325 AD at Nicaea?
I would urge Christian and Apostolic researchers not to minimize the Jewish-Greek-Gnostic influence, Athanasius wielded at Nicaea, and the fact that he learned the trinity doctrine from the two sources of Hellenized Judaism [Cabalism], and Plato philosophy. Those researching the trinity usually fail to make discovery of the bridge and route of the trinity doctrine from Babylon to Jerusalem to Greece to Alexandria and then to Nicaea. The genealogy is very clear to those who research the background life of Athanasius back to Philo.
(16) Charles Ponce, Kabbalah, p 111
(17) Zohar, The Book Of Splendor, Gershom Scholem, Introduction, p 15
(18) C. D. Youge, The Works Of Philo, Foreward, p xii
(19) Ibid, p xiii
(20) Encyclopedia Britannica, 1958 Edition, Vol. 2, p 597.
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