Salvation By Ibur

Notes To


Chapter Four, Section 4



Salvation By Ibur

Rabbi Vital says:


Commenting on the verse "and Joseph said to them, 'you are spies . . .' " (Gen. 42: 9) Joseph was hinting that his brothers would reincarnate as spies that would enter the land of Israel, but that Joshua -- the Prince of the tribe of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, would not reincarnate as a spy.

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God knew that Moses desired to send spies {into the promised land), and that these princes {of Israel} would sin and so He devised a way to strengthen them, minimizing and rectifying, somewhat, the evil He knew that they would do. God therefore decreed that the souls of the actual sons of Jacob, the brothers of Joseph, who were literally "the children of Israel [i.e.Jacob]" would enter into the [souls] of the spies, so that [their holiness would] strengthen the spies not to sin completely. Nevertheless this did not help them. (Squiggly brackets indicate the additions of Pastor Vitale)

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The entrance of the souls of the sons of Jacob into the spies, is an example of "ibur," literally, "impregnation," a specific type of reincarnation, in which the soul being reincarnated is not the full and only soul of the body into which it incarnates, but is rather "grafted" to the existing soul. The soul of the individual retains its intrinsic consciousness and identity, but its powers are increased by the power of the impregnated soul it "hosts."

Pastor Vitale says:

The comment above reflects the teaching of the Ari. We see in this comment, an accurate description of Jesus' ministry to humanity, the engrafted word (James 1:21) that the apostleJames speaks about. Indeed, the glorified Jesus Christ is impregnating humanity with His glorified soul by grafting the seeds of His life to our souls. Kabbalah would say, "grafting the sparks" of His life.

The discrepancy between the teaching of Rabbi Vital and Christ-Centered Kabbalah (The Doctrine of Christ) is that the Ari imputes this phenomenon to the souls of unsaved men.


The Ari teaches that the soul can be rectified (glorified) by observing the positive (you shall do such and such) and the negative (you shall not do such and such) commandments. It follows from there, that every Hebrew hero must surely have observed the commandments, and, therefore, must surely be rectified (saved/glorified).

Wherefore, from this faulty foundation, emerges a faulty doctrine of reincarnation.


Based upon the teachings of the Ari that I have seen, there is no distinction between salvation and rectification (glorification). Rather, salvation, as the Christian knows it, is assumed because of the Jew's genetic heritage. Then, the correction of the soul (which few Christians know about, or are willing to face today) ensues, and, ultimately, glorification, the survival of the soul (personality) with a spiritual body.

 The Ari assumes that the soul (personality), which acquires the visible characteristics of the physical body it is woven together with, survives the death of the physical body in the same form, but this is not true.

The soul, which is made of spiritual earth and breath, enters into the physical body as a seed which expands and cleaves to the shape of the physical body like wet clay cleaves to the framework of a sculpture. The soul (personality) does not retain the shape, or survive the death of the physical body that dies, because it has no form of its own.

QUESTION: If the soul has no form apart from the physical body, how can it survive with a humanoid appearance after the physical body dies?

ANSWER: It does not. The soul (personality) regresses to its seed form (the lump of clay) when the framework that forms it is removed.

QUESTION: What part of the man survives?

ANSWER: The spiritual root of the man, which is called worm,* survives. It acquires a new physical body and a new soul (personality) with each incarnation.


Job 25:6, How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?


Isa 41:14,  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.KJV

Isa 66:24,  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. KJV

Mark 9:46, Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. KJV


So, we see that the Ari had a true revelation of salvation by ibur, but that his understanding of the glorified (rectified) soul is incorrect. 

The glorified (rectified) soul is a soul that remains expanded after it separates from the physical body, by weaving together with and acquires the shape of the Angel of the Lord (the regenerated Adam) within that same physical body, before it withdraws.

The personality (soul) that clothes the immortal Angel of the Lord, (the regenerated Adam) becomes immortal (rectified/glorified).

The glorified soul (personality) is a shapeshifterIt can take any form that it chooses,[1] just like an angel.[2] It is not bound to any of its previous shapes.

The Angel of the Lord is the formation of the Essence of God within a man that serves Him. It is the anointing that speaks through the prophets, and that was upon David. The Angel of the Lord is the regenerated, righteous Adam..

The Angel of the Lord is Metatron, the one who is referred to as a lad when He indwells a human being. Christians call Him “Christ,” the Last Adam.

To be continued . . .

Copyrght © 2004 
Sheila R. Vitale
Christ-Centered Kabbalah
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[1] Mark 16:12

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. KJV

John 21:12

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. KJV

John 21:14

14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. KJV

[2] Matt 22:30

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. KJV

Luke 20:36

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. KJV

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