ESOTERISM. There is a limited number of souls that will be born into this world. This is a rabbinical teaching that opposes the idea that God creates each soul at the moment of conception of a new human being. It is a belief of Jewish mysticism that is recorded in passages of the Book of Zohar and in volumes of the Talmud (collection of Rabbis' commentaries on the Torah).
"The souls of all those who are not yet born are kept in the Guf, the Treasure of Souls" (SCHWARTZ, 2006 - p 166). In this place called Guf or Chamber of Creation, each soul waits its turn to live on Earth. This limited number of souls would have been created on the sixth day of Genesis.
When the time comes to "descend" to this plane of existence, Archangel Gabriel puts his hand on the "Treasury" and takes from there the first soul he touches. This soul is handed over to an angel assigned to accompany it on the journey of incarnation.
When a woman is about to give birth, a sparrow appears near her mother's house and sings. It is a sign that it is close to the time of birth.
Guf is located in the highest of the Heavens - also called Aravot (referring to the Tree of Life, (from Hebrew ערבה) identified as a willow or a celestial region.
The Guf is close to the Throne of Glory. In Aravot, there are many other divine treasures guarded by angels: treasure of rains, clouds, ice and snow, peace, blessings and the treasure of dew - moisture, the latter used by God to raise the dead. In Guf, a dazzling light emanates from the numerous souls that rest waiting for the time to be born.
They are immaculate souls, uncorrupted by existence in this world. Some of them have the modest glow of a candle flame, others shine like a torch, and some are as bright as the sun.
As soon as the soul leaves the Guf, the Hall of Souls, it loses its heavenly robes and enters the unborn child's flesh and blood body.
There is no consensus among Talmudic writings as to the number of souls housed in the Guf: some say that the Hall contains an infinite number of them; others claim that this number is finite, determined, and that the Messiah will only come into the world when the Guf is completely empty.
There is also a belief that since the day the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed no souls were created in the Guf (contrary to the theory of simultaneous creation) and when all those who remain there, once removed for the carnal experience, when the hall be empty, the Messiah will come. This coming, however, will not be for the establishment of a kingdom of earthly peace, but for the destruction of Humanity.
When the last soul descends to the earth plane, the first child born after this event will be a soulless creature and therefore stillborn. At that day, the sparrows will no longer sing. It will be the eschatological sign, and everyone will know that the End of the World has begun.
Based on this belief, it is possible to suppose, in hypothesis, the existence of a plan, on the part of some Satanists that aim to avoid the End Times or the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, carrying out actions that aim to prevent the birth of babies so that the Hall of Souls is never empty.
Among these actions are the encouragement of interruption of pregnancy and the mass sterilization of peoples of all nations.
For the most interested, there is a movie whose plot is based on this Talmudic tradition (which is not Jewish, it is Babylonic). It is THE SEVENTH SIGN, 1988, directed by Carl Schultz.
Beyond from Talmudic writings, not much literature exists on the hall of souls or on the question of the number of souls created or to be created. The exception is an apocryphal book, the so-called Apocalypse of Baruch or "BARRURR BEN NERRIÁ" - who was a scribe, disciple, secretary and devoted friend of the biblical prophet Jeremiah (Ierrmiayahu).
Between chapters 20 and 22 of his Apocalypse, Baruch, speaking with the Creator, appeals to him to end the suffering of Humanity and asks the Almighty:
"Let me know all that proceeds from you! Enlighten me, I beg you! How long will the transitory last? How long will the happy time of mortals last?
How long will those who are going to die continue to contaminate themselves with so much evil? Order now, in the name of your piety!
Make all your threats be fullfiled so that those who mistake your patience for weakness can experience your strength!
"Thus expel mortality from this mortal nature! For this reason also hold back the Angels of death! Make your majesty visible and your divine glory known. May the underworld be sealed, so that from now on it will receive no more dead!
May chambers of the souls return all those who are locked there!"
Here is the Almighty's answer:
"Why are you worried about what you don't know? If you have knowledge of men today and those who are gone, I know those who will come.
When Adam sinned bringing the death upon their descendants, then, the great numbers of those who were to be born was numbered, and a place was prepared for that multitude, both for the abode of the living and for the keeping of the dead, until the predetermined number be filled. I'am the Creator of life; and the underworld will continue to receive the dead."
Here we end, dear netcitzen , our brief foray into the forgotten myth of the Guff, now revisited by researchers who investigate the question of the pre-existence of souls.
SCHWARTZ, Howard. Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism.
Oxford University Press, 2006
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The Seventh Sign
APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH