Praise be Our Lord and Lady of the Shabbat, for mysteries revealed of the World-That-Is-Coming!
The End of Days and the World-That-Is-Coming are both attributes of Mother Binah. What for one is destruction is for another a new creation. It is the consciousness of the soul that will experience either, all according to what the soul most loves. Apocalypse is this very mystery for every soul.
I was astonished to recently discover in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's translation of the Sefer Yetzirah what is said in Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom of the Tenth Path, which is the sefirah Malkut. To recall that Binah is expressed by Imma-Mother and Malkut is expressed as Daughter-Nukva as the first and final Hebrew letter ה of the Great Name יהוה illuminates a beautiful new way for me to contemplate St. John's Apocalypse in light of what the mekubalim have said of the essence of Malkut:
Scintillating Consciousness: It is called this because it elevates itself and sits on the throne of Understanding. It shines with the radiance of all the luminaries, and it bestows an influx of increase to the Prince of the Face.
Scintillating Consciousness: To scintillate is sparkle and flash with light. For consciousness to scintillate, it flickers in and out of existence, much like our physical reality. How Malkut is said to do this is by its principle of the embodiment in form of what is infinite and formless.
In so doing, Daughter Malkut elevates [her]self and sits on the throne of Understanding Mother Binah. This is the transformation of Daughter Malkut into Bride Malkut by way of meeting and uniting with the Zer Anpin, who is the Six, the totality of the sefirot Hesed to Yesod. Transformed by this union with Daughter, Zer Anpin becomes Ben, who is then crowned with Da'at. By this crown is the union of Abba and Imma, through whom Arik Anpin, the Great Face, manifests Absolute Mercy:
Look, O daughters of Zion,
at the King,
at the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
on the day of the gladness of his heart (Song of Songs 3:11).
She shines with the radiance of all the luminaries and, being filled by, and giving appearance to, all the Divine Attributes of the Tree of Life through all worlds. Such is Supernal Malkut, recognized and realized by Righteous Ones of the Sacred Heart, with neither attachment nor aversion to formless nor form, with scintillating bodies of light. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelations 21:2)
She bestows an influx of increase, giving back more than She received, for this is the essence of embodiment, where the unique spark of holiness, yechidah, is fully aligned with the appearance of a righteous woman or man. Individuation is an influx of increase, the fullest, most complete offering one can make to God:
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready (Revelation 19.7).
to the Prince of the Face. Who is this Prince of the Face? Rabbi Kaplan offers a few perspectives from various midrashic sources ranging from Talmud to Zohar. The Talmud speaks of this Prince of the Face in Berakhot 51a speaking teachings in a vision to Rabbi Yishmael. Zohar II:260a, which I cannot find in either the Soncino or translations, apparently proposes Archangel Sandalfon. Tau Malachi did introduce us to an attribute of this angelic being in another forum. Yet Prince, Sar, also reminds very directly of Archangel Metatron as well, who in some prophetic contexts is the One-Seated-On-a-Throne, above, beyond, and around whom is the Holy One Without End. At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! (Revelation 4.2)
In our Kabbalah, Messiah is more than the appearance of Yeshua, being the Presence of Awareness throughout the Great Tree of Life. The Face of the Prince itself is plural in Hebrew: Panim. Technically, this Prince must then be an alignment of many Faces: Ancient (Atik), Great (Arik), and Little (Zer). This said, to what Kalah gives back reaches to all of these Faces. If we consider St. John's Apocalypse in the light of what is said of the essence of Malkut as Scintillating Consciousness, we have an abstract of the entire Apocalypse, one I'd never heard in this way, for which I give grateful praise.
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might
for ever and ever!’ (Revelation 5:13)
Amen and amen!