Two questions I received on Rabbi Akiva and Kabbalists who weren’t Jewish:
Question: Why did the great Kabbalist Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef, who saw the future, support the uprising of Bar Kokhba (Shimon Bar Koziv) and proclaimed him the Messiah? We know from history that this uprising led to the most deplorable results: it was crushed and Rabbi Akiva was sentenced to a horrible execution! How could a Kabbalist of his stature not have known how this uprising was going to end on the corporeal level and that he would be executed? And how could he have been mistaken about who the Messiah is?
My Answer: A Kabbalist only sees what is revealed to him from above. Complete revelation will take place only at the end of correction.
Question: Were there any great Kabbalists who weren’t Jewish?
My Answer: Yes. One example is our Great Teacher Rabbi Akiva, from whom we received all the commentaries on the Torah.