There are no events in the Torah that already happened or will happen in the future. They must only become revealed to us, while the states themselves exist each on their own spiritual degree.
For this reason, we should not care how The Zohar describes the events, whether it uses Kabbalistic terminology or regular words to tell about the Israeli tribes and journeys. I should always discern only one aspect in the story: the connection between souls, not the bodies, the connection between friends, meaning between our spiritual sparks, our desires to unite.
And all the other desires “drop”; they, as though, become irrelevant to us by our having secured the mutual guarantee, and they do not impede our unity. We unite above the corporeal desires and reveal that which is written in The Zohar in our connection.
The Zohar tells us how the connection between us will be revealed to the extent of the gradual attainment of the mutual guarantee. This connection will manifest step by step through images described in The Zohar. The Book speaks of reality that exists within us. We only need to gradually reveal it, like opening one window sash at a time.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar