Question: Why did Baal HaSulam, who was such a great Kabbalist, who could foresee so far ahead how the correction of the world should develop, predict so early about the wisdom of Kabbalah that it should have spread among the people a hundred years ago?
Answer: Back in the days when Baal HaSulam lived it was already possible to correct the world, but he couldn’t foresee when it would actually happen since there is the factor of freewill of the general here. He didn’t know what they would choose!
He said that we received the chance and there is no doubt that we have received a chance, he wasn’t wrong about that! But he couldn’t know whether it would be fulfilled now or not. This means that his assumption was not wrong; he simply couldn’t foresee how the people would behave.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/05/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”