Question: Baal HaSulam writes that the complete redemption will come “in our day.” How can he predict things like this, how does he see them?
Answer: Baal HaSulam saw this state, but was a bit mistaken about the time. The idea is that a Kabbalist is not a predictor of the future.
A psychic can predict a precise date and say what will happen. He doesn’t know why this happens and doesn’t know the reason, but there are such people in our world, like the famous soothsayer in Russia, Wolf Messing, who could predict exactly when an event would happen.
They don’t know from where they take this information. A particular intention is required, an inner concentration, and then the knowledge comes. But a Kabbalist doesn’t see in this form; he sees what is happening in the spiritual world. And he doesn’t really see the physical clothing, so he can be mistaken about his vision as to when this state will materialize by a number of years.
But it is possible to be sure that Baal HaSulam saw that we are before the last, complete redemption that will happen in our days. What is “in our days”? It could be in another twenty years, who knows?
And the Kabbalists don’t give much importance to these dates. What does it matter if everything is in the hands of heaven and you are trying to do everything possible? So everyone continues with his part and the part of his friend, and however it unfolds, it unfolds. After that, there is no longer any sorrow, rather there is great happiness because you are in a system that is bringing you the justification of your existence.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/14, Writings of Rabash