Beelzebub – Dung and Flies

Beelzabub is a twisting of the name of the Philistine god Ba’al Ze’Bul that means ‘The Lord on High.’ Beelzebub is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew Ba’al-zebub meaning ‘Lord of the Flies’ though in Hebrew it is singular, “Lord of the Fly.” In the Greek, it suggests more than flies, but the dung to which flies are drawn.

This ‘fly god’ was worshiped to obtain deliverance from the injuries by flies. He was invoked to drive away the flies that surrounded the blood sacrifices. Archaeological digs at ancient Philistine sites have uncovered golden images of flies.

In Ekron, the King of Samaria sent a messenger to inquire of Ba’alzebub to see if he would be healed from his ‘bloody’ injuries when he fell through the lattice of a window. The prophet Elijah was sent to the king to tell him that he would die because he dared call on the name of a foreign god (2 Kings 1:1-8).

Ba’alzebub as a reference to the Adversary is only found in the New Testament. The name given by the Pharisees was considered a scornful word. During the time of Yeshua, Ba’alzebub became known the prince of demons and was used by religious leaders to insult the Messiah.

“The Torah-teachers who came down from Yerushalayim said, “He [Yeshua] has Ba‘al-Zibbul in him,” and “It is by the ruler of the demons that he expels the demons” (Luke 3:22).

“So if the Adversary too is divided against himself, how can his kingdom survive? I’m asking because you claim it is by Ba‘al-Zibbul that I drive out the demons. If I drive out demons by Ba‘al-Zibbul, by whom do your people drive them out? So, they will be your judges!” (Luke 11:18-19).

“It is enough for a talmid that he become like his rabbi, and a slave like his master. Now if people have called the head of the house Ba‘al-Zibbul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:25).

Sometimes Ba’alzebub and the Shining One have been interchangeable names for satan, the Adversary in the Hebrew Scriptures. However, they are not the same entity within the demonic hierarchy.

Ba’alzebub was a prince of the seraphim or ‘burning ones’ that surrounded the throne of yod hey vav hey. He was one of the first three angels to fall from heaven, along with the Shining One (Lucifer) and Leviathan. He works as the chief of staff for The Adversary and presides over the Order of the Fly.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ba’alzebub – בעל זבוב

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Ayin is a picture of an ‘eye’ and means ‘to see.’

Lamed is a picture of a ‘sheperd’s staff’ and mean ‘to push forward.’

Zayin is a picture of a ‘weapon’ and means ‘to separate.’

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Bet is a picture of a ‘house’ and means ‘family.’

Ba’al zebub means ‘family to see the prodding to separate family bound to family.

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