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Lilith – Night Monster

In Genesis 2, Elohim creates a wife for Adam by putting him into a deep sleep and removing a part of his flesh. When he wakes up, he sees that Chaya is ‘bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.’ He recognizes her; she is a suitable helper.

The legend of Lilith is believed to be found in the creation account of Genesis. According to Genesis 1:26-27, Elohim creates man and woman together: “So God created mankind in the divine image, male and female God created them.” According to Jewish mythology, this created being was androgynous, male and female together. Elohim then split them into two parts which lead to the idea of ‘soul mates.’

The person of Lilith is believed to be a Sumerian vampire, Lillu, or a Mesopotamian female night demon, Lilin. The full account of Lilith and Adam was written by Ben Sira from antiquities. In summary, Lilith is an assertive wife who fought with her husband all the time. She rebelled against her husband and was banished to the desert. She was replaced by Chaya and then became the killer of newborn babies during the night.

Lilith became known as a beautiful woman who seduces men in their sleep and births demon children. She is called by some as the Queen of Demons. The prophet Isaiah mentions Lilith and calls her a night monster.

“Wildcats and hyenas will meet there; and billy-goats call to each other; Lilit [the night monster] will lurk there and find herself a place to rest” (Isaiah 34:14).

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Mammon – Greed

The word Mammon is a Chaldean word meaning ‘wealth’ or ‘riches.’ Mammon became personified and Yeshua alluded to it being a master to be served.

“No one can be slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

In the Middle Ages, many believed Mammon to be a fallen, dark-hearted angel. They though of him as a powerful demon and called him one of the “Seven Princes of Hell” who had more than 6 million demons willing to help inspire envy and greed in humans so they can be eternally corrupted.

It is believed that before Mammon was expelled from the heavenly realm, he wanted to obtain the golden streets rather than lead angels. Like his counterparts who rebelled against yod hey vav hey, he was cast into the Abyss where he waits for judgment.

Timothy revealed the evilness of Mammon when he wrote that ‘loving wealth’ had a root of evil. So where ever there is great evil, the root has money involved.

This ‘love of money’ has caused some to leave the faith and pierce their own hearts with great sorrows. In the Greek, ‘craving’ is the words for “stretching out toward and have been seduced” by wealth.

“For the love of money is a root of all the evils; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains” (1 Timothy 6:10).

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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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The Shining One – The Fallen

Before the beginning, the there was a unique keruv in the heavenly realm. From the Hebrew keruv comes the word ‘cherubim.’ It is believed that the keruvim were chiefs in angel hierarchy. Keruvim were placed on the cover of the Ark of the Testimony and it was from between these two winged beings that yod hey vav hey spoke with Moshe. The Hebrew word for ‘cover’ is cacak is used for the shadowing of the mercy seat with the wings of keruvim.

The Shining One

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn?” (Isaiah 14:1).

It is from this verse in Isaiah that the Shining One, who became the ‘fallen one,’ receives the name Lucifer. Lucifer is the Latin word for ‘light-bringer’ while in Hebrew helel means ‘Shining One.’ Before the Shining One fell from the heavens, he was referred to as the ‘morning star, the son of the dawn.’

Thought referred to as satan, the Hebrew word is not a noun, but a verb referring to a ‘temptation that must be overcome.’ After his demise, satan was personified and known in Hebrew as the Adversary.

“‘You put the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; you were in ‘Eden, the garden of God; covered with all kinds of precious stones — carnelians, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphires, green feldspar, emeralds; your pendants and jewels were made of gold, prepared the day you were created” (Ezekiel 28:12).

The ‘morning star’ was full of wisdom, beautiful on perfect. The Hebrew word for ‘perfect’ is tamim and means ‘complete, sound, blameless and full of integrity. On the day he was created, precious stones were created to cover him. The Hebrew word mesukkah is another word used for ‘covering’ like a garment. This keruv was the epitome of Elohim’s heavenly creation clothed in carnelian, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, green feldspar, and emeralds. He was also given gold ‘pendants and jewels.’

The Orthodox Jewish Bible more correctly translates the Hebrew for ‘pendants and jewels’ in verse 13. They are ‘hand drums’ and ‘wind instruments.’ This ‘son of the dawn’ established on the mountain of Elohim was given hand drums and wind instruments with which he led the heavenly worship of yod hey vav hey.

“The workmanship of thy hand drums and of thy wind instruments was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created” (Ezekiel 28:13).

In the book of Daniel, the prince of Persia mentions Micha’el, the chief of heavenly princes, who came to his rescue. In this discourse, this prince reveals that there are regions in the heavenly realm that are not only under divine protection, but wage real wars that are unseen to us. The Shining One protected a large region on God’s holy mountain in the heavenly realm.

You were a keruv, protecting a large region; I placed you on God’s holy mountain. You walked back and forth among stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:12-13, Complete Jewish Bible).

According to the Hebrew of Ezekiel 28:13, he was ‘anointed’ as a ‘guardian’ and placed on God’s holy mountain. The holy mountain in the heavenly realm is Mt. Tzyion in the heavenly Jerusalem and is the location of the throne room of yod hey vav hey (Hebrews 12:22). This was the Shining One’s protective jurisdiction.

Stones of Fire

The Shining One walked back and forth among the stones of fire. There are many references to fire that are related to being in the presence of yod hey vav hey. There was fire in the bush that didn’t burn when He called Moshe. There was fire on top of Mt. Sinai when He met with the Israelites. A pillar of fire protected the Israelites through the wilderness. The prophet Daniel sees the throne as fiery flames (Daniel 7:9).

Enoch was also taken to a place that burned day and night. The book of Enoch gives a glimpse of the heavenly realm given to a man ‘who walked with God and was no more’ (Genesis 5:24). Notice the stones are similar to the ones in the High Priest’s breastplate and the foundations of the New Jerusalem. It would seem that yod hey vav hey always tries to bring some part of the glory of His realm to ours.

“I came and saw a place that was burning night and day, where (there were) seven mountains of precious stones-three lying to the east and three to the south. And of those to the east, [one was] of colored stone, and one was of pearl, and one was of [jasper]. And those to the south were of flame-colored stone. And the middle one of them reached to heaven like the throne of God-of antimony; and the top of the throne was of lapis lazuli. And I saw a burning fire. And beyond these mountains is a place, the edge of the great earth; there the heavens come to an end. And I saw a great chasm among pillars of heavenly fire. And I saw in it pillars of fire descending; and they were immeasurable toward the depth and toward the height” (1 Enoch 18:6-11).

The prophet Ezekiel describes the appearance of keruvim as fiery coals, burning like a torch (Ezekiel 1:13). Psalm 104:4 describes the servants of Elohim as fiery flames. The Hebrew word for ‘servants’ in this verse is malakim or angels. Thus, walking among ‘fiery stones’ could mean the Shining One merely walked among all of the keruvim and malakim and had fellowship with them.

The Fallen One

“You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15).

This Shining One was perfect, tamim, until unrighteousness was found in him. This implies that even angels have the freedom to obey and serve Elohim or disobey and rebel against Him. The Hebrew text uses ‘iniquity’ instead of unrighteousness. Iniquity is pre-meditated and intentional. The ‘son of morning’ brought forth into the heavenly realm a purposeful immoral iniquity that needed reckoning.

“You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

His abundance of wisdom and beauty became corrupted, perverted with an insatiable pride. His heart turned from a love for yod hey vavh hey to a love of himself. The Hebrew word for ‘pride’ is ga’own and means ‘arrogancy.’ He desired to ascend to the highest heavens and sit on a throne above Elohim’s stars.

“‘When your commerce grew, you became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Your heart grew proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezekiel 28:16-17).

The word ‘commerce’ also means ‘trading and ‘peddling’. What was he ‘trading?’ What was he ‘peddling?’ Perhaps in his arrogance he was trading promises of greater heavenly position to those malakim who would worship him. Perhaps he was peddling the idea of rebelling against Elohim and setting up his own kingdom. He used his perfected ‘trading’– truth for lie, wisdom for knowledge, and beauty for sin, when he entered the Garden of Eden. The moment the Adversary tempted Eve with his ‘fallen wisdom,’ she became one of his ‘merchants’and had to chose whether she was going to ‘trade’ with him or not; whether the goods he was peddling were worth the price.

This once perfect keruv appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent. The Hebrew word for ‘serpent’ is nachash. A different Hebrew word for ‘serpent’ used in Numbers 21:7 is seraphim. Seraphim means ‘burning’ or ‘glowing ones.’ Burning fiery serpents came or seraphim came against the Israelites when they sinned. Moshe was commanded to make a bronze nachash for the people to look at in order to keep from dying. When Hezekiah became king of Judah, the nachash made by Moshe was being worshiped and called the Nechushtan, a maligning name given to the serpent on the pole. In the Garden, the ‘fallen one’ may have appeared like a ‘fiery serpent’ covered in ‘fiery precious stones.

The Shining One became full of violence and sin. The Hebrew word avel also means ‘injustice’ and used with hamas, the Hebrew word for ‘violence,’ suggests the injustice wrought by ‘the son of the dawn’ was ‘violent injustice.’

Elohim had to destroy the Shining One. The Hebrew word for ‘destroy is abad and means ‘to be lost’ or ‘blotted out.’ It is also used for ‘to do away with’ as with names of other gods and idols. Perhaps this is why there is not actual knowledge of the heavenly name for the Adversary like there is for Micha’el and Gabri’el.

“Your pride has been brought down to Sh’ol with the music of your lyres…. You became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Instead you are brought down to Sh’ol, to the uttermost depths of the pit” (Isaiah 14:11, 15-16).

The sin of the Shining One defiled him. The Hebrew word for ‘defile’ is chalal and means ‘profane.’ The now ‘falling one’ treated the holiness of the heavenly realm, the holiness of being not just in the presence of the yod hey vav hey, but also His covering, in a profane way. No longer could he be allowed to protect the throne and the holy mountain. Yod hey vav hey threw him down to Sh’ol and destroyed him from among the stones of fire – removed him from His Divine Presence. Even the music he had composed on the lyre was removed with him.

According to Yeshua, the event of satan’s removal from heaven happened quickly:

“Yeshua said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

Sh’ol is the place of holding for the ‘wicked’ dead until the Day of Judgment. Obviously the Adversary isn’t in Sh’ol in this present world. In the book of Job, he is able to go ‘to and fro’ on the earth acting as an accuser. Once driven the earth without any access to the heavenly realm, he will manifest in bodily form as the anti-messiah, the seed of the serpent. In the book of Revelation, this Accuser will be finally judged and thrown into the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

The Battle Rages

It is the ultimate purpose of the Fallen One to destroy the lineage of the Seed. He began with Cain killing Abel, lessening the Seed-chance by onehalf. He sent angels to create half-spiritual, half-human Nephilim corrupting the DNA of humanity. After the flood, he challenged the promise made to Abraham and Sarah, made Ya’akov and Esau enemies, and even tried to destroy the Tribe of Judah. He brought Goliath to David. He tried to assimilate Isra’el into the Greek Empire through Antiochus Epiphanes, but was thwarted by Judah Maccabee. He used Haman to try to destroy the Jews in Persia, but was silenced by Queen Esther.

“For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, killed, exterminated. If we had only been sold as men- and women-slaves, I would have remained quiet; since then [our] trouble would not have been worth the damage it would have caused the king [to alter the situation]” (Esther 7:7).

The Adversary has been given authority over all the kingdoms of the world and has a throne here on earth. Because he once reflected the glory of Elohim like precious stones, he still has the ability to masquerade as an ‘angel’ of light’ and blinds people from seeing the light of Messiah. He is the prince and power of the air who works among the disobedient, those who reject the Torah of Elohim and traps those who do not repent from sin and captures them to do his will. In his arrogance, he tempted Yeshua in the wilderness.

“I won’t be talking with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming” (John 14:30).

“The Adversary took him up, showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world, and said to him, “I will give you all this power and glory. It has been handed over to me, and I can give it to whomever I choose. So if you will worship me, it will all be yours” (Luke 4:5-7).

“I know where you are living, there where the Adversary’s throne is” (Revelation 2:13).

“There is nothing surprising in that, for the Adversary himself masquerades as an angel of light …” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

“They do not come to trust because the god of the ‘olam hazeh has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 2:12).

“For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins, acquire full knowledge of the truth, come to their senses and escape the trap of the Adversary, after having been captured alive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

“You walked in the ways of the ‘olam hazeh and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient” (Ephesians 2:2).

“Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary” (Matthew 4:1).

The Adversary is behind all the false religions and false gods of the world because he has fallen angels serving with and for him in this world which has become his kingdom … for now.

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