Beelzebub

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  • Biblical Biblical (culture)
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The prince of Demons. He takes the form of an ugly giant fly or as a large creature seated on a throne with a human body, lion’s tail, huge nostrils and horns and duck’s feet. Part of his name comes from the word ‘baal’ which means Lord and subsequently he is known as Lord of the Flies. According to the Biblical scriptures, King Solomon uses his magic ring to bind Beelzebub and makes him build a temple. Some believed that Jesus made a pact with Beelzebub to help exorcise and cast out lesser Demons. However the Pharisees accused Jesus of being Beelzebub as he had the power to cast out Demons like the formidable power of Beelzebub. It is believed that Beelzebub causes people to worship Demons and ignite their sexual desires in holy people.

Beelzebub is associated with the Philistine city of Ekron. During a rebellion against Israel, Ahaziah had been badly wounded. He sent out a group of messengers to Ekron to ask Beelzebub, god of Ekron whether he will recover from his injuries. The Lord God sent Elijah to intercept the messengers. Elijah appeared before the men and asked them if they seek the wisdom of Beelzebub, god of Ekron. When the messengers replied that they were, Elijah stated that there was no god of Ekron and that Ahaziah was destined to die of his wounds.

According to John Bunyan in his book Pilgrim’s Progress Beelzebub and his army of Demons are equipped with bows and arrows. Beelzebub appears many times in the Synoptic Gospels of Luke Matthew and John:

“This man drives out demons only by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons.” Mt 12:24

“The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul,’ and ‘By the prince of demons he drives out demons.’” Mk 3:22

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