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Baal-zebub and Beelzebub
by Wayne Blank
Although Baal-zebub was clearly the pagan god of the Philistines, some of the Israelites were corrupted by its cult - including King Ahaziah of Israel (see Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties), for which The Lord, through the prophet Elijah, rebuked him:
"Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay sick; so he sent messengers, telling them, "Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this sickness."
In an accusation that is going to come back on them on the Judgment Day, some of the Pharisees, who actually knew that Jesus Christ was from God (i.e. "Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do, unless God is with Him." John 3:1-2 RSV), nevertheless wickedly blasphemed the Messiah in public in an attempt to turn the people away from following Him:
"Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to Him, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?"
Fact Finder: How does the Bible describe Satan's actual appearance?