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Lord Of The Flies
by Wayne Blank
"Baalzebub the god of Ekron"
Although Baal-zebub was 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:
"And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease."
"Beelzebub the prince of the devils"
In a knowingly blasphemous 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. "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." John 3:1-2 KJV), nevertheless wickedly blasphemed the Messiah (Nicodemus didn't) 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?"
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