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Beel-zebub has an Arabic connection ?!?
Shlama Akhay,

There was a time when the ancient world was being inundated with fire-worship and serpent-worship. Keeping this serpent-worship, that was extremely rampant, firmly in mind, let's explore the term 'Beel-zebub' from another perspective. The link to the woodcut, Figure 59 below, will help you to visualize AND understand what's going on here. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

********** Quoting from 'The Two Babylons' ****
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We have seen already that it is admitted by the author of Pompeii, that the serpents in the under compartment are only another way of exhibiting the dark divinities represented in the upper compartment. Let the same principle be admitted here, and it follows that the swallows, or birds pursuing the flies, represent the same thing as the serpents do below. But the serpent, of which there is a double representation, is unquestionably the serpent of Aesculapius. The fly-destroying swallow, therefore, must represent the same divinity. Now, every one knows what was the name by which "the Lord of the fly," or fly-destroying god of the Oriental world was called. It was Beel-zebub. This name, as signifying "Lord of the Fly," to the profane meant only the power that destroyed the swarms of flies when these became, as they often did in hot countries, a source of torment to the people whom they invaded. But this name, as identified with the serpent, clearly reveals itself as one of the distinctive names of Satan. And how appropriate is this name, when its mystic or esoteric meaning is penetrated. What is the real meaning of this familiar name? Baal-zebub just means "The restless Lord," * even that unhappy one who "goeth to and fro in the earth, and walketh up and down in it," who "goeth through dry places seeking rest, and finding none." From all this, the inference is unavoidable that Satan, in his own proper name, must have been the great god of their secret and mysterious worship, and this accounts for the extraordinary mystery observed on the subject. **

* See CLAVIS STOCKII, "Zebub," where it is stated that the word zebub, as applied to the fly, comes from an Arabic root, which signifies to move from place to place, as flies do, without settling anywhere. Baal-zebub, therefore, in its secret meaning, signifies, "Lord of restless and unsettled motion."

** I find Lactantius was led to the conclusion that the Aesculapian servant was the express symbol of Satan, for, giving an account of the bringing of the Epidaurian snake to Rome, he says: "Thither [i.e., to Rome] the Demoniarches [or Prince of the Devils] in his own proper shape, without disguise, was brought; for those who were sent on that business brought back with them a dragon of amazing size."
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Hmmm... Demoniarches = Prince of the Devils !!
From what I can remember that's exactly how 'Beel-zebub' is rendered in some of the footnotes of some Bibles! Sounds like the Gospels to me..."He casts out devils by the Prince of the Devils"-(Matt. 9:34)
To better appreciate those fly-consuming swallows (hence 'Lord of the Fly') of figure 59 above, and the serpents below (Epidaurian snake=Demoniarches=Prince of the Devils), one must acknowledge the fact that the representation of symbols in the Chaldean Mysteries had two interpretations-- one for the 'Initiate' and one for the 'Profane Vulgar.' The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, etc., followed suit acccordingly with their secret mystery rites. After all, they didn't want the non-Pagan general public to know too much, now would they? <!-- sConfusedneaky: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/sneaky1.gif" alt="Confusedneaky:" title="Sneaky" /><!-- sConfusedneaky: -->

Any thoughts?

Shlama w'Burkate, Larry Kelsey
Hmmm - very interesting indeed.

You HAVE to read the story of the "peacock" from the Yezidis. It has haunted me since the first time I read it....
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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Paul Younan Wrote:Hmmm - very interesting indeed.

You HAVE to read the story of the "peacock" from the Yezidis. It has haunted me since the first time I read it....

Are there online resources that 'tell the whole story'?
What books or articles have you read on this?
Here are some images that I found on the Web of Melek Taus the Peacock Angel. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->
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Shlama all--

This really is not surprising to me. We all know that the serpent in Eden is associated with Satan, right? The serpent is agreed on by almost everyone to have either been Satan himself or to be Satan's agent, manipulating man after his fall from heaven. Scripture suggests that the serpent walked upright in the beginning until YHWH cursed him and made him crawl on his belly (Genesis 3:14). From that day onwards, Satan would represent himself falsely as a god, a being of light, etc.

The final proof though was said by a great Jew--a disciple of Rabbi Hillel's grandson Gamaliel--who after a lifetime of study said:

Do I mean that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not Elohim, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot have a part at both our Master'(Y'shua's) table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse our Master (Y'shua's) jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

1 Corinthians 10:19-22

Hope this helps!
Shlama w'burkate
Andrew Gabriel Roth
Shlama Akhi Larry,

Here's the story: (compare with Isaiah 14)

"Once upon a time, A Yezidi shepherd was bringing his flock home to the mountain cave where he lived. Suddenly the sky was torn asunder by a blinding flash of lightning whilst, almost simultaneously, there followed such a roar of thunder as would have deafened a giant. The shepherd flung himself down upon the bare rock, and hiding his face, prayed to the great Power of Life and Death that he might be spared. Then, looking up, he saw an Angel standing in the middle of the Heavens with an enormous spear in his hand. There followed another terrifying clap of thunder, and something was hurled from the sky down onto the crags below. A great gust of wind arose and swept over the mountain tops. The valley shook. Then all was quiet again. Gradually recovering from his great shock the shepherd rose from the ground and looked around. He saw that a huge cedar had been struck by the lightning and was lying across a deep ravine. On the further bank lay a beautiful peacock badly hurt but still alive. The shepherd crawled across the fallen tree trunk and took the dying bird in his arms. After washing its wounds in a nearby stream, he carried it into the cave which was his home. Without any thought of sleep he tended it throughout the long night.

When the morning came the peacock had completely recovered and spoke to the shepherd in a human voice, saying: 'Be not afraid, man, you were kind to me in my misfortune, so I will reward you and all your descendants. I am the Spirit of Evil thrown out of heaven by my twin, the Spirit of Good. But I am not conquered. On earth, as in Heaven, I shall continue the struggle. Amongst men I shall spread sorrow and instill my poison in their hearts so that the great conflict will be implanted within them. Teach your descendants to accept Evil as you have accepted me. Be compassionate towards evil both in yourselves and in others. Delight me with songs. Placate me with prayers. Tend me as you have tended me last night.' So saying, the Angel Peacock, Melek Taus as we call him, spread his wings and flew away over the inaccessible mountain-tops.

That is why we Yezidi, the descendants of that compassionate shepherd, sing hymns to appease and glorify the Spirit of Evil to this very day. Our hymns are scorned by the rest of the world. Both Christians and Muslims alike hate and persecute us. They call us 'Muraddun' - Infidels and Devil-Worshippers. Our priests, Qawasls, travel secretly and do not wear priestly robes. They carry with them, hidden away from Muslim and Christian eyes, the effigy of a peacock. When we pray, we do not turn towards Mecca like the Muslims but towards the Polar Star, the immovable source of light in darkness, the point of the axis round which the whole universe resolves. We honor Wednesday as our day of rest, not Friday like the Muslims, nor Sunday like the Christians. A quarter of all we earn we give to the poor. Churches we have none, for if we built them they would be at once destryed by either Muslims or Christians. But we are not angry. We do not hate our persecutors because our religion bids us to be tolerant."
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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