|“||You humans are the lowest forms of filth on this planet. No wonder the flies are attracted to you constantly. You reek of sin and malevolence. You are not even considered humans... but asses.||„|
Beelzebub, formerly known as either Triel, or Yophiel, is a former Seraph turned high-ranking demon, who is considered one of the Seven Princes of Hell and oversees the Order of the Fly. He, alongside Satan and Lucifer, forms the triumvirate of Hell and is one of the supreme monarchs of the Inferno.
Beelzebub was an angel, more specifically a Seraphim, who was once under the Archangel Gabriel and revered as a Philistine deity named Baal Zebul. Either way, Beelzebub fell and joined with Lucifer to become a high-ranking demon in Hell. In Catholic demonology, he is sometimes considered to be one of the first three angels to fall from heaven, along with Lucifer and Leviathan.
Beelzebub is also often confused with Satan and the two names can be interchanged. However, strictly speaking, they are two separate entities and in some tales, Beelzebub led a revolt against Satan (though this is most likely not true) and became the founder of the Order of the Fly. Beelzebub is the Chief-Lieutenant of Lucifer and is one of the most loyal to the Morning Star. Beelzebub is commonly described as ranking high in the hierarchy of Hell. He was of the order of Cherubim or Seraphim.
Beelzebub is seen as being associated with Pride or Gluttony, depending on the scholar, and is also the prince of false gods. Flies play a large focus in imagery detailing him and the malignant spirit can even take the form of flies according to some.
Fall from Grace
Beelzebub came into being shortly before the creation of Heaven and the Earth and is one of the oldest angels. Beelzebub was said to be of Lucifer's order, meaning that he was part of the Morningstar's choir or circle. He was among the angels that Lucifer would converse with amicably outside of his relationship with his siblings, alongside Samael. Beelzebub's ability to keep up with Lucifer impressed the latter with his character and placed great trust in him.
At some point before the war in Heaven, Beelzebub found and consorted with Naamah, a sister of Eve who was created to be one of the potential candidates as Adam's wife after Lilith's departure, by the Red Sea. Naamah and Beelzebub's sexual encounter resulted in the birth of Abezethibou. Abezethibou grew rapidly and joined the side of his father but Naamah was banished from the realm of the divine as a result.
Eventually, when the civil war in Heaven was brewing, Lucifer chose Beelzebub as his second-in-command for the rebel army of angels. Lucifer led the attack on the front line while Beelzebub led the support fire a step away from the front, providing the front with enough openings to attack. When Lucifer was confronted by Gabriel, Beelzebub clotheslined the archangel before he could attack the Morning Star with the two engaging in fierce combat as Lucifer made his way to the Empyrean. In the end, however, Beelzebub was defeated by the archangel.
Ruler of Hell
Beelzebub was among the 1/3 of the rebel angels cast out of Heaven for their transgressions, falling at "nine times the space that measures day and night" before finally hitting the Abyss. Their collision against the Abyss created a chain reaction that terraformed the empty space into the fiery terrain now known as Hell. Beelzebub was the second to awaken after Samael and, seeing the strength they still retained to awaken from their supposed eternal imprisoned rest, they were crowned as co-supreme monarchs next to Lucifer himself.
However, before Beelzebub and his cohorts could conquer this new Hell, he was also met with resistance in the form of the Three Great Evils, also known as the Prime Evils, ancient demonic beings that sprang forth from the Abyss and awakened upon the full birth of the universe. Beelzebub, alongside Lucifer and Satan, fought the Prime Evils with Beelzebub personally battling Dul'Mephistos, the Third of the Evils. He defeated the Lord of Hatred and banished him and his two brothers out beyond Hell's borders and further into the Abyss.
With the Evils out of the way, he conquered Hell alongside the original Princes of Hell and made it his domain. Since conquering Hell, he not only rules over the fallen angels, but also the demons that were native to the Abyss. He observed the commissioning of a grand and glorious palace known as Pandemonium to be built within the center of Hell, becoming its capital and Beelzebub becoming part of the ruling body of all Hell in the form of the Satanic Triumvirate. At some point he also founded the Order of the Fly which became his own personal court involving numerous elite and royal demons. The Order was also established as a way for Beelzebub to expertly deduce who he should place his trust in important matters and who he finds incompetent.
Adviser to the Devil
Beelzebub became something of an adviser to Lucifer and Satan despite being a co-supreme monarch of the Inferno, giving out his opinions and suggestions which are almost always acknowledged by the two fallen angels amidst the chaotic ramblings of the other fallen angels within the Stygian Council. In fact, Beelzebub was the one to suggest to Lucifer that he would make the first strike to God by targeting His favored creations: mankind. He and his two fellow rulers embody perverted reason, since they are eloquent and rational but use their talents for wholly corrupt ends.
Beelzebub was among those that was intimately aware of Lucifer's plan for a New World Order with Beelzebub making sure all the right pieces are in order and was instructing the demons on what to do to guide the mortals above for the necessary events that will bring about Lucifer's Utopia. However, it was not until Mundus made contact with the archangel Jophiel, informing them of Lucifer's plan, and plotted to imprison the Morningstar which succeeded in the end allowing Mundus to take the throne. Beelzebub and possibly Satan knew of this truth but Beelzebub convinced Satan not to move against Mundus for it as the Lord of the Flies promised that Mundus' reign will not last from what Lucifer has planned in advance and have Beelzebub engage in the plan.
Of course, Mundus' reign was not without its resistance as the demon king, Belial, had grown tired of Mundus' way of ruling and rebelled against him. Mundus had Beelzebub develop a plot to create a revolt against Belial. Beelzebub accepted but only because this would be in accordance with the plan of Lucifer's eventual freeing without Mundus' knowledge. Using his influence and power, Beelzebub's revolt against Belial was successful and the Lord of Pride was thrown into the Ninth Circle of Hell with the aid of the Legendary Dark Knight, Sparda who led the Knights of Hell.
Encounters on Earth
Beelzebub was worshipped in the ancient city of Ekron until he was stopped by God. The name Baʿal Zəvûv is known, where King Ahaziah of Israel, after seriously injuring himself in a fall, sends messengers to inquire of Ba'al Zebûb, the god of the Philistine city of Ekron, to learn if he will recover. Elijah the Prophet then condemns Ahaziah to die by God's words because Ahaziah sought counsel from Ba'al Zebûb rather than from God.
Down through history, Beelzebub has been held responsible for many cases of demonic possession, such as that of Sister Madeleine de Demandolx de la Palud, Aix-en-Provence in 1611, whose relationship with Father Jean-Baptiste Gaufridi led not only to countless traumatic events at the hands of her inquisitors, but also to the torture and execution of that "bewitcher of young nuns", Gaufridi himself.
Beelzebub was also shown to be sowing his influence in Salem, Massachusetts; his name came up repeatedly during the Salem witch trials, the last large-scale public expression of witch hysteria in either North America or Europe, and afterwards, the Rev.
Power and Abilities
The Dictionnaire Infernal describes Beelzebub as a being capable of flying, known as the "Lord of the Flyers", or the "Lord of the Flies". He is also highly regarded by many to be the demon that is "closest to Lucifer" and one that the latter holds in high praise in terms of power and influence. Beelzebub's power and influence is great to the point where he once led a successful revolt against Satan as well. Beelzebub was shown to be powerful enough to challenge the archangel Gabriel himself with Gabriel being surprised at how strong Beelzebub is despite Gabriel being an extremely powerful angel in his own right.
Myth and Legends
In the Testament of Solomon, Beelzebul appears as prince of the demons and says that he was formerly a leading heavenly angel who was associated with the star Hesperus. Beelzebul claims to cause destruction through tyrants, to cause demons to be worshipped among men, to excite priests to lust, to cause jealousies in cities and murders, and to bring on war.
It could be argued that he was one of the unseen antagonists in the book of the same name (however this is debatable as the book focuses more on human depravity than the supernatural).
In Judaism, he was a mockery of the religions surrounding them that worshipped Baal, and in Rabbinical texts the name Ba'al Zebub was a mockery of the religion of Baal. Some scholars believe the name Ba'al Zebub ("Lord of the Flies") was a way of referring to Baal as a pile of dung and his followers as flies, as well as a pun on Ba'al Zebul ("Lord of the High Place")
Within religious circles, the accusation of demon possession has been used as both an insult and an attempt to categorize unexplained behavior. Not only had the Pharisees disparagingly accused Jesus of using Beelzebub's demonic powers to heal people, but others have been labeled possessed for acts of an extreme nature.
In one understanding, Ba'al Zəbûb is translated literally as "lord of the flies". It was long ago suggested that there was a relationship between the Philistine god, and cults of flies referring to a view of them as pests, feasting on excrement. This is confirmed by the Ugaritic text which depicts Baal expelling flies, which are the cause of a person's sickness. According to Francesco Saracino this series of elements may be inconclusive as evidence, but the fact that in relationship to Baal Zebub, the two constituent terms are here linked, joined by a function that is typical of some divinities attested in the Mediterranean Sea world, is a strong argument in favor of the authenticity of the name of the god of Ekron, and of his possible therapeutic activities.