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-Baal, also called.Baalpeor, also called.Peor.and.Bel.(a false god worshipped in the ancient land {map} of.Moab.{Moab was one of the incestuous offsprings of Lot, Abraham's nephew, this one was born of Lot's older daughter and occuring near Zoar in a cave, Zoar being a small city just away from the city of Sodom, S.E. of the Dead Sea; the other son being Ammon of the younger daughter, respectively called Moab & Benammi {or, Ammon; 'Ben' means 'son', togther 'Ben-ammi' means 'son of my people} Benammi's descendents became the people of Ammon:.Genesis 19:31-38; originally the.Moabites.also dwelt due east of the Dead Sea; one Moabite king was the hugely fat Eglon}; the name Ammon means 'tribal' and corresponds to Baal).

'Baalim' is.plural.for Bel. The name Bel has derivatives such as Bel-merodach.

The name Baal means the same as the 'Nicolaitans', that of 'victory' and 'people'. The word 'Baal' traces down to 'lord' and can be understood as 'lording it over others' or control of them.

Bel is the Aramaic form of Baal, the national god of the ancient Babylonians.(Isaiah 46:1,2; Jeremiah 50:2; 51:44). Bel and Baal signify 'lord', one the ancient Babylonians were to regard as their god master, as the people were easier to control then.

Baalberith.was another derivative of Baal, meaning 'having an agreement with Baal':.Judges 8:33 "And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again and went a whoring after Baalim and made Baalberith their god."

Baal means owner, ruler, master, a slave relationship attitude toward another, someone wants to own you for their advantage.

'Balaam', often confused with 'Baalim' was not a man made idol. He.was a man.who sold himself out to an evil cause for the sake of gain.(typical of the ego which strangles spirituality). The error of Balaam was that he was governed by thoughts of worldly advantage.(everyone wants to be the greatest; everyone wants to be worshipped while they rule over others); selfish:.Numbers 31:16.

Balaam was a false leader, leading others to do bad. For this he died:.Joshua 13:22. His humorous story is here.

The history of the Old Testament is a history of the people our Creator wanted to be an example to other nations.(Deuteronomy 4:6), a people that were to be so blessed because they were of this Creator, loved Him and followed His good ways and most importantly of all, knew God loved them, with all that means; much like what parents want for their children and for their children to think of them and remember about them.

And sometimes you wonder why your kids don't really 'get it' that you are there to help them, to love them, to help and guide them. They don't want your ways yet:.Proverbs 22:6. Your ways seem old fashioned and have no fun, no excitement in them and that's because true excitement begins first within.

In the history of the Old Testament it was much the same:.Jeremiah 44:16,17. So, all this had to be dealt with. How was it dealt with?

Children can arrive at this conclusion of 'I don't want to listen to anything you say because I'm of a new, smarter and better generaton. They can be without a heart to consider anything parents may say that would keep them on a pathway away from evil. Why?

And what does all that mean? It means knowing the character of God. And what's that always been?.1John 4:6-17. God wants to help. You need to ask. Why? God's always been that way, but He's got a bad reputation because of those that never understood Him:.Deuteronomy 5:29. And that means, they never really understood love, weren't interested in what love means and could mean to their lives and thus, didn't want God around; again, Jeremiah 44:16,17. God never gave up on those like this in Old Testament times and it's the same today. But, they gave up on God. Why? Romans 8:7. And so God seemed cruel to them.

Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are His everlasting arms..." John 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God and Emmanuel Christ, whom you have sent." Romans 6:23 "...the gift of God is eternal life through Emmanuel Christ our Lord."

The lesson of the ages.in a nutshell.

God is eternal life:.1John 5:11,13,20 "And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life and this life is in his Son....These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God...And we know that the Son of God is come and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true and that we are in him that is true, even in his Son Emmanuel Christ..This is the true God and eternal life.".2Corinthians 5:1; 1Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:2; 1Peter 5:10.

Problem was, how does one take the high consciousness ways of the Creator and stuff them into a bunch of rules and regulations. The people would have the words of those rules and regulations with the Creator's name on them. They would know the name of God and that they should do the things contained within those rules and regulations. But it didn't work too well. All the rules, regulations, sacrifices and offerings ever provided was an imperfect relationship.(Deuteronomy 5:29), but nevertheless, a relationship, but one that was constantly going off and on again:.2Chronicles 15:2. They just didn't have a consciousness that would work with it. And that was the plan; to write the lesson that without high consciousness, one is finished, that is, he or she just doesn't have a hope.

With the consciousness one came here with that he and she was to learn to move from and into a better consciousness, he or she would continue living the on again, off again life we all experience; some good, some evil, but a nowhere scence overall. It was all so we could come to see the ways that work and the ways that don't work for the benefit of all mankind:.John 14:6 "Emmanuel said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father, but by me."

Without what's called the Holy Spirit, words have no affect upon the heart. Instead, they are but for a moment in the mind. The Holy Spirit unlocks the heart so that the words of God have affect. So, we go through life with this void in us that needs filling. We were designed to be in sync with the 'operating system' we came here with and as we fill this void with the ways of the Creator, we become in sync with God.

And this was so true in Old Testament times; they just lacked the heart for God.

Just like a couple with no love for each other, but who know they need each other to get through life better than alone, so it was with this ancient relationship the people then had with their Creator. They didn't love Him. They feared Him:.Deuteronomy 5:24-26; 2Kings 17:41. They knew He had the power to protect them. They had seen that. But that's about as far as they wanted anything to do with the Creator in their lives after they had made an agreement to follow what God back then said would be good for them to follow:.Exodus 24:3; Deuteronomy 5:29; Exodus 20:5.

The people didn't see too much value in the Creator. They did get all hepped up when they thought they were going to get something from God, but soon lost that enthusiasm when they realized they should stay within certain parameters in order to receive what God promised them. This was not good enough for them.

And it was not what God wanted anyway. But, until the plan of God brought us all to the time when Christ came, there was nothing better, although they thought that there was because they just didn't believe God. Back then, they, like the first man Adam, wanted more. They wanted to be like the nations around them. They longed to fill this void, So they decided toward how.they.believed it could be filled.

This was the people who came out of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It's a history of a people who at times varied widely from what they had agreed to follow.(Deuteronomy 5:27,28).in order to become a people pure and an example to other nations. It's a history of trying to get people right with rules and regulations such as was the Mosaic Law. It never worked! The people really didn't give a damn about it all. They just did not have the heart in them for anything that smacked of the kind of spirituality where it was burdensome, as it then surely was. They especially were averse to the rigorous.burden of following all the ever so many laws.

They were used to reliance upon physical ego level ways to get through life, such as many do today, but desired something that seemed would be more effective in getting what they want and because of that, adopted the many stupid ways of the pagan nations around them to their own destruction.

Each time God would bring them out of a captivity they would end up in.(*), but they just went again back to the ways.they.wanted:.Jeremiah 44:16,17. And so, again ended up in destruction of some kind. This went on time and time again.

They knew a better way was possible, but they just could not find it from the level of reasoning that they were at. And yet, whose fault was that? It was just the way humans were made. They had three strokes against them right from the start. True, if they had followed as best they could this onerous Old Testament law, overall, things would have been much better for them, but they didn't believe it and preferred to follow what they could see at the moment and what they saw was the way other nations were who lived around them.

Anything to do with Baal, Ball-peor and Baalim has to do with people not the least bit interested in doing anything but that which involves selfish gratification, even at the expense of another or others. It is human nature at its worst. It was the lesson of ancient Israel as the following paragraphs show.

Peor is a contraction of Baal-peor.

From.Matthew Henry's Commentary:."Peor was the name appropriated to the principal male god of the Phoenicians. It is found in several places in the plural 'Baalim':.Judges 2:11; 10:10; 1Kings 18:18; Jeremiah 2:23; Hosea 2:17."

Baal is identified with Molech.(another name for this ancient pagan god):.Jeremiah 19:5. It was known to the Israelites as Baal-peor.(Numbers 25:3; Deuteronomy 4:3), was worshipped till the time of Samuel.(1Samuel 7:4).and was afterwards the religion of the ten tribes in the time of Ahab:.1Kings 16:31-33; 18:19,22. It prevailed also for a time in the kingdom of Judah; see the following scriptures: 2Kings 8:27 comparing 11:18; 16:2,3; 2Chronicles 28:2, till finally put an end to by the severe discipline of the Captivity:.Zephaniah 1:4-6.

-The priests of Baal were in great numbers.(1Kings 18:19 again).and of various classes:.2Kings 10:19. Their mode of offering sacrifices is described in.1Kings 18:17-39. The sun-god, under the general title of Baal, or "lord," was the chief object of worship of the Canaanites. Each locality had its special Baal and the various local Baals were summed up under the name of Baalim or "lords." Each Baal had a wife, who was a colorless reflection of himself. They certainly had imagination to do things away from the true God, but none to do good.

People throughout time have always felt a connection with the invisible spirit world of power. Long before the Greeks and Romans made gods unto themselves was Babylon. The gods of the Greeks and Romans were based on the gods of Babylon and the earlier Moabites. Uneducated people tend to be superstitious, heaping to themselves things beyond themselves, such as these gods were.

Some civilizations hoarded all the gods they could: Acts 17:16-23. The apostle Paul used psychology in reaching these gods hungry people.

Ancient Greek and Roman gods
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-Babylon/Babylonian:.(also see Nimrod).The word Babylonian is the Greek form of the word 'Babel'.(means 'confusion' and confusion is the result of living at the level of the selfish low consciousness ego realm): the 'babel' of the confusion of languages).The Semitic form of the word Babylon is 'Babilu', meaning 'The Gate of the Creator'.

In the Assyrian tablets it means 'The city of the dispersion of the tribes'. The monumental list of its kings reaches back to B.C.E. 2300 and includes Khammurabi or Amraphel, the contemporary of Abraham.

Babylon and Assyria are tied closely in history.

Babylon stood on the Euphrates which flowed through its midst and divided it into two almost equal parts. From Babylon the Euphrates meandered some 200 miles toward junction with the Tigris.

In the.Bible.there are usually types and antitypes. Here we look at the physical Babylon. Under Nebuchadnezzar-II Babylon became one of the most splendid cities of the ancient world..Matthew Poole's Commentary.tells us."Historians have said of this great city that the compass of it was threescore miles.(60 miles).about; that her walls were in height two hundred feet and the breadth such as two chariots might drive abreast upon the top of them; that it had a hundred great gates, many of them of brass."

After passing through various vicissitudes the city was occupied by Cyrus king of Elam.B.C.E. 538.(B.C. now changed to be called 'Before {the} Common Era'), who issued a decree permitting the Jews to return to their own land as recorded in Ezra 1:1,2. It then ceased to be the capital of an empire. It was again and again visited by hostile armies, till its inhabitants were all driven from their homes and the city became a complete desolation, its very site being forgotten from among men.

Ancient Israel was at war with Babylon at different times during its history. Israel was told by the Creator to get away from those of the land of the north:.Zechariah 2:6.

Adam Clarke's Commentary:."In being reduced under the empire of the Persians, Babylon was already greatly humbled and brought low from what it was in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, but it was afterwards so totally ruined that not a vestige of it remains. After its capture by Cyrus, it could never be considered a capital city, but it appeared to follow the fortunes of its various conquerors till it was, as a city, finally destroyed."

Psalms 137:8,9 "O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy shall he be that rewards you as you have served us.(*). Happy shall he be that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.(?).".Adam Clarke's Commentary:."This was Cyrus, who was chosen of God to do this work and is therefore called happy, as being God's agent in its destruction.(Jeremiah 50:13). Greater desolations were afterwards brought upon it by Darius Hystaspes, who took this city after it had revolted and slaughtered the inhabitants, men and women, in a barbarous manner."

On the west bank of the Euphrates, about 50 miles south of Baghdad, there is found a series of artificial mounds of vast extent. These are the ruins of this once famous proud city. The utter desolation of the city once called "The glory of kingdoms".(Isaiah 13:19).was foretold by the prophets.Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel. This city and its whole empire were taken by the Persians under Cyrus.

Easton's Bible Dictionary:."The literal Babylon was the beginner and supporter of tyranny and idolatry...This city and its whole empire were taken by the Persians under Cyrus; the Persians were subdued by the Macedonians and the Macedonians by the Romans, so that Rome succeeded to the power of old Babylon. And it was her method to adopt the worship of the false deities she had conquered, so that by her own act she became the heiress and successor of all the Babylonian idolatry and of all that was introduced into it by the immediate successors of Babylon..."

Prophecies against Babylon:.Jeremiah 50:13 "Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate. Every one that goes by Babylon shall be astonished and hiss at all her plagues."

Jeremiah 51:26,42,44,58 "And they shall not take of you a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but you shall be desolate for ever, says the LORD...The sea is come up upon Babylon. She is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof...And I will punish Bel.(the Aramaic form of Baal).in Babylon and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he has swallowed up. And the nations shall not flow together any more unto him; yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall...Thus says the LORD of hosts, The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken and her high gates shall be burned with fire and the people shall labour in vain and the folk in the fire and they shall be weary."

Jeremiah 25:1-12 "The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon...the word of the LORD has come unto me and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking, but you have not hearkened...turn you again now every one from his evil way and from the evil of your doings...go not after other gods to serve them and to worship them...and I will do you no hurt. Yet you have not hearkened unto me...because you have not heard my words, Behold, I will send...Nebuchadrezzar.(another spelling for Nebuchadnezzar-II).the king of Babylon, my servant and will bring them against this land and against the inhabitants thereof and against all these nations round about and will utterly destroy them...this whole land shall be a desolation...and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish.(on the word 'punish').the king of Babylon and his nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity and the land of the Chaldeans and will make it perpetual desolations."

Isaiah 13:20,21 "It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation; neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there and their houses shall be full of doleful.(howling creatures, such as jackels and hyenas).creatures and owls shall dwell there and satyrs shall dance there."

Psalms 137:8,9 "O daughter of Babylon who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewards you as you have served us. Happy shall he be, that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones."

Adam Clarke's Commentary:."The great city of Babylon was at this time rising to its height of glory, while the prophet Isaiah was repeatedly denouncing its utter destruction. From the first of Hezekiah to the first of Nebuchadnezzar-II, under whom it was brought to the highest degree of strength and splendor, are about one hundred and twenty years. I will here very briefly mention some particulars of the greatness of the place and note the several steps by which this remarkable prophecy was at length accomplished in the total ruin of it.

"It was, according to the lowest account given of it by ancient historians, a regular square, forty-five miles in compass, enclosed by a wall two hundred feet high and fifty broad, in which there were a hundred gates of brass. Its principal ornaments were the temple of Belus, in the middle of which was a tower of eight stories of building, upon a base of a quarter of a mile square, a most magnificent palace and the.famous hanging gardens, which were an artificial mountain, raised upon arches and planted with trees of the largest as well as the most beautiful sorts.

"Cyrus took the city by diverting the waters of the Euphrates which ran through the midst of it and entering the place at night by the dry channel. The river being never restored afterward to its proper course, overflowed the whole country and made it little better than a great morass. This and the great slaughter of the inhabitants, with other bad consequences of the taking of the city, was the first step to the ruin of the place. 

"The Persian.monarchs ever regarded it with a jealous eye. They kept it under and took care to prevent its recovering its former greatness. Darius Hystaspes not long afterward most severely punished it for a revolt, greatly depopulated the place, lowered the walls and demolished the gates. Xerxes destroyed the temples and with the rest the great temple of Belus.....Herod iii. 159, Arrian Exp. Alexandri, lib. vii

"The building of Seleucia on the Tigris exhausted Babylon by its neighbourhood, as well as by the immediate loss of inhabitants taken away by Seleucus to people his new city.....Strabo, lib. xvi.

"A king of the Parthians soon after carried away into slavery a great number of the inhabitants and burned and destroyed the most beautiful parts of the city.....Valesii Excerpt. Diodori, p. 377. 

"Strabo says that in his time a great part of it was a mere desert; that the Persians had partly destroyed it and that time and the neglect of the Macedonians, while they were masters of it, had nearly completed its destruction.

"Jerome says that in his time it was quite in ruins and that the walls served only for the enclosure for a park or forest for the king’s hunting. Modern travellers, who have endeavoured to find the remains of it, have given but a very unsatisfactory account of their success. Where Benjamin of Tudela and Pietro della Valle supposed to have been some of its ruins, Tavernier thinks are the remains of some later Arabian building.

"Upon the whole, Babylon is so utterly annihilated, that even the place where this wonder of the world stood cannot now be determined with any certainty."

-Barnabas:.comprised from.American Tract Society Bible Dictionary:.His name means 'son of consolation' or 'Joses', a disciple of Emmanuel and a companion of the apostle.Paul. He was a Levite and a native of the isle of Cyprus and is said to have sold all his property and laid the price of it toward the mission of reaching others with the good news of the kingdom of God:.Acts 4:36,37. When Paul came to Jerusalem, three years after his conversion, about 38 A.D., Barnabas introduced him to the other apostles:.Acts 9:26,27. Five years afterwards, the church at Jerusalem being informed of the progress of the gospel at Antioch, sent Barnabas thither, who beheld with great joy the wonders of the grace of God:.Acts 11:20-24. He afterwards went to Tarsus, to seek Paul and bring him to Antioch, where they dwelt together two years and great numbers were converted from their low consciousness normal way of life to the way of a higher consciousness way of life. They left Antioch in 45 A.D. to convey alms from this church to that at Jerusalem and soon returned bringing with them John Mark:.Acts 11:28-30; 12:25. While they were at Antioch, the Holy Ghost directed.(how?).that they should be set apart for those labors to which he had appointed them, the planting of new churches among the Gentiles

While preparing for a second missionary tour, Paul and Barnabas having a disputerelative to Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, they separated, Paul going to Asia and Barnabas with Mark to Cyprus:.Galatians 2:11,13,14. Nothing is known of his subsequent history.

The name of Barnabas stands high in the annals of the early church. When he gave all his estates toward the work of getting the message of the gospel to others, he gave himself also, as his life of generous self-devotion and missionary toil clearly shows. He was a beloved fellow-laborer with Paul, somewhat as Melancthon was with Martin Luther and a true "son of consolation" to the church.

-be: Original Greek and Hebrew same as 'am'.

-been: Original Greek has various words.(see Strong's Concordance). Original Hebrew same as 'am'.

-beast: Man severed from the Infinite One rests on all he has and all he has is his material resources, his strength, his intellect disconnected from the Soul of all, in short, his ego.

The beast is the unawakened mind of mankind.(the ego).to spirituality:.Psalms 73:22; Ecclesiastes 3:18; Psalms 49:12; 68:30.(people of war referred to as beasts); 2Peter 2:12,22; Revelation 15:2

The four beasts of Daniel 7:3,17,23.(the fourth beast) represent four kingdoms of men or kings.
What is the beast of the book of Revelation and the mysterious number 666?.Revelation 13:18 "Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.".What other clues do we have? See the video.

There are two beasts mentioned in Revelation chapter 13, the beast of the sea and the beast of the land.

Contrast the mark of the high calling of the Creator.(which becomes a seal).with the mark of the beast.(control of others by brute force for greedy selfish reasons, the corrupt ways to obtain wealth and the ways of death):.Revelation 13:17; 13; 15; 17; 19. But who is in control of it all?

-Belial: Word means 'worthlessness', used as a derogatory.proper name in the Old Testament for a wicked being.

In the New Testament it is found only in 2Corinthians 6:15, where it is used as a name of Satan, the personification of all that is evil. The expression 'son' or 'man of' or 'children of Belial' means simply a worthless, unhelpful, unprofitable to anyone, lawless person:.Judges 19:22; 20:13; 1Samuel 1:16; 2:12; 10:27.

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