Matthew 12 2 Kings
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth
not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew
their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself
is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall
not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then
his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by
whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
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,
enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of
this disease. But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise,
go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is
it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the
god of Ekron? Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down
from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.
Book 12 (2 Kings 1.1f)
2 Kings is the only book in the Old Testament to mention Baalzebub. This is strongly correlated
with the verses above from Matthew 12, but this is not a KeyLink because Jesus mentions
this name in Matthew 10.
The context is sobering. In 2 Kings, Ahaziah looked to a demon god - ignoring the true Lord. In Matthew 12,
the Pharissees accused the true Lord of being empowered by the demon. Here is the warning they
received for this heineous act:
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of
God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and
spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil
his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with
me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven unto men.
Satan Cast Out
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and
Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels
were cast out with him.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world
be cast out.
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but
by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
The idea of "casting out" links to the meaning of Lamed as "ox goad."
This is reflected in its gramatical function as the
prepositional particle that means "to" or "for" (cf. Lamed
This is the basis of a threefold
KeyLink connecting Matthew, John, and Revelation
based on the set ("cast out", prince/world) [Verify] :
Its one thing for these three Inner Cycles to be linked by common content, its quite another for that content
to be based on the meaning of the corresponding Hebrew Letter! Note also that the linked pasaged in
Revelation 12 is the account of the casting out of Satan from heaven, the most significant verse in the
Bible consistent with this theme.