Under the devil himself, the evil spirits are ruled by Belial. He is second in command. His origin is an interesting story, and to know it will help us in our battle against his forces.
Belial is currently in the abyss, soon to be released. He will work in the tribulation, and we will not face him, ourselves, until Armageddon. To know about him, though, will help us in battling those who are fighting for his release from the abyss.
Let me relate the whole story:
In the book of Genesis, and in other books, as Enoch, we see a story told of the fall of some evil angels who co-habited with women of this earth. This produced a race of giants, which were half-angelic, and half human... Their spirits are powerful evil spirits.
"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God (angels) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose... There were giants in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
The evil angels, who created this attempt to corrupt the seed from which the Messiah would come, were later bound in the abyss.
II Peter 2:4-5
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (tartarus, a term used in Greek mythology for the place where Chronos and the rebel Titan (giants) were bound), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment, and spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly..."
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of that great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
The angels who "left their first estate" to commit this "fornication" were bound in the abyss. The giants born to them lived and died on this earth... Many died in the flood, but "after that" first sinful time, after the flood, some angels again co-habited with women, and more giants were born... Descendants of these giants were still in the land of Israel when Joshua led the children of Israel back to the promised land...
One of the post-flood giants born was named "Nimrod". The nature of his birth is often missed. Note what the Scriptures show us:
"And the sons of Cush; Seba and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raaman, and Sabtechah, and the sons of Raamah; Sheba and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one (Heb. "gibbore" = mighty one, used of the giants born to women seduced by a fallen angel) in the earth. He was a mighty (gibbore) hunter before the Lord (in the presence and awareness of the Lord); wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty (gibbore) hunter before the Lord (in the presence and awareness of the Lord)."
The Scriptures tell us that the angels tried this fornication again after the flood, but here we see who one of the first ones to be born of this sinful union of angels and women of the earth... Note in the "sons of Cush", there are five listed... and then it says that "Cush begat Nimrod". The Hebrew word for "begat" is "yalad", and means "deliver". As a midwife would deliver a child without being the conceiver of such child, so Cush delivered this child from his wife.
This was a different wife than the mother of Cush's other sons. It was Rhea (Damkina), that he took to wife in his old age... unaware that she was half human, half angelic. She later was impregnated one of the fallen angels named Ea... The Scripture is trying to make this clear, but our translation loses much meaning... Three times in the next several verses, the word "mighty" (gibbore) meaning "mighty one" and used to refer to the gigantic off-spring of angels is employed.
Nimrod, ruled the earth for 185 years (Jasher 27:16)... He established his kingdom "in the land of Shinar". The Babylonians called him "Bel-Merodach" and "Marduk", but the Hebrew corruption of the name became "Nimrod"...
Later, the constellation known as "Orion" was honored as representing this half-human, half-angelic being...
The book of Jasher records more of the earthly life of Nimrod than does the Bible... From it we learn that Nimrod tried to have Abraham killed several times. Following a sinful and evil reign, Esau killed Nimrod, by beheading him.. The garments made for Adam by God, and indicating the right to rule the world for God, had been stolen from Noah by Ham, and given then to Cush, who gave them to Nimrod... Esau took these from Nimrod...
The spirit of Nimrod remained loose to deceive, to rule, and to seek worship down through the ages... This leader of these giant beings was one called by many names throughout history. We shall use the name "Belial"... He was worshipped as "Baal" much in history. For the church age, he has been bound in the abyss, but will shortly be freed to inhabit the Antichrist during the tribulation period.
The Antichrist is called "the king of Babylon" (Isaiah 14:4) and the Antichrist is connected with the "mystery Babylon" of Revelation 17:3-5. Nimrod was the original king of Babylon, and his spirit will inhabit the human last king of rebuilt Babylon.
The Antichrist parallels the evil described of the Antichrist in
II Thessalonians 2:4:
"exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God, sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is god."
In Revelation 17:3, we see "a scarlet covered beast". This beast is Belial. He is the "beast out of the abyss" referred to by John in Revelation. He is an evil spirit, who will use the Antichrist to restore the old Grecian empire as the eighth kingdom. Belial leads the ten kings, and directs the Antichrist to "make war with the Lamb".
"Belial" (from the Hebrew - Bal-ya-al - meaning "a being of no ascent or resurrection") is actually his title. His name is "Metanbuchus" which is from the two Hebrew words "mattan bukah" meaning "the gift of the abyss". This one is half human and half angelic spirit (from the angels that co-habited with women in Genesis creating a race of giants).
"He dwelt in the heart of Manasseh" (Apoc. of Isaiah 9:11), he also inhabited Alexander the Great. Later Jesus bound him to the abyss. Someday, he will be released to inhabit the Antichrist.
This threefold attempt of the devil, to have this evil spirit, that once was Nimrod, to inhabit a man, is the key to understanding the 666, number. This will be shown later in this commentary.
This evil spirit of the abyss is the "gift" of the abyss. A dreadful and horrible "gift" to return to this earth, but like his name - Metanbuchus - he has a destiny for these last days.
There is no resurrection for this Belial, and others like him, other half-angelic, half human spirits. The Psalmist prophesied that some would think that Christ was inhabited by such a being, and therefore, they did not need to fear His resurrection.
"An evil disease (literally =Belial) say they cleaveth fast unto him, and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more."
"O Lord our God, other lords beside Thee have had dominion over us, but by Thee only will make mention of Thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased (Rephaim, a name of the giants created by the fornication of angels with women), they shall not rise! Therefore, hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish."
The term "sons of Belial" is used often in the Old Testament
(Deut. 13:13, Judg, 19:22, 20:13, I Sam. 1:16, 2:12, 10:27, 25:17, 25, 30:22, II Sam. 16:7, 20:1, 23:6, I Ki. 21:10, 13, II Chron. 13:7).
Revelation 17:11 tells of different kingdoms, five came before John's day,
Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece...
The sixth kingdom was the Roman kingdom which existed in John's day... The seventh kingdom is the one of ten kings making up the old Roman empire... The demon, Belial, is the one who inhabited and empowered Alexander the Great, and built the old Grecian empire, the fourth kingdom. When Jesus came, He sent "Belial" to the abyss, and this evil spirit has long awaited his release to inhabit the ruler of the last kingdom. We have not had to face this evil being, since when Jesus came, His death and resurrection meant a binding of this Belial to the abyss until the last days. Jesus came, in His first coming, to cast this Belial into the abyss.
"...now shall the prince of this world be cast out..."
When the Spirit came at Pentecost, Belial had already been judged and imprisoned into the abyss.
"of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged..."
He is confined now, until this release to restore first the Grecian empire, then the old Roman empire...
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (the man of sin, i.e. the Antichrist)"
Apocalypse of Isaiah 10:2
"Belial, the evil demon who rules this age since its inception as the king of demons, will come from his place (the abyss) and inhabit the likeness of man, and dwell in a lawless king..."
"The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them (the two witnesses) and shall overcome them and kill them..."
II Thessalonians 2:3 speaks of:
the "man of lawlessness" and "he that opposes and exalteth himself against all that is called God..."
Many believe that "man of sin (or lawlessness)" is a reference to Belial, and the other a reference to the Antichrist. That makes this a reference to the Antichrist as one possessed by Belial.
"...there shall rise unto you from the tribe of Judah and of Levi, the salvation (Yeshua) of the Lord, and He shall make war against Belial"
This Belial was an opponent of Christ. Belial has shown great antagonism against God and Jesus throughout history.
II Cor. 6:15
"What concord hath Christ with Belial?"
Revelation 13:1 speaks of a "beast" that will "rise out of the sea" representing the evil spirit (Belial) that inhabits the Antichrist. This Belial will be utterly defeated during Armageddon, and the Millennial rule of Jesus will be void of this Belial.
"And I say the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army."
"...The Lord hath broken the staff of the 'wicked one' (Belial), ...he (Belial) that ruled the nations in anger is persecuted, and none hindereth..."
While a fleshly being, called Metanbuchus, he married a half angel, half woman named Asherah. She has been worshiped by many different names down during history:
Pene-Baal ("reflection of Baal", Carthaginians)
Gaia (Greek goddess of the earth)
Destiny, Meni (See Isa. 65:11)
Belial has been worshipped by many different names also:
Tammuz (Phoenicians) [Ezek. 8:14]
Bel-Merodach, Marduk, (Babylonians)
Baal-gad [god of good luck]
Orion (this constellation was dedicated to Nimrod) [See Job 38:31]
Mars, Nergal (Romans)
Fortune, Gad (See Isa. 65:11)