WHO ATTACKS THE ARMOR WE WEAR ?
BELIAL, THE PRINCE OF EVIL SPIRITS
EVIL SPIRITS ATTACK THE SAINTS,
AND OFTEN USE HUMANS
AS THEIR INSTRUMENTS OF ATTACK.
THIS WILL CULMINATE
IN THEIR ULTIMATE SOLDIER,
WHO WILL BE INHABITED BY BELIAL.
The Antichrist is inhabited by the prince of devils, and will be ultimately evil:
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 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."
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)