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Belial – The Demon Of Lawlessness

By James Donahue

Throughout history the name of Belial has remained among the most powerful among the demonic world. Secret groups have worshipped Belial perhaps as much as they have Bael.

Belial is a powerful king and it is said he may have been the second angel created after Lucifer. The Catholic Encyclopaedia suggests that Belial may even have been involved with Lucifer in the events in the garden leading to the fall of mankind. He is listed among the fallen angels.

This entity is listed as the Sixty-Eighth Spirit of the Goetia and is said to reign over as many as 80 legions of demons.

Hebrew legend has it that Belial is chief of all of the devils. A Dead Sea scroll was found that contained a story about a war between the Sons of Light and Darkness and claims that Belial is the leader of the Sons of Darkness. His very name, taken from the Hebrew word Bliol, means “a wicked one.” The message in the scroll warns that “but for corruption thou hast made Belial, an angel of hostility. All his domain is in darkness and his purpose is to bring abut wickedness and guilt.”

From the Martyrdom of Isaiah, it is said that Belial is the angel of lawlessness and the ruler of this world. This might explain why the human race cannot learn love and compassion for itself, but insists on constant warfare and bloodshed between nations, nationalities, religions and neighbors.

An ancient text, The Damascus Document, offers a prophetic warning that at the time of the Antichrist, “Belial shall be let loose against Israel.” The text tells of “three nets of Belial” that are fornication, wealth and pollution of the sanctuary. From where we sit, all three of those nets are solidly in place over this planet today.

The document also warns that “anyone who is ruled by the spirits of Belial and speaks of rebellion should be condemned as a necromancer and wizard.”

Some of the old text identifies Belial as the Devil or even the Antichrist.

It is obvious that Belial is one dangerous spirit to have around. So why would King Solomon or any other magician since ever wish to evoke this character?

Jacobus de Terano wrote in Das Buch Belial that the demon danced when evoked before King Solomon.

It is said that when summoned, Belial appears as two angels sitting in a chariot of fire. He is believed to provide “good familiars and to cause favors of friends and foes,” but he does this at a price. He demands offerings and sacrifices in his honor.

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