Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Who is The Angel of the Lord & The Captain of the Host (Army)

The origins and history of the angels and the heavenly hosts have been a source of inspiration and of intruge. During the early history of religion, supernatural knowledge was widely spread and known. There were even many forms of angel and occultic worship. In the New Testament, on many occasions, Jesus would cast out demons. On one account Jesus cast a legion of demons out of a man, the demons were terrified and subsequently Jesus allowed them to come out of the man and go into a group of idol sacrificial pigs. The pigs dove off a cliff and plunged to their death, however jews do not eat pork, so some historians attribute these pigs as pagan sacrifices used in worship to the greek god zeus which was rampant during this time. We can see that Jesus not only grants the posessed man freedom from the demons but he also destroys the pigs used in idol worship, doig away with both. In many other biblical and non biblical accounts there are mysteries that are shrouded with clues that help us see the bigger picture. In another demon posession story Jesus makes reference to details of Solomon's life in which Solomon summoned demons with the power of the Host. The Testament of Solomon, is not canon but pseudepigraphical. This means it was authored with the intent of being from Solomans account but was in fact written by someone else, usually a close pupil, student, or family member. Now although it is not inspired scripture the account of the story may hold some truth and validity. Several ancient jewish sources including ancient jewish oral tradition detail the Testament of Solomon. In this book, Solomon is potrayed as a great sorcerer that wielded a ring given to him by Archangel Michael. King Solomon was given this ring which was called The Ring of Sabaoth (Sabaoth translates to Host or Army) With this ring Solomon summons the Chief Fallen Angel Beelzebub. With this ring, it gives him power and dominion over this Chief Fallen Angel and with it he puts him and his demon subjects to work building the Holy temple. However in this account these demons spirits make mention of their tasks, assignments and even the names of the angels that they are terrified of and that can overpower them. To understand how this relates to Jesus we must first look at several passages.

In the new testament book of Matthew, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of the Chief of the demons, Beelzebub.


"Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when
the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub,[d] the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out
demons."
Matthew 12:22-24



Now according to the Testament of Solomon, the name of the demon prince is revealed and it would follow that the Pharisees as well as Jesus had intimate knowledge of these accounts of Solomon.


"Then I summoned Beelzeboul to appear before me again. When he was seated, I thought it appropriate to ask him, 'Why are you alone Prince of the Demons?' He replied, 'Because I am the only one left of the heavenly angels (who fell). I was the highest-ranking angel in heaven, the one called Beelzeboul. There is
also accompanied me another ungodly (angel) whom God cut off and now, imprisoned here, he holds in his power the race of those bound by me in Tartarus. He is being nurtured in the Red Sea; when he is ready, he will come in triumph.""I
said to him, 'What are your activities?' He replied, 'I bring destruction by means of tyrants; I cause the demons to be worshiped alongside men; and I arouse desire in holy men and select priests. I bring about jealousies and murders in a country, and I instigate wars." - Testament of Solomon 6:1-4


The conversation between Jesus the crowd and Pharisees continue. Following Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees that a kingdom divided against itself would crumble, he says the following in comparison between Solomon and Himself.


The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and
shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42


In this comparison Jesus essentially rebukes the Pharisees but also asserts that He is above Solomon, who is considered one of the most famous and glorious kings of all time. This outraged the Pharisees among many other things but it also tells us the spiritual belief and knowledge context in which they lived in, during their time. As a result this helps gain some background regarding several mysterious appearances of an angel referred to as The Angel of the Lord and the Captain of the Host in the Bible. In the Testament of Solomon, many of the demon spirits reveal that they fear and flee at the sound and authority of an angel which has the sum of 664 in his name. When these references are compared to scripture verses in the bible they begin to reveal more about this entity known as the Captain of the Host. In Exodus it is written,


“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee
into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke
him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.”
Exodus 23:20-21


On one occasion in Judges, the angel of the lord appears to Samson’s mother and gives news that she will bear a son even though she has been barren and unable to conceive. They ask the angel his name so that they can offer thanks but the angel says why do you want to know my name for it is a secret.


“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her,
Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.”
Judges 13:3

“…And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?”
Judges 13:17

In the Testament of Solomon there are demonic and angelic names revealed, the account details the conversation between Solomon and the demons that are summoned. In each scenario Solomon asks by what Angel thou art frustrated? And the demons responses are intriguing as follows.

"Tell me by what angel thou art frustrated." And he answered: "By the holy and precious name of the Almighty God, called by the Hebrews by a row of numbers,
of which the sum is 644, and among the Greeks it is Emmanuel.”
Testament of Solomon 29

“So I said to him: "I adjure thee in the name of the God Sabaoth, to tell me by what name thou art frustrated along with thy host." And the spirit answered me: "The 'great among men,' who is to suffer many things at the hands of men, whose name is the figure 644, which is Emmanuel; he it is who has bound us, and who will then come and plunge us from the steep under water.”
Testament of Solomon 52


Now the word used in the bible for secret in Judges 13 translates to one found in Isaiah 9:6. The Angel of the Lord or Captain of the Host in the Testament of Solomon and the Bible refer to a mighty Angel whom many of the demons are terrified of, the Angel is said to even bound up demons and cast them into the abyss. The word used in Judges is translated in ancient hebrew to the same meaning in Isaiah which would translate to Wonderful. The Captain of the Host is none other than Jesus. He is Emmanuel, whose name in Greek is the sum of 644. He is the author of salvation who suffered many things at the hands of men but defeated and conquered death.


“…his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6


All Verses in the Bible = Sum of 644
Numeric Value of Emmanuel (92x7) = Sum of 644

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  2. Interesting.... But what resources did you use? Where does the Testament of Solomon derive from? Because it's not a canonical book of the Bible.

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