Who is Belial in the Bible? 


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Belial (Gr. Belial), is a transliteration from the Hebrew beliya‘al, which means “worthless one” (Deuteronomy 13:13; Judges 19:22; 1 Samuel 2:12). The same word, “Belial,” is given in Deuteronomy 15:9 as “wicked,” and in 2 Samuel 22:5 and Psalm 18:4 as “ungodly men,” in Job 34:18 and Nahum 1:11 as “wicked,” and in Psalm 41:8 as “evil.”

Christ antithesis of Belial 

Christ and Belial are the opposing leaders in the great battle between good and evil (Revelation 12:7–9; 20:7–9). Christ represents all that is righteous. And Satan represents all that is unrighteous. Christ is the Prince of light (John 1:9; 8:12) and Satan is the prince of darkness (Colossians 1:13).  

Belial’s followers

The word Belial is also used of the followers of Satan (Deuteronomy 15:9, 1 Samuel. 25:25; 30:22; Psalms 41:8).  Christ’s followers are called the children of light (Matthew 5:14; John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8). They walk in the light, and their destiny is the city of light, where there is no darkness at all (John 12:35, 36; 1 Thessalonians 5:4, 5; 1 John 1:5–7; Revelation 22:5).  

Satan’s followers are the children of darkness (John 3:19; Ephesians 5:11). They walk in darkness now, and their destiny is eternal darkness (Matthew 22:13; 25:30; 2 Peter 2:17; 1 John 1:6; Jude 13). 

No neutrality 

All the world is lined up behind Christ or Satan (1 Peter 5:8–9; Revelation 12:11).  In the great battle for the souls of humans, there is no middle ground; neutrality is impossible. Everyone is either a patriot or a traitor. People’s choice between these spiritual leaders must be clear and distinct. He who is not fully on the side of Christ is fully on the side of the deceiver, that is, his influence is in that course. To be almost, but not fully, with Christ is to be, not almost, but fully against Him. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30). 

Choose life 

God sets before men life and death and urges them to choose life, but He does not interfere with their bad choices, nor does He protect them from its natural results. Joshua’s last appeal to God’s people was: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Those who want heaven must be willing, despite all hardships, to act as the best do and not as the most do. 

God gives the victory

The good news is that God gives people both the will and the ability to do good (Philippians 2:13). God provides the desire for man’s initial decision to accept salvation and also the power to carry on that decision. Redemption is thus seem as a cooperative work between God and man, with God furnishing all the needful strength for man to utilize. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15;57).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team 

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