As some of you may have noticed, I have focused much of my scripture research on Satan lately, in an effort at getting this whole Satan thing down to
earth and retrieve whatever truth and sense one can from it. Many Christians here have expressed their dismay and irritation when I treat Satan with
the same respect as I do Jesus, and don't see Jesus as the infallible, sinless and spotless Santa-Son-of-God as the Church does. Anyway, I don't
intend to back down to the pressure, and yet again, I will deliver my case as neutral and unbiased as possible, or in other words identify and smoke
out the old serpent and perhaps get to squeeze a frog or two out of his mouth in the process (so much for unbiased huh?). So here goes.
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before
me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. And the Philistines left
their idols there, and David and his men carried them away. [ESV]
2 Samuel 5:20-21
The name of the place, rendered Baal-perazim
in the quote above, is the name of an ancient battleground of uncertain exact
location, but apparently located in borderland between the Rephaim- (Giants) and Gehenna- (Hell) Valleys to the south and west of Jerusalem.
The name is written Heb. בעל פרצים or “BAL PRZIM” (I note that biblehub.com seems to have a different spelling than my Stuttgartensia),
but the closest word/name with the given lexical definition or semantics would be that of Heb. פרץ or “Perez” which means ‘Breaching/Breaking
(in terms of flooding) Through’. Adjusting for plural you get Heb. פרצים “Perazim” lit. ’Breaches’ or ‘Breakthroughs’.
According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary on Perazim:
For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed—strange is his deed! and to work
his work—alien is his work! [ESV]
Mount, a name which occurs in ( Isaiah 28:21 ) only --unless the place which it designates is identical with the Baal-perazim mentioned as the
scene of one of Davids victories over the Philistines, which was in the valley of Rephaim, south of Jerusalem, on the road to
In 2 Samuel 5:17-25 David defeats the Philistines, first at Baal-perazim
, and then again in the Rephaim Valley
(“Giants’ Valley”) where Jahveh suggests David surprise them with an ambush, sneaking up from the rear from Gibeon, chasing them as far as
Gezer, where David kept in check his enemies.
When the route from Bethlehem to Jerusalem was secured, the road was clear to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and notice the funky name of
the place the Ark was stored, בעלי יהודה or “Baale-judah”:
And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which
is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim.[ESV]
2 Samuel 6:2
Now is it just me or do these texts god far beyond naming both JHVH and Baal as names or titles of Elohim or God here? And what’s with the reference
to the Giants, the Rephaim being a reknown race of giants, and Ben-Hinnom or Hell? Is this the place where the Son of God of Revelation 12 is born,
where Satan spews water that seeks to sweep the Madonna away with a flood? Baal-perazim?
The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. But the earth came to the help of the
woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. [ESV]
Compare that verse to 2 Samuel 5:17-25 and onward. Could be it I suppose.
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