“The Horseleach hath two daughters, crying Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, it is enough” (Proverbs 30:15).
It would be hard to find a verse in the Bible that has been stretched to the exegetical breaking point more than Proverbs 30:15. It’s cryptic reference to the “horseleach” is usually seen as an antiquated reference to some Middle Eastern animal so lost in the mists of time that we can never really know what it is. Either that, or it is seen as a metaphor for the sucking of blood (or life) out of a human being. But who or what is performing this unseemly activity? And who are the two daughters? What are they asking for? As we look into the answers to these questions, we shall find that it is both illuminating and exciting. For, in fact, the thirtieth chapter of Proverbs is a prophecy that throws a special light on the last days. What’s more, it meshes perfectly with the last days prophecies found in the New Testament.
The book of Proverbs is far more than a homiletical collection of wise sayings, or a commentary on Solomon’s life experiences. It is far richer than a mere compendium of lectures on moral conduct. It’s interpretations are complex, with developmental streams that run completely through the book. Entire chapters are devoted to a single theme. They are meant to instruct the “young man” (1:4) in the dark and decadent ways of the world. They are also meant to impart wisdom. But wisdom is far more than surface fact. It runs at many depths. At it’s deepest, it courses through the vale of mystery. This book requires much study and leading of the Holy Spirit. It dwells in the realms of enigma. The stated goal of the book is clear:
“To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings” (1:6).
These “dark sayings“ are the hidden teachings that lie buried beneath the surface of the text’s obvious language. And such is the prophecy of the “horseleach” found in chapter 30.
WHO IS AGUR?
This chapter opens with a reference so veiled that it’s true meaning is open to a great deal of speculation. It begins:
“The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal.”
Only one thing is certain here. Namely, that we are to view this chapter as a prophecy, from the Hebrew word “massah, “burden, oracle or prophecy.” But the four proper names in the verse are absolutely isolated and unknown. Thus, the prophecy is written by an unknown man, who is the son of an unknown man, and is addressed to two men who are again, unknown. Many expositors have expressed the belief that we are dealing here with “code words.” Agur, for example, means “the gatherer.” Jakeh means “the obedient.” Ithiel and Ucal, respectively, mean “there is a God,” and “I have made an end,” or “I have withdrawn.” Down through the years, it has been written that the name Agur may be a veiled reference to Solomon himself. Jakeh, then, would refer to Solomon’s father David. Thus the prophecy begins with an implied message. Solomon, the gatherer or compiler of wisdom, who is the son of the obedient David, present a prophecy. It is offered in the knowledge that there is a God and it ends with a name that implies termination or closure. The statement says something like, “Solomon, the gatherer, son of the obedient, delivers a prophetic oracle; there is a God and in him are all matters concluded.” In verses 2 through 10 – prologue to the actual prophecy – the gatherer apologizes for his lack of wisdom and pays homage to the great and sovereign God.
AN EVIL GENERATION
The prophecy itself begins with four references to “an age or generation of men.” The Hebrew word “dor” carries this meaning. All four times, it is coupled with the qualities of the generation in question, making it clear that the prophecy is aimed at an ultimately self-destructive age. This word also contains the meaning of generational cycles that come and go like revolutions around a circle. The context of the prophecy seems to indicate a time period that modern students of Bible prophecy have variously labeled the last, final or terminal generation.
“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their own filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men” (11-14).
The generation in question is operating outside all the bounds of good sense, or even sanity. It curses the very parents who gave it life, love and support. It is utterly self-absorbed, believing in “doing it’s own thing.” This generation operates on the premise that there is no right or wrong. Anything that one deems pure is automatically pure. It is steeped in decadence, but believing itself to be alright. It is a generation known by it’s impudence. It believes itself to be intelligent, insightful and wise. It’s eyes are the eyes of avarice, covetousness and unabashed pride. This is the generation “without excuse,” described by Paul in the book of Romans:
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22).
A generation that thinks itself wise, yet independent of God, becomes obsessed with creating a utopian socialist “perfect” society. This is the vision of Marxism and social democracy which, in it’s pride, thinks that it can redistribute the world’s wealth. Thus, it believes that it can create a blessed environment that will foster the blessed man. This is the generation with “lofty eyes” that believes in it’s own twisted vision. Finally, this generation is seen devouring itself with it’s own sharp teeth. It is an interesting fact that Marxist, National Socialist and Maoist economic states are notorious for having killed more of their own citizens than any other societies in history. Russia, for example, is said to have exterminated up to sixty million of it’s own citizens in various purges. China, under Mao, killed about forty million of it’s own. In particular, they sought out and assassinated Christians. Hitler’s regime is said to have slain more than twelve million Germans. These are only three examples of many similar cases. Truly, this final barbaric generation has knife-like teeth, cannibalistically devouring any who would stand in the way of it’s master plan. As a side note, it is also steeped in occultism. Furthermore, it devours the poor and the needy. This prophecy flows quite naturally into a similar New Testament prophecy of the last days. The oracle against the “rich men” in James, chapter 5, condemns the barons of power, denouncing the gold and silver of their hoard. It declares that they have created and profited from an impoverished underclass of the perennially poor and needy …
“Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth” (James 5:4).
Here, James assures the faithful that greedy men of power will be judged by the Lord in his power. The final generation in Proverbs 30 is condemned fourfold. It is known by it’s warped ideas. They work to the detriment of the ordinary citizen, producing a misery that cannot be relieved, short of the Lord’s return.
THE LEECH AS BLOODSUCKER
This horrific picture of a generation gone wrong can be clearly seen in our twentieth and early twenty-first century world. But if this generational picture has so far been well defined, it becomes even clearer in the light of verse 15. This is the essence of the prophecy; and it’s image is razor sharp.
“The horseleach hath two daughters, crying Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, it is enough”
As earlier stated, many have looked in vain for the answer to this cryptic verse. Certainly, the leech is well known as a bloodsucker. And, in fact, the Hebrew word translated “horseleach” is commonly used to describe this tiny animal. Perhaps then, the leech is used as an illustration of a decadent, bloodsucking generation. But why would “two daughters” be figured and used to describe the leech’s mouth? In fact, leeches do have two suckers – one at each end – which they use to attach themselves to their victims. Then, they efficiently use them to suck blood from their host. Large leeches can grow to eight inches in length. They were once commonly used to withdraw blood from the sick in the belief that an excess of blood contributed to various conditions of disease. Also, leeches were once considered a great pest among horses, who would pick them up when they waded through ponds and shallows. Hence, they gained an evil reputation for insatiability. They came to symbolize the voracious, and that which would suck the life out of any living creature. How appropriate, then, that this symbol would be associated with the rapacious generation of the lost and the apostate. This is the generation of which Paul wrote in the book of 2 Timothy when he penned the following words under the divine inspiration and supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
THE LEECH AS DEMON
The meaning of the horseleach cannot be fully realized without understanding it’s basic meaning in the Hebrew language. For here, we find that it’s name is “aluka.” In both ancient and modern Hebrew, aluka is a night demon. Usually, this evil creature is depicted as a female demon or monster. That this demon would be given the name of the leech is, in itself, an interesting commentary. The leech, with it’s two suckers, presents an image that is all too familiar. It is the figure of the vampire, built upon ages of human experience, in which hapless victims are plagued through the night by a demon spirit who comes to suck the very soul from a man. In popular literature, it’s hypnotic gaze saps the victim’s power, and it’s two fangs sink deep into the neck to drink the ritual blood. That having been accomplished, the victim becomes a thrall – a zombie in the world of the living dead. Supposedly, immortality is conferred upon the recipient of the action. But it is a horrible, furtive, dark and cursed immortality. Shall we say that the victim is possessed? Down through the ages, details change, but the factual basis remains constant. For the last couple of hundred years, the representation of the vampire has become masculine. But in the stories of the Middle East, she remains a woman. In the territories where the pagan and the demonic predominate, such fiendish activities are regularly documented. Invading and possessing demons are thought to be quite real. Where their activities are encouraged by various eastern and tribal religions, practitioners live in constant fear of the demons of the night. In our hemisphere, perhaps the most commonly known religion of this type is voodoo. But there are many, many others. The night demon figures prominently in each of them. Some would say that such stories are mere myth, fired by childish imaginations. Others would say that they have actually experienced such things. However, it is a certainty that demons are real. In recent years, there have been multiple documentary television shows that portray the real life experiences of people encountering demonic activity in their houses and other haunted places. It is becoming a common thing to see such documentary evidence portrayed. During his lifetime, Jesus dealt with them as real and living creatures who regularly inhabited and controlled the lives of their victims. But note that aluka is definitely an historical entity – a demon. In their commentary on Proverbs, Keil and Delitzsch note “Aluka, from it’s nearest signification, denotes a demoniacal spirit of the character of a vampire, like the Dakini of the Indians, which nourish themselves on human flesh; the ghouls of the Arabs and Persians which inhabit graveyards, and kill and eat men, particularly wanderers in the desert; in regard to which it is to be remarked that (Arabian) awlak is indeed a name for a demon, and that al ‘awlak, according to the Kamus, is used in the sense of “alghwal.” Their use of this latter word carries the use of the word carries the meaning of “demon.” Furthermore, it seems a certainty that this monster is one of the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world” that are mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. That being the case, we must attempt to fully explain the metaphor of Proverbs 30:15. Who are aluka’s two daughters? Certainly, they depict the leech’s two suckers. But why daughters? If alukah is a demon, might these daughters be symbolic of demonism in general? If so, they would represent the feminine principle of apostate, demonic religion. Then, the female demon and her two daughters could explain pagan religion’s preoccupation with the goddess.
FERTILITY AND WISDOM
Certainly, in the decadent cultures of the West, the goddess has always played a great part in shaping the life of any given culture. In the New Testament, the best-known goddess is “Diana of the Ephesians,” seen in the 19th chapter of Acts. And so, when Paul performed mighty miracles in Ephesus, his actions were deemed a direct threat to the goddess that fueled their local economy. A riot ensued, showing the utter enslavement of the people to their goddess. The Greeks and Romans also had their masculine gods – Hercules, Zeus (or Jupiter), Apollo and the rest. However, they didn’t worship them directly. Rather, they built local temples for the celestial mates of these demigods: the goddesses. These superwomen became the local patron deities. Their roles fulfilled two general categories: fertility and wisdom. In the days of the Apostles, Diana was the most important of the first category. Diana is the Latin name for the Greek goddess “Artemis,” the goddess of fertility. She is the same as “Ishtar” of Babylon and Assyria. Likewise, she is the Isis of the Egyptians. Within the pagan societies who worshipped her, she was thought to bring blessing to crops, livestock and expectant parents. She was also the protector of the municipality who was thought to bring blessing to the local economy. For two millennia – from the days of Abraham to Christ- she reigned supreme, accompanied by a retinue of adherents and priestesses. Temple prostitutes, as well as young women who acted as trance mediums, were thought to bring messages from the gods for anxious followers. All they got, however, were the doctrines of demons who kept them permanently enslaved. In the second category were the wisdom goddesses. The Greeks recognized one of them as “Athena,” the patron goddess of Athens. She was the guide and protectoress of the city. The Romans worshipped “Minerva,” the civic goddess of protection, who would bring great leadership and intelligence to the community. Both cultures pictured her as a woman with weaponry, who wore a symbolic helmet of protection. In her many forms, she was the goddess who assured that the citizens of a community would retain their liberty. Another wisdom goddess of the Romans was associated with money and banking. She was “Juno,” whose temple-banks were the foundation of what would later become a global banking complex. She was thought to bring warning to a community if something evil was about to befall it. On Rome’s Capitoline Hill, a temple to Juno commemorated her protective powers. Called Juno Moneta, from the Latin moneo, “to warn,” her name was gradually modified into our word “money.” The dual roles of the goddess (fertility and wisdom) are none other than those found in Revelation 17, in the description of “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). She is the final form of the goddess. Originally, she was Ishtar, Isis, Artemis, Diana, Athena, Minerva and Europa, the embodiment of procreative power and intelligence. In her dual roles as bringer of fertility and wisdom, she cries, “Give, give.” She is insatiable, finally consuming the whole world with her avarice. She has always been intertwined with the mercantile activities of the world, so that global finance is inseparable from the secret, occultic societies seeking to create a New World Order. At it’s heart is a Satanic conspiracy.
DEMONS TO BE RELEASED
But it is more. In it’s final form, it will foster what the bible calls the “man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), commonly called and known as the “Antichrist.” who will lead the nations with “all power and signs and lying wonders” (2:9). The apostate generation alive in that day will be deceived:
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2:11).
Aluka and her daughters present the strong image of a world gone mad in false worship and subsequent demonic invasion. In that day, the souls of men will be tormented in an onslaught of demonic activity, just as they were in the days of Noah, when the twisted power of fallen angels brought man so low that God judged the world with a flood. It is the belief of many, that as the day of judgment approaches, demonic activity will rapidly increase. Today, we are seeing exactly that … a preview of things shortly to come. In fact, the night demon has taken on a new form, designed to convince the technological generation that it is being visited by higher life forms. Think for a moment about the ancient night demon in her new context: the abducting visitor from outer space.
GRAYS IN THE NIGHT
By now, the world is completely familiar with the ghastly UFO abduction phenomenon. Christians consider the subject a clear-cut case of demonic activity. In virtually every aspect, the night visitors of UFO lore act out the behavior of the incubus, the succubus, the vampire, the ghoul, or some combination of their traits. They usually come at night while their victim is sleeping. At first, they appear as figures in shadow, whose very touch sends their victims into a nightmarish paralytic trance. Then, the hapless sleepers are whisked away into another reality, where they are mentally and physically probed. Every sense of objective reality is stripped from them. Time, itself, is lost. A two-hour visit may seem to take five minutes, or vice-versa. The evil visitors may even have the ability to wipe out all memory of the event. When recall is finally accomplished, horrendous stories of little grey men with huge black eyes dominate the narrative. The night demons have come. Similar encounters are recorded as far back through history as one cares to look. Prior to the space age, they took the form of evil spirits in fiery chariots, or flying shields (such was their appearance to the troops of Alexander the Great). In the last century, they posed as “Orientals” traveling around the world in “airships.” In this way, they were accepted as “normal,” within the context of contemporary thought. Today, mankind is primed for the appearance of “extraterrestrials.” or men from other worlds. Our great optical telescopes peer into the rich starfields to find some sign of their planets. Our radio telescopes strain to catch the slightest crackle from their long-distance communications. Project SETI (The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has even received government funding. We are being told that contact with aliens from other worlds would be the most important event in the history of man. The hoards of Satan are simply giving mankind what it wants. Since 1947, with it’s first “flying saucer” report, these meetings with aliens have been carefully orchestrated to produce an aura of reality. Their technique is to maintain enough of a presence for belief, coupled with a passionate secrecy. Stories of airline encounters, recovered crashes with bodies, group sightings and tantalizing photos have given way to movies and books that feature the astounding stories of multiple abductions. Jacques Vallee, a computer scientist and UFO researcher, stated that his figures indicated a minimum abduction rate of 100,000 cases per year worldwide. Perhaps the most famous abductee is Whitley Strieber, whose famous book Communion, documented a series of abductions that began in December of 1985. Who has not gazed into the abysmal black eyes of the alien on the cover of his book and wondered if she is real? Yes, a she. Mr. Strieber wrote that his abductress was female. In fact, he described her as having the large eyes of the ancient goddesses. He writes,
“I’d had a very distinct impression of her, that she was old. Not just aged, like an elderly person, but really old. Why had I felt this? I could not be sure. I still remember her voice, soft, coming from I know not where answering me: ‘Yes, I’m old.”
He likened her voice to a deep bass, echoing within a cave. He protested when she and others operated on his body without his permission, saying, “You have no right.” Her answer startled him … “We do have a right.” Five enormous words. Stunning words. We do have a right. Who gave it to them? Neither in this account, nor in the two books that follow, does Mr. Strieber have any idea of what right they have to use him and others in any way that they please. That right, of course, is based upon the fact that before one is “born again,” he or she belongs – body and soul – to Satan.
His next book, called Transformation, used a close-up picture of the same alien face on the cover. Even more strongly than in the first book. It documents a continuing series of abductions, with graphic accounts of his reeling efforts to make some sense of his entrapment …
“I have been in anguish many, many times, immersed in the fury of their malevolence, feeling them as a kind of tremendous, overwhelming superconsciousness that saps all sense of self control.”
As the title implies, he claims to have had a life-changing experience with superior beings.
But there is no joy in it. His stories are riddled with fear, pain, soul searching and hopelessness. It is plain that Mr. Strieber is in the hands of alukah and her daughters. He is stalked by the night demon and her daughters, who, leechlike, would suck the very life from him. They cry, “Give, give.” They are insatiable, and their goal is to draw men into the same state of living death that characterizes their own miserable existence. The female vampire of ancient days has simply cleaned up her image to meet the expectations of a modern man … and he is not alone. He claims to have received 140,000 letters in response to his first book, alone. People wanted him to know that they, too, had shared his experience. Even a Harvard Psychiatrist, John E. Mack, MD, has published a book on UFO abductions. He claims to have interviewed over 100 individuals who were the victims of alien encounters. To him, their testimony currently effects the very foundation of human thought, in the same way as Copernicus ‘ proof that the earth is not the center of the universe. He, too, sees mankind as in the process of radical “transformation.” His book details the abduction histories of five individuals, each as normal as your next-door neighbor. He and others state that the aliens’ purpose is to create a new human/alien hybrid species. For what purpose is not precisely known. But Jesus’ own prophecy in Matthew 24:37 says quite enough:
“But as the days of Noe were, so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.”
Noah’s days were besieged by the rampant despotism of fallen angels and their demonic hoards. Their goal seems to have been the creation of a “superman.” It appears that through genetic manipulation, they intended to create a dominant race.
THE NEW AGE INCANTATION
It is no accident that this is the very heart and core of New Age religious thought. New Agers teach that superior entities from on high are on the verge of creating a “new man.” There will be a massive “paradigm change,” or radical alteration of human thought. They say that the “space brothers” who have directed man’s evolutionary growth are now returning to finish their work. This belief is repeated so often that it has become a kind of incantation. It is curious that in a recent edition of a well-known New Age magazine, there were no fewer than 25 pages dedicated to this theme. It seems that the space brothers in their UFOs are about to make their appearance. The magazines are trance-channeled. That is, they come through spirit mediums (condemned in Deuteronomy 18:10-11, bringing the voices of the “ascended masters.” Their titles are interesting, beginning with, “The Rapture/Ascension,” explaining how hovering motherships will remove certain persons from the planet. Certain “spiritual teachers” will be left behind to cleanse the earth. Another fascinating title is “Life in Telos,” featuring a trance-channeled interview with Adama, master of a subterranean community beneath Mt. Shasta. He is part of the Ashtar Command, who, with their special spaceships, will, at the proper time, evacuate planet earth. A third article is entitled “We are the Cassiopaeans.” These supposed extraterrestrials warn the spiritually aware that they must be on guard against certain “lizard beings,” and their projected slaves, the little grays, with their huge black eyes. These are the abductors who wish to enslave humanity. They warn of an invading force soon to come. When written, the time frame given was “within four to six years.” Yet another message came from “Commander Apollo.” Titled, “The Golden Crysolis,” it details the huge command center that controls the Atlantean starships. Apollo says, “The Crysolis can quarter 10,000 entities, but we are, at present, carrying only 6,000. The implication is that it will soon use all the space it has, lodging those beamed up from earth before the coming catastrophe. Still another communication comes from “Jaymeny,” in “Arrival on a Mothership.” It features details concerning a “mothership” from the Pleiadian fleets.” In the accompanying, “Receiving the Arcturian Frequency,” one is urged to learn how to tune into the spaceship of Arcturus by “raising oneself to a higher frequency.” These six articles are but a tiny sampling of the current flood of New Age propaganda. All of their literature is clustered around two main areas of thought. First, the old religions of the world must die, to be replaced by the true religion: the worship of the goddess. Of course, we know who she is. And second, the “ascended masters” in their saucer-shaped spaceships are man’s creators and perfectors. The story goes that in ancient days, they caused man to rise from the breeding stock of the apes and to move through life toward spiritual perfection. They have now returned to see the end of their work. From time to time, we glimpse their ships in our atmosphere. Some are military aircraft reverse engineered from the gain of demonic influences (think the Roswell incident in the 1940s). Some are actual manifestations of demons in their craft. There is much evidence to suggest that our nation is in contact with these beings and actively working with them. This Satanic propaganda is churned out in an endless stream. New Agers are literally welcoming demons as their saviors.
THE HAPLESS GENERATION
The entirety of Proverbs 30 deals with the hapless last generation. It begins with foolish pride, then opens itself to a demonic invasion. Today, aluka and her daughters run amok. They pillage the ignorant, crying out for more and more. Like the leech, they have an incredible appetite for blood – and especially, the souls of men. Though they disguise themselves as a force of saviors from on high, they are really the vanguard of a hostile force. Proverbs 30:16 likens them to the grave, the childless woman, a drought-ravaged earth and a fire out of control. The generation that sees itself as intelligent while demonstrating the most abject foolishness is doomed. It has abandoned the laws of cause and effect, denying that there will ever be any accountability for it’s actions. It has also relinquished logic, preferring to live in the false glow of emotion, as it contemplates the coming New Age. It seems very likely that this prophesied generation is the very same one that was mentioned by Jesus, as he taught about the “great tribulation” and his second coming. In Matthew 24:33 and 34, He said:
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
Solomon foresaw this evil and deluded generation with amazing clarity. It was a divinely and supernaturally ordained sight that he was allowed to see with great clarity.