Who was Baal?
Here's the answer:
Baal was a false god.
Baal was a popular false god, who was worshiped in Canaan and Phoenicia. Worship of Baal spread to the Jewish people in the Old Testament (Judges 3:7). Many kings worshiped this false god instead of the true God, including Ahab. Baal was a fertility god to the people. They believed he was able to provide them with healthy crops and healthy children.
Baal was supposed to be the most powerful god according to this false belief system. The Canaanites mainly worshiped Baal as a storm god and a sun god, which shows many people worshiped Baal for different reasons.
There is only one God and He is the God of the Bible. Sadly, God's chosen people, Israel, chose to reject God and chose to worship Baal instead. This always brought destruction upon the people. God wanted His people to know that only He is God. There is no other god beside Him. The worship of Baal persists throughout the Old Testament despite all the pain it brings upon the people. In the New Testament, Jesus calls Satan Beelzebub, which was to connect him to Baal-Zebub.
"They have built the high places where they worship Baal. There they sacrifice their children in the fire as offerings to Baal. That is something I did not command or talk about. It did not even enter my mind" (Jeremiah 19:5).
"As soon as Gideon had died, the Israelites began serving and worshiping gods that were named Baal. Israel wasn’t faithful to the Lord. They worshiped Baal-Berith as their god" (Judges 8:33).
"You say I drive out demons by the power of Beelzebul. Then by whose power do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges" (Matthew 12:27).