Angel tells Elijah to go meet messengers and say, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?”
[is this the god of flies?]
I think it is.
Maybe the way they swarmed… their priest could look at the shape of the swarm and predict the future?
Much like a prophet today might look into a cup of tea leaves and see a prophetic pattern?