Chris K (2 Dec 2011)
"Re: Jane "re Asdod warning""

 
I had thought a good bit about the previous mention of Ashdod, but, was uncertain why or even what I should do about the mention. So when Jane's reference to it came up again and she asked if someone would look into it, the Lord put it into my heart immediately and it was all I could think about until I had a chance to look into the scriptures. I knew it somehow referenced the "peoples surrounding Israel".

   Ashdod as of its final mention in the scriptures(Zechariah 9) is related to the final judgment of Damascus(Syria) and other related Philistine(Palestinian) cities that bare the weight of God's judgment concerning their mistreatment of Israel.

Zec 9:1  The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD. (this means this prophecy is for the VERY END, namely, NOW!)
Zec 9:2  And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.
(this is all of the Palestinian territories and parts of Lebenon)
Zec 9:3  And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
Zec 9:4  Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
Zec 9:5  Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
Zec 9:6  And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
(this is a bad-seed mix)
Zec 9:7  And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
Zec 9:8  And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.


In a broader picture, Ashdod represents intermingled people and the intermingling of God's chosen people with the world. More specifically, its "first mention" in the book of Joshua...

Jos 11:22  There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.

...concerning the Anakim or giants (purported to be of Nephilim style hybrids between fallen angels and human women), or, more simply, the intermingling of the tribes of Israel with the surrounding peoples as spoken of in Nehamiah 13 and Jeramiah 25. So the Spiritual implication would be that of any mixture with the people of God or the message of His covenant(a very powerful warning for those of us tempted to add anything to God's WORD).
         However, a most remarkable account within the book of  1-Samuel 5 concerning the absconding of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines and the ensuing drama that leads to the falling of their idol(Dagon) and a plague of emrods(hemorrhoids), that leads to the Ark' return along with a most unusual "trespass offering" of "golden Emrods"(imagine what those must have looked like?)

1Sa 6:17  And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;
1Sa 6:18  And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.


The leaders of those cities offering up as a memorial to Yahwey, jewels that commemorate the plague that had befallen them...one for each of the cities of the Philistines. The significance of this story is so deep and rich as to require pages of intense study(with much prayer and permission from the Holy Spirit, I leave that to the listener). Needless to say, those that would touch the Ark of God's Holy Covenant(namely the Body of Christ) should suffer accordingly and will end up making sacrifices to the Lord of Glory(eventually).
         The ultimate significance of the city of Ashdod concerns the intermingling of God's people with the world, the treatment of God's children by the surrounding peoples and the ultimate judgement as prescribed, directed and meted-out by the Holy One of Israel in Zechariah 9(also connected to prophecies in Amos and Zephaniah and not least among them Ezekiel 38), but, keeping in sight its relative nature to Damascus(Syria). Nor should we forget its proximity to Mt. Hermon and the importance it holds to God and the way its been usurped by the devil and his seed.

All of this surely addresses the very issues that are most prevalent in the middle-east today and I do mean TODAY! So, Jane, your hearing "Ashdod" is certainly a timely and prophetic utterance to you and the entire Body of Christ. Thank you for your obedience to the Holy Spirit and keep listening and looking up. Your brother, Chris K.