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".
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
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
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,
...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).
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
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
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.