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Saturday, March 22 2014

1 Samuel 5: Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark?

"And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction"

Ashdod was one of the royal cities of the Philistines (Ashdod, Gaza, Askelon, Gath, Ekron) that were located in the general area in what is today still called Gaza (see Gaza In History And Prophecy), between southern Israel and the Mediterranean Sea (see the map below). After the Philistines captured The Ark from the Israelites at Ebenezer (see 1 Samuel 4: The Capture Of The Ark), they took it to Ashdod - where they very soon experienced the Wrath of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) because of it.

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"5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

5:2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

5:3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD.

And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

5:4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

5:5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day."

"5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god." (1 Samuel 5:1-7 KJV)

The Philistines of Ashdod (see also Philistine Ashdod) then sent The Ark to their brothers in Gath (see also Gath of the Philistines) - who then immediately felt the Wrath of the LORD upon them too.

"5:8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?

And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath.

And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither."

"5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. 5:10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron.

And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 5:12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven." (1 Samuel 5:8-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: Although The Ark was returned to Israel, was it ever reunited with the Tabernacle? What happened to the city of Shiloh after The Ark was captured?
See The Parting of The Ark and The Tabernacle


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This Day In History, March 22

238: Gordian I and his son Gordian II were together proclaimed Roman Emperors (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).

337: Roman emperor Constantine died at age 47 (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1349: The Jews of Fulda, Germany, were massacred by the townspeople, who blamed them for the plague known as the "Black Death."

1621: The European "Pilgrims" of Plymouth Colony (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The Pilgrims) signed a peace treaty with the native Americans of the Wampanoag tribes.

1638: Anne Hutchinson, a mother of 15 children, was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for "religious dissent" - her home Bible-study group was attracting too many people away from the "established church of the colony."

1752: Canada's first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, was established.

1765: The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act - a tax to be levied directly on its New England colonies to help pay for their own defense against the powerful and threatening "New France" French Empire in North America. Ironically, the defense tax was used as one of the major manipulated excuses for the rebellion of the colonies against their founders. Fortunately for the survival of the colonies, France didn't attack them after they rejected British protection because Napoleon Bonaparte (the former Corporal, then self-proclaimed revolutionary General, who reigned as Emperor of the French from 1769 to 1821) consumed the bulk of his massive forces in the Napoleonic Wars across Europe - from which he suffered his famous defeat at Waterloo (Belgium) by the British Army.

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1848: The Venetian Republic declared independence from Austria.

1895: In Paris, Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film.

1903: A drought caused Niagara Falls to temporarily stop flowing.

1917: Ironically, in view of subsequent history, the U.S. became the first country to recognize the communist government of Russia, following the overthrow of the czar. The apparent logic was that the U.S. and Russian were both "we the people revolutions," and both involved the founding of a republic after the overthrow of a king.

1919: The first international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium.

1945: The Arab League, a loose confederation of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, was formed in Cairo for the purpose of securing Arab unity. Others joined later: Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Algeria, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

1946: Britain recognized the independence of the protectorate of Transjordan, known today as the Kingdom of Jordan (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1947: Viscount Louis Mountbatten and his wife Edwina arrived in Delhi; the last viceroy in India, Mountbatten's mission was to bring about independence for India.

1979: The Israeli Parliament approved the peace treaty with Egypt.

1993: Intel began marketing the first "Pentium" (80586) computer processors.

1995: Russian Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returned to earth after a record 438 days in orbit.

1997: Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth.

2004: Ahmed Yassin, a leader of Hamas (a Palestinian Sunni Islamist group) was assassinated (the elderly, blind quadriplegic was in his wheelchair, being taken out of morning prayers, when killed) in the Gaza Strip by Israeli helicopter-fired missiles; nine nearby civilians ("collateral damage") were also killed.


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