The Filistin Factor
Friday, 09 January 2009, at 2152 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA
If you think that the title of this column resembles the title of a Robert Ludlum novel, you're right. And, yes, it's by design. I just like the man's style. He was a master of his genre.
Similar to "a voice crying in the wilderness", I will continue to proclaim the importance of what I call "The Filistin Factor" until people finally get it on a large scale. To say that The Filistin Factor is a concept of world-changing importance is not an exagerration. So, you might ask, "Just what is The Filistin Factor?"
The Filistin Factor is actually more than one concept. It is the confluence of several concepts. One of those concepts is the propagandistic twist of language (the English language, in particular) to cause the mass population to overlook the obvious. And, just what is "the obvious"?
The people referred to as "The Palestinians" in the so-called "mainstream" news media are the same people as "The Philistines" recorded and described in the Holy Bible. Really. And, the word Filistin is the English transliteration of the Arabic word that is normally translated "Palestinian". In other words, they call themselves Philistines. So, why shouldn't we call them Philistines?
In most translations of the primary canon of the Holy Bible, there are 20 references to the place called Gaza. In modern language, we still use a metaphoric technique that is used even more frequently in Bible language. That technique is to refer to an entire land by the name of its capital city. Thus, when the Bible refers to the "land" of Gaza, it is actually refering to the country whose capital is the city of Gaza: the country of Philistia -- the land of the Philistines.
The word "Palestine" itself -- with its "long-I" final syllable -- is a linguistic lie. So, too, is the word "Palestinian". The people of that area speak Arabic. And, in that language, they are called Filistin (pronounced exactly the same way as the English word "Philistine"). It is only when we come to grips with that reality that we can even begin to understand The Filistin Factor.
The Philistines were one of the ancient enemy nations that surrounded Israel. Their capital city was Gaza. (And, it still is.) The Philistines were the people that often harrassed Israel. In one battle, their champion soldier was a giant named Goliath. In addition to the 20 mentions of Gaza in the Bible, there are another 29 uses of the word "Philistine" and 215 uses of the plural "Philistines". There are other mentions of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron. Gaza is the city where Samson -- the strongest man that ever lived, and a champion of Israel -- was put into slavery after he was tricked into cutting his hair (and thus losing his great strength, which was given to him by God through his long hair). The modern State of Israel should heed the moral of the story of Samson, because they have given away the strength of their numbers to the Philistines by withdrawing from their settlements in Philistia (otherwise known as the Gaza Strip). Just as the Philistines constantly harrassed Israel in ancient times, the same is true today.
Only with all of that background can one begin to understand The Filistin Factor.
The population of the world -- but especially of the Christian West -- is being duped into thinking that the conflicts between Israel and the "Palestinians" is nothing more than some ethnic dispute over land. But, it is much more. It is the acting out of the conflict between Isaac and Ishmael. It is the perpetuation of the conflict between Israel and Egypt. (In the wake of the destruction of Egypt at the original Passover, the king sent away a group called the Sea Peoples, who had been living in Egypt. Some scholars believe that the Sea Peoples were the ancestors of the Philistines.) But, some "leaders" in the modern news media do not want people to realize that this ancient conflict still rages, because they also do not want people to realize that God exists. If anyone recognizes this ancient conflict for what it truly is, then they might be forced by circumstance to realize that the conflict (and its outcome) were predicted thousands of years ago by the Holy Bible. And, if that is true, then the other predictions of the Bible must also be true. And, if that is true, then so must the moral laws be true. And, there are some that will go to great lengths to support the idea that there is no way that the Bible could be true.
So, the next time you watch a TV news story that says the Israelis are causing destruction and are "oppressing" and/or invading the people of the "Gaza Strip", just think of the word "Philistines" every time you hear "Palestinians". The next time you hear the lamestream news media say that Israel should back off from the attacks against the terrorist group Hamas, just remember that God told the leaders of Israel that they were expected to "utterly destroy" the Philistines.
And, don't worry, that destruction will come ... soon. How can I be sure? Because there is no mention of Gaza or the Philistines in the various Bible prophecies of the End Times. So, because the Tribulation is already upon us, the time for the Philistines to be conquered and/or destroyed is upon us. With that in mind, it seems that Israel will soon defeat Hamas ... by totally destroying them.
If you steel your mind in that manner, then you will not fall prey to The Filistin Factor.