City of Ekron and
the Philistines. Soothsayers - Isaiah 2:6
In the second chapter of Isaiah the prophet describes
the Philistines as being “soothsayers” which is
defined as those who practice idolatry and worship pagan gods
fortune telling, witchcraft). “Because they are
filled with eastern ways, They are soothsayers like the Philistines” – Isaiah
In the Old Testament the city of Ekron is described
as one of the primary capital cities of the Philistines.
"Ekron. The lords of the Philistines”-
“I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines
shall perish”- Amos 1
“Baalzebub the god of Ekron (Philistines)” - 2 Kings 1
Baalzebub being the pagan Baal idols and often
a word that is used to describe worship of demons and/or the
(Matthew 10:25). When you perform an in-depth investigation it
is clearly evident that these verses from the Bible about the
Philistines can be
proven as historical facts.
The Ruler of Ekron Inscription
Major archaeological excavations were conducted at Tel Mikne
(Ekron) between 1981 and 1996, providing much information about
the history and culture of Philistine Ekron during the 600 years
of its existence (from the 12th to the end of the 7th century
B.C.), and proof of the identification as Ekron was found in
an inscription uncovered in its temple complex.
The Ekron Royal Dedicatory Inscription incised
on a rectangular shaped limestone block was found on the floor
of the sanctuary
stella. The five-line inscription specifically mentions Ekron,
thus confirming the identification of the site, as well as five
of its rulers.The translated inscription reads:
"This temple was built by 'Akish, son
of Padi, son of Yasid, son of Ada, son of Ya'ir, RULER OF EKRON,
for Ptgyh, his (divine)
lady. May she bless him, and guard him, and prolong his days,
and bless his land."
For additional information see Tel
Miqne-Ekron. A summary of fourteen seasons of excavation 1981-1996.
Ekron Excavations. Pagan Baal Idols and Ashtoreths
The following items are just a few of
the artifacts that were discovered during excavations at Tel
Miqne (Ekron). This list
demonstrates the Philistines worshipped the same gods as the
Egyptians (the sun god) and the notorious Jezebel (Phoenician).
"The gods of the Philistines. The Baals
and Ashtoreths" - Judges 10:6
• A ring depicting the Egyptian
• Inscriptions on storage jars “Dedicated to the goddess
Asherat for the shrine”
• Silver medallion depicting the goddess Ishtar standing
on a lion.
• A series of rooms with cultic areas reflecting Phoenician
• A gold cobra (a ureaus). Commonly seen on the headdresses
of Egyptian kings.
• An inscription that reads “For Baal and Padi”