ISRAEL - An archaeological expedition has discovered the fortifications and entrance gate of the biblical city of Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath & the largest city in the land during the 10th-9th century BCE, about the time of the "United Kingdom" of Israel & King Ahab of Israel. The excavations, conducted by a team from the Bar-Ilan University headed by Prof. Aren Maeir, are being conducted in the Tel Zafit National Park, located in the Judean Foothills, about halfway between Jerusalem & Ashkelon in central Israel. Prof. Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology, said that the city gate that was discovered is among the largest ever found in Israel & is evidence of the status & influence of the city of Gath during this period. The city gate of Philistine Gath is referred to in I Samuel 21 in the story of David's escape from King Saul to Achish, King of Gath.
NEWS REPORT : Israel National News ( August 4 , 2015 )
PROPHECY INSIGHTS - It’s interesting the gate of Gath has been discovered. Gath was a city of the Philistines. It was where Goliath came from. It was David as the shepherd boy who famously killed him with his sling shot. Goliath towered over him at well over 7 feet (some say 9 feet) tall. Goliath became symbolic of sin & David (whom the Lord loved) symbolic of eventual victory over sin. This discovery should remind us of the truth of this fact. In 1 Samuel 21v13 the very gate that has been found is mentioned. King David pretended to be mad at the entrance gate & escaped the king of Gath. We know a time is coming when a coalition of Israel's neighbors , principal among these will be the Philistines ( Palestinians ) will soon rise up again against Israel , just as they did in the time of Goliath. Israel will overcome & escape this first stage of the conflict.
PSALM 83v3 - They have taken crafty counsel against thy people ( Israel ) & consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come & let US cut them ( Israel ) off from being a nation ; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent : they are confederate against thee : The tabernacles of Edom ( Arabs ) & the Ishmaelites ( Arabs ) ; of Moab ( Jordan ) & the Hagarenes ( Egyptians ) ; Gebal ( Lebanon ) & Ammon ( Pts. Jordan ) & Amalek ( Jordan ) ; the Philistines ( Palestinians / Hamas ) with the inhabitants of Tyre ( Lebanon / Hezbollah )
Note : In 2015 . . . significantly all these regions have large native ' Palestinian ' populations