The Philistines

We were writing about the Philistines at our sister site this afternoon and a thought came to us. It is a thought worth exploring further. You can read that article at this link

As you know, Amos 9:7 directly mentions the Philistines. That verse reads:

“Are you not as the sons of Ethiopia to Me,
You sons of Israel?” declares the Lord.
“Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt,
And the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?

As you know, many scholars feel that Caphtor refers to Crete and this is an island that was under Minoan occupation, rule, or however you want to describe their presence on that island.

As we were writing our minds focused on the fact that God wants all men to be saved. It would be interesting to explore this topic with this verse in mind. Did God bring the Philistines/Minoans to the Levant to have the opportunity to be saved?

Was God giving these people a better opportunity to convert to Judaism so they could find their way to heaven? We are not sure if anyone ever went to Crete and talked to the Minoans/Philistines, but it is possible that in their travels, the Philistines/Minoans encountered the Israelites and heard about their God.

Maybe some converted or perhaps some of the Philistine people converted later after they settled in the Levant. It is all speculation but it would show that God gives all people the opportunity to be saved.

Surely, the common Philistine people had interaction with the common Israelites and asked questions etc. It is a comforting thought to think that God would do that. The Philistines did what most unbelievers do and made the wrong choice.

Which is why we hear and read so many bad things about them. This is worth contemplating.