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The End of Common Grace June 13, 2017

Posted by stevekerp in Christian living, End Times.

The basic ambiance of the universe is one of reconciliation, and it has been for 6000 years. That is about to change. When the Lord gathers His people, then His attitude toward those who remain (except for a small preserved remnant) will not be reconciliation, but wrath.

Today, things generally go well. Murphy’s law “what can go wrong will go wrong” is humorous because it really doesn’t square with reality. Even among unbelievers and God-haters and Christ-rejecters, common grace remains both operative and lavish. A lot of things that could go wrong don’t: Near-misses that could have been serious accidents; unexpected grace from an employer (“you screwed up but I’ll give you one more chance”); a sick loved one who suddenly recovers after the doctors have told you “it’s incurable and irreversible.” This is God being gracious, and this is “common”; that is, available to all. As the scripture says, it rains on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45).

The new normal will be a world without common grace, and it will be truly frightening. After the rapture, Murphy’s law will be business as usual. Those who aren’t interested in God when He is proactively gracious will get a taste of life without His grace. Some think this may lead to remorse or even repentance. If so, there’s no hint of it in Revelation. Rather, because sinful men have enjoyed God’s goodness so consistently and for so long, they have come to think that they DESERVE His compassion.

The absence of common grace is just one part of the horror that awaits. The trumpet and bowl judgments are God’s positive response to the wickedness in men who refuse to repent. I would expect that if the wrath of God were redemptive, we would see evidence of a huge revival during these judgments. However, John tells us that “…the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands… and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Rev. 9:20-21 – more of the same at Rev. 15:9) The work of God is that we believe in Jesus (John 6:29) and Jesus told us that “the night is coming when no man can work.” (John 9:4)

God’s wrath is not intended to lead to the redemption of the wicked. Rather, we see in Romans 2:4 that “… the goodness of God leads you to repentance” – that His divine forbearance and longsuffering are for our ultimate salvation; that “whosoever will” has ample time to turn from his wicked ways, and that all can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

What is about to come upon the earth is not the sort of thing that a prudent man can either endure or avoid by stocking up dried food and having a secret bunker in the country. There is only one safe place, and that is IN CHRIST. If your trust is in anything or anyone besides Jesus Christ when the trumpet sounds, you will face a future that is a whole lot worse than you could imagine, and contrary to what some believe and teach, there will be no “second chance.”

My concern is for two types of people (and I hope you will forward the link to this post to anyone you know who may qualify). First: those who are lost. Some may not have heard; many have heard and have not believed. Second: those I call the “Matthew 7:21 crowd” – those who are practicing a religion but lack the relationship with Christ. Paul says we should examine ourselves (2 Cor. 3:5). Do you love Jesus? Do you hate sin? Do you regularly hunger for the scriptures? Do you love other believers? Is your faith transforming your life?

If you truly believe that all God expects from you is an hour on Sunday morning, a life sanitized from gross sin, and regular financial contributions, then you are distant from the Savior. If you pay lip-service to the commands of Christ and spend more time in front of the TV than in the scriptures, you need to seriously consider whether you are truly saved, because you probably are not. Perhaps you just had an emotional experience once in a church, said a prayer, maybe got baptized, and now you think you’re safe.

You will see Jesus Christ face-to-face. You will be required to give an account to Him if you are His. If you are self-deceived, He will look at you and say, “Depart from Me. I NEVER knew you.” If that frightens you, it should.

This is not intended to be gloom-and-doom. But it is intended to be a sober warning. Please don’t be deceived by any of the following beliefs: 1) that the end times are probably a long way off (even if true, your death and judgment could happen at any time), 2) that if one is prepared, he can survive God’s wrath, or 3) if one is left behind when the rapture happens, he can then “get saved” during the period of wrath that follows, or 4) if someone is involved in some form of “Christian religion” then he will be saved.

Remember Lot’s wife?

Unfinished Business March 7, 2016

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At about this time every year, the eschatosphere lights up with discussion of the possibility of the rapture happening during the Passover season. Usually, the events of Jesus’ last week are reviewed and the conclusion is that the spring feasts were fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and the fall feasts will be fulfilled when He returns.

In other words, Jesus was our Passover Lamb, His 3-day entombment fulfilled Unleavened Bread, and His subsequent resurrection certified Him as the Firstfruits of those who will enjoy eternal life.

If we see the first Passover in Egypt as a type, we would expect to see all the major details fulfilled in the anti-type. However, one of the major elements of the first Passover is missing. So I thought a review of Exodus chapter 12 might be in order.

In 12:3 we see the command for every man to take a lamb for himself and his household on the tenth day of the first month. At twilight (which is the period of decreasing light that follows the setting of the sun) on the 14th day, the lamb was to be killed and its blood applied to the lintel and the two doorposts (v. 7). This had to be accomplished on the eve of Passover, because the Lord (accompanied by “the destroyer” in verse 23) would come through the land at midnight (v. 29) and either “pass over” or strike the firstborn, depending on whether or not the blood was applied.

To understand the horror of this judgment, you might pause at this point and imagine what your life would be like tomorrow if all the firstborns in your family died tonight. I would lose my eldest brother, a nephew, four nieces, my daughter, my wife, two grand-daughters, and in-laws too numerous to mention.

To summarize, we see in the Passover a series of three critical elements: 1) the selection and death of the lamb, 2) the application of the blood for protection, and 3) the Lord passing over the protected homes and killing the firstborn in the rest. If we fast-forward about 1,400 years to the time of Christ, we see the death of the Lamb of God, but nothing at that time that really maps to the application of the Blood. More significantly, we see nothing that in any way fulfills the “passing over” of the Lord in mercy for some, or the death of any others.

I would submit that the entire “church age” from then until now has included an appeal to apply the Blood as the only protection from the wrath that is certain. Prophetically, and in fulfillment of the Passover type, the visit of the destroyer is yet future.

Obviously, we don’t expect that when Jesus returns that He will be killed again. But while the Head was killed 2,000 years ago, Romans 8:36 indicates that the death of His Body is an ongoing process, and we might anticipate that the process will end on a future Passover. It would certainly be consistent with the prophetic pattern to have a fierce, world-wide judgment occur on Passover with the true Believers protected, a few days for the world to try to recover, and then a rapture and resurrection event on First Fruits. It would also be plausible for such a world-wide catastrophe to take place any time, in view of current events and political and economic realities.

In the meantime, our efforts as ambassadors for the Kingdom of Christ should continue, as we urge our fellow-pilgrims to be reconciled to God through the only reconciliation that is available: the blood of Jesus Christ. I’m not setting a date, but like many of you, I believe the time of His coming is drawing very near. Please! Don’t be deceived and don’t be distracted.

The Indictment August 19, 2015

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Indictment. A written accusation charging that an individual named therein has committed an act or omitted to do something that is punishable by law.

I’m grieved and about nauseated as I write this. I don’t expect a lot of “shares” on Facebook and, in fact, some will simply read the headline underneath the picture (below) and delete the post. Believe me, I understand. What is being revealed is truly horrifying. But if we avoid the story, why do we tolerate the reality?

Geoff Grider has posted an article (link below) describing the latest Planned Parenthood exposé video. The source article is here:


I have not viewed the video; Geoff’s story is sufficiently horrifying.

I believe these videos (seven so far) are a seven-point indictment by God to America. We in the eschatosphere are distracted by the anticipated events of September and “Jesus-must-be-coming-soon-goody-goody!“, but God is also JUST and I seriously doubt that we in the church will get a pass. This is happening on our watch, and most of us (even the “Bible-believing evangelicals”) did little to nothing to prevent it; indeed, many of us participated in it.

If we still think God is a sugar daddy who is going to ignore our crimes against our fellowmen because we said a little prayer once, or got baptized, or what-ever, then I think we’re in for a terrifying awakening. Babies were and are being murdered. We have not objected or resisted, nor have we (most of us) warned those with the knives that they are under God’s wrath unless they repent.

This season of Elul is, I believe, America’s last opportunity to turn from her wicked ways. In view of Obergefell and the manifest “ho-hum, I wonder what’s on TV” response by most people, I think America will blow it one more time, and I think America will be destroyed. But we slumber on, or we’re so busy squabbling among ourselves whether pre-trib or post-trib is correct, that we neglect what God is saying to us. He is about to turn up the volume.

Do we REALLY think God doesn’t care? What is wrong with us?

another victim of choice

Here is the link to Geoff’s story: Now The End Begins

The Shortest Sermon Ever Preached August 18, 2015

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ON (or probably very close to) THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Jonah began his trek through the city of Nineveh, proclaiming “In 40 days, Nineveh will be destroyed.” This was probably the shortest sermon ever preached, but the people believed and repented, and Nineveh was spared.

What about us? We in the U.S. are certainly an overqualified people who have sinned against God by persistent unfaithfulness (Ezekiel 14:13), and are over-ripe for judgment. As a nation, we have hardened our hearts and stiffened our necks against God and His word. Even the so-called “Christians” in this land are, by and large, satisfied to try to placate God with a Sunday ritual, while otherwise ignoring Him. How much time in prayer, Bible study, and Christian fellowship? How much time watching TV? With what do we fill our minds on Saturday night before “going to church” on Sunday morning? Are we really fooling God? Or just ourselves??

Don’t be put off by the judgmental tone of this post. I’m not enjoying this either. But we may have just FORTY DAYS to repent, before God Himself displays His righteous wrath against this land.

In the following article, Michael Snyder lists events that are already planned for September: 10 Things That Are Going To Happen Within 15 Days Of The End Of The Shemitah. He summarizes his conclusions:

As a nation, we have unapologetically embraced evil. We are extremely proud, arrogant, greedy and cold-hearted. I do not believe that there is any hope for our nation unless we are shaken to our core.

I am fully convinced that the months ahead are going to dramatically change life in America, but whether it happens right now or not, I am 100 percent convinced that a great shaking is coming to this nation at some point.

I share his concern. Clearly, significant change in the global village is being planned and implemented. More importantly, there are some compelling reasons to believe that God is about to intervene powerfully in human history. Jonah has a message for us. Are we listening?

‘Burma Shave’ Evangelism October 30, 2014

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Some of you may recall the old ‘Burma Shave’ highway signs. For the rest, the basic idea was a series of five or more signs spaced evenly along a highway, each but the last with a line from a bit of verse, and the final sign saying ‘Burma Shave’.

Here’s one example, from memory:

If daisies
are your
favorite flower
keep pushing up those

Cute, obviously memorable, and distinctive.

In a recent discussion with a friend, we considered the idea of composing similar verse along evangelical lines, making up similar signs, and then standing with friends along the side of the road with the signs. If you have any ideas on possible sign composition, I’d love to hear from you. If you don’t quite “get it” just do a google search on “Burma Shave Signs” and it should become clear.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve been doing some reading in Genesis. While there may be some relevant prophetic patterns in the life of Joseph, I was looking more at the human-interest side. Many Christians I know feel oppressed. Life is generally difficult, with illnesses, economic hardship at various levels, key personal relationships that are not good, and a daily fresh load of reasons why the downward spiral can be expected to continue.

Jacob and his family had similar issues from the time Joseph went to Egypt until the time his family joined him there about 23 years later. One of the interesting take-aways from my study was in Genesis 42:36 when Jacob, bemoaning his perceived hardships, said, “…all these things are against me.” Of course, quite the opposite was true. Things were not as they appeared, and all the things he thought were against him were, in fact, weighing very much in his favor.

Might that also apply to us? Could God have placed “treasure in our sacks” and we are complaining about the weight instead of rejoicing in the value?

I will most probably unpack this a bit in the next program.

Administrivia: I asked for “votes” through Paypal and, admittedly, there probably weren’t too many folks who heard the appeal. One couple did and sent a significant gift which I used to set up an account with SoundCloud. This will make the program available through iTunes (and maybe other distribution points as well), and that means access on smartphones, etc. At this point, I’m inclined to keep using the “Anakypto” label since it’s distinctive and sort-of established. I’ve pencilled in next Monday for “going live” but no promises. In the meantime, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you, even if you cannot or do not wish to participate financially.

link: http://www.soundcloud.com/anakypto (and that’s not a picture of me)

email: stevekerp@att.net

The Ultimate Prepper October 16, 2014

Posted by stevekerp in Church, End Times, Uncategorized.

(Note: Many, many thanks to those of you who have been praying for me and writing to encourage me. I realize how much my podcasting effort meant to many of you and I am profoundly grateful to God for His blessing on my efforts. I hope to get back to podcasting in the near future, so please stay tuned and keep praying.

There is no “sand in the hourglass” as far as I can see. I believe we can be snatched literally at any time, so while attempting to calculate a “likely” date for the rapture is fun, it is now a distraction. The Biblical FACT is that we are on the threshold of our transition, and there will be no makeup classes. What we are when His trumpet sounds – mature or immature, spiritually rich or poor, virtuous or otherwise – is what we will be FOREVER. I don’t anticipate a broad-based spiritual revival, but I do believe each of us can be powerfully revived if we choose to be.)

Belle Ringer of the “Salvation And Survival” blog posted an item entitled Rethinking My Prepper Mindset that leads nicely into the topic I broached in my note above. Arguably, the biggest problem in the visible church today is the idolatry of materialism. We get comfortable with our “stuff” and convince ourselves that having lots of nice things and, more importantly, having funds and resources for the future, is responsible Christian stewardship and in no way in conflict with discipleship.

Apparently, the Laodiceans felt so, too. “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing …” and we know how that story goes. According to a story in the telegraph on October 14th, “If you have $3,650, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse’s new report on global wealth.”

Scripture does not say there is anything wrong with being wealthy. However, scripture does say that we, as disciples, are to be distributors of wealth, NOT accumulators. I have discussed this previously in the context of Roger Hertzler’s book, Through the Eye of a Needle and that is the direction I will be going in forthcoming blog postings, and also (by God’s grace) on future podcasts.

We need to get this right. Hertzler asserts that a return to a rigorous and radical non-accumulation lifestyle on the part of Christ’s disciples has historically triggered revival, and that a return to a compromise with materialism has always ended it.

I WANT REVIVAL. I want to be totally, radically transformed and I want to be outrageously rich in heaven. Let’s make this transition together.

Final Fortnight Redux August 2, 2014

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We’re currently looking ahead to Tu b’Av, beginning at 12:26 PM Eastern time (which is sunset in Jerusalem) on Sunday, August 10th. For what it’s worth, the moment of full moon will be 1 hour and 44 minutes later, at 2:09 PM Eastern time. I’m not giddy … yet.

This past week, the pre-tribbers were accused of being “God-haters” for believing and preaching the idea that there will be a rapture event before God’s wrath is visited on this planet. Leaving personalities aside, it may be that this escalating hostile rhetoric is a sign that we are truly close to the end. I’m not convinced that it’s a “sign” per se, since the mainstream media and the culture at large have not picked up on it, at least not yet.

However, the hostility against Israel has become noticeably more intense and more global. That, to me is significant. They are speaking less of peace than of temporary cease-fires (also immediately violated by Hamas) and of Israel’s objective: to destroy (rather than just “contain” or “restrain”) their terrorist neighbors in Gaza. The tunneling strategy was apparently to be executed on Rosh Hashannah, and it’s seen as Providential that the Jews found out about it before the plan could be executed. In the meantime, Iran and their nuclear ambitions seem to have lost visibility, and the war in Syria is likewise not getting as much attention.

Putin in Russia seems to think there will be a major war in Europe soon. So this could be the “calm before the storm” even though things in Europe are barely calm. Well-orchestrated and well-funded “spontaneous” demonstrations against the Jews are daily news. The liberals in Congress now want to continue funding Israel’s “Iron Dome” project, while the Republicans are dragging their feet because of financial considerations. Congress has become incoherent.

Finally, the Ebola story is crowding its way into the headlines, replacing the invasion from Mexico and Central America (funded, managed and facilitated by the Regime). So lots of bad stuff to keep us distracted as the door of God’s mercy and the Church Age draw to a close. Lots of religious people are about to get the surprise of their lives. Eight days and counting …. Are you ready?

Are Pre-Tribbers "God-Haters"?

With Crimean Crisis, Haaretz ‘Gets It’ June 15, 2014

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What follows is not from some fundamental Christian web site or kook blog or anything. It’s from the mainstream Haaretz Jewish web site, They are the ones suggesting that the events in Crimea and Ukraine are explicit Biblical (Book of Ezekiel – their Bible is our Old Testament) harbingers. THEY are the ones suggesting that the Messiah is coming very, very soon!

If you’re a Christian, the fun is just beginning: An army of “200 million” men will come from the East, according the Book of Revelations [sic], and there’s only one country that can raise such an army. Then, in quick succession but in a sequence that is disputed by scholars, the End Times really get going: Armageddon, Desolation, Tribulation, Rapture, Redemption, the Second Coming – the works.

Jews, by the way, make do with just the war of Gog and Magog, after which messianic days are here and “swords are beaten into ploughshares” etc. Nonetheless, Christians aren’t the only ones who are getting excited about the standoff in Eastern Europe. According to a report catching fire over the weekend in the haredi press in Israel, the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch told his disciples this week that the times of the Messiah are upon us. And who is the source for his amazing analysis? None other than one of the top Jewish sages of all time, the Vilna Gaon himself, the Gra, “the genius of Vilnius”, the famously harsh critic of Hasidic Judaism.

Here’s the link. (You have to “create an account” but it’s free): http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.582663

So, for those of you who may think those of us urging preparation for the return of Christ have spent too much time in the eschatosphere and not enough time in the real world …. well, it looks like Chemi Shalev and maybe a few others in Israel have joined us.

Jesus is coming soon! YOU will see Him face-to-face! Are You Ready??

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Daniel’s 70th Half-week May 8, 2014

Posted by stevekerp in End Times.

It hasn’t been until recently that I started seeing all these end-times scenarios that are based on the idea that Daniel’s final week is already half completed. A simple reading of the text should dispel this incorrect (and unnecessary) notion.

The scripture text is Daniel 9:24-27 and the passage is clearly chronological. Daniel breaks the 70 weeks into three pieces: seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week. It is not seven weeks, sixty-two 1/2 weeks and then a half-week. Messiah was cut off after the sixty-two week piece was completed. Since the text states this was “after” the sixty-two weeks, and subsequently states the final week does not begin until after the city and sanctuary are destroyed, a period of time must exist between the end of the 69th week and the beginning of the 70th.

In verse 27 Daniel has no trouble identifying the “end to sacrifice and offering” as being “in the middle of the week” and had he intended to communicate that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the week, he could have said so. However, we read “after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off.” It does NOT say “after sixty-two and a half weeks”.

Further, we read in Daniel that after the Messiah is cut off, the city and sanctuary are destroyed. After the city and sanctuary are destroyed, the covenant is confirmed and the final week begins. There is no way around it. Messiah was cut off in about 32 AD and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. The confirmation of the covenant has to take place after 70 AD and there is neither reason nor scriptural evidence that there is a time delay or gap within the final week.

This is NOT to say that if the covenant is confirmed on this coming Pentecost, that Jesus won’t return until 2021. There is nothing in the prophecy that says Jesus will not return until the final seven years are completed. Rather, there are solid Scriptural reasons for believing Jesus will return in 2017 and will be here on the planet supervising the restoration of all things. In other words, the period of strife, testing and judgment we anticipate will not last seven years. It might be only half of that. Review the “agenda items” in Daniel 9:24 and you will see what needs to be completed in the final seven years. Obviously, these things have not been accomplished, and I think it’s equally obvious that if the final week is simply one of disasters, judgment and wrath, by the time the dust settled on the final day of the 70th week, those things would still be unfinished.

For us, it’s academic. As I’ve said, “we’ve got dinner plans.”

Jezebel Spirit December 15, 2012

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This is an ugly message but it needs to be said. My hope and intent is that it’s Biblical and timely. If it’s inapplicable, praise God! If it’s unpleasant, that is unavoidable. It is certainly not my intention to be harsh, or (God forbid!) to justify the behavior or attitude of any husband who is unwilling to love, lead or provide for his wife and family. I’m not fixing blame, just identifying sin.

Jezebel was an evil, manipulative woman.  She appears in the books of Kings in the Old Testament, and in the church in Thyatira in the new.  She’s known primarily for sexual immorality but I believe she manifests herself in other ways, primarily rebelliousness (which is as the sin of witchcraft) and an arrogant, independent, or unsubmissive spirit.  She may show many of the virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman in that she rises up early and works diligently.  But she has a real problem with Ephesians chapter 5.

I mention this because it appears to me that the eschatological community is the “happy hunting ground” for this spirit.  Many of us are in what would be called “unequal yokes.”  We long for the return of the Lord and watch for the signs, as He commanded.  But one may have a spouse who is completely unconcerned:  indifferent at best and hostile at worst.  We’ve all seen it.  What I have also seen is highly-motivated women who think that because their husbands are not as “spiritual” as they are, that they need no longer submit to him.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. —  Ephesians 5:22-24

This command does not have exceptions or an escape clause.  If a woman will not submit to her husband who she can see, how can she submit to the Lord, Who she cannot see?  And especially when He has given her a direct command to submit?  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

“Everything” means all the venues of married life. To refuse to submit is to adulterate the relationship. The obvious example is sexual infidelity. Here are a couple more:

  1. The couple could live on the husband’s provision, but the wife wants a bigger house, newer car, vacations, etc. Her dissatisfaction adulterates her marriage in the arena of provision.
  2. The wife has spiritual questions or concerns. Instead of following her husband’s spiritual leadership (and encouraging him to grow as a spiritual leader), she goes to a church pastor or minister or a friend. If the children have spiritual questions, she refers them to “the minister.” This adulterates her spiritual relationship with her husband and is also an assault on the family altar.

“Submit” has become an ugly word, and now has Islamic overtones.  So let’s just say “respect” and you’ll get the basic idea.  I’ve seen women, and maybe you have also, who are working outside the home.  As “career women,” many have substantial incomes and get tremendous respect from their co-workers.  And this can turn into contempt for their husbands.  Some make more money than their husbands, and in this Babylonian world, this turns to arrogance.  Some are more religious than their husbands, so they replace their husband’s spiritual headship by making their pastor or minister into their spiritual head.  This is immorality!

In an extreme case, there was a woman who felt she was getting direct communications from God.  She may have been getting indirect communications from Him through her husband (God respects the chain of command), but she didn’t think he was “spiritual” enough so she would not listen.  I believe a seducing spirit may have gained entry at that point, and her dreams, visions and communications that she thought were from God were actually from the dark side.  God did have a message for her:  Ephesians 5:22.  But she was too “spiritual” to listen.  Now, as a result, her marriage is in shambles, her testimony is about destroyed, and her legal problems are just beginning.

THIS IS THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT!  (Pardon my all-caps – I’m not yelling, just emphasizing).  Bad stuff happens to Jezebel and to all who follow her example (Rev. 2:22).  Wives:  respect your husbands, even if they are unsaved or spiritually indifferent.  Love is patient and kind; it is never arrogant or rude.  You “spiritual” women:  how spiritual are you when the going gets tough?  Do you tally your husband’s shortcomings to “justify” your rebelliousness?  Are you helping your husband to become the man he needs to be?  Or have you abandoned him because it’s easier and more satisfying to invest your life in your career instead of your marriage?  Remember Lot’s wife? Whose “suitable help” (Genesis 2:18) are you, anyway?

Self-test for working women: If you treated the people you work with like you treat your husband, would you get promoted? or fired?

Consider Esther – Ahasuerus was a tyrant.  Need I say more??

One additional thought:  If Ahab would have loved his wife Jezebel even as Christ loves the church, it would not have made any difference.  There is no cause/effect relationship between these two mandates in Eph 5. No Jezebel-spirited woman will ever be able to say, “I was unsubmissive because my husband didn’t love me” (or “didn’t love me enough”).

NOTE:  The nucleus of this item was originally posted on the Five Doves web site on December 14, 2012.  Following is a confirmation from one reader:


Steve…thank you so much for this article.  The Lord Jesus Christ used you to speak to ME directly.  I am a Christian, saved by the Grace of God.  I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, but your words really cut directly to my heart, soul and spirit.

I believe my husband is saved, and we use to worship together when we first got married.  We both have drifted away from attending church, but I do still study the Word and worship via Christian programs on radio, television, internet, etc.   My husband is retired and I still work full-time outside the home.  I am what is call a “Career” woman and make more money than my husband (although everything is OUR money).  I have been feeling resentful of him because we are struggling financially and I tend to blame him for not “providing” for our family.  I find myself saying hurtful things to him and have felt spiritually “superior” to him.  I know I am not as God is not a respecter of persons, but I am guilty of this nonetheless.  I have been very rebellious and they way I speak to him is not how I should as a wife.

I have used the excuse that he is not acting like the Christian “Leader” of our home, as a license for me to not give him the respect he is due as the “Head of the Household”.   When the Holy Spirit has convicted me (on several occasions), I did apologize and ask his forgiveness and told him I would try to treat him as I should.  I really mean it and believe I have been better, but there are so many issues we both are dealing with.  I found out he watches pornography, and I have been tempted to flirt with someone at work.  We are not connecting sexually.  I feel cheated on, but also feel guilty for being tempted to stray (I have not physically, but in my heart, I guess I have).

There is just so much more, I can’t put it all into words, but when I saw your letter on Five Doves, I KNEW it was speaking to me.  I do believe time is running out and the Lord will soon return.  I am going to pray again to the Lord to forgive me and help cleanse and give me a renewed spirit.  I do not want to be ashamed when He comes for His Bride.

Please pray for me too.  I just HAD to write and thank the Lord for using you to speak this WORD to me.

God gave men helpers because men need help. Some of us need a LOT of help. I am truly frightened for some Christian women who are going to get some terrifying surprises when Jesus returns and holds them accountable for the shabby way they treat their husbands.

NOTE: Three more comments from Five Doves:
Deborah W – Steve C. Re: Jezebel
Heather B – To Steve’s Post Re: Jezebel Spirit
Abigail – To Steve Coerper re “Jezebel Spirit” and my response

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