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Cute Children and Adorable Pets May 5, 2013

Posted by stevekerp in Current Events, Marriage and Family.
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OK – the subject line is a bit deceptive, since what follows says nothing about pets, (though it has plenty to do with cute children). But “America’s Soon and Certain Destruction” would, for many who need to read this, simply motivate them instead to hit the ‘delete’ key. If you are interested in the future … YOUR future …. please read on:

Just in case you are wondering why some are insisting that America is heading for fierce national judgment and why that judgment is now unavoidable, here is the answer:

Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late-Term Abortion Industry – Arizona

It’s an 8-minute youtube video. Got 8 minutes?? Or are you “too busy”?

Jesus Himself told us to remember the days of Lot, and especially Lot’s wife. Lot was just one man — the only righteous man in Sodom. He was held in contempt by his family and his fellow citizens. His sons-in-law laughed at him when he insisted that judgment was imminent. He could not do anything about the wickedness of his culture, but he at least had the decency to grieve about what he saw. It was his grieving — not futile attempts at political action or cultural correction (and there is no evidence of either) — that caused God to see Lot as righteous (2 Peter 2:7-8 if you want to look it up).

Lot’s wife could have been saved, had she just obeyed her husband. How many “Christian” wives out there think Ephesians 5:22-24 doesn’t apply to them?

Here in America, we are MURDERING CHILDREN and most folks, even those who call themselves Christians, are apparently unconcerned. “It’s the law. I can’t do anything about it.” That’s true; so what? You can SAY something about it. You can certainly pray about it, pray that God might send revival to your city and perhaps spare at least some in your community. Or you can shrug it off, go back to your favorite TV program … and ignore the silent screams of 50 million innocent children who have been slaughtered mercilessly in this country while we looked the other way, went to our Sunday morning church services, and trudged off to our jobs.

God is just, and HIS … JUSTICE … WILL … NOT … SLEEP … FOREVER! And I daresay the screams of those children will be matched by the screams of the callous and indifferent when God judges this land. On that day, there will be no more “business as usual” – no more careers and dinners out and “Dancing With The Stars” while God is placated for an hour on Sundays and most family altars lie in ruins.

Do you care enough to grieve? Do you care enough to cry out? Do you care enough to repent?

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Jezebel Spirit December 15, 2012

Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized.
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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:

WOW…..

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

The Prayer of Resignation September 2, 2011

Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized.
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I actively encourage my readers and listeners to contact me for prayer support. A recent email along those lines generated a lot of response. One of the prevalent themes was either unsaved loved ones, or presumably Christian friends/family members who are unaware of or unconcerned about the obvious lateness of the hour. “No one can know the day or the hour” ends any discussion of prophecy, and unless the urgency of the Second Coming is communicated by the church leader (which it usually is not), the issue is of no concern.

It’s a painful type of rejection, and many know it first-hand. My mail bears testimony, and experience suggests that many who are experiencing this particular frustration did not ask for prayer for it. Perhaps that’s why the Lord prompted me to post these thoughts.

I’m there myself. I became a last-days “activist” (for want of a better term) maybe three or four years ago (maybe longer; time escapes me) but my online publishing of “The Final Fulfillment of Pentecost” really became a watershed in our family. In the past two years, I have tried a LOT of approaches that have not worked. I don’t think there is anybody in my immediate family who listens to the program or visits the Homework page.

There comes a time for Godly resignation. The believers and prophets in the early New Testament reached that point with the Apostle Paul, recorded in Acts 21:14. The prophetic message was clear, but hard-headed Paul had made up his mind and would not be dissuaded. Period. So with resignation:

… we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”

I am at that point. Perhaps some of you are, too. You should not feel guilty because you can’t get through or because these people about whom you care so much don’t get it. Donna Partow spoke to that in her discussion of what she calls “prophetic prayer,” which she defines as: “The art of listening intently to the Father’s heart then accurately and boldly proclaiming God’s good, perfect and pleasing will for a given situation.”

She continues:

When we use the word “prophesy” in this sense, we are not talking about predicting the future. Rather, we are proclaiming God’s highest and best future plan. Then it is completely up to the person being prayed for whether or not they choose to get into alignment with God’s plan.

To which I would add:

And may the will of the Lord be done.

It’s clear from scripture that none of us is supposed to be “in the dark” regarding the coming of the Lord. We are responsible for being obedient watchmen, but we are NOT responsible for results. The light is there. Some folks prefer darkness.

“Well yeah, but …” May 29, 2010

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“Remembering Lot’s Wife” has ruffled a few feathers. My references to disobedient and non-supportive wives has done likewise. The usual rejoinder is, “Yes, I see your point, but the HUSBAND is supposed to …” and then a discussion of how many/most/all husbands don’t love and support their wives as Christ loves the church, suggesting that this deficiency in the husband somehow legitimizes a Jezebel spirit in the wife. “He doesn’t love me, so I am released from the command to submit to him.”

How well do you suppose that argument will play at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

A rebellious spirit is a rebellious spirit. ANY circumstance – ANY outside influence or condition – can be cited as a “reason” why rebelliousness, arrogance, self-sufficiency or un-teachableness is somehow “justified.” But the inner condition, rather than being repented of, is then simply reinforced. Using someone else’s sin to justify your own is not wise.

Wives, submit to your husbands as unto the Lord. Help us weak, marginalized and culturally assaulted men to become what God wants us to be. Help us learn to love you as Christ loves the church. Don’t be like Lot’s wife by abandoning us just when we need you the most.

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Remembering Lot’s Wife May 27, 2010

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Wives actually don’t show up all that favorably in the Bible.  Some stellar exceptions are Noah’s wife in the Old Testament and Aquila’s wife in the New.  But from Eve to Mrs. Job to Mrs. Lot to Jezebel to Sapphira …  we get the picture.

But of all the wives, Jesus admonished us to remember one in particular:  Mrs. Lot.  We know the story — angelic visitors were sent, by God’s grace, to rescue Lot and his family before Sodom was destroyed.  Lot warned his family, but some of them thought he was joking.  Whether motivated by love, obedience or faith, just three left with Lot before the city was destroyed.

We know the story:  she didn’t believe enough to remain obedient.  She looked back — after being warned explicitly not to — and she became a pillar of salt.  Now, why would Jesus point to this particular incident as something that those living in these last days should remember?  A few reasons come to mind.

First, Mrs. Lot didn’t know where she was living.  She apparently didn’t believe that she was living in a city that was coming under judgment.

Second, she didn’t know when she was living.  She may have believed, in a general sense, that God would judge the world “some day.”  She did not know that the day had come.

Finally, it appears that she did not know WHY she was living.  Her “job description” as Lot’s wife involved being a “suitable helper” for her husband.  By disobeying and looking back, she effectively deserted Lot just when he probably needed her the most.

These things are coming into sharper focus for me as we see the judgments against America continuing.  As I write, a dispersant called Corexit is being dumped in massive quantities in the Gulf of Mexico, which is making that body of water TOXIC.  At the same time, national weather services are predicting an unusually severe hurricane season.  We have a certifiable Marxist in the White House and an economy on the brink of total collapse.  It should be clear to any student of scripture that God’s benevolent hand of restraint is being withdrawn, and that some frightening things are in the very near future.  It troubles me that many who consider themselves Christians are either unaware, or unconcerned.

Most of us have never experienced an economic collapse.  Most of us have never lived in an aggressive police state (such as existed in Germany under Hitler and in Russia under Stalin).  None of us has experienced a hurricane that is spreading toxic waste and oil over large portions of the landscape.  And tragically, most of us continue in the false hope that “it can’t happen here.”

Remember Lot’s wife.

America has shed the blood of over 50 million innocent babies, and that blood — like Abel’s — cries out to the just Judge for vengeance.  God has given us ample time to repent, and we have not repented.  The problems now facing us are not political problems or environmental problems or economic problems; they are SPIRITUAL problems — the hard-heartedness, rebelliousness and disobedience of people who purport to be children of God.  We are occupied by the activities of our busy lives and the amusements of the culture.  The Titanic is going down but we’re in the lounge playing cards and can’t be distracted.

God is not deceived; neither will He be mocked.  He is not mollified by our little prayer asking Jesus into our hearts, or our superficial once-a-week religious exercises.  The Judge of all the earth will do right, and He has been warning us continually.  Will we listen?  Will we OBEY?

Remember Lot’s wife.

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