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When I first began blogging at EndTimesMama.com, it was to represent a very small niche of women who were aware that current events seemed to be fulfilling eschatological Bible prophesy.
I believe women, like us, need a voice and a ministry because I know what it was like to be afraid for these things. We prep and hoard and learn about unprecedented global events that seem to be bringing us close and closer to the end, but unfortunately, for a lot of people, that’s not the kind of prep God wants us to be doing.
I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next girl, but there’s a difference between hysteria and discernment. We can physically prep all we want, but what about spiritual prep?
As wives and mothers, I think we are particularly anxious and fearful of end times events. Understandably, we have an instinct to protect our children and homes and cannot bear the thought of anything happening to our children or husbands.
But God does not give us a spirit of fear (1 Tim 1:7), so if thoughts of FEMA camps and UN armies and global pandemic and war keep you up as night as they used to do me, take comfort in the Lord and ask Him for the power, love and sound mind that comes from Him.
While I am of the belief that end times prophesies do seem very close to being fulfilled, we’re not the first generation to think so. Throughout the New and the Old Testament it is clear that God wanted His people prepared for the End, whenever that may be. I do believe He wants us to be in a constant state of vigilance and spiritual preparedness-spiritual preparedness to lay it all down to serve Him.
One of the Most Important Way to Prepare for the Ends Times
And one of the most important tools we have for spiritual survival and ways in which we can daily sacrifice our flesh to Him is through our obedience and submission to our husbands.
We are constantly admonished by the Scripture not to be deceived, told that in the end times many deceivers will come in Christ’s name (Matt 24:24) and that the Antichrist’s rise to power will be marked by deception (Dan 8:25).
I think one of the most chilling examples in Scripture of deception in the end times is in 1 Timothy:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I never fail to be amazed at how stunningly applicable this passage is to the times we’re in. But what strikes me the most is that these men, who sound so much like modern men and women who are selfish, narcissistic, disrespectful and vulgar, are leading women astray with divers lusts, leading silly women captive who are laden with sins.
Does this not sound like one of the biggest spiritual battle the modern American woman faces?
The world today tells women that it’s all about them, that they should have their every desire indulged upon, that their husband should cater to their needs and let them run things. To be the boss.
Note that these men mentioned in the passage are also “truce breakers”; perhaps having no regard for the lifelong covenant of marriage, and “despisers of those that are good”, perhaps mocking and resenting Christians or Judeo-Christian values.
These days, the influence of the world “creeps” into our house so easily, on TV, social media, our endless supply of entertainment and politicized news and commentary that seem to systematically undermine Christ. I do believe that submission has never been harder, when the whole world tells you to give in to your own lusts, to be ruled by your own flesh, to focus on your needs and to seek validation and fulfillment.
In Scripture, we see that the primary reason Eve was placed in submission to her husband was because she was deceived: “And I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in transgression” (1 Tim 2:15). Because of this, God told her “thy desire shall be for thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Gen 3:16). Thus began the great power struggle between man and woman, to be played out through all of human history. Because she was deceived. Paul was echoing this hierarchy established by God at the Fall, that a woman should not have authority over a man.
For many women, myself at the top of the list, learning to submit to one’s husband is the biggest daily challenge to sacrifice the flesh and our own desires for God’s will.
Our submission to our husbands mirrors our relationship with God
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Eph 5:2-24)
In life and in tribulation, we must submit ourselves to Christ. Obey, yes, but “obey” simply means to technically follow orders. “Submit” on the other hand, is to place ourselves in complete subjection and submission to God and to our husbands. In essence, just as we accept Christ as Lord of our life, never to serve another master, we accept our husbands as being in authority over us, which is God’s will.
It can be very frightening and scary that we might see the Great Tribulation in our lifetimes, with our children and husbands. But some days it can be just as hard to put aside our own pride and submit to a man we know to be imperfect and even at times seemingly undeserving of our submission.
But it is precisely this practice that will prepare our hearts for the end times. There will be so much deception, so much temptation of the flesh, that we need to daily prepare our hearts by submitting to God’s will in our lives. Sometimes that might be as small as sucking it up when we want to argue with our husbands, but one day soon it might be much bigger, like being brought before a council to be tried for our faith. But whatever the scenario, Satan is pacing like a lion waiting to pounce, to lead you stray and take you captive.
Don’t let him. Stand strong in the faith and submit yourself to the Lord, and your husband. God gave you the man He did for a reason. And he, like our Lord, will sanctify you and present you Holy on that Day.
Besides, even if you still are completely dedicated to physical preparedness as much as the spiritual, obeying your husband sure will make the construction of a doomsday bunker go much smoother, trust me. 😉