Bruce Baber (19 Feb 2013)
"Steps on a ladder"
Looking at the steps on a ladder, or hammering the next step in
The progressive signs keep mounting and like you I wonder what
event will make the next headline.
One step on the ladder was the recent resignation of the Pope
leaving us wondering at the significance of Malachy's prophecy.
The next step was lightning striking the Vatican on the same day
that the Pope resigned.
Then another step was an asteroid making a close pass near the
earth. Then another step was a meteor striking Russia.
Recent events were beyond anyone's control. Anyone's, but
God's that is. But, who is to say that some steps on the
ladder might be in our control? Giving help to someone who
needs our help. Sharing the gospel. Okay, maybe
these things aren't signs, but they are the steps we should be
Over the years I've seen so many charts, timelines and theories
about when the rapture will happen that I've lost count.
Some were wild speculations that left me wondering if the
writers had bothered to read their Bibles. Others were
well thought out and quite convincing. Some say this
year. Some say the middle of this decade. Some say
pre-trib. Some say mid-trib. Some say this Jewish
holiday. Some say another. Personally, now I see
parallels for the rapture in practically all of the Jewish
With the increasing frequency of significant signs happening I
know we don't have long to do the things we should.
Arguing about timelines for the rapture isn't going to help
anyone up the ladder, or bring about the rapture sooner.
Lending a helping hand and witnessing just might though.
Romans 11:25..."I do not want you to be ignorant of this
mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has
experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the
Gentiles has come in."
John 10:16... "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep
pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice,
and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."
I guess what I'm trying to say is that just watching the signs
won't speed up the rapture. Bringing someone to Jesus
Christ just might. We can do that through our actions and
our testimony. That my brothers and sisters is truly
another rung on the ladder. Time is short. Maybe we
can make it shorter.