In this article a Jewish believer in Jesus who has had for 33+ years preached about prophecy gives a very interesting theory on the beginning of the Apocalypse and the Rapture.
He sets very specific times which I think are good probabilities of being correct. Thanks to Carl Worline.
Carl Worline (27 Sep 2012)
“What Triggers The Rapture“
I just read an outstanding article on the Anakypto Forum by Neil Lipkin, a messianic Jew end-times prophecy expert (gee, I like this guy already just based on his title), about what triggers the rapture. He has a really fascinating idea, which he backs up with a lot of solid scripture. What if the rapture isn’t tied to one of the Jewish feasts? What if it is tied to the “sudden destruction” instead? When you stop and think about it, this really makes a lot of sense. It also ties up some loose ends that didn’t seem to fit too well in prophecy.
Something has always bothered me when I try to picture God finally pulling the trigger that starts the rapture. Something like 7 people on average die every second on the earth, so there is a constant trickle of souls arriving in heaven all the time. If God were to pull the trigger there will be someone who will be the last soul to make it into heaven as the Age of Grace slams shut. There will also be that soul (or souls) that missed it by a split second, as well as many souls who missed it by just a few more seconds. I would think that it would be pretty tough for God to pull that trigger, knowing that every second He delayed allows more souls to make it to heaven. On the other hand, if God were to pull out the Restrainer (Holy Spirit), then in a matter of a very short time the free will of evil in men will, most certainly, push the button that will start the war that will bring the “sudden destruction.” It will not be God who determines the precise instant that the Age of Grace ends, it will be man. God will come to the rescue by allowing the Groom to snatch away the Bride at the last possible instant.
When you stop and think about it, if the rapture were tied to one of the Jewish feasts, there would be a relatively small window as to when the rapture could occur each year. If the rapture were tied to the moment the “sudden destruction,” then the day and hour would truly be something that no man could know the day or hour of. It could also be something that we could truly watch for by knowing the seasons and watching the development of current events in the world.
Here is the article I was talking about. At the end of the article is a link to an hour long video that talks about what is in the article. This guy is really impressive to read, and even more impressive to listen to: