I don't know when the apocalypse will come but I'm pretty sure the date/time won't be announced by some preacher or the network news. Unless, that is, God has an odd sense of humor.
the difference between an 'operation' and a procedure:
Apocalypse means 'a revealing of some important matter'. Hence "Book of Revelation". I think you already knew this, but I want to point out that the 'revealing' took place some 2000 years ago (Rev, Mt 24, Mr 13, Lu 21, 1 Cor 15 et al.).
It has been left 'as an exercise for the reader' to understand and apply so as to know about when Armageddon will come.
"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and
rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet ... Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh"
And, if I may insert a comment (and even if I may not):
The references were very good; someone did his homework. The scripture that rapturists miss ('good guys go up; bad guys stay') is Proverbs 2:21,22:
"For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it."
IOW, 'bad guys go away; good guys stay. From the good ol' KJV, whose compilers believed many of the crazy things held to today by "Christians"- in spite of having the truth [literally] right in front of them.
In spite of the obvious humor opps, there is real tragedy now upon the participants.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 - Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Matthew 24:30 - And then shall appear
the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of
the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 26:64 - Jesus saith unto him,
Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the
Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Mark 13:26 - And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 14:62 - And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Revelation 1:7 - Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all
kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 2:7 - He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that
overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst
of the paradise of God.
2 Corinthians 12:2 - I knew a man in
Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or
whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth such an one caught up to the third heaven.
Corinthians 12:4 - How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard
unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Luke 23: -
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.