The Time of Day
Have you ever wondered what time of day the Bride Theft / 144k sealing will occur? Does it really matter what time of day it will be? from the perspective of taking some specific action like staying awake, dressing in a certain manner, or, being in a particular place, it doesn't seem likely. But from another perspective, I think it does matter, because there is always wisdom and insight to be gained in the pursuit of knowledge of the times and seasons. the frame of reference of the time of day we might expect to find declared in the scriptures would be Israel time, of course, since daily time is geographically dependent. You may have noticed in the course of these studies that various times of day are pictured. I believe this is so because they address various prophetic contexts. As to which of them addresses the time on the literal 24 hour day, I will venture an opinion.
In John 21, the time marked was in the morning at breakfast time, “when the day was now breaking.” This fits with the theme of a "resurrection morning" when the day dawns anew. (Psalm 90, Psalm 110:3, Psalm 130, II Peter 1:19)
In Acts 12, Peter's release from prison happened during the night while it was dark. which we know because of the following verses.
On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers...
Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter.
The dark part of the night here may possibly be understood in the context of this scenario being fulfilled during the watches of the night, which. as you may recall, is the very key to my recognizing that prophecy.
There is a strong allusion to the master's coming in the second or third watch of the night in the following, which was also instrumental in my discovering the Acts 12 scenario.
37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38 Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
The context is definitely the night watches that are years in the appointed week of darkness, but should we exclude the interpretation of this as referring to that literal time of day? I think so. Although those segments of a 24 hour day known as watches in the night may seem to be a reasonable interpretation of the time of day He might actually come, you would have to assume that there will also be an expectation by the Lord that His faithful servants will be awake and not sleeping at the moment he comes, regardless of where they live on the earth. Of course, the Lord is capable of ensuring that the Bride is literally awake at the moment of His coming to steal her away.
Daily time is marked be Jerusalem time, Israel time, and it is a fact that at whatever time the master comes, there will be somewhere on earth where it is the second watch of the night, and just one time zone to the East it will be the third watch of the night. It seems to me that this prophetic marking of time is thus similar to that which is found in Acts 12, where the context of the time is to the prophetic symbol.
I believe the prophetic view of the sealing of the 144k sons of Israel seen in Samuel hearing and recognizing the voice of the Lord as it came during the night (I Samuel 3:1-11) should be interpreted in this same way.
In Elijah's contest, (I Kings 18) the time of day when the fire of the Lord fell was said to be, "At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice." I believe the the time of the evening sacrifice bears reference to the evening of the age, where the morning refers to the early season, and I further believe it reveals the time of the Bride Theft / 144k sealing on Israel time. ( + 2 UTC/GMT - View Current Israel Time) This is known to be about the ninth hour, (3 pm) which is the very same time of day Y'shua arose from the dead, fully 72 hours after his death. (Matthew 27:46-50)
In conclusion, I believe the time of day the Lord will come for his Bride will be around 3 pm, Israel time. There is nothing trivial in the Bible The Lord's scheduled appointments with man are perfectly timed. When all is known, the Lord of time will be glorified for having made known to man every season and reason in its time.