You echoed my thoughts. I had very high hopes in 2007, being that it was 40 years from the recapture of Jerusalem.
That being said, here's my take on how soon the rapture may be. Granted we've seen disappointments in the past and I don't claim to have all the answers, but bear this in mind. From the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. to the rebirth of Israel, there were no fulfilled Bible prophecies. None. Allbeit, there were events of prophetic significance, but no actual, literal fulfillments of Bible prophecies. In 1948, with the rebirth of Israel in a single day, the clock started ticking!
Please take a look at what I recently posted... Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm. It was written by Moses and I believe it has prophetic significance of greatest importance for all Christians who are living in the last days.
Some scholars believe that Moses was near the end of his life when he wrote Psalm 90. This would have made Moses about 120 years old when it was written. Yet, even though Moses was 120 years old, he said mans' years were only 70 or 80 years long. His words in verse 10 read as follows: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80), yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Emphasis mine).
This is of utmost importance in light of what Jesus said concerning end time events in Matthew 24:34.
"Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place."
As I write this, it has been over 62 years since Israel was re-established. In a series of events that were indeed miraculous, Israel became a nation against overwhelming odds. I urge you to read about the (miraculous) events surrounding the war which broke out when Israel was established as a nation in one day as declared in the prophecy of Isaiah 66:8.
From the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. until the rebirth of Israel in one day in 1948 there hadn't been a single Bible prophecy fulfilled! There were events which had transpired that were of prophetic significance, but not one actual Biblical fulfillment that we can be certain about. What I am saying is that the clock definitely started ticking in 1948.
If we subtract the seven tribulation years from the seventy years spoken about by Moses...well, you can see the significance if you are a believer in the pretribulation rapture of the bride. We are going home soon!
I don't know when for certain. At least not yet. I know the time left for this generation is almost completely run out! I suspect the destruction of Damascus and perhaps the war of Gog and Magog could be within weeks or months.