Wolfman85 » The great tribulation foretold in Mathew 24 had its fulfillment in 70AD when Rome destroyed Jerusalem. No such thing as a double fulfillment. It happened already and won't happen again. Those words from Jesus Christ were told to the first Century Jews.
I don't believe the great tribulation of Matthew 24 was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. First, the Roman invasion didn't happen suddenly. In fact, it was put on hold early on when Vespasian had to rush back to Rome, leaving his legions in the hands of his son, Titus. Many other aspects of the prophecy also weren't fulfilled:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 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. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The Romans were responsible for the dispersion of Judah, which the Old Testament prophets had predicted. But in the latter days, Judah would be restored to its ancestral lands and then war would again rage against Jerusalem. This is when the great tribulation of Matthew 24 would come to pass b because it would culminate in the return of Jesus and with Him being recognized as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Go to Ezekiel 38-39, which describes this war and mark the number of times it refers to the people of Judah as being gathered from the dispersed among the nations. Only in our day could this be true since never before in history had Judah been dispersed among the nations of the earth.
So the great tribulation could not have yet happened. But stay tuned.