“The tribulation prophecy is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. In Matthew it is written primarily for the Jews who were familiar with the Old Testament prophecies and would, therefore, recognize the warning when it came to pass. That is why Matthew says, “Whoso readeth let him understand.” For them it was simply a case of fulfilled prophecy. But the gospel of Luke was written especially for the Gentiles and they were not acquainted with prophecy. Thus when the disciples asked the same question about the tribulation in Luke 21:5-8 we find the answer given from verses 8-21 of which vv. 20, 21 are as follows: “And when ye shall SEE Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the DESOLATION thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in JUDEA flee to the mountains…”
“Doubtless this world will see tribulations in the future and certainly there is a coming judgment. But the great tribulation spoken of by Matthew, Mark and Luke which was foretold by Daniel is unquestionably a matter of history. It is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Moses in Deut. 28:64, “And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even to the other:” No words could have been more accurately fulfilled during the past 2000 years.”
Opinion 2: The Great Tribulation Began with the Destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70
“Historicist believe that we are currently in the Great Tribulation period. A time of darkness, of cruel tyranny and persecuting of the saints of God. A period where the antichristian forces of Papacy, Islam and Secularism rail against the church and kill the saints of God. And we will continue to see this time of injustice, cruelty, tyranny and blood until the time when the church is delivered and Christ has brought all His enemies under Him and when all nations will submit themselves to Christ as King.
Historicists believe that mankind has been in the Tribulation since the destruction of the Temple and we point to the following passages which shows the “tribulation” that the saints continue to endure.”