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I think a better understanding of Matthew 24 is that the first 35 verses deal with Jerusalem at the time of the end resulting with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. Remember this was what Jesus was referring to in v.3.
Refer to Luke 21:20 where Jesus warns of Jerusalem being surrounded by armies and instructing those listening “to flee to the mountains”.

Christ also states that ” this generation shall not pass till all these things take place”.

Nation did rise against nation during this time, the Roman Empire experienced two civil wars. It was thought the empire would not make it.

Read the text: Jesus is specifically talking to the disciples.
They experienced v. 9.

Just some thoughts.