A Continuing Exposition of Matthew 24 & Luke 21
As we continue to explore the singular meaning of the Matthew 24 / Luke 21 Mount Olive discourse regarding the two apostolic questions; “When will the Temple be destroyed?” and “What are the signs of your (2nd) coming and the end of the world?” we will fail in our exegesis unless we grasp the fact that this discourse is neither chronological nor sequential in the 21st century mindset. Christ does not put everything in exact “time sequence” and “chronological” order. To our way of thinking, He jumps around and gets things “out of order.” In fact, such chronological and sequential concepts are foreign to the 1st century Jewish way of thinking. Though many, if not most, of the dialogue is in what we would call “proper sequence,” it is by no means 100% so. Frankly, such concepts as time, chronology and sequence were not important to the writers of Jewish literature, inspired or otherwise. What was important was the impact of certain people, places and events in order of importance to God’s long term plan for mankind. In other words, “correct” chronological and sequential order has little, if nothing, to do with how God communicated His Holy Word to the Jewish people. As the Littman Co. © says;
 69 A. D. is known as "The Year of the Four Emperors." Vespasian was proclaimed emperor only after 3 other men temporarily held the Imperial Seat. Nero committed suicide in 68 A. D. In 69 A. D. Galba was assassinated in the Forum by the Praetorian Guard, Otho committed suicide, thirdly, Vitellius was killed by Vespasian's soldiers as they overran Rome. Interestingly, as his son would do a year later in Jerusalem, Vespasian burned down the Temple of Jupiter which was associated with Vitellius. The fourth emperor that year, Vespasian, was proclaimed emperor just before years end.
NOTE: For a detailed history of "The War of the Jews" see: http://www.historynet.com/first-jewish-roman-war-siege-of-jerusalem.htm