In Matthew 24:21,22 Jesus says, " For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short."
Then later in the chapter Jesus says in Matthew 24:37-39, "For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."
I take the coming of the Son of Man to be a reference to Jesus coming back to earth to gather his elect mentioned in Matthew 24:30.
I also take this event to come immediately after the tribulation.
The question then is, how can people still be eating, drinking and getting married during the worst time in human history. It seems that times have been worse for people. Is this a good reason to take these verses hyperbolically or have I missed something?