But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:32-33)

Read: Matthew 24:36 – 25:46, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 21:34-38

Relate: Judah was at war. Babylon was at their gates and things looked bleak. They were waiting for their miracle. Things had been this bad before. Worse. Assyria had stood at these very gates and threatened destruction far more grim than any Babylon would carry out. Babylon had already come and conquered once before but they only took the leadership and the elites with them back into captives. Assyria, when they conquered the land…

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