Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
"Jehovah knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of trial." (2 Peter 2:9)
When the mighty Assyrian army invaded Judah and threatened Jerusalem in the eighth century B.C.E., Jehovah sent an angel who struck down 185,000 Assyrians, providing deliverance for Jehovah's faithful servants. (Isaiah 37:32, 36) Just days before his death, Jesus gave a prophetic warning for the benefit of his disciples in Judea. (Luke 21:20-22) In 66 C.E., Roman forces came against Jerusalem; then they suddenly withdrew. Recognizing this as an opportunity to escape the destruction that Jesus had foretold, faithful Christians fled to the mountains. When the Roman legions returned in 70 C.E., Jerusalem was completely destroyed. The Christians who had heeded Jesus' warning escaped that terrible calamity. (Luke 19:41-44) No matter what challenges we may be facing now or may yet encounter in the future, we too can put full trust in Jehovah as our "Provider of escape."—Psalm 70:5.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 1:17-20)