All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. John 16:1-2
Jesus rightly predicted that His disciples would be persecuted from within their own synagogues. He let them know that the Advocate again is fighting on their behalf.
We too need to realize that there are those who hate Believers and would love the opportunity to kill them. The time for that is rapidly approaching. Think it’s conspiracy theory stuff? When people are beginning to equate Christian beliefs with the Taliban and terrorists here and here, then our time is short.
But just as Jesus told the Disciples, He’s warning us “so that we don’t fall away.”