The passages from Deuteronomy 28 are especially hard to read. While Israel often experienced great hardship and judgment as they fell away from God, many of the passages in this chapter seem to be symbolically referring to something even greater. Here is a sample (I deliberately stopped at verse 52):
Deuteronomy 28:49-52: “The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand, a nation of fierce countenance who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young. Moreover, it shall eat the offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish. It shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you."
Is it possible these passages were also looking forward to the Siege of Jerusalem, with all its raging barbarity?:
Matthew 24:21: "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will."