Persecution of the world’s largest religion has intensified throughout the 20th century and that trajectory has only intensified in recent years, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. Jihadists appear to have repeatedly carried out one of their oft-stated goals of erasing any trace of Christianity in some regions, while in others persecution against Christians and other religious minorities are being held at bay - for now.
The actual prospects facing Christianity in three of its longest-standing strongholds, Syria, Egypt and Iraq, vary significantly. But a blind eye is often turned by the mainstream media and others when it comes to anti-Christian atrocities, which have become an all-too-common way of life for many in the Mideast.
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This should come as no surprise to those who have read the Bible, which predicts that Christianity will be crushed in the End Times:
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:7 KJV
But what most fail to understand is that the current wave of persecution is due to what the USA has been doing to the region. Christians have lived together in peace with Muslims and Jews in the Middle East for centuries ... until the USA armed the jihadis and started the "war on terror" (a.k.a. the war on Islam).
And something else most fail to understand is that the "him" of Revelation 13:7, the beast which rose up out of the sea, is the USA. Our government is the cause of these persecutions, which puts us squarely in the role of this beast.