To most thinking individuals, this sounds insane. Impossible. Irrational. Beyond the scope of common sense. Though I am the least of the least so certainly not the only one, I can say I saw this coming, even many years ago.
At the turn of this century, I belonged to a forum of what was then known as 'preppers'. We gathered to discuss possibilities, Plan B, sharing information and places to search for learning basic survival skills in the event that the ITs were not able to repair the code in the software that basically runs the world before the bewitching midnight hour of 12/31/99.
I wasn't a Bug-Out-Bag-Build-A-Bunker prepper. I was more about gathering extra supplies to be able to stay safely out of the fray and learning how to cook in the dark. Last February, 2020, I had a flashback to my 'prepper days' when I watched normal humans become irrational animals fighting over the last package of toilet paper at the local grocery store. Humans are definitely predictable and it's why I am conditioned to try to stay a couple steps ahead of any current situation. It's a self preservation thing.
The Y2K Prepper forum attracted all sorts of folks from all over the world. It was mostly civil exchanges but one member, in particular, was a rabid atheist and had little tolerance for anyone saying anything that remotely referred to having faith. It was her opinion that all the ills of the world could be dumped onto the Christian religion. Any reference to Christianity, she would chime in with something snarky or snide and because most of the other forumites were not there to do battle, the topic/thread would soon die. I'm sure she felt smugly that she had won some points for the common good.
Atheist -1 Christian - 0.
One day, a news article appeared that someone posted that referenced a Church in a small town having been destroyed by vandals. Without thinking it through, I posted that, one day, Christians, everywhere, would be persecuted and would likely have to resort to gathering secretly in homes and in caves as the first century Followers of the Way had to do to escape Roman persecution.
The Atheist, (I had a mental image of her smacking her lips and typing gleefully) posted her rebuttal. She said, "Please tell me any incidence of YOU being unable to practice your religion!"
I thought about it before I replied. I was torn between carrying on with examples of how it has been for more than 2000 years, including many places in other countries, at that moment, or cutting it short, choosing to not cast pearls before swine. In the end I took the middle road and replied:
"Christians are being murdered all over the world as I type this. Christians in China have to hide or be dragged off to reeducation camps. My comment was about the future of Christianity in the West, particularly in the US."
I'm sure she had a pointy terse response but I didn't care what she thought by then I had said all I was going to. Perhaps someone else reading might have gotten a seed planted and that is really all that matters to me. You can lead a horse to water, the old saying goes...
I have finally concluded that what we are seeing happening, in real time, today, was predicted long ago which confirms for me that, indeed, the day does come. Whether 2000 years or 20.
I've always thought that God, historically speaking, keeps a Remnant for Himself because He prefers to do the impossible with the least. But lately, as things have moved along to more Biblical prophesy unfolding before our eyes, I have to wonder, if God uses the least number to fulfill His will because it is easier to make things happen with a few hidden and thus more successfully working in silence than those actively visible - being out loud and therefore easy targets. Maybe it takes both and depends on personality type. In The Body, the eyes aren't required to do what the hand does, etc. My prepper history reveals that I, personally, prefer to stay working underground. :-)
Just a theory. I'm always pondering things. One thing I am not wondering about is whether or not what we are seeing happening is God allowing satan to have his way with us so that we can better discern the sheep from the goats. Who are His faithful Remnant? Those who keep the faith in spite of threat of death? Those who listen for the still small voice and choose to carry on regardless what the rest of the world is doing? Those who choose to say, 'no' to what looks very much like a way to mark us into a system?
I do know that what we've been told in ancient prophecy, the End of Days. is not likely to look like or be exactly as we have come to expect for all the movies and fiction books put out. But, then again, we are also given permission to pay attention to the signs. It appears as though we are in the fictional Matrix but, in real life, we are truly in the edges of all out war on the Christian faith - world wide - not a book, movie or game show, so I'm thinking we need to consider being more aware and staying a couple steps ahead of the old predictions.
When a Christian congregation, in a Western country, that we share a border with, is forced to go underground so as to be able to gather to worship, I say, 'I'll take, What era did it become illegal to be a Christian? for 666, Alex."
I cannot help but wonder if that Atheist is still alive and would she loudly applaud hundreds of police guarding a fenced in church building in a country so near us.
ps - the following is a quote from Dave Ramsey, that I found to be a consummately accurate summary of what we see is happening, that also just happens to align with prophesy.
The war with dark principalities has ramped up.
by DAVE RAMSEY
"This morning, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same.
I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their own. I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone.
You can't justify this insanity. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind.
We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.
Somehow it's un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.
People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
Universities that advocate equality, discriminate against Asian-Americans in favor of African-Americans.
Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.
People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.
After legislating gender, if a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it's an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquiries about it.
People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.
Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you'd better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcomed.
$5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for "free" health care is not.
If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.
And, pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"!
Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus, but it is racist to refer to it as Chinese even though it began in China.
We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong, but killing innocent babies is right.
Wake up America. The great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, is taking on water and sinking fast.