What does scripture say about whether or not faithful Christians will be persecuted during the end times? I guess since Christians have been persecuted for millenia, the question is really whether or not they will be persecuted more, or a lot more.
Also, what does scripture say about how we are to know that the end times are finally here?
Scriptural references as well as knowledgeable theological discussion desired.
Also, I have felt persecution because of my faith at times by people who have a severe dislike for Christianity (although not bad compared to what people in other countries undergo daily.)
I know the Bible says "10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:10 KJV) But does scripture discuss anywhere why Christians are persecuted?