In a recent article, Justin D. Long emphasized the startling fact that more people have died for their faith in the Twentieth Century than in all of the previous centuries combined. “During this century, we have documented cases in excess of 26 million martyrs. From AD 33 to 1900, we have documented 14 million martyrs.” In 2015 it was reported that about 100 million people worldwide were persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Clearly, the persecution that Jesus referred to (Matthew 24:9) has already begun, and will most likely intensify as we move into the 70th week of years. Today, there are many organizations that monitor the persecution of followers of Jesus Christ worldwide. Among them are Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors, and International Christian Concern. Please visit their sites for the latest news and ways to help.