Before I let you read this article below, I need you all to pray first.
Now that you have read this article, let your mind be set upon things above and not on earth.
Just because persecution is alive and well as it was many moons ago, does not mean we are in the last days. Check out this link for example: http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/char/35.htm and you will know that halfway through you will be crucified of the flesh.
Don't let the world get you wrong: Jesus is coming; just not in our timing.
Hope that helps. Praying for you all.