You know what? About a hundred years ago, certainly two hundred years ago, the vast majority of Christians, Europeans, and indeed humanity, would see something behind these events beyond merely natural occurrences happening with some coincidental timing. They wouldn't bat an eye seeing the Divine hand behind this, the reasons no doubt being open to debate.
It's a testimony to the secularization of Christianity and, indeed, the world that the vast majority of us make no claim to connect these events to anything other than natural developments. In fact, those few trying to make some supernatural connection are the ones laughed at, dismissed and generally discounted - and that by those who are Christians.
I actually wonder if the first ones to miss the signs of the times will be those who are supposed to see them more clearly than anyone.
By the way, what is it with Dr. Debbie Birx's millennial-philia? Every time she speaks at a news conference update, she takes a moment to sing the praises of millennials, even as she then has to tell millennials to stop being stupid. We thought at first this was because she had millennial kids and this was a subtle way of saying 'I know you're the best generation ever, so don't be dumb.' But no, after watching several of her gushing praise-fests of millenials, she just has this strange veneration for them despite all evidence screaming for a different evaluation.
Perhaps there's a connection between these two observations, but they came to me at the same time nevertheless. Perhaps because I'm watching a press conference as I type, and hearing her daily worship service at the altar of the millennial generation, the one abandoning the Faith at levels not seen in the Faith's history.
"Then [Jesus] said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake."" Luke 21.10-13