Updated: Sep 9, 2020
I'm sure most of us heard of this word before; however, some may despise it or look down upon it. Whereas, they might not have the understanding or they don't know. So what is a Martyr? A Martyr is a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause. For instance; Jesus Christ, The Black Messiah, he was martyred and endured great sufferings for his people. Although honorably noted as an Israelite that's a beautiful thing. I jump for joy knowing that, and we can't diminish what the Lord has done for the nation of Israel. Amen.
Christ himself walked on this earth preaching and teaching the gospel along with twelve disciples who followed him earnestly. Of course; with the exception of the notorious, controversial and treasonous demon: Judas Iscariot. Who betrayed our Lord and savior for thirty pieces of silver, had him arrested and martyred. Why? The answer is quite simple: his message. How? Popular persuasion by the elders, chief priests and scribes they got infuriated by Jesus' establishment and claims to Lordship, his demeanor of authority, the fact he said He's the I am. He exercised Messiahship, taught presumably to forgive, and the way in which Christ puts himself in the center of Israel’s history. He embodied wisdom when he taught the commandments, the acceptance of worship, and the audacity of man being God. So they sought to kill him; as it is written, smite the shepherd and the sheep scatter. Let's meditate on this for a minute. As the disciples scattered into hiding why didn't they keep silent? Knowingly; speaking out about Jesus meant the disciples risked being tortured, even killed. So why didn't they keep silent? Here's a scenario:
(You're a disciple who walked with Christ for three years. In which you have witnessed numerous miracles, He prophesied about his death, burial and resurrection which came to pass. Then "you" saw him afterwards and was seen by hundreds of others. In addition to this; you witnessed an absolute phenomenon when Christ ascended into a chariot!).
Could you have stayed silent? If you really believed, you could not stay silent. These disciples risked their lives to speak out about what they had no doubts about. That Christ had risen from the dead, that he's a so-called black man from the Tribe of Judah, salvation is for Israel and that God does not love everybody. Proving that he was everything he claimed to be, the Son of God. Moreover; Christ gave them a commandment to go into all nations and teach, because Israel is scattered throughout the four corners of the earth. Same thing going on today. The prophets are back and they're black! The Prophets of today are flooding the earth with this truth to the Most High's chosen seed: the so-called Blacks, Hispanics and Native Indians. So just as Christ and the apostles were martyred, the prophets today are following in the same footsteps. They travel throughout the earth teaching the laws of God without fear!
1. The Apostle Matthew Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
2. The Apostle Mark Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. The Apostle Luke Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
4. The Apostle John Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. It was there he wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation. The Apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. The Apostle Peter He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. The Apostle James brother of Christ The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. The Apostle James the Son of Zebedee He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched in amazement as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.