martyr (Gk. martys)

One who shows allegiance to God or Christ by one’s death. In the NT, the death of Stephen (Acts 22:20) and references to Christians who suffered death (Rev 2:13; Rev 17:6) are examples. The Greek term for “martyr,” however, can also be translated “witness,” and certain passages dealing with those who are martyrs unto death emphasize the prophetic witness more than the death itself (Acts 7:54-58; Rev 11:2-11).

Acts 22:20

20And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the coats of those who killed him.’

Rev 2:13

13“I know where you are living, where Satan's throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas ... View more

Rev 17:6

6And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly amazed.

Acts 7:54-58

The Stoning of Stephen
54When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into he ... View more

Rev 11:2-11

2but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two mo ... View more

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