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of a Paradise as a place of pleasure? 30 pages about, Spirit Trips, visits,
visions, spirits, sexual angels, Near Death Experiences! A whopper of
GOLDEN AGE OF THE 7TH MILLENNIUM The imminent Golden Age of a supernatural
new world ruled by a Super human Race of Love. Is it at the door of Human
History? A site of 15 pages!
THERE SEX IN HEAVEN? Are the
Angels sexual beings? And if so do they have sex and genitals? Find out
THE DONKEY & FIONA What a spirited team that won the bride and
the kingdom away from the impostor Farquaad. Movie review about a despised
IS THE CREATOR OF SEX! Who created
such a strange thing as sex? What was the objective if any? 10 page site!
NOT SUITED for CHILDREN!
THERE DRAGONS ALIVE TODAY!
They say Dinosaurs died out 4 billion
years ago when some asteroid hit the earth? But what are these pictures
then from? 10 page site!
SECRET BIBLE CODE DISCOVERED Israeli scientists discover an ancient
secret code programmed into the Old Testament text that predicts the Future!
8 page site!
Are you Trueman Burnbridge? Truman, a brave man, dared to be different!
How about you? Drop out of this dismal freak-show before they squash you
too! A seven page site!
ANCIENT SHROUD OF TURIN An
age old grave cloth turns out to have belonged to Jesus of nazareth and
proves His resurrection! A tiny coin, pollen and research proves it came
from Israel around 30 A.D.
Has the final countdown to the imfamous Battle of Armageddon already begun
without us even noticing it? Another whopper site!
BROTHER WATCHES YOU TOO!
Noticed the spy cameras all over the place? Why are we under surveillance
all the time! And by who? Is E-mail safe?
"The Stargazers" Mothership from PARADISE PRODUCTIONS!
An alternative Information webring. Your own Cyber Coffeeshop! An E-Zine
Frontpage with links to many other stargazer sites like this one, we hope
ALTERNATIVE UFO THEORY Are they
from here, or there or from the air? And who created them and who mans
them? The Greatest Deception of man yet?
MATRIX' MOVIE! Sad that such a deep movie is so little understood.
A modern day parable of the Spirit World and struggle of good versus evil!
But you'd better be quick to catch it!
REVELATION OF THE FUTURE Our future is here! Revelations of the End
and the hopeful New Beginnings of a superior Millennium! An encyclopedia
of all bona fide predictions & prophecies. The Endtime scenario!
666 BODY CHIP WARNING!
Are you really prepared to receive a computer chip in your body, under
your skin? YIKES! They will not just watch you, but they will be on-line
with your soul! WATCH OUT FOR 666!
Other languages Famous
Last Words What famous and
infamous people said when they died. Funny, sober, pathetic & hopeful.
Also the martyrs' last words!
of King Cyrus of Persia
inevitable end will come to us all, we will all fall victim to the looming
claws of the grim reaper. But what will we leave behind us... how will
we be remembered? Our last words are a keepsake, a memory of us and the
lives we lived. Aldous Huxley
wrote in the preface to his book "Brave New World", that one should judge
all things as if one saw them from one's deathbed. The following are such
perspectives! The last words of small and great men reflect how they saw
and what really
when it came down to it!
The Prophet Amos said:
"Therefore prepare thyself to meet
And King David said in the Book of Psalms (Ps
"So teach us to number our days, that
we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
NB: This independent web-maker does not gloat
over poor souls that died in terror and torment, but is sincerely sorry
for the ignorant who were never enabled by those who possessed it, to
see and know the truth in love firsthand!
If anyone has any other famous last
words, do send us an e-mail please!
the Great, who had conquered land from Macedonia to Pakistan, died at the age of
33, with his boots on, weeping: "There are no more other worlds to conquer!"
Sir Thomas More: English Catholic statesman who was beheaded in 1535 on orders of Henry
the Eight, for his convictions, because he wouldn’t endorse Henry's divorce:
"See me safe up (onto the scaffold);
for my coming down, let me shift myself"
Anne Boleyn, Protestant wife of Henry the Eight. Before being decapitated on orders of her husband Henry the Eight,
she quipped: "The executioner is, I believe, very expert;
and my neck is very slender"
Henry the Eighth, King of England, d. 1547: When his turn came: "All is lost. Monks,
monks, monks! So, now all is gone—Empire,
Body and Soul!"
Hannibal, Carthagan leader and enemy of Rome who crossed the Alps on elephants.
"Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble
Roman Emperor Augustus: "Did I play my role well? If so, then applause,
because the comedy is finished!"
Dr. William Hunter
"If I had strength to hold a pen I would write down
how easy and pleasant a thing it is to die."
General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, d. 1863 Killed in
error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US
"Let us pass over the river, and rest under the
shade of the trees."
Keats, English poet "Severn - I - lift me up - I am dying - I shall
die easy; don't be frightened - be firm, and thank God it has come."
Isaac Newton, great Christian Scientist, "I don't know what I may seem to the world.
But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore
and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier
shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered
"Die, my dear doctor? That is the last thing I shall
Professor J.H. Huxley, the famous agnostic, as he lay dying suddenly
looked up at some sight invisible to mortal eyes, and staring awhile,
whispered at last, "So it is true."
Sir Francis Newport, head of the English Infidel Club, said to
those gathered around his death bed,
"Do not tell me there is no God for I know
there is one, and that I am in his angry presence! You need not tell me
there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires!
Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know that
I am lost forever."
Dwight L. Moody, Christian preacher, awakening from sleep shortly
before he died said:
"Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If
this death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and
I must go." "No, no, Father," said Moody's son,
"You are dreaming."
"I am not dreaming," replied Moody.
"I have been within the gates. I have seen
the children's faces."
His last words were, "This is my triumph; this
is my coronation day! It is glorious!"
Duke of Monmouth (to his executioner) "There are six guineas for you, and do not hack
me as you did my Lord Russell."
Malesherbes, to his priest uttering last rites "Hold your tongue! Your wretched chatter disgusts
Leonardo da Vinci: Italian inventor and artist, died in 1519
"I have offended God and mankind because my work
did not reach the quality it should have"
Florentine diplomat and political philosopher, died in 1527
"I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the
former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, while in
the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles"
William Somerset Maugham:
British author, died in 1965
"Dying is a very dull and dreary affair. And my
advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it"
Gen. John Sedgewick:
Union commander in the American Civil War, shot at the Battle of Spotsylvania
Court House in 1864 while looking over a parapet at the enemy lines
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."
English Statesman and co-conspirator of the selling out of Eastern Europe
at Yalta to Russia & Communism, together with fellow Freemasons Roosevelt
and Stalin, who wrote in his autobiography: "I could have prevented the
war!" (W.W.II) He said at his death bed:
"What a fool I have been!"
Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary leader:
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something…"
To His Executioner, during the French Revolution:
"Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing."
James Rodges, Murderer, on being asked for a final request before a firing squad:
"Why, yes! A bulletproof vest."
Friedrich Nietzsche, pernicious philosopher who preached "God is dead"
Nietzsche died in spiritual darkness, a babbling madman. On a wall in
Austria a graffiti said, "God is dead, --Nietzsche!" Someone else wrote under it, "Nietzsche is dead! --God."
(See picture for proof!)
Oscar Wilde, Sipping champagne on his deathbed:
"And now, I am dying beyond my means."
H. G. Wells: "Go away...I'm all right."
Ludwig von Beethoven: "Friends applaud, the comedy is over."
Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian;d. 1702 "I am about to, or I am going to, die; either
expression is used."
Thomas Jefferson, US President, d. July 4, 1826 "This is the fourth…?"
John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826 (Actually, Jefferson had
died earlier that same day.)
Jean Paul Sartre, existentialist
Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886 "I must go in! The fog is rising…"
The prophet Mohammed: "O Allah! Pardon my sins. Yes, I come."
Nurse Cavell Before facing a German firing squad in 1915,
"Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred
or bitterness towards anyone."
Henry Ward Beecher: "Now comes the mystery."
Karl Marx, born in a Christian Jewish family, originator of Communism.
Onhis deathbed surrounded by candles burning to Lucifer, screamed
at his nurse who asked him if he had any last words: "Go on, get
out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."
Lawrence Oates: British explorer, who sacrificed himself in 1912 in an attempt to
save his starving companions during Scott's expedition to the Pole:
"I am just going outside and I may be some time"
Crowfoot (American Blackfoot Indian Orator): "What is life? It is the flash of a firefly
in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the
little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
Diana (Spencer), Princess of Wales, d. August 31, 1997
"My God. What's happened?"
Cesare Borgia, statesman: "I have taken care of everything in the course
of my life, only not for death, and now I have to die completely unprepared."
Cardinal Mazarin: "Oh my poor soul, what is to become of you?
— Where do you go?"
Thomas Hobbes, English Philosopher: "It's my turn, to take a leap into the darkness!
David Hume, the Atheist, He cried: "I am in flames!" His desperation
was a horrible scene.
Voltaire, the famous skeptic,
Voltaire died a terrible death. His nurse said: "For
all the money in Europe I wouldn’t want to see another unbeliever die!
All night long he cried for forgiveness."
Napoleon Bonaparte, About Napoleon, Count Montholon wrote: "The
Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His
death struggle was awful!"
Thomas Edison, American inventor "It is very beautiful over there."
Goethe, German Poet
"Light, More light!"
William of Orange, first King of the Netherlands, as he was shot by
"My God, my God, have mercy on me, and on my poor people!"
Newton b. 1725. d. 1807.
Originally a slaver, he had a dramatic mid-ocean change of heart that
led him to turn his slave ship around and take the people back to their
homeland. He became a Presbyterian minister and preached against the slave-trade,
inspiring William Wilberforce who brought about the abolition of slavery
in Britain and its colonies. He is most famous for having authored the
words to the hymn "Amazing Grace".
As he neared his end, exclaimed,
"I am still in the land of the dying; I shall
be in the land of the living soon."
Heine, the great Skeptic, later changed his attitude. In the postscript
to his poem collection "Romancero" (30.9.1851) he wrote: "When
you are on your deathbed, you become more sensitive and you would like
to make peace with God and the world… Poems, that only contained halfway
reproaches against God, I delivered over to the flames in a fearful zeal.
It is better, that the verses burn than the verse maker… I returned to
God as a prodigal son, after I fed the swine with the Hegelians for a
long time… In the theology I have to accuse myself of retreating, because
I returned to a 'personal God'."
As he died: "God
will forgive me. It's his job."
Sir Thomas Scott,
Scott, once president of the English Lower House said: "Up
until this time, I thought that there was no God neither Hell. Now I know
and feel that there are both, and I am delivered to perdition by
the righteous judgment of the Almighty."
Stalin at the table at his Dacha! Swetlana sits
on the lap of mass-murderer Beria!
(seen here lying together with Lenin in the Kremlin!) who was responsible
for the murder of at least 80 million Russian and Ukrainians, if
not many millions more—most of them Christians! The greatest hushed up holocaust
and genocide in human history, never mentioned by the media, as it
is not "politically correct!"
About Stalin's death struggle, his daughter Swetlana Allilujewa, who in
March 1953 was called to the dying dictator in his dacha in Kunzewo, stated:
"Father died terribly and difficult. God gives the righteous an easy death."
A Chinese Communist, who delivered many Christians to their execution,
came to a pastor and said: "I’ve seen many of you
die. The Christians die differently. What is their secret?"
Sir Walter Raleigh, d. October 29, 1618 Executed by beheading.
So the heart be right, it is no matter which way
the head lieth.
Karla Faye Tucker Brown, d. February 3, 1998, Executed by injection,
"I am going to be face to face with Jesus now.
. . . I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there.
. . . I will wait for you.
Edgar Allan Poe, writer, d. October 7, 1849
"Lord help my poor soul."
Andrew Jackson, US President, d. 1845
"Oh, do not cry - be good children and we will
all meet in heaven."
Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, d.1170
"I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my
blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace."
Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719
"See in what peace a Christian can die."
Charles V, King of France, d. 1380
Stephen the first Christian Martyr, as he was being stoned to
death by the Farisees, assisted by Saul, who later met Jesus in a vision
and changed into the Apostel Paul:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"
Jesus, after a long morning of torture and a 3 hour lasting excruciating
crucifixion, He first forgave his Roman enemies from the cross, saying:
"Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they
do!" Then he granted eternal life to a repentant thief that was
crucified beside him, saying, "Today you
shall be with me in Paradise" After the Father's Spirit left Him
as He died for the sins of the world, he said, "My
God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me!" Then He said "It
is finished!" and after He had cried out with a loud voice, "Father,
into thy hands I commend my spirit"—He gave up the ghost!
* * *
DON’T WANT TO TAKE ANYMORE PLANES!"
Victim wrote note to his family before his Jet crashed.
TOKYO -- Hirotsugu Kawaguchi, a 52 year old Japanese father of
three, wrote several notes to his children aboard a Japan Air Lines flight
123, a few moments before his Boeing 747 crashed, killing 520 people last
Aug. The notes were addressed to his son, Tsuyoshi, 21 years old and his
two daughters Chiyoko, 17 and Mariko, 24 years old.
"Be good to each other and work hard, Help
I'm very sad but I’m sure I won’t make it.
Its been 5 minutes now.
I don’t want to take anymore planes.
To think that our dinner last night was the last time.
There was smoke that seemed to come from an explosion in the cabin
and we began making a descent.
Tsuyoshi I am counting on you.
Mother-- to think something like this would happen.
Its too bad. Goodbye
Its 6:30 now
The plane is rolling around and descending rapidly.
I am grateful for the truly happy life I have enjoyed until now."
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WHAT DO YOU SAY NOW?
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TESTIMONIES AND THE LAST SAYINGS
(John) Huss of Bohemia, Czech reformist burned by the Roman Catholic Church
as a "heretic" on July 6th, 1415 in Constance
(Courtesy: Story of Liberty by Charles Carleton Coffin)
The procession crossed the bridge and halted in a meadow, between the
gardens of the city and the gate of Gottlieben. Here the execution was
to take place. Being come to the spot where he was to die, the martyr
kneeled down, and began reciting the penitential psalms. He offered up
short and fervent supplications, and oftentimes repeated, as the bystanders
bore witness, the words, "Lord Jesus, into thy hands
I commend my spirit." "We
know not," said those who were near him, "what his life has been, but
verily he prays after a devout and godly fashion." Turning his gaze upward
in prayer, the paper crown fell off. One of the soldiers rushed forward
and replaced it, saying that "he must be burned with the devils whom he
had served." Again the martyr smiled. The stake was driven deep into the
ground. Huss was tied to it with ropes. He stood facing the east. "This,"
cried some, "is not the right attitude for a heretic." He was again unbound,
turned to the west, and made fast to the beam by a chain that passed round
his neck. "It is thus," said he, "that
you silence the goose, but a hundred years hence there will arise a swan
whose singing you shall not be able to silence."
He stood with his feet on the targets, which were mixed with straw that
they might the more readily ignite. Wood was piled all round him up to
the chin. Before applying the torch, Louis of Bavaria and the Marshal
of the Empire approached, and for the last time implored him to have a
care for his life, and renounce his errors. "What
errors," asked Huss, "shall I renounce? I
know myself guilty of none. I call God to witness that all that I have
written and preached has been with the view of rescuing souls from sin
and perdition; and, therefore, most joyfully will I confirm with my blood
that truth which I have written and preached."
At the hearing of these words they departed from him, and John Huss had
now done talking with men. The fire was applied, the flames blazed upward.
"Do not believe," he says to the people,
"that I have taught anything but the truth."
No trembling of the lips - no whitening of his cheeks. He is going to
testify to the truth. Why should he fear? Truth and liberty are eternal,
and will live when emperor and pope have passed away. Truth makes men
free, and it will be glorious to die for freedom. The fagots are piled
around him - bundles of dry sticks. The executioner stands with his torch.
"Renounce your error," shouts the Duke of Bavaria. "I
have taught no error. The truths I have I taught will seal with my blood."
The executioner holds his torch to the fagots. "John Huss," says Fox,
"began to sing with a loud voice, 'Jesus, thou Son
of David, have mercy on me.' And when he began to say the same
the third time, the wind so blew the flame in his face that it choked
Poggius, who was secretary to the council, and Aeneas Sylvius, who afterwards
became Pope, and whose narratives are not liable to the suspicion of being
coloured, bear even higher testimony to the heroic demeanour of both Huss
and Jerome at their execution. "Both," says the latter historian, "bore
themselves with constant mind when their last hour approached. They prepared
for the fire as if they were going to a marriage feast. They uttered no
cry of pain. When the flames rose they began to sing hymns; and scarce
could the vehemency of the fire stop their singing."
What is it that the people hear coming from that sheet of flame? "Glory
be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men." It
is the song which the angels sung above the pastures of above the pastures
of Bethlehem. And this: "We praise thee, we bless
thee, we worship thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory."
It is Gloria in Excelsis. The smoke blinds him, the flames are circling
above his head. Yet the voice goes on: "Thou that
takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on me." The flames
wrap him round, his head falls on his breast.
Huss had given up the ghost. When the flames had subsided, it was found
that only the lower parts of his body were consumed, and that the upper
parts, held fast by the chain, hung suspended on the stake. The executioners
kindled the fire anew, in order to consume what remained of the martyr.
When the flames had a second time subsided, the heart was found still
entire amid the ashes. A third time had the fire to be kindled. At last
all was burned. The ashes were carefully collected, the very soil was
dug up, and all was carted away and thrown into the Rhine; so anxious
were his persecutors that not the slightest vestige of John Huss--not
even a thread of his raiment, for that too was burned along with his body--should
be left upon the earth.
Mr. Rogers said, "That which I have preached I will
seal with my blood!" "Then,"
said the sheriff, "thou art a heretic." "That shall
be known," said Rogers, "at the day of judgment."
the sheriff, "I will never pray for thee." "But
I will pray for you," replied Rogers; and so was brought the same
day, which was Monday the 4th of February, towards Smithfield, saying
the psalm "Miserere" by the way, all the people rejoicing at his constancy,
with great praises and thanks to God for the same. And there, in the presence
of Rochester, comptroller of the queen's household, sir Richard Southwell,
both the sheriffs, and many people, the fire was put unto him; and when
it had taken hold both upon his legs and shoulders, he, as one feeling
no smart, washed his hands in the flame, as though it had been in cold
water. After lifting up his hands unto heaven, not removing the same until
such time as the devouring fire had consumed them, most mildly this happy
martyr yielded up his spirit into the hands of his heavenly Father.
CRANMER, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. Martyred 12 September, 1555
Then was an iron chain tied about Cranmer, whom when they perceived to
be more steadfast than that he could be moved from his sentence, they
commanded the fire to be set unto him. And when the wood was kindled and
the fire began to burn near him, stretching out his arm, he put his right
hand into the flame, which he held so steadfast and unmovable, (saving
that once with the same hand he wiped his face,) that all men might see
his hand burned before his body was touched. His body did so abide the
burning of the flame with such constancy and steadfastness, that standing
always in one place without moving his body, he seemed to move no more
than the stake to which he was bound; his eyes were lifted up into heaven,
and oftentimes he repeated "his unworthy right hand,"
so long as his voice would suffer him; and using often the words of Stephen,"
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit," in the greatness of the flames
he gave up the ghost, in the sixty-seventh year of his age.
BISHOP OF WORCESTER AND GLOUCESTER
Martyred 22nd of January, 1555
Then the hoop of iron prepared for his middle was brought, which being
somewhat too short, he shrank and pressed in his body with and, until
it fastened: but when they offered to have bound his neck and legs with
the other hoops, he refused them, saying, "I am
well assured I shall not trouble you." Being now ready he looked
around on all the people, of whom he might be well seen, for he was both
tall, and stood also upon a high stool, and beheld that in every corner
lifting up nothing to be seen but weeping and sorrowful people. Then lifting
up his eyes and hands to heaven he prayed in silence. By and by, he that
was appointed to make the fire came to him and asked him forgiveness.
He asked why he should forgive him, saying that
he never knew any offence he had committed against him.
said the man, "I am appointed to make the fire." "Therein,"
said Mr. Hooper, "thou dost nothing to offend me:
God forgive thee thy sins, and do thine office, I pray thee." Then
the reeds were cast up, and he receiving two bundles of them in his own
hands embraced them, and putting one of them under each arm, showed with
his hand how the rest should be bestowed, and pointed to the place where
any were wanting. Command was now given that the fire should be kindled.
But because there were not fewer green fagots than two horses could carry,
it did not kindle speedily, but was some time before it took the reeds
upon the fagots. At length it burned about him; but the wind having full
strength in that place, and it being a lowering cold morning, it blew
the flame from him, so that he was in a manner little more than touched
by the fire. Endeavours were then made to increase the flame, and then
the bladders of gunpowder exploded; but did him little good, being so
placed, and the wind leaving such power. In this fire he prayed with a
loud voice, "Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me! Lord
Jesus, have mercy upon me! Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" And
these were the last words he was heard to utter. Yet he struck his breast
with his hands, until by the renewing of the fire his strength was gone
and his hand stuck fast in striking the iron upon his breast. So immediately,
bowing forwards, he yielded up his spirit. Thus lingering were his last
sufferings. He was nearly three quarters of an hour or more in the fire,
as a lamb, patiently bearing the extremity thereof, neither moving forwards,
backwards, nor to any side; but he died as quietly as a child in his bed;
and he now reigneth as a blessed martyr in the joys of heaven, prepared
for the faithful in Christ before the foundation of the world; for whose
constancy all christians are bound to praise God.
Tyndale Born 1484 ? -- Martyred October 6, 1536
At last, After much reasoning, when no reason would serve, although he
deserved no death, he was condemned by virtue of the Emperor Decree ,
made in the Assembly at Augsburgh (as is before signified) and upon the
same brought forth to the place of Execution, was there tied to the Stake,
and then strangled first by the Hangman, and afterwards with fire consumed
in the morning, at the Town of Filford, A.D. 1536; crying thus at the
stake with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice, "Lord
open the king of England's eyes."
Text taken from pages 301 to 306 The Second Volume of the
Ecclesiastical History: Containing the Acts and Monuments of Martyrs:
& Ridleyburnt alive at Oxford in the year 1555.
Then they brought a lighted fagot, and laid the same down at Ridley’s
feet; upon which Latimer said calling out from the fire, “Be
of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light
such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put
out. (from Foxe's Book of Martyrs)
was martyred in about 168 A.D.
was born abound 70 A.D. He was sold as a slave in his childhood to a wealthy
woman named Calisto. She reared him as her son. He came to know Christ
as his Savior in those early years. As he grew older, he had the opportunity
to study under the Apostle John and others who had personally sat under
the teaching of Jesus Christ. Polycarp was actively involved in serving
the Lord in the Church of Smyrna. Upon the death of Calisto, he became
heir to all of her estate. He used his inheritance to advance the cause
of Christ and to help those who were in need. When the of his church,
Pastor Bucolos, died the Apostles and particularly the Apostle John appointed
Polycarp to be the Pastor of the Church of Smyrna. Polycarp faithfully
ministered in that church for many years. Persecution of Christians was
the order of the day when Marcus Aurelius was the Emporer of Rome.
many years Polycarp was spared. But, the full forced of persecution was
unleashed on Polycarp in the later years of his ministry. Three days before
he was arrested the Lord revealed to him in a dream that he would be burned
at the stake. When the soldiers came to get him, his friends insisted
on hiding him. Polycarp made it clear that in the future, he would not
allow himself to be hidden. Soon the soldiers discovered where he had
been taken. When he saw them coming, he went out and greeted them warmly
and offered them food. As they were eating, he requested that he be allowed
to pray before they took him away. His request was granted. For two hours
he prayed fervently out loud and my book says, "inasmuch that many of
the soldiers began to repent, that they were come out against so godly
an old man."
When he was done praying they set him on a donkey and took him into the
city to be tried as one who was an adversary of the authorized pagan religion.
When he arrived, they sat him in a chariot and began to urge him to say
the Caesar was God and offer a sacrifice to him. They said, there is no
harm in that is there? At first he refused to answer. Finally, after they
continued to press him Polycarp said, "I shall not
do what you would persuade me to."
This made his judges very angry. They had confidently supposed that they
would be able to easily persuade him to do what they wanted him to do.
They became vicious in their words and actions. They literally threw him
out of the chariot he had been sitting in, which caused serious injury
to his thigh. This display of force incited the blood thirsty mob to the
point that they were so loud in their curses and jeers that no one could
hear. As they were dragging Polycarp to the place of execution, a voice
rang out from Heaven loud and clear, above the harangue of the crowd which
said, "Be strong, Polycarp, and quit thyself like a man." [The phrase
"quit you" means, to carry through, or perform to the end. Hence, be strong
and stand like a man to the end.]
The record states that while no one saw who it was that spoke to Polycarp,
many of the believers who were in the crowd clearly heard the voice also.
To be sure, Polycarp stood for the Lord Jesus Christ to the end, despite
all the efforts to persuade him to renounce Christ. One of the judges
tried to get him to deny his faith by saying, "Reverence thy old age…Swear
by Casear's Fortune. Repent, and say; Take away the Wicked." The historian
goes on to say, "Polycarp, looking with a stern countenance upon the whole
multitude of wicked Gentiles, that was gathered together in the Lifts,
and shaking his hand at them, looked up to Heaven, and groaning said,
Take away the Wicked." But the judge was not satisfied with this. He said,
"Sware, and I will set thee at liberty; reproach Christ." It is at this
point that Polycarp gives his famous response -- "Eighty
and six years have I now served Christ, and he has never done me the least
wrong: How then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?"
The judge then angrily urges him to, "swear by the Genius of Caesar."
Polycarp refuses, but offered to share his faith in Christ. The judge
rejected the offer and threatened, "I have wild beasts ready, to those
I will cast thee except thou repent." Polycarp responds calmly, "Call
for them then: For we Christians are fixed in our minds not to change
from good to evil; But for me it will be good to be changed from Evil,
to Good." The furious judge said, "Seeing that thou dispiseth the
Wild Beasts, I will cause thee to be devoured by Fire, unless thou shall
repent." Polycarp answered, "Thou threatenest me
with Fire which burns for an hour, and so is extinguished; but knowest
not the Fire of the Future Judgment, and of that Eternal Punishment, which
is reserved for the Ungodly. But why tarriest thou? Bring forth what thou
The judge loudly cried out three times, "Polycarp has confessed himself
to be a Christian." The mob responded in fury, "This is the Doctor of
Asia; The Father of the Christians; an the overthrower of our Gods. He
that has taught so many not to sacrifice, nor pay any worship to the Gods."
At first they cried out that the lions should be loosed on him and then
that he should be burned alive. They took Polycarp to the stake and were
going to nail him there. He spoke up and said, "Let
me alone as I am: For he who has given me strength to endure the Fire,
will also enable me, without your securing me by nails, to stand without
moving in the pile." They merely tied him to the stake.
He prayed this prayer before the fire was was kindled -- Lord
God Almighty, the Father of thy Well-beloved, and Blessed Son, Jesus Christ,
by whom we have received Knowledge of thee; the God of Angels and Powers,
and of every Creature, and especially the whole Race of Just Men who live
in thy presence! I give thee hearty thanks that thou hast vouchsafed (allowed)
to bring me to this Day, and to this Hour; that I should have a part in
the Number of thy Martyrs, in the Cup of thy Christ, to the Resurrection
of Eternal Life, both of Soul and Body, in the Incorruption of the Holy
Ghost. Among which may I be accepted this Day before thee, as a fat and
acceptable Sacrifice; as thou the true God, with who is no falsehood,
has both before ordained, and manifested unto me, and also hath now fulfilled
it. For this, and for all things else, I praise thee, I bless thee, I
glorify thee by the Eternal, and Heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ they
Beloved Son; whit whom to Thee and the Holy Ghost, be Glory both now,
and to all succeeding Ages, AMEN.
Upon the "AMEN" the executioner lighted the fire, but something strange
happened. The flames arched around Polycarp like a sail of a ship filled
with wind and he would not burn. After some time, the command was given
to the executioner to stab him with a sword, so he did. The result was
that so much blood flowed from the wound that it extinguished the fire.
The fire was rekindled and Polycarps body was burned to ashes. Polycarp
was faithful to the Lord unto death.
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