Witness (from the Greek) - martus: 1 one who is a spectator of anything. 2 to give testimony of an observance or faith. 3 those who after his example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death (martyr).
Believers are all obligated to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. Most of us will probably never experience intense persecution let alone martyrdom because of our faith yet martyrdom is anything but extinct. Estimates are that more people died for the cause of Christ in the last century then in the preceding nineteen centuries combined. One reliable estimate indicates that currently a minimum of one thousand Christians lose their lives in martyrdom each day. Some estimates are considerably higher. However, without a powerful spiritual awakening it is clear that should persecution break out in