Copyright ©2002 Ren Baer

The Death - Chapter Twelve

A huge army of men came into the dungeon loading them all out of the dungeon. Terry helped Matthew to his feet. They were taken outside amongst the people. There was a guillotine covered already with blood. Terry did not have to ask what it was for. He saw the bodies of the two witnesses lying dead in the streets. 

There were Christians everywhere frightened because they knew, today, they would die. A huge line was before Terry and after him. Terry looked a Matthew and said "I love you, son." Matthew could not speak but hugged his dad with tears in his eyes. 

Terry spoke to the other Christians. "Christians, be not afraid of what man can do unto you. Fear Not! For the Lord will come and raise us from the dead. Look! the two witnesses lie dead in the streets. God's Word says they shall lie there for three in a half days, but then the Spirit of God shall enter into them, and they shall stand upon their feet, And a voice from heaven shall says "Come up, Hither, and they shall ascended up to heaven in a cloud. We shall also Brethren. They will give us a choice, today, to take Satan's mark or die in the Name of the Lord. My friends, die today for what we all believe. Do not take the mark. Stand firm, hold fast, for great is our reward in heaven. For Paul said, For I know my departure is at hand, I have fought, the good, fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, and stored up for me is a crown of righteous, that the righteous Judge Jesus Christ shall give me in that day, and not to me only but to all them that love Jesus' appearing."

The line was getting shorter and it was drawing closer to Matthew's turn. Terry looked at his son and said, "Son, I am proud of you. For what you have done and what you are about to do, today for the Lord's glory. Be not afraid, but faithful unto the Lord, my son. We shall rise, son, We shall rise in the Name of the Lord!

Matthew hugged his dad. The soldiers came and tied Matthew's hands behind his back, forced him to the ground and laid his head on the guillotine. Matthew's last thoughts was the words of his dad, "WE SHALL RISE, SON, WE SHALL RISE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!" 

Terry heart broke when they beheaded his son in front of him, but he knew it was his turn next. The hardest was seeing his son's head laying in the basket below him. Terry shut his eyes and Thank the Lord for all he had done for him and his family. He began quoting Psalms 23: 

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's Sake. Yas, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER."