The gift of martyrdom can be defined as a divine empowerment to endure suffering to death for faith in Christ, while demonstrating a joyous and victorious attitude that brings glory to God.
In Acts 7, Stephen, a man of full of faith and Holy Ghost power was stoned to death as he bravely called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Prior to his death, Stephen saw Heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father in glory. (Acts 7:56)
John the Beloved saw a vision of the millennium where the martyrs were reigning with Christ for a thousand years: “.. I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev 20:4).
Modern Examples: During WWII, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed as a martyr for his resistance to the Nazi’s extermination of Jews. Thousands of believers are being martyred today for their faith in Christ, in countries such as North Korea, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.