Famous Last Words of Dying Believers
“Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints.” – Psalms 116:15
“Dwight L Moody awoke from sleep shortly before he died and said;
“Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If this is death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go.” And Moody’s son said, “No, no, Father. You’re dreaming.” And Moody replied, “I am not dreaming. I have been within the gates. This is my triumph; this is my coronation day! It is glorious!”
Dwight Lyman Moody (Feb 5, 1837 – Dec 22, 1899) American evangelist and publisher.
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“See in what peace a Christian can die.”
Joseph Addison (May 1, 1672 – June 17, 1719) was an English essayist, poet and politician.
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“I am ready to die for my Lord that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.”
Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, (1118 – 29 December 1170)
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“If this is dying, it is the pleasantest thing imaginable.”
Willielma Campbell, Lady Glenorchy (1741-1786) Patroness of evangelical missionary work in Scotland and beyond.
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“I go with the gladness of a boy bounding away from school. I feel so strong in Christ.”
Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was an American Baptist missionary, lexicographer, and Bible translator to Burma.
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“Weep not for me, but for yourselves. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, through the mediation of His blessed Son, receives me, though a sinner. We shall meet to sing the new song, and remain everlastingly happy.”
John Bunyan (November 28, 1628 – August 31, 1688) was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing The Pilgrim’s Progress.
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“I have pain; but I have peace, I have peace!”
Richard Baxter (November 12, 1615 – December 8, 1691) English martyr, was an English Puritan church leader, theologian and controversial.
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“I am going into eternity; and it is sweet to me to think of eternity; the endlessness of it makes it sweet. But oh! What shall I say of the future of the wicked! The thought is too dreadful!”
David Brainerd (1718-1747) a missionary to the American Indians in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.
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“I will see Jesus; I shall see Him as He is! I have had the light for many years. Oh how bright it is! I feel so safe and satisfied!”
Sir David Brewster (Dec 11, 1781 – Feb 10, 1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor of the kaleidoscope, and writer.
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“I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness. Satisfied!”
Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Anglican priest and co-founder of the Methodist movement, is regarded throughout the world as one of the greatest hymn-writers of all time. He authored over 4,000 published hymns.
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“I commit my soul to the mercy of God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English Novelist.
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“If it were God’s will to raise me up [from this sickbed], I should like to preach from the text, John 3:16. Praise be to the Lord.”
Henry Moorhouse (1840-1880) English Evangelist. He is known as “the man who moved the man who moved the world”. D. L. Moody attributes his power and effectiveness in preaching to the instructions of this one man. During the last years of his life Henry Moorhouse sold Bibles from a portable carriage. In two years he sold over 150,000 Bibles and gave away millions of books and tracts.
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Sir Walter Scott the famous author was talking with his son-in-law:
“What shall I read?” said Lockhart. “Can you ask?” The dying man replied, “there is only one Book.”
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (Aug 15, 1771 – Sep 21, 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet.
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“My affections are so much in heaven that I can leave you all without a regret; yet I do not love you less, but God more.”
William Wilberforce (August 24, 1759 – July 29, 1833) Member of parliament, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
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“The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right.”
Catherine Booth (January 17, 1829 – October 4, 1890) was the wife of the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth.
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On her deathbed, Queen Victoria told those around her that she loved God and was His little child, so she was ready to die. Then she called for the hymn to be sung:“Rock of Ages, cleft for me.”Let me hide myself in Thee.”
Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain andIreland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India of the British Raj from 1 May 1876, until her death. For decades she had ruled theBritish Empire, but when death approached, all she had was God.
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“Beyond the grave comes heaven. Well, it will be strange to find myself in Heaven, but it won’t be a strange Christ–One I’ve known these many years. I am glad He knows me. I have a deep peace, which you know.”
John Nelson Darby (November 18, 1800 – April 29, 1882) was an Anglo-Irish evangelist, and an influential figure among the original Plymouth Church.
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. That is the verse on which I am now dying. One wants no more.”
Brownlow North (1741–1820) was a bishop of the Church of England.
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“I have full faith in Thy atonement, and I am confident of Thy help. Thy precious blood 1 fully rely on. Thou art the source of my comfort. I have no other. I want no other.”
Thomas Sidney Cooper (September 26, 1803 – February 7, 1902) was an English painter member of the Royal Academy of Science in London.
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“God loves me and cares for me. He has pardoned all my sins for Christ’s sake, and I look forward to the future with no dread.”
Earl Cairns (1819-1885), lord high chancellor of England. He was Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom in 1868 and from 1874 to 1880.
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Bishop Joseph Lightfoot, after having several Scriptures read to him, he was asked what he had in mind. In utter calmness of spirit, he replied:
“I am feeding on a few great thoughts.”
Joseph Barber Lightfoot (April 13, 1828 –Dec 21, 1889) was an English theologian and Bishop of Durham, usually known as J. B. Lightfoot.
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Lord V.C. Roberts who died in France while telling those gathered by him of the importance of their studying the Bible:
“I ask you to put your trust in God. You will find in this Book guidance when you are in health, comfort when you are in sickness, and strength when you are in adversity.”
Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, (September 30, 1832 – November 14, 1914) was a distinguished Anglo-Irish soldier and one of the most successful commanders of the Victorian era.
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“I throw myself on the mercy of God through the merits of Christ.”
William Pitt (1778), Earl of Chatham, statesmen, orator, and prime minister. Was the driving force behind the British victory in the Seven Years War, known as the French and Indian War in North America.
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Edward Perronet, pastor and author:
“Glory to God in the heights of His divinity! Glory to God in the depths of His humanity! Glory to God in His all-sufficiency! Into His hands I commend my spirit.”
Edward Perronet (1726 -January 2, 1792) was the son of an Anglican priest, who worked closely with John and Charles Wesley for many years in England’s eighteenth century revival.
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James Hannington, the Anglican Church as missionary Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa. As he was traveling toward Uganda, he was apprehended by emissaries of King Mwanga. He and his companions were brutally treated and, a week later, 29 October 1885, most of them were put to death. Hannington’s last words were:
“Go tell your master that I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood.”
James Hannington (September 3, 1847-October 29, 1885) Murdered missionary to Uganda was an Anglican missionary.
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“I have the hope which inspired the dying malefactor. And now my work is done; I have nothing to do but go to the grave and thence to my Father.”
Selina, Countess of Huntingdon (August 24, 1707 – June 17, 1791) was an English religious leader.
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I have but a moment to speak to you, my dear. Be a good man; be virtuous; be religious. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to be here.”
Robert Burns the Scottish poet (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796)
“The best of all: God is with us!”
John Wesley (1703-1791) English evangelical clergyman, preacher and was the founder of Methodism.
John Bacon, eminent English sculptor, whose monument of Lord Chatham stands in Westminster Abbey:
“What I was as an artist seemed to be of some importance while I lived; but what I really was as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only thing of importance to me now.”
John Bacon (1740–1799) Sculptor.
Francis Ridley Havergal, songwriter. After requesting a friend to read to her Isaiah 42, she uttered these nine words after verse 6-and died:
(“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee.”): called-held-kept! I can go home on that!”
Frances Ridley Havergal (December 14, 1836 – June 3, 1879) was an English religious poet and hymn writer.
Captain Hedley Vicars,“The Lord has kept me in perfect peace and made me glad with the light of His countenance. In the Lord Jesus I find all I want of happiness and enjoyment.”
Hedley Shafto Johnstone Vicars (1826–1855) was a British Army officer and evangelical who was killed in action during the Crimean War.
Sir Henry Havelock, when felled by an attack of malignant cholera and told that he could not survive, calmly replied: “I have prepared for this for forty years,” and then he added to those around him:
“Prepare to meet thy God!”
Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, KCB (Apr 5, 1795 – Nov 29, 1857) was a British general who is particularly associated with India. He was noted for his recapture of Cawnpore from rebels during Indian Rebellion of 1857.
The Apostle Paul(A.D. 66) -(2 Timothy 4:7-8).
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.”
Paul of Tarsus, also called the Apostle Paul.Paul’s death is commonly dated to c 60-62 or c 62-65, or c 65-67.
“For the Christian, the grave itself is but a covered bridge leading from light to light, through a brief darkness.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American educator and poet.
Polycarp,disciple of the Apostle John, at his own martyrdom:
“Leave me as I am, the one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre., even without the precaution of your nails…. For eighty and six years I have been his servant, and he has done me no wrong, and how can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”
Polycarp (ca. 69 – ca. 155) Second century bishop of Smyrna. According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp, he died a martyr when he was stabbed.
“Children, when I am gone, sing a song of praise to God.”
Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), Mother of John and Charles Wesley.
“Lord Jesus, I am weary in Thy work, but not of Thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for Thee once more in the fields, seal the truth, and come home to die.”
George Whitefield, English evangelist (December 16, 1714 – September 30, 1770), was an Anglican itinerant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening inGreat Britain and, especially, in the British North American colonies. His ministry had tremendous impact on American ideology.
Philip Melanchthon, after several passages of Scripture were read to him by his son-in-law, he was asked if he would have anything else:
“Nothing else but heaven!”
Philipp Melanchthon (born Philipp Schwartzerd) (February 16, 1497 – April 19, 1560) was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, theologian of the Protestant and Lutheran Reformation.
“I am in the happiest pass to which man ever came. Christ is mine, and I am His; and there is nothing now between me and resurrection, except—Paradise.”
Samuel Rutherford (1600? – 1661) was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and author.
“Oh, the happy day will soon come when we shall meet all our friends who are now scattered–meet to part no more in our heavenly Father’s house.”
Ann Hasseltine Judson (1789-1826) American missionary to Burma and wife of Rev. Adoniram Judson.
John Huss, Bohemian Czech reformer and martyr, asked at the last moment by the Duke of Bavaria to recant:
“What I taught with my lips, I seal with my blood.”
Johannes (John) Huss of Bohemia, Czech reformist burned by the Roman Catholic Church. Died July 6, 1415 in Constance.
“One needs a great many Scriptures to live by, but the only Scripture that a person needs to die by is 1 John 1:7, and that verse never was sweeter to me than at this moment.” (“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”)
Theodosia Anne Howard (1800-1836) was the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Hugh Howard of County Wicklow,Ireland. She was converted to God in 1819. A staunch evangelical clergyman, Robert Daly, the rector of Powerscourt, led her to Christ. Daly wrote, “I can testify that a great change took place in her views, in her tastes, in her life, in her conversation.”
John Knox – Bloody Queen Mary once said, She feared the prayers of John Knox more than all of the armies of Scotland.
“Live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.”
John Knox (c. 1510 – 24 November 1572) Scottish clergyman and leader of the Protestant Reformation who is considered the founder of the Presbyterian.
“Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation. God is the Lord by whom we escape death! Into Thy hands I commit my spirit; God of truth, Thou hast redeemed me!”
Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546) Priest and theology professor initiated the Protestant Reformation.
Daniel Webster the well-known orator and legislator, had William Cowper’s hymn read to him:
“There is a fountain filled with blood,
“Drawn from Immanuel’s veins.”
Then he read the last stanza:
“Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
“I’ll sing Thy power to save.
“When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
“Lies silent in the grave.”
At this, Webster, one of the most powerful speakers in American history, replied,“Amen! Amen! Amen!”
Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) American statesman was an attorney, and served as legal counsel in several cases that established important constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the Federal government.
John Owen, the Puritan, lay on his deathbed, and his secretary was writing a letter, in his name, to a friend:
“I am still in the land of the living,”he wrote and read what he had written to Owen.
“No, please do not write that,”Owen said.“I am yet in the land of the dying, but later I will be in the land of the living!”
John Owen (1616 -August 24, 1683) was an English Nonconformist church leader and theologian.
On November 20, 1847, inNice,France,Henry Frances Lyte,a retired pastor of the Church of England died. He had spent his life working in the slums of London helping people. After his death, his family found a paper he had written during those last days. It is now a hymn sung around the world:
“Abide with me: fast falls the eventide.
“The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
“When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
“Help of the helpless, 0 abide with me.”
Henry Francis Lyte (June 1, 1793 – November 20, 1847) was an Anglican divine and hymn-writer.
John Newton, originally a slaver trader, 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. 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.”
John Henry Newton (July 24, 1725 – December 21, 1807) was an English Anglican clergyman and former slave-ship captain. He was the author of many hymns.
“Thou, Lord, bruisest me, but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is from Thy hand.”
John Calvin (1509-1564) the French Protestant Reformer at Geneva.
You’ve probably seen John 3:16 posted somewhere on a sign, written on a freeway overpass, at a concert, at a sporting event, or even read to you as a little child. This verse is a simple one. There are 20 monosyllables (single words) in the verse. The Gospel is meant to be for everyone!
Be sure of your Salvation. Right now, be sure by faith that you have prayed,
“Lord, forgive me for my sins. I confess that I am a sinner. Come into my heart and make me the person you created me to be. I receive your gift of pardon through Jesus dying for me on the cross to save me. – Amen”
It was once determined in a court of law that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. A man refused his pardoned and a judge ruled that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. When you prayed that prayer and accepted God’s pardon for your sins, you became a new creation in Christ. You may even think that this is impossible for you but the Bible teaches that you are saved by faith through Jesus. Grow in the Grace that was just given to you, seek God in His word (The Bible) and go out tell somebody!