How the Twelve Disciples Died

How the disciples died

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.
1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.
2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.
4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully
5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition, it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Son of Zebedee 
He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present-day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.
10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot was stoned and then beheaded.
13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. (Jayar Landingin)


After Christ’s crucifixion, the disciples and other followers were disillusioned and discouraged, they were fearful and many were in hiding. The person they thought was the Messiah was dead. Their hope in Him as the savior of the world was crushed. They began to disperse and return to their former way of life.
     But after the resurrection, they came together and began boldly proclaiming the Jesus was alive. There can only be one explanation for the change in the disciples. Jesus was alive and the disciples had seen Him (1 Cor. 15: 5 & 7) and ate and drank with Him(John 21:12-15) (Acts 10:41). They knew with certainty that Jesus had risen from the dead.
     They faced a lifetime of hardship and persecution, and eventually died a martyr’s death. Could they have sustained such unwavering faith if they knew what they were preaching was a lie?
     Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know to be a lie. (Paul Little “Know Why You Believe”)

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B06XK4GJT1

 

Advertisements

Jesus: Can We Believe What the Gospels Say About Him?

But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” G K Chesterton The more childlike we become —…

We know that the Old Testament contained 60 major messianic prophecies and 270 minor prophecies or conditions that were fulfilled by one person. That person was Jesus Christ.

Professor Peter Stoner and his mathematical class, overseen by the American Scientific Affrication, determined that the chance that any man might have lived to the present time and fulfilled eight of these prophecies is 1 in 10 to the seventeenth power. Or to put it in perspective that would be like covering the state of Texas 2 ft. deep in quarters, mark one quarter, bury it somewhere in Texas, blindfold a person and tell him to go find it on the 1st try. They determined that the odds for someone to fulfill these 8 of the prophecies were 1 to 13 trillion.

But what about the New Testament Gospels, can we believe the gospels about His life, crucifixion,  and resurrection? Continue reading

The Prophecies Concerning The Coming of Jesus Left No Doubt, But That He was the Christ.

jesus

The Old Testament was written over a period of 1000 years. During that time God gave his prophets over 300 prophecies concerning the messiah’s coming. In the Old Testament, there are 60 major messianic prophecies and 270 minor prophecies or conditions that were fulfilled by one person. That person was Jesus Christ.

  We can track the lineage of Jesus in Genesis from Adam to his birth. Genesis and Jeremiah both specified his ancestry; he would be a descendant of Shem, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, from the tribe of Judah, the house of David. In Isaiah 7:14 we’re told that the Messiah will be born of a virgin. In Micah 5:2 we’re told that he would be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah 53 pictures a messiah who would suffer and die for the sins of Israel and the World. This was 700 years before Jesus. Isaiah predicted the Jews would reject him and the Gentiles would believe in him. Psalms 22 foretold the crucifixion of Jesus 800 years before crucifixion was invented by the Romans. Continue reading

Angels in the War


I find it interesting that there are so many accounts of angels coming to the aid of allied forces against the Germans in World War One. Here are just a couple:

 Near Mons, France where outnumbered British troops had been fighting for days without relief. Defeat seemed inevitable when firing on both
sides suddenly stopped. British troops saw “four or five wonderful beings, much bigger than men,” between themselves and the Germans. These men were bare-headed, wore white robes and seemed to float rather than stand. Their backs were to the British and their arms and hands were outstretched toward the Germans. The horses ridden by German cavalrymen became terrified and stampeded off in every direction.

 In another battle later in the war, British soldiers were surrounded by German troops and matters seemed hopeless. Suddenly everything grew strangely quiet. Then “the sky opened with a bright shining light, and figures of luminous beings appeared between the British and German lines.” German troops retreated in disorder, allowing the Allied forces to reform. German prisoners captured that day, were asked why they surrendered, they said “But there were hosts and hosts of you!”

Taken from “Things You Probably Didn’t Learn in Church”

Who is Jesus?

    As believers in Christ, we know that Jesus lived, was crucified, rose again, and is ALIVE Today. However, for the unbeliever, or those that have doubts, there is an enormous amount of proof documenting the life of Christ.

    The Bible contains over 300 fulfilled prophecies concerning the life of Jesus. Mathematician professor Peter Stoner and his class determined that for someone to fulfill 48 of these prophecies, would be 1 in 13 trillion. In other words, totally impossible, if He was not the Son Of God.

    The life of Jesus can actually be reconstructed apart from the Bible by all the writings, sermons and commentaries by early church fathers and writers. Material that is so old that it actually predates the gospels themselves.

    There are also many secular writers and historians from the time of Christ that documented His life as well. Such as Josephus, a well-known Roman 1st-century political historian. While not a follower of Jesus himself, he wrote a lengthy section about Jesus.

    One passage reads:

“Now about this time there lived Jesus, a wise man if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such as accept the truth gladly, He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Christ. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day, he appeared to them restored to life, for the prophets of God had prophesied these and countless other marvelous things about him. And the tribe of Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared”.

 

A small sample of the proof that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. Taken from my book, “Things You Probably Didn’t Learn in Church”

Will We Know People in Heaven

Many people wonder if we will recognize our friends and family when we get to heaven.  We will not only recognize our loved ones and friends, but we will know everyone in heaven. We will enjoy fellowship with people from all walks of life and from the time of Adam to the present time. Can you imagine meeting the saints of the Old and New Testament or of the generations before us?

 At the mount of transfiguration, Peter and John recognized Elijah and Moses even though they had never seen them before and they were separated by hundreds of years; (Luke 9:30-32). This is how it will be in heaven. We will recognize everyone else and will feel as one with them.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

We will leave our sinful nature behind, and we will instead be filled with the spirit of God. Therefore we will love each other as God intended us to. We will be like one big family in heaven. Parents, Grandparents, children, and babies will be reunited and will all recognize each other. Like I said before it will be a family reunion like no other.

The Bible

bible-image

The Bible contains thousands of prophecies concerning events that were fulfilled hundreds and thousands of years later, proving its divine source, for only God can predict the future. In Isaiah, God said He has made know the future to us:

    “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come…… What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.” (Isaiah 46:10-11).

 Why would God make known the future to us?  Why would He make so many predictions about the future of the world? First, because He wants us to know, beyond all doubt, that He is God and there is no other. Secondly, He wants us to be prepared for what is to come.  

It is a difficult matter for the critic to deny prophecy once it has been fulfilled, for prophecy fulfilled becomes part of history for all to see.

Archaeologists continue to find cities and places mentioned in the Bible, such as in 2004 when they discovered the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the blind man. In fact, all archaeology finds have agreed with the historical biblical accounts as recorded in the Bible. There has not been a single artifact or discovery made that would disprove what is written in The Word of God.

Dr. J.O. Kinnaman declared, “Of the hundreds of thousands of artifacts found by archaeologists, not one has ever been discovered that contradicts or denies one word, phrase, clause, or sentence of the Bible, but always confirms and verifies the facts of the Biblical record.”

The supposedly great books of other religions—including the Vedas of the Hindus; the Zend Avesta of Zoroastrians, the Confucian texts, the Tripitaka of Buddhism, the Koran of Islam, and the Book of Mormon—–do not have any prophecy fulfillment or archaeological finds to support them.

Taken from the book: “Things You Probably Didn’t Learn in Church”