. . .upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

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Persecution in the End Times

How the Disciples, Apostles, and other men from the Bible died


persecution of the saints

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.

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 (beaten) to death by a whip.

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.

Note: Fox's Book of Martyrs says that James, son of Alphaeus was stoned to death.

James the Great→ Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately 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.

John→ Exiled for his faith in Christ. Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of 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.

Jude→ Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Lebbaeus (Thaddaeus)→ Judas (of James) was stoned to death.

Some think Judas may have been his original name and that it was changed later to "Thaddaeus (meaning perhaps "warm-hearted") in order to avoid the stigma attached to the name Judas Iscariot. -The Nelson Study Bible, NKJV, 1997, pg 1645-

Luke→ Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

Mark→ Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

Matthew→ Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia; killed by a sword wound.

Matthias→ The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

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.

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.

Philip→ Was crucified.

Simon→ Was crucified.

Thomas→ Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.

Conclusion

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.

And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:21-22

Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God WILL!