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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:06:01 +1300

-According to both tradition and church history...

_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 Just

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. 
was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.*

_7_ 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.

_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.

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/disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith. "And ye 
shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:"

"But he that endureth to the end shall be saved." - Matthew 10:22.

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