Among the many executions were the following: Peter was crucified upside down, Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross, Thomas was pierced with a spear, Mathias (who replaced Judas) was stoned and beheaded, Luke was hanged to an olive tree, Simon was crucified, James was beaten until his brain rushed, Bartholomew was beheaded, Phillip was crucified, Jude was crucified, Matthew was slammed
A proverb states that "the apple does not fall far from the tree." This is true in this case. After his death and resurrection, we all know that Jesus Christ was followed by twelve apostles who carried on his work. However, one interesting fact to note is that, like their master, all of these men died horribly, with the exception of one apostle.
"Then they will deliver you up to be afflicted and kill you; and you will be despised by all nations because of my name," Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 24:9. Jesus' word was 100 percent accurate, and it came exactly as he had predicted. All of his followers were persecuted, with the exception of one who managed to escape death.
This man was impervious to any and all of the methods used to assassinate his fellow apostles. This progressed to the point where those who wanted to kill him became frustrated and decided to exile him to an island, where he could starve to death or be devoured by a wild beast as punishment.
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Among the apostles, only John the divine was spared martyrdom by a miraculous intervention. In order to save this young apostle's life, the prosecution did everything they could. He was beaten but did not sustain any injuries, spears and swords could not penetrate him, and he even survived being submerged in a boiling pot of oil.
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No one, not even God, can prevent a man or a woman from fulfilling his or her God-given purpose. In order for John to be able to write the book of Revelations, God granted him invincibility. Even his exile to an island was part of God's plan to ensure that he would not be disturbed while receiving visions. In the name of Jesus, I pray that God will be with us until we have completed His mission on this earth.
But it was on this island, the island of Patmos, that God revealed himself to John and gave him the revelation. He was the author of the book of Revelations. It wasn't until after he finished writing this book that John died on this island for the final time.
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