Someone sent me the summary below of how the apostles died. In view of this account, aren't you concerned about speaking out when there is this obvious mischief in high places in government? The more I see of politicians in action, the more afraid I am of what the outcome will be of their plans and machinations, both for you and me personally. It looks as if things are really falling apart and I'm afraid of what lengths our Government will go to in order to quell dissent. I feel very exposed and threatened. Please help me to see this situation more clearly, as it really is.
Do You Know How The Apostles Died?
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
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 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.
Actually, as the founding fathers knew well, the ONLY "safeguard" of a people is separation of church and state. Back THEN, the "church" WAS the STATE, the government.
It is this Silence, this "higher power" that makes people NOT feel that the state IS the high power! And that is very, very important!
They will then "discount" the "government" as NOT the highest power, but know a Power beyond all man's law. A power that sets to work to provide much "peaceful" dissolution of the evils of men, of men even in "high" office.
Knowing that "no weapon formed against this power (god) can prosper" because it is NOT an evil against you personally, but an attempted attack, if you will, upon God (read Freedom, Equality, Liberty, Justice, Mercy, Presence) and that very knowing begins the "dispersal" of evil.
For truly that IS the case, it is an attempted attack upon that which is BEING man, not "man".