John R. Houk, Blog Editor
© July 15, 2021
My darling wife sent this to my email from her phone as an attachment. I have no idea who sent it her.
The attachment has a roughly one-sentence description on how several Apostles/Disciples of Jesus met their demise in this life. What strikes me is that these followers of Jesus met their end because they stood for God Almighty’s moral behavior and Salvation from Hell by believing on the Resurrected Lord Jesus Who transferred (ergo transformed) citizens from Satan’s dominion to citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
TODAY those who Believe in God’s Word in the Holy Bible and that America’s Founding was good because her citizens trusted Christian moral standards are being called domestic terrorists by the coup-installed Biden Administration.
If you think Christians and American Patriots concerned about their well-being on this one-time shining city on a hill is a conspiracy theory to be disregarded, you should CHECK OUT these facts ignored or hidden by America’s tyrants:
- Official Government Documents Label These 72 Types of Americans as Potential Terrorists; By Michael Snyder; Sons of Liberty Media; 5/16/15 (seeds of Obama era)
- Democrat document surfaces demanding Biden clamp down on conservative Christians, remove them from public office and re-educate Trump voters; By Leo Hohmann; LeoHohmann.com; 12/16/20
- Enemies of the Deep State: The Government’s War on Domestic Terrorism Is a Trap; By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead; The Rutherford Institute; 1/26/21
- Biden’s Public Enemies List: Are Christians Domestic Terrorists? By Dean Broyles; Christian News Journal; 7/6/21 1:50
- Biden Says Domestic Terrorism Is A Top Threat, Nominates Domestic Terrorist To Run Federal Agency; By Sean Paige and Jason Siegelin; The Federalist; 7/15/21
Will TODAY’s Christians have the same courage against ungodly authority the early Followers of Jesus displayed? I pray we Believers are overcomers even if it means paying a price in this life so our heritage hastens the return of Jesus and the Kingdom of God on Earth.
(Editor’s note: In full disclosure these martyrdom bios are not in the Bible but are from traditions that secular historians typically will not confirm due to a lack of documentation. There is kind of documentation that leads to credence is histories documentation of early Christian persecution until Roman Emperor Constantine embraced acceptance of the Christian faith in the 300s A.D. [Yup I still prefer Anno Domini – Year of our Lord, to the secular scholars C.E. – Christian Era now de-Christianized to Common Era].)
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THE ATTACHMENT of Christian Courage
Very powerful and something to think about especially during these times…
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.
7. James the 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 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 and 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.
Thank you D.L. Blakeney
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.”
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