6John Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecutions in Rome .However, he was miraculously delivered from death.John was then sentenced tothe mines on the prison island of Patmos .He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos .The apostle John was later freedand returned to serve asBishop of Edessa in modern Turkey .He died as an old man,the only apostle to die peacefully.
7PeterHe was crucifiedupside down onan x-shaped cross.According tochurch traditionit was because hetold his tormentorsthat he feltunworthy to die inthe same way thatJesus Christhad died.
9The leader of the church in Jerusalem , JamesThe leader of the church in Jerusalem ,was thrown over a hundred feet downfrom the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to denyhis faith in Christ.When they discovered that he survivedthe fall, his enemies beat himto death with a fuller's club. This was the same pinnacle whereSatan had taken Jesusduring the Temptation.
11James the Great Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to lifetime of ministry.As a strong leader of the church,James was ultimately beheadedat Jerusalem .The Roman officer who guarded Jameswatched amazed as James defendedhis faith at his trial.Later, the officer walked beside Jamesto the place of execution.Overcame by conviction, he declared hisnew faith to the judge and knelt besideJames to accept beheading as a Christian.
12Also known as Nathaniel BartholomewAlso known as Nathanielwas a missionaryto Asia .He witnessed forour Lord inpresent day Turkey .was martyredfor his preachingin Armeniawhere he was flayedto death by a whip.
14Andrew Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece . After being whipped severely by seven soldiersthey tied his body to the cross with cordsto 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 expectedthis happy hour.The cross has been consecrated bythe body of Christ hanging on it.'He continued to preach to his tormentorsfor two days until he expired.
15ThomasWas stabbedwith a spear nearMadras on theEast coast ofMt. St. Thomasin Indiaduring one of hismissionary tripsto establishthe church inthe sub-continent
16JudeWas crucifiedon a cross inthe city ofArat, Armenia,and killed witharrows whenhe refusedto denyHis faithin Christ.
17MatthiasThe apostlechosen to replacethe traitorJudas Iscariot,was sentencedto deathby the Sanhedrinfor his steadfastfaith in Christ;was stoned todeath and thenbeheaded.
19Was tortured and then beheaded by PaulWas tortured and then beheaded bythe evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 66,four years before Jerusalem fell.Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment,which allowed him to writehis many epistlesto the churches he had formedthroughout the Roman Empire .These letters, which taught many ofthe foundational doctrines of Christianity,form a large portionof the New Testament.
20Our sufferings are naught compared to the persecution and cruelty meted out to the Apostles & disciplesfor their strong faithin their times.And ye shall be hated of all men formy namesakeBut he that endurethto the end shall be saved.Aug. 18, 2009-JK