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When and how did the Twelve Apostles die?

Summary:  The Bible only mentions the deaths of two apostles, James who was put to death by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD and Judas Iscariot who committed suicide shortly after the death of Christ.    The details of the deaths of three of the apostles (John, the Beloved, Bartholomew and Simon the Canaanite) are not known at all, either by tradition or early historians. The deaths of the other seven apostles are known by tradition or the writings of early Christian historians.  According to traditions and the Bible, eight of the Apostles died as Martyrs.  At least two of the Apostles, Peter and Andrew were crucified.

When and how did the Twelve Apostles die


‘Caravaggio’s depiction of the crucifixion of Apostle Peter.

Simon surnamed Peter  died 33-34 years after the death of Christ.  According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary there is “satisfactory evidence that he and Paul were the founders of the church at Rome, and died in that city. The time and manner of the apostle’s martyrdom are less certain. According to the early writers, he died at or about the same time with Paul, and in the Neronian persecution, A.D. 67,68. All agree that he was crucified. Origen says that Peter felt himself to be unworthy to be put to death in the same manner as his Master, and was therefore, at his own request, crucified with his head downward.”

James the son of Zebedee:  He was put to death by Herod Agrippa I  shortly before the day of the Passover, in the year 44 or about 11 years after the death of Christ.  From Acts 12: 1-2.

John: No death date given by early writers.  Death date is by conjecture only and is variously assigned as being between 89 AD to 120 AD

Andrew:  No accurate death date given. A variety of traditions say he preached in Scythia, in Greece, in Asia Minor and Thrace.  He is reported to have been crucified at Patrae in Achaia.

Philip:  Again, the Bible does not say when he died nor do we have accurate information.  According to tradition he preached in Phrygia, and died at Hierapolis. Update: FoxNews July 27, 2011 Tomb of the Apostle Phillip is found in Hierapolis.

Bartholomew: There is no information concerning his death, not even by tradition

Matthew: He must have lived many years as an apostle, since he was the author of the Gospel of Matthew which was written at least twenty years after the death of Christ. There is reason to believe that he stayed for fifteen years at Jerusalem, after which he went as missionary to the Persians, Parthians and Medes. There is a legend that he died a martyr in Ethiopia.

Thomas: The earlier traditions, as believed in the fourth century, say he preached in Parthia or Persia, and was finally buried at Edessa. The later traditions carry him farther east.   His martyrdom whether in Persia or India, is said to have been by a lance, and is commemorated by the Latin Church on December 21 the Greek Church on October 6, and by the Indians on July 1.

James Alpheus : We know he lived at least five years after the death of Christ because of mentions in the Bible.  According to tradition, James son of Alpheus was thrown down from the temple by the scribes and Pharisees; he was then stoned, and his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club.

Simon the Canaanite – No information either in the Bible or by tradition.

Jude (Thaddeus): according to tradition Jude taught in Armenia, Syria and Persia where he was martyred.  Tradition tells us he was buried in Kara Kalisa in what is now Iran.

Judas Iscariot: Shortly after the death of Christ Judas killed himself. According to the Bible he hanged himself, (Matthew 27:5) at Aceldama, on the southern slope of the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, and in the act he fell down a precipice and was dashed into pieces.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Peter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Apostle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Iscariot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James,_son_of_Zebedee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Andrew

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Philip

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Bartholomew

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Matthew

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle_Thomas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James,_son_of_Alphaeus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_the_Canaanite

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jude_the_Apostle

 

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  • Patrocinia July 6, 2013, 8:32 am

    Matthew 14:1-14 John the baptist beheaded.
    Matthew Chapter 14

    3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put [him] in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

    4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

    5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

    6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

    7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

    8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.

    9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [her].

    10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

    • margaret July 6, 2013, 9:53 am

      Thanks for this comment! If one person writes, there are probably many others with the same question or thought.
      The scriptures you are quoting refer to the death of John the Baptist who was killed just as Jesus began his ministry.
      John the apostle was still alive years after the deaths of both John the Baptist and Jesus.

    • rebecca January 14, 2014, 12:18 am

      @ patrocinia, this john you spoke of is John the baptist who died while JESUS was still around. But Apostle John is the author of the books of John, 1,2,3 Johns, and revelation. That john was Jesus’s disciple whom the angel of God gave the visions in the book of revelation to on the island of patmos, he was alive after Jesus’s death. Two different johns

      • chris April 16, 2014, 12:11 pm

        Is john the beloved the same john who wrote revelations? Is he again jesus’s brother by birth?

        • Margaret Hunter April 26, 2014, 12:29 pm

          John the Beloved is the same John who wrote the book of Revelation. He is not Jesus brother but rather the brother of James, the son of Zebedee.

  • Immanuel July 7, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Yes that’s true, this bible passage is about John the Baptist not John the Beloved. John the beloved didn’t die a matyr, he wrote the Book of Revelation for he was exiled to the Island of Patmos after he was thrown into a pot of boiling oil but didn’t die.

    • Siyazine Sithole July 19, 2013, 1:37 pm

      This is very true, The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. But man has not reached a final destination, that is, discovered a final answer to the ultimate meaning of life/full acount of the truth concerning the past and will therefore carry on searching/moving.

    • Melanie February 12, 2014, 11:51 am

      Is there a place in the Bible that refers specifically to John’s being thrown into a pot of boiling oil? Please advise, as I’d like to read further. Thanks

      • Margaret Hunter February 13, 2014, 9:49 am

        Hi Melanie
        It is not in the Bible but it is in writings of the early church fathers.
        From the Catholic Encyclopedia…

        The later accounts of John

        The Christian writers of the second and third centuries testify to us as a tradition universally recognized and doubted by no one that the Apostle and Evangelist John lived in Asia Minor in the last decades of the first century and from Ephesus had guided the Churches of that province.

        In his “Dialogue with Tryphon” (Chapter 81) St. Justin Martyr refers to “John, one of the Apostles of Christ” as a witness who had lived “with us”, that is, at Ephesus. St. Irenæus speaks in very many places of the Apostle John and his residence in Asia and expressly declares that he wrote his Gospel at Ephesus (Against Heresies III.1.1), and that he had lived there until the reign of Trajan (loc. cit., II, xxii, 5). With Eusebius (Church History III.13.1) and others we are obliged to place the Apostle’s banishment to Patmos in the reign of the Emperor Domitian (81-96).

        Previous to this, according to Tertullian’s testimony (De praescript., xxxvi), John had been thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil before the Porta Latina at Rome without suffering injury. After Domitian’s death the Apostle returned to Ephesus during the reign of Trajan, and at Ephesus he died about A.D. 100 at a great age.

        Tradition reports many beautiful traits of the last years of his life: that he refused to remain under the same roof with Cerinthus (Irenaeus “Ad. haer.”, III, iii, 4); his touching anxiety about a youth who had become a robber (Clemens Alex., “Quis dives salvetur”, xiii); his constantly repeated words of exhortation at the end of his life, “Little children, love one another” (Jerome, “Comm. in ep. ad. Gal.”, vi, 10). On the other hand the stories told in the apocryphal Acts of John, which appeared as early as the second century, are unhistorical invention.

        (from http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/234843-Apostle-John-boiling-in-oil)

  • Andrew July 21, 2013, 3:25 am

    Man will never understand the meaning of life, it will always be filled with mystery and confusion. Truths will be kept secretive for reasons of mans fears. Mans heart knows the truths all he needs to do is listen. we all need to pay homage to the almighty.

  • Roy July 26, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Judas Iscariot In Heaven or in Hell? Did Judas go to Hell?
    My sister believes Judas repented before hanging himself and therefore he is in Heaven with his master.

    http://www.tentmaker.org/Dew/Dew3/D3-JudasIscariot.html

    • Nikky Mckinzie August 20, 2013, 8:24 pm

      Whether or not Judas Iscariot went to hell is not tied to his action against Jesus, but rather to whether or not he had accepted Jesus as his Savior. Many have analyzed his motives in betraying Jesus and some have theorized that he did believe in Jesus, but felt that Jesus was going about things in the wrong way or that he had become disillusioned with what he had believed would be the triumphant establishment of a Kingdom on earth and had instead realized that Jesus did not intend to have his Kingdom on earth (at least not yet). In any case, if he believed, but betrayed his Savior with the best of intentions (and it is fairly certain that he did not expect Jesus to be actually harmed) then he went to Heaven. If not, then hell was his destination.

      • jonathan. September 3, 2013, 4:15 am

        The Bible is very clear about what happena to people who take there
        Own life. Know ye not,that your body ia the temple of the Holyghost.
        And any man who destorys this temple. He will i destory.

        • CherieK January 15, 2014, 4:19 pm

          Please tell me where the verse you quoted is found & in what Bible version.
          I only find this verse that mentions body is temple: 1 Cor 6:19
          What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? It doesnt contain last 2 sentences you gave.

          • Margaret Hunter January 15, 2014, 4:49 pm

            I believe Jonathan is referring to 1 Cor 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are”

      • FRANCIS ADDO February 16, 2014, 11:57 am

        Judas Iscariot has no bad intention to betrayed Jesus. He knows due to the miracles his master has being doing, HE thus JESUS will vanish into tin air when the soldiers come to arrest HIM, he Judas has already collected the money, handed HIM over to you, but you couldn’t catch HIM. So he Judas repented when his master was finally arrested and killed. Therefore in the last day, this sin of hanging him will not prevent him from entering heaven.

    • jacob September 6, 2013, 1:23 am

      I have to say i disagree judas i believe went to hell jesus said one of you is a devil better for him that he had never been born at all. Never been born at all would most likely imply he went to hell for all eternity

      • sharon pillay October 18, 2013, 6:51 pm

        judas went to hell.cause wen he realised he sinned satan entered him he went and hung himsalf.there4 jesus said cursed is a man dat hungeth on a tree.also he neva askd 4 forgiveness.

        • preston November 10, 2013, 4:23 pm

          the bible says that judas repenteth to himself meaning he felt sorry for himself

    • steven October 16, 2013, 3:52 am

      It’s been awhile but if I remember correctly isn’t there a reference in the NT to the
      effect that Judas did not kill himself, but was murdered in secret when he threw
      the 30 pieces of silver back to the men who had bought him in the 1st place. Now
      I know the Bible talks of Judas putting the rope around his neck but he was found
      with a large sword wound in his chest. I believe he did repent and was murdered
      because he refused to stay “bought” by the same group of men who set Christ up.

      • Margaret Hunter October 16, 2013, 9:42 am

        I’m not aware of that reference.

      • Gary October 17, 2014, 3:39 pm

        No such references in the Bible. Matthew reports simply ” And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” Some translators maintain that the hanging is a mistranslation, and today we would rather say that Judas was “choked up” with grief, rather than that he hanged himself.

        The Gospels of Mark, Luke and John do not record the fate of Judas.

        Luke does, in “Acts” record Judas death… “Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”

        To harmonized the accounts in Matthew and Acts, some theorize that Judas indeed did hang himself, but none would defile themselves during holy days, by either touching a dead corpse (thus becoming ritually unclean and being unable to participate in the Jewish rites), or by doing the work (illegal on Jewish Holy and Sabbath days) of removing the body. Thus, the body ultimately bloated and fell (or was dropped during later removal) and burst.

        The details really do not matter, and are incidental to the story of salvation through Christ.

    • chris November 6, 2013, 8:26 pm

      killing himself was a sin

    • dr_mabeuse December 25, 2013, 6:47 am

      I think Judas has been misunderstood! How could Jesus have fulfilled His destiny as Savior had He not suffered and died on the cross? And how could He have suffered and died on the cross had He not been betrayed?
      As God, Jesus had to know full well who’d betray Him. Judas was used as His instrument. I believe they both knew it, and that Judas faced the most difficult task ever given a mortal man.

      • Jolie January 28, 2014, 1:01 am

        I agree with you.

      • Kelton August 24, 2014, 3:35 am

        I don’t think God necessarily “used” Judas, but He did “allow” evil to transpire in order for His will to be fulfilled. Jesus knew very well that Judas would betray Him otherwise He wouldn’t have chosen him to be one of His disciples. I don’t think Judas knew anything other than what he planned to accomplish by betraying our Lord.

    • reynaldo January 13, 2014, 9:56 am

      The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

    • rebecca January 14, 2014, 12:25 am

      I to also believe judas iscariot went/is going to heaven, he repented therefore Jesus is a forgiving savior. St. peter repented, and Jesus forgave, and greater works did he do for Christ. So I do not believe that any of Jesus 12 disciples will be lost, but I do believe that he would not have his sit at the table with Jesus because matthias whom replaced judas iscariot took his sit. But Jesus has a place for him in heaven

      • rebecca January 14, 2014, 12:29 am

        Only GOD knows if he is or not

        • Ed January 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

          I’m sure Judas knows by now

          • Naa January 27, 2014, 10:51 am

            Hi,
            You know what,weather Judas went to heaven or not, i don’t think we should bother ourselves with that.What is most important is that if Jesus was not betrayed,nobody would be saved.We just can not understand God’s way of doing things.The least we can do is thank God for Judas’ life at that time because He(GOD) knew about him(Judas)…..

      • bo June 17, 2014, 3:36 am

        I rember reading in sunday school lesson. judas went to hell. The only prayer right before garden of gethsemane prayer. mentions thebetrayer was never his and never saved. sorry can not tell you what book and verse.

        I to had conflicting issues about this until we went over it.

    • Rudakanya Augustin May 31, 2014, 12:43 pm

      not at all judas iscariot commited a suicide so he didn’t get green fire to enter into the heaven.because it is written that it would rather be good to this man not to live.

    • Brian September 6, 2014, 10:17 am

      no body dies and either go to heaven or to hell whether did good or bad until that day Jesus Returns! Except Moses And Some Who Rised With Jesus If Am Not Mistaken.

  • Joseph Rukeijakare July 31, 2013, 8:39 am

    We don’t know what happened to Judas and we are not supposed to know because we are not the judges. It is possible he repented just before he died,we are not sure of that either. That is even not our concern for we are to be judged also for what we are doing. Jesus is in heaven with the other good thief.

    • Glen October 21, 2013, 7:10 pm

      Everyone who repents and accepts Jesus as Saviour and Lord and lives for Him go to heaven.
      Judas did not repent 2 Cor 7:10
      He had a sorrow without repentance Matt 27:3-4
      He felt bad and tried to undo what he had done but did not go to God and repent and receive forgiveness but took his life into his own hands. He did not give his life to God who was very willing to forgive.

  • Terry July 31, 2013, 7:48 pm

    Its says no man should say if one went to heaven or hell because we don’t know. But a man can’t ask for forgiveness and go on and commit a crime, when you come into the understanding of what you did was wrong, then you ask for forgiveness and don’t commit the sin again. Where you get this understanding from is from Mary magdalene, when told to go and don’t do it again. We live by the new Testament, use old Testament as a guide.

    • bardi34 September 29, 2013, 3:35 am

      judes will be sitting with jesus even though he did what he did for jesus told them they all will be sitting on there with him for he will prepar there seats for them then told judes to do what it was that he must do and do it quickly

      • Libebarry February 14, 2014, 2:28 pm

        repented come after committing sin, no man found guilty without committing crime. He didn’t repent after killing himself by handling himself, A death body can’t repent. If you kill somebody you can repent but when you committed suicide there is no repentance

      • ebenezer aikins August 13, 2014, 5:34 pm

        Only GOd knows where Judas is.

  • Kelly Muck August 16, 2013, 2:21 am

    Hello,

    I have been doing some research and have noticed that St. Bartholomew was also referred to as Nathaniel. In addition St. Thomas also had the name Didymus. Six of the Saints tombs have been discovered the other 6 are as yet unknown. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombs_of_the_apostles#Tombs_of_the_apostles has a greater picture reference for the tombs of the saints. I am hoping however, that someone may have more data on the death of the Saints.

    Thanks

  • Jean Williams August 21, 2013, 8:27 am

    Judas would not be in Heaven, Christ has chosen who will serve with him,if Judas has repented he might be resurected

    • Nic May 3, 2014, 6:14 am

      Godlives everyone if us and us a forgiving lord. Judas is with Jesus in heaven and always has been. Judas was God’s unstrument and God lives him.

  • Jean Williams August 21, 2013, 8:38 am

    What is moderation

    • Margaret Hunter August 21, 2013, 9:53 am

      Moderation means it will take a bit of time for your comment to appear as one of us on the team has to approve it.
      We do that so we don’t have spam comments appearing – you know those comments selling singles sites or worse.
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  • Chris OH August 23, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Hello. Isn’t there a tradition held that St Bartholomew was flayed alive? The Final Judgement painting in the Sistine Chapel shows this.

  • Michael NE September 2, 2013, 6:54 am

    Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) testified of Judas that “Yeshua said to them, “Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a Satan?”John 6:70 And that, “he went to his own place”. BTW, “Satan” is not a proper name, but a title wherein it is used here. This says to me, that Judas Iscariot did not repent of his sin of the betrayal of Christ. But, rather, that he killed himself in remorse, which is not the same as true repentance.
    You will recall, another, younger man was elected by the Spirit of Holiness to take Judas’ place as the 12th Apostle, whom John records as becoming one of the twelve kings depicted in the book of Revelation.

    • Xilef September 3, 2013, 2:59 am

      True.

      Also, Jesus said: “The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Matt. 26:24

      No one is judging anybody here but with that statement we already know the verdict.

      • Reg November 7, 2013, 12:43 am

        Why is that people believe that humans go to heaven, when the Bible says that ” from the Earth you came and to the Earth you shall return.. We were made on Earth, not in heaven and that God will descend to Earth, with The new Jerusalem?

        • L.J. February 10, 2014, 12:40 am

          Heaven is another name for paradise – Jesus said to the repentant thief, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (ESV) After Jesus’ resurrection, he returned to earth for many days and then returned to Heaven (paradise) in front of witnesses.
          Acts 1:9-11
          9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

          You said “We were made on Earth” true, (I’m assuming you are talking about the planet earth being you said “made on earth” instead of saying made of earth. But that does not necessarily mean we shall return to the planet Earth. Genesis 3:19 says “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” God is talking about our earthly body when He says “to dust you shall return”.

    • rebecca January 14, 2014, 12:31 am

      yes I agree

  • Angois simon September 7, 2013, 6:03 am

    De lord told his apostles one of u is satan he knew all about judas he used 2steal money he was i/c of n as it was written dat de son of man(jesus) has 2 die 4our sins n judas being de traitor but jesus said woo! de man who is going 2betray him,beter 4him not 2’ve been born dat was already acurse by returning money 2de romans judas had repented but again he commited succide,he continued 2sin. Stealing money,betrayed jesus,last commited succide.hence iguess judas is in hell.

  • udeme September 10, 2013, 9:54 am

    judas and jesus who first died ?

  • kulani abner gajeni ndlhovu September 13, 2013, 9:01 am

    Simon surnamed Peter died 33-34 years after the death of Christ. According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary there is “satisfactory evidence that he and Paul were the founders of the church at Rome, and died in that city. The time and manner of the apostle’s martyrdom are less certain. According to the early writers, he died at or about the same time with Paul, and in the Neronian persecution, A.D. 67,68. All agree that he was crucified. Origen says that Peter felt himself to be unworthy to be put to death in the same manner as his Master, and was therefore, at his own request, crucified with his head downward.”
    James the son of Zebedee: He was put to death by Herod Agrippa I shortly before the day of the Passover, in the year 44 or about 11 years after the death of Christ. From Acts 12: 1-2. – See more at: http://amazingbibletimeline.com/bible_questions/q6_apostles_die

  • blessed chipfocho September 22, 2013, 7:02 pm

    this is somethng gud in our way to heaven.bt i hve heard dat der is one of dem kiled wth arrows

  • VHStarkey September 22, 2013, 10:24 pm

    WRONG
    Simon the Canaanite was crucified at Caister Lincs UK! Recorded by Painting of such in Monastry of Mount Athos, and by all early Cristian researchers and well known by the Orthodox British Church
    Thomas body was moved to odessa from India. His church, Sao Thoma, is the biggest and earliest of churches in India.

  • George October 1, 2013, 6:41 am

    There are at least 2 verses in the New Testament that tell about what manner of death the apostle Peter would experience. Could you tell their references.
    Thanking you,
    George

    • Margaret Hunter October 1, 2013, 9:35 am

      John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

      19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

  • Robbie October 5, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Regarding the question of whether Judas Iscariot is in heaven or hell? John 17:12 (NIV) says: ” While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.” I believe this is the conclusion of the matter.

    • Mzwamadoda Jabu Dada October 21, 2013, 9:54 am

      Well said Robbie,

      I was about to refer to this scripture as well.

      • Nic May 3, 2014, 6:21 am

        John was still on Earth when he wrote this and could not fully understand 100% the ways of God. Judas was a man loved by God. God does not destroy but loves in eternity.

  • Juliet Kimeu October 7, 2013, 6:44 am

    Hi.May God richly reward you for taking your time for this research. I have benefitted immensely.

  • Mzwamadoda Jabu Dada October 21, 2013, 9:52 am

    Hi there,

    Can someone help me here, I know that there were prophets that God used to communicate with his people according to the OT, after them there was Jesus my savoir and his disciples. Do we have people that we can pinpoint in terms of continuing with the Gospel from generation to generation so that those that do not believe can get to see that this has been happening all these years.
    Thanks,
    Jabu (RSA)

  • tyrone wilson October 24, 2013, 5:30 pm

    i think that the people back in the days of jesus was cruel in thay did not care ABOUT hunan life and if you look at the times it’s allmost like that now soon the mark of the beast will be here and people don’t even realize it they need to wake up before it’s to late soon,soon,soon

  • myra watkins October 31, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Robbie I do think you are right, but I just always worried that Judas had to be the one that was in Gods plans to betray Jesus…(Matthew 27-3)…(he did repent when he saw that Jesus was condemned) and even carried the 30 pieces of silver back and threw the money in the temple)….I just wanted so much to believe that when Jesus assended into the lower parts of the earth and preached (after he was crucified) that maybe Judas (if he was there)…. Christ saw fit to take him back…This is just me………Myra

    • john murray December 18, 2013, 9:40 pm

      Myra, this is what i wrote before i read your comment: Judas Iscariot was chosen for that purpose,”that Scripture would be fulfilled.” He died before he would experience the fullness of his journey with Christ; that is to see the resurrected Lord. His distruction was pre-ordained. Now are we referring to his physical destruction or spiritual distruction? His death before the Cross preclude his resurrection with the Church but does not preclude his resurrection as a Jew under the Abrahamic Covenant at some time after the Great Tribulation. Christ called him a devil, But Crist often referred to spirits of unholiness as devils or children of the devil, so Judas was no different.

  • Walter November 14, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Will the jews who don’t believe in jesus make heaven .Please enlighten me

    • Mint January 15, 2014, 5:01 am

      They will be given a chance during the tribulation to choose if they don’t before the rapture

  • evalyne November 19, 2013, 12:13 pm

    judas is in hell.when Jesus rise from death he went straight 2 hell he preached the gospel n they repented but judas did not .in that hell only 2 guy who did not n judas is 1 of them

  • Charles Hooks November 25, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Was paul a full blooded jew?

    • Margaret Hunter November 27, 2013, 6:14 pm

      He actually says he is of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew and a Pharisee. See Phillipians 3:5. At this point all the remaining peoples who were later scattered, are called “Jews.” That makes Paul a full blooded Jew.

  • deb December 12, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Makes no difference to me. It is entirely up to God to decide Judus’ s fate. Don’t judge me because my sin is different then yours. I try and live by that.

    • James December 23, 2013, 10:14 am

      I’m sorry, but sin is SIN.. It doesn’t matter which way you look at it. Sin doesn’t have any variations or levels ranging from worse to worser. Blasphemy is the only unforgivable sin. Sin is sin and yours and mine are no different. Don’t live by that. Live by forgiveness, in which the blood of Jesus covers.

  • Brian December 26, 2013, 11:17 am

    How can you say that Mathew lived and wrotre the Gospel of Mathey
    Wikipedia says as do many other sources
    Mathew
    The Gospel of Matthew was composed between 70 and 110, with most scholars preferring the period 80–90.[2] The anonymous author was probably a highly educated Jew, intimately familiar with the technical aspects of Jewish law, and the disciple Matthew was probably honored within his circle as the source of much of the tradition.[3] He drew on three main sources to compose his gospel: the Gospel of Mark; the hypothetical collection of sayings known as the Q source; and material unique to his own community,[4] all of which probably derived ultimately from earlier oral gospel traditions

    • Margaret Hunter January 1, 2014, 1:13 pm

      Not all Wikipedia articles make the assumptions you do. Please see the following
      http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Biblical_Studies/New_Testament_Commentaries/The_Gospel_of_Matthew/Introduction
      And again
      We assume this Gospel was written by Matthew. The bishop of Hierapolis, Papias, was quoted by the fourth century Church historian Eusebius, that the Logia (sayings of Jesus) preserved by Matthew was written in either Hebrew or Aramaic. Some believe this record of Jesus was originally written in Greek, and then translated into other languages. The date of this Gospel could be after A.D. 70, due to the destruction of Jerusalem (Hobbs 9). Hobbs writes, “…if one accepts the deity of Jesus Christ, there is no reason why it could not have been written prior to that time,” i.e., before A.D. 70 (9).[1]

      In other words, if you believe Christ foretold the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD then you easily accept the fact that it was written before 70 AD. If not, then you don’t. This site assumes the truth of the divine and prophetic nature of Christ.

  • Marco loco December 29, 2013, 11:19 am

    All I know that whatever pleases God in Heaven, in the Earth
    In the seas and in the depths he does it ( Ps 135: 6), also what is
    Impossible to man is possible to God ( Mark 10:27) by
    This I can say that human being should always
    Examine himself daily rather then examening
    Others because salvation is individual and
    The Lord himself has the final word for each
    Of us in life!

  • deb December 29, 2013, 7:45 pm

    tell me when a person dies we all say that there with the Lord now if that so why is it when the Lord comes back scripture says the dead in Christ shall rise first can’t be both ways.

    • Mint January 15, 2014, 5:03 am

      Your spirit is with The Lord now. Your body will be resurrected at the end

  • stephene juma January 4, 2014, 7:57 am

    This was a good research. You can send me some of these teachings through email address. God bless you

  • JRFD January 5, 2014, 12:54 am

    Look how evil man is. To kill just from hatred.

  • Only Onus January 9, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Mat. 16:28
    So who is still among us?

    • Margaret Hunter July 2, 2014, 9:37 am

      Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

      Verily I say unto you….. This is a strong asseveration, Christ puts his “Amen” to it; declaring it to be a certain truth, which may firmly be believed:

      there be some standing here; meaning either his disciples, or some of the audience; for it is clear from Mark 8:34 that the people were called unto him with his disciples, when he said these words:

      which shall not taste of death: that is, shall not die; a phrase frequently used by the Jewish doctors: they say (y),

      “All the children of the world, , “taste the taste of death”.”

      That is, die:

      till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom; which is not to be understood of his personal coming in his kingdom in the last day, when he will judge quick and dead; for it cannot be thought, that any then present should live to that time, but all tasted of death long before, as they have done; for the story of John’s being alive, and to live till then, is fabulous, and grounded on a mistake which John himself has rectified at the close of his Gospel: nor of the glorious transfiguration of Christ, the account of which immediately follows; when he was seen by Peter, James, and John, persons now present; for that, at most, was but an emblem and a pledge of his future glory: rather, of the appearance of his kingdom, in greater glory and power, upon his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension to heaven; when the Spirit was poured down in an extraordinary manner, and the Gospel was preached all over the world; was confirmed by signs and wonders, and made effectual to the conversion and salvation of many souls; which many then present lived to see, and were concerned in: though it seems chiefly to have regard to his coming, to show his regal power and authority in the destruction of the Jews; when those his enemies that would not he should reign over them, were ordered to be brought and slain before him; and this the Apostle John, for one, lived to be a witness of.

      (y) Zohar in Gen. fol. 27. 4. & 37. 1. & in Exod. fol. 19. 2. & in Num. fol. 50. 4. & 51. 2. 4. Vid. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 9. fol. 7. 3, 4. Midrash Kohelet, fol, 83. 2.

  • James Townsend January 12, 2014, 3:00 am

    There is a lot in the Bible that man sometimes does not comprehend and in time it is refreshing to him for understanding. Believing that God loves all of us that he sent his son to us that we should believe and that his sacrifice is the atonement for man and thru grace we are saved. Now that we are under grace what than? I think there is a growing process somewhere and we are all babes in Christ. We have to be nourished and we have to grow with his understanding and to Love thy neighbor. Most of the apostles as you remember ran away and Judas that betrayed Jesus was prophsyed in the Bible. Now from what the Bible says, I will go along with the Bible teaching… Judas is not there for no reason at all, it is a learning process for us as well as to fulfill the proprsy of the Bible. I am sure Judas had a conscious of great guilt and gave up the ghost. One has to remember that the Bible is a teaching aid of the good and bad of man and thru Jesus’s death and resurrection we receive his grace and we as man don’t deserve his grace. Paul was one of the great apostles that came out of these Biblical events. The 12 disciples of the all sort of went there own way but believed more when Jesus had risen. The Bible is very life challenging and food for thought no doubt, just like doubting Thomas but if you make it simple it makes it more enlightening….. its a good thing we are to bear fruit to him and do the great commission and let him do the saving and converting of the heart of man. Man’s wisdom is not Gods’ wisdom and God is the answer and the final authority of all things.

  • Ulises January 14, 2014, 10:31 pm

    I have a Question.I know somebody that found Jesus knows about him..
    But he’s still. Idk what the term is but he’s not doing drugs and not realty doing bad sin. But he’s just not all on fire or Jesus freak so idk?

    • Margaret Hunter January 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Can a quiet but determined faith be as acceptable to God as an extroverted faith? Is that the question?

  • Pious Sesay January 15, 2014, 7:50 am

    The eternal fate of Judas is the entire province of the our Lord Jesus Christ .

  • Margarita February 2, 2014, 8:07 pm

    Bartholomew a.k.a Nathanael died in 70 A.D.

  • john February 14, 2014, 9:25 am

    For me most importantly, is my relationship with the Lord is fully intact due to the darkest hour that we are going through, and to try my very best to learn from the past and to be on the positive side all the time…..shalom…….

  • Moikwatlhai Benjamin Seitisho April 16, 2014, 12:11 pm

    It is quite amazing that the disciples who lived, worked with and followed Christ, died such gruesome deaths. Only John lived longer and died of natural causes.

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  • Keith Sabwami April 29, 2014, 11:25 am

    Good and enlightening information.

  • mark May 1, 2014, 8:10 pm

    The history of the apostles is a very rich one and i really appreciate your efforts .God bless you for this great work.

  • Mas. Charles May 13, 2014, 4:22 pm

    thanks, nice articles of the missionary challenges of the 12 apostle of Jesus christ and also their full names. really benefited from it once again thanks.

  • prince udeme moses May 13, 2014, 8:37 pm

    may the souls of the apostles rest in pefect peace,amen.

  • mbango May 20, 2014, 9:17 am

    who actual wraught the book of Revelation if in actual sense John’s death is not recorded what evidence is there that he is the writer ?

    • Mike Istre June 6, 2014, 12:59 am

      Luke 22:3 and John 13:27 both state that Satan took possession of Judas. If it was actual Satanic possession then who actually was responsible? Maybe I’m reading it wrong or maybe misinterpreting passages. Anyone who can clarify it for me?

      • bo June 17, 2014, 3:43 am

        While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. john 17:12 only mention of this prayer before he went to the garden.

  • deril June 23, 2014, 11:01 pm

    more about john plis..the one who wrote the book of revelations

    • Margaret Hunter July 2, 2014, 9:43 am

      Here is an excellent article on that including both opinions: that John the Apostle, wrote it or that another John wrote it.

  • ochieng sam June 30, 2014, 7:18 pm

    hope tp know more

  • katongole July 1, 2014, 4:14 pm

    how did apostle john die?

    • Margaret Hunter July 2, 2014, 9:41 am

      It is traditionally believed that John was the youngest of the apostles and survived them. He is said to have lived to an old age, dying at Ephesus sometime after AD 98

      • enoch July 6, 2014, 8:13 am

        please i would like to know the actual year did the last apostle (John) died…. bcos everybody is giving a different date and its confusing.

        • Margaret Hunter July 11, 2014, 11:31 am

          The actual date is not known.

  • Charles July 26, 2014, 9:08 am

    please i am living in spain where according to historyor tradition here in spain says that James the Lord’s brother dies in spain, how true is that? remain blessed.

    • Margaret Hunter July 26, 2014, 9:55 pm

      According to Josephus and other historians, he was martyred in Jerusalem and buried near the temple. However there is a legend that James the Greater evangelized Spain but according to the catholic.org site this is not based on historical fact. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=59

      • Javier August 1, 2014, 10:34 pm

        If one repents of their sin and then chooses to end their life, they will still go to Heaven. Where in the Bible does it say that one cannot commit suicide? The argument of respecting your body as it is a temple of the Lord is referring to drugs, piercings, tattoos, alcohol, obesity…etc. not suicide. The argument of thou shall not murder is also not a legitimate argument as God has already forgiven us of all our sins when Jesus Christ died on the cross. Thus if Judas repented of his betrayal of Christ and chose to kill himself, he may still have gone to Heaven as all sins are forgiven. AND it is written that all sins are equal in the sight of the Lord, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Thus cheating on a math quiz is the equivalent of killing thy neighbor. Not that I am in favor of suicide, but it shares in equal weight of sin as anything else. And if one has Jesus Christ as their Rock and Foundation, is there anything life could throw at us that could make us want to end our life?
        JUDAS MAY HAVE GONE TO HEAVEN. EVEN CAIN AND KING AHAB COULD HAVE REPENTED AND GONE TO HEAVEN.
        God Bless and thank you.

        • John Anyenmor August 25, 2014, 1:14 am

          hi

          I don’t really understand why I sin. I mostly regret after I sin. can someone please help me..
          thanks a lot.

          • elton September 4, 2014, 4:28 pm

            yes satan always want us to seen so he tries by all mean to make us do the negative

  • Leo August 7, 2014, 3:25 am

    How did peter die

    • Margaret Hunter August 25, 2014, 11:17 pm

      Please see the section above titled Simon Surnamed Peter

  • jamira nakabuy September 5, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Jesus christ was always there for them, he is the way truth and life who ever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

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  • tom Sharanya September 12, 2014, 3:58 pm

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  • Nsubuga Bartholomew September 14, 2014, 3:28 pm

    thanks for preserving this informatoon.

    • Emmanuel ICHIMA October 1, 2014, 10:41 am

      Good to read your information about how the saints died. I really appreciate this and wish you the very best in future research.

  • Daniel William September 27, 2014, 10:40 am

    I love this website,the comments are very good.My is; how did christ came out from virgin mary’s womb? we all knew that a virgin can never be a virgin after giving birth..thanks

    • Dale G Fairclough October 8, 2014, 10:24 am

      Luke 1:26-35 and Matthew 1:18 should answer your question Daniel. Also Job 33:4 tells us that one of the works of the Holy Spirit, (Spirit of God), is to create.

  • Dale G Fairclough September 29, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Careful study of God’s Word tells us that, no one goes to either heaven or hell when they die. They go to their graves to await the resurrection day. Please refer to these texts for a better understanding: John 5:28,29. Acts 2:29,34. Job 17:13. Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10. Psalms 115:17 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17.
    This is an important topic that we shouldn’t be confused about. The Bible makes it very clear indeed, that the dead know nothing. And the dead do not praise the Lord. :)

  • Words4all2listen October 13, 2014, 1:34 am

    Instead of mentioning the son of perdition among the 12 why didn’t you include Mathias who is actually sitting on one of the 12 judgement seats?

    • Margaret Hunter October 13, 2014, 6:36 pm

      The reason we talk of Judas and not Mathias is because the question was about the original 12 apostles. Mathias was chosen to replace Judas, one of the original 12.

      • kaggwa October 14, 2014, 2:26 pm

        In a home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use, now i would like to tell you that God created us to be used for his purpose and there is no way how you can reject to be used by God. And for judas that was his purpose even though he was appointed to do it in a negative way so that Scriptures may come true,

  • elvis mtshali October 15, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Thank you very much for the above information. Reading it has increased my Christain life, and my faith in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • Kate October 18, 2014, 10:52 pm

    I find it weird that Peter’s death is unknown. I honestly think he was crucified.