What happened to the 12 disciples besides John, Peter, and Judas after Jesus went back to heaven?

Where did they go? What did they do? How did they die? (I know what happened to John, Peter, and Judas)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    They went out and preached to the nations as Jesus commanded them, but naturally people rejected their teachings (and obviously still do) and persecuted them

    Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound. John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a 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. Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross, according to church tradition because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

    James the Just (the brother of Jesus, not officially an apostle), 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 Greater, a 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.

    Bartholomew, also know as Nathanael, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed to our Lord in present-day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia when he was flayed to death by a whip. Andrew 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. The apostle Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the subcontinent. Matthias, the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded. The apostle Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Actually, Mark and Luke were not Apostles. The original 12 Apostles can be found in Matthew Chapter 10: They are Simon Peter and Andrew his brother, James and John the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholemew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot would later be replaced after his betrayal of Jesus and subsequent death by Matthias. Of those, Simon Peter contributed two books (1st and 2nd Peter), John contributed 5 books (John, Revelation, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John), Matthew contributed one book (Matthew)...the rest did not contribute directly to the Bible. However, the book of Acts (written by Luke, the same Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke and a disciple who was baptized after Jesus had died) notes that the 12 Apostles (the 11 original plus Matthias) went preaching in Judea first, and later in Samaria and then to the rest of the reachable world at the time. They did not write, but they did preach extensively and guide the original Christian congregation in staying in line with the teachings of Jesus. In fact, the Apostle John, the last surviving Apostle, repeatedly warned the congregations to protect themselves from apostates (false Christians teachings things that did not fit in line with the Bible nor Jesus' teachings) that were already infiltrating the Christian congregations as the Apostles could no longer protect it (being that most of them were dead and the Apostle John could not protect all the congregations by himself). All of the Apostles were dead by the end of the year 98 C.E.

  • 1 decade ago

    greetings lookingout! Before Jesus went to heaven he gave these instructions to the remaing disciples: go and tell the world about the good news, meaning that we are safe through the blood of the lamb.now if i may go back a little, when the disciples met Jesus at the sea of galilee,it was then that the bible said that Jesus asked peter a question the question that Jesus asked peter was this: peter do you love me? and peter replied yes my lord, and Jesus asked peter the second time, peter do you love me? and peter became hurt because Jesus asked him the same question again. peter then told Jesus, master you knowest everything thou knowest that i love thee. then Jesus said then feed my sheeps. the meaning of what jesus said was this: while he was ascened into heaven he left instructions with the disciples to spread and to proclaim the gospel until he returns so the remaing disciples did just that,some disciples were killed,stone, and endured a lot of hardships.so this are some of the things that happened to the remaing disciples after Jesus went back to heaven.....

    Source(s): the bible..
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How about a little truth?

    The apostles not mentioned in the bible went preaching and teaching across Europe and other countries. The 'Faith' spread far and wide in just a few centuries. Great Churches were built rapidly, actually in competition with each other to see who's building could get to be the biggest.

    After the church building subsided, the Catholic crusades began (that killed so many) (Join or die!)

    Instead of skipping our website link, why not explore it for some fascinating reading?

    Source(s): http://watchtower.org/ Study link! Enjoy!
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  • 1 decade ago

    Peter went to the Romans

    James the son of Zebedee is martyred

    James the Just stays with the Jews in Jersualem

    John goes to Asia minor dying at Ephesus

    Andrew went to Scythia (barbarian Ukraine) and perhaps Greece

    Bartholomew went to south Arabia and perhaps India

    Jude Thaddaeus went to Mesopotamia and perhaps Armenia and Iran

    Matthew went to Media or Ethiopia

    Matthias was lost to history

    Philop went to Asia Minor (Phrygia)

    Simon the Zealous went to Iran

    Thomas went to Parthia and India

    Source(s): The Founding of Christendom, Warren Carroll (buy this book, you will not regret it)
  • 1 decade ago

    All of them were martyred except for John who lived to a ripe old age. One was thrown from a cliff, one was killed by a spear, one or two were stoned, one was hung from a pillar. You can find specifics on the Internet about who was killed and how. I looked it up once.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible book of Acts would be good place to start reading to learn more about what the disciples did.

  • 1 decade ago

    They all were martyred for their belief in Christ with the exception of Paul, who died of old age in prison. They were pressured with threats to their lives to say Jesus was not the son of God and they refused, so they were killed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Judas killed himself.

    The others tried to take over Don Jesus's turf. Without his charisma, they failed terribly.


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It takes a lengthy answer.

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