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The Disciples

Who Are The Disciples ?

The 12 Disciples
The disciples were men Yahshua selected as companions. They had different backgrounds. Yahshua chose fishermen, a tax collector, a twin, and others. They travelled with Yahshua as he preached. After Yahshua's ressurrection , they taught others about him.
   The apostles names were: Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot. After Judas hanged himself the disciples chose a new disciple by the name of Matthias.

Why Yahshua's Disciples Were Willing to Die

What compelled the 12 apostles to endure
persecution and martyrdom?



Three days after being crucified and buried, Yahshua was missing from his burial tomb. Some say Yahshua's disciples stole his body and concocted a story that he rose from the dead. If that's true, why would the 12 apostles die for something they knew was a lie? Would you?

And theirs wasn't a mass suicide, where they bonded together in some delusional facade. Each of the 12 apostles left family and jobs, traveling to distant countries, preaching that Yahshua died and came back to life. If the 12 disciples were making it all up, each of them chose to die prematurely for something they knew wasn't true. Doesn't make sense.

What does make sense are the historical facts. Even while being tortured, Yahshua's disciples insisted that they, as well as hundreds of other Jews, had seen Yahshua alive. When some were arrested and ordered not to speak about Yahshua's resurrection, they responded, "We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard!"

The 12 apostles and others knew Yahshua had been beaten, whipped, nailed to a cross, where he died in public display. A spear was thrust into his side to confirm his death. Roman soldiers were stationed at Yahshua's tomb, because Yahshua had stated that three days after being crucified, he would rise from the dead.

On that third day, the guards fled, the two-ton boulder sealing the tomb's entrance was up a slope, and Yahshua's body was gone. Inside the tomb, the apostles Peter and John saw the burial cloths still lying there, empty.

After that, Yahshua's disciples saw him physically alive multiple times. They even had lengthy conversations with him and ate with him--all after his death by crucifixion. These 12 disciples went to their deaths proclaiming what they had no doubts about--that Yahshua had risen from the dead, proving that he was everything he claimed to be...the Son of Yahweh.

What do you think? You may not ever have to die for your belief in Yahshua like the 12 apostles did, but you can become just as sure. 

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The Last supper

The Blessing

Yahweh bless thee, and keep thee:

   Yahweh make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

   Yahweh lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee ( Shalom ) peace. ( Numbers 6:24-26 )

More on the Disciples

The word "disciple" refers to a "learner" or "follower." The word "apostle" refers to "one who is sent out." While Yahshua was on earth, the twelve were called disciples. The 12 disciples followed Yahshua Messiah, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After Yahshua's resurrection and ascension, Yahshua sent the disciples out (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles. However, even when Yahshua was still on earth, the terms disciples and apostles were used somewhat interchangeably.

 

The original twelve disciples / apostles are listed in Matthew 10:2-4, "These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him." The Bible also lists the 12 disciples / apostles in Mark 3:16-19 and Luke 6:13-16. In comparing the three passages, there are a couple of minor differences in the names. It seems that Thaddaeus was also know as "Judas, son of James" (Luke 6:16) and Lebbaeus (Matthew 10:4 - NKJV & KJV). Simon the Zealot was also known as Simon the Canaanite (Mark 3:18 - NKJV & KJV). Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Yahshua, was replaced in the twelve apostles by Matthias (see Acts 1:20-26).

 

The twelve disciples / apostles were ordinary men whom Yahweh used in an extraordinary manner. Among the 12 were fishermen, a tax collector, and a revolutionary. The Gospel record the constant failings, struggles, and doubts of these twelve men who followed Yahshua Messiah. After witnessing Yahshua's resurrection and ascension into Heaven, the Holy Spirit transformed the disciples / apostles into powerful men of Yahweh who "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). What was the change? The 12 apostles / disciples had "been with Yahshua" (Acts 4:13). May the same be said of us!

Yahshua sends the Twelve out on a mission to continue his works of power. "He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits." [6:7] [ Mk 3:13-19] They are to travel lightly, eat what is given to them, and shake the dust from their feet when people refuse to receive them. In Mark's Gospel Yahshua is the only one who teaches. ( Mk6:6; 6:30 ) belongs to the experience of the early Christian communities] In Luke he sends them out both to proclaim the kingdom and to heal. ( 9:2; 10:9 )
 
We are given the same power and authority today as his Disciples.
But we have got to quit being conformed to this world (Rom 12:1-2)
and seek and follow Yahshua the Messiah with all are hearts.