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How Did the Apostle John Really Die?I have heard many times that all of the apostles died violent deaths except John. This is just not true.
Matthew 20: (bold emphasis mine)
What was the cup? What was the baptism? In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed, "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." (Matthew 26:42). The cup did not refer to his sinless life. The disciples could not do this. The cup did not refer to his miracles. He did not ask for those to go away in the garden. The cup was mentioned in the future tense. The cup was the death that Jesus was to die. That was what he was talking about to James and John. Jesus prophesied that John would die a violent death. Acts 12:1-2 accounts, "Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword." The prophecy was fulfilled with respect to James as he died by the sword. Since Jesus does not lie, we know that John was to die a violent death as well. Any tradition which does not differs from this is false.
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