At the death of Christ..and after His Resurrection my opinion is that it wasnt only the followers that left Judea..it was actually a shift in power centre..Just as His most faithful followers left fearing persecution..and many to spread His word..many came to Rome..
From Rome His word flourished..it wasnt from Jerusalem
It was in Rome that the blood of the Martyrs for His Word watered the earth and made it ready to plant the seed
It was in Rome where Christianity as we know it was born
It was in Rome where Peter fled to
It was in Rome where Peter was Crucified
and it was in Rome that this had to happen..because Peter was leaving..and Christ stopped Him asking jim..Quo Vadis? Where are you going..(check out the little church and the imprint that is supposed to be from Christ..which I believe is fom Christ..that foot is far to big for anyone of that time in my opinion..or at least say 75% of the population)
why did He ask Quo Vadis? Because Peter had to return to Rome..he had to help and give strength to the CHristians dying ..being fed to the wild animals while singing and praying..some complete families..he had to be with them..
He had to die there
Because Rome became and is the centre of Christendom after Christs death and Resurrection in my opinion
and just as His church..or that which I and many believe is His church..was built where Peter was crucified..so to He will return..to Rome..I firmly believe this..NOT Jerusalem
It is and always was Rome..in my opinion
And that is where He will return
So I firmly believe
why..? also because Jerusalem will be no more..I believ this..there will not remain a stone standing of Jerusalem..just my opinion..based on His words..that applied in my opinion..not to then..but to now..or so I believe..and not from an act of man..i.e.war..from from a natural event
Rome will be honored by His return
and the Martyrs that died for Him..
will have their just reward..