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Peter the Apostle was never in Rome

Saint Peter said he was in Babylon, yet Babylon was destroyed. So where was he really? With Saint Mark!


She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.
                    – 1 Peter 5:13 (NKJV)


This is where Simon Peter himself said he was. Still, often the name “Babylon” has confused people as to where the Apostle Peter was.
(The “She” who is in Babylon” is the church there.)

This cannot be ancient Babylon in Mesopotamia because that place was emptied by the Lord as the Scriptures mention…

And the land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitant. – Jeremiah 51:29 (NKJV)


And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there. – Isaiah 13:19-20 (NKJV)


Still, the Scriptures do say “Babylon” is where Peter was. Therefore, it gets commonly mentioned that it is Rome where Peter was, seeing that Rome is called “Babylon the Great”, as talked of in Revelation chapters 17 and 18. Yet, that is not, in name, “Babylon” itself.

Could “Babylon” actually be referring to another place? YES! Actually, in fact, it does!
              *** It is Babylon at the Nile Delta in Egypt. ***


History shows that St. Mark was a missionary to Alexandria, Egypt which is also in the Nile Delta region. Saint Mark was a traveling companion of Saint Peter. Mark was not in Rome because Peter, who was in Babylon of Egypt, was not there with him. Paul was in Rome and mentioned that Mark was not there. When the Apostle Paul arrived in Rome, the Christians told him there…

Then they said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. – Acts 28:21 (NKJV)


Therefore, Peter was not there in Rome to give a testimony about Paul. Later, when Paul wrote writings from Rome, he passed on greetings from a number of other Christians, but never from Peter because he was not there later either.

Near the end of his earthly life, Paul said…

Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.
– 2 Timothy 4:11 (NKJV)


Paul and Mark went separate ways much earlier…

36 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” 37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. – Acts 15:36-41 (NKJV)


Anytime that Mark may have been in Rome, he was not there with unmentioned Peter. At the time of Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome, there was no one else significant, mentioned in the Bible, as being with Paul in Rome besides Luke. Certainly Peter was not mentioned for it was when Paul wrote the 2nd Timothy letter that just afterwards Peter writes the 1st Peter letter from Babylon in Egypt.

Furthermore, Paul clearly stated…

And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, – Romans 15:20 (NKJV)


Paul also clarifies for us that Peter (Cephas) was not going to be with him on the trip as they were going in different ministerial directions.

Paul further reiterated to make the point…

6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. 7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), 9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. – Galatians 2:6-10 (NKJV)


If Peter, also called Cephas, was there in Rome, Paul would have been building upon the foundation of Peter’s preaching there. Paul, in all his greetings to the Romans in his letter, never addressed Peter since Peter was not in Rome (See greetings list in Romans 16). Mark was in the Nile Delta region and was with Peter in the Babylon that was there. Alexandria is in the West of the Nile Delta while Babylon was in the South there.

Yes, Mark, in the past, was with Paul in Rome but later left and only Luke was with Paul. Peter was never in Rome and not with Paul there. Peter told how Mark was with him in Babylon while Paul wrote to Timothy to send Mark to him as Paul was in Rome. Therefore, wherever you believe Peter was, it is, nonetheless, evident that Peter was not in Rome. You don’t have to take my word for it. You can see this for yourself in the Holy Bible verses quoted here in this article. Remember 1 Peter 5:13 and 2 Timothy 4:11!


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