Luke 13:33 reads, “No prophet can die outside Jerusalem.” Does this mean Church tradition must be wrong about Paul dying in Rome (Acts 13:1)? Not at all! In Revelation 17:4-6 we see Jerusalem, the whore of Babylon, holding a cup full of the blood of the saints. But the whore of Babylon does not keep this drink of blood to herself. In Revelation 14:8 and 18:3 we see the whore of Babylon shares her cup of martyrs’ blood with “all the nations”:
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” (Rev 14:8.)
“For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.” (Rev 18:3.)
The fact that Jerusalem, the whore of Babylon, shares her cup with “all the nations” explains why some Christian saints and prophets, like Paul (Acts 13:1), may have died outside of Jerusalem.
That said it is important to realize that the whore of Babylon must be Jerusalem as the persecution of the saints and prophets began in Jerusalem before it spread to Rome under the Nero. If one assumes that the whore of Babylon is Rome or any other nation or city this is problematic as the persecution did not begin anywhere other than in Jerusalem and it spread from there.