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The Church At Mary's House
The persecution of the church by Herod Agrippa I (see The Herods):
"12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread [see Fundamentals Of True Christianity: Lesson 12]. 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter [note that the King James use of "Easter" in this verse was a blatant mistranslation of Passover; practically all other translations correctly translate Passover as Passover in this verse - as does the King James itself in other verses in the King James] to bring him forth to the people." (Acts 12:1-4 KJV)
"He came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying"
The time of Peter's prophesied martyrdom (see Peter's Prophecy) was not yet, so the LORD sent an angel to remove him from the custody of the Roman occupation forces (see Ancient Empires - Rome) that had invaded the land of Judah (see also Landmark).
"12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Peter had a home and a wife in Capernaum, up in Galilee ("8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever" Matthew 8:14 KJV), but in the south, in Jerusalem, he needed a place to go for refuge. He went to the house of Mary, the mother of Mark (who wrote the Gospel book of Mark) - a house where the church, the people of God, met and prayed.
"12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
Fact Finder: (a) What is the correct Biblical meaning of "church"? (b) Due to persecution and rejection by the politically-powerful false-Christian "churches of the world," where have God's true people often resorted to meet, such as in the above-quoted example of the house of Mary, the mother of Mark?