I agree completely, but you've just made my point. God is sovereign. God brought the war in judgment and God brought persecution upon the fledgling church (otherwise "no flesh would be saved"). In doing so He destroyed the old system of worship and dispersed the gospel into the greater world. The two are not mutually exlcusive conditions and the passage in question should be understood thusly.
It appears we are for the most part on the same page my brother in Christ.