FALL TO IDOLATRY AND RECOVERY
seventy older Israelites of influence were burning incense . Shocking, such a thing in Jehovah's nominal temple? But look over there at the northward gate of his temple . Listen to those women sitting there weeping for that Babylonian god, Tammuz, Nimrod deified under another name . 12 Now into the temple's inner court, please! See those twenty-five Israelites between the temple vestibule and the bronze altar. With their backs toward Jehovah's temple, they are facing the sun in the east and worshiping it, like regular Babylonians and Egyptians . (Ezekiel 8 :3-16, AT) Those apostates never asked themselves Paul's question : "What agreement does God's temple have with idols?" If Jesus Christ had been there he would' have said as he did respecting the defiled temple of Jerusalem in his day : "Your house is abandoned to you ." It was no fetish which could save Jerusalem from destruction . -2 Corinthians 6 :16 and Matthew 23 :38, NW. 13 For a third time now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. In 607 B.C., in the eleventh year of wicked Zedekiah's reign, Jerusalem fell and was destroyed, together with her gorgeous temple . The sacred implements of worship were carried from it and deposited in the temples of Babylon, and the surviving Jews were carried off into exile . Those that tried to stay on in the land finally fled down to Egypt. Now for seventy years the land of Judah and Jerusalem lay desolate without man or domes13 . How did Jerusalem's fall and desolation come, and for what cause?