WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
ticated beast. With that year 607 B .C. the theocratic kingdom in Judah was overturned, and a king of David's line no longer sat on the "throne of Jehovah" . So that year the "appointed times of the nations" began, seven of them, amounting to 2,520 years, which makes the entire period end in the fall of 1914 (A.D.) . We do not digress here to call attention to the significance of the date 1914. Millions of this present generation are painfully aware of World War I, which broke out that year and since which year this world has never been the same. The point not to forget is this : What caused the destruction of Jerusalem and her temple and the slaughter and exile of her people in 607 B .C. was apostate religion . Jehovah God does not let himself be mocked with it, no more now than he did back there .-2 Kings 25 :1-26 ; Luke 21 :24, N TV; Daniel 4 :16, 23, 25, 32 . 14 One of the most outstanding features of later Bible prophecy is that a faithful remnant would return from exile and captivity to the place where God had placed his name and would there serve him again in unbreakable devotion . Over a century before this the prophet Isaiah had foretold the Jews' exile in Babylon and said : "Unless the LORD of hosts had left us a handful of survivors, we should have become like Sodom, we should have resembled Gomorrah ." Sodom and Gomorrah had been wiped out long ago by a rain of fire and sulphur from the skies. In further assurance that What spared the Israelites from being like Sodom and Gomorrah, and from where was the assembling to take place, and to where? 14 .