FALL TO IDOLATRY AND RECOVERY
a little group would stay faithful and be restored to the Promised Land Isaiah said : "A remnant will return-the remnant of Jacob-to the Mighty God. For though your people, 0 Israel, be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. . . . On that day will the Loin once more raise his hand to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria and from Egypt, from Pathros and from Ethiopia, from Elam and from Shinar, from Hamath and from the coast-lands of the sea. He will raise a signal to the nations, and will gather the outcasts of Israel ; and the scattered daughters of Judah will he assemble from the four corners of the earth ."-Isaiah 1 :9; 10 :21, 22 ; 11 :11,12, AT; also Micah 2 :12 ; Zephaniah 3 :13. I" It was foretold that Judah and Jerusalem would lie desolate seventy years, and so it was foreknown just when this devoted remnant would be set free from Babylon . This oppressive government itself would not let its prisoners go free, and hence it was necessary for Jehovah to bring about Babylon's overthrow. He did so, and by the very conqueror whom he had foretold, Cyrus the Persian : "Thus saith Jehovah to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, . . . he shall build my city, and he shall let my exiles go free, not for price nor reward, saith Jehovah of hosts ." (Isaiah 45 :1-13, AS) Cyrus and his uncle, Darius the Mede, overthrew Babylon in 539 B.C. ; and in 537 B.C. i 5 . After how long a desolation of the land and how was the return of the remnant brought about?