Ezekeil 10 shows God leaving the temple


I have come across the claim that Exekiel 10 (specifically Ezekiel 10:18) is a prophesy about God leaving the Temple and means that God is no longer present in the sanctuary and therefore not meant to be worshipped within a church (specifically the “evil” Catholic Church).

Any help with this would be much appreciated.


Ezekiel 43 talks about the glory of the Lord returning to a restored temple.


**God left the temple towards the east.

Jesus entered Jerusalem from the east (the Mt. of Olives is to the East of Jerusalem)

God returned to the temple indeed.**

Ezekiel 10:18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. **They stopped at the entrance of the east gate **of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.

Matthew 21: 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

12 Jesus entered the temple courts.


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