The glory of God was being repelled from His own temple by the actions of the people. “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, do you see what they are doing – the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive Me far from My sanctuary?” Ezekiel 8:6.
There will always come a day when judgment will come to the wicked. Jesus came in Ezekiel’s time in an invisible chariot to judge the wickedness of Jerusalem. Then He departed and stood on the mountain east of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, and wept because of their wickedness. Five hundred years later He came again, only this time in visible human form. He came and again stood on the same mountain east of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives. There He wept again over Jerusalem, the city He loved so very much. But what could He do? They again drove Him out of Jerusalem with their wicked deeds. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate.” Luke 13:34, 35. (Remember - it was tithe paying, Sabbath keeping, church-going people looking for the Messiah who put Christ on the Cross.) As Jesus passed judgment on Jerusalem so He will pass judgment on the whole world. Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be destroyed and not one stone of the temple would be standing upon another stone. Did that prophecy come true? “The Romans set up a local dynasty, the house of Herod to rule most of Palestine; Herod the Great (r.40-4 BC) rebuilt much of Jerusalem, including the Temple. The Roman governors, however, retained ultimate control. One of them, Pontius Pilate, authorized the execution of Jesus Christ. While suppressing a major Jewish revolt, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in AD 70... After bitter fighting the Romans captured Jerusalem and burned the Temple in 70.” (Grolier) Jesus told us that He would come again and judge the world. When Jesus comes “all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:28, 29. Peter tells us, “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7. But in order for Jesus to condemn and destroy the earth and all the wicked on it, He must first investigate the cases of all men and decide who is to have eternal life and who is to be condemned. How will He do this? When will He do this and what is the “law” that He will use to judge all mankind? Knowing that God is a God of justice, a God of law and order, it is imperative that we know what our lives will be judged by. Do not hide your head in a church and think that you are saved. The odds are you are not! Listen and study so you will know the truth.