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Pentecost- The Presence leaves the Temple

Friday, June 10, 2011 12:55
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Twice in the history of Israel is recorded the Presence of God or Kavod leaving the Great Temple. [1]Both times was the result of the government and religion being so corrupted there was no way back.

Ezekiel 9:9  “Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

10  And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

11  And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.”


The theocratic government had proven unviable in the hands of men. Over time men corrupt themselves. It started with the easing of the Laws of God and then the lengthening and addition to it. Some classes ended up “more equal” than others.

Ezekiel 10:1-19 records the Presence of God or Kavod(Face of God) leaving the Holy of Holies[2]and going out of the Temple through the East Gate.[3]The East Gate faces the Mount of Olives. It was here that the Presence of the Lord went after it left the Temple and stayed there until it ascended to Heaven.[4]


“Moreover, at the festival which is called Pentecost, the priests on entering the inner court of the Temple at nightfall, as their custom was in accomplishment of their ministrations, stated that they first became aware of a commotion and a roar, and after that the voice of a great multitude saying “We are departing hence” (War VI, 299).

This was written by Josephus at the end of the Second Temple this is repeated and recorded by Rabbis, Christians, as well as the Romans.

“… A sudden lightning flash from the clouds lit up the Temple. The doors of the holy place abruptly opened, a superhuman voice was heard to declare that the gods were leaving it, and in the same instant came the rushing tumult of their departure.” Histories, 5:13 Cornelius Tacticus

The Presence, or Glory of the Lord, or Holy Spirit moved to the Mount of Olives for 3 ½ years as a witness against the Temple and the people from 66 CE to 69 CE.

Rabbi Jonathan “abode on the MOUNT OF OLIVES hoping that Israel would repent, but they did not; while a Bet Kol [a supernatural voice from heaven] issued forth announcing, Return, O backsliding children [Jer. 3:14]. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you [Mal. 3:7], when they did not repent, it said, I WILL RETURN TO MY PLACE [Hosea 5:15]” (Midrash Rabbah, Lamentations 2:11). — Secrets of Golgotha, by Ernest L. Martin. 84.


 “Believers in Christ congregate from all parts of the world, not as of old time because of the glory of Jerusalem, nor that they may worship in the ancient Temple at Jerusalem, but…that they may worship at the Mount of Olives opposite to the city, whither the glory [the Shekinah Glory] of the LORD [YEHOVAH, YHVH] migrated when it left the former city.” (Eusebius’ book Proof of the Gospel Book VI, Chapter 18 (288)).

The importance of this is that at the advent of every major change in the paradigm of the people of God, God Himself stamped it. For the Christian it is of no small consequence that this particular place is chosen. This is where the ascension of Jesus took place[5]and this is from where He would return. For the earliest “Church” this belief was so held that this was where the first “Christian” cemetery was located, so they would meet Him. For our benefit this also shows He will not come from anywhere else.

[1]The source material of this section is out of an article called Yehovahs Shekinah Glory by John D. Keyser. I know nothing more about Mr. Keysers beliefs, but it is his sources and collation that prove interesting.

[2]Ezekiel 10:3  “Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.4  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.”


[3]Ezekiel 10:19  “And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

[4]Ezekiel 11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.”


[5]Acts 1:12

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