Also, based on passages such as Exod 40:34-35 and 1 Kgs 8:10-11, as a cloud in the Temple normally indicated the approving glory of God, this false, manufactured cloud, here could be indicating a man-made, substitutionary, manufactured (divine-like) approval, and self -righteousness, serving to appease the conscience of these leaders. This is indeed what this tangible symbol is depicting in the pertinently related Vision of Ezek 10 where the Glory of God is shown departing the Temple (Ezek 10:3, 4).
Interestingly enough the other time in which “incense” and a “cloud” are closely associated was during the Day of Atonement ministry (Lev 16:13) which served to shield the priest from the “unsheathed” presence/glory of God.
The false “justification” that is cited by these leaders for their turning here to false worship is that “God is not seeing them and has forsaken the land” (Ezek 8:12). With the fact that the word for “seeing” in Hebrew also includes the notion of “perception”, it could by extension be understood that these leaders may not only have convinced themselves that God was literally not seeing, or noticing, what they were doing, but that He physically saw them, but did not perceive/comprehend what they were really doing. In other words, they knew better than God in seeking these alternate ways. A similar statement is made by wayward leaders in Isa 29:15. This statement could also echo the understanding of the prophet Daniel that if God has indeed forsaken His people during their Captivity, then He is more than likely not even “looking for”, or “at”, them. (See Daniel 9:18).
It is also important to note that, with these cited reasons of “God is not seeing them and has forsaken the land” (Ezek 8:12), and as the warned curses to Israel for waywardness (e.g., Deut 30:15-20), 1 Kgs 8:35-36 which indicated that the prosperity of Israel, even its natural/agricultural plentitude, could indeed be (supra)naturally affected by God (see Lev 26:18-20; Deut 28:23; Isa 5:6; 1 Kgs 17:1; Jer 3:2-3; 14:1-6, 22; Amos 4:7; Hag 1:11), it can be seen that such acts of worshipping other gods were really not empty acts. If Israel felt that they were cursed, or that they were not blessed as they thought they should be, by God, then they deliberately turned to other gods to obtain this blessing that was obviously being withheld from them. In fact these heathens outwardly seemed to them to be prospering and doing just fine, false gods and all. (cf. Psa 9:6; 92:7) Case in point, wasn’t Babylon reigning supreme over the Near-Eastern world, and also over Israel. So why not pray to their apparently more powerful gods, but of course, in a sanctified way. God would not be replaced as in times past. He simply here would be sought through these gods by establishing them in His Temple. Indeed, rather than turn to God and follow His ways in order to resolve what caused them to effectively be cursed by Him (cf. Jos 1:7), Israel, and now the Remnant Judah, instead persisted in their iniquitous and lawless ways, and sought remedy from false gods. It did not even begin to register with them that it was their waywardness that had caused the great promises of God to them to not come to pass.
As it is seen in history, the fact that both a theology and economic theory were simultaneously, if not jointly, developed from a “protest” of these predominant, pertinent ways of the Mother Church led both to the creation of the Protestant Church and also to its system of Capitalism, thus effectively making them "blood siblings." This however did not give then a permission/license to get married and thus Biblically become, and be viewed as, “one”. However this is how Capitalism and Protestantism wanted, and still want, to be viewed. Therefore whatever Capitalism does is endorsed by the vast majority of Protestants (e.g, North American Republicans/Conservatives). Tellingly enough, it certainly did ideologically help things that Soviet-style Socialism/Communism naturally stood against Protestant Christianity which they (partly) justly conflated with Capitalism, and thus even went further by espousing Atheism in this opposition.
This progression of:  Mother Church -  Daughter Churches -  Worldwide Abominations/Lawlessness, as seen in the applications in the 3rd and 4th abominations above, is similarly found in Rev 17:5 which prophetically speaks of these same entities here as: “ BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF  HARLOTS  AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Indeed another Biblical clue to solving that ‘mysterious (i.e., hidden truth) apocalyptic name.’ - See more on this in this post.).
 Which is why I am here “lobbying”,* that it be instead said of God, -(in ‘quasi-infamous’ passages like Exod 20:5; 34:14; Deut 4:24; 5:9; 6:15), that: ‘He is a zealous God’ (cf. Joel 2:18; rather than the petty/base-seeming: “jealous God”; which is indeed what the “context” better “Theologically” supports. Meaning that God, as per His character, is rather “zealous” to see perfect Righteousness, Justice and Truth being done and so He will indeed be “zealous” to see that this is done, including, as innately necessary, as timely as possible. Therefore God is One who will (normatively) take swift action to judge, remedy and eradicate any sinful/evil development. (Which clarifyingly is why, as elsewhere outlined & explained about the (quasi-infamous) “3rd or 4th generation” statements in e.g, Deut 5:9|Exod 20:5; 34:7; Num 14:18; it is rather being stipulated in those terms that God will justly, thoroughly/exhaustively adjudge a sin, i.e. to whatever extent it has been practised and/or condoned, even if that “impleads” better-knowing younger generations.) Indeed God has always been fully/unequivocally approving and supportive of people in the Bible who have “zealously” acted to deal with sin, e.g., Phinehas (Num 25:1-9, 10-13), Elijah (1 Kgs 19:10, 14; 2 Kgs 2:11-12a); cf. the (solely ‘zealously’ repenting (cf. Rev 3:19)) Levites (Exod 32:25-29; Num 3:11-12; 8:18-19); -pointedly, as said about Phinehas, as this is indeed how He Himself would have acted (Num 25:10-13).
# Most pertinently applicable, perfect case in point: As (increasingly) patently seen in various SDA(-supporting) ministries and conferences each wastefully/redundantly/duplicatively sanctimoniously, gas-lightingly, (for for them ‘money = the Holy Spirit’), concealedly begging for (e.g., here|here|here* and here) and then spending several hundreds of thousands of dollars to build, equip, then operate, recording media studios (also here for, e.g., this series; and also with other SDAs here|here), -which they then will merely part-timely use; instead of them building one studio and sharing it, or even much better, just sharing the amply present and/or reservable facilities of already existing (yet likewise inherently duplicative) media studios such as that of 3ABN and/or Hope Channel....Indeed the idolatrous “in thing” for SDAs to do is, whenever they have an issue of difference, rather than seek to exhaustively, or even at all, arrived at an, actually achievable, unified/harmonized/reconciled truth, they just go off on their own and form their own ministry “mecca”, however redundantly wasteful it mostly is, indeed eventually with them just hosting the same speakers/preachers and producing the same sermon series/seminars.
* From Stephen Bohr’s own “blindly pompous” (contra Isa 42:18-19ff) accounting here|here|here|here for that redundantly wasteful production studio for his ministry, they have managed, and plan to, to misappropriatingly acquire at least $2.6 million, including, most emblematically enough of this ‘Ezek 8:5-6 “jealousy” charade’, $300,000 for a production truck to do remote Live satellite broadcasting. This is all indeed a Satan-inspired (EW 266-269) and guided/controlled (=EW 56.1 -discussed in detail here) SDA cloaked-covetousness, leading to selfishness ensnaring. And the most comical reality in all of this is that any feeling that Bohr, or any other SDA ministry (=the Rev 2:9b; Rev 3:9a “synagogue of Satan”#) may have of God’s “leading” and “blessing” into such Biblically selfish, wasteful, jealous, covetous motivations and actions, which for them is confirmed by their greenback money god, is indeed surely not (“approvingly”) from God, but rather, -indeed as per EW 56.1=1SAT 344.1 (cf. e.g. LDE 219.2-3), at the very least, all according to His now long-activated: operationally covert (=Isa 42:14-17), merely self-reflecting (Ezek 14:1-9), wrathful (=Isa 63:1-6|Rev 14:17-20|DA 825.4); duly, maintainingly-dooming (Isa 29:9-16) last gap option (Amos 7:6-9), so that these, indeed inevitably Sabbatically unseal-able (Ezek 9:3-11|3T 265.2-267.3), flint-foreheadedly (Ezek 3:1-9) Babylonianly-awhoring (Jer 3:1-5) rebels can hit that Amos 7:7 “erected adamant wall” as fast, -thus hard, and as “soon”, as strategically possible!!! As Jesus clearly says in Matt 25:34a, those who are actually “blessed” by God are those who actually help people in need, and are not, as here, hoardingly diverting available funding and resources just to “idolatrously”, redundantly-wastefully, build an “ministry empire”, name/memorial and “mecca” for themselves...So, instead of, as here[01:39:58-01:42:33], guilt-ployingly haranguing his church members for not being able to keep up with his relatedly redundantly wasteful hyper-inflated private-studio-media-ministry budget uselessly sucking away at their income (=Luke 11:46|Matt 23:4), he should, e.g., resume doing ministry filmings in his church building, and would thus e.g. find, in just the non-duplicated expense for a set of video cameras, find the “$53,000” needed to cover his Church budget expense; -not to mention that sought for $300,000 for his coveted, variously useless ‘live remote, satellite broadcasting’ capabilities...(Then what moreover was all the fuss for building a studio...-which barely 25 people audience/attend anyway on non-Sabbaths??!)...Really, what is the rationale for SDAs, especially Bohr and his patent pointedly SDA-audience messages, wanting to produce programs outside of an evident church setting. If your goal is to attract people into attending your churches (cf. Heb 10:25) then why, -other than most deluding Satanic pride, all this ‘embarrassed’ rush to avoid presenting a church sanctuary!??...(Exposing case in point, (e.g.) this symposium against the (SDA) Emerging Church Movement was held and broadcasted from the Sacramento Central Church, and indeed exposingly enough, involved Steven Wohlberg and Stephen Bohr who, as referentially cited above, both have built their own private ministry studio, and with that Church being close to, and formerly associated with, Amazing Facts which itself has its own production studio. So clearly these people do not care at all on wasting resources on their redundant, self-aggrandizing, “spotlightings”.) Try “sacrificing” your self-important pride instead....Or, seriously, just go to your “Sheoll” destination already, instead of continuing to, merely out of drunken pride, pillage and defraud (trusting) people...No...Really...it’s just beyond that cliff’s (merciful) wall, (
# Indeed, and pertinently/tellingly, contrary enough to Stephen Bohr’s main, exegetically novice, “no doubt” premise in his “Worshiping at Satan’s Throne” [27:25ff] presentation; [as well as in/for his “Return of the War Hero” [15:25ff] presentation], the initial throne that was shown to EGW in that vision, quasi-subjectively entitled: “The End of the 2300 Days” in EW 54-56, was not, as Bohr claims: ‘in the Holy Place of the Sanctuary’, because: “the Advent people” (the Millerites); the Church (=“Fallen” Protestant “Babylon” Denominations) and the (Unbelieving) World”, thus representing all those who had become aware of the well-publicized Millerite message, were before that throne. So it could not have been anywhere within the Sanctuary, but at best, i.e., since most the world, pointedly America then was, at the very least, nominally Christian, in the Sanctuary Complex Courtyard. So evidently the Father and Jesus had facilitatingly (re-)located their shared Throne to the Court Yard of the Sanctuary Complex, where most of the world was/could gather. And it is from then that, the Father first went from there straight (back) into the Most Holy Place (=EW 55.1a; cf. EW 92.1), where His Throne Room actually, and only, is. [And relatedly, also in regards to what Bohr premisely falsely claims, proper exegesis shows that the “(sourcing) torch lights” [Greek: lampas/lampados #2985; -from lampo #2989 =“(state of) light”] of Rev 4:5 (=God’s Spirit (Rev 1:4; 4:5; 5:6)) are not the same as the merely “[propping up] lampstands” [Gr. luchnia #3087] of Rev 1:12-13; cf. 2:1, 5 (=Churches on Earth (Rev 1:20)); which moreover have their own (portable) lamps [luchnos #3088] (see in Matt 5:15|Luke 11:33). So their mention of actually “(sourcing) torch lights in Rev 4:5 is exegetically not an evidence that this ‘must be the Holy Place’, but is actually right in God’s Throne Room (Rev 4:5), =the Most Holy Place.]
So, debunking Bohr’s foundational premise: no Throne was actually ever set up in the Holy Place. Only, specially/mercifully, in the world-accessible Courtyard (as it will done in Matt 25:31-32ff = Rev 20:11-12ff (along the lines of ‘having the most comprehensive of judgements’ of Rom 9:28 discussed here)); -(and which is probably reflective of the prophetic fact that, as Millerites were validly, (i.e. potentially applicably), permitted to believe&preach: ‘October 1844 could have been the Final Coming of Christ event’), and then, normatively, back within its most restrictive confines in the Most Holy Place.
..And, sequiturly enough, these “SDA Worshipfully “Drawing Back” Losers” (=EW 270.2) have since indeed been playing, and to a “T”, their, -as long made evident, prophesied, -(and indeed just like the likewise Satan duped, deluded and ensnared (cf. EW 266-269) Jews at their own “Cross Exposing” (DA 746.3-749.2), Satanic-laced, ring-leading, part in the already transpiring, Fifth Era’s Shaking, by, most sufficiently, firstly-applicably, being the: “men transformed to demons” like in GC 638.2 who are: ‘tactifully endeavoring to “press darkness” (EW 269.2ff) upon God’s Righteous and Faithful One(s)’ (EW 269.1), -thus doing the very work of the “evil angels” who pridefully/self-blindingly/vexatiously oppose God’s True Witnesses (=COL 293.3, 294.1) in this, their nonetheless effectuated Ezek 8&9 Shaking Judgement (1 Pet 4:17-18 = Ezek 9:5-11 = Rev 11:13) =GC 615.1!!!
 Cf. a similarly expressed statement in 2008 by the SDA GC vice president Ted Wilson in this sermon entitled: “I Did it My Way”, also from/after Sinatra’s song rendition.
 Similar to Gallimore’s statement in that presentation [at 34:00-35:07] against competitive/“varsity”, including interschool, sports in/with SDA Schools, I like the statement here [49:25ff] by evangelist and revivalist Randy Skeete who says: ‘So we have some schools with competitive sports.--They’re playing non-Adventist schools in some competition.–Fights break out...-We call that witnessing!’
 2009 Quebec Conference Fall Rallye (September 19, 2009) - Speaker: (pastor) Maxime Bouvet.
 In a 3+ part series on “The Biblical 9/11” [Part 1; Part 2; Part 3] which (actually) focus on a view on the close of probation for SDA’s in Ezek 8 and the ensuing slaughter which ends in Ezek 9:11, Nader Mansour of the (Revelation) 1412 ministry in Queensland, Australia, tries to (pointedly/mainly) claim that the reason why SDA probation will close and that God will act wrathfully against SDA’s is because they have an unbiblical/Catholic view of the Godhead, where they believe that Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are both eternally and inherently God and are to also be worshipped as God. Frankly if God is going to pitilessly slaughter even ‘old people and children’ (Ezek 9:6) because they could not accurately figure out the nature of God and the Godhead which He never explicitly explained in the Bible, then that would be quite “extreme” to say the least. Mansour’s presentation, though surfacely plausible, is at best only that because he expounds on pointedly Ezek 8 in the typical SDA-deficient “anecdotal” approach where proper exegesis is just a luxury that can be abstained from when it does not advance one’s preconceived understanding/view. So in his presentation he e.g., completely glosses over the specific fact that the initial abomination is caused by an “idol of jealousy” Ezek 9:5 which he glossingly, hendiadysly truncates to merely be a generic/non-specific idol. Sure the Bible does say that ‘idolatry (in general) provokes God to jealousy’ (Deut 32:16; cf. Psa 78:58; =Exod 20:4-5), but in Ezek 9:5-6 God is specific in saying that the idol itself “ironically enough” is itself “jealousy”. As explained above, that is actually considered righteous as it seems to be emulating God’s own jealousy towards pure religion, but really is only a manifestation of the base selfishness of the people. Among other things, Mansour claims that the “North” is mentioned in this chapter refers to the location of the table of showbread which was indeed on the side towards the North inside the Sanctuary. However all of Ezekiel’s dealings with the North, all occur outside of the Sanctuary Proper around various gates in the Temple court. (Ezek 8:3, 5, 14) And it is as if here that God is pointing out that He actually has not problem with the core Religion/Truth of the Sanctuary but the various false practices which the people have set up all around the Temple Complex that “supportingly” surrounds that Sanctuary...all climatically ending up in them just/actually turning their backs to that Temple to worship the sun. (Ezek 8:16). And on a somewhat trivial matter, but nonetheless indicative of deceptive “exegesis”, while the worship of Tammuz was connected to base immoralities, you don’t get that from the Hebrew word for “weeping” (Strongs’ #01058) here, moreover being done by “sitting” women. E.g., when the people in Gen 21:16; Jdg 21:2, Neh 1:4; Psa 137:1 variously contritely “sat down” (#03427) and “wept” (#01058), they were not engaging in immoralities. (cf. other uses in Ezek 24:16, 23; 27:31).