12 Again He spoke to me, “O mortal, have you seen what the elders of the House of Yisrael are doing in the darkness, everyone in his image-covered chamber? For they say, ‘Hashem does not see us; Hashem has abandoned the country.’”
8:12 Have you seen what the elders of the House of Yisrael are doing
To explain the upcoming destruction of Yerushalayim, Yechezkel is shown a scene of the city’s elders secretly practicing idolatry within the confines of the Temple. Though they hide their abominations from the public, they do not hesitate to engage in this repugnant behavior. They see the upcoming downfall of Yehuda and Yerushalayim, but instead of concluding that repentance is needed, the corrupt elders choose to believe that God has rejected His people and “abandoned the country,” which leads them to forsake Hashem and engage in idolatry.