Posted by: missionventureministries | June 1, 2017

THE WRITING ON THE WALL, A MESSAGE FOR TODAY – Daniel 5

The decline of moral values in America and in the whole world means inevitable tragedy today as it did in Daniel’s time. 

In Daniel chapter 5 of the Bible, it is recorded that at the height of a tremendous festival king Belshazzar ordered the vessels of gold and silver that were taken from the Temple in Jerusalem to be brought to the palace, so that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.  

Belshazzar would use them as wine goblets during this extravagant feast and while in his orgy he praised his own gods. This was an open defiance of the living God of Israel whose moral requirements were known throughout the world. 

Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared in front of everyone and started to write on the wall of the palace banquet hall. It was a message of judgment for a people who were godless, had no morals and had a despicable behavior.  

As they defiled the golden cups dedicated to God’s service, their judgment was pronounced over them as the hand writing upon the wall was God’s message to them, it read: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN,” meaning, Mene, MeneGod has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekelthat you have been weighed and found to be too light. And lastly Upharsinyour nation has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians. 

Before that very night would end, King Cyrus of Persia would attack Babylon; Belshazzar would be slain, and Darius given the kingdom. 

The Temple vessels Belshazzar desecrated were not simply artifacts; they were made holy unto God.  

The truth of this story is self-evident for our own time, because to show disrespect to God, who is sovereign over the nations, is to invite disaster. 

A sure sign of coming judgment to a country is when that which is dedicated to God and reserved for holy use is filled with venality and vice. It is detrimental for any nation when true religion is used in the name of idolatrous practices. 

Belshazzar, the Bible says, called for someone to read the handwriting on the wall, but only Daniel, the prophet of God, could read it. Preceding the judgment of a nation, those who truly know the Lord, those who understand His commands will not be many or popular, but they will still be in demand. Only they can really discern the prophetical times because they are faithful servants of God. 

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it.” But obviously, Belshazzar had not learned this lesson.  

His grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar, had been a proud man and ignored God. For this he suffered from insanity for seven years before finally confessing, “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise, exalt, and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, for He is able to humble those who walk in pride” (Daniel 4:37).  

Belshazzar knew all of this but refused to learn from it (Daniel 5:17-22). 

History tells us that twenty-two great civilizations have risen and fallen, and the reasons for their demise are amazingly similar. 

  • They abandoned their religious convictions, fully rejecting basic principles of morality. 
  • They were obsessed with sex and its perversions. 
  • They reduced the quality and intrinsic value of their money, while also increasing the general price level of goods and services. 
  • They no longer viewed honest work as a necessary virtue. 
  • They allowed respect for the law to seriously diminish, and violence became an accepted means for achieving both individual and group needs. 

Will we learn from history? These five reasons for the destruction of previous mighty civilizations are currently rampant in America and all over the world. 

Are we seeing the handwriting on the wall? Most definitely! It seems that judgment is imminent! 

Today people often argue that they have their own scales for judging life’s issues, and as history repeats itself the Bible tells us that: “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). But one day everyone is going to face God as He really is and be judged by the standards of His Word.  

When we look at the entire verse it says: In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” They did have a King, of course, but they refused Him. 

That is essentially what people are doing today. “There is no fear of God before their eyes,” and they are “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (Romans 3:18; 2 Timothy 3:4).  

When every man believes what is comfortable and does as he pleases, he in effect becomes his own god, and this is nothing but humanism. But just as this ancient humanism was empty, and the people soon desired a human king, so modern atheistic humanism will also revert to pantheism, and the world will then yield to a humanistic king to lead them on to a final deadly confrontation with the true King of kings. 

Christ died on the Cross to redeem people of every kind, tongue, and nation. So not only in America, but the entire world has a choice to make. Either we return by faith in Jesus Christ, or we will join the fate of other nations that have long been forgotten. 

Why are we so foolish to believe that we can escape the judgment of God? Why do we continue ignoring the handwriting on the wall? Why aren’t preachers declaring this from the rooftops? 

We will either go to our knees in repentance and faith or be driven to our knees in defeat. 

Will you trust Christ as your Savior today? If you are a Christian, have you fallen into sin and in need of making things right with your Lord? 

Let us heed the call of Jeremiah 18:8 before it is too late: “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”  

As well as the one Ezra wrote in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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