The Handwriting on the Wall #4

Sunday, October 4, 2020

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote (Daniel 5:5 KJV).

What great Bible truths can we learn from Daniel chapter 5?

The chapter concludes: “[25] And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. [26] This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. [27] TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. [28] PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. [29] Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. [30] In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. [31] And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.” Now we proceed to expounding this enormous passage.

Daniel chapter 5 is noteworthy because it documents the fall of Babylon. God would have never even bothered to mention it except for the fact it impacts the nation Israel. Remember, in chapter 1, the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews starts, the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecies. “And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations” (Jeremiah 25:11,12). “For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10). The Jews—specifically the Southern Kingdom (Judah)—would be deported eastward to Babylon for seven decades.

Chapter 5 of Daniel is the termination of those 70 years, for which reason the LORD God intervenes and speaks to King Belshazzar, the last Babylonian monarch….