“This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians,” Daniel 5:26-28.
We may know from the biblical account, that King Belshazzar had held a great feast for a thousand of his lords and high ranking officials.
He praised the god of wine, and lifted his glass to all of the golden luxuries that his father, king Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the palace.
He had brought all of these golden and silver vessels that had been stored away back into the palace.
Then the king along with his wives and concubines lifted up his glass and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
But something strange occurred very soon, for as they were all making merriment, the fingers of a man’s hand were seen on one of the walls.
The lights were dimmed and an inscription began to form on the plaster wall. The king was greatly troubled and all looked in horror and amazement of what was beginning to be written.
And then the king sought out any in his kingdom who might be able to read the ominous words that had been written on the wall.
His soothsayers, magicians, and wise men all came to decipher the meaning of the words.
The king promised that whoever could read and understand the inscription, would be dressed in fine scarlet with a golden necklace, and be counted as third in his kingdom.
But as all of these men came to do this, none of them could decipher the meaning.
And yet even as the king was deeply troubled, the Queen sought to comfort him by saying that she knew of a man who could understand the words inscribed upon the wall.
The queen spoke of Daniel who was a man of great wisdom and insight, capable to understanding dreams and riddles and the most perplexing of things. And so Daniel was brought before the king.
And the king said that he had understood that the spirit of the gods was within him and that he had deep wisdom. But Daniel sought not to be rewarded in gold or silver, and yet chose to interpret the saying upon the wall for the king.
Daniel told the king about how his father had lifted up his heart in pride and then had been made to be like a wild beast in the field and had lost his mind in the process until he chose to be humbled.
And now his son king Belshazzar had chosen to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Daniel tells him of his fate and how he is now weighed in the balance and found wanting. He furthermore tells him that his kingdom will be divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.
And so we know from history that this happened even according to Daniel’s pronouncement to the king.
We should know and see that there has been a spiritual writing upon the walls of our own land for some time now.
The inscription doesn’t need to be written from the mysterious phantom hand of a spirit to make it understood.
For we as a nation have been found wanting in many ways. And we would have many in the fields of political science and perhaps philosophy who would attempt to interpret what the prophetic symbolism might read upon the walls of our land.
And yet even if a great hand would actually inscribe the words in our own language across our skies or upon the curtain of the night time, many would dispute what it actually said.
For even as king Belshazzar had great pride and lived in luxury, he chose to believe what the prophet Daniel had declared unto him.
He knew that Daniel’s wisdom and interpretation was correct even though it spoke of his immanent fall from grace and into decay.
But through every hour and every day we have a myriad of different voices that think that they have the right answer to the clues of what is happening to our society.
And yet the very sad thing is that even if those words were clearly seen, there is perhaps not even a one of them who would agree with the interpretation or the meaning of a fateful hand that would inscribe them.
Even with many who claim to have prophetic sight and understanding in this hour, how many of them would even dispute among themselves what the words might actually mean?
Perhaps some have moved into the camps of the astrologers and the soothsayers rather than being true prophets of God.
But perhaps even of greater importance is the correlation between king Belshazzar and the one who now holds the helm in his hands at this time.
For that great pride and arrogance should be clearly seen. Remember, “I alone can fix it.”
“In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old,” Daniel 5:30-31.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?