by John and Ruth Greene
The king was petrified at what the finger of YHWH had written on the wall during his celebration. He (Belshazzar) had abused the instruments of YHWH in a great drunken revelry and now stood facing what he could not understand. (Daniel 1:2; Proverbs 31:4-5; Isaiah 5:22-24) The frightful sight had sobered the king and he consulted his brain trust without resolution. The mystery and conviction filled the palace with dread. As a last result, he brought Daniel before him. Daniel didn’t enjoy any of the social and political ranking of that kingdom. He set himself apart, away from the drunkenness and political hierarchy. He focused only on the Most High. Daniel had a reputation and he was remembered for the ministry of his past. The queen remembered Daniel and suggested that he be brought before the king. The king didn’t know Daniel, but had heard of him, undoubtedly from Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel 4:8, 9, 18) Wise men of the world can’t know the Spirit of the Most High YHWH. King Belshazzar resorts to asking a prophet of YHWH because someone had remembered the prophet. Belshazzar believed that he had to motivate Daniel. In this light, he offered Daniel the trappings of power, position and wealth. In essence, the king said: “Do what I want and you get all these things.” Daniel refused the gifts of the king. Daniel, like Abraham (Genesis 14:22-24), did not want to be related in any way to corruption. (1 Samuel 12:1-5; Numbers 16:15; Acts 20:33)
Daniel rejected the idea of using the corruption of the world as his source. Daniel did not hold Belshazzar in high regard because the king had profaned the things of YHWH. This king had lifted up toasts and oaths to pagan gods with the instruments of the Most High YHWH. Daniel reviewed with the king what had happened to Nebuchadrezzar. Belshazzar rested in the same place in relation to the Most High. He rebuked the king, charging him with premeditated sin, in full knowledge of what he knew. Because of this, Belshazzar was guilty before Elohim [YHWH]. He charged the king with profanity against the Most High because of improperly using temple instruments. (Job 12:10; Psalm 139:3) He charged the king for mocking YHWH with pagan sacrifice,
“…the Elah who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not made great.” – Daniel 5:23, ISR98
‘”And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENĚ, MENĚ, TEQĚL, UPHARSIN.
This is the interpretation of each word: MENĚ – Elah has numbered your reign, and put an end to it.
TEQĚL – You have been weighed on the scales, and found lacking.
PERES – Your reign has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Then Bĕlshatstsar gave orders, and they robed Dani’ĕl in purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and they proclaimed concerning him that he is the third ruler in the reign. In that night Bĕlshatstsar, sovereign of the Chaldeans, was slain.” – Daniel 5:26-30, ISR98
That very night, Cyrus of Persia had drained enough of the river to lower the water level. This enabled soldiers to quickly take the city during the drunken party of Babylon. The city that could never be taken was doomed to destruction. These world leaders thought they had it together and were celebrating their greatness. The judge was at the door. YHWH had called for the destruction of that kingdom for that kingdom was wanting. (1 Samuel 2:3; Job 31:6; Proverbs 16:7)
The end of Babylon had been prophesied by Jeremiah in Jeremiah 51 (Jeremiah 51:11, 28, 34-52, 53-58). Babylon was to be dried up and turned to heaps. In the old days, Elohim’s people would be liberated, able to return to their former land. Most did not reclaim it. Today, a nation from the North, related to the Medes and Persians are going to bring the type of this prophecy into fruition.
Remember that the same prophetic picture has relevance today. Disciples of the Messiah are the vessels of YHWH Almighty. Babylon has both destroyed and misled many vessels, people that YHWH loves. All must be weighed and all that will, will be found wanting. The fall of this new world Babylon (Revelation 18:1-5) will be by a sort of subterfuge, a trick that causes the rise of another kingdom. (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-15; Revelation 12:7-9) Whether modern day Medes and Persians bring this trickery about remains to be seen, but it is clear that YHWH’s Kingdom, brought about by the Master Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah is nearly at hand. (Matthew 24:27-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28) Sanctified disciples of Messiah would do well to remember the trickery of nations, so as to not be ensnared by either Babylon or the earthly agency that tricks Babylon into a final age of destruction.
“Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.” – Isaiah 40:15, NKJV
The nations believe that they are mighty, but every one falls. In the same way, the modern Babylon must fall, whether by Rome or some new temporary kingdom of man. (Isaiah 21:9) What we must remember is that every element of Babylon is present in this land, which condemns that land in the eyes of Elohim. The Elohim of Heaven and earth, YHWH has been profaned by image bearing, promiscuity and sin of all kinds. People have made themselves gods of their own choosing, rejecting YHWH and His Holy Name.
The walls and fortification of the nation, in their eyes, have been thick and strong, full of prosperity. The pride has been immense in a nation that has been declared by courts to be eternal. What a presumption! This same presumption happened in old Rome and is happening in this ‘new Rome,’ merely a continuation of the old. Pride is always man’s downfall. The same fall will happen in the ‘new world’ of man that is being sought. They were taken by surprise, just as the ruling nations of modern Babylon are being surprised in this day.
The handwriting is on the wall. For most, YHWH and His Truth is the last resort. What are you going to do? Who will you trust? (2 Timothy 3:1-5) The doom of Babylon is a shadow of the doom of this empire, and of all empires of man. (Revelation 17:5) Many laugh in our face at such prophecy, but Elohim will be proved right. The drunken orgy of old Babylon did not bring about the destruction of Babylon. When the holy vessels of YHWH were desecrated, Elohim brought His judgment on the land. There exist holy vessels of Elohim in the physical vicinity of today’s Babylon that rest under His protection. Many have gone astray. (Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 24:11; 2 Timothy 2:18; 2 Peter 2:15) When professed Christians bring the filth of world into their lives or choose to live in that filth, they experience judgment on a personal level, (Romans 12:1-2) just as the professed nations of men do. YHWH does not honor the filth of the world, even though those that profess Him may cry: “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your Name, and in your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Many do not even know His Name and will call Him just that – ‘Lord’ and ‘God.’ (Matthew 7:22)
As a sanctified disciple of Messiah, you may be asked to heal the pain of many that revel in the world scene. You will be asked for the secret, the secret of healing the maladies of this drunken world. However, as long as mankind rests firmly in the world, the maladies of the world can only continue. The fruit of that lifestyle can only continue until Elohim’s Kingdom brings it to a close.
The feast of drunken leaders continues now as they face the handwriting on the wall. Do you see it or have you been distracted? Disciples of Messiah must do as Daniel did, ready to give a witness, rejecting all gifts as we seek only to operate as a conduit for the Holy Spirit. The world may offer great wealth, position and power, but a man of YHWH and Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah has no need for these things. Satan expects to dull the wits of all professed Christians with distractions of the world. Will he dull your wits or will you rise up to fight? (1 Peter 5:8-9) Babylon is carelessly falling into destruction and Christians must decide to be free of the world, including the prideful conceit of the world. (Amos 6) Just as Satan longs to be worshiped, so the pride and self-exaltation of nations shows their desire to be worshiped. (Matthew 4:9; Revelation 13:4-15; 1 Corinthians 10:20; Isaiah 14:14)
Satan is ‘the deceiver of the whole world.’ (Revelation 12:9) His primary method is that of deception: about himself, his purpose, his activities and his coming defeat and destruction. He snatches away the Word of Elohim sown in the hearts of men (Matthew 13:19), sows his counterfeit Christians among the sons of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:25, 38,39), blinds the minds of men to Messiah’s Truth (2 Corinthians 4:3-4), and induces them to accept his lie. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10) Satan’s close relations with world government doom these governments to judgment and finally, the result of that Judgment. (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; John 12:31)