We found in part one that Daniel informed Belshazzar, the son of Nabonidus, that he had been weighed in the balances and found wanting by God. His kingdom would be taken away and given to another, the Medes and the Persians. That very night, the prophecy was fulfilled.
brought this on though? Nebuchadnezzar, through some persuasion by God,
eventually turned to God and had a strong and successful reign. By the time
Nabonidus became king though much had changed. Obviously, if Nebuchadnezzar’s
experience had any influence, it had worn off by this time. By the way, Nabonidus spent most of his 17
year reign out of the country and left his son Belshazzar in charge. This would
be the reason we are discussing Belshazzar and not Nabonidus, and also why
Belshazzar offered Daniel the position of third ruler in the kingdom and not
goes to show that each generation must account for its own actions against God
and man. Nebuchadnezzar, in my opinion, became a righteous man, but that
doesn’t automatically mean that those who follow him will be righteous.
Most of our
forefathers in this country were righteous people, but each generation must
answer to God, and our current spiritual condition in this country is a far cry
from our forefathers.
following verses give us some insight into the spiritual condition of a nation
(Babylon) in Belshazzar’s day.
the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before
Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver
vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was
in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines,
might drink therein.
they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house
of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and
his concubines, drank in them.
drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of
wood, and of stone.
5 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.
6 Then the
king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the
joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
7 The king
cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers.
And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read
this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with
scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler
in the kingdom.
came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make
known to the king the interpretation thereof.
9 Then was
king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and
his lords were astonied.
Just a note for
verse two: Nebuchadnezzar was possibly Belshazzar’s grandfather, since Nabonidus
was his father.
It appears that a
drunken party was probably in full swing. Only God knows all of the actual
events of that evening, but during this time Belshazzar crossed the line in
showing no respect for God’s possessions; i.e. those items from the temple in
Jerusalem. In addition, they worshipped their false gods with God’s possessions
We as a nation have
come to the same crossroads with God. We started out right, but what happened?
We are nothing like our forefathers who feared and worshipped God. Our original
mothers and fathers of this country were not perfect, but they knew right from
wrong. They gave credit to God. As a whole, they worshiped the one and only
true God of the Holy Bible.
Today we party with
Belshazzar. We have no respect for God or anything He represents. We are drunk
on drugs and alcohol. We are murderers and thieves. We are spoiled, as I’m sure
Belshazzar was. We have no shame. We curse the name of God and praise our gods
of lust, power, greed, selfishness, pride and perversion. From the top down,
our leaders, as a whole, are corrupt to the core and do not fear God. Our
populace, generally speaking, has become spoiled and lazy with the attitude
that everyone else owes them a living. We have become so spiritually rotten
today; we would probably make Belshazzar blush.
If that weren’t
enough, God’s churches across our country have been turned into a den of
thieves, perversion and happy hour. Those who say they represent God are
leading millions away from Him.
If that isn’t
enough, we murder the most precious gift God has given us, the gift of human life;
i.e. unborn babies. Our bloody hands toss this precious gift from God in the
garbage and think nothing of it.
If that still isn’t
enough, we corrupt the souls of our youth by teaching them that sexual
perversion is the norm, just another form of love.
If that isn’t
enough, we have turned our backs on the apple of God’s eye, Israel. We are no
longer her friend, but her enemy. Our so-called leader gives lip service to
God, if that much, but bows before and kisses the hand of our enemy.
In my opinion, even
Rome didn’t become as decadent as the United States of America in the 21st
Here is the tragedy.
The true Church, as a whole, stands silent. Because of that, the attacks on
true Christianity, in this “used to be” Christian nation, are increasing and will
continue to worsen.
It is evident to
many of us, that we as a nation have been weighed in the balances and found
wanting. Unless we repent, now, there is no hope for us.
Will we be
conquered by another country? I don’t know, but it’s possible. One thing is for
sure, we are quickly decreasing in importance on the world’s playing field. We
may just fade by the wayside as England. I don’t know. However, do we really
think God will merely wink at our rebellion? Belshazzar wasn’t exempted, so why
should we be exempt? Even Israel, the nation God loves with all His heart, has
been punished many times for its rebellion, and is still out back at the
When judgment comes
to this country, I feel it will be greater than that received by other nations
that have felt His rod. Why? We have been more blessed than any nation in
history. Therefore, our judgment will be severe.
“But he that knew
not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom
men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)
As it stands today,
there is no way we can deny that if God were to address this subject with us
today, we have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.
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