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The Writing on the Wall • Based on Daniel 5
King Belshazzar threw a giant party for a thousand of his
friends. Wine was served in the gold and silver cups that
Nebuchadnezzar had taken from God’s temple in Jerusalem.
The partygoers drank, praising the gods of gold, silver,
bronze, iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall! The king’s face turned pale and he was so afraid that his knees knocked together and his legs gave out.
He said to his enchanters, astrologers and sorcerers, “If you can tell me what the message says, I will clothe you in royal purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck! You will be made the third highest ruler in all of Babylon!”
But they couldn’t. Belshazzar became even more terrified and the color of his face became even more pale.
The queen heard the commotion and entered the banquet hall. “Don’t be afraid,” she said. “There is a man named Daniel. Call for him, he will tell you what the message means.”
So Daniel was brought in. He said, “Keep those gifts for yourself or give them to someone else. But I will read the message to the king and tell him what it means.
“God gave Nebuchadnezzar power, greatness, glory and splendor. But when his heart became hard with pride, God stripped him of it all. He was driven away and given the mind of an animal; he lived in the wilds and ate grass like cattle; his body was drenched with dew, until he finally admitted that God Most High rules over the kingdoms of men and sets over them whoever He wishes.
“But you, O Belshazzar, walk in pride, though you knew all this. Therefore God wrote this message: ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres.’
“Mene: Numbered. God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
“Tekel: Weighed. You have been weighed on God’s scales; you don’t measure up.
“Peres: Divided. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
That very night Belshazzar was killed. Darius became king.
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