Daniel Chapter 5

Daniel Chapter 5

5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

5:2 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.

5:3 Then 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.

5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

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

5:6 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.

5:7 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 show 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.

5:8 Then came in all the king’s wise [men]: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

5:9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

5:10 [Now] the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: [and] the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:

5:11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom [is] the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, [I say], thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans,



[and] soothsayers;

5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.

5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. [And] the king spake and said unto Daniel, [Art] thou that Daniel, which [art] of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?

5:14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods [is] in thee, and [that] light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

5:15 And now the wise [men], the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing:

5:16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and [have] a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.

5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:

5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling [was] with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God



ruled in the kingdom of men, and [that] he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

5:25 And this [is] the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

5:26 This [is] the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

5:29 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.

5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

5:31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, [being] about threescore and two years old.

Babylon is a symbol of the world. Babylon means confusion—confusion in religion as well as governments. The same word, "Babylon" that designated who ruled the ancient world, is retained in the book of Revelation to describe and symbolize the whole one world government that the nations on earth today are being pressured to unite together to form—the culmination of church-state union. These efforts are prophesied in Revelation and the outcome is predicted. The same outcome with the same details of the fall



great detail centuries before they take place. As the queen mother gave advice as to who could read the writing on the wall [a virtuous woman in Scripture represents God’s true church], so today, it is the true church that has the understanding of what God is doing is commissioned to do all it can to give the knowledge of what is coming to warn the world to flee to Jesus for safety from the comof ancient Babylon is used to describe, in symbolism, the repeat of history in the demise of the future one-world government.4 We are told in Proverbs 16:18 "Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." The experience of Nebuchadnezzar and God’s cure for his dementia and pride is left on record for us. Belshazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, knew of, but he did not benefit from, his grandfather’s experience. God is of great mercy and is slow to anger, but there is a limit that God has set on pride and blasphemy. Drinking toasts to their gods using the vessels of the sanctuary of the true God taken from the temple in Jerusalem crossed that line and led to the close of probation for ancient Babylon. After the close of probation for ancient Babylon, the hand was seen writing their doom on the wall of the dance hall. Daniel is called in to read the writing because none of the royal entourage present at the party could read it. It was the queen mother, who had not attended the banquet, that came into the hall to give advice about who could read the writing. From the symbolism that is consistent all through Scripture, and understanding the premise that the book of Daniel is the prophecy and Revelation the explanation, details of the future can be understood before they come to pass. It can be understood that in the final demise of the future one world empire, after the close of probation, trumpets will sound that correspond to the handwriting on the wall in ancient Babylon. This will make it clear to all that national events are under the hand of God, ordered by His providence and foretold in in the affairs of men. It is the true church that not only knows but ing storm. Daniel was honored as the true representative of God, notwithstanding his pointed and painful history lesson and unpopular explanation of world events about to take place. In like manner, God’s last generation will be honored before the whole world just



before God’s enemies are destroyed by the brightness of His second coming. Jesus is again lifted up and spotlighted as the answer to all the changes of life. (Revelation 3:9).