“While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. … And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 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 5:2-28
This was a serious judgment and it was given by God! Babylon had grown to a great world-wide power with great prosperity. It had even been used by God to carry out His judgments against nations. But, the victories had been mainly achieved by former generations. The new generation of Belshazzar had grown up enjoying and expecting the prosperity often forgetting the lessons learned by Nebuchadnezzar and those before them. They had forgotten the stories of Nebuchadnezzar being humbled by God and wandering around as an animal, and they forgot Nebuchadnezzar’s resulting declaration –
“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” – Daniel 4:37
And they forgot Nebuchadnezzar’s experience with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace where he even saw the Son of God. And they forgot his resulting declaration –
“Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” – Daniel 3:28,29
And most of all, they forgot that God had shown Nebuchadnezzar a dream of the future and the kingdoms to come –
“Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom …” – Daniel 2:37-39
They forgot that nations exist in God’s favor! They forgot that it is God alone who raises up nations and puts them down according to His will.
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21
Now, I remind you of this Bible history because it is no different for the United States of America. Our forefathers knew this and their many declarations of faith in God prove it. The present generations have enjoyed the greatness and prosperity that former generations earned by obeying God and His precepts but, they foolishly believe it is their right without any effort on their part. We have now turned away from God.
Our schools no longer post or teach the Ten Commandments or celebrate Christian holidays such as Easter or Christmas. Oh, they like to take off for the holiday, but dare not declare what the holiday is about for fear of offending someone. Students who mention Jesus are censored but, they can celebrate “diversity” topics such as homosexuality, lesbianism, or transgender lifestyles – all of which are called abominations by God. Black lives, or Hispanic lives, or Indian lives are more important then white lives – even though God declares –
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” – Acts 17:26
They proclaim themselves to be teachers of truth but, they are more ignorant than even
Nebuchadnezzar, who proclaimed – “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth“. American schools are so foolish they can celebrate Satanism, Islam, Quetzalcoatl (the feathered Snake God of Mexico), but cannot even mention Jesus or the Bible to which we owe our nation’s success and prosperity!
We destroy nearly 60 million of our young while they are still in the womb and call it ‘free choice’ but get angry if anyone dares to show pictures of the slaughter. Then we condone the selling of their body parts by refusing to defund and outlaw all such practices!
As a nation, we are more stupid than animals by declaring that marriage can be between two men, or two women, or even between man and beasts! We have sunk to the lowest levels of human depravity and immorality and if anyone disagrees, we shout “Who are you to judge!”
Well, I don’t have to judge – there is One who judges and He judges by His word –
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, … For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting … who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” – Romans 1:18-28, 32
To approve of these practices is as bad as doing them in God’s eyes. And we will all ultimately be judged by God.
Like Belshazzar of Babylon, the same could be said of us in the United States – MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. At any moment God could weigh us in His scales of Justice, which unlike our Justice Department, hold no partiality or favoritism. We will be judged by pure Truth! We would have to fall on our faces before Him and plead for mercy. In fact, if the Church does not do that and plead for mercy and revival quickly, there is no hope for America. A new President will not do it – a new heart may. If not, those who know God had better get their house in order. Judgment came to Belshazzar that same night – and the United States does not have much more time either.