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  1. Historically it is difficult to see just where Belshazzar's feast fits in. Here is what I think happened. The Babylonians Empire was essentially defeated at the Battle of Opis, somewhere north of Babylon. The Babylonians retreated to the city of Babylon and shut the gates. The Persians laid siege to Babylon and appear to have taken the city by diverting the waters from the canal that went through the city and entering the city under the canal gates. I think that Belshazzar's feast occurred during the siege.

    The Babylonians were not taken by surprise and were probably fairly conscious of what the Persians were doing. This was coupled with the fact that the Persians were largely followers of Marduk the same God that the Babylonians traditionally followed. Belshazzar and his father were followers of the Moon God, Sin. So the Babylonians were probably pretty happy with the arrangement.

    I think that Belshazzar's feast probably reflected the fact that he did not want to accept defeat. He could not see the "figurative writing on the wall." The fact that God saw fit to reinforce that with literal writing on the wall served only to emphasise that this was the end for Belshazzar. Interestingly his father was not in the city at the time and his life was spared.

    History is not clear how Belshazzar died but there is some evidence that he was killed by his own courtiers. Given the tension between the worship of Marduk and Sin at the time, that would not be surprising.

  2. Application of the handwriting on the wall today may symbolize the prophecies concerning the coming of the Lord and the signs preceding His coming. These are prophetic wake up calls. Eschatological promises serve as the writing on the wall: (Rev 22:12; Psalm 50:3; Jon 14:1-3; 1 15:51-58; 1 Thes 4:16-17; John 5:25-30). The escahatological signs equally also serve as the contemporary writing on the wall (Matthew 24; Mark 13 & Luke 21:-36) May the lesson this week wake us up from our spiritual stupor.(Isaiah 60:1 KJV- Arise and Shine!) Amen
    By Pastor Samuel Asare

  3. The world is constantly changing. Material things will pass away. This whole world will pass away. But what God has planned for us will last forever.

  4. From when I was a teenager whenever a crisis happened we often told each other that it was a "Sign of the Times". Meaning the end was near, the "writing on the wall" was a sign of the time for Belshazzar's kingdom.

    Although it may not be a sign of the very end the current corona-virus should make us think - because Jesus said a sign of the end would be Mat 24:7 And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.

    Although this is a physical illness, just imagine how easily
    a wrong belief could be spread all over the world, how people could be scared of the effect and put people in quarantine.

    • Though the coronavirus may not be a sign of the very end.

      And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not get alarmed (troubled and frightened); it is necessary [that these things] take place, but the end is not yet.
      Mark 13:7

      There are many to be saved yet. I believe is the delay. We have the privlage of hastening the Lord's coming.

      And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.
      Matthew 24:14

      And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God's chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
      Matthew 24:22

      That does not necessarly mean God will shorten those days. It implys that we will get off our duffs and plug the hole in the Gospel, to hasten the Lord's coming.


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