[SW193] 07/03/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
How does God view the present state of this country? He tells us through Daniel.
When the Lord gave me this message, I said, “Lord, I proclaim Your goodness, so people might turn to You and be forgiven and then filled with Your Spirit so their hearts are purified. But you have also called me proclaim your justice and judgment. I will not leave out a word.”
The Lord has asked me to sing this prophetic song . . . here are the words:
My Word Will Never Pass Away
By Susan Wynn©2010
My Word will never pass away, it will forever stand
It cannot ever be destroyed by vain attempts of man.
My Word cuts through all man’s pretense so each his heart can see
I do this as an act of love, that no one be deceived.
The truth and power My Word contains, many won’t receive
Nor let it pierce their stony hearts, for them, My heart is grieved.
Become a doer of My Word, and surely, you’ll be blessed.
You’ll enter into My own life, and in Me, you will rest.
You’ll enter into My own life, and in Me, you will rest.
Texts: Daniel 5, Isaiah 45
Verses 1-4 — Belshazzar, king of the Babylonian Empire, is the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, who took from the Temple the holy vessels used for the worship of God, when he destroyed Jerusalem and led many Jews into exile. These things have been in storage.
Belshazzar hosts a large party. He orders those holy vessels to be brought to the party, and used for drinking wine. With them, his partygoers and he toast and praise their gods. He fully understands that he is thumbing his nose at God, because he already had plenty of vessels for drinking wine. The table settings were already in place in his banquet hall.
Verses 5-6 — Suddenly, a hand appears on the king’s wall. He sees the back of the hand, and watches it write something on the wall. It is frightening to him, to the point where his knees knock together. But he does not repent to the one true God.
Verses 7-9 — No one, not even the king’s wise men, can read or interpret what is written by the hand.
They know the Aramaic in which it is written. It is in their language. Yet they cannot read it, and do not know what it means. This alarms the king, because he relies on these men.
Verses 11-12 — The queen remembers Daniel, who is able to interpret dreams and was appointed by Nebuchadnezzar as chief of all the diviners and conjurers of Babylon. She said he would give the interpretation. So Daniel is brought to them.
Verses 13-16 — Belshazzar promises to honor Daniel greatly, if he gives the interpretation.
Verses 17-23 — Daniel tells the King to keep his gifts, but he will not take gifts from this king. But he will make the interpretation known.
Daniel rebukes Belshazzar, because unlike his grandfather, he did not humble himself before the Lord of heaven, even though he knew how his grandfather was humbled by God. Instead, he has exalted himself against the Lord of heaven, and profaned that which God has called holy, partying with them and praising their gods who are dead, who do not hear, see, or understand.
Belshazzar and his government have not glorified the God in whose hand is their very life-breath and ways. In other words, He has the power to stop them in their tracks, and to take their lives.
Verses 24 — So God sends Belshazzar and his government a message. It isn’t a call to repent, but a different message.
Verses 25-38 — In the original Hebrew, it is “A mina, a mina, a shekel, and a half-mina.”
Mina, mina = God has numbered, weighed out, and measured the kingdom of Babylon, and He has put an end to it. Now.
Shekel = You have been found wanting.
Half-mina = Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.
Verses 29-30 — Though Belshazzar honored Daniel, he did not repent for his actions against God. So the king was slain that very night. (NOTE: Verse 31 should be Chapter 6, Verse 1.)
An unexpected attack, in a prophecy given by God to Isaiah 150 years before Cyrus came to power in Babylon.
Verse 1 — The Lord knows the end from the beginning. He sits above time. Therefore, He gave Isaiah a prophecy about a Persian king who would be named Cyrus. That king would invade Babylon.
The Lord would take him by the hand and lead him to victory over what was then the most powerful kingdom in the world, so Cyrus would know that the Lord of Israel had called Cyrus by name, before Cyrus was born.
And because Cyrus would know the Lord is God, he would be the one who would ultimately decree for exiled Judah to return to the Promised Land and Jerusalem and the Temple to be rebuilt (2Chronicles 36:23).
Just as Verse 1 says, Belshazzar was stricken with such fear, when he saw the handwriting, that his hips went slack and his knees knocked together.
Verse 2 — The Lord of heaven cleared the way for Cyrus to overtake Babylon. Their doors of bronze and great fortifications were useless in the method of attack shown to Cyrus by the Lord.
Under the king’s palace were sluiceways for water, to supply the palace. Cyrus’ armies stopped up the source of water, and his men were able to enter underneath the palace, cutting the iron bars along the sluiceway as they proceeded.
While Belshazzar profaned the things of God, his enemy had secretly entered. And he was slain by Cyrus’ men.
Why did the Lord ask me to speak from this passage today?
It gives me no pleasure to say why. God does not take pleasure in it, either. He does not want anyone to perish. He wants them all to come to repentance.
Verses 1-4 — Just as Belshazzar, the leadership and citizens of this country have taken God’s holy things — for example, the lives of the children He created in the wombs of our mothers, and the very way He designed humans to procreate and live — and have profaned them.
How? We have abused them for our own selfishness. We worship the God of self in this country. Whatever WE want, WE do. We disregard God, and do the opposite of what is God’s design. We call evil good, and good evil.
Verses 5-6 — God’s hand has appeared on the wall. It should make this country’s hips slacken and knees knock.
Verses 7-9 — None of the party-ers, not even the wisest of our country, can interpret what is written, though we say we know what God says in the Bible. This should alarm this country greatly.
Verses 11-12 — But there is someone who can interpret. We used to know Him.
Verses 13-16 — We might want to pay God’s prophet to help us understand.
Verses 17-23 — But God’s prophets don’s seek honor, fame and fortune, though we will interpret.
This country’s leaders and citizens have exalted themselves and man’s wisdom and man’s idea of political correctness, rather than the Lord of heaven.
They have glorified themselves in the prosperity and freedom which they attribute to their own achievements rather than to the favor of the Lord of heaven.
Our forefathers humbled themselves before God, but now this country does not.
Verses 24-28 So God sends a message to America today, in our own language. We have been weighed and measured, and found wanting. So God judges, right here and now.
I do not know how it will happen, but the overrunning of this country will be unexpected.
Our leaders will be deposed from their positions and become subject to a ruler other than themselves.
There is still hope, though. That new ruler will know it is by the Lord’s hand that he has come into power. And he will eventually allow a remnant of America’s citizens to rebuild that which this country profaned.
How can this country respond now? How can we keep this from coming to pass? We can repent now.
We can turn from our self-centeredness, our exaltation of ourselves that results in profanity against God.
The question is, will we?