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Writing On The Wall – Daniel 5

The Writing On The Wall

To say these are the last days, takes on a whole new meaning as we watch the lies, corruption, deception, and demonic evil come to the conclusion they are finally reigning. Their greatest opportunity for world domination has arrived. But God needs His own to know their “writing on the wall” does not agree with His handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5:13-29).

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Daniel Interprets the Handwriting

Daniel 5:13-17 KJV 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? 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. 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 shew the interpretation of the thing: 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.

25“And this is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”… read full chapter

Significance of the Handwriting on the Wall, Daniel 5

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The handwriting on the wall had significant meaning that neither the king or the people surrounding him understood. All the attempts to understand the writing on the wall by the king’s wise men failed, so they called for Daniel. Daniel came and interpreted what the words meant. Why does the writing on the wall have such great importance?

Question: “What is the meaning of mene mene tekel upharsin? What is the meaning of the handwriting on the wall?” Answer:…The handwriting on the wall proved true. In fact, it proved fatal for the dissolute Belshazzar. Just as Daniel had said, the kingdom of Babylon was divided between the Medes and Persians, and it happened that very night. Belshazzar was slain, and his kingdom passed to Darius the Mede (Daniel 5:30–31).

The appearance of mene mene tekel upharsin on the king’s wall is a reminder that whatever we sow, that we will also reap (Galatians 6:7–8). God is the Judge; He justly weighs all matters and metes out retribution in His time (Psalm 94:2). Sometimes God speaks very clearly into our lives, convicting us of sin and warning us of pending judgment (see John 16:8). It does not pay to ignore the “handwriting on the wall.” by GotQuestions

God tells us in the end evil does not win. 

King Belshazzar Defies God

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Belshazzar was the the son of Nebuchadnezzar and the King of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar had defeated Jerusalem and taken the gold and silver vessels from the temple there. Now, Belshazzar, his son, holds a feast in which he and his guests will drink from those vessels. As the King and his guests are having a good time, a persons hand appears out of nowhere. The fingers begin to write words on the wall. Belshazzar becomes so frightened his face pales, his knees shake, and his legs grow weak (Daniel 5:1-5).

Belshazzar’s mother reminded him about Daniel. Daniel served his father well. He is a man who has wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. So, the trembling king sent for Daniel. At which point Daniel informed Belshazzar this event is a result of his pride (Daniel 5:17-30). 

Who can stand against God? No one (2 Chronicles 20:6). That very night Belshazzar died (Daniel 5:30).

Belshazzar is an Example of Defying God

Belshazzar is an example of what happens when we defy God. Those who deny and defy God have one thing in mind but God has another. We do not have to learn the hard way and we can choose not to stand against God.

green-world-with-tree-background-450For those who stand against the Lord, the world continues to offer an open invitation to dishonor and disrespect God. They want you to come and join them in their open rebellion against God and His sovereign word. However, they leave out that with rebellion against God comes fear and confusion (Daniel 5:5-9).

Where do we find answers to calm our fears?

Let us all be encouraged by Daniel. He was an old man and yet God saw him as valuable. From the beginning Daniel made up his mind not to allow the world to penetrate his heart. His life belonged to the Lord and he lived accordingly (Daniel 1). 

Ignoring the Writing On the Wall

Just like Belshazzar, many are defying God and pushing their agenda. Therefore, we are watching systematic loss of jobs, free speech, freedom of religion, etc. Not to mention those who are standing on God’s word consistently being persecuted.

There is so much confusion, uncertainty, and insecurity about the future for so many. We see much hopelessness, even among believers. This takes a toll on us physically, mentally, and spiritually (2 Corinthians 4:7-11; 7:5). God provides us His word to know how to be in the world but not of it (Romans 12:2, John 15:19, John 17:16). We are to keep our eyes on Jesus, not the storm in front of us.

We know God’s handwriting on our wall.

Ephesians 1:17 NASB that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the boundless greatness of His power toward us who believe.

We need to be encouraged to focus on the One Who knew death threats from birth, opposition, and censorship. Jesus focused on the will of His Father (John 6:38, 14:31). And that included doing good (Acts 10:38). 

We pray you have made up your mind to be person after God’s heart. We must keep our hope in His promises and the hope of His calling. Remember we are waiting for the glorious return of our Lord and Savior, our blessed hope (Titus 2:13).


“Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org

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2 thoughts on “Writing On The Wall – Daniel 5”

  1. Pray God’s children who’s focus is on Jesus not the storms that is ahead. Because through Him we get through anything. Blessed are those who believe and have no doubts. Amen.

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