This past week, a popular player was cut by the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles. After eight solid years as a wide receiver and team leader, Jason Avant’s services are no longer required. When interviewed, he said that he knew what was coming and he was prepared. There’s no doubt that this Christian role model will find another team. For him, the writing was on the wall. Jason (#81) read the signs.
Avant is still a good player. He will find another team. However, fools on the wrong side of prophecy will be condemned. The wise anticipate the brazen acts of their countrymen that invite judgment.
There’s an example of seeing the writing on the wall in Daniel 5. There we find God judging Babylon. The reality was that the Lord, speaking through his prophet Jeremiah, foretold the fall.
“Flee from Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be like male goats leading the flock. For I am going to stir up and bring against Babylon a company of great nations from the land of the north; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken… Israel is a hunted sheep driven away by lions. First the king of Assyria devoured it, and now at the end, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has gnawed at its bones. ‘Therefore,’ thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I punished the king of Assyria.’ ” (Jer. 50:8-9, 17-18 NRSV).
When it comes to prophecy, does God make mistakes? The wicked go through life as if the Lord had said nothing. Oblivious to the enemy at his gates, King Belshazzar held a great feast to the gods. Under the influence of spirits, the ruler made a grave error. He ordered the vessels of gold that had been plundered from the temple be used for toasting idols.
Then came the wrecking ball. Immediately afterward, mysterious fingers appeared to write on the wall. In his fright, the king’s knees buckled. He called for the enchanters, diviners and wise men, but none of them knew what the writing meant.
Eventually, the prophet Daniel was brought before the court. He knew what God had written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.
Mene- God numbered the days of the Kingdom of Babylon and brought it to an end.
Tekel- Belshazzar was weighed on the scales of God’s justice and found lacking.
Parsin- The kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persian.
That night Belshazzar was slain. Darius the Mede received his kingdom. The final act of idolatry, defiling what God made holy, invited the destroyer.
Belshazzar was God’s instrument to internally destroy a once glorious empire. It was according to prophecy.
Today, America stands on the rim of the abyss. We were warned on September 11, 2001. While some turned to Jesus in fear, it was temporary. Every form of evil and idolatry continues to rise unabated. Humanism is the religion of our culture. Everyone is doing what he/she thinks is best. So God has ordained for the Obama administration to do for the U.S.A. what Belshazzar did for Babylon, bring us to ruin from within. Meanwhile, enemies from the north are poised to strike at God’s command. One final act of defiance is all it will take. (It could come when America turns its back on Israel.) The writing is on the wall! -EJ