The Handwriting on the Wall
Daniel 5:30-31 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.
Prophecy is being fulfilled! Babylon falls to the Medes.
But what caused the handwriting on the wall? What was the king doing that caused such a response from God?
Daniel 5;3-4 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
During their great banquet they started to drink from the gold goblets taken from God's temple. The NLT states that they then began to drink "toasts" to the various gods of their culture. They treated the holy as unholy. The goblets were holy objects from the tabernacle, everything in the Tabernacle was holy.
Leviticus 8:10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and everything in it, thus making them holy.
This can be applied to us as well, because we are considered holy...
Ephesians 1:4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
What the king did with the goblets is exactly what Satan wants to do with us. Treat the holy as unholy. We of course are holy, but he can make us think we are unholy. He will do everything he can to convince us we are defiled and that there is nothing sacred about us. It pleases him when he finds something in us that he can draw us to by toasting to it and making us think we are unholy. But this is just so not true! We are holy! Nothing can change that fact. Isn't that simply mind-boggling! Nothing Satan can do will change it, we simply need to believe in what God tells us so we can stand firm against the enemy.
1Corinthians 1:21-22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.