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Rebecca’s Well: The Handwriting On The Wall – Pt. 2 (Daniel, Chapter 5 KJV)

(Continued from last week)

Verse 17: “Then Daniel answered before the king, Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. However, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. O king, The Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and greatness and glory and majesty;

And because of the greatness that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would he slew, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up, and whom he would he put down. But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind and spirit were hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him;

He was driven from among men, and his heart and mind was made like the beasts’, and his dwelling was with the wild asses. He was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens, until he learned and knew that The Most High God Rules In The Kingdom Of Men, And That He Appoints And Sets Over It Whomever He Will. And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart and mind, though you knew all this (knew it and were defiant).

And you have lifted yourself up against The Lord of Heaven, and the vessels of His House have been brought before you, and your lords, your wives and your concubines have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and The God In Whose Hand Your Breath Is, And Whose Are All your Ways, You Have Not Honored And Glorified (but have dishonored and disgraced).

Then was the part of the hand sent from the Presence Of The Most High God, and this Writing Was Inscribed. And this is The Inscription That Was Written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN – numbered, numbered, weighed, divisions. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingship and brought them to an end; TEKEL, You are weighed in the balances and are found wanting. PERES(singular form, same root as UPHARSIN), Your kingdom and your kingship are divided and given to the Medes and Persians. (Foretold, Isaiah 21: 9… “Babylon is fallen, Babylon is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods lie shattered to the ground.”) DURING THAT NIGHT BELSHAZZAR THE KING OF THE CHALDEANS WAS SLAIN.” (The Amplified Bible)

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