The Hand of the All Mighty GOD and His Servant…

The Hand of the All Mighty GOD…

Dan 5:1-4 LITV

(1)  Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his nobles. And he drank wine before the thousand.

(2)  When tasting the wine, Belshazzar commanded the golden and silver vessels brought, those his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem, that the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines might drink with them.

(3)  Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God in Jerusalem. And the king, his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank with them.

(4)  They drank wine and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, and of bronze, of iron, wood, and stone.

Before we can talk about this passage, it will be a great deal for some that will be visiting my Blog Page for the first time, to pinpoint some background on these events mentioned beforehand.

For us to be able to do so we must read the first chapter of the Book of Daniel in a brief manner, see below:

Dan 1:1-2 LITV

(1)  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

(2)  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

As you can see the vessels mentioned in chapter 5 were the vessels that Nebuchadnezzar the ancestor to Belshazzar brought to the land of Nimrod also known as Babylon.  The event that is taking place in Daniel chapter 5 is with different characters in the Bible with just a few exceptions, and those exceptions were Daniel (the man of God) and few other of minor importance in relation to the narrative of the chapter.  One of the characters that is not mentioned by name but that it does have a very significant importance is the woman that announced Daniel (we will see this person more in detail as the events takes place and develop thru out the chapter).

Babylonia it has been considered since its foundation as the “city of man”, in were the man tried to reach for God’s power by creating a tower, at which time there were no languages as we know them today, but God in His will disrupted the man unique ability of communicating in a common verbal language and disoriented the man by confusing the man’s single ability of a common language, read below:

Gen 11:1-9 LITV

(1)  And the whole earth was of one lip and of one speech.

(2)  And it happened, as they pulled up stakes from the east, they found a level valley in the land of Shinar. And they lived there.

(3)  And each one said to his neighbor, Come, let us make brick, and burning burn them. And they had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.

(4)  And they said, Come, let us build a city and a tower with its head in the heavens, and make a name for ourselves, that we not be scattered on the face of all the earth.

(5)  And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of Adam had built.

(6)  And Jehovah said, Behold, the people is one, and the lip one to all of them, and this they are beginning to do, and now all which they have purposed to do will not be restrained from them.

(7)  Come, let Us go down and confuse their language so that they cannot understand one another’s speech.

(8)  And Jehovah scattered them from there, over the face of all the earth. And they stopped building the city.

(9)  On account of this its name is called Babel, because Jehovah confused the language of all the earth there. And Jehovah scattered them abroad from there on the face of all the earth.

Babylonia is also a synonym of idolatry, read below please:

Amo 5:25-27 LITV

(25)  Have you brought near sacrifices and food offerings to Me forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

(26)  Yea, you have lifted up the booth of your king, and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves!

(27)  And I will exile you beyond Damascus, says Jehovah, the God of Hosts is His name.

Act_7:43  And you took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, the figures which you made” “in order to worship them. And I will remove you beyond” Babylon.

The prophet Amos declared in his Book how the people of Israel were going to be exile, and in the Book of Acts we can see how Stephen in his defense in front of the Sanhedrim declared thru the Holy Spirit how God was dealing with Israel at the time of exile for the reason of idolatry.  In a common language the expression is as “if you want to follow idols go to where the idols are”…

Going back to Chapter 5 in the Book of Daniel, we must understand that the even took also place a few years after the death of Nebuchadnezzar, who was a predecessor to Belshazzar the king of Babylonia at the time of these events.  In Daniel chapter 5 verse 2 there is also mentioning of “his father Nebuchadnezzar”; but the word father was used for ancestry, in which we could be considering the meaning of this particular word here in this sentence as referring to his grand father.  Must be also noticed how is described by successions the order of “the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines”.

It is very important to understand and keep in mind that this king “Belshazzar” is not Belteshazzar, which was the name given by the Babylonian to Daniel at the time of the exile, read the following:

Dan 1:6-7 LITV

(6)  And there were among them of the sons of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

(7)  to whom the chief of the eunuchs gave names. For he called Daniel, Belteshazzar; and Hananiah, Shadrach; and Mishael, Meshach; and Azariah, Abednego.

Nebuchadnezzar the father in chapter 4 in the Book of Daniel went thru a great experienced in were Nebuchadnezzar understood that were not “gods” but instead “The All Mighty GOD”, in his process the king Nebuchadnezzar was subjugated to a process of humiliated events in his life, at the end, the Babylonian king recognized in a public manner his encounter making him the only and first gentile king who wrote a chapter in the Bible, but as humans we never learn from other people’s experiences, instead we must learn from our own mistakes even when that signified the lost of our own identity and with it many times over everything that makes us unique in every way.  And so it was Belshazzar the Babylonian king, descendent of the Nebuchadnezzar the king.

Power and greed are very dangerous if is not under the control of the Holy Spirit in the human kind, understanding this today we can see how such elements overwhelmed Belshazzar’s heart.  During this events narrated in this chapter 5 in the Book of Daniel the king of Persia is coming to take over the Babylonian kingdom.

Babylonia was at the time of antiquity a very fortified beautiful and extraordinaire city, rich powerful and beautiful in deed was the envy of many other kings.  Of course there is the will of GOD in everything that has to do with the human life, and so in chapter 2 in the Book of Daniel there is a very important detail that must be brought up for us to continue this discussion, and that is how God thru Daniel told to Nebuchadnezzar the falling of the kingdom of Babylonia into the hands of another king, read below:

Dan 2:39 LITV

(39)  And in your place shall arise another kingdom lower than yours, …

If you had followed my Blog you could also see that in a chronological order of chapters on the Book of Daniel, chapter 7 and 8 of the Book happened in between the facts of the end of Chapter 5.  Chapter 7 is the first year of king Belshazzar and in were Daniel have a vision from God in regard to four beasts, which were four kingdoms (we will discuss this chapter later on my Blog for your benefits and the glory of God).  Even when there are no specifics about the first three beasts, one of them was the Persian Empire. Also if you continue reading the chapter 8 you will notice that there is a vision from GOD to Daniel his servant, which Daniel himself mentioned seeing it before hand on the first vision he had (that is the one on chapter 7 of the Book of Daniel referring to the four beasts).  And in this second vision giving to Daniel by GOD, there is a two beasts, a Ram and a Male Goat; please read below:

Dan 8:5-6 LITV

(5)  And I was considering. And behold! A male of the goats came from the west, over the face of all the earth and did not touch the ground. And the he goat had an outstanding horn between his eyes.

(6)  And he came to the ram with two horns which I had seen standing before the canal. And he ran to it in the fury of his power.

But please let’s not anticipate the events on our study, this is just to let you know that the plan on the will of God is always reveal to his people for them to be prepared in prayer and their lives.

Let’s continue with chapter 5 of the Book of Daniel:

Dan 5:5-17 LITV

(5)  At that moment fingers of a man’s hand came out and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace across from the lampstand. And the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

(6)  Then the king’s color was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins shook, and his knees knocked one against the other.

(7)  The king cried aloud to bring in the conjurers, the Chaldeans, and the star gazers. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, Any man who can read this writing and reveal its meaning shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold around his neck. And he shall rule third in the kingdom.

(8)  Then all the king’s wise men came in. But they could not read the writing or make the meaning known to the king.

(9)  Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, and his face was changing on him, and his nobles were perplexed.

(10)  The queen came in to the banquet house because of the words of the king and his nobles. The queen spoke and said, O king, live forever, do not let your thoughts terrify you, and do not let your face be changed.

(11)  There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom was found in him, like the wisdom of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, your father the king, appointed him master of the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans and star-gazing ones,

(12)  because an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, explaining of dreams, and revealing of hard sentences, and the unraveling of knots, were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will reveal the meaning.

(13)  Then Daniel was thrust in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, Are you that Daniel who is of the sons of the exiled of Judah, whom my father the king brought out of Judah?

(14)  I have even heard of you, that the spirit of the gods is in you, and light, and excellent wisdom, and understanding are found in you.

(15)  And now the wise men and the conjurers have been thrust in before me, so that they might read this writing and make the meaning known to me. But they were not able to declare the meaning of the thing.

(16)  And I have heard of you, that you can interpret meanings, and unravel knots. Now if you can read the writing and reveal its meaning to me, you shall be clothed with purple and have a golden chain around your neck, and you will rule third in the kingdom.

(17)  Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another. Yet I will read the writing to the king, and make the meaning known to him.

During this narrative, on chapter 5 of the Book of Daniel, the element of surprise is very exposed to the gentile king Belshazzar.  Everyone, which I understand why, bring the attention to the fact that the king was punished by God due to the used of the vessels of the Temple of God, in their festivities and adoration of their idols.  Let’s remember how God gave in chapter 7 and 8 of the Book of Daniel the visions to Daniel in regard to the beasts.  So even though it was very surprising to the gentile king Belshazzar the vision he had, it was already in the Divine will for those events to take place, this statement of mine does not give value to the believe of the term “destiny”, remember that God hold and control in His divine power the past, the present and more so the future.

The Bible state that at the moment in were the king, his nobles, his wives, and his concubines used the vessels to drink wine from them in honor to their idols, the king saw a finger of a man’s hand writing in the wall across from the lampstand, read below:

Dan 5:5 LITV

(5)  At that moment fingers of a man’s hand came out and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace across from the lampstand. And the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Imagine how confused and terrorized was the king’s heart about this.  Was not something he imagine, there were witnesses to the event, there was not due to the lighting of the lampstand (it was across from it).  Let’s remember that only in a future event God’s writing will be seeing, and that will be on the writing of the commandments during the Exodus of Israel from Egypt.  This has God’s signature on it.

2Sa_22:8  And the earth shook and trembled, the foundations of the heavens were troubled, and were shaken; for He was angry.

Psa_77:18  The voice of Your thunder in the tempest; lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked!

Psa_97:4  His lightnings lit up the world; the earth saw and trembled.

And if that is the whole creation of the Divine Hand of God, imagine the reaction of a simple gentile king.

So the gentile king looking for answers, request the presence of all the wise men of the court.   He offered to the wise men power and riches to be given to the one with the answer.  It was offered by the king for the one to give the answered of that vision, the power of being third in the kingdom.  This had being seeing as an interpretation that this particular gentile Babylonian king was none other than a second in command, such statement based on the Bible narrative is far from the truth.  It was not known but until the moment in were what is described as the “queen”, whose described the famous Daniel who’s lived among them, it is very interesting this happened, because this tells us that Daniel falls under the shadows of his famous position of the kingdom, that he once hold under Nebuchadnezzar.  It is possible that this particular woman was the main wife of the gentile king, even maybe possible she was one of the wives, could it be also possible she was his mother or even older in the family tree, it is not know or even made clear for that matter, what is very clear is that she was the one who once heard of such man as Daniel that still around the kingdom.  This examination of circumstantial events make me think it was not to long ago for the king Belshazzar to take power on the throne, because Daniel was still alive and much remembered by others (it is estimated that Daniel was 90 years old).

This is quite important for those men and women of God, it does tells you that, you are never retired from the labor in the field of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Daniel (with an estimated age of about 90 years old of age) is called to the king and giving the offered by the king of power, riches and prestige among the kingdom.  These three elements were also the foundation of the idol called Mammon, (Mammon, in the New Testament of the Bible, is material wealth or greed, most often personified as a deity, and sometimes included in the seven princes of Hell. Mammon may have also been a reference to Caesar whose tax coin claimed Caesar was a god, forcing Jews to break the first and second commandments to have no other gods, nor to have their engraved images, or idols every time they paid taxes or tribute to Caesar. Mammon may have also been a reference to government, since the creator of money is government. Jesus was discussing two masters and the only other master besides God was Caesar).

There is also an important point to observed in the development of this event and that is that the language here used by God was unknown by the wise men of the court.

Daniel as a man of God, has the fullness of the Holy Spirit in him, was not known as such during Daniel’s time but that was so, read the following:

Isa 11:2 LITV

(2)  And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.

In this verse 2 on chapter 11 of the Book of Isaiah, it is mentioned the seven manifestations of the Holy Spirit, these are the following:

  1. The Spirit of Jehovah shall rest in Him
  2. The Spirit of Wisdom
  3. The Spirit of Understanding
  4. The Spirit of Counsel
  5. The Spirit of Power
  6. The Spirit of Knowledge
  7. The Spirit of the Fear of Jehovah

Dan 5:12 LITV

(12)  because an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, explaining of dreams, and revealing of hard sentences, and the unraveling of knots, were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will reveal the meaning.

Let’s continue chapter 5 in the Book of Daniel:

Dan 5:18-29 LITV

(18)  O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor.

(19)  And for the majesty that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. He killed whom he desired, and whom he desired he kept alive. And whom he would, he set up; and whom he desired, he put down.

(20)  But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was put down from the throne of his kingdom, and they took his glory from him.

(21)  And he was driven from the sons of men. And his heart was made like the animals, and his home was with the wild asses. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens, until he knew that the Most High God is Ruler in the kingdom of men, and that He appoints over it whomever He desires.

(22)  And you, his son, O Belshazzar, have not bowed your heart, though you knew all this.

(23)  But you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of Heaven. And they have brought the vessels of His house before you. And you, and your nobles, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine with them. And you have praised the gods of silver, and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see, nor hear, and do not know. And you have not glorified the God in whose hand your life, breath, and all your ways is.

(24)  Then the part of the hand was sent from Him, and this writing was written.

(25)  And this is the writing that was written: A MINA, A MINA, A SHEKEL, AND HALF MINAS.

(26)  This is the meaning of the thing: A MINA: God has numbered your kingdom and finished it.

(27)  A SHEKEL: You are weighed in the balances and found lacking.

(28)  HALF MINAS: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

(29)  Then Belshazzar commanded, and they clothed Daniel with purple, and a necklace of gold around his neck. And they made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

From verses 18 thru 24 in chapter 5 in the Book of Daniel, the prophet of God is declaring to the gentile Babylonian king the events that took place long before he (Belshazzar) became king of Babylonia and of which we are all familiar with.

In verse 25 Daniel is describing the writing, and it is said before hand that none of the wise men could declare the meaning of such writings.  Once again we should mentioned the event that took placed in the Tower of Babel and you might say; why is this event so important to this narrative?  Well, God is the God of all created and the One that makes all things to have a meaning, right from the very beginning of all, in the Book of John is said to us the following:

Joh 1:1-5 LITV

(1)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(2)  He was in the beginning with God.

(3)  All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.

(4)  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men;

(5)  and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

There is no doubt that the Word was Jesus, the Second Person in the Trinity, present even before all created, and as the verse 3 in the Book of John said nothing makes sense without Him.

In the Book of Genesis in Chapter 1 we read the following:

Gen 1:2-3 LITV

(2)  and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,

(3)  then God said, Let light be! And there was light.

Noticed here how even the Spirit of God Himself was moving gently on the face of the waters, that is the presence of the Almighty Himself, but there is God teaching us thru His actions that there is nothing possible or make sense without the use of His word, which is the Lord Himself and that is what is happening here in the Book of Daniel in chapter 5.  No other wise man and for that matter no one at all, could understand the meaning of such troubling words written by the Hand of God without the Spirit of God being present in him, as it was present in Daniel.  In human terms, that is, for anyone to understand a particular language either must know the language in use or must find a translator, which in this case the only translator of the language of God is the Holy Spirit, and can be posses by the believers thru the conviction and acceptation of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

So in verse 28 the meaning is troubling to the king Belshazzar, his kingdom was given to other king.

Historically, it is well known that the king of Persia came to Babylonia and without a simple loss of life from either part, and even without the knowledge of the habitants of the Babylonian kingdom, the Persian took the city and kill the gentile king Belshazzar.  The Persian achieved such conquering power in Babylonia, because the Babylonian kingdom though they were impenetrable.  The city was fortified throughout the entire perimeters of the city, and the city was feeding from the Euphrates River passing thru the city, dividing the city in two.  There was no accessibility to the city but thru the river, which was also fortified.  The Persian King ordered the soldiers to block the water flow given them access to the city without the Babylonian knowing such actions, due to their festivities.

Dan 5:30-31 LITV

(30)  In that night Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans, was killed.

(31)  And Darius the Mede took the kingdom, being a son of sixty two years.

Interesting enough, this also give place to an incredible event in were the man of God, Daniel, bring to Darius the Mede the writings of the Lord in where God name Darius by his name long before this event took place, read the following:

Isa 45:1-3 LITV

(1)  So says Jehovah to His anointed, to Cyrus, whom I have seized by his right hand, to subdue nations before him. Yea, I will open the loins of kings, to open the two leaved doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut.

(2)  I will go before you and make hills level; I will tear apart the bronze doors, and cut the iron bars in two.

(3)  And I will give you the treasures of darkness, even treasures in secret places, that you may know that I am Jehovah, who calls you by your name, the God of Israel.

Only The Hand of The Living GOD Can Do All Things…  Praise His Name, Amen!!!


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