Don't Linger When God Points His Finger

Approximately 30 years after God humbled Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar is ruling the Babylonian empire as king.  King Belshazzar has a feast with 1,000 noble invitees while at the same time the mighty Persian army is besieging the city walls around Babylon.  So arrogant and so confident that the city walls were impervious to the Persian armies, King Belshazzar arrogantly mocks and humiliates the God of the Hebrews. Belshazzar orders the gold and silver goblets that had been taken from Solomon’s temple in 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, be used to drink wine for his drunken feast.  God personally writes a message on the wall for King Belshazzar to know that his kingdom would be conquered by the Persians and he would be killed that very evening. The message from Daniel to Belshazzar is clear; God is sovereign and Belshazzar’s reign as king was over; God raises up kings and He also deposes them!