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Summary: A sign of the times.

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL

DANIEL 5 (quickview) : 1-5

INTRODUCTION: WITH EACH FLEETING TICK OF THE CLOCK, THE INNEVITABLE RETURN OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR DRAWS NEAR. FOR SOME THIS DAY WILL BE A DAY OF REJOICING. HOWEVER, FOR OTHERS IT WILL BE A DAY OF SORROW. THE IMMENENT RETURN OF CHRIST WILL BE SUDDEN AND WITHOUT WARNING. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL BUT THE END IS NOT YET. AND ALTHOUGH THE WRITING MAY BE ON THE WALL, MANY ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE WRITING OR THE WALL. JESUS STATES IN MATT. 24:6, “AND YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: SEE THAT YE BE NOT TROUBLED: FOR ALL THESE THINGS MUST COME TO PASS, BUT THE END IS NOT YET.”

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. THERE SHALL BE FAMINES, AND PESTILENCES, AND EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES, THESE ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS; BUT AS STATED PREVIOUSLY THE WRITING GOES UNNOTICED. EVEN IN THE CHURCH, WE SPEND TOO MUCH TIME PROMOTING OUR OWN AGENDA INSTEAD OF GOD’S KINGDOM, AND GOD IS NOT PLEASED WHEN HE IS LEFT OUT OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE, AND WHEN GOD IS LEFT OUT OF WORSHIP, WORSHIP EVOLVES INTO WOEFULNESS. SO MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, IT WOULD BEHOOVE ALL OF US TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WRITING ON THE WALL.

I. TEXT

KING BELSHAZZAR WAS THROWING A LAVISH PARTY; EVERYBODY THAT WAS ANYBODY WAS THERE. THE TEXT REVEALS THAT A THOUSAND OF HIS LORDS WERE THERE; DIGNITARIES, PRINCES, AND A HOST OF OTHER FOLK. THE KING MADE TIME TO PARTY BUT DID NOT MAKE TIME FOR GOD. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FOR SOME LIFE IS ONE BIG PARTY, THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THEIR SALVATION. WE NEED TO TELL THEM THAT THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL, FOR MARK 8:36 (quickview)  TEACHES, “FOR WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN, IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL.”

KING BELSHAZZAR SPENT HIS TIME GETTING DRUNK AND ACTING FOOLISH. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO SPEND THEIR TIME GETTING INTOXICATED, AND INEBRIATED WITH THE WAYS OF THE WORLD, WHILE NOT ADHERING TO THE WRITING THAT’S ON THE WALL; PROVERBS 12:15 (quickview)  TEACHES US THAT THE WAY OF A FOOL IS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES.” GOD CONTINUOUSLY SENDS THE MESSEGE, BUT THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART, THERE IS NO GOD.

AS THE KING’S PARTY PROGRESSED, THEY BROUGHT IN THE GOLDEN VESSELS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE LORD’S HOUSE; THE GOLDEN GOBLETS ORIGINALLY IN SOLOMONS TEMPLE, UNUSED FOR SOME 47 YEARS. HERE WE HAVE UNHOLY PEOPLE USING THE HOLY THINGS OF GOD. THAT, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IS AN INSULT TO GOD. WHEN THE PROFANE DRINK FROM THE PROFOUND, THE AFTER TASTE IS OFTEN BITTER. IT WAS A MOCKERY TO GOD. ALLOW ME TO MOCK TIME MOMENTARILY AND TELL YOU THAT UNHOLY FOLK HAVE NO BUSINESS UTILIZING THE HOLY THINGS OF GOD. UNSAVED FOLK, WHO DON’T GO TO CHURCH, AIN’T THINKING BOUT GOD OR THE CHURCH; HAVE NO BUSINESS GETTING MARRIED IN THE CHURCH.

BECAUSE THE KING MOCKED GOD, AND WORSHIPPED THE IDOL gods MARDUK, BEL, NEBO, AND ISHTAR, GOD DISPLAYED HIS POWER BY SENDING THE KING A MESSAGE IN THE FORM OF A HAND THAT WROTE ON A WALL. NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED IN THE YEAR 2001. WE STILL HAVE FOLK WHO MOCK GOD BY THEIR LIFESTYLES. UNBEKNOWN TO THE KING WAS THAT THIS WAS TO BE HIS LAST NIGHT ON EARTH. AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU CANNOT TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED, AND THINK THAT GOD WILL NOT RESPOND. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL.


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