“Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.”
Weighed in the balances and found wanting...King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 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.
Belshazzar was the son of Nabonidus and the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar("father" may also mean "grandfather"). He made a great feast, using the sacred gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
The terrified king offered a purple robe, a chain of gold, and promotion to be one of three rulers, to anyone who could interpret the writing. Daniel was summoned to interpret the writing. Even after all these years and the changes in government, the excellent wisdom and spirituality of Daniel were remembered at least by someone. So Daniel was brought in before the king.
The writing was MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. Which means, God had numbered the Babylonian Empire and finished it. Belshazzar was weighed in the balances and found wanting. Belshazzar's kindom was divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. That same night, the Medo-Persian armies marched into Babylon, slew Belshazzar, and seized world dominion.
How are you, when God weighs you in His balances?
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN
“But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven.” [Daniel 5:22-23]