The Party To End All Parties

The fifth chapter opens setting the scene of revelry in the palace, with Nebuchadnezzar's grandson throwing a party for the rulers of his kingdom.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch5:v1-9
Dan 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Dan 5:2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man 's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king 's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Dan 5:6 Then the king 's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
Dan 5:7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and show me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan 5:8 Then came in all the king 's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
Dan 5:9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonished.

To set the scene, we remember that the people of God were captive in Babylon at that time, and the rulers of babylon (1000 of whom are pictured here) their captors drink from the vessels of the temple - taking that which is holy and debasing it. Moreover they praise the gods of "gold, silver, brass, iron and wood and of stone" a heptad with the gods of the six lifeless materials as the collective or "rest element".

We also compare the scene with the woman (image) described riding the scarlet beast in revelation, whom has the golden cup filled with the wine of her fornication with the state, debasing herself: The woman is she that declares she will not see the loss of her children. (her captives.) - She is not a closed system, but has 1/10 of her structure missing.

It was shown in revelation that 7000 die in the earthquake that occurs with the raising of the two witnesses when 1/10 of the city falls. We see those same 1000 (per floating unity) in laodicea here that assume they are saved (live safely). Yet they (the 7 x 1000) died in the earthquake as the 1000 rulers live carelessly here - and are truly spiritually dead, having no gods with any life at all.

In verse five we see the hand writing on the wall, a clear comparison to the right hand of God or "right hand of Christ cut off" to become the least in the kingdom of heaven to walk the angel of the church's circuit to overcome the beast and its mark. If the least in the kingdom may do it, all can and must to be justified before God.

The writing is written above the candlestick of the temple vessels, (we may assume as the angel's cicuit spanning the seven churches, i.e. lampstands and the seven spirits of God), forming the mystery of the opening of revelations first, second and third chapters. The form of writing is as the written word of God in judgement, We also note that the angel is seen later in revelation upon a white horse "as the uprightness of many" (as I put it) as to have the name of Jesus' God written on His thigh and to himself have the name "the word of God."

The king saw the part of the hand that wrote - presumeably seeing the part of it which is "severed" (or perhaps even crucified) and was scared beyond reason, becoming near insensible. The account states not one of his court's wise men are able to give the interpretation of the writing (present in three groups and a collective), we may assume the unity to once again be the fixed position - (of the meaning of the now clearly present writing on the wall.) There is now also a triple of rewards (a static triple?) for the one able to interpret, but none is able.

The kings appearance changed, he was greatly troubled and all at the party (of the 1000) were also astonished. (They will have no rest that night - as the 7000 that died in laodicea in the earthquake will have no rest though they thought themselves safe.) The remnant in the revelation account were also greatly "afrighted". The queen however upon coming into the room offers some "sage" adivec for the king from her own experience.

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Dan 5:10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spoke and said, O king, live forever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
Dan 5:11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Dan 5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.
Dan 5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spoke and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
Dan 5:14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
Dan 5:15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing:
Dan 5:16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

The queen tells the king to not be troubled that there will be no answer. She recalls of Daniel whom the kings grandfather had made chief of the (four groups of) the wise men in the court, in whom is the spirit of "the holy gods" - referring to the one God triune with sevenfold spirit that is able to reveal secrets - from whom nothing is hidden. There is a static triple of light, understanding and wisdom (of the gods) in Daniel - which could be considered in the most "excellent way" to be the coming of "that which is perfect" for the ministry of God's servants to each other.

Daniel himself is almost painted as divine by the queen;s description, (yet certainly elect as if a unity element) having the fruits of his character form the remaining elements of a seven cycle (excellence in spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpretation of dreams, showing hard sentences, dissolving doubts) with himself as unity or the "rest element".

The king asks if Daniel is certainly the jew of whom he has been informed by the queen and Daniel is then flattered by the king whom himself expects an answer to be forthcoming - offering the same rewards to Daniel as to his court wise men. The king refers to Daniel as "one brought out of Jewry" by Nebuchadnezzar - clearly reminding Daniel that the king is more than merely expectant -results are expected as the king is supposing himself to be in authority over the whole people of God, from whose house the vessels came.

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