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Can You Read the Handwriting on the Wall?
The Handwriting is on the Wall
Mene, Mene- written twice by the hand an had a two-fold meaning:
“numbered” and “tested”
“Tekel” weighed on heaven’s scales and found seriously defective according to God’s standard of measurement
Daniel’s interpretation was surprisingly simple: God had tested the kingdom of Babylon and found it to be wanting meaning “defective, of poor quality”, and therefore numbered its days
It would be divided and given to the Medes and Persians “Upharsin” (pharsin is the plural of peres) and “Peres”
division and Persia
God has revealed to me that is a prophecy for America. The handwriting is on the wall, but God’s people cannot read it!
Yes, there is a GREAT AWAKENING coming, but destruction is coming first. It is only through affliction that people will repent.
America has been found to be defective and her days are numbered.
Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
Daniel could read God’s handwriting.
There is a division of forensics that deals with handwriting.
Handwriting is unique to each individual, while you can copy someone’s signature, a trained person can tell by the way you curve your “s” or dot your “i” or cross your “t” if it’s a real or a fake.
- To read the handwriting, you need to prepare your heart.
Daniel knew God’s signature because He knew God.
From the beginning of his captivity, he purposed in his heart to not defile himself
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself
This “purposing of your heart” or “preparing your heart” is an important concept in scripture
2 Chronicles 12:13-14New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Thus King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess. 14 And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.
How do you prepare your heart?
I had a neighbor tell me that my lawn looked good this year. I said, only from a distance because it is green. It is overran with weeds and clovers.
My neighbor at the end of my road is preparing his lawn for grass seed. he took out EVERYthing in order that the grass seed would take root and not be overcome with weeds.
Preparing your heart means that you are going to have to do some weeding.
You need to pluck out every weed, every root that is not from God. You are going to have to prepare your heart to receive the good seed from God. Sometimes that means a complete overhaul!
Here’s what happens when seed is sown among weeds:
Matthew 13:22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
What roots are in you?
Hebrews 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
I had a deep seeded root of fear that I KNEW I needed to get rid of, or else it would eventually defile my faith. It started as a freshman in high school and flourished in my early 20’s , not sleeping, bedroom with gun, dog and dresser. I had to vigorously and consistently attack that root. It will keep growing back if you do not get ALL of it.
Only sow with one kind of seed.
Deuteronomy 22:9New King James Version (NKJV)
“You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.
Daniel only filled his heart with the things of God. He lived in the midst of Babylon, surrounded by idolatry and all kinds of evil to which he never took any part in.
He didn’t care what laws were made-
He didn’t try to understand the Babylonian’s thinking. Let that sink in for a minute.
He continued to sow seeds of righteousness into his heart
Daniel 6:10New King James Version (NKJV)
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel was a man characterized by deep integrity of character, great prophetic wisdom and diligence in prayer and fasting
Can you read the handwriting on the wall?
What seeds are you sowing into your spirit?
Sowing any other seed than the holy things of God will defile your heart.
You will become double-minded and unstable in all your ways.
What other seeds are you giving heed to?
What other vain philosophies and theologies are you sowing into your heart?
Ex: book on marriage
- To read the handwriting, you need to have spiritual eyes.
Daniel was known for his great prophetic wisdom. He had spiritual eyes.
Daniel 5:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)
There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas[a] were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”
Mark 8:18New King James Version (NKJV)
Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?
Jeremiah 5:21New King James Version (NKJV)
21 ‘Hear this now, O foolish people,
Who have eyes and see not,
And who have ears and hear not:
What makes one spiritually blind?
Do you examine yourself and compare yourself to God’s Word?
NOT TO OTHERS- BUT TO THE WORD. As Ps Steve always says, the Word is our plumbline.
I love self examinations. One reason is because I absolutely HATE my old self, so anything in me that reminds me of who I used to be, I want to get it out immediately.
This is one of my daily prayers:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”
I am constantly asking the Lord to cleanse me and remove anything in me that is not of Him
I ask Him to reveal it, by any means; even if it means embarrassing me by exposing it
Psalm 141:5New King James Version (NKJV)
Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
Some people just don’t realize the nastiness of their sin and make excuses instead of actually wanting real change.
Are you always defensive?? This is a good sign that you need to change some behaviors.
- To read the handwriting you need to humble yourself
Daniel 5:22New King James Version (NKJV) (18-22)
“But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this.
Ps Matt said this on Sunday, Are you seeking to make yourself famous? Or Jesus?
Are you elevating yourself and your ministry? Or are you seeking to humble yourself and lift up Jesus?
Only you know the answer.
I can tell look at people’s lives and tell you who is trying to elevate themselves, it’s pretty clear because they have an identity crisis.
If you DO NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST, you will be constantly seeking attention.
The ONLY THING GOOD IN ME is because of HIM. Period.
Every gift I have is from Him.
I cannot prophecy of my own
I cannot heal of my own
If I am using my gifts and walking in my gifts, it is because of what He has done in me.
Are you a good singer? Who gave you your voice?
Do you play an instrument? Who gave you that talent?
Do you have wisdom? Who gave you that wisdom?
Who gave you the ability to serve? To be hospitable? To encourage?
Daniel knew who he was. He didn’t seek fame or fortune or elevation.
He knew where his gifts came from.
Daniel 5:17New King James Version (NKJV)
Then Daniel answered, and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another; yet I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation.