The Party’s Over!

Text: Daniel 5:1-31

Introduction: The King gave a party and invited all of his friends. When we want to do something we like to have those of like interests around and with us; those who will approve of our conduct or behavior. At this party the forces of evil had a field day. There was much corruption and riotous living. It was at the height of the party that Belshazzar called for the vessels of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem. While they were drinking from these and praising pagan gods something began to take place. Prior to this  time the  King and  his friends were “living it up.” As the world says, “It  doesn’t get any better than this.” Then all of sudden the King’s face  grew pale and terror came to his heart. We  might say he was “as white as a sheet as if he had seen a ghost.” But we  know that it was more than that. The Most High God was making His presence known. He did something that  would make them stand up and take notice.

What did Belshazzar do? The same thing that Nebuchadnezzar  did, he  called  on his wise men to tell him what was  happening. These  counselors could not  come  up with the answer. It is  foolishness to think that the world can have the  right answers. Then a  familiar tune; Daniel is called in. He read the writing; it was  a  judgment. (Daniel 5:18-24) What  did the  inscription mean?

  • MENE: God has numbered the  days of your reign brought it  to an end.
  • TEKEL: You have been weighed in the scales and found wanting.
  • PERES: Your  kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.

It happened  just like God said it  would. That very night Babylon fell. There are a number of lessons  to be learned from reading this account.

I. Sin Is Not Static: What do I mean by this  statement? The  one who sins never remains on the plateau. The  path of sin always leads downhill. (James 1:13-15)

A. In many cases we  do not  learn from  experience who God is  and that he  is the Sovereign God in control of the  universe. Belshazzar fell into this category. He  knew that  God had dealt with his  grandfather Nebuchadnezzar; he  went  farther and  blasphemed God by desecrating the vessels. The pattern is  clear in Romans 1:21-24; 26, 28.

II. Sin Puts Up To Sleep in Regards to Sin. We  think that we are living all right lives, that we are in control of our destinies; we  don’t even think we are sinning.

III. God Is Not Static: There are times in history when  sin abounds and  God does not seem to intervene. We must not think that just because God has postponed judgment that He will forget.  He will pour out  His wrath against sin.  We say that there are only  2 sure things in life, “death and taxes.” Death is certain. “And it is appointed unto men once to dies, but after that the judgment.” By reading this verse we see that there  is another  certainty for  mankind-Judgment.

The Final Destinies  of Mankind. We see a foretaste of the final days here. All sin will be  judged. Each of us has to make a decision whether to follow Christ or not. Those who have followed Him will be “caught up to meet the Lord in the air,” as  recorded in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

What about the unbeliever? Read Revelation 20:11-14.  It will be a time when “every knee shall bow and  every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.”

But for the unbeliever it will be  too late. People think they have  plenty of time to be saved. Where will you spend eternity? The  choice is yours! God tells us of the  destiny of the wicked so that we  might turn from  sin to  salvation. It is God’s desire that  all be saved. (2 Peter 3:9)

If it were not for the long suffering of God we  might not have  had the opportunity  to become Christians. The Lord may have come and we would be lost.

Judgment is coming! To those outside  of Christ the three words on the wall have  meaning today.

  • MENE: God is  going to  number your deeds to show that you have failed to  achieve His standards. At the Great White Throne books  are  opened. All the evil you have done will be  poured out  on one  side of God’s scales.
  • TEKEL: All the lies, hypocrisies, all the self-seeking, all the evil you have done. You will be  weighed. As you stand there the scales  weigh down  to  condemnation.
  • PERES: The  Greek word for judgment means “divided.” There is a path that leads to eternal life for those  who have  accepted Christ. But at this  judgment it is  too late for that.

Conclusion: What  will you who are  lost say to God on that day? You cannot say you did not know or that the Gospel was not  preached to you. Perhaps you will say you have  lived a  good life. You must choose to serve Jesus. To be a  Christian and thus ready to “meet Him in the air,” and  avoiding the judgment in Rev. 20 you  must:

  • Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the  Son of the Living God.
  • You must repent of your sins.
  • You must  confess Him.
  • You must be baptized for the remission of your sins in order to receive salvation and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

If you do not  do this you are lost no matter how much you  rationalize you are not. You may be in the  pews every time the  church doors are  open, but unless you have obeyed the Gospel you are lost! It is because we love you and  do not want to see you miss heaven that we continue to preach the Gospel.

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