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Is the Handwriting on the Wall?


Nations rise and fall. Some last longer than others. Babylon survived about 100 years. Rome stuck around for approximately 500 years. Each kingdom fell in its own way.

Babylon fell to the overwhelming flood of Persian invaders, but the mighty Persians were eventually defeated by a device known as the “Greek Phalanx,” a rectangular, mass military formation. The Grecian Empire came crashing down at the hands of the Roman army which trained so well that one Roman soldier could defeat up to 12 armed men.

Modern states and nations have come and gone. Some have succumbed to more powerful armies, others because of political ideologies that failed and many because of selfish, megalomaniacal leaders who led their nations to destruction.

What about America?

We can liken this country to many failed nations, but one of the best examples from the ancient world is Babylon. More to the point, America is like the ancient Chaldeans, who, under the rule of a wicked king known as Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, fell because of a slide into immorality.

Babylon became a gathering place for everything filthy, carnal and perverted. In its last move against God, Babylon decided to offend everything that was holy—God’s people and God’s sanctified things. Before judgment came, the Chaldeans were given fair warning.

In the Old Testament book of Daniel, it is written, “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 part of the hand that wrote” (Daniel 5:5).

In Daniel’s prophecy, the term used to describe what was written was, “Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.” It was the pronouncement of a summary judgment against the Baylonian kingdom. In fact, the kingdom ended that very day. The terms mean that God weighed (scrutinized) Babylon and found the empire was wanting and was beyond redemption. It was beyond saving. Ultimately, the kingdom was defeated and divided between the Medes and the Persians.

In ancient Babylon, the handwriting was on the wall and America may be at that same point in its history. America is being given fair warning in the Bible and elsewhere. Writer Dave Jolly, authored a piece that was featured on “Godfather Politics” which was entitled, “White House Celebrates Lifestyle of Abomination.”

“On Thursday (June 13th), President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden once again demonstrated how unbiblical and perverted our government has become, by hosting their annual L.G.B.T. celebration. The celebration and speech reminded me of the pagan rituals described in the Bible, as they reveled in their sinful lifestyles that God described as an abomination,” Jolly wrote.

The writer goes on to quote a fairly large portion of Romans, chapter 1, to make the point that all homosexual pursuits are considered a perversion and an abomination in the sight of God. In case you are unfamiliar with the full meaning of the word “abomination” as it pertains to God and the Bible, it is a sin that makes God sick to the point of utter disgust.

Our President thinks we are reaching a “turning point,” says Jolly, but it may very well be the point of no return. The point of no return comes when a nation goes into direct conflict with God. No nation in history has ever survived this conflict without full repentance. Why should America be any different?

The President recently signed a proclamation making June the month for celebrating the gay lifestyle, which means we have finally come to the place where a modern leader has decided to use his power and our government to promote evil. This is what is known as “the handwriting on the wall.”

The battle rages between good and evil, perverted and moral, right and left and conservative and liberal—all under the leadership of Barack Obama whose promise of “change” was swallowed hook, line and sinker by voters who forgot to ask what he meant by “change.” The president has certainly earned the title of “The Great Divider.” So what are we left to do?

Here is what is left. Prepare to make what may be your last stand. Take a position where you are right now and fight the good fight. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Make your voice heard at school board meetings, city council meetings and be sure your representatives at the state and federal level hear from you on a regular basis. Write letters to the editor and support others who are also fighting the good fight.

Meanwhile, any criticism leveled against Barack Obama is proof to his supporters that the critic is racist, unable to see his greatness. Or, they conclude, the critic is just plain grumpy. But, liberal and conservative critics of the President make one outstanding error when they focus on the dismal record of Barack Obama. Being a bad president is not the end of the world.

It is when a nation crosses a moral red line that God promises to intervene. The immorality of this president when it comes to abortion and homosexuality has almost certainly caused God to place America on his scales. Undoubtedly, we are being weighed at this moment in time. One can only hope this scrutiny will not end with that dreaded pronouncement that will permanently rebuke the President’s pompous announcement of a month to celebrate the L.G.B.T. lifestyle.

Amerca’s big two, when it comes to sin—abortion and homosexuality. The President has led the charge when it comes to both and the American people have blindly followed his lead. According to the Bible, God does not take kindly to countries spitting in His face.

The wording may be slightly different, but the meaning is just the same. “Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin,” which is translated, “Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting” (Daniel 5:27).


Ed Baswell pastors The Clarion Church and is the host of Crossfire Radio, weekdays from 7-9 am, on The Promise, 90.7 FM. The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org and at ktbs.com. It can be seen each day on the KTBS 24-hour, digital news channel.


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