This is a sharp contrast with the judgment pronounced in the next chapter on King Belshazzar. Belshazzar, who knew of all the things that the Lord had done to Nebuchadnezzar, still paid no attention to them. His behavior was one of mockery and a personal offense to the Lord. His use of the vessels of the temple brought down the finger of God to produce the handwriting on the wall. He was weighed in the balance and found wanting. (The abuse of the temple vessels speaks of persecution of God's people, the church, when applied to our times.) Before Belshazzar, Daniel showed only respect. He offered no prayer or counsel. He knew the judgment was no chastisement. It was an outpouring of wrath unto desolation. Belshazzar and his kingdom were through.
18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor:
20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, ... till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and [that] he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
30. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
Both of these elements must be a part of our understanding on God's word of judgment on America. Insofar as America is 'Babylon', she will be desolated. Insofar as America is the church, she is to be chastised.
The Lord gave me Isaiah 65 as applying here balancing the two types of judgment mentioned in Daniel. The whole chapter is relevant, but especially verses 8 through 14; verse 19; and the end of the chapter depicts the situation going on into the millennium.
8. Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
11. But ye [are] they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain,
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword,
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
This is a clear scriptural picture of revival in the midst of judgment. Note the words in verse 8. NEW WINE! When the Holy Ghost comes, they will say :These men are filled with new wine! Revival is coming And judgment is coming.
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