Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin–Daniel 5 Final

By the World’s standard—Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son was doing fine. He had a great empire, and while all was not peaceful, his city Babylon was unimpregnable…or so it seemed. Walls so thick that the empire’s chariot races took place on the top of the walls. The best trained army in the known world. Underground water sources that made a siege useless—or so it seemed.

But, The King’s arrogance and pride was so over the top, that it forced God to pronounce judgement  “mene, mene, tekel, parsin”—1. The king’s days were numbered and kingdom brought to an end. 2. Belshazzar was weighed in the scales of justice and found wanting. 3 The King would die and Babylon would be divided among the Medes and Persians. His most ingenious resource, the underground water source became a passage for the enemy to float right into the center of his stronghold and vanquish the King’s Army. It was the last night of Belshazzar.

In our lives, we are called to humble ourselves and allow God to lead. He knows sees and controls everything—what could be a better security system for our lives. Instead, we want to control our own lives. We want to show God how good we are at running the show–and as with Belshazzar, we are always weighed in the balance and found wanting. That is why Christ came. He lived to show us God’s ways, He died to show us God’s love and he rose again to restore God’s relationship. He offers that gift and his protection, provision and preparation for our Journey to eternity. He balances the scale and makes us worthy of his Kingdom. He simply asks that we trust him and follow.

God Bless You

So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom…But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.

30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians,[h] was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.[

The Passover–Exodus 12

The actual sign that rested above the doors of the children of Israel formed a cross. Even at the time of the Exodus, the Father was previewing the redemption of all his chosen. Without the sign of the cross, every home in Egypt suffered death. Imagine the devastation and pain throughout the land, when each of the 1st born of Egypt died. The most horrific part was that it could have all been avoided—by freeing Israel.

Throughout history from then until now, the story of the Passover was and is still told in households all over the globe. The message, so loudly resonates—when you choose to defiantly oppose the hand of God, the result will be disastrous. Conversely, as his chosen, God will rescue, restore and free you—in his time and by his plan–and there is truly no one or nothing that will stop him.

With that history in mind, we must walk as a chosen child of the Lord. We need not act like slaves to our sin and our fears. Instead, we walk as though we are a free people, redeemed by the blood of the sacrificial Passover lamb. Our hearts, like the doorframes in Goshen, are clearly marked with the blood of the lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Gather up your baggage—It is time to walk as a free people!!!

God Bless You

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.

The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.

Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.passover

God Is Not Mocked–Exodus 7 Part 1

It would be so much simpler to obey and trust God. It would not necessarily be easier, but it would definitely be simpler. God is not mocked—whatever a person sows, that they will also reap. As the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Egyptians, God was keeping an accounting. There would be no doubt, at the end of the Exodus, that God avenges his chosen ones.

Pharaoh did not have a chance. He had become so ruthless to Israel, that human reason would not guide his choices. In addition, as the days progressed, Pharaoh’s self-absorbed pride would deal out the punishment for Israel’s treatment. Could Pharaoh have chosen differently, in a word—NO. He was a prisoner of his own heartlessness and pride. God was simply allowing Pharaoh to be himself. Now, apart from God, Pharaoh would experience the chaos his heartless foolishness bought.

God is still not mocked. ISIS thinks it is having its way with the church; it is not. Muslim leaders who are killing and selling Christians are not surprising or outsmarting God. World leaders that are refusing to intercede on behalf of the Christians being slaughtered will be held accountable and yes, even those of us that simply turn our heads and look the other way will have to give an account.

As with Israel and Moses, IT IS TIME to take the current events seriously and seek God’s mercy and intervention on behalf of our family that is spread across the globe. The persecution we shake our head about today will be the persecution we face tomorrow—apart from God’s merciful intervention.

God Bless You

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”

10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

When Men “Out Eviled” God’s Goodness–Genesis 6 Part 1

Who would have thought it possible, men became so evil that God had to say–ENOUGH! It wasn’t just the little things, it became so pronounced,that just when God thought he had seen evil at its lowest, men found ways to take it down another level. Scripture sums it up with 4 words, “It Broke God’s Heart”! So God knew it was time to do something about it.

Fast forward to today, 2014—We celebrate evil in every form.  We should have clued in when over half of television became reality TV! “You Can’t Make This Stuff UP!!!” We have again sunken to a level of base evil that rivals that of Genesis 6. It is safe to assume that we have again broken the heart of our Heavenly Father. If we could simply learn from the past, we would fall on our knees and beg for God’s forgiveness and turn our culture away from this wretched depth of sin.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God promises, “If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways and pray—then I will hear their prayers, forgive their sin and heal their land!” Like any Father, God holds out hope that we will return like the prodigal son—if we do, he will forgive like the Prodigal Dad! Please join me in prayer and humble repentance!

God Bless You

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with[b] humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”

In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.