The Handwriting on the Wall
'Mene, Mene, Tekel and Parsin'
These were the mysterious words which were written one night (by the specter of a disembodied hand) on the palace wall of Belsahzzar, the king of Babylon. Upset by such an apparition and message, the king called in his counselors, none of which were able to decipher the meaning. (Dn.5:1-31).
The king then called in Daniel, the Israelite prophet who was known as a skilled interpreter of dreams. Seeing the words, Daniel soberly informed the king that they announced the end of his reign and kingdom -- i.e., the end of Babylon.
Daniel informed him that it was to be overthrown by the east.
Within hours, the king of Persia attacked without warning, killing the king of Babylon and over-throwing his empire.
The allegory is for our own time. The king of Babylon is the ruler of the pagan world. Since the time of Alexander the Great that ruler has belonged to the western world. For almost 2000 years it was structured in the Christian Church, a fact that relegated Babylon to her deathbed. But that mortal wound has healed. Today a newly risen Babylon is typified by the ascension to world power of a secularism whose god is capitalism.
On capitalism's palace wall the handwriting of Daniel has etched itself in the events of 9/11.
The message is clear. Rejecting the God who gave it life, Babylon has been judged and condemned. The kings of the east are coming. The sounds of their sabres can already be heared. As they gallop across the world, the kingdom of the pagans will perish forever.
'The Handwriting on the Wall'
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