Daniel Chapter 5 Star Chart: Belshazzar the king (Aquarius or Cepheus) made a great feast to a thousand of his lords and drank wine before them. His princes (Gemini), his wives (Cassiopeia, Andromeda), and his concubines (Virgo, Coma) drank also. They praised pagan idol "gods" that can't see, hear or understand using the gold and silver vessels (SUN & MOON CUPS) from Jerusalem's Temple. But they didn't praise the God who sustains our lives and helps us in every way. Exodus 20:3, says "You shall have no other gods before Me." In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand (Capricorn's tail fin or Aquarius' left hand), and wrote over against the lampstand (LUNAR crescent), upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace (black Zodiac),"Mene, Mene, Tekel, U Pharsin." Taken as nouns these words are monetary weights of measure: Taken as verbs they mean: "Count, Count, Weigh and Divide". Therefore, since "your mina shall be fifty shekels" (Ez. 45:12-- RSV & TLB), we can count 50 + 50 + 1 + 25 = 126 shekels. And since "the shekel shall be twenty gerahs," (Ez. 45:12), we can multiply 126 shekels x 20 gerahs per shekel = 2520 gerahs. Tekel was equivalent to shekel. Sometimes anciently the “t” and the “sh” switched places. Seraphim (Isa. 6:2) is Teraphim (Gen. 31:19 margin). Titan or Teitan is Sheitan or Satan (Two Babylons p. 295). "God has NUMBERED thy kingdom, and FINISHED it" (in 539 B.C.). Belshazzar's occupation of the throne as a member of the golden dynasty had been limited to the seventieth year from the first year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign (Jer. 27:7; 25:12). These seventy years were filled up by Nebuchadnezzar's reign of forty-four years; Evil-Merodach's, of two years; usurpers', of four years and nine months; and Belshazzar's, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, of nineteen years and three months. The Scripture takes no notice of the usurpers. "Thou art WEIGHED in the balances and found WANTING (Libra).... Thy kingdom is DIVIDED and given to the Medes and PERSIANS" (Gemini). As Aramaic was written with consonants alone, the wise men may have lacked any context in which to make sense of them. Daniel supplied vowels in two different ways, first reading the letters as NOUNS, then interpreting them as VERBS. Parsin, means "half-pieces" which involves a word-play on the name of the Persians, suggesting not only that they are to inherit Belshazzar's kingdom, but that they are two peoples, Medes and Persians. The black Zodiac also pictures the capital city, Babylon, being invaded by the Medes and Persians through the now-shallow Euphrates River (Milky Way). "Babylon was a GOLD CUP in the LORD’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad" (Jer 51:7). How? By confusing idolatry with genuine worship.
If we add 1000 gerah-years, or 12,000° months, to Gemini in 539 B.C., we make 33 complete laps, plus 120° months more, which places the LUNAR CUP in Libra in 462 A.D. going clockwise. What happened in 462 A.D.? A statue of a long-haired Zeus, 43 feet tall (long-haired Virgo is 43° tall), in a palace of Constantinople, was consumed by fire (the Zodiac reduced to black ash). It was one of the so-called seven wonders of the world. Also around this time, c.450 A.D., seals were printed with true ink (gibbous LUNAR stamp on black ink Zodiac). This was the first instance of actual printing with an incised stamp upon paper. Around 400 A.D., true ink had been invented from lamp-black and used in China for brush writing and later for woodblock printing.
Adding 1000 gerah-years more, or 12,000° months, brings us to 1462 A.D. in Aquarius after another 33 laps, plus 120° more. What happened in 1462? MOVABLE TYPE, combined with the PRESS, was a quantum leap forward in PRINTING. Though for a time MOVABLE TYPE remained a trade secret, in 1462 Mainz (pronounced "Mines" like minas) was plundered and the secret became common knowledge. In 1461 (the crescent in Aquarius) the first illustrated book was printed, Edelstein, featuring a number of woodcuts.
Then adding 20 more gerah-years, or 240° months (20 x 12 = 240), brings us to 1482 A.D. Within 20 years of the discovery of MOVABLE TYPE, there were PRINTING PRESSES (typified by Libra) all over Europe (Constellations drowning in black ink reading white LUNAR books printing on thin red radius line paper running through presses). In 1482 Europe had 110+ PRINTERS. As the cost of book production plummeted, the availability of books skyrocketed (Aquarius poured out golden knowledge). Gutenberg's press was crucial in giving birth to the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and the Protestant Reformation. This was the technology that spread Biblical knowledge faster than ever before.
Adding 500 gerah-years or 16 complete laps with 240° months left over, puts the LUNAR CUP in Gemini in 1982 A.D. Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. But from that time forward ties began to be made as Reagan kept visiting with the pope. The pope was also shot in 1981. His deadly wound was healed in 1982. On May 12, he went to Fatima Portugal to thank Mary for saving his life. In 1982 the pope visited Britain, whereupon the Anglican church JOINED league with papal Babylon. It was significant because the Celtic church had long been known for resistance to popery and was considered to be strongly Protestant. On January 16, 1982 Ronald Reagan established diplomatic RELATIONS with the Vatican. The advent of the internet occurred at the same time. The word “Internet” was used for the first time in 1982. Notice the computer monitor (gibbous MOON) displaying the internet in front of the Twins plugged in by means of a red electrical cord. The Milky Way is electric cables or the wi-fi microwave signal. Pope John Paul II spoke in 1982: “I...address you old Europe...return to yourself...discover your orgins...revive your roots. Experience again those...values that made your history glorious and your presence in other continents beneficial.”
Mene, Mene, Tekel, U Pharsin
5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
10 Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.
17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.
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, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; 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:
24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, U Pharsin.
26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
|"When the sun the heights of heaven ascends
The sire of gods his golden scales suspends
With equal hand; in these explored the fate
Of Greece and Troy, and poised the mighty weight:
Pressed with its load, the Grecian balance lies
Low down on earth: the Trojan strikes the skies."
(Homer's Iliad 8:68)
|"Jove lifts the golden balances, that show
The fates of mortal men, and things below:
Here each contending hero's lot he tries,
And weighs with equal hand their destinies;
Low sinks the scale surcharged with Hector's fate;
Heavy with death it sinks, and Hell receives the weight."
(Homer's Iliad 22:209)
|"Jove sets the beam: in either scale he lays
The champion's fate, and each exactly weighs:
On this side life and lucky chance ascends;
Loaded with death that other scale descends."
(Virgil's Aeneid 12:725)
28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Why not "second ruler" as Gen. 41:40? Sir Henry Rawlinson found on certain clay cylinders brought from the ruins of Um-Queer, "Ur of the Chaldees" of Scripture, certain inscriptions which disclosed the fact that Nabonnedus (whom Berosus, the Chaldean historian, calls the last king of Babylon) had admitted his son Bel-shar-ezar, "Belshazzar," to a share of the government, as was frequently done both in the east and west. Berosus states positively that Nabonnedus the father escaped to Borsippa, now called "Birs Nimroud," previous to the fall of Babylon, where Cyrus found him, treated him kindly, and provided him with an establishment in Carmania, where he spent the remainder of his days (see Josephus Contra Ap. 1:20).
30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.