Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.
The writing is on the wall, so we must not lose hope nor heart.
In the book of Daniel, chapter 5, we witness a King who believes himself to be outside the boundaries of decency and goodness who is forced to face a moment that he could never see coming. He held a banquet for his fellow swamp-dwellers, a feast which featured gold and silver cups which his father Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem.
As this King’s party begins to swing, a gigantic hand appears and begins to write some words on the plaster of the wall. Belshazzar is so terrified that his knees threaten to buckle. In one translation of the Bible, the allusion is rather clear that Belshazzar stained his pants.
This King gathers all his left-hand path soothsayers, enchanters, and sorcerers to divine the message, yet none are able. His queen steps up, assures him that there is nothing to fear, and tells him of a man that can decipher what the hand had written on the wall. Eager to assuage his own fears, Belshazzar calls upon this man she told him of named Daniel.
This Daniel appears before Belshazzar. The King offers the man gifts and riches, only to find his gifts denied by the prophet, who then informs him that he will still decipher the writing. Daniel informs the King that his father, before succumbing to the temptation of power, had been a great king. He measured out mercy for those who deserved it, and death for those who deserved that fate but that he, Belshazzar, did not live up to the example of his father, having placed himself above God (law). Daniel’s words were an affront to the King and in any other situation, would have likely resulted in death. Instead, Daniel deciphered the words as requested and was rewarded:
“This is the inscription that was written:
mene, mene, tekel, parsin
“Here is what these words mean:
Mene: God (law) has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Parsin: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Let us view those riches as the beauty of Western civilization and King Belshazzar as the modern egotism which has usurped the wisdom garnered over centuries that allowed the creation of Western civilization in the first place. Let us see that egotism as manifested in many things, including Leftism, which uses the weaknesses of humanity against itself in order to rule without law, so that Leftists might have power like gods while the people of the land — and its culture, history, future, genetics, and learning — suffer.
These hubristic thugs have taken what is good and true and twisted it into their own image, and in doing so have inverted our culture, replacing evil where good once existed.We all know the phrase, “the writing is on the wall,” and for the Left, this is true. But like Belshazzar, they do not yet realize this, as they are drunk on their own perceived power.
The days of leftist rule are closing. Though I do not wish to place Donald Trump on a Biblical pedestal, it is clear that both before and with his election, something wrote on the wall. The rule of the Leftists has been measured in the balance and found wanting. If this were not so, The Great and Awful Orange One would never have been elected.
To watch the current political theater is to see these leftists sharply divided. Their kingdom is no longer united. The Left, like the Ouroboros, is consuming itself, and will continue to do so, as its judgment has found it, and yet it still does not realize this fact. I am also fascinated by the fact that Donald Trump took no salary for the presidency, similar to Daniel rejecting the King’s riches. Perhaps this is reaching a bit, yet it seems applicable.
Evil is being pushed back and, as such, it is in the throes of a terrible, very child-like tantrum, because it subconsciously understands that its days of absolute rule are coming to a close. It is easy to become lost in the fray, with the constant barrage every single day from the leftists. Trying to impeach the president on shoddy and backroom terms, trying to “cancel” anyone that it does not agree with, and overall doing its best to demoralize anyone who believes in goodness and truth, in order to try and make all of us forget that the pendulum is in the process of a rather large and mighty swing.
But that pendulum is gaining force, and though it could likely be ugly, it will swing, and when it does, like Belshazzar, the left will likely still not see it coming, and will stain their pants. Until that happens, however, we who believe goodness, wisdom and decency must remember to enjoy life again, as difficult as that can be with all of the noise we are subjected to daily. Because when the judgment is cast down from that writing on the wall, there will be many caught in the fray who will need us, and unlike the left, we are here for more than just ourselves.
Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.