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“The Hand Writing on the Wall”
by Art Sadlier   
June 5th, 2011

Belshazzar the king of Babylon had a party. The notable thing was that he called for the golden vessels that his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem years before. When they were brought to him he and his guests used them for their drunken revelry.

The God of Israel was angry that the holy vessels were used by Belshazzar to drink to their pagan gods. The hand of God wrote a message on the wall of the banquet hall. The king was terrified at the sight, but he could not read the writing on the wall.

I think of the present hour when the leaders of America are receiving warnings from God. The warnings come but they are unable to read them. The president of the U.S. is offending God by his repeated betrayals of Israel. The warnings are coming from the Lord, but he cannot read them.

We saw it in Hurricane Katrina, when George Bush forced Israel's withdrawal from Gaza. In fact, as everyone from Israeli rabbis to U.S. senators have noted, it seems to happen every single time the U.S. pressures Israel to divide the land. The handwriting is on the wall, but the warnings go unheeded.

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, even terrorist attacks have hit America often within 24 hours of calls by U.S. officials for Israel to withdraw from Jewish land.

We saw it once again in May. We saw the U.S. hit with a series of deadly super-storms following Barack Obama's pledge to return Israel to pre-1967 borders. Just days after Obama insisted Israel must give up lands it won through military victory with its enemies, some 200 people were killed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo.

The fact is that nine of the 10 costliest insurance events in U.S. history followed dramatic calls by U.S. officials for Israel to make land concessions in bids for peace with its neighbours. Three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history followed such developments.

Daniel says that King Belshazzar knew that he was doing wrong. He had seen how God had dealt in judgment with his father in the past. “And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this....” Belshazzar’s sin was a wilful sin.

It seems impossible that President Obama has not been made aware of the situation. The warnings come, and he must have some understanding of the implications involved, yet he ignores the warnings from the Lord just as George Bush did before him.

Daniel gave the interpretation of the message and Belshazzar just kept right on with the party. “In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.” (Daniel 5:30).

Some day the last warning will be given and when it is ignored the judgment of God will fall on America.

The warning signs of the impending demise of America are everywhere. The process is already underway in a number of areas. In a CNS news report we read, “Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), co-chairman of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, said Tuesday (June 7) that he agreed with his fellow co-chairman, former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, that the United States faces ‘the most predictable economic crisis in history’ within the next two years.”

Simpson added, “That the tipping point will come when the rating agencies find out we have no plan to seriously address federal spending and the national debt.”

In fact there are other situations that could bring the U.S. economy crashing down at any moment. If the economy goes down the military and political power will quickly dissipate with it. Military might is useless without the billions it takes to run it. We know that America has no part to play in the end time events and we are actually watching the American goliath in the process of collapse.

In Genesis 12:3 the Lord made a pledge to Israel, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee....” Over the centuries nations have risen and fallen on that promise to Israel. Great Britain is a classic example of this pledge of God to Israel. The record of history reveals that shortly after her turning against Israel the British Empire disappeared from the scene, and that took place in our lifetime.

In the coming weeks Obama is moving to put the maximum pressure on Israel to surrender her land to her sworn enemies. By his example he is actually encouraging the EU and others to do the same. Could it be that at some point in this process the warnings of God to America will turn into the judgment of God on America?



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