SUMMONS OF THE WISE MEN (5:7-9).
The king called for the wise men (the enchanters,
Chaldeans and diviners). For the third time their fakery
is exposed. The tongues of the godless are powerless to
tell the meaning of God’s message even when marvelous
rewards are to be gained.
Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means
will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed
around his neck, and he will be made the third highest
ruler in the kingdom.
Belshazzar does not offer the second highest office in
the kingdom since he holds that position. Sometime
death, Daniel ceased being
the prime minister of the empire. This is not surprising
since darkness hates the light.
Amazingly, these well-educated wise men cannot even
read the writing. It might have been written in a script
unknown to them.
SOLUTION OF THE QUEEN (5:10-17). Who is the queen? Not
Nabonidus’ wife, she is at Tema. And Belshazzar’s wives
are in the banquet hall. It is Nebuchadnezzar’s widow,
Amytis, the grandmother of Belshazzar. His ancestral line
was from Nitocris and Nabonidus, who in
turn came from
Nebuchadnezzar and Amytis.
Neither the queen nor Daniel attended the feast. Both
are the salt of the earth and the light to the world. The
queen had the spiritual discernment of her husband,
recognizing the Spirit of the Holy God in Daniel. She
presented a sevenfold favorable testimony concerning
1. He has the Holy Spirit in him.
2. He has a keen
3. He is full of knowledge.
4. He has great
5. He has the gift of interpreting
6. He can explain riddles.
7. He can solve
Why does Daniel have such great knowledge,
understanding and wisdom? Proverbs 9:10.
testimony to her grandson indicates she was converted
also. With the same confidence her husband had displayed,
she said, “Call for Daniel and he will tell you what the
writing means.” Ironically, her evaluation of the outcome
of the circumstances is unequivocally wrong. She said, “O
king live forever! Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale.”
Daniel would decisively reverse the queen’s comfort with