Life Lessons from the Fall of Babylon
“30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians,[u] was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.” Daniel 5:30 NIV
The very night that Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall for Belshazzar, one of the greatest military upsets unfolded. The wall surrounding Babylon was three hundred fifty feet high and seemingly impenetrable. The Medes and Persians didn’t get through or over the wall. They got into the city by diverting the Euphrates River and going under the gates.
It is likely the Babylonians seen the Medes and Persians digging, but didn’t recognize their plan. When the Medes and Persians entered Babylon, the city was easily taken because most of the people were too drunk to fight. They were unprepared. Remember, while the enemy was at the gate, Belshazzar had an ongoing party of over a thousand of the leaders of the city. The people were thinking so much about their own pleasure that they never thought to defend themselves. Their complacency lulled them to think they were invincible while the enemy slipped right in and easily took control without them even realizing it. The Medes and Persians came right into the banquet hall and killed the king!
Here are two important lessons we can learn from Belshazzar and the fall of Babylon.
1 – Don’t be complacent. There is an enemy at the gates.
Some scholars suggest that Babylon’s fall in 539 B.C. is a picture of the future fall of the devil’s world system as stated in Revelation 17-18. Christians can see the handwriting on the wall. Blind world rulers continue in their prideful ways and pleasure seeking, while giving little attention to the coming of the Lord.
Because we live in a world that loves and lives for pleasure and comfort, it is easy for believers to become complacent and not stay on guard against attacks of the enemy.
It is easy for believers to fall into the trap of seeking comfort more than we seek God, and pleasure more than we seek faithfulness. We should learn from Belshazzar not to get caught in complacency.
2 – Don’t wait. There is a window for repentance.
Belshazzar had a big window of opportunity to repent and turn to God for forgiveness. He didn’t heed the warning. He didn’t take it seriously. There came a point when he crossed an unseen line and the opportunity to repent and make himself right with God was taken away. Don’t let that be you.
Don’t be the person who banks on a deathbed conversion to Christ. Don’t use the robber who received salvation from Jesus Christ on the cross as your example.
Lord Jesus Christ forgive me for my complacency. Lord there are too many times that I have sought safety, convenience, and comfort more than faithfulness to You and advancement of Your Kingdom. Empower me to stay alert and be aware of the enemy at the gates. In Your great name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.