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Pastor's Commentary

The Writing On The Wall
Sunday, March 01 2020

In the days of ancient Israel there is recorded an account of something that took place that is so dramatic that its message must be told again and again. But before we get to the account of what transpired, a slight review of prior events that led up to it first. The year was 605 BC, the first group of Israelites had been carried off to Babylon for a seventy year captivity. The Old Testament Prophet Daniel would be one of the first people to be part of this group. Over a period of time God would use Daniel to interpret dreams for the King which resulted in his being promoted to third in command over the Kingdom of Babylon in time. In 538 BC an event would take place that would forever change the course of the Babylonian Kingdom. It was during this time that King Nabonitus of Babylon was absent that his son Belshazzar would throw a feast for a thousand of his lords, (Dan 5). Parties and feasts are a way of life for the rich and powerful one would think, but this party would forever go down in the history books.

As the account goes, Belshazzar invites all the lords and ladies for a huge bash at the Big House, the Banquet Hall. We are talking about unlimited food and drink, party time, lewd stuff; pretty sure morals were cast out the door. I remember reading somewhere this feast lasted for several days; it went from a feast to a drunken and sinful fest. It was during this time that Belshazzar called for the vessels that were taken from the Jewish Temple (Holy and Sacred Vessels) to be brought to the banquet hall to be used for unholy purposes, desecrated, even concubines drank from them. No problem with that right, just some old religious junk, who cares about Church stuff anyway? I quote from Daniel 5:4; and they drank wine and praised the gods of gold, silver and brass; iron, wood and stone. It would turn out this was not only a bad move, but a stupid one as well. In the “same hour” came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the King’s Palace; and the King saw the part of the hand that wrote. It seems they didn’t have to wait too long to get a response from God. Then the King’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, and his knees smote one against the other. Why was the King so fearful; because there was a written message in the plaster on the wall! What is interesting is; once again, the King, nor anyone else, could read what the message said. Eventually Daniel’s name would come up, as he had interpreted messages for Belshazzar’s grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar. By now Daniel is around eighty years old, a mighty man of God, he would interpret the message. The famous words of; MENE MENE- TEKEL-UPHARSIM, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting! These words would be forever immortalized among those that believe there is a God that rules in the Heavens and over the affairs of man. That very night Belshazzar would be slain, the party was over, the Kingdom would be taken over by the Medes. I dare say many folks may think this account is just another religious story of some past event, saying; I could care less about it, it was a onetime event, forget it. To that I would bring to mind the wise words from someone in the past; those that forget the past are destined to repeat it.

Can we draw any conclusions or learn any lessons from what we read about the feast that brought down the Babylonian Kingdom? At a glance; the first thing I note is that, though it was the Babylonians that desecrated the Holy vessels that brought God’s judgment, it could have been any Kingdom or Country having done similar, could incur God’s judgment. The second thing I note was the King and his lords were not able to interpret the writing on the wall. As usual, the world, in this case the Babylonians never see that their actions are viewed upon by the Lord, until often times it’s too late to do anything about it. They just don’t see the writing on the wall spiritually, before the writing on the wall appears physically. I submit long before the writing on the wall, there were safeguards in one’s heart that says; you are treading on dangerous ground. The third glaring truth is to call upon someone who can tell us what it means. According to the account, soothsayers, astrologers and the like were all summoned to interpret the writing, of which, as usual none were able.  That would lead to calling upon the Church and/or its anointed people of God. Of which I may say is the last persons to ever be called upon in most cases. I believe there is much more to be gleaned from this account.

I have read over the years where some Bible Commentators have talked about three Babylon’s being listed in the Bible. The first one would be the physical Babylon in Iraq which is so called; “Political Babylon”. But the other two seem to be harder to identify. Some Bible experts believe the U.S.A is the second Babylon, so called; “Economic Babylon”, because of the location of the UN and Wall Street connection. The third Babylon, or “Mystery Babylon”, is believed to be Rome, in Italy. Each Babylon and location has merit as to where each name is/were derived from I’m sure. However I saw a person on a TV show quite some time back talk about how he thought the U.S. better fits the bill as “Mystery Babylon”. His thinking has merit as many of his talking points definitely could point to this Country.  Since our article is about the writing on the wall and how Babylon of old was judged (weighed) in the balances and art found wanting, that opens the door to this thought; if the U.S. is one of the three Babylon/s; are there any parallels of our Country to Babylon of old? Are we presently doing anything that would bring about judgment upon us?

You can be sure God is not wiping out Countries because they aren’t perfect, if that were the case, no Country would exist. But when a Country, a people deliberately desecrate the things God says are Holy, to that extent, the writing is on the wall. If I were asked to read or interpret what is going on in this Country right now, how would I interpret what I see? Are there any things in this Country we could say were Sacred, Holy, vessels or otherwise that we should handle with care and reverence? And if there are such objects and/or Holy things, how are we handling them? In analyzing what is sacred, I wouldn’t just look to some golden vessels to limit our judgment call to, as there are some items that are far above that in the list of Holy items. The first thing I see on the list is God Himself, nothing or no one more Holy. How have we handled Him, do we respect Him, give place to Him, reverence Him. No, we have or are trying to cast God out of just about everything in our Country. God’s Holy Word fares no better, to the removal of the 10 Commandments from public sight, from the class rooms of our schools, Government Buildings, remove the Cross’ from Military grave yards/sites, and upon Memorial sites, etc. But that is not all by any means, the sacredness of marriage the covenant is under attack. Even the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by our highest Courts in the land, thus opening the door of unholy unions. In yet another case, how do we handle one of God’s most precious gifts called life? We have relegated life to unimaginable levels of depravity in just a few short decades. The turning from God has brought the murder of the innocents, called infanticide. The Babylonians kind of flaunted judgment, I see that now with the homosexual community hijacking the “rainbow” and placing it upon their flag to promote a godless agenda. Need I remind you that the rainbow was a sign of God’s Covenant not to destroy the world by a flood “judgment” again! Once again, incredible desecration of the Holy, and people are good with it. Who or what is behind this mayhem; this throw God and His Word out of everything moral, downslide?

That takes us to Belshazzar himself of old. I believe he and his lords best represents the godless part of the Babylonian Kingdom. And since he was second in command may reveal a mystery of what is going on right now in the U.S. We have a President right now who has stood up for God and godliness in this Country since he took office. He has taken a stand against infanticide, by trying to defund the murder mills being supported by our tax dollars, he stands up for Israel, beefed up our military that had been depleted in recent years and stands with the Jewish and Christian community. But there is this fringe, “second in command” so to speak, that keeps trying to muscle in its progressive agenda. This group that wants to desecrate the Holy things of God, remove God from everything we call Holy and dear. It is called the “Deep State”, it is run by these progressives, some elected, many appointed. They have an alternate agenda, and it does not include God, they could care less about life and the promotion of it. These people either represent the Socialist Party, or the Communist Party, all of which are a godless party.

How do I interpret what I see coming? If the people in the U.S. love God and the liberty He has given to us all from the inception of this Country then we better stand against the tyranny these left wing progressives are trying to foist upon us. If this Country does indeed turn out to be “Mystery Babylon”, and a parallel does exist, it is because we have allowed the dark side of the Socialist/Communist Party to invade our fair shores and take us from within as they said they would, and never fire a shot. And if that happens, I believe that just as the Babylonians were over taken over by the Medes, this Country will be overtaken as well. We have time to read and interpret the writing on the wall, and to make right choices; we need to do it now. It’s time to turn back to God while you still can, Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

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INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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