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The Writing on the Wall (Daniel 5:16-31)Tommy Boring, June 26, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The reward of this world means nothing. If a man gained the entire world but lost his soul, what would it profit him. Three Hebrew words:
MENE: God had numbered his life. Just as then, your days are numbered. You are here today but gone tomorrow. Your life is but a vapor compared to eternity. Death to all is coming. You will not live forever. It doesn't matter of your age, when it's your time to die, you will die. Doctors can not keep you alive forever. You've heard it all your life that you're going to die but you don't do anything about it. You're going to die, you're going to die.
TEKEL: You will be judged after your death. Hebrews 9:27 We will all be judged at death. 1 Corinthians 3 Your life will either be worldly or Godly. The worldly life will all burn away into ash but the Godly life will be purified as precious metals. If you've been born again, you're not dead. If you're lost you will stand in front of the book of life to only show that your name is not in it.
PERES: After your judgement you will either go to one of two places, heaven or hell. Knowing someone that is saved doesn't mean your saved. Your mamaws salvation will not get you into heaven. Salvation is a personal thing. If you are not saved, you will live forever in hell. Likewise, if you're born again your eternal life will be spent in heaven.
One doesn't have to go to heaven but you can't stay here. You don't have to go to hell. In hell you will be in a party with your friends. You will be isolated, all alone in many torments. Where the flames never die and the pain will be forever.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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16And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. 17Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 20But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 21And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. 22And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23But hast lifted up thyself against the LORD of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 25And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 29Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. 31And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. (KJV)