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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER?
Intro: We have before us today one of the saddest chapters in the entire Bible. We are given the opportunity to examine the life of a man named Belshazzar.
This chapter gives us the only glimpse we have of this man in the Bible. We are introduced to him while he is in the midst of throwing a wild party for 1,000 of his lords. Belshazzar is like a lot of people in our day. They are living for this life. They are living to gratify their flesh with absolutely no thought for eternity. They party, play and live for the good times, never realizing that there will come a day when the fun will end. They never stop and ask this one important question: What Happens When The Party’s Over? Oh, it will end one day and it will end abruptly. What then? What Happens When The Party’s Over?
This text has something to say about that. If this chapter was turned into a play, it would be a tragedy. In fact, I find three tragedies revealed in these verses that need to be observed today. Let me point them out to you today as I preach around the question I asked a moment ago, “What Happens When The Party’s Over?
I. THE TRAGEDY OF A WASTED LIFE
A. v. 1-4 Belshazzar
And His Bottles It was a night of drunkenness and debauchery. It speaks to the evils of substance abuse and
all that accompanies it – Pro. 20:1;
Pro. 23:29-35; Eph. 5:18. Drugs, alcohol and other fleshly addictions
are a temporary prop for weak people! (
B. v. 2-4 Belshazzar
And His Blaspheme
C. v. 17-22 Belshazzar
And His Blindness Belshazzar had the opportunity to know about God.
His grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar, had been converted and Belshazzar
knew all about that. (
D. v. 23, 28 Belshazzar
And His Belligerence Even though Belshazzar knew the truth, he refused
to believe it. He lifted his fist toward
the face of God in absolute defiance. He ignored the clear Word of God. When this
happens, there is nothing left but judgment – Heb. 10:26-29. (
Belshazzar is an example of a wasted life! If these things describe your life, you need to repent and come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.
II. THE TRAGEDY OF THE WRATH OF GOD
(Ill. Belshazzar issued a challenge
and the Lord answered!
Sadly, Belshazzar has gone too far, the words of Daniel come to late to save his soul or to penetrate his hard heart. Belshazzar is about to face the awesome wrath of Almighty God. The grand jury of Heaven convened and returned a four-point indictment against Belshazzar. He had been “numbered, numbered, weighed and divided. The time of judgment has arrived!)
A. The Fact Of God’s Wrath God is
a God of love,
B. The Focus Of God’s Wrath Gods
wrath is focused in on sin and rebellion.
Belshazzar crossed the line and he had to face the wrath of God. God hates sin, Pro. 6:16 and He will judge it harshly. This is why sinners need to repent of their
sins! If they do not, they will face
the Lord in judgment some day, Rev.
20:11-15. (Ill. God is not some doting old grandfather
Who winks at the sins of men. He is
a thrice holy God Who is to be feared,
C. The Finality Of God’s Wrath Belshazzar is told that he has been numbered, weighed and divided. He has crossed the line with God and all that remains is certain judgment. Belshazzar is offered no options and no alternatives. It is time to pay for the things he has done.
III. THE TRAGEDY OF A WRETCHED DEATH
A. v. 29-30 Belshazzar
Died A Sudden Death In that night - While Belshazzar partied,
his enemies were encamped around
You might not believe it friend, but death
is coming. It is coming for you, Heb. 9:27. No one expects it; no one believes it will happen
to them; no one really looks for it, but it is coming nonetheless! When death comes, it always comes as a shock.
Death may come for you when you are not ready for it; but it does not
have to catch you unprepared! You can get ready for death and you can make
your preparations for death today,
B. v. 29-30 Belshazzar
Died A Sinner’s Death Here is the most tragic part of this passage.
Belshazzar died horribly and then he went to Hell.
He is still there today,
Don’t let that happen to you! There’s not a person in this room that has to die without Jesus. You do not have to die in your sin. You do not have to go to Hell. Jesus died on the cross to make a way for you! Come to Him and be saved. Come to Him today!
Conc: The story of Belshazzar is a story
of one tragedy piled on top of another. But,
his story does not have to be your story. You see, the ending to your story has yet to
be written. You are still alive today
and of you have never acknowledged your sins; bowed before the Lord; and received
Him into your heart; then you need to do that today. You need to come to Him and be saved today.
He won’t turn you away,
Whether you are saved or lost, your story does not have to be one of a wasted life, the wrath of God and a wretched death. Your story can have a happy ending. If the Lord is speaking to your heart today, I invite you to come to Him.