But at last, Daniel came before me whose name is Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and in whom is a spirit of the holy gods….” Dan 4:8
The above was the description of Daniel by the greatest king that ever ruled the earthly kingdoms – Nebuchadnezzar. He was the king of Babylon; the biggest inter-continental and inter-cultural colony of the time. Nebuchadnezzar was not a king that ruled over midgets or minions. No. He was a very intelligent king that ruled, when men were all “bags of testosterone”. Not only did his empire span across continents (Africa, Europe and Asia), his real authority over this kingdom is unparalleled in human history. His intelligence could not be divulged from the fabric that wove his kingdom. One of the masterpiece of his governing genius was to encourage and promote cultural diversity. Even by modern standard this is remarkable.
Nations flop and stumble at unlocking the power of diversity. A glimpse of the inherent power of diversity is evident only in America – heralded as the most successful and prosperous nation in human history. Luckily, Americans are not ignorant. They are keenly aware of the connection between their greatness and diversity. They didn’t start out to diversify, but they stumbled on it and embraced its power.
However, what a modern nation stumbled upon, an ancient king projected upon; and he was masterful at its use. To put it in context, it wasn’t a popular wisdom of the time. It was a period where war meant “wipe out” for the loser. The winner took all. Nebuchadnezzar on the other hand was a man far beyond his time. Rather than annihilate his subjects, he successfully made Babylon a melting pot of cultures and religion. The wise men, magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and Chaldeans represented a pool of the best minds from every culture and religion and the Babylonian king ensured they were close to his throne as advisers.
He wasn’t just a king that ruled with iron clad fist, but also with the wisdom and deftness of a true visionary way ahead of his generation. Heaven’s report on his rule was simply this – golden (Dan 2:37-38). Such was the mettle of Nebuchadnezzar and the whole terrestrial ball was his capacity (Dan 4:1). Yet, this supreme being bowed to a Belteshazzar (Dan 1:46).
Who was Belteshazzar? In the words of Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar was Daniel who had the “spirit of the holy gods” in him (Dan 4:8). This was a remarkable submission by Nebuchadnezzar, knowing that he changed Daniel’s name to one of his unholy idols – Belteshazzar means “in praise of Bel (a Babylonian god)” while Daniel means “Yahweh is my Judge”.
HEREIN IS THE CONFLICT; IN EVERY CHRISTIAN, “BEL” BECKONS, YAHWEH CALLS, TO WHOM DO YOU HARKEN? Belteshazzar therefore epitomises the war that rages in every Christian. The spirit indeed lusts against the flesh and the flesh against the spirit (Gal 5:17); welcome to Daniel’s world. Daniel, captured as a boy in the land of Judah and made subservient to his captor. To make an eunuch (castration) out of a Hebrew child, force him to learn a new language in order to indoctrinate him with your culture and then change his name, is a prime example of forced assimilation. But thank God the name of “Belteshazzar” never stuck because a captive who couldn’t control what people called him, chose what he answered to. (Dan 7:15)
In our world today, the walls of ancient Babylon are relics but the spirit is well alive. Globalization, westernization, World Wide Web are all familiar terms that help create melting pot of cultures like Babylon. Daniel’s name was taken away; that, he had no control over. But when he took a stand in his spirit, saying “I will not defile myself with the portion of the king’s meat”, somehow, an old testament boy reached into the mind of the Holy Spirit that would later speak through Paul saying “do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….”. Paul’s charge cannot be more relevant in the present Babylonian system. In an age where the politics of a “new world order” seeks to slacken or confront God’s commandments. Liberalization means casting off godly restraints. But God seeks those who will take a stand like Daniel.
As we sail our boats through the raging waters of life, it’s our job to keep the waters out. It shouldn’t matter what the world calls us, but it matters what we answer to. It shouldn’t matter where we work or live (within God’s will) but it matters who lives in us. God mustn’t just live in us, He must find expression in and through us.
This blog is about seeking men and women in whom is the spirit of the holy God. It’s about planting and watering kindred spirits in these last days. It might look like the Church’s been overrun, but the Lord has got His remnants still like He had Daniel and his friends. And I tell you, they are enough to fan the flames of revival in our pews and awaken godly conscience in the heart of government policies. But “Daniel and friends” have to connect and it is my dream that this blog will facilitate that connection. If this speaks to your heart, join me and spread the good news.
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