Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, was throwing a great feast for one thousand of his lords and their ladies. After the wine began flowing, he commanded that the sacred gold and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had confiscated from the temple in Jerusalem be fetched. As they drank their wine from the sacred vessels, they praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. “..In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” So scared his knees were knocking together, he called for the wise men of Babylon to read the writing and interpret the meaning. The queen mother suggested Daniel be brought . Daniel did not concern himself with the great reward being offered, but boldly proclaimed the dire message of the writing “MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN”. Because Belshazzar did not humble his heart, although he knew the humbling his grandfather had experienced, and this night had mocked the God who “holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways” by worshipping gods who do not hear, see or know; his kingdom would be given to the Medes and Persians. That night the king was slain and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom. Read the account in Daniel 5.