The Belshazzar Parallel
“I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed,” writes Daniel, “and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven… This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will…The same Watcher who came to Daniel was an uninvited guest at Belshazzar’s sacrilegious feast.. not hide the intensity of their terror. Alarm seized the great men of the kingdom. Their blasphemous disrespect of sacred things was changed in a moment. A frantic terror overcame all self-control. Belshazzar had been given many opportunities for knowing and doing the will of God. He had seen his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar banished from the society of men. He had seen the intellect in which the proud monarch gloried taken away by the One who gave it.” The Youth’s Instructor, May 19, 1898
Again in the story of Belshazzar we see that God is in control of human affairs here on earth. No matter what part we play, it is God who sets up kings, and takes them down. It is God that directs the flow and events of life.
This chart shows the historical lines of the three great Babylonian kings of Bible history, Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, and parallels them with the Millerite time, the time of the 144,000 (Modern Adventism) and the little time of trouble just before the end of the world. This is another example of the accuracy of Miller’s rules for Bible study and proof-texting. By comparing line upon line, we can see how perfectly different histories line up, showing us not only what has happened in the past, but giving us strong clues as to what is to come in the future.