Fear of Judgment, No Sure Sign of Salvation

FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS

FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS

volume 18, number 23, June 6, 2019

“Then the king’s face grew pale, and his thoughts alarmed him; and his hip joints went slack, and his knees began knocking together.” -Daniel 5:6

Fear of Judgment, No Sure Sign of Salvation

Washington Allston (1779-1843), an American painter who pioneered America’s Romantic movement of landscape painting, is said to have spent twelve years on painting Belshazzar’s feast, but in the end, abandoned the project. Why? He was unable to capture, to his satisfaction, the abject horror on the face of the doomed king of Chaldea.[1]

Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, and king of Babylon was living large, providing a great feast for a thousand of his nobles. While the Medo-Persians were no doubt at the gate about to conquer Chaldea, Belshazzar and his noblemen were all drinking wine from the gold vessels stolen from the temple in…

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