Daniel 5

The Judgment of Babylon

The judgment of the beast, and the end of Mystery Babylon, described in Daniel 7:26, are foreshadowed by this story.

Dan 5:1
drank wine in the presence of the thousand – the comparison here is to Rev 17:2; and 18:3: the inhabitants of the earth are drunk with the wine of the great harlot.

Dan 5:2
the gold and silver vessels…from the temple – these are the vessels mentioned in Daniel 1:2. Babylon, just as “Mystery Babylon the Great” has reached the height of corruption before its fall.

Dan 5:22
although you knew all this – the King of Babylon knew the truth of God from his grandfather, Nebudchadnezzer. In Daniel 11:37, this same comment of made of “the beast,” the Pope, who also knew the truth about the most High God from “his fathers,” who were the Apostles.


Dan 5:26
God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it – the reign of 70 years was prophesied by Jeremiah, “when seventy years are finished I will punish the King of Babylon,” (Jeremiah 25:12; 29:10); and likewise, Daniel is going to the number the days of the kingdom of the beast, in Daniel 8:14, and Daniel 12:11-12.

Dan 5:27
you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting – symbolizing the judgment of the beast, and Babylon.

Dan 5:28
your kingdom has been given to the Medes and Persians – a kind of coalition headed by Cyrus the Great of Persia.

Dan 5:30
the same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain – see map below of the historical invasion.