Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary Definition of Truth: Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
BABYLON TO FALL TO MEDO-PERSIA
The clarity of this prophecy is stunning. It is stated 172 years before its fulfillment. Isaiah foretold it and then Jeremiah as a second witness. Babylon was used to chastise Israel, but God would see that the chastisement would come to an end. Daniel lived in times of prophetic fulfillment. His wisdom was recognized throughout the kingdom because he could interpret the signs of the times. Today we are living in a prophetic season where this generation will see more prophecy fulfilled than any other in the history of humanity.
THE FALL OF BABYLON
Isa 47:11 Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.
Isa 48:14 “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The LORD’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians.
A MESSAGE ABOUT BABYLON AND ITS DESTRUCTION
595 BC (U)
Jer 50:2 “Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, ‘Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.’
HANDWRITING INTERPRETED BY DANIEL
539 BC (U)
Dan 5:25 “This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
Dan 5:26 “Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Dan 5:27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Dan 5:28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Prophecies declared are in blue, prophecies fulfilled are in red, prophecies currently being fulfilled are in green, and prophecies to be fulfilled are in orange. Bold historical context dates are from Jeff Swanson's The Plan dating system, and dates marked (U) are Archbishop Ussher's 1658 dating system. ** The date of this prophecy is in its referential context: the verse has been moved to the time frame of its contextual orientation.