- Written by Harold Carswell, Jr.
The phrase “the writing on the wall” is normally prefaced by the word “see” in it’s many forms, usually referring to something that is predicted or predictable. For example, “he should have seen the writing on the wall and got out when he had the chance” or “this (whatever this is) could have been avoided if they had just paid attention to the writing on the wall.” The phrase originated from an event recorded by the prophet Daniel with the Babylonian king Belshazzar (Dan 5:1-30).
Official- something or someone prescribed or recognized as authorized...
I had the opportunity in the past to pose a question to a group of young Christians. The question was, how many of them believed they were sinners (condemned to eternal punishment) before they obeyed the gospel of Christ? I was surprised to find that only one of a group of about 15 answered “yes” to the question. I then proceeded to view some scriptures that told of our condition before we become Christians (Romans 3:23; 5:8-10) etc... After looking at passages only two more acknowledged that they had previously been sinners before obeying the gospel and were condemned to eternal punishment if they had not. I must tell you I was somewhat shocked to say the least. I must also say that further examination and conversation did not convince them that they, as well as all men are in desperate need of a saviour before they become Christians through obedience to the gospel of Christ.