How to Prepare for Calamity & Hard Times

By Jonathan Parker, Ph.D.

A Modern Message from Belteshazzar

You have probably heard of the story of Belteshazzar, but you just don't  recognize him by that name. As the story unfolds, however, you will find that  not only do you know this person and the story of his life, but you owe him a  debt of gratitude for the important message he has for you.

His story begins 2600 years ago in Babylon. Belteshazzar and his friends  served in the royal court. He gained the favor of his guardian and became known  as one who could accurately interpret dreams. Because of his ability he attained  the title 'Master Of the Magician's,' and eventually became first of the three  presidents of the Babylonian Empire. Because he was elevated to such a high  position of both honor and duty he incurred the jealousy of his colleagues, who  conspired against him. At that time the priests and seers were predicting severe  economic collapse, wars, plagues, and natural catastrophes. In some ways the  conditions were much as they are today in this regard.

Belteshazzar often spoke about how peace and protection are never found in  the outer physical world, but only come from an understanding of the God  presence within. Nothing which has its source in the physical world can ever be  permanent or secure. It is only when it is understood that all supply and  protection comes from within -- from the Master Self within, that there is  lasting peace and security.

Because Belteshazzar realized his Divine Nature, the King planned to make him  ruler over all the Kingdom. But, the two other presidents were driven by  jealousy and persuaded the King to pass a law that no one should pray to anyone  other than the King for a period of 30 days. These two individuals knew that  Belteshazzar prayed every day, and they reported to the King that he had  violated the new law the King had made. A punishment that King Darius had  established for the violation of this law was that the guilty party should be  put into a den with Lions. When the King learned what Belteshazzar had done he  was very deeply saddened, for he loved Belteshazzar very much. Nevertheless, he  was bound by his own law to put Belteshazzar into a den of Lions. By now you  probably recognize that Belteshazzar is none other than Daniel whose story is  recorded in the Bible. Belteshazzar was Daniel's Babylonian name.

So the King had Daniel put into a den with Lions and stayed up all night  worrying about him. Very early the next morning the King arose and went to the  den of Lions and was pleasantly surprised to find that Daniel was still alive.  Daniel said that an angel protected him. Because he lived his life in the truth  every day he knew that outer effects had no power over his life--all of his  protection was through the power of God.

When faced with difficult situations it may seem natural to seek physical  solutions, but at best, they are unreliable and impermanent. You have a choice  to make, and that is to either live your life out of fear, or in faith--you  cannot have it both ways. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,  and all the rest will be given to you. This is not a solution of platitudes, it  is the real functional answer to life's mysteries, challenges, and problems. In  fact, it is the only solution.

So when faced with potential problems be sure you are living in your  integrity and have purified yourself of everything that keeps you separate and  out of contact with your God Presence. Once you have done this then take any  other physical actions that you are led to do.

Psalm 91: 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for  the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in  darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall  fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh  thee.8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of  the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even  the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee,  neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his  angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear  thee up in their hands...

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