Our Mexican Field Trip 2005

Day 11: Merida

Total Mileage: Approximately 5622 kms
Arrival: March 26, 2005 - 5:00 PM
Departure: March 27, 2005
Temperature High: 43 C

Today we left Isla Aguada for Merida in the state of Yucatan and stopped at a few Mayan Ruins along the way. It reached a blistering 43 degrees Celcius. It is a very dry land that looks like it could use a good drink of water.

Here is one of the Pyramids at Edzna. It is no doubt one of the many copies of that original tower at Babel.

"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4).

At the base of the tower was what looked like an altar for sacrifice.

"Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle. Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter" (Jeremiah 19:3-6).

These grounds cover a large area. The size and the detail of the architecture is quite amazing.

This group of Mayas was happy to have me take their picture. I asked them if they were Mayas and they said they were.

Some of their dwellings are quite primitive, but notice the power meter out front.

Later in the day we stopped by the ruins of Uxmal. This particular pyramid is huge. Notice Natara at its base?

This is the backside of the above tower, and it appears there was some type of room at the top. Noah had a grandson named Canaan who rebelled at Babel. When God scattered the rebels at Babel, confusing their tongues, Canaan began a small colony in what became known as the land of Canaan, and he brought with him that wicked religion of Babel. The religion that the children of Israel found when they entered the land of Canaan many years later was much like that of Babel.

"Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt" (2 Kings 17:29).

Of course, there are more altars for sacrifice at this location. It makes you wonder if there were ever human sacrifice on these altars, like in the days of Manasseh who followed the Canaanites religion (2Chronicles 33:1-9).

Is that pigment red? Jesus said "It is finished" (John 19:30). There are no more sacrifices that are acceptable to God other than THE one perfect sacrifice on Calvary's mount 2000 years ago. Any other sacrifice, whether it be the "Sacrifice of the Mass" or the "Eucharistic Sacrifice", those who believe in these sacrifices are yet lost and are either ignorant of the truth or do not believe the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

They have changed Jesus Christ into a piece of bread and offered it as a sacrifice to God as their priest says, "Lord, by the power of your Spirit make this the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.... Lord we offer up to you this one holy and perfect sacrifice, may it be acceptable to you for the praise of your name and glory of all your church....." They are in effect, rejecting Christ's perfect sacrifice, and worshipping the creation (the disk of bread in this case) rather than the Creator (Romans 1:21-23).

However, the Bible tells us "we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God...For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified...Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:10-12, 14, 18).

"But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved..." (Acts 15:11).

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31).

This great city, with its high towers are all but abandon and left for the bats and iguanas which we saw in great numbers there.

"I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant" (Zephaniah 3:6).

Iguana's scurry along the paths where we have to walk. They look like quite docile creatures, but they can run quite fast.

Bats fill every crack inside the ruins.

Flower at Uxmal.

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever" (Isaiah 40:8).

Isla Aguada Last Update : 3/26/2005 Mayan Riviera

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