My wife and I had flown into Mexico City to join another group of friends who were already there. After uniting with them at a downtown hotel we were in time for dinner and fellowship.
We were all excited for the things we were planning. The first was visiting one of our churches in this huge city and worshiping together. Afterwards, we began to unload many boxes of sundries, medicine, and items not easily obtained there.
That afternoon we headed to Teotihuacán the largest known pre-Columbian city in the Americas, as well as the name of the civilization that ruled the city and the surrounding area. The area is located about twenty-five miles northeast of Mexico City, and the drive took us just under an hour.
We were fascinated at what we saw as we drove into the gate to pay our admission. Soon we were overwhelmed by the height and size of the many pyramids before us.
A friend and I began to start up the steps to the top of the largest one and soon found it was going to be too much for us and turned back downward. Afterward, I took out some information I had and sat with a cola and read much about this civilization.
The Teotihuacán history is a web of mystery. One writer said it once counted more inhabitants than contemporary Rome, but its citizens disappeared without a trace in 700 A.D. The name itself means "place where gods were born", echoing back the belief that the gods of the world created the universe here.
The first known settlements in Teotihuacán, Mexico were around 500 B.C. and the construction of the famous Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun began in about 100 B.C. The Teotihuacán Pyramid is the second largest in the New World (after the Great Pyramid of Cholula) and offers impressive views of the valley and ceremonial, "Avenue of the Dead" that open out below. (The Great Pyramid of Cholula is a huge complex located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is the world's largest monument and largest Pre-Columbian pyramid by volume.)
Many temples and sacred pyramids are located in the Teotihuacán region and despite the incredible size of this ancient city, evidence as to why it ended and what happened to its inhabitants is still not known.
After our afternoon here we stopped at a nice restaurant that proved interesting and inviting. Our group were all led to various tables and then told they had an open buffet. Everyone thought that would be faster so we all began to select our favorite Mexican food. However, something none of us had ever eaten was on the table as well. It was raw cactus. Out of curiosity all picked a piece and headed back to their place.
Shorty while we ate, three young couples in local costume began to present a show for us as they danced the “Mexican Hat Dance.”
Little did we know that the fun and festive afternoon would make nearly everyone very sick that evening and until the next day. Some were so sick they said, “I was so sick I thought I was going to die”. Everyone felt it was the cactus because that was the only think we all ate in common.
Some day we are told that as Christians we will all have a dinner prepared by our God called “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb”. “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.”-- Revelation 19:9.
And in that place there will be “no sickness, no death.” “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” -- Revelation 21:4.