Recently an American archaeologist, Arthur Demerest, was in Guatemala walking
across what he thought was a hill. He fell through the heavy vegetation and
nearly fell in to the courtyard of an ancient Mayan palace covering 26,000
square yards — the size of two football fields.

The ruins are littered with jade, and there is abundant evidence that this was
a large, wealthy and powerful city. There are no signs of warfare, and yet the
city was abandoned centuries ago and fell into ruin. No one knew it was there
until Demerest literally stumbled upon it. Now it joins a list of lost cities:
Tikal also in Guatemala, Angkor in Cambodia, Herculaneum in Italy, Cihuatan in
El Salvador and Petra in Jordan.

All these were once great cities; then they fell into ruin and were forgotten
until fairly recent times. Each is a sobering reminder that “crowns and
thrones perish, kingdoms rise and wane.” Each stands in stark contrast to
“the New Jerusalem that shall not pass away.”

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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