In 1494 a huge French army invaded Italy and 10,000 troops entered Florence so that the Florentines feared the King of France meant to sack the city. We know this for certain because the book of Revelation teaches that a great multitude will be saved during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-14), and no one can be saved apart from the witness of the Spirit (John 6:44, John 15:26, and 1 John 5:7). He will be “given a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies” (Revelation 13:5). But beware not to overload yourselves. For the sake of the record it should be mentioned that in the months immediately following the Battle of Otumba, prior to their final dissolution, the Aztec people rose to heights befitting their tradition as “Roman Americans.” After Cuitlahuac, who died of smallpox after ruling for four months, came Cuauhtemoc, an Emperor in his twenty-fifth year. Now they built a gleaming collegiate church on the same site and dedicated it to St. Francis. Space for the event is likely to be limited. The Mystical Nativity remained hidden for another three centuries. And now, at the moment of complete hopelessness—the Aztecs were later estimated to have numbered 200,000 men, and the Spaniards were attacking without benefit of the firearms that had won them their initial victories—a miracle occurred. During the second half of the Tribulation, he will almost succeed in accomplishing this goal. The problem with this interpretation is that “the fatal wound” referred to in the passage has nothing to do with the person of the Antichrist. With his European base consolidated and peace achieved in the Middle East, he will set forth to subdue the whole world. The Aztec gold and jewels were removed and the walls decorated with flowers instead. His empire will be the most extensive in all of history, encompassing the entire world, and his rule will be the most demonic the world has ever experienced.  Botticelli believed himself to be living during the Great Tribulation, possibly due to the upheavals in Europe at the time, and was predicting Christ's millennium as stated in the Book of Revelation. Behind them seven devils flee to the underworld, some impaled on their own weapons. Rossetti demonstrated his affection for Botticelli's work by buying his portrait of Smeralda Bandinelli in 1867.. But we do believe it is possible to know the season of the Lord's return, and it is our conviction that we are living in that season... © 2020 Lamb and Lion Ministries. The Aztec kingdom was really no more than the civilizational reflection of much higher and older cultures. Naturally, this piqued the attention of La Rose thinking it sounded too good to be true. Symbols showing fourth and fifth commandments of the decalogue. On foot and horseback the Spaniards plunged into the waters of the lake in their frantic efforts to gain the farther shore. Many assume he will be because Jesus said, “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:43). This is because the Rapture will produce international chaos and panic. Together they pressed on, with thrust of lance and sword, riding down the Aztecs, sticking and cutting, always hammering their way diagonally through the warrior phalanx. In a few minutes Cortés’s mad ride had brought him up to the Aztec cacique. In one sermon Savonarola preached he set forth a vision that had come to him in which he saw an extraordinary heavenly crown. Savonarola claimed that Florence could become the new Jerusalem if the citizens would repent and abandon their sinful luxuries – and that included much of their art. In this regard it is interesting to note that the first real archæological institute founded in America—in 1879—for decades concentrated its entire efforts on the excavation of the antiquities of Europe and Asia Minor. It is argued that this passage indicates that the Antichrist will be a person who has suffered a fatal wound. We are never told to watch for the Antichrist; rather, we are told to look for Jesus Christ. But nothing was gained from this effort except a great many cut toes and a few scattered pieces that the Aztecs had overlooked. (Satan will not be confined there until the end of the Millennium — Revelation 20:10). The world will resist him, and the result will be a Third World War in which he “will destroy to an extraordinary degree” (Daniel 8:24). When he suggested to Father Olmedo that the teocalli would be the most appropriate place to house the cross, the priest advised against this. He was an art lover, and wealthy with a slave plantation in the Caribbean. Because he will be demonized, he will be a man who cannot be trusted. Paul says the Antichrist will be slain by “the breath of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). During the last siege the Spaniards from the teocalli had watched Aztec priests in the plaza below rip the hearts from the breasts of fallen compatriots. In actual fact a highly developed morality was mingled with barbaric amorality in the Aztec civilization. The only thing to do, therefore, was face almost certain death and try to force a path through the Aztec horde. Now that the Spaniards no longer held the person of Moctezuma as a trump card in the play for Mexico, their predicament had become serious indeed. When he destroyed three hundred houses, the Aztecs destroyed the bridges and dikes over which he would have to retreat if he withdrew from the city. Packs, weapons, and finally the gold were all sloughed off and lost in the darkness of the night. Bernal Díaz, also present during this visit, was the first to become aware of an even more gruesome sight. The 1,800,000 Aztecs, more or less, still living in Mexico today exist like fellahin in a historical vacuum. Botticelli died in 1510. Wearing the full insignia of his imperial office, he went onto the walls and began to speak, but was stoned by the crowd, receiving wounds that brought about his death. The result will be a mass slaughter of believers (Revelation 7:9-14). We know this from the book of Daniel where it is prophesied that the Roman Empire will be the last of the Gentile empires until the end times when the empire of the Antichrist will emerge from a reunited Europe — that is, from a revival of the old Roman Empire (Daniel 2:31-45 and 7:1-8, 24-28). There is no point in dwelling too long on the particulars of this battle. Let’s consider his character before we take a look at his career. Murderously he thrust him through with his lance. Like the majority of other contemporary eyewitnesses, he completely ignored the might and meaning of the people whom he brought under the Spanish heel. At the top of the painting stands Sandro Botticelli's name – but also the apocalyptic and troubling words. All Rights Reserved. Botticelli may well have seen his own paintings fed to the flames. The outlook of sixteenth-century Europeans strongly hindered any concessions to civilizations different from their own. It is his only signed work and has an unusual iconography for a painting of the Nativity.. At the Villa Aldobrandini he saw a small, unknown work, Botticelli's Mystical Nativity. This was a counsel of despair, in view of the fact that a mere handful of men would have to fight their way through ten thousand bloodthirsty Aztec warriors. In that passage the Antichrist is referred to as “the prince who is to come,” and he is identified as being from the people who “will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”. Second, I believe the signs of the times clearly indicate that we are standing on the threshold of the Tribulation, the most important of those signs being the regathering of the Jews to their land (Isaiah 11:10-12) and their re-occupation of the city of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24). Under his rule the Aztec kingdom had reached a peak of might and splendor. Using symbolic language, it seems to me the prophet is saying that divine judgment (the sword) will fall upon the Antichrist’s power (his arm) and his intelligence (his eye), and that he will suffer complete defeat (the withering of his arm and the blinding of his eye). It is also contrary to common sense. His religious control will be exercised by a false prophet who will head up his pagan religious system (Revelation 13: 11-15). With this we return again to the flow of our story, and to the rediscovery of ancient Middle America. At once Cortés climbed up the great stairs of the teocalli, which was located in the middle of the capital, not far from the Spanish headquarters. It is now time to put Aztec culture in its proper place within the American complex. First, I believe the Scriptures teach that the generation that sees the re-establishment of Israel (May 14, 1948) will live to see all the end time prophecies fulfilled (Matthew 24: 32-34). As the Tribulation approaches its mid-point, this war will escalate into a nuclear holocaust that will result in the deaths of an additional one-third of those still alive — another 1.5 billion (Revelation 8 and 9). The hideous idol was embraced within the thick folds of a serpent studded with pearls and precious stones. After Ottley's death William Fuller Maitland of Stansted picked up the painting at an auction for £80. I think not. On the litter he recognized the cacique in command of the whole Aztec force, a certain Cihuacu, distinguished by his staff with a golden net for a banner, and the field-badge attached to his back. He travels safest in the dark who travels lightest.” A fifth part of the treasure was reserved for the Spanish King so as to ensure royal clemency should Cortés suffer defeat, yet live.