Another Usurper

For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!  2 Corinthians 11:4

Usurper: “a person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force.” 

antichrists 

Antiochus IV Epiphanes, from the Book of Daniel, was a type of antichrist. Historically, he took his power illegally – he was not heir to the throne. Scholars agree that these traits of Antiochus (Daniel 8) will be like those in the very last antichrist in the book of Revelation.  This deceitful antichrist will delude the populace. He will then proclaim that he is God. (Matthew 24) This is ultimately “another Jesus”, proclaiming himself to be the Messiah. He will be a usurper. 

“Another Mary”

However, I would like to point out that there is also “another Mary”.  I usually refer to her as the “fake Mary”.  

The real, true Miriam* is the mother of the Lord. Miriam’s humble heart can be discerned in the beautiful expression of praise to her Savior and God, commonly called “the Magnificat”. (Luke 1:47) 

* “Miriam” is more true to the original name, as is “Yeshua” for “Jesus”.  For clarity, I usually employ “Miriam” and “Yeshua” for the real, true ones.

This humble handmaiden is NOT the same “queen of heaven” who has been appearing in visions to foolish people who don’t know the Scriptures. This “queen” has had medals made of herself! This “queen” has had shrines built to her! This “queen” has a a rosary, a pagan item, with repetitions of over 50 “Hail Mary’s” against the commandment of the LORD Jesus (Matthew 6:7)!  Is this not heretical?  These supernatural visions are NOT from the LORD. These are phonies!

“Queen of heaven” is an idol in Jeremiah 44:19-23.

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

Now this “fake Mary” claims titles that are not her own!  She is a usurper!  She claims to have titles that belong to our LORD! 

Yeshua is our Advocate, not Mary. 

Yeshua is the Mediator, not Mary.

Yeshua is the Redeemer, but Mary is not the Co-Redemptrix.

This last would have been known as the Fifth Marian Dogma, but thankfully, the popes didn’t agree. Even Pope Francis said to think of Mary as Co-Redemptrix was “foolishness”!  It does cause misunderstanding.  

However, these, and others, are the Scriptures that support the LORD’S claim to these titles:

YESHUA, OUR ADVOCATE

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  (1 John 2:1)

The Holy Spirit is also called the Advocate (John 14:26) but the Holy Spirit IS the Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:11)!  See The Light and the LIFE for a better explanation.

These are the Words of Christ:

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:26 BSB)

YESHUA, OUR MEDIATOR 

Yeshua is the Mediator, not Mary who idolators call “the Mediatrix of All Graces”.

And for this reason He [Yeshua] is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5

YESHUA, OUR REDEEMER

Yeshua is referred to in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in the Book of Isaiah as “Redeemer”:

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel… Isaiah 43:14 (also, 44:24)

Over and over in the New Testament, it is Christ who redeems us!

knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,  1 Peter 1:18

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law…. Galatians 3:13a 

MISLEADING DOGMAS

These four Marian Dogmas of Roman Catholicism have no basis in Scripture, but they are considered heresy in the RCC if you don’t believe them. (Orthodoxy may have some of these dogmas, also.)  These dogmas cannot be found anywhere in the Bible!

Before these dogmas were deemed as official, in 330AD, Constantinople was dedicated to the Virgin Mary under Constantine. “At the Second [Ecumenical] Council of Constantinople in 381, her perpetual virginity” was claimed. Maybe this was the dawn of idolatry of Mary.

First Dogma – “Theotokos” at Third Ecumenical Council held at Ephesus in 431AD. It should have been “Christotokos” (bearer of Christ)! Miriam is the mother of Christ, of the human side of Jesus. The very first Christians (apostles and Miriam) did NOT call her “Theotokos”. Yet heresies were were certainly around even during the apostle’s time!

This is a hymn to Mary from the 3rd or 4th century. Is this not heretical?

“Beneath your compassion,
We take refuge, O Theotokos [God-bearer]:
do not despise our petitions in time of trouble:
but rescue us from dangers,
only pure, only blessed one.”

God alone answers petitions brought before Him!

“Only pure, only blessed one”? God is also pure and He commands us to be holy, also!

because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

I believe Satan himself had a hand in this! This is how the devil would draw people into paganism and the cult of the Virgin Mary! Maybe this is why the Ephesian church lost their “first love”! Miriam was believed to have lived in Ephesus with John. The Ephesians maybe replaced the goddess Artemis/Diana with Mary! A statue of the many-breasted Artemis/Diana is in the Vatican Museum. As Christians, we should not hold on to these idolatrous statues!

Pray that you will not replace your devotion to the LORD with this “fake Mary” and so have your lampstand removed! (Revelation 2:1-7) The LORD YHWH, the Great I AM, alone is worthy of worship!

The Second LIE – “Perpetual virginity of Mary” was claimed at Council of Ephesus 431; also, Pope Martin I at the Lateran Council of 649. However, this belief arose at the end of the 2nd century among the ascetic circles who thought it too sacrilegious that the mother of our Lord had sex! Yet, God gave this commandment of the LORD to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28b)

This and other verses prove that Yeshua had brothers and sisters:

53When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place. 54He went to his hometown and began teaching the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were amazed and asked, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miracles? 55This is the builder’s son, isn’t it? His mother is named Mary, isn’t she? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, aren’t they? 56And his sisters are all with us, aren’t they? So where did this man get all these things?” Matthew 13

The Third LIE – “Immaculate Conception”. Pope Pius IX in “Ineffabilis Deus”, 1854, put this idea into writing, but the idea that Mary was free from sin has been around since the 4th century. But Scripture says that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23).

“Papal infallibility” became a doctrine in the RCC through Pius IX in 1870.

The Fourth LIE – “Assumption of Mary”. Pope Pius XII made this official in 1950. If you don’t believe this lie, you may be labeled a heretic by the RCC. However, in the late 4th century, Epiphanius of Salamis studied this matter thoroughly and concluded that “No one knows her end”. There is no Scriptural basis for this!

CONCLUSION

An acronym for BIBLE is “Basic Instructions before Leaving Earth”. God didn’t leave us without a clue. He left us the Bible! The following Scripture makes this point:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

Do you really want to adhere to the fallacies of the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you really want to be in the cult of the Virgin Mary OR do you want to do things God’s way?

“to obey is better than sacrifice”

(from 1 Samuel 15:22)