Friends, the final events will be rapid ones because God "will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness." (Rom. 9:28). Satan, therefore, knowing his time is running out, is working diligently to deceive the world through his lying sophistries, in which the Marian Movement is a key pawn. This player continues its assaults against the truths of the Bible by making the claim that Mary is the "Second or New Eve," because as our so-called "Co-Redeemer, Mediatrix, and Advocate," she plays a major role in our salvation. In fact, in the August 25, 1997, issue of Newsweek, which portrayed the Virgin Mary on its cover, it stated in their feature article entitled "Hail Mary," that "a growing movement in the Roman Catholic Church wants the pope to proclaim a new, controversial dogma: that Mary is Co-Redeemer. Will he do it...in time for the millenium?" "In the last four years the pope has received 4,340,429 signatures from 157 countries - an average of 100,000 a month - supporting the proposed doctrine," added Newsweek.
Friends, does the Bible tell us in John 3:16, that: "God so loved the world, that he gave the Virgin Mary, that whosoever believeth in her should not perish, but have everlasting life"? Of course it does not! It was Christ who bore the sins of the whole world. He is called the second Adam, because He took upon Himself human nature and passed over the ground where the first Adam fell. "For verily he took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham....like unto His brethren...a merciful and faithful high priest...to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." (Heb. 2:16, 17). Yet, the authors of The Thunder of Justice have the audacity to argue that since Christ was conceived in Mary by the Holy Ghost [see Matt. 1:18, 20], Mary, therefore, is the Holy Spirit's wife or spouse - she is the bride of the Holy Spirit, and together they will give the call: "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come, And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev. 22: 17). But that is not what the verse implies at all! The "bride" in this verse refers to the holy city, the New Jerusalem. The Bible clearly states: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jernsalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues...saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." (Rev. 21 :2, 9, 10). Friends, it is not the Virgin Mary, but the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and the wooing appeal of the Holy City, the bride, that are calling every human being, every sinner, to heed the invitation to come Home to her - the "house" of "many mansions," prepared for those who choose to be among God's Redeemed. We should all "desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city [the New Jerusalem]." (Hebrews 11: 16).
My home is not this earth and I hope it is not yours either. My home is the New Jerusalem which will come down out of Heaven to this earth after the thousand-year period of Satan's imprisonment on a desolate planet and forever plant itself on the soil of the Earth Made New (Rev. 21:1, 2)! So was John the Revelator wrong when he wrote the words above - words that never once identify the Virgin Mary as the "bride" referred to in the Book of Revelation? Had he received a false vision from God in regard to these last-day events? Or are the appearances, apparitions, bleeding icons, and the words of this purported Mary themselves that which is wrong, indeed? Once again, the counterfeit MARY'S WORDS CONTRADICT THE HOLY SCRIPTURES!!!
The counterfeit Mary, last but not least, identifies herself as the "Queen of the Coming Age." Where in the Bible are we told that a "Queen" will rule the Earth Made New? The Bible, to the contrary, tells us that the "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:16) will reign in the Earth Made New, and that "a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal" proceeded "out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Rev. 22:1).
The time is short, oh, so short! On Saturday, December 21, 1996, one of the stories in The Denver Post read: "Virgin Mary sightings rise as millennium nears. Hundreds flock to Virgin apparition on office tower." The story reported that an estimated 250,000 people have come to the Seminole Finance Corporation building in Clearwater, Florida, to see the reflection on its windows that looks like the Virgin Mary. "In these times of sin and confusion, in these days of the approaching millennium, believers say the Mother of God is visiting Earth with increased regularity," the Post reported. "Seeing is believing," they said. But is it? Can we trust our senses in this day and age? Should we? What does the Bible say? "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isa. 8:20).
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