Judg 2:13″ And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
Baal worship is sun worship, and Ashtoreth / Ishtar / Astarte is the queen of heaven. This is why there are so many sunburst images in Catholicism and why Mary is called the Queen of heaven. It is the apostasy of idol worship of Baal and Ashtaroth in the church – yet again.
It is as true today as it was then, just with different names.The Queen of Heaven is a title first used by Semeramis, wife of Nimrod the founder of Babylon. Semeramis started a pagan religion that included many of the traditions later found in Catholicism, including the use of the title Queen of Heaven. There’s no Biblical justification for this and our Lord’s mother would never have considered herself as such. The “mother-child” fixation, the celibate priesthood, an infallible high priest, and 40 days of lent are examples of other Catholic traditions that began in Babylon. (In fact, most of our Christmas and Easter traditions originated in Babylonian paganism, and were first adopted by the Catholic Church before spreading throughout Christianity.)
The Queen of the South and the Queen of Sheba are one and the same. (1 Kings 10:1) Jesus said that she would condemn the Jews for rejecting Him because she made a long journey just to see the greatness of Solomon, who was only a man after all, and now God Himself was among them and they didn’t recognize Him. It never fails,whenever we IDOLIZE someone or something;that ONE or THING ALWAYS OUT SHINES THE LORD OF HEAVEN,this is the nature of man’s fall,HE CANNOT SERVE GOD and an idol at the same time;for God will not SHARE HIS GLORY WITH ANOTHER!
Above – coin of the pagan emperor Constantine I, inscribed on the reverse with SOLI INVICTO COMITI – Sol, Invincible Comrade (of Constantine ) with the sun god wearing a rayed solar crown, and one hand raised in blessing, the other hand holding a globe. Below – coin of Pope Innocent XII dated 1698 with a virtually identical figure supposedly representing Christ, inscribed IPSE EST PAX NOSTRA – He is our peace.
Catholics acknowledge the pagan origin of the aureole / nimbus / halo:
Why is a halo put on the head of a statue of a Saint, and what is its symbolic meaning?
The halo, or circle, which is supposed to represent a ring of light, is symbolic of the light of grace bestowed by God. It may be regarded in art as the development of the aureole, the nimbus and the gloria.
The aureole is a cloud or glow of light in oval form surrounding the whole figure. The nimbus is a cloud or glow of light around the head. The gloria is light emanating from the body.
The halo or nimbus around the head of Christ is symbolic of His divinity.
The pagans used such devices before the Christian Era to signify power and majesty or prominence. Even in the Christian Era the symbols were used for famous personages, but Pope Urban III (1623- 1644) forbade the use of the nimbus for persons who are not at least beatified.
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
This presents a major problem. In establishing the immaculate conception of Mary and to her sinless ever virgin life “Protoevangelium of James” describes in detail the birth of the baby without pain and without the hymen of Mary being broken in graphic detail. Mary: Full of Grace at Catholic Answers presents the Catholic teaching on this matter from the writings of early church fathers and shows that because Mary bore Jesus without pain, it proved that Mary was free from original sin.
Thus the woman in Rev 12 cannot be Mary. If it is then she was neither immaculate or without original sin and did not give birth without pain and the entire documentation and evidences will be under question. But since we are dealing with revelational symbolisms they are amenable to any number of artificial manipulations.(THIS IS WHY THE BIBLE MUST BE TAKEN LITERALLY WHENEVER POSSIBLE) Catholic theologians can find means of avoiding this conflict. The easiest approach is “To Be in the pains of birth doesn’t always mean literal birth pain in scripture.” That particular statement does not refer to the pain of child birth. It refers only to the anguish of Mary in bringing Jesus to birth. Up to that point the story is literal, the woman is literal, the moon is literal, the stars are literal but this particualr pain is not. As a second way out they say there were two births ofJesus.(Talk about DESPREAT INTERPETATIONS) The First one without pain at Bethlehem and the second one at the cross with pain.(Doesn’t that mean Mary was physically sinless but spiritually fallen?) The second giving birth by Mary is not mentioned or found anywhere in the scripture – if I am not mistaken not even in the apocryphal or any other early documents. The first one was a physical birth and the second a spiritual birth. Once that point is reached we can go on to such lofty philosophies. “On this subject, some speak of superimposed planes or of the “law of two phases” in a single prophetic perspective, one including both the joyful virginal childbirth of Christ, the Head, at Bethlehem and the painful spiritual childbirth of the members – already included in the humanity of Christ (but not born) – on Calvary.”–James Akins. We are expected to find all this in the direct and simple words of John 19:26-27 “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
The fallacy of the argument is clear if we continue to read the passage. Rev. 12: 5….she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6.and the woman fled into the wilderness……..and nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”
Look at the sequence of the events. Woman with child- dragon tries to kill – child born – child taken up to God and to his throne – woman flees to wilderness. That does not fit Mary at all. After the ascension of Jesus, she fled into the wilderness! She fled to Egypt soon after the birth of Jesus and after the ascension of Jesus we see her in Jerusalem with the disciples worshipping. That is the last thing we hear about Mary. Unless we take the symbolism out of context it does not tally. We can of course play with it and say “sometimes it is the Church and some time it is Mary – they are the same.” But what about the 1260 days?
Who then is this Woman?. Evangelical interpretation identifies this woman as the Church. The Church is the bride of the lamb taken from among the gentiles. The elect therefore are not without original sin – they are indeed a fallen people justified and sanctified in Jesus. The church gave birth to her children in great travail and pain. The remaining war with the Serpent evidently refers to the end time. Eph.2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. The Catholic encyclopaedia actually agrees to this interpretation but then makes it as Mary as a symbol of the Church.”. It is true that commentators generally understand the whole passage as applying literally to the Church, and that part of the verses are better suited to the Church than to Mary. But it must be kept in mind that Mary is both a figure of the Church, and its most prominent member. What is said of the Church, is in its own way true of Mary. Hence the passage of the Apocalypse (xii, 5-6) does not refer to Mary merely by way of accommodation (cf. Drach, Apcal., Pris, 1873, 114), but applies to her in a truly literal sense which appears to be partly limited to her, and partly extended to the whole Church.”
If we accept the the Catholic Mary, Mary cannot represent the Church at all.The Church is taken from among the Jews & gentiles, from a fallen state and redeemed by the blood of Jesus and justified and sanctified. That is the Church. Mary does not in any way fit the description. She is not even human and does not share the same flesh and blood of mankind which is by nature a decaying and dying one because of the “original sin”.
Once the Queen of heaven is established as Mary, the doctrine of Coronation of Mary is inevitable. We have ample reference to the Bride of the Lamb i.e Jesus sitting in the heavenlies not only in the Revelation- which book offers interpretations as varied and diverse as to the imagination of the interpreter – but in other parts of the scripture. It was a common imagery in the epistles of Paul. Mary’s coronation prophecy or picture is found no where, not even in the gnostic literature of that period. It is evidently the result of adoration to Mary through the many centuaries following the influence of pagan cultures.
The Queen of Heaven is also represented with a slight twist as above. Here Mary is represented as crushing the head of the Serpent. This is in fulfilment of the promise: Gen 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Justification of this doctrine is that Jesus being the son of Mary, if Jesus crushed the head of the serpent, it is indirectly done by Mary. The real problem here is that this reasoning is also TRUE OF ALL THE CHURCH,we all crush the serpent’s head because we obey what yeshua commands us in regards to spiritual warfare,so does this mean all of us are as mary is? The doctrine of Mary is one of the MOST INDEFENSEABLE DOCTRINE’S EVER CONCEIVED BY MAN. Mary DIED,she was NEVER RAISED FROM THE DEAD LIKE YESHUA WAS,the Catholic Jesus and Mary DO NOT EXIST,THESE “Demonic” manifestations are “Angels of Light” pretending to be Jesus and Mary and doing a VERY BAD JOB at that!
However there are translations of Bible which are officially approved by the Roman Catholic Church which really makes this change. Roman Catholic Douay Rheims, 1899 Imprimatur of James Cardinal Gibbons, dated September 1, 1899 translates Gen 3:15 thus:
The foot note reads: She shall crush. Ipsa, the woman; so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin; others read it ipsum, viz., the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent’s head.
A translation by Monsignor Ronald Knox, from the Latin Vulgate published in 1944, authorized by the Heirarchy of England and Wales, and the Heirarchy of Scotland. Imprimatur of Bernard Cardinal Griffin, the Archbishop of Westminster, translates this portion more clearly thus:
But the real evidence for the coronation and glorification of Mary comes from Mary herself – not from the the Scripture, nor from the historical evidences nor from traditions handed down from the Apostles. Aparitions and revelations of Mary had given all these dogmas validity!! Now the “Roman Catholic Church”, in its authority to establish truth, by infallible Papal Bulls have made them true.
The true implication of the concept of the Queen of Heaven will not be clear unless we interpret this concept in terms of the scripture. Where can we find this? A search will show that it is not present in the New Testament. The only occurrence is in Jeremiah’s prophecy: Jeremiah 7:14-19 (KJV) 14 “Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. 16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. 17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?”
I am well aware that any amount of prophetic warning will fall only on deaf ears.The Queen of Heaven was a miracle figure. She provided temperal benefits in abundance at the expense of eternal damnation. This is what Jeremiah was told:
17 We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.
19 The women added, “When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes like her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?”
So this worship of the Queen of Heaven is nothing new. It started right in the heart of Jerusalem and Judah from the very Temple of the Lord which bore His name. The figure has not changed. The idol has not changed. The method of burnig incense has not changed. The ardant proponents of the new movement are women too! Queen of Heaven has resurrected back.
All Catholics today, Roman and Russian Orthodox, worship Mary as the Queen of heaven. One only has to do a web search under “Queen of Heaven” to prove that Catholics do worship the Queen of Heaven (over 5,000 images show up on Google alone). What Catholics don’t realize (or care to realize) is that the Queen of Heaven originated from pagan Babylonian goddess worship.LIKE IT or LUMP IT,Catholics WORSHIP A FALSE GODDESS that will lead them to HELL FOREVER! PLEASE READ THESE ONLINE COMICS TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING!
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