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"Will Mary-Loving Pope John Paul II cap his career by declaring a new dogma? A recent anthology from a small Roman Catholic publisher in Santa Barbara, Calif., predicts that as early as next year, John Paul will exercise his power of infallibility to declare Mary the Co-Redemptrix of humanity and "Mediatrix" of all graces. That would make her a participant in salvation -- along with her son, Jesus Christ. There has long been talk of such a move, since devotion to Catholicism's Queen of Heaven is never far from the heart of this Pontiff."
"Last year, the Vatican quietly asked a special international panel of theologians for advice. The Vatican daily newspaper disclosed last week that the advice was unanimous -- leave things be. Among the reasons: Popes have shunned Co-Redemptrix talk for a half-century; the bishops of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) decided not to give Mary any new titles; and such a dogma could raise 'ecumenical difficulties'. Translation: Protestants and the Orthodox would go into orbit, feeling Christ has been demeaned as the unique Savior."
This news is one of the most dramatic news possible in the drive to the New World Order!! The Plan calls for a One-World Government to arise out of the many disparate religious groups in the world today. New Age Plans reveal that the "Ecumenical Movement" is the vehicle to accomplish this goal. And, as we reported in NEWS1052 "Seminar Notes: House of Theosophy, 8/18/91", the New World Order Plan calls for the Roman Catholic Pope to assume the top leadership role in the New World Order Religion. Of course, this places the Pope in the position of the False Prophet of Revelation 13:11-18.
The Roman Catholic Church, therefore, has taken the leadership role in uniting all religions of the world into a One World Religion. Until recently, most Fundamental Protestant leaders have felt that the gap between Roman Catholicism, the Protestants, the Muslims, and the religions of the Far East were too huge to be bridged in the foreseeable future. This belief was spawned by a lack of understanding of the role Mary will play in providing this bridge! Please allow us to explain.
First, notice in the above article, that the Virgin Mary is referred to as the "Queen of Heaven". Those of you who know your Scriptures will immediately sit up and take notice at this term being applied to Mary, because God condemned, and brought into judgment, a worship of a pagan goddess, whom the Jews and Pagans alike called, "Queen of Heaven". Let us review the pertinent Scripture first.
In Jeremiah 44, God is pronouncing judgment upon Israel for her many sins, beginning with idolatry worship. In verse 25, God addresses one particularly nasty worship that was so offensive to Him. "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her:" Then, in the next few verses, God pronounces judgment upon Israel for this worship.
Why would God be so very upset? Because the Queen of Heaven whom the Jews were worshipping was a Pagan goddess deity!! The Holman Bible Online Dictionary identifies the Queen of Heaven thusly: "QUEEN OF HEAVEN A goddess women in Judah worshipped to ensure fertility and material stability (Jer. 7:18; 44:17). Forms of worship included making cakes (possibly in her image as in molds found at Mari), offering drink offerings, and burning incense (Jer. 44:25). The major influence could have been Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess called there the Queen of Heaven (imported to Israel by Manassseh), or the Canaanite Ashtarte. Archaeologists have uncovered many images of nude goddesses from Israelite sites, showing why Jeremiah protested against such worship."
Thus, the Roman Catholics are worshipping Mary as Queen of Heaven, a direct offshoot of the Pagan goddesses. You see, the Roman Catholic Church has always erroneously believed that they can take Pagan doctrines and practices and "Christianize" them, thereby making their practice acceptable to God, or glorifying to God. In every place in the Old Testament where Israel repented of her pagan idolatries, God had the national leaders, or the priests, physically destroy the pagan idols and temples, and eradicate such worship from among the people. Never, ever, ever, do you see God allowing the priests to say a prayer over the pagan objects, and then incorporate them into their worship! But, Rome has always done this, and has strayed so very much off the "narrow path" that Jesus Christ said leads to Eternal Life. [[Jim, Can you scan in our picture of Mary, Queen of Heaven, found in the "Magic Symbols" book?]]
Pagan authors can easily see that the worship of the Virgin Mary is a direct offshoot of pagan goddess worship. New Age author, China Galland, addresses this issue repeatedly in her book, "Longing For Darkness". Galland worships a Tibetan goddess, Tara, who is a Black Virgin.
I have printed these excerpts below:
1) "I show him [her Tibetan Master] the magazine clipping on the reported appearance of the Madonna in the bark of trees in Poland." [These apparitions are occurring all over the world, are they not? And, they are occurring in all sorts of mediums, from stone to brick to food.] Then, the Tibetan Master continued: "If no one is making this image, then it is very similar to what were are talking about here. We have many occurrences like this in Tibetan Buddhism. We call it rangjung, it means 'self-arising'. " ["Longing For Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna", by China Galland, Penguin Books, 1990, page 65] Thus, you can see that the Buddhists are no strangers to apparitions of their goddess!! The same pagan spirit that is behind the apparitions of the Buddhist Madonna is the force behind the Virgin Mary apparitions!! Do not be deceived. [Matthew 24:24]
2) Some months later, Galland was granted an audience with the Dalai Lama himself! She was determined to hear from his authoritative lips that the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and Tara were, indeed, the same. After she put this question to him, the Dalai Lama replied, "Yes, Tara and Mary create a good bridge. This is a good direction to go in." [page 93]
3) Just a few moments later, Galland returns to this subject which she finds so fascinating. "When I tell him about the reports of the Blessed Mother appearing in the bark trees of Poland, he concurs with my initial impression. 'Yes, this would be rangjung, the same thing as we have been talking about, of course, the same thing." [Page 95]
THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT THESE APPARITIONS PROVIDE A BRIDGE BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICS [1 BILLION PEOPLE] AND BUDDHISTS [WELL OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE]
4) Galland became very interested in the similarities in goddess worship, particularly the Black Madonna, in both the West and the East. She went to her spiritual Tibetan Master once again for enlightenment on this issue. " 'I'm interested in Tara, and especially the Tara in the rock at Pharping,', I told him. He began to take down books that he said I should become familiar with. 'Here', he said, handing me one after another, 'you must know that Tara is also Kali and Parvati, and Durga ... She has a thousand names', he assured me ... When he had finished, he handed me a thin, blue-lined notebook with the song handwritten both in Sanskrit and in English. 'It's a hymn to the Divine Mother, Craving Forgiveness,' he explained." [page 59]
The Roman Catholics worship the Virgin Mary and pray the rosary, and craving forgiveness. You can add the name Virgin Mary to the thousand names of Tara!
THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT THIS WORSHIP OF THE DIVINE MOTHER PROVIDES A BRIDGE BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICS [1 BILLION PEOPLE] AND BUDDHISTS [WELL OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE]
5) As her spiritual studies, this time with a Dr. Lindegger, continued, Galland's understanding deepened. Dr. Lindegger was a classical philologist and Tibetologist at the Zurich University. He teaches ancient Greek, Latin, and Tibetan at the University. And, he taught Galland many spiritual matters. She recounts her further enlightenment. "The Great Mother, the Divine Child, the Virgin Birth, and the Dying God are some of the archetypes found in the Madonna's story and in many stories around the world, much older than Christianity's [sic]. On one level, Mary herself is a composite figure, as Dr. Lindegger would explain, formed by a process that began long before Christianity." Dr. Lindegger continued:
" 'First, the Madonna is rooted in Mesopotamia. This you must understand. There are two roots of Mary, some say even more. There is Ishtar, and there is Isis, but first we will speak of Ishtar. Ishtar was called the Queen of Heaven, a Sumerian-Babylonian goddess of vegetation and a moon goddess. Called Inanna by the Sumerians ... Ishtar is her name. She was worshipped prior to the third millennium, B.C., as the goddess of fertility and love. She was worshipped, not only in Mesopotamia but along the western coast of what is now Turkey, where the Greeks had established colonies. It was actually the Hittites that brought the cult of Ishtar to the West ... When the Greeks took over her worship, they called her Artemis. Both are unmarried goddesses. It was believed that in order to become [culturally] cultivated, one must sleep with Ishtar or Artemis. Then one was no longer a barbarian ... Ishtar belongs to the chthonic world, [the gods and goddesses of the underworld, in Greek belief] ... She becomes known as the goddess Cybele around the fifth century, B.C., some say earlier. Her face is black ... Mary has two roots, Ishtar also has a second origin. Ishtar's was from the underworld. Before Ishtar became Cybele, she had also passed through a period of worship as the goddess Astarte (Astarte was the goddess worshipped by King Solomon in his old age, also known as Asherah in the Hebrew tradition.)"
Let us pause here to reflect upon this unbelievable revelation concerning the roots of the Virgin Mary. Mary was preceded by Israel's worship of Asherah, led by King Solomon, who we know from Scripture, greatly offended God by marrying foreign women and worshipping their gods and goddesses. Listen to the further understanding given us by the Holman Online Bible Dictionary, concerning the goddess, Asherah. " ASHERAH (uh shee' rah) A fertility goddess, the mother of Baal, whose worship was concentrated in Syria and Canaan and the wooden object that represented her ... The Hebrew word for Asherah occurs 40 times in the Old Testament. "Asherah" has been translated in a variety of ways .... The association of the word with pagan worship is unquestioned by scholars."
The writers of the Old Testament referred to the image of Asherah as well as to "prophets" belonging to her and to vessels used in her worship (1 Kings 15:13, 18:19; 2 Kings 21:7, 23:4; 2 Chron. 15:16) ... Deuteronomy 7:5; 12:3 instructed the Israelites to cut down and burn up the Asherim (plural form of Asherah). Deuteronomy 16:21 prohibited the planting of a tree as an "Asherah."
"... Other religious writings from the Ancient Near East indicate that "Asherah" was the Hebrew name for an Amorite or Canaanite goddess who was worshipped in various parts of the Ancient Near East. ... According to ancient mythology, Asherah, the mother goddess, was the wife of El and mother of seventy gods, of whom Baal was the most famous. Asherah was the fertility goddess of the Phoenicians and Canaanites. She was called 'Lady Asherah of the Sea.'"
"The Asherah existed in both the Southern and Northern Kingdoms of Israel. Jezebel of Tyre apparently installed Asherah worship in the north when she married King Ahab (1 Kings 18:18-19). The principle cities in which the objects were located were Samaria, Bethel, and Jerusalem. According to 1 Kings 14:23, the people 'built for themselves high places, and pillars, and Asherim (plural) on every hill and under every green tree.' " [Emphasis mine]
Did you notice the places in antiquity that worshipped Asherah? The Caananites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Phoenicians, all of whom were physically destroyed by God in judgment for their idolatry!! The Roman Catholic Church has reinstated the cult of the fertility goddess which God has hated so very much. And, did you notice that this goddess is supposed to be the mother of Baal, one of the most heinous of all the gods, as he required human sacrifice.?
Dr. Lindegger then continued with his tracing of the roots of the Virgin Mary. " 'Now we come to the development of the motherhood of the deity,' said Dr. Lindegger, 'the Egyptian aspect, Isis. Now we have the Mother Goddess depicted in paintings and in statutes suckling her son, Horus. Isis was worshipped from around 1800 B.C., and, like Mary, was a virgin who brought her son forth of herself. These elements all meet on the island of Sicily. The cults were carried there by sailors. For Sicily, the sacred places are worshipped regardless of the pagan names ... Here the Carthaginians worshipped Ishtar, the Greeks worshipped Artemis, and later the Romans, Venus. In the middle of the Mediterranean, this is a passage that almost all ships had to make that sailed the Mediterranean. It was close to Africa, it was the passage to Spain. Used by the Phoenicians and Greeks, it was very important."
Later, Galland's study of the omnipresence of the worship of the Madonna "connects the Madonna with Kali, with Isis, and ... the Greek earth goddess, Demeter. The ravens always associated with Meinrad and Einsiedenl were also a symbol of the Terrible Mother, the Goddess of Death, another form of the Great Mother ... I had heard that [Carl] Jung maintained that this Madonna is a manifestation of Isis ... Some scholars claim that some of the early statues of the Madonna and Child were actually Isis and Horus, renamed as Mary and Jesus." [Pages 154-157]
"Renamed as Mary and Jesus" kind of says it all, does it not? Poor, sincere Roman Catholics are in reality worshipping an ancient pagan goddess, whose worship provoked the anger of Almighty God.
THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT THIS WORSHIP OF THE DIVINE MOTHER PROVIDES A BRIDGE BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICS [1 BILLION PEOPLE] AND BUDDHISTS [WELL OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE]
In our sections, above, we have alluded to the "Black Madonna" on several occasions. Many of the important goddesses in the pagan religions are black. At this point, I can just hear you jumping to your feet, exclaiming that the Virgin Mary is white, so this disproves our conclusion that the worship of the Virgin Mary comes directly from paganism!
Only in North America is the Virgin Madonna only white. Listen to Galland once again. "Scattered throughout the European continent there are hundreds of dark or black Madonnas: in Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, as well as other countries."
But, most importantly, the Madonna of Poland, that nation's Patron Saint, is Black!! Therefore the untold story of this Time Magazine article is that Pope John Paul II is adoring this Black Madonna. We reported this phenomenon several years ago, in Radio Transcript, CE1008, "Virgin Mary and Pagan Goddess Worship".
Roman Catholicism has reverted to the worship of the Black Madonna in most countries throughout the world. One of most-heavily visited shrines in the world is the shrine of the Black Madonna, in Czestochowa, Poland. Kathleen Hayes, of National Research Institute, states in her tape of the coming global Marion Apparition, that Pope John Paul II considers himself "the slave" of the Black Madonna. Kathleen further states that the Catholic Church placed Poland under the protection of this Black Madonna early in the 1950's. This development is of huge significance in our study of how the major religions of the world could be drawn into a One-World Religion in the very near future.
Why is it so important for the Madonna to be black? First, the Black Deity has been predominately important in ancient Mysteries and pagan religions. Reverend Alexander Hislop, in his book, The Two Babylons, notes the prevalence of the worship of a negro god or goddess, throughout the ancient known world.
"...the great god Buddha is generally represented in China as a Negro..." (p. 57).
"In Egypt, the fair Horus, the son of the black Osiris, who was the favorite object of worship." (p. 69)
"It is [incredible] to find in what widely-severed countries, and amongst what millions of the human race at this day...a negro god is worshipped." (Ibid)
"...the Virgin in Algiers Cathedral is a Negress..." (Introduction by Donald Grey Barnhouse, D.D.).
So, we can see that Black Deities have been common in Antiquity. However, China Galland gives us a contemporary view that is quite interesting. She says, "I had come to find the Buddha Tara, but instead I found the goddesses Durga and Kali. Kali, sprung from Durga, Kali the death dealer and life giver, the end and beginning of time .. The fact that Kali is dark and female turned my Catholic upbringing inside out ... Some say she is black because black is the color in which all distinctions are dissolved, others say she is black because she is eternal night." [Page 27, Emphasis mine]
Black is the color in which all distinctions are dissolved. Isn't this the entire objective of bringing the world into a One World Religion? Isn't this the essence of the coming religion of the False Prophet and the Antichrist? Of course, it is! In this coming New World Order Religion, all distinctives disappear, and all spiritual worship is the same, or you die! I find it further interesting that Satanism has this same fascination with the color, Black!
Then, Galland also speaks to the feminist appeal of a Black Madonna. "The darkness of these female gods comforted me. It felt like a balm on the wound of the unending white maleness that we had deified in the West. They were the other side of everything I had ever known about God. A dark female, God. Yes." [Page 31]
THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT THIS WORSHIP OF THE BLACK DIVINE MOTHER PROVIDES A BRIDGE BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICS [1 BILLION PEOPLE] AND BUDDHISTS [WELL OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE]
As we conclude our study of this Time Magazine article about Pope John Paul II getting ready to declare that the Virgin Mary is now a Co-Redemptrix, let us examine again the reasoning that the religious counselors, whom the Pope sounded out on this subject, gave for him not doing it. "Such a dogma could raise 'ecumenical difficulties'. Translation: Protestants and the Orthodox would go into orbit, feeling Christ has been demeaned as the unique Savior."
I believe that Pope John Paul II knows now that, in 1997 or 1998, this declaration would have little impact on the liberal Protestant denominations that have joined forces with the Roman Catholic Church, for two very simple reasons:
First, these mainline Protestant denominations have already gone a long, long ways toward denying the doctrine of the "uniqueness" of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ. Too many liberal theologians have been teaching young impressionable students for too long, that Jesus Christ was not divine, that He was not God in human flesh, but that He was simply another Avatar -- World Teacher -- come to the Jews in his time and place. These liberals teach that Jesus was a good man, a great teacher, and He did "raise the consciousness level" of the Jews of His era. Most of them deny that He actually died, and none of them believe He rose again. Therefore, how upset would they be if the Pope declared that Mary now was His Co-Redeemer? Not very.
In this regard, Texe Marrs, writing in Flash Point, December, 1996, quoted a liberal theologian as saying that it is now time to "demote" Jesus. Marrs writes, "Every day, these men move further and further from that truth, from that Whole Gospel. One of these men, theologian Robert Funk, has founded the Jesus Seminar. This is an organization of 'Christian' seminary professors and clergy, funded by the Rockefellers, who meet annually to proclaim 'newfound truths' about Jesus and the scriptures. Jesus, they say, wasn't God and never claimed to be God. He was merely an 'itinerant, wandering sage'. Christ did not give the Lord's Prayer to his Disciples, say the men of the Jesus Seminar, nor was Jesus resurrected from the cross, these learned men insist. 'It's time to demote Jesus', Funk proclaims.' " ["Flashpoint: A Newsletter Ministry of Texe Marrs, December, 1996, Vol. 96-12, page 1.]
The second reason the liberal, mainline Protestant Churches would not be too terribly upset if the Pope were to declare Mary to be a Co-Redemptrix, is that they have thoroughly convinced themselves, and their followers, that the Ecumenical Movement is correctly founded upon the un-Biblical notion that everyone ignore their differences while emphasizing that upon which they do agree. Thus, they would conveniently ignore this latest area of disagreement.
THE POINT TO EMPHASIZE IS THAT THE WORSHIP OF THE VIRGIN MARY AND ESPECIALLY A BLACK VIRGIN, DRAWS TOGETHER ALL THE CHRISTIANS, THE BUDDHISTS, AND THE HINDUS, A NUMBER REACHING OVER 3 BILLION PEOPLE, HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION!
Finally, we need to study the words of a Catholic priest, the Rev. Paul Mouawad, who is the head of the Mariological Society. He believes that the worship of the Virgin Mary will help unite Catholics and Muslims!!
NEWS BRIEF: "Mary could unite Christians, Muslims: Mariological Society urges exploration of the Virgin Mother", Saturday Religion, The Providence Journal Bulletin , October 29, 1994, Page C8..
"An exploration of the Virgin Mary as she is found in the prayers, icons, and devotions of the Middle East could go a long way in providing Christians with a deeper understanding of Mary's relationship with Jesus, and perhaps even help to bring Christians and Muslims together."
"The Rev. Paul Mouawad, the Maronite-rite priest who serves as pastor of Holy Trinity-St. George Church in Pawtucket [R.I.], observed that while Christians regard Mary with a great deal of reverence, Muslims do as well. The Koran, the holy book of Islam, describes her in glowing terms because of her faithfulness to God. Even though they do not believe Jesus was God incarnate, they believe him to be a great prophet. Muslims honor Mary as the one chosen to carry out God's plan by carrying Jesus in her womb. 'When I go to the Middle East, I always hear Christians and Muslims talking of Mary,' said the priest. 'The Muslims call her the Mother of Issa. And you feel her presence in the Christian churches and shrines.' "
"In Arabic, she is referred to as the 'Saide', the Mother of God, loved and respected by all. 'This emphasis on the divine motherhood of Mary is important', says Father Mouawad ... For people in the Eastern Churches, Mary is more than the mother of the Lord. She is the motherhood of a whole generation. She is part of the Church, a fourth person in the Blessed Trinity, after the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit".
Wow!! Roman Catholics have been worshipping Mary for many years now as a Co-Redemptrix even without an official doctrine to that effect. And, now, we are being told by this Lebanese Catholic priest that the people in the Eastern Churches already view her as the fourth person in the Blessed Trinity!!
THE MAIN POINT HERE IS THAT CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS CAN BE UNITED BY A DECLARATION THAT MARY IS A CO-REDEMPTRIX! THERE ARE OVER 1 BILLION MUSLIMS.
THEREFORE, THE WORSHIP OF THE VIRGIN MARY CAN CONCEIVABLY UNITE OVER 4 BILLION PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, TWO-THIRDS OF THE POPULATION OF THE WORLD!!
Now, you can see why we stated, at the beginning of this article, that this news of the Pope declaring Mary to be a Co-Redemptrix is most important news regarding the final pulling together of all the religions of the world into the New World Order Religion!
MOST IMPORTANT NEWS! A MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCE TOWARD THE NEW WORLD ORDER RELIGION!
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