The Second Commandment
“You shall not make for yourself an image (idol) in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments’” “Exodus 20:4-6).
In the Catholic Catechism and most official Catholic documents (1), the first and second commandments are combined to read, “I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other gods beside me,” thus eliminating the second commandment. To get the number of commandments back to ten, the tenth commandment is then split into “you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife” and “you shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.” This then allows the Catholic Church to venerate statues of Mary and the saints. They reject the commandment of God not to “make yourself an image” so that they can keep their own traditions, traditions which are pure paganism.
Mary Procession Occur Around the World
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is venerated by believers during a candle procession at the holy shrine of Fatima in Portugal in 2011.
Note that in the picture above picture, a statue of Mary is seated on a crescent moon, a symbol of the pagan queen of heaven and she is placed in a position over the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant. Mary is clearly being placed in a position that requires worship.
Revelation 12 Corrupted to be Mary Queen of Heaven
You may well have noticed in the last picture of Mary seated on a crescent moon, that she was depicted above the mercy seat of the ark. There is no instruction given by God in the construction of the ark, to place a crescent moon above the mercy seat, so how does the waxing moon become part of the Roman Catholic idol? To answer this question, we need to go to Revelation 12: 1:
“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
For the Roman Catholic, Revelation 12 is depicting Mary giving birth to Jesus. However, it is common in Scripture for a woman to symbolise a religious system, which is very evident in chapter 12 of the book of Revelation. The meaning of the celestial bodies she is associated with is found in the interpretation of Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9-11, where the sun is the Patriarch Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, the moon is Joseph’s mother Rachel and the eleven stars are Joseph’s brothers. The woman, therefore, is clearly Israel, with Joseph joining his brothers as the twelfth star, who are the twelve tribes of Israel. It is from the nation of Israel that the Messiah shall arise.
The Roman Catholic Church interprets the woman as representing Mary, standing on a crescent moon with twelve stars around her head as seen in the pictures below. In many of these images of Mary, she is standing on the head of a snake, as it is she, according to Roman Catholicism, that defeats Satan.
Mary in May
The goddess Diana was known by many names including the Queen of Heaven; the Great Goddess; the Lunar Virgin; the Mother of Animals; the Lady of Wild Creatures; and the Huntress. She also became known as the Queen of May Day. This is a pagan festival, still celebrated today, which begins on the evening of April 29th, known as Walpurgis Night, and continues through May 1st.
In the Roman Catholic Church, May Day is associated with the Virgin Mary, and they celebrate her crowning as the Queen of May on this date: “It has been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in May. … It was during the Middle Ages (11th century) that the idea of giving the month of May to Mary began with an old tradition, the “30-Day Devotion to Mary,” which was originally held August 15 to September 14” (Catholic encyclopedia).
May 1 marks the Celtic festival of Beltane, also referred to as May Day, which many neopagans and Wiccans around the world observe to celebrate the onset of summer. Beltane is also celebrated by Satanists, being their second most important day after Halloween. Anton LaVey established the Satanic Church on the festival of Beltane.
The Catholics have a very interesting interpretation of Genesis 3:15, the very first prophecy of the seed of Satan (the Antichrist) and the seed of the woman (Jesus) and the victory Jesus will have over Satan and the Antichrist. The Roman Catholic Vulgate Bible translates Genesis 3:15 as: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed. She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Emphasis added). The Vulgate Bible has replaced he with she, and his with her in this scripture. So, the interpretation of Genesis 3:15 for the Roman Catholics is that it is not Jesus in the scripture but Mary. Mary will suffer at the hands of Satan but eventually rise to be victorious over him. The very first prophecy in scripture illuminating the future battle for the salvation of man by Jesus is hijacked by the Roman Catholic Church to elevate Mary to the position of saviour.
Satan’s plan in converting the Biblical Mary into the “Queen of Heaven” is to keep people in spiritual darkness. His initial attempt to wipe out the Church in the first few centuries through persecution failed; by bringing paganism into the Church, the truth is exchanged for a lie. With the fabrication of a counterfeit Mary, as queen of heaven, the focus of people’s attention is turned away from Jesus to the Whore of Babylon.
“I am all yours, Mary”
An Article in the LA Times.Com, September 1, 2002, by Reed Johnson records the fact that Pope John Paul II’s personal motto was “Totus tuus sum Maria”, or “I am all yours, Mary.” This reflects the Pope’s belief that it was Mary who saved him from death at the hands of an assassin in 1981, so that he could defeat European communism. After becoming Pope, John Paul became Mary’s apostle, travelling the globe and visiting countless shrines and invoking her aid in almost all of his discourses.
Pope John Paul II did much to revive the belief in Mary as a saviour, and increase the flow of millions to sites around the world, such as Czestochowa (Poland, 1382), Guadalupe (Mexico, 1531), Lourdes (France, 1858), Knock (Ireland, 1879), Fatima (Portugal, 1917), and Medjugorje (Croatia, 1981), where apparitions of Mary have occurred. All these sites have not only recorded revelations from the Virgin, but also have reports of miraculous events and spontaneous healings. Pope John Paul II succeeded in instilling a belief in the modern Catholic of Mary as the centrepiece of their faith and salvation. The effect of this is that even though Popes Benedict and Francis, John Paul’s successors, have not been as fanatical about Mary as John Paul II, the seed has been effectively planted in the heart of the Roman Catholic. The seed has been fertilised by the upsurge of new apparitions of Mary, with the result that the Vatican is continually bombarded with requests to establish Mary as Co-Redemptrix.
Mary Apparitions Approved by the Catholic Church:
- Our Lady of Guadalupe (she who crushes the serpent), 1531.
- LaSalette in France, 1846 – “Lucifer unleashed in 1864.”
- Lourdes in France, 1858 – “I am the immaculate conception.”
- Pontmain France, 1871.
- Fatima in Portugal, 1917 “Queen of the rosary.”
- Beaurainc in Belgium, 1932-33, “I am the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven.”
- Garabandal in Spain, 1961.
- Akita in Japan, 1973.
- Medjugotje in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 1981 “Queen of peace”
THE ISIS CULT AND THE ‘CHRISTIAN’ MADONNA CULT
The Egyptian gods of Isis, Osiris and Horus are the Egyptian equivalents of Semiramis, Nimrod and Tammuz, with Isis being the Egyptian alter-ego of Semiramis. The Egypt mythology of Isis sticks closely to the story of Semiramis. Isis was married to her brother, Osiris. Another brother, Set, who was jealous of Osiris, killed him and cut him up into pieces and spread the body parts around Egypt. Isis went out and gathered all the parts of Osiris and magically restored him. Isis then conceived a child through her relationship with Osiris. The child was a boy called Horus, who was considered a miracle child born after the restoration to life of Osiris by Isis.
With the conquest and Hellenization of Egypt by Alexander the Great, the Greeks were exposed to Isis worship. Due to her attributes as a protector and mother, Isis became the patron goddess to the Greek sailors, who spread her worship from Egypt to all ports of the Mediterranean, including Rome. There was a universal appeal for the Isis cult in Roman society, from lowly slaves to traders and businessmen, and to women, as there was a feminine appeal to alternative Roman patriarchal dominated religions. Also, unlike Cybele, the resident Roman mother goddess, she did not require a change in lifestyle.
With the dominance of Isis worship at the time of the fledgling church in Rome, the myth of Isis had a direct influence on the elevation of Mary in the Roman church. Aspects of Isis that attracted worshippers to her, and had a direct influence on the status of Mary in Roman Catholic theology are:
- Isis was depicted as the Lady of sorrows weeping for the dead Osiris. The Egyptians believed that the weeping of Isis for Osiris was the reason why the Nile flooded each year. Mary has become the Lady of sorrows in the Roman Catholic Church, weeping over the dead body of her Son. The focus in the Church should be on the resurrection of Jesus and His triumph over death, which gives all believers the assurance of eternal life. The Roman Catholics, however, want to focus on the suffering of Mary at the crucifixion of Jesus to elevate her suffering to be equal to the suffering of Jesus.
- Isis was commended as the divine mother, nursing her infant son Horus, and in that form, she was often depicted in statues and paintings. The Catholic Church depicts Mary as the divine mother holding the baby Jesus. In Rome, at the time of Emperor Constantine, the statues and paintings of Isis and Horus became Madonna and child, so much so that archaeologists and historians have problems distinguishing one from the other.
- The title of Isis in Rome was “the queen of heaven,” that title has been adopted by the Roman church for the Catholic Mary.
- Isis was also referred to as the “mother of the gods.” The belief that Mary is the “Mother of God” is central to the Roman Catholic faith.
- Isis was called “Lady of the Words of Power.” This is another indication that Mary worship developed out of the old worship of the mother goddess as Mary is often titled “Madonna.” This title, according to Alexander Hislop, is one of the titles by which the Babylonian mother goddess (Semiramis) was titled. Nimrod came to be called Baal, which means lord; Semiramis was referred to as “My Lady,” which is Baalti. The Latin for “My Lady” is “Mea Donna,” and in Italian it is corrupted into “Madonna.” When Catholics venerate the Madonna, they are venerating Semiramis, not Mary.
In the picture of Isis, the horns represent the crescent moon, which is also the symbol of the womb of a woman. So, the sun in the horns represents the birth of the sun. Nimrod being reborn in the womb of Semiramis becomes Tammuz.
The monstrance has a crescent moon in the centre and the eucharist is placed on it as the centrepiece of the monstrance. The monstrance, therefore, is a representative of sun worship with the uterus producing the sun child as the centrepiece.
This Catholic link between Jesus as the “sun” and Mary as the “moon” is further revealed by Pope John Paul II, in the weekly Papal publication Zenith, writing that “the relationship between the Virgin Mary and the Eucharist is explained by referring to the ‘Eucharistic faith’ that Mary already practiced ‘even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the incarnation of God’s word’.”
The Catholic Mary Points to the Eucharist Christ
Roger Oakland in his book Another Jesus? The Eucharist Christ and the New Evangelism, reveals the increased emphasis being made by Mary apparitions around the world on the importance of Eucharist adoration. He writes: “Apparitions from the four corners of the globe express this common theme. The Eucharist has the power to transform the world. The Eucharist should be worshipped. Eucharist adoration will bring peace and unity. Messages originate from such diverse places as Amsterdam, Holland; Akita, Japan; Rome, Italy; Naju, Korea; Bayside, New York, and Budapest, Hungary all convey this common idea.”
Mother and son worship which was so prominent in ancient paganism, continues in the Roman Church, Mary is to be worshipped as queen of heaven, and Jesus is to be worshipped in the form of the sun disc “Eucharist Christ,” held aloft in a monstrance.
A more detailed explanation of the “Eucharist Christ” can be found in my presentation Sun Worship in Catholicism, which is a part of this series.
An analysis of the history of the Roman Catholic Church shows us that Mary was given the title of “Mother of God” – the genesis of her deification – at the council of Ephesus in AD 431; Ephesus having once been the centre of Diana worship. The spiritual battle that Paul had in Ephesus is well documented in Acts 19; the city was the centre of worship for the queen of heaven in the Roman Empire. It was, therefore, no coincidence that Mary was elevated to “Mother of God” in the city of the demonic stronghold of the queen of heaven. The transfer of the demonic power that was once in Diana, queen of heaven, went to the Roman Catholic Mary.
The multi-breasted statue of Diana at Her Temple in Ephesus displayed her capability to nourish all creatures and provide for them. Worshippers adored Goddess Diana so much that the only way the Roman Church could rid the people of their Goddess was by assimilating her into their apostate faith. Thus, Ephesus became a place of Mary, Mother of God. The Roman Church tradition has Mary living with the disciple John at Ephesus and being entombed there.
Peter Wagner on his visit to the temple of Diana at Ephesus in Turkey, made the observation that while there is “little overt worship at the altar of Diana of the Ephesians, Mary’s idol (at Mary’s shrine in Ephesus) is actively worshipped 365 days of the year with candles gifts of flowers and other things. Devotees bow down to her and pray to her.” The counterfeit Mary has taken over the reins of power and is thriving.
Mary’s shrine in Ephesus
The momentum started at Ephesus by giving Mary the title of “Mother of God” and has continued on through the history of the Roman Catholic Church, enlarging the prestige of Mary. Prayers directed at Mary made her the mediator between man and God; the perpetual virgin is then declared to have had an immaculate conception and to be without sin. The Mother of God, who is without sin, cannot die so she is raised alive into heaven to take her seat at the right hand of Jesus. Finally, because she suffered as much as Jesus when He was crucified, she becomes equal with Him in attaining salvation for mankind. Humble, faithful Mary, through the traditions of men, has ascended the ladder of Papal dogma to become “Queen of Heaven.”
The belief that Mary is the Mother of God goes even further in Roman Catholicism with the belief that The Roman Church is the Mother of all the Churches, “it must be clear that the one, holy, Catholic Church is not the sister but the mother of all churches” (Cardinal Ratzinger 09/04/2000).
The title “Queen of Heaven” given to Mary by the Roman Church, carries for the Roman Catholic a mental image of Mary seated in heaven next to Jesus. In Revelation 4 and 5, John is given a comprehensive description of all that is important in heaven: God on His throne in all His splendour and glory, the Twenty-four Elders dressed in white with crowns of gold, the seven lamps blazing before the throne of God, all the saints of God depicted as a sea of crystal clear glass before His throne, the four living creatures covered with eyes both front and back giving glory to the living God and finally the lamb of God who is the only one “worthy to take the scroll and open its seal.” Conspicuous by her absence is Mary. Surely, if she is the Queen of Heaven, John would have described her in a prominent position in His vision of heaven. Not only that but if Mary is Co-Redemptrix with Jesus should she not also be found worthy to open the scroll with Jesus? There is no mention of Mary by John in his description of heaven, because she is no more prominent than all the other saints of God who make up the multitude in the sea of glass, attaining her position there through the precious blood of her saviour, Jesus.
To end this presentation on “Mary worship” it is fitting to look to scripture for the last word on the worship of Mary. Jesus instructs us to “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Matthew 4:10).” True Christians serve the One True God, displayed in the Godhead which is made up of three co-equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Mary is not included.