According to the Catholic catechism “God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory as Queen of Heaven and earth” and she “is to be praised with special devotion” (966, 971). In essence, Mary is not on the same footing with humans. According to Catholic doctrine, Mary is the Queen of the Universe, Queen of Heaven and the Seat of Wisdom. I once asked a Catholic friend, “If Mary is the Queen of Heaven, who is the King of heaven?” He answered “God.” I then told him that the idea of God having a wife is totally blasphemous.
The Bible is clear that Mary, the mother of Jesus is not the queen of heaven. Jesus is the “King of kings” (Rev. 17:4) and there is no queen ruling with Him. There is not a single Bible verse that speaks of Mary as queen of heaven. Yet modern Catholic apologists have sweated to maintain this delusion with “proof texts” like:
a) Revelation 12:1-6
They claim that Mary is the “sun-clothed woman” mentioned in this passage. But when you look at the whole of Scripture and not an isolated text you will see that the “sun-clothed woman” represents the nation of Israel and not Mary. In Isaiah 26:17-18 Israel is described: “As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near to the time of her delivery, so have we [Israel] been in your sight O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain…”
The woman in Revelation 12 experienced childbirth pains which is one of the results of original sin (Gen. 3:16), thus if it’s claimed this is the Catholic Mary, then this disproves the “Immaculate Conception” dogma. Catholics can’t have it both ways. The sun, moon and 12 stars around the woman also identify Israel. “Then he [Joseph] dreamed another dream…this time the sun, moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me” (Gen. 37:9, 10). Jacob immediately knew what the dream meant, that the stars represents the 12 tribes of Israel. Remember that the book of Revelation is full of symbols which shouldn’t be taken literally.
Revelation 12:6 says the woman fled into the wilderness just as Scripture says that the nation of Israel would go through travail in the last days and they will “flee to the mountains” (Mt. 24:16, Mk. 13:8, Isa. 66:7-8). According to Bible scholars:
“The woman’s flight into the wilderness also reveals the end-time exodus or restoration when Israel would return in faith to the Lord and again be protected and nourished by him in the wilderness (Isa. 32:5, 35:1, 40:3, 41:18, 43:19-20, 51:3, Jer. 31:2, Ezek. 34:25, Hos. 2:14)” (G. K. Beale and Sean McDonough, Commentary on the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament, 2007, 1124).
The dragon that stood before the woman represents Satan who is incensed against the nation of Israel and her seed (Dan. 7:21, 8:9, 11:40-45, Joel 3). Nothing here proves Mary is the Queen of heaven.
b). 1Kings 2:19
“…And the king rose to meet her [Bathsheba], and bowed himself to her, and sat down on his throne and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat at his right hand”
Catholics claim that heaven operates based on the ‘earthly Davidic kingdom’, so as Solomon had his mother at his right hand, Jesus now has Mary at His right hand. Why God would pattern Heaven according to an earthly political system is not explained. The idea of Christ having a heavenly mother queen as a co-ruler is not once taught in Scripture. The Bible says “And he [God] hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church” (Eph. 1:22) “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell” (Col. 1:19).
The one-time action of Solomon having a queen mother on his side was not customary. It only occurred in 3 other instances e.g in the case of Maachah the mother of Asa who temporarily ruled with 16 year old king Asa (1Kings 15:12-13) and was later dethroned for idolatry: Hephzibah who ruled with her son Manasseh at 12 years of age (2Kings 21:1) who apparently joined him in his Satanism and Athaliah, a queen mother who killed her own grandsons (2Kings 11:1, 16).
From these examples, there was only a “queen mother ruler” because the kings were very young (and it wasn’t a good arrangement after all). In Solomon’s case, he was married before he became king, so he already had his queen with him – not his mother. Do we expect Solomon to have his mother sit on the floor at her visit? Since Solomon didn’t even honour his mother’s request in the passage, I fail to see how this supports the Catholic image of a great mother and a wimpish son.
Others desperately appeal to Ephesians 2:6 and Revelation 1:6 which speak of Believers seated “together [with Christ] in heavenly places” and being made “kings and priests.” This refers to the spiritual authority of Believers. If there is a queen who shares Christ’s throne it would be His bride (the church), yet the church is never referred to as the queen of heaven. Until Catholics start praying to Christians with phrases like “Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!” they should discard this spoof text. It’s bad enough to worship a goddess under a “Christian” veneer, it’s evil to twist God’s word to try support it.
The only “queen of heaven” mentioned in Scripture is an ancient pagan goddess worshipped many centuries before Mary was born. Modern Catholic apologists may try to distance their “Mary” from the old pagan goddess, but they are just preaching to the choir. Catholic priest Andrew Greenley admits: “Mary is one of the most powerful religious symbols in the history of the Western world… The Mary symbol links Christianity [rather Catholicism] directly to the ancient religions of mother goddesses” (The Making of Popes, 1079, 227).
Some Catholics actually boast that Mary has taken the place of “Maia, the nymph of Greek mythology, who was the mother of Hermes by Zeus, the sky god.” The month of May was named after Maia, who was known as “the queen of May…[and] the Jesuit effort to turn the Queen of May into the Virgin Mary was successful…” (The Catholic Sun, May 26, 1993)
Valerie Abrahamson points out that: “Even as Mary was called Queen of Heaven and sometimes depicted surrounded by the zodiac and other symbols, so too were the deities Isis, Magna Mater, and Artemis. Such parallels show that Mary’s cult had roots in the cults of the female deities of the Greco-Roman pantheon” (The Oxford Companion to the Bible, ed. Bruce Metzger, Michael Coogan, 1993, 500). In plain words, as paganism merged with Catholicism, their “Mary” was gradually modeled after the old pagan goddesses. Some of the titles, roles and emblems of the ancient Queen of Heaven were transfered to “Mary” over the centuries.
Reading Jeremiah 44:1-26, we can see that the ancient Jews “which dwell in the land of Egypt” (vs 1) succumbed into the worship of the Queen of Heaven (Isis or Hathor) and the Bible is clear that all pagan deities are demons (Dt. 32:16-17, Ps. 106:36-38, 1Cor. 10:19-21). From that passage in Jeremiah, we can note some facts about this Queen of heaven.
I. Her worship was a great evil and abomination before God (vs 4,7). God’s viewpoint has not changed today. In Revelations 5:3, John was told that “And no man in heaven [which includes Mary], nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to open and to read the book…[but] the Lion of the tribe of Juda, Root of David hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof.” Any entity, no matter how “heavenly” that tries to replace this central position Christ has is from the pit of hell.
II. Her worship had much appeal to women. Prophet Jeremiah directly addressed “their wives…all the women that stood…and to the women” (v 15-20). There is a strong link between feminism and her worship. It’s not a coincidence that the Catholic Mary seems to appear more to female visionaries.
III. Her worship involves burning of incense, cakes (or wafers) and drink offerings (v 19). In modern Wiccan/Neo pagan cults, cakes and wine are offered to their great goddess. It’s no accident that some apparitions of ‘Mary’ also have links with the Eucharist.
IV. Her worshippers are stubborn and arrogant (v 17). They told the prophet brazenly: “We will certainly do everything we said we would.” This is one of the hallmarks of religions controlled by this deity. It indicates the level of demonic mind control that she wields over her servants. This is why her followers disregard the Bible to worship her.
V. She seems to be associated with wealth, peace/war and fertility (v 18). This can be seen by the backlash the Jews complained of when they forsook her. They lost their possessions, experienced wars and famine. It was God’s judgement on their rebellion.
Today, the key messages that the queen of heaven teaches Rome is that she will usher in world peace. At her apparition at Medjugorje in the early 80s, she said “Dear children, today I invite you to peace. I come here as the Queen of peace and I desire to enrich you with my Motherly peace.” Yet this region has witnessed more massacres since. There is only one Prince of Peace and until He returns to reign, there can be no peace in the world.
VI. She desperately seeks the worship of God’s people (v 22-23). This is why you will find that the so-called “Marian” apparitions (and dogmas) totally replace Jesus with Mary. Her fifth promise to “St” Dominic reads: “The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.” This is pure goddess worship.
VII. The Queen of Heaven is the mistress of Witchcraft and the occult. The Dictionary of Symbols described Isis for instance, as “a powerful sorceress, the Great Enchantress, the Mistress of Magic, the speaker of spells.” Aleister Crowley, the 20th century famous Satanist “channeled” the Queen of Heaven saying:
“I am the Queen of the heavenly ones, of the Gods and of the Goddesses united in one form. I am She who was, who is and will be” (The Equinox, 1979, 222). Note how this demon is trying to claim some titles belonging to Christ.
The “Queen of Heaven” is a high ranking demonic ruler in Satan’s kingdom. She specialises in imparting dreams and visions to her slaves. Occult mystic, Ab-dru-shin (Oskar Benhardt) wrote:
“Certainly, there is a Queen of Heaven, Who according to earthly conceptions could also be called the Primordial Mother, and Who yet possesses the purest Virginity. She however has dwelt from all eternity in the Highest heights … Through her help, help often comes at such an accelerated speed that people [who pray to her] call it a miracle” (In the Light of Truth- The Grail Message, Vol 1, p 50).
God calls everyone trapped in this false worship to come out and serve the Living Christ before it is too late. He alone is able to save and worthy of worship. All those who bow to this demonic queen are going into everlasting judgement which the queen herself is going into.