The apparitions of a living, three-dimensional lady enveloped in bright light who introduces herself as the Virgin Mary are not new. Many visionaries and seers describe her as a beautiful, young woman glowing in radiant splendour. There have been reports of luminous clouds, glowing orbs, tongues of fire, visions of angels, mysterious solar phenomena that accompanied these apparitions. Whether in dreams or in reality, the consensus is that the Queen of heaven has messages to deliver to the world.
The staggering numbers is a witness to this. Her shrine in Guadulupe, Mexico, dedicated to Juan Diego who saw “Our Lady” in 1531, has an annual visit of 15-20 million followers. The war-torn Bosnia, has received an estimated 30 million pilgrims visiting the Marian shrine at Medjugorje since 1981. The Fatima shrine in Portugal receives 4.5 million yearly while the Lourdes shrine receives more than 5 million pilgrims, and Poland’s shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa draws 5 million pilgrims yearly.
Kenneth Woolward wrote in a Newsweek article saying, “In many ways, the 20th century has belonged to Mary. From almost every continent, visionaries have reported more than 400 ‘apparitions’ of the Virgin – more than in the previous three centuries combined … Taken together, these visions point to what the Marian Movement believes is a millenial ‘Age of Mary’ (August 1997, 50).
These are not just wild, ecstatic visions in Catholic countries, but credible reports from many other countries. In the 1960s, thousands of people saw a “lady composed of light” holding a baby as she seems to be floating across the roof of a Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo, Egypt. “Several nights each week, thousands of Muslims fell to their knees on prayer rugs spread wherever space permitted, and wept before the ‘magnificient, wondrous, glorious form of Our Lady from Heaven'” (Ray Strant, Fatima Prophecy).
Now, if this mysterious lady is actually Mary and her messages are really from Heaven, then we need to test them with God’s Word. The Bible says we must “Test all spirits” (1Jn. 4:1) and “Prove all things” (1Thess. 5:21). If her messages contradict God’s Word, we must reject them.
Some skeptics have tried to debunk reports of apparitions (even though the Catholic church hasn’t authenticated all of them), but an objective examination provide reasons to believe the people indeed saw a spirit being. Nancy Fowler, a seer in Georgia, used to receive up to 100,000 visitors on her farm in one single day. These pilgrims came many great distances to hear the most recent messages from the Queen of heaven. In a video, two scientists from Columbia investigated whether her visions were made up or real. They reported that she had a brain activity that looked like she was in a coma, yet she was fully alert and was able to respond. She was definitely in touch with the spirit realm.
In 2004, Annabella Osibe in Ogoja, Cross River State (Nigeria), claimed that the “virgin Mary” appeared in her room while she was wide awake. She described seeing “an immaculate figure whose slender frame was outlined by a halo” and who had “the most adorable face I have ever seen.” Before this vision, she was a member of Living Faith Church bt she reverted to Catholicism afterwards. The question is: how did she know that the being she saw was really Mary? The report says:
“The housewife, who had been born into a Catholic family and had herself attended Catholic schools and churches when she was young had no doubt that the figure standing before her was the Virgin Mary also known as Mary, the Mother of God” (Saturday Sun, February 17, 2007).
If I get this straight, the only criterion by which she “had no doubt” that she saw Mary was the pictures of Mary she had seen. Who told her those were pictures of Mary? And which of the thousand pictures of Mary in the different Catholic churches worldwide is the REAL picture of Mary? No explanation was given. All we are asked to believe is: she saw Mary. That actually proves she didn’t see Mary. Demons are well able to appear as beautiful beings using a picture we are familiar with.
These apparitions come in different forms and guises. For example, when this entity appears in Africa, she looks more African. When she appears in the East, she looks oriental. Her messages also varies. When she appears to a Catholic, her messages are fully in line with Catholic beliefs. But when she appears to a New Ager for example, her messages are not that rigid Catholicism, instead it’s more on ecumenism and New age philosophies. This lends credence to the fact that there is an agenda behind the apparitions. It’s a well-laid out plan from the spirit realm to enthrone her all over the world. She quoted saying:
“Soon, I will come, my children! Soon, I will be in your midst with a great light. I will enlighten the entire world. Many souls will cry because they did not listen to my call. I will pass above everyone in a cloud and everyone will see me…I will give a great sign in the sky for those who still want to be saved” (Beckley and Crockett, Secret Prophecy of Fatima Revealed, 1991, 106-7)
In a message given to Chris Courtis in 2004 she says: “I wish to also tell you that before my apparitions end completely, I shall be seen by every denomination and religion throughout this world. I will be seen among all people, not for just a moment, but everyone will have a chance to see me.”
From the above quotes, it’s obvious that this Queen of heaven craves for worship from all over the world and this can only be realized by uniting all religions into one. This desire for worship is exactly what Satan craves: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isa. 14:14). This was the same thing he wanted Jesus to give him (Matt. 4:8). Every time millions of people gather to worship this false Mary, Satan is right there.
Interestingly, “St” Mary of Agreda, a 17th century Catholic mystic, said: “Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic faith … Mary will extend the reign of Christ over the heathens and Mohammedans…” Today, many Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are embracing these apparitions. A Catholic magazine reported that “a Marian revival is spreading throughout Africa, with alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary finding a following among Muslims…” (The Tablet, Feb. 29, 1992).
But Jesus declared: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6) There is only one way to be saved and that is through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what religion a person holds on to, if he does not trust in Jesus alone and in His perfect work on the cross, he is lost eternally.
In contrast, this spirit says:
“Tell this priest, tell everyone, that it is you who are divided on earth. The Muslims and the Orthodox; for the same reason as Catholics; are equal before my Son and I [sic]; You are all my children” (Richard Beyer, Medjugorge Day by Day, 1993, April 6th meditation).
The basic error underlying this “message” is how it glosses over serious differences between Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam. For instance, they don’t believe in the same Mary. The Catholic Mary was immaculately conceived; is the Mother of God; a perpetual virgin; Mediatrix and Queen of Heaven while the Mary of Eastern Orthodoxy though sinless, wasn’t immaculately conceived. The Mary of Islam, confused with Miriam the sister of Moses, is neither the “mother of God” nor of the Son of God (“Allah has no son” Q 4:171). This again proves that the entity giving this message is a deceiver.
The Biblical Mary, however, wasn’t sinless (Lk. 1:47), had other children (Mk. 6:3), was not the “mother of God” or the Queen of heaven. She had no leadership role among the apostles and taught no doctrine. Don’t get me wrong, we love and honour Mary as we do the apostle Paul or Peter, but we do not give her a place that God hasn’t given her, and nowhere in Scripture does God say He would send her to convert people’s hearts.
During an apparition in Venezuela, she said:
“My children, I am giving you a piece of Heaven … It is for everyone, not only Catholics … My message is of faith, love, and hope. More than anything, it brings reconciliation between people and nations. It is the only thing that can save this century from war and eternal death.”
We don’t need peace with nations. What the Bible offers is “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1) as a free gift of God’s grace by Christ’s death. That’s the only way to be saved from eternal death. Individual peace comes by faith to all who believe the gospel. Until Jesus comes back to reign on earth, there can be no world peace.
The Gospel is about Jesus Christ who came to pay the penalty for our sins. The Jewish Prophets all pointed to the coming of this Redeemer and the sinless One. The penalty He paid is infinite and no human – Mary, Buddha or Muhammad – can pay it. Only Jesus as the God-Man paid for it at the cross. Those who repent and trust in Christ and His work are saved. There’s no such thing as a “co-redeemer” or a “co-mediatrix” with Christ.
But in a message, this spirit said:
“I stand here as the Co-Redemptrix and Advocate. Everything should be concentrated on that. Repeat this after me: The new dogma would be the dogma of the Co-Redemptrix. Until I am acknowledged there where the Most Holy Trinity has willed me to be, I will not be able to exercise my power fully in the maternal work of co-redemption and as the universal mediation of graces” (Josef Kunzli, editor, The Messages of The Lady of All Nations, 1996, 49).
This is in direct opposition to the Bible.
Rev. 5:9 “…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people and nation.”
Tit. 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people…”
Psa. 31:5 “Into thine hand I commend my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”
Nowhere does God say Mary has the power to redeem. It’s a blasphemy to transfer God’s abilities to Mary. That is an anti-Christ teaching. The apparition in Fatima also declared:
“I will never leave you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God … Sacrifice yourself for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary…” (Lucia Speaks on the Message of Fatima, 26, 29-31)
The blasphemies in this message is obvious. The statement “I will never leave you” was Jesus’ promise to His disciples. How can Mary do this without being omnipresent – an attribute of God alone? She says “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge” but on the contrary “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress…” (Ps. 91:2). She says “Sacrifice yourselves…” but only Christ’s sacrifice avails for sinners (Heb 10:10-12). She talks about “sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary” but our sins are committed against God, not Mary. David said “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned” (Psa. 51:4).
She also said: “Each of My statues is a sign of a presence of Mine and reminds you of your heavenly Mother. Therefore it must be honoured and put in places of greater veneration…” (Fr. Don Gobbi, To The Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, 1998, 383).
Since there are thousands of statues of Mary worldwide, for her presence to be in each of them, she would have to be omnipresent. Even Catholics are aware that some images of “Mary” exhibit more power than the rest. In Italy, for instance, there are different “Madonnas.” Some are believed to protect children or help with specific occupations. Seekers can drive for miles, bypassing several images of “Mary” until they reach the one they think can help them the most.
In the cathedral of Chartres, France, only 3 out of many images of Mary are said to be powerful – Our Lady of the Crypt, Our Lady of the Pillar and Our Lady of the Belle Verriere. Why? Because there are demons behind these statues and their power levels differ.
It’s also worth noting that this demonic entity is sometimes accompanied by a helpless, little baby, said to be “Jesus”. This happened at Fatima:
“On the 10th of December, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia, with the Child Jesus by Her side, elevated on a cloud of light.” (Lucia Speaks: The Message of Fatima, 1968, 46)
Jesus Christ has ascended to heaven in His glorified body and is now at the right hand of the Father. But it defies all bounds of rational thought and reality to imagine that Christ is still a baby accompanying His mother. Jesus is coming back as a Man, not a baby. “Then people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mk. 13:26) “…Jesus, who was taken from you to heaven will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven” (Acts 1:11)
The Lord Jesus made it clear that the last days will be characterised by great deception. Much of this will be spectacular miraculous signs and the promotion of a false Christ that may deceive even the elect. He warned us of false Christs of “the secret place,” like the Eucharistic Christs or the those who claim to be Christ, like the pope (Matt. 24:23-26). The Bible warns that even if an angel descends from heaven to preach a gospel contrary to the Bible, let him be condemned. Therefore, we reject the messages and signs of the Queen of heaven as devilish and deceitful (Gal. 1:8). Come out of her, my people and be no partaker of her evils.