Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Rise of False Prophetesses


"...I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess,..."
(Revelation 2:20a)

"Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD,... Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying 'So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.'"
(1 Kings 18:4a, 19:2)

 

Recent events in the world have jump-started some of the old intentions of the Latter Rain movement to create a false revival. In southern California at Huntington Beach a new uprising is identified as "Saturate 2020" and it is attempting to invoke a "great awakening" or a second Jesus movement. It is getting quite a bit of press attention. Characteristic of these types of stage-managed productions, there is a great deal of hoopla and frenzied commotion, conscious altering music, and a hefty dose of Latter Rain/New Apostolic Reformation doctrine, including about building the 7 mountains of Dominionism. It also significantly highlights false prophetess Heidi Baker and several new ones on the scene, Jen Miskov and Jessi Green.

Rather than reinvent the wheel to write about this, we encourage you to read Sandy Simpson's latest comprehensive post "Saturate 2020" detailing the problems with this event and providing key links to documentation. See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utbvEcLxuHs. Sandy writes:

The fact that some formerly Biblical churches have joined this circus is a testament to their lack of teaching discernment. Some of these denominations were warned repeatedly about the Latter Rain, Word of Faith and the New Apostolic Reformation yet they apparently wanted to remain “willfully ignorant”. The people advertised as being involved with this latest “revival” are almost all associated with Bethel in some way and promoters of what they teach. This is not a true Biblical revival but rather a revival of the occult and New Age among Christians. This meeting is actually hurting the cause of Christ...

Apologist Jackie Alnor produced an important video documentary on Saturate 2020 a few weeks ago. Watch her report because in it she names the names of men who seem to falling for this new revival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rVuoBHs7n8&feature=youtu.be


Saturate 2020 and several other evidences of a striking increase in false prophetesses has given rise to deep concerns that godly evangelical men may be lured into their lair. The other day we received an email from a discerning friend who was very grieved, asking us how it is that seemingly godly men, respected and mature in the Lord, could possibly fall for these delusions. Below is our reply, which we post for our readers' edification.

Why Men Fall for Jezebel 

To answer your earlier questions about how and why seemingly godly men would follow after false prophetesses, here are our observations after our many decades in the trenches with the Lord. 

We have always considered the term “Jezebel” and the term “false prophetess” to be synonyms. The Scripture is clear that there are attributes of Jezebel in both the Old and New Testament that identify a false prophetess quite specifically.

Over the years Lynn and I have counseled many Christians trying to repent of all of their previous occult involvements. We have observed that there is a fallible “soft spot” in the hearts of certain vulnerable Christian men who lean sympathetically towards a false prophetess, epitomized by the women called Jezebel in Scripture. Worse, there is a “fear of man” (or, should we say, “fear of woman”) that is also a fatal loophole in men who fall into abject submission when confronted by the nasty side of false prophetesses. Every man of God needs to be exhorted to stand firm against such women. They persecute (threaten, intimidate, bully, verbally or physically abuse, etc.) the true prophets of God, meaning those men who are teaching the Word and standing for Truth. Jezebel literally killed godly men in the Old Testament!

There is also the seductive side to a false prophetess. She preys upon the sensory and/or emotional weaknesses in men — hooking them in where they have a “soft spot” for her. She massages their lusts — sexual, money, power, fame, etc. Or she makes them somehow dependent upon her, they feel that then “need” her or her machinations, or that they are somehow indebted unto her. She may even blackmail them. Or she may position them to “choose” between her and some godly woman (including possibly his wife!). She supplants the place of Christ in their hearts and minds with these clever methods. So if there is any weak spot in a man that has not been repented of? — This is precisely where she seizes control to wield and manipulate them. This is psychic, it is occult, it is satanic, it is idolatry. She stabs into the heart and it is deadly. It is a tragedy when we see her operate in a marriage. And this is how she destroys a church and/or a ministry.

We have observed that there is a darkness of vision that accompanies a false prophetess deception. Many men do not even realize they are under the spell of a false prophetess. We’ve known pastors who permitted an out-of-order heresy-prone woman to wreak havoc upon his congregation — either terrified to confront her, or wooed by her many elaborate ruses, or in a few cases, physically seduced by her.

At its most basic level there is a psychological weakness we humans all have for those whom we love and respect. Sometimes we have great tolerance for the sinful errors of others close to us, hoping we can lead them back to Truth. Indeed, the Lord Himself says He gave the Jezebel in Thyatira (Rev. 2) “space to repent” — therefore so must we. The Lord also gave those who committed adultery with her time and space to “repent of their deeds.” But, if there is no repentance, and when we find that we are actually having to justify our convivial relationship to the point of excusing flagrant transgressions or participating in her sins, heresies, errors and deceptions, then we are headed into deep trouble. And it behooves us to be continually on guard against any “desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9) “soft spots” we may harbor in our hearts towards her that leave us vulnerable to her deceptions. 

 

There is a notable sign of our times regarding this “prophetess” danger which we should be aware of. It may apply to men prophets, too. Our longtime friend Jack Morlan, who repented radically and came out of the homosexual movement 40 years ago (he got married, had children, and is now a grandfather) claims that certain men may wield this same Jezebel-ish psychic/occult power over other men, particularly if they are prone to homosexual sins (either known or in the closet). He has warned us of men who acted like Jezebel both within and without the church. Godly men need to guard against this sort of man as well.

As for women and their weaknesses — the many who desire to emulate Jezebel — this is another tragic story. Women prophetess-wannabes exhibit both a seductive and a nasty side. Many of them are trying to fill a void in their hearts — but not with Jesus Christ. They have left their first love, if they even ever held to Jesus Christ in the first place. These are women who crave power, fame, accolades, money, beauty, lust and sensuality on the path to emulating Jezebel. Often they come from broken homes or abusive background. There is an aspect of control as they look to build an empire, their own spiritual kingdom. Our heart grieves for them while they are lost in the depths of their depravity because only Jesus Christ can save them from their sins.

We once attended a church where the chief elder’s wife visited the New Age bookstore once a month to learn about the latest “spirituality.” She was a prophetess-wannabe, hoping for TV type stardom. This undiscerning lady became deeply involved in Kundalini — she even attempted to lay hands on ladies' chakra points at a church women’s retreat. Discerning women attempted to warn the pastor. But because her husband donated large monies to the church the minister was reluctant to confront her. The church quickly fell apart in a series of disasters.

Some false prophetesses come to Christ out of the occult. But if they never fully repented of their occult “spiritual gifts” they are tempted to use them in Christianity. They can then wield great power over others with these false gospel gifts. It is far worse when a woman claims to be the voice of prophecy, or even the voice of God. At this point she's become a full-blown dangerous false prophetess and people need to be warned of her dangers. The extent to which these women become public figures, acclaimed and renowned, sitting on platforms with or standing in the place of men, exhibiting their false gifts, poses a danger to the entire church at large. Can such a woman be saved? God gave space and time for the apparently high profile Jezebel and her followers to repent in Thyatira. But if no such repentance becomes evident — which should include not only a public repentance but an open renouncing of specific sins, errors, heresies, misleadings and false teachings — she should then be warned against publicly.

We will warn that there is a backlash to any Gospel dealings with Jezebel/false prophetesses. Just ask Elijah. Some of the most vicious persecution we have experienced in our Christian life has come from them or their minions.

 ~Lynn and Sarah Leslie

"...for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible."
(Jeremiah 15:20b-21)
 

Images are from personal files, public Internet, and Jackie Alnor's video "Jack Hibbs: Forming Alliances."

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Render Them NOT Unto Caesar

Parents, Stand Fast
Herescope Vintage Article Series

HSLDA mailer, May 7, 2020[1]

In a shocking essay for Harvard Magazine, a professor of law and director of Harvard Law School’s child advocacy legal clinic, claims homeschooling is a threat to children’s rights, a method of promoting white supremacy, and a drain on democratic society — and even goes so far as to suggest a national “presumptive ban” on the practice.[2]

It goes without saying that living the Christian life today is increasingly challenging. More and more we are seeing government orders that impinge upon our ability to live free in Christ. In order for fellow believers to seriously think about how they are to respond to today’s challenges, we submit the post below for your consideration. It presents a dilemma we faced as parents nearly thirty years ago and how we determined we must respond as believers in Jesus Christ. At the time, our oldest child was reaching school-age. We had become concerned about the state of public education in the U.S., particularly the incorporation of material that was clearly at odds with the Bible. The article and link to our testimony as homeschoolers describes the situation and our response.

We pray that as you read, you will carefully and prayerfully consider both your commitment to Jesus Christ and how He would have you live in these last days. What we posit is not a response to the violation of rights under the U.S. Constitution. While we know that we are most fortunate to live in this country, we must never lose sight of our obligation to live the Christian life no matter our circumstances. While the Bible makes it clear that the role of government is to reward good and punish evil, it is also quite clear that government today is increasingly doing the opposite. The ability to rely on our constitutional rights may be fast disappearing.

Standing on the Word of God is, and always has been, our only true option. As you contemplate your life in these times, make sure to put on the Full Armor of God and stand upon the Rock. In the final analysis, we cannot rely on man’s means and methods. We cannot rely on organizational or governmental answers to these challenges. It is not the church (corporate) that will stand before the Lord in the judgment. Ultimately, each of us as individuals must (and will) answer for our personal actions. With that in mind, we invite you to carefully and soberly read the following post. We trust it will be of help as you look to the days ahead.

~Lynn D. Leslie *


Are children to be rendered unto Caesar?
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest though for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them. Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them. Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's: and unto God the things that are God's. (Matt. 22:15-22) 

Several years ago when Iowa was in the throes of a home school legislative battle, a group of home school leaders met together in the governor's office. A well-intentioned Christian legislator (who was a home schooler) offered a bill for discussion. However, the bill contained some legal language that gave the State a “compelling interest” in the education of home schooled children. We objected strenuously to that language on religious and legal grounds.

In the heat of the discussion that ensued over State vs. parental rights, a mild-mannered home school father suddenly leaned across the table and stated emphatically: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.”

We were taken aback for a second. What was this man really saying? Confused, we asked: “Are you saying we should render our children unto Caesar?” It was his turn to be bewildered. He later acknowledged that this is not how far he intended to apply the verse.

Was this interpretation of the “Caesar” Bible verse unique to this man? As we studied the Scriptures and researched issues related to parental rights in the ensuing years, we were surprised and dismayed to learn that there is a widespread misunderstanding and misapplication of this particular Scripture. We have become especially concerned about this error as we face increasing encroachment of religious liberties and parental rights through education reform measures (GOALS 2000/AMERICA 2000) and pending international treaties like the U.N. Convention On the Rights of the Child. Will Christian parents willingly render their children unto this new “Caesar”?

Tiberius Caesar coin

In Caesar's Image
When Jesus was asked about paying taxes to Caesar, He held up a coin and asked whose image was on it. When told that it was Caesar's, He replied, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” Like the two sides of that coin, these words of Jesus have two perspectives: On the one side He spoke of rendering taxes to Caesar. Taxes are a domain of government. The other side is what is often lacking in Church teaching today: “[Render] unto God the things that are God's.” The coin bore the image of Caesar. Children bear the image of God. (And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... [Gen. 1:26a]) Children are to be rendered unto God. There is no Scriptural support to the argument that children are a legitimate domain of the government.

According to writers Blair Adams and Joel Stein, in their book Who Controls the Children?:

God has not given the State the responsibility for the education of our children. They do not bear the image of Caesar but the image of their Creator. We are to render them unto Him. Education is to conform them to the image of Christ, not that of the State. God has ordained that parents should have the responsibility of raising their children so that they shall be conformed to the image of God. Education involves the relationship of the parent with the child; by entering into this province the State interferes in a sacred area of covenant ordained and protected by God. As Marx and Engels gleefully assert: “We destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.” The molding of the heart and mind of the child cannot be compared to the regulation of traffic lights or boilers. (p. 263-264)[3]

God has not delegated the responsibility for the education of children to the State (“Caesar”). During the 1800's parents delegated the education of their children to the State. It can be argued that under a truly representative form of government, and with a Christian consensus prevailing in the land, that this act did not seem totally unbiblical at the time. Nevertheless, Scripture clearly plants education in the lap of parents, and within the context of discipleship at a local church. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Prov. 22:6) Here is just a partial list of pertinent Scriptures: Gen. 18:18.19; Deut. 4:5-9; Deut. 6:1-9; Deut. 11:18-21; Deut. 32:45,46; Ps. 78:1-11; Ps. 145:4; Prov. 4:1, 20-27; Prov. 6:20-23; Prov. 23:24-26; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20; 2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14;-15.

Since the days of John Dewey, State education has been in the image-making business. Much of this image conflicts with godliness. The values, attitudes and beliefs that will be assessed under Outcome-Based Education clearly intend to mold children into the image of a new “Caesar” to fit the futurist world view of the education reformers. In one clear example, William Spady, “Father of O.B.E.”, in a paper handed out to seminars, details his assessment of the future for which children will need to be educated: “cognitive flexibility,” “interdependence,” “altering economic consumption patterns and quality of life standards, and taking collective responsibility for promoting health and wellness,” “transforming patterns of family and personal support systems,” etc. This new image of Caesar disparages the individual, putting weight on group mores for the greater good of the whole. In this view of the future, which is being implemented under education reform measures right now, the State will have a “compelling interest” in the intimate details of the lives of its children, and all citizens. Will Christian parents be led to render their children unto this brave new “Caesar”?

Pharoah and the Midwives (Source)

Dumping In the Nile 
Many Christians are familiar with the story of the Hebrew midwives in Exodus 11, heroines in the Bible who disregarded the edict of Pharaoh and refused to kill male infants born to Hebrew women. They did not render the male infants unto the Egyptian “Caesar.” They obeyed God's law, not Pharaoh's.

But, there is a related Bible story which receives little attention in the Church today. It also has to do with rendering children unto Caesar. This story is so significant that it is mentioned twice in the New Testament. The writer of Hebrews brings it to our attention in the list of faithful saints in Chapter 11 and Stephen preached on it before the Council in the book of Acts. It is the story of Moses, whose parents were required by the law of their land to dump the infant Moses into the Nile. Although required to do so by law, they did not.

And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive. And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. (Ex. 1:22-2:3) 

The Lord commends the parents of Moses for not rendering him unto Pharaoh, for disregarding the law of their land in obedience to God. The writer of Hebrews states:

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. (Heb. 11:23) 

The word faith (Greek pistis) in this passage means literally “moral conviction.” Moses' parents were so persuaded, so convinced that God would save them and their child that they purposefully disregarded Pharaoh's edict. Their conscience would not allow them to disobey God in spite of what was undoubtedly extreme pressure. Also significantly, the word “fear” is phobeo which is the root word of our English phobia. The word means “to be alarmed,” “afraid” or “reverence.” Moses' parents were not afraid of the edict/commandment (Greek diatagma) of Pharaoh. They feared God rather than man.

The testimony of Stephen is even more illustrative. He says:

Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. The same dealt subtly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. (Acts 7:18-21) 

Stephen reveals an alarming fact. Pharaoh dealt so subtly with the Hebrews that some “cast out their young children.” Some parents actually dumped their young babies into the Nile, in obedience to Pharaoh! The Greek word for “cast out” is the literal act of casting something out (poieo).

Moses' parents did not “cast out” Moses in the same sense. There are two different words that are translated “cast out” in this passage in the King James Version. The second time the words “cast out” are used, they mean “put out,” or “exposed to perish.” Moses was put out, exposed to the elements, after being nourished in his own home for three months. He was not cast out as onto a rubbish heap, however. It is clear from the Biblical account of Moses' exposure that his mother carefully crafted his boat to ensure his survival, placed him a location where he would be found, and sent her daughter to observe in order to ensure his survival (and who also appears to have been briefed on how to recommend the child's own mother as a wet nurse!). This cannot be equated to the “casting out” that numerous other Hebrews must have tragically done to their own newborn babies.

How could these Hebrew parents have done such a grievous thing? Psalm 105:25 answers this question for us: “He [Pharaoh] turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtly with his servants.” The Hebrews were being dealt with in a “subtle” manner by Pharaoh and his people. This Hebrew word nakal means “to defraud, i.e. act treacherously: — beguile, conspire, deceiver, deal subtilly.” The Hebrew parents were “deceived.” Scripture does not tell us how they were deceived, or by what methods. But there are certainly other Biblical accounts of godly people being deceived into evil that we can look to for examples of how human nature becomes corrupted. Stephen's account states that Pharaoh “evil entreated” the Hebrew parents which means “exasperated, harmed, hurt or vexed.” They were under great pressure to obey Pharaoh. The key point, again, goes back to the book of Hebrews where we are told that the parents of Moses feared God, not Pharaoh. Perhaps misplaced fear is one root reason why parents are so willing to hand over their children to “Caesar.”

Moses Set Out on the Nile in a Reed Basket (Source)


Subject to the State
Some may ask, “How do we as Christians disregard the laws of the State in light of the following?”:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. (Rom 13:1-5)

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Pet 2:13-17) 

These passages make it quite clear that we are to submit or be subject to (Greek hupotasso) the governing powers. But why do these powers exist? For the punishment of evildoers and the praise of them that do well! (1 Pet 2:14) Our governmental leaders are to be ministers of God to us for good, not evil. (Rom 13:4) So when laws are enacted which conflict with God's commandments, which are evil in their intent, what are we to do? We are to do that which is good (Rom 13:3) which means we are to obey God, for He alone is good. Nevertheless, when we disregard the laws of the State we are still subject to the consequences that may be forthcoming.

Those who disregard the edicts of governments that conflict with the laws of God place their fate squarely in the hands of God. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) faced a fiery furnace, not knowing the outcome beforehand. They could not obey Nebuchadnezzar in worshipping the golden image because to do so would be to disobey God. (See account in Daniel Chapter 3.) In the New Testament, Peter and the apostles were arrested for testifying of Jesus:

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:27-29) 

In each instance men, having strongly held convictions, chose to regard God rather than man. And in so doing they subjected themselves to man's authority. They were ready and willing to receive whatever punishment their governmental leaders determined, even if that meant death.

Interestingly, Daniel's companions as well as Peter and the other apostles were honored by God for their obedience to Him. By their doing good (obeying God) Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not only spared from the judgment of Nebuchadnezzar, but they heard the king praise God and were subsequently promoted by Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:28-30). “Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same” (Rom 13:3). Peter also knew full well “that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet 2:15). By obeying God rather than men Peter and the other apostles quieted the Council and were merely beaten and released, “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41). Parents who educate their children at home, teaching them of the Lord in a full context, are therefore given this example “to obey God rather than men.”


Compromise
These examples from the Scriptures do not indicate that there was compromise. This is a key point at which modern Christians deviate from Biblical example and God's commands. We can surmise that one way in which Pharoah dealt “subtly” with the parents of other children in Moses' generation was through the arts of compromise, or dialectics. How were these parents persuaded, cajoled, or otherwise coerced into doing the unthinkable? How were they led to believe they were doing the right, proper, and “legal” thing when they tossed their newborn sons into the Nile?

There are numerous Biblical examples of compromises that led to sin and even death. The life of King Saul and the story of Baalam and Balak are two noteworthy examples from the Old Testament. In 1 Tim 6:20-21 Paul warns Timothy to avoid compromise:

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith... 

The word “oppositions” means “antithesis.” In a compromise, the “anitithesis” is that idea which is counter to the “thesis.” Timothy is being warned to avoid all oppositions (antithesis) to the Truth (thesis) of the Bible.

The compromises with “Caesar” over the education of children have been ongoing over several generations in our country. Now, numerous Christian leaders are meeting with education reformers to find “common ground” in education. Bob Simonds of CEE is working with Spady, the futurist OBE promoter. Christian groups like ACSI, NAE and the Assemblies of God are signing onto “common ground” documents.

Authors Adams and Stein laid out a scenario for the future of private education back in 1983, if Christians continued to compromise with the State in matters of education. This scenario is particularly apropos for today with the rapid escalation of education reform, and the increasing pressure from “Caesar” to make concessions:

A chasm has... arisen between parents and professional secular educators (the later as agents of the State) over the question of who has ultimate authority to determine the future of children. The facade of “working together” may perhaps be maintained when the chasm has just begun to appear, but what of that day when the chasm will have become unbridgeable, when public schools will have restructured all tests, all standards of excellence, even language itself — as they even now show every intention of doing... — until only those who conform to their Orwellian doublethink will be considered to be “doing well” in school? Will we then be prepared to acknowledge that the State has the authority, or even the capacity, to determine what is best for our children educationally and to therefore supervise the parents in the education of their children? 

The present apparent compromise between public and private education is, for parents and their children, taking one step forward and two steps backward [dialectics, ed.]. One step forward is seemingly taken because the State may allow parents to give their children an alternative private education if they comply with the demands of public educators; at least they may do so in order to step-by-step separate small segments of compromising parents from the unified block of resistance until that block has been slowly chipped down to nothing. Then no liberty will remain for any alternatives to compulsory State education. And two steps backward are taken because parents will have once again established the legal precedent — by their own submission to the State's demands — that the State has the right to make the ultimate decisions in regard to the education of their children. And the day will come when the State will once again try to forcibly assert this authority over both parents and their children. This will happen when the State decides, on the recommendation of its educational agents, that no alternative to its program is any longer tolerable. And parents will have reinforced this contention that their authority, rights and responsibilities in regard to their children were only a “tolerated privilege” granted by State “sufferance” and not an inalienable right, because they will have already established the legal precedent by acknowledging the State's authority to determine what is a valid education and what is not. (p. 66-67) 

Once again we are brought back to the inescapable question: Why, in spite of all these objections, are so many still so willing to grant the State [“Caesar”, ed.] authority to control education? ...[I]t would appear that such total trust in only the authority of the State is nothing less... than positing the State with attributes that belong only to God. For the Bible gives a clear mandate to parents to educate their own children... It nowhere suggests that we are to turn this responsibility over to the State. Since parents are given that responsibility directly by God, for us to turn that authority over to the State is, as we have said before, to render not Caesar the things that be, not of Caesar, but of God... (p. 263)[4]


Endnotes:
1. Home School Legal Defense Association, e-mail May 7, 2020. We do not necessarily endorse HSLDA as they do not necessarily agree with the entire position expressed in this article.
2. Emily Zanotti, "Harvard Professor Wants A 'Presumptive Ban' On Homeschooling, Claims It Promotes White Supremacy," DailyWire.com, April 19, 2020: https://www.dailywire.com/news/harvard-professor-wants-a-presumptive-ban-on-homeschooling-claims-it-promotes-white-supremacy?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=benshapiro. Note that after an avalanche of criticism Elizabeth Bartholet, the Harvard professor, attempted to walk back some of her statements. See James R. Mason, Esq., "Bartholet: A Change of Heart?" HSLDA, July 14, 2020: https://hslda.org/post/bartholet-a-change-of-heart
3. Quotations were taken from Adams, Blair and Joel Stein. Who Owns the Children? Truth Forum, 1983.
4. Ibid.  


*Lynn and Sarah Leslie who authored this article were the publishers of The Christian Conscience magazine. The original article was published in the May 1995 issue (Vol. 1, No. 5), pp. 40-43, 50). Links have been added. This article has been courageously posted with permission on the MORIEL Ministries website for quite a few years: http://blog.moriel.org/church-issues-1/items-of-various-interest/19019-render-them-not-unto-caesar.html

As homeschoolers we endured a time of persecution in the early 1990s, the story of which is titled "Homeschooling Under Fire" and is posted at: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/homeschooling_under_fire.htm.

In 1999 we published Charlotte T. Iserbyt's massive tome titled the deliberate dumbing down of America (Conscience Press). This book is a comprehensive chronological history of education reform and it significantly documents many of the points in our article. We do not share the author's current beliefs but can recommend the book itself, which is also posted online: http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/ddd/deliberate-dumbing-down/

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hedged In!

God's Gracious Lock-Downs


"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:
the earth also shall disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain."

(Isaiah 26:20-21)



A personal note from the editor, Sarah Leslie

It was late Spring of May 1984 when I first noticed there was a problem. After a trip to the doctor with an ultrasound I was sent home with very strict orders: "Lie back propped up, don't lift anything heavy, don't do housework, don't leave home, don't engage in risky behaviors." A baby's life in my womb was at stake so I diligently followed the doctor's orders for the next three months.

This was not my first experience with being couch-ridden. Being stuck at home was an old friend and I knew it and its hidden joys very well. I actually looked forward to the isolation. You see, for a good chunk of my childhood I was an invalid. I missed most of second through fourth grade. My mother felt compelled to homeschool me in an era when it was extremely rare. For most of the time I did not feel well enough to do much more than read books or watch I Love Lucy and Three Stooges reruns on TV. But when I felt up to it I did my homework, keeping up with my classmates from afar. Eventually, because I had so much free time to read and study, I surpassed my classmates academically. One of the hidden benefits is that I learned how to learn, and I loved reading and studying. You can enjoy the fruits of this life experience if you are a regular reader of this blog. 

Two decades later, as day after day went by, and life went on, it felt pleasingly familiar. It began to dawn on me that this pregnancy crisis was actually a golden opportunity. When God closed the front door, quite literally, He opened other doors! For example, while I was propped up on the couch, my toddler played by my side on the floor for hours. He was excitedly learning his letters, the sounds of phonics, counting numbers and identifying shapes. By the end of my forced exile he was learning to read easy words.

I was experiencing the rare blessing of free time. What should I do during these long hours of isolation? Several years prior to this home confinement period the Lord had impressed upon me to read the seven volume book The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn. Normal life duties of work and home got the best of me, and despite my good intentions, it never happened. Now, however, I could finally read. What immediately caught my attention is that Solzhenitzyn was writing about his imprisonment. Even though I wasn't imprisoned, nor was I being tortured or starved, I was feeling constrained by four walls. Amazingly, he titled a chapter "First Cell, First Love," where he began, "How is one to take the title of this chapter? A cell and love in the same breath?" He continued,

But in every case, out of all the cells you've been in, your first cell is a very special one, the place where you first encountered others like yourself, doomed to the same fate. All your life you will remember it with an emotion that you otherwise experience only in remembering your first love. And those people, who shared with you the floor and air of that stone cubicle during those days when you rethought your entire life, will from time to time be recollected by you as members of your own family.

Yes, in those days they were your only family.
[1]



Fenced In
What does God's Word say about times of isolation, imprisonment and confinement? Much actually.

First, it is God who is in charge of it! The prophet Jeremiah groaned, "He [God] hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: He hath made my chain heavy" (Lamentations 3:7) This word "hedged" means "walled off, walled up, shut off." Jeremiah's chains, with his spiritual burden, were indeed heavy, especially during those times when he was imprisoned for obeying the Lord and delivering His prophecies. Yet in the very same passage he penned some of the most beautiful verses in the Bible:


"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
Great is Thy faithfulness."

(Lamentations 3:22-23)

Interestingly, Satan also used a word translated "hedge," meaning fence, when he was describing Job before God. With what seems like a sassy tone, Satan answered God, "Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." Satan then boasted that he thought Job "will curse Thee to Thy face" if all of this prosperity was taken away from him (Job 1:10-11). This episode tells us that Satan is counting on us to have a bad attitude, even anger, when our life's course is suddenly enveloped in inescapable crises that remove our worldly financial hedges. Yet Job did not curse God, even after his devastated wife urged him to "curse God and die" (Job 2:9). 

After his numerous terrible calamities, the very ill Job then inquired, "Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?" (3:23). In this case the word "hedge" has a meaning of covering and defense. Job was acknowledging that although God had fenced him in, He had blessed him with light. We ought to think of this hedge as not just a fence but also God's covering. Here we perceive God's hand of protection over Job in his most dire circumstances. We already know the back story -- God put restraints on Satan so that could only go so far in wreaking his havoc; he could not take Job's life. (see Job 1:12). Job would later proclaim, "When His candle shined upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness" (Job 29:3). David similarly wrote, "For Thou will light my candle: The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness" (Psalm 18:28). The prophet Micah wrote of this very experience, "when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me" (Micah 7:8). From this we learn that even though our very high hedges might be dark spaces, we do not need to be spiritually in the dark.

This same word used by Job for hedge/cover is translated in the beautiful Psalm of God's miraculous protection during multiple crises. Psalm 91 promises to cover those who trust in God, who dwell in His secret place, who abide under His shadow, that "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler." Other verses in Psalm 91 pertain to God's protection during times of pestilence, plague and danger. And David used the same word when he wrote in Psalm 140:7: "O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle."

This brings to mind the time when the Lord covered His obedient people during times of crisis with His protection. During God's judgment on Egypt, the Lord promised:

"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night,
and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
both man and beast;
and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment:
I am the LORD.
And the blood shall be to you for a token
upon the houses where ye are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt."

(Exodus 12:12-13)

But take note of God's people's stance. The passover lamb was to be eaten while they were standing on guard, prepared, ready to go at a moment's notice. "And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover" (Exodus 12:11). Similarly, we at the end of this church age need to be ready when we see these fearsome signs of the times: "And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;... Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.... And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:11a, 26a, 28). (As I was writing this an earthquake just occurred in the state of Utah.) 


Hedged With Thorns
Note that the verse in Luke 21 says to "look up." This is another reason God will hedge someone in but few will want to acknowledge it. Sometimes God will hedge someone in so that He can get their attention to deal with their sin. For example, God hedged up Hosea's errant idolatrous and adulterous wife: "Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths" (Hosea 2:6). God's purpose for her painful confinement was to change her perspective, her view. If we are walled in thickly, surrounded by thorny brambles, we can only look upwards towards God's face. When we look upwards, and see the light of the Lord, we will then recognize our own sinful darkness.

Considering the current judgment upon the earth, which is global in scope, we who call ourselves Christians must seriously think about, and prayerfully consider, the reality that we all are tainted by sinful guilt in one way or another. Can we admit that the leaven of wickedness has so permeated our culture that we are profoundly affected, even deeply compromised by it? The parallel would be Lot when he lived in Sodom. The Apostle Peter wrote that "just Lot" was deeply grieved, he was "vexed with the filthy conversation [behavior] of the wicked" (2 Peter 2:7).

Our current global viral culture which has amassed in the past generation has been contagiously decadent, lascivious, covetous, blasphemous, gossipy, lying, adulterous, abusive, fornicating and idolatrous (see Gal. 5:19-21). Its leavenous filth is inescapable! The church world itself has been inundated with these same viral sins, sometimes erupting in flagrant scandals. It brings to mind the Scripture that filthy darkness "shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people" Isaiah 60:2a). Check your heart and see how desensitized you have become to sin. Remember when people used to blush? Commercials on television are an example of how pervasively sinful our culture has become.

Commenting on the words in Revelation 2:16, "Repent; or else I come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth," Matthew Henry wrote: "The filthiness of the spirit and the filthiness of the flesh often go together." He also wrote concerning the false prophetess Jezebel in Rev. 2:20-23, of whom God said, "I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not":

Repentance is necessary to prevent a sinner's ruin. Repentance requires time, a course of time, and time convenient: it is a great work, and a work of time. Where God gives space for repentance, He expects fruits meet for repentance. Where the space for repentance is lost, the sinner perishes with a double destruction.[2][emphasis added]

Is this a time for our chastisement? Consider how you and your family will be spending your days locked inside the hedge. Will it be a hedge of protection as you trust in the blood of Jesus Christ who cleanses you from all your sins? Or will you chafe at a scratchy, thorny hedge that urgently compels you to recognize your own battered condition? Will you use this time to return to your "first love" (Rev. 2:4)? Will you take this time to re-examine your life and your lifestyle? Will you adjust your attitudes and values to conform them according to Scripture? Christians love to quote 2 Chronicles 7:14, but they often leave out the key point: repentance must be accompanied by works -- i.e., turning from our wicked ways while turning our eyes humbly upwards to seek God's face:

"If my people, which are called by My name,
shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways
;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

(2 Chronicles 7:14)



The Fruits of Compulsory Exile
Amazing fruit was produced when the Apostle John was exiled on the small island of Patmos for the "crime" of preaching the Gospel. During John's confinement Jesus Christ Himself showed him His final revelation regarding "things which must shortly come to pass" (1:1) John was instructed, "What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches" (1:11). John's words, delivered unto him by the Word of God Himself, prepared the seven churches for persecutions and difficult times that lay ahead. Each of the seven churches was delivered a report card on the state of their works. Would they pass or were they failing in the times of their testings?

Churches throughout the ages have read and studied these words of John. Could John have ever dreamed that his words would last nearly 2000 years and bear fruit in millions of lives across the face of the earth? Likewise the words of the Apostle Paul, penned from dark, dank prison cells, have borne tremendous fruit "exceeding abundantly above all" that he could have asked or thought (Eph. 3:20). 

John's instruction to write was repeated in verse 19: "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter." Some of you who are reading this are gifted with discernment. Is the Lord saying to you now -- now that you have time -- that you should be writing while you are sojourning in your quarantined quarters? Should you be warning? Aren't these troubling times? Isn't it time to tell the ten virgins to be prepared to meet the Bridegroom with full lamps? (Matthew 25:1-12). The Lord concludes with "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh" (v. 13). Pray and ask the Lord about your calling, your assigned duty in these turbulent days.

Perhaps we, like Esther, are locked down in our particular circumstances for "such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). If we are realistic about Esther's unique position as a woman we recognize that she had little freedom in the highly confined wifely role for which she was chosen. Yet amidst this, she looked up to God, prayed and fasted, and obediently walked through the door that God did open to her even at the cost of her life: "and if I perish I perish" (Esther 4:16). Those medical personnel and first responders on the front lines of the current pandemic will find comfort in Esther's courage. Esther recognized, like the Apostle Paul, that she was "called... with an holy calling" (2 Tim. 1:9).

"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come."

(I Corinthians 10:11)

Each of us is gifted by God with time -- time that must be filled 24 hours each day. We are accountable to the Lord for our stewardship over this time. After all, it is His time, not ours: "My times are in Thy hand" (Psalm 31:15). What will we fill our hours with? Will we continue in the worldly pursuits that lead down the path towards lusts and unholy imagery (especially on video games, movies, TV, social media and the Internet)? Or will we seek His way, His will and His structure for our lives so that our use of time during these times bears fruits of the Gospel for His kingdom?

Exhibit (Source)


Hunkered Down
Those of you who have read this blog over the years may not know that its researchers and writers have been beset in their personal lives by illnesses and physical infirmities. Pastors Ken Silva and Larry DeBruyn endured the pain of debilitating illnesses, yet you can benefit from the prolific fruits of their writings on the Internet. The pioneer Internet discerner Ed Tarkowski suffered with a serious skin disease that left him very handicapped, yet his work is still bearing fruit online to this day.

The women in our Discernment Research Group have endured periods of confinement with illness, or caring for our children, elderly or infirm family members. Several of us happily homeschooled children, staying in the home by choice, serving the Lord through ministry to our families. Looking back there were rough times when it was impossible to leave home, even a time of persecution. Yet in the midst of these responsibilities we had another calling. We were compelled by the Lord to research, to write, to warn. The fruit of our work over the years can be seen in the long list on the right on this blog.

We can testify that there are great blessings while being hunkered down. We wish to encourage you at this moment in time to reconcile yourself to your current situation. If we could say a positive word it would be -- BE CREATIVE! We pray that you will see that while God has shut the front door He has opened other doors. Recognize you now have time... precious time... to work on your favorite projects, assemble family photos, do an in-depth study on a book of the Bible, plant a flower bed or a vegetable garden, dig up recipes and cook from scratch, teach a child to read and have fun doing science experiments, learn a foreign language, fix the broken stuff around your house, and finally do that long-neglected Spring cleaning. One of our fellow discerners suggested ways we could minister:


Wouldn’t it be wonderful, now that parents and children have time together, to go through albums, books the parents used to read the children when they were young, bake family-recipe cookies, play games, do jigsaw puzzles - in other words, become a family again! Think also how neat it would be to adopt an older couple on the block to go to the store for, even just socialize (by distance) so that the couple isn’t lonely. Why not have your block form some kind of committee so that they know if anyone has some extra toilet paper, or toothpaste, or butter ? Isn’t all this how we shine our light before men?
The author's early homeschool circa 1991.


Content With Confinement
And, finally, we should all examine our hearts. Paul wrote that he "had learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Phil. 4:11). Are we content? From experience I can say that the one word that might best describe the early days of confinement is "restless." Even I have been restless these first few days. It helps to establish a routine, make a plan, establish some goals, accomplish even little steps. This verse is a reminder to have the proper mindset.

But there is another matter. A sign of the last days is that we will be "without natural affection" (Rom. 1:31, 2 Tim. 3:3). As we spend time cooped up with our families it can either bring out the best in us... or the worst. Times of testing cause us to reflect on those character qualities that the Lord desires to produce in our lives, dying to self -- "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body" (2 Cor. 4:10). We can learn by experience that even during tough times the "fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," and "against such there is no law" (Gal. 5:22). The true test of these fruits is how we conduct ourselves within our family confines.

Many years ago when I counseled Christians there were those who would plop down in a chair, fold their arms across their chest, and assert that "I am a such-and-so, and I'll always be a such-and-so and I am not going to change." Digging in their heels they were proclaiming that God's Holy Spirit could not overcome either their ingrown lousy attitudes or bad behaviors. They did not want to be convicted by the Spirit. But isn't transforming our inner man the entire point of sanctification? (See Romans 12:1-2). By God's grace we can grow and produce new fruit. God's Spirit fills us with the very inner strength at the very time we need it. The Apostle Paul testified,

"And He said unto me,
'My grace is sufficient for thee:
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

(2 Corinthians 12:9)

Each of us can pray that God will enable us to gain virtuous qualities, greater strengths, and renewed courage that we did not think we possessed. We can learn endurance, choose peace, enjoy quiet, get some rest, and trust in God's faithfulness. 2 Peter 1:5-11 sums it up best:


"And beside this, giving all diligence,
add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound,
they make you that ye shall neither be barren
nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind,
and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore the rather, brethren,
give diligence to make your calling and election sure:
for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."


It is our hope and prayer that during these difficult times that God "would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man" (Eph. 3:16). May you be encouraged by these words from a sister in Christ.


Endnotes:
1. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Vol. 1 (Harper & Row, publishers, 1973 paperback edition), pp. 179-180.
2. Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Study Bible (Tyndale House, 1986), p. 2679-2680. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Queen of HEAVEN ~ EARTH Goddess

Part 2: Gaia & the Catholic Mary

Read Part 1: Gaia Goes to Church


“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory
with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power,
both now and ever. Amen.”

~ Jude 1:24-25

 By Gaylene Goodroad 


Exhibit: The Roman Catholic ‘Queen of Heaven[1]
The title Queen was first used for Mary by Pope Martin in the seventh century. Boniface IX (1389-1404) called her Perfect Queen, royal Virgin, Queen of the heavens. Sixtus IV in the following century acknowledged her as Queen of heaven. It was only a matter of time before Mary would be supplicated by Catholics around the world as queen of heaven, queen of the angels, queen of demons, queen of patriarchs, queen of prophets, queen of apostles, queen of martyrs, queen of virgins, queen of confessors, and queen of saints….
Another factor that contributed to the exaltation of Mary was that there existed in the Greco-Roman culture, as a result of their age-long obsession with mythological gods and goddesses, a predisposed yearning for a mother-queen goddess figure.[2]

Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. Completely transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and all creatures sing of her fairness.
She is the Woman, “clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1). Carried up into heaven, she is the Mother and Queen of all creation. In her glorified body, together with the Risen Christ, part of creation has reached the fullness of its beauty. She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51), and now understands the meaning of all things. Hence, we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom.
~ Pope Francis, Laudato Si [3]
Exhibit: 2019 World Map of Marian apparition sightings[4]


Goddess Gaia is viewed as the earth as our living, breathing ‘Mother’. Think about this. The earth itself is a home we all share. It is what we all have in common, regardless of personal, religious, political, and cultural differences. This fact, coupled with the Queen of Heaven’s universal popularity, stimulates a serious question: What if ‘Mother Gaia’ becomes ‘Mother Mary’—like the goddess Diana of antiquity? (Read on to fully appreciate this question).

THE ‘QUEEN OF HEAVEN’
She appears as a living, breathing, three-dimensional lady enveloped in exquisite light.
Visionaries and seers describe a beautiful, young woman glowing in radiant splendor. Seers… admit that the “Queen of Heaven” transcends human description. Visionaries also report seeing strange lights and glorious visions that often accompany an apparition.
Visions of angels, glowing orbs, tongues of fire, mysterious solar phenomena, and peculiar luminous clouds have been sighted.
Because of the tremendous pleasure and joy experienced by seers during an apparition, the term ecstasy is the word most often used to describe this event. Those who have witnessed her, admit that they are paralyzed and enraptured by her beauty and charm. Numerous healings and miracles have been reported at apparition sites around the globe….
She predicts heavenly signs and events that the whole world will witness in the very near future.
~ Jim Tetlow, Roger Oakland, & Brad Meyers, Queen of Rome, Queen of Islam, Queen of All[5] 
In 2006, Jim Tetlow, Roger Oakland, and Brad Myers collaborated on a sagacious little book entitled, Queen of Rome, Queen of Islam, Queen of All. Tetlow established a website devoted to exposing the false teachings of the Marian apparitions, compiled them in separate book, Messages from Heaven, and created a film by the same title. Anyone paying attention to this phenomenon should be alarmed by the burgeoning frequency of these otherworldly manifestations taking place around the world—as well as the swelling numbers of devoted seekers, pilgrims, and advocates from every race, creed, religion, and locality who venerate her images:

the Queen of Heaven is truly gathering a massive, global following from every religion and race. The many books on Marian apparitions express that there is a growing consensus that the world is looking for a heavenly Mother—one who is tender, merciful, and non-judgmental, with the power and influence to solve our problems. Global peace, unity, and tolerance are repeatedly heralded by the Queen of Peace—as she is often called. This is a common reason for the Marian apparition’s universal appeal. The Lady and Mother of All Nations—a title she ascribed to herself at a popular apparition site—presents herself as kind and approachable, while at the same time claiming heavenly access and authority…This combination of qualities that the apparitions put forth—a caring Mother, a powerful intercessor, a bridge-builder, and a miracle worker—has proved successful in bringing together multitudes who would not normally associate…a growing number are turning to the Queen of All as perhaps the world’s best advocate.[6]

Exhibit: 2006 Book exposing the Marian apparitions’
plans to unite the world under the Roman Catholic Church[7]

Many Catholic devotees of the Queen of Heaven are unaware that she is mentioned in the Scriptures, but always with the Lord God’s condemnation and judgment. Those who serve her provoke His wrath: “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” (Jer. 7:18). Note the Prophet Jeremiah’s warning to those who serve this ‘Queen’:

“As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. 

But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
~ Jeremiah 44:16-19 

“Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: 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: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. 

Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by My great name, saith the LORD, that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth. Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.”
~ Jeremiah 44:24-27
 

Elsewhere, Tetlow comments on this female object of worship in Jeremiah and reveals the identity of the “Queen of Heaven”—“an impostor,” “a false goddess,” and “a demonic entity”:

The Queen’s Agenda - Who then is this impostor? Certainly she is not the humble and blessed Virgin Mary of the Bible. Ironically, the apparition herself reveals her origin: “I am Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of Angels.” Those who are familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures will immediately recognize this Queen as the false goddess of Jeremiah’s day. In Jeremiah chapters 7 and 44, the prophet Jeremiah commands the children of Judah to repent of their idolatrous worship of the Queen of Heaven. As we search the Scriptures, we find that this demonic entity has sought to deceive God’s people for millennia. And as Solomon reminds us, if it has happened in the past, it will happen again.[8] 

This false goddess has been around for millennia disguised as the Lord’s mother and even as other pagan deities, as we shall see. She has a wicked plan to unite the world on the Broad Road leading to destruction (Matt. 6:13). Her devious agenda conforms to the sinister platform of the Antichrist (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7-8).

But according to Tetlow, who has examined her prolific messages in detail, “when the apparition of Mary speaks of unity, she means unity under the Roman Catholic Church. It is under the Church of Rome that 'Mary' wishes to establish world unity.”[9] All of these proposals line up with Revelation 17 & 18.

In tandem with the ‘Queen of Heaven’, recent popes have also endeavored to achieve global unity—ecumenism—under the headship of Rome. In so doing, they have also consecrated the world to the Catholic Mary and have sanctioned her worldwide appearances, unifying messages, and “veneration”, which is nothing less than idolatry despite vehement protests to the contrary. We documented this troubling trend in a 2016 article series entitled, “Resetting the Reformation.” In Part 3 of that series, “Unholy Alliances to the Apostate Bridge,” we warned:

What many zealous proponents of ecumenical unity—like the Together 2016 organizers and participants—neglect to realize, is that this unholy alliance is a necessary step in completing Rome’s ungodly interreligious bridge to one world unification—under the authority of the Pope himself. Without question, the Evangelical change agents involved in this ungodly endeavor, who are leading their own enormous flocks and Internet audience into apostasy, all look to the Roman Pontiff for direction, approval, and affirmation.[10]

Not only are Evangelicals caving in on the Gospel to join forces with the Vatican, so are Muslims, who revere the Catholic Mary.[11] But ‘Mother Mary’ also appears to be a uniting factor across the globe—among all religious cultures:

It is one thing to see how Muslims and Catholics could find common ecumenical ground based on signs, wonders, and miracles associated with Marian apparitions. No doubt this would be one of the greatest religious miracles in history, encompassing over a third of the world’s population. But there is another large group that would need to be tied into the one world religion. There are hundreds of millions of people in the world today who believe in the gods of Eastern religion. 

These would include the millions who have converted to Eastern religion through what is commonly called the New Age Movement. It is interesting that Hindus, Buddhists, Native American Indian religions, New Agers and other similar groups already emphasize goddess worship and the earth as our living, breathing “Mother.” These groups teach that all religions are similar and that we must unite to solve the myriad of problems facing mankind.[12] 


Exhibit: 2009 Book/Film
examining the false teachings of the Marian apparitions[13]

Mary, the Mother and Queen of all Creation

“I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
~ Revelation 17:3-15

In 2015 Pope Francis penned an encyclical called Laudato Si sounding the alarm on the impending doom of the planet due to climate change and other egregious ecological “sins” committed by the thoughtless human beings of planet earth. In it, the Pope also petitioned the aid of “the Mother and Queen of all creation” for help in combatting this global crisis (his quote is also at the top of this post):

Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. Completely transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and all creatures sing of her fairness. She is the Woman, “clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1). Carried up into heaven, she is the Mother and Queen of all creation. In her glorified body, together with the Risen Christ, part of creation has reached the fullness of its beauty. She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51), and now understands the meaning of all things. Hence, we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom. [pp. 175-176][15]

Is it possible that at some point the Vatican will directly associate ‘Earth Mother Gaia’ with ‘Mother Mary’? All the evidence points in that direction. One blog writer has pointed out that one of the Pope’s scientific advisors is, what he has termed, a “scientific pantheist” who believes in ‘Mother Gaia’. His pagan views are definitely represented in the Pope’s encyclical:

St. Francis of Assisi’s hymn Laudato Si’ spoke of “Brothers” Sun and Fire and “Sisters” Moon and Water, using these colorful phrases figuratively, as a way of praising God’s creation. These sentimental words so touched Pope Francis that he named his encyclical after this canticle (repeated in paragraph 87 of the Holy Father’s letter). 

Neither Pope Francis nor St. Francis took the words literally, of course. Neither believed that fire was alive and could be talked to or reasoned with or, worse, worshiped. Strange, then, that a self-professed atheist and scientific advisor to the Vatican named Hans Schellnhuber appears to believe in a Mother Earth

Gaia 

The Gaia Principle, first advanced by chemist James Lovelock (who has lately had second thoughts) and microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s, says that all life interacts with the Earth, and the Earth with all life, to form a giant self-regulating, living system. 

This goes far beyond the fact that the Earth’s climate system has feedbacks, which are at the very center of the debate over climate change. In the Gaia Principle, Mother Earth is alive, and even, some think, aware in some ill-defined, mystical way. The Earth knows man and his activities and, frankly, isn’t too happy with him. 

This is what we might call “scientific pantheism,” a kind that appeals to atheistic scientists. It is an updated version of the pagan belief that the universe itself is God, that the Earth is at least semi-divine — a real Brother Sun and Sister Water! Mother Earth is immanent in creation and not transcendent, like the Christian God.[15] 

Exhibit: Pope Francis advocates for “Mother Earth” in the Amazon[16]


“Mary, Mother of the Amazon
It becomes obvious that perhaps more than one advising “scientific pantheist” had primary input in the guiding document for the October 2019 Pan-Amazonian Synod, “Instrumentum Laboris,” that was published by the Vatican in June 2019. Strangely, English versions have been difficult to find, perhaps a planned maneuver by Rome due to anticipated and widespread criticism of the document by alert and influential Christian Americans. The 62-page document is shocking and radical in its neo-pagan, pantheistic, spirituality driven by Liberation Theology and Marxist/Communist tenets perfectly simpatico with the United Nations global agenda. It a Christ-free manifesto that simultaneously elevates ‘Mother Earth’ and ‘Mother Mary’ above the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Below are selected excerpts from the document highlighting the alarmist language used to justify and impose immediate social justice action as well spotlighting the pagan spirituality threading the entire monstrosity together:
  • 12. (pg. 13) “The quest of the indigenous Amazon peoples for life in abundance finds expression in what they call ‘good living” (buen vivir). It is about living in ‘harmony with oneself,’ with nature, with human beings and with the supreme being, since there is an intercommunication between the whole cosmos…. [Ed., this is called monism, i.e., “all is One”. It is a New Age teaching] 
  •  17. (pg. 14) “…In the words of the indigenous people themselves: ‘we, the indigenous people of Guaviare (Columbia), are part of nature because we are water, air, earth and life of the environment created by God. Therefore, we ask that the mistreatment and extermination of ‘Mother Earth’ cease. The earth has blood and is bleeding, the multinationals have cut the veins of our ‘Mother Earth’. We want our indigenous cry to be heard by the whole world.’” [Ed., ‘Mother Earth = Gaia
  •  75. (pg. 34) “A cosmic dimension of experience (cosmovivencia) palpitates within families…In short, the family is where one learns to live in harmony: between peoples, between generations, with nature, in dialogue with the spirits.” [Ed., this is occult shamanism!] 
  • 44. (pg. 23) Part II Integral Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and of the Poor. “Part II addresses the serious problems caused by the attacks against life in the Amazon territory. The aggression towards this vital zone of Mother Earth and its inhabitants threatens their subsistence, their culture and their spirituality. It also affects the life of all humanity…The present situation calls urgently for an integral ecological conversion.” [Ed., think Green New Deal
  • 87. (pg. 38) Indigenous rituals and ceremonies are essential for integral health because they integrate the different cycles of human life and nature. They create harmony and balance between human beings and the cosmos…” [Ed., this is blatant New Age paganism
  • 98. d) 1 & 2 (pg. 42) “It is desirable to deepen existing Amazonian Indian theology, which will allow for a better and greater understanding of indigenous spirituality…. It is requested, for example, to take into account the original myths, traditions, symbols, knowledge, rites and celebrations that include transcendent, community and ecological dimensions.” [Ed., i.e., embrace New Age, occult, and pagan spirituality in total contradiction to the Scriptures and the God who spoke them] 
  • 121. a) (pg. 52) “A process of discernment is needed regarding the rites, symbols and styles of celebration of indigenous cultures in contact with nature, which need to be integrated into liturgical and sacramental rituals….” [Ed., these New Age, occult, and pagan practices will be incorporated into the Roman Catholic worship][17] 

It is not the purpose of this writing to ferret out every ungodly facet of this ominous document. The point is that Rome has taken the reins, i.e., dominion, of a South American ecological justice project—with the entire globe fixed in its sights. With all Christian pretense cast aside, the Vatican has led the charge stoking the global ecological hysteria, human “ecocide,” which (they say) necessitates swift and sweeping action to save ‘Mother Earth’ (Gaia) from extermination by “sinful” capitalists and climate change violators. New Age, pagan, and occult spiritualty is the engine that fuels this globalist machine into action. Note the blasphemous statement made in the closing paragraph of “Instrumentum Laboris”: “… We conclude under the protection of Mary who is venerated with various titles throughout the Amazon….” [bold added].

“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, ‘If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only…’”
~ 1 Samuel 7:3 

The Vatican published a final document on the Amazon Synod on Oct. 26, 2019, entitled, “The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for and Integral Ecology.” Note its conclusion and an additional “venerated title” for the Catholic Mary:

“We conclude under the protection of Mary, Mother of the Amazon, venerated with various titles throughout the region. Through her intercession, we ask that this Synod be a concrete expression of synodality, so that the abundant life that Jesus came to bring into the world (cf. Jn 10:10) may reach everyone, especially the poor, and contribute to the care of our common home. May Mary, Mother of the Amazon, accompany our journey….”[18] 

Exhibit: Pope Francis blesses a Pachamama pagan fertility idol[19]


While researching this subject I was surprised to find that many conservative, hardline Catholics currently oppose this new trajectory of the Roman Catholic Church. During the Pan-Amazonian Synod in October, Pope Francis drew friendly ire from many Catholic voices over a pagan ceremony held in the Vatican gardens, led by a female shaman. Carved, unclad fertility idols fashioned in the image of a pregnant lady were warmly welcomed by the Pope—in keeping with the Pan-Amazonian documents. He even “blessed” one of the statues. One Catholic writer sums up the scene:

On October 4, 2019, Pope Francis hosted a pagan ceremony with Pachamama statues in the Vatican Gardens and even blessed one of the statues. At the ceremony, people were bowing down to the ground worshiping the statue. Additionally, the Pope prayed in front of the Pachamama statue at St. Peter's Cathedral on October 7 and then accompanied it in procession into the synod hall. The Pope confirmed that the statue was “Pachamama” and apologized for other Pachamama statues being thrown into the Tiber river.[20]

Exhibit: Pachamama – “Mother Earth” idols at the Vatican[21]

Another Catholic news story explains that two Catholic men, incensed by the pagan display, snatched the pagan idols from a nearby church and cast them into the Tiber River, only to have them dredged up shortly after the incident by Roman police. Pope Francis apologized—not for the blatant idolatry—but for the injustice suffered by the idols after they were cast over a bridge and submerged in the water. Interestingly, the Pope called these carved Andean statues “Pachamama” which has been translated: “Mother Earth.” Not surprisingly, “they had been described as representing “Our Lady of the Amazon,” which some reporters initially thought represented the Catholic Mary.[22] This is simply deductive reasoning on their part. These developments fit snugly with the ‘Queen of Heaven’ who is “venerated with various titles,” according to the Vatican and the Pan-Amazonian documents, as well as ancient historians. Can “Mother Mary Gaia” be far from fruition? Will another Marian apparition soon appear to make it happen? Time will tell.

Exhibit: The Lady of All Nations[23]

“THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves;
for ye saw no manner of similitude
on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb
out of the midst of the fire:
Lest ye corrupt yourselves,
and make you a graven image,
the similitude of any figure,
the likeness of male or female….

~ Deuteronomy 4:15-16 

According to a 1993 book entitled, The Cult of the Virgin, “the word apparition comes from the late-Latin word apparitio which means appearance or presence.”[24] Marian apparitions are named by where the “presence” manifested, i.e., Our Lady of Fatima (Portugal), Our Lady of Medjugorje (Bosnia, formerly Yugoslavia), Our Lady of Lourdes (France), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), etc. Each appearance of the Catholic Mary also reinforces Marian doctrine such as her supposed “Immaculate Conception,” “Assumption” bodily into heaven, devotion of The Rosary, etc. The Marian entity always requests that an image/shrine be made in her likeness to commemorate the appearance. It is interesting to note that each likeness appears to be a separate entity but are in fact the same personage (like the differing goddess names and statues from ancient days).

In 1945, an apparition began appearing to a young Amsterdam woman. In a series of messages, the entity identified herself as “The Lady of All Nations.” She promised the chosen seer that when the Holy Father in Rome proclaims the final Marian dogma of the Roman Catholic Church—that “Mary is Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate”—that a time of great grace and peace will come upon the world.[25] This apparition’s likeness is pictured above. Note that she is blasphemously standing upon the earth (above a sea of what look like sheep)—with the Cross on her back! This wicked Woman is a liar! The Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY Redeemer, Mediator, and Advocate (Isa. 43:14; Jude 1:25; 1 Tim:2:5; Heb. 9:15; 1 Jn. 2:1)!

“Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate…. 
As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. 
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms….
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it….
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.”
~ Isaiah 47: 1-9 

In Queen of All, the authors gleaned some profound insight from Isaiah 47:4-5. In this verse, the prophet foretells the judgment of a Babylonian female entity called, “The Lady of Kingdoms” because of her many sorceries and enchantments: “As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel…” is spoken just before the announcement of her judgment. They ask:

Could it be that the Lord revealed 2,700 years in advance that the Lady of Kingdoms would want to be known as Co-Redeemer? God tells us in His Word that He alone “Declared the end from the beginning.” There can be no doubt that God foresaw this abominable doctrine—and He hates it.[26] 

Elsewhere, Tetlow concludes that this ‘Lady of Kingdoms’—the ‘Queen of Heaven’— (posing as the Lord’s mother) is poised to deceive the world once again:

Who is this “Lady of Kingdoms” that Isaiah is prophesying about? Apparently she is a female entity that has played a deceptive role and is somehow connected to the pagan religious practices of ancient Babylon. Isaiah’s words bring a strong retribution and condemnation upon those who have rejected the true Redeemer, the “Holy One of Israel” - the LORD of hosts is His name. We know from biblical history that a queen, (the Queen of Heaven) has played a significant role in deluding people of the past. Is it possible that this same Queen will delude the world once more? Is the apparition of Mary paving the way for such a delusion?[27]

Exhibit: Our Lady of Fatima statue[28]

PAGAN PRAYERS TO THE “QUEEN OF HEAVEN”
One of the ways that this female impostor is deluding the masses is through her many supernatural appearances around the world where she seeks adoration and fidelity. One of the primary vehicles for this perpetual devotion is through The Rosary (see photo above). We will see that this is not a practice begun by Roman Catholics, but by ancient pagans.

In 2014 we published an article series entitled, “Canonizing Mystical Prophesies and Visions,” which exposed two Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) leaders for their reliance on dubious and dark Roman Catholic sources to create and embellish end-times prophecies not recorded in the Bible. In Part 1 of that series, “Secrets of Fatima and Marian Apparitions,” I included some testimony from my childhood which was steeped in the Roman Catholic tradition, including a scary experience with a decorated statue made in the likeness of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’:

Into this mystical spiritual vacuum, devoid of true Scriptural moorings, came several frightening occult experiences that haunted my young mind. One of my most vivid memories was being made to kiss the feet of the Our Lady of Fatima statue during a processional Mass in the 1960s. An ambassadorial entourage, sanctioned by the Vatican, was commissioned to travel around the world with the statue and a message urging world citizens to be consecrated to the Catholic Mary

The wooden image, bedecked with precious stones and covered in cold, was carved in the likeness of the female entity that appeared to the famed peasant children in 1917. Many close family members believe that the Marian apparition itself commissioned the statue to specification which (in their eyes) justified its ‘veneration’ (kissing its feet) even more. Family witnesses and subsequent Polaroid photos revealed the statue’s apparent ability to change the positions of the ornate crown upon its head—a so-called verification of its authenticity. This inexplicable experience (among many others) was quite unsettling and scary to me as a young girl, and still is….

Six popes since 1917—from Pius XII to Francis—have determined the Fatima visions to be authentic and have perpetuated the Fatima processions and venerations, including the Marian entity’s request that the world be consecrated to her—and NOT to Christ. The late Pope John Paul II credited the entity of Fatima with saving his life from a would-be assassin’s bullet and even donated the bullet removed from his body to the Fatima Shrine in Spain. 

In direct opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for our sins, the Fatima apparition promised “to save souls from hell” and “to avert the annihilation of nations” if pilgrims around the world, en masse, devoted themselves to the Catholic Mary, including daily recitations of the Rosary—a Marian devotion.[29] 

A common Roman Catholic tract not only states that the Rosary is indeed a devotion to the Catholic Mary, but that is not used exclusively by Catholics anymore—that even Protestants have succumbed to its practice:

The word rosary comes from Latin and means a garland of roses, the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary. If you were to ask what object is most emblematic of Catholics, people would probably say, “The rosary, of course.” 

After Vatican II the rosary fell into relative disuse. The same is true for Marian devotions as a whole. But in recent years the rosary has made a comeback, and not just among Catholics. Many Protestants now say the rosary, recognizing it as a truly biblical form of prayer—after all, the prayers that compose it come mainly from the Bible. 

The Rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary. It consists of a set number of specific prayers.[30] 

Exhibit: The Rosary a Marian devotion[31]


The rosary is undeniably a devotion in honor of the Catholic Mary, but it is definitely NOT a “biblical form of prayer” composed of “prayers that come mainly from the Bible.” Take note of one of the closing devotions of the Rosary—a blasphemous prayer TO the Catholic Mary which elevates her above the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our true Advocate (1 Jn. 2:1). The ‘Holy Queen Mother’ would have to be God in order to fulfill this prayer’s petitions:

Hail Holy Queen 
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us, the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.[32]

The Rosary is NOT biblical. It is a sacred communication device among many pagan peoples of ancient times, including worshippers of the Ephesian goddess Diana (Artemis). Alexander Hislop traces the Babylonian and occult origins of this prayer practice—a pagan mechanism that has been dedicated to honor the ‘Queen of Heaven’:

The rosary, however, is no invention of the Papacy. It is of the highest antiquity, and almost universally found among Pagan nations. The rosary was used as a sacred instrument among the ancient Mexicans. It is commonly employed among the Brahmins of Hindustan; and in the Hindoo sacred books reference is made to it again and again…. 

In Asiatic Greece the rosary was commonly used, as may be seen from the image of the Ephesian Diana. In Pagan Rome the same appears to have been the case. The necklaces which the Roman ladies wore were not merely ornamental bands about the neck, but hung down the breast, just as the modern rosaries do; and the name by which they were called indicates the use to which they were applied. "Monile," the ordinary word for a necklace, can have no other meaning than that of a "Remembrancer." 

Now, whatever might be the pretence [sic], in the first instance, for the introduction of such "Rosaries" or "Remembrancers," the very idea of such a thing is thoroughly Pagan.* It supposes that a certain number of prayers must be regularly gone over; it overlooks the grand demand which God makes for the heart, and leads those who use them to believe that form and routine are everything, and that "they must be heard for their much speaking."[33] 

To this day, versions of The Rosary are used by virtually every religious culture on the planet, not just Roman Catholics.

“And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans,
for they think that by their many words they will be heard.
Do not be like them, f
or your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

~ Matthew 6:7-8 

Exhibit: Diana (Artemis) of Ephesus[34]


DIANA (ARTEMIS) & MARY 
“But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?”
~ Acts 19:34-36
 
The temple to Diana of Ephesus was known as one of the seven wonders of the world. Some say it took 120 years to construct. It was located in Asia Minor, where the Apostle Paul preached the Gospel (Acts 19:1, 8-10). It was in Ephesus during this time that a great riot broke out when Demetrius, a wealthy silversmith, became afraid that Paul’s Good News to the city would destroy his business and bring the worship to the goddess Diana to a screeching halt. The city was in was in a tumult. The residents “… all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:34). Paul averted personal harm and left for Macedonia shortly after the uproar (Acts 20:1), but the cult of the goddess Diana lived on, as we shall see, through the Catholic Mary. It is crucial to understand that the worship of the goddess Diana (Artemis) did not originate in Ephesus… but in ancient Babylon.

In his classic work, The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop connects the Ephesian goddess Diana to the “Mother of gods,” an entity tracing all the way back to the tower of Babel. Some depictions of this goddess present the crown on her head as a small tower or turret (pictured right). From Hislop’s earlier quote above, the necklace the statue is wearing (pictured right) is an ancient Rosary. The banding of bulbs around her chest, thought to represent breasts, might actually be severed bull testicles which were ritualistically sacrificed to her image!

In general, Diana was depicted as a virgin, and the patroness of virginity; but the Ephesian Diana was quite different. She was represented with all the attributes of the Mother of the gods, and, as the Mother of the gods, she wore a turreted crown, such as no one can contemplate without being forcibly reminded of the tower of Babel.[35] 

In 2016, Carla Ionescu, a professor of Greek and Roman studies at Trent University[36] in Canada published her provocative dissertation entitled, “THE ENDURING GODDESS: Artemis and Mary, Mother of Jesus.” In it, she asserts that the goddess Artemis (another name for Diana) “fused into” the Catholic Mary. She writes that Artemis “could not be deposed. Instead, she survived the conquering of this new religion [Christianity] under the guise of Mary, Mother of Jesus.” Ionescu contends that the Ephesians did not swap one goddess for another, but that Artemis (Diana) became the Catholic Mary, emphasizing that “Mary did not struggle through a transformation, and the citizens of Ephesus did not need to go through a transition. What happened was that one virgin was fused with another.” Below are excerpts from her paper:

…This work suggests that this deeply entrenched scholarly tradition is fissured with misunderstandings of Greek and Ephesian popular culture, and provides evidence that clearly suggests Artemis is the most prevalent and influential goddess of the Mediterranean, with roots embedded in the community and culture of this area that can be traced further back in time than even the arrival of the Greeks. In fact, Artemis’ reign is so fundamental to the cultural identity of her worshippers that even when facing the onslaught of early Christianity, she could not be deposed. Instead, she survived the conquering of this new religion under the guise of Mary, Mother of Jesus. 

Using methods of narrative analysis, as well as review of archeological findings, this work demonstrates that the customs devoted to the worship of Artemis were fundamental to the civic identity of her followers, particularly in the city of Ephesus in which Artemis reigned not only as Queen of Heaven, but also as Mother, Healer and Saviour. Reverence for her was as so deeply entrenched in the community of this city, that after her temple was destroyed, and Christian churches were built on top of her sacred places, her citizens brought forward the only female character in the new ruling religion of Christianity, the Virgin Mary, and re-named her Theotokos, Mother of God, within its city walls. [pg. ii]

It is my position that the virgin Artemis was not transformed into the Virgin Mary. Rather it is that Mary was simply fused into the long established [sic] communal practices of Ephesus without any change to civic identity. The evidence for this is based on corresponding mythologies, epithets and roles, and the social need for a Goddess. Almost all rituals remained the same; a new church was built where people could worship in the absence of their now destroyed temple; and all of Artemis’ titles and epithets were fused into the doctrine of Marian worship. Thus, Mary did not struggle through a transformation, and the citizens of Ephesus did not need to go through a transition. What happened was that one virgin was fused with another. [pg. 15] [37]

Ionescu, like Rev. Hislop, goes on to the postulate that the multiple goddesses of the ancient world were undoubtedly the same deity; many names and faces, but the same entity. She writes that as “Mother of Gods,” Artemis (Diana) “rivals the authority and influence of Zeus” and “embodies” the “all-encompassing Mother Goddess Gaia”:

The “Mother of Gods” attribute is a foundational difference that transforms the traditional Greek attributes of Artemis into a whole new dimension: she rivals the authority and influence of Zeus. Thus, in Ephesus, Artemis is not just an Olympian. As Cybele, her authority predates the Olympians, and through this early Cretan practice she embodies the Titan Rhea, and even the all-encompassing Mother Goddess Gaia.[38] 

The evidence before us now suggests that the ‘Mother Gaia’ is poised to “fuse into” the Catholic Mary who perpetually attempts “to rival the authority and influence” of the Lord Jesus Christ—like the Marian image at the top of this post who is shown crushing the head of a serpent with her foot, usurping Christ’s sole power and authority (Gen. 3:15; 1 Jn. 3:8).

The Bible warns us, in advance, that when the Antichrist comes to power, he will deceive the entire world by using satanic false signs and wonders (2 Thess. 2:1-12). The Word also warns that “God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” (v. 11), because “they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them” and “have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness” (vs. 10, 12).

At this same time, the Antichrist (the Beast) will be assisted by the False Prophet (the 2nd Beast) who will also be given great demonic powers and signs—including the ability to make an image come to life—an image that will deceive the inhabitants of the world into worshipping the Antichrist or face imminent death (Rev. 13:11-18; 16:13). Could the ‘Queen of Heaven’ be involved in this world-wide deception? Time will certainly tell.

“Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans:
for thou shalt no more be called,
The lady of kingdoms.”

~ Isaiah 47:5 

THE TRUTH:
“I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore
that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,
and the inhabitants of the earth
have been made drunk with the wine of
her fornication.”

Revelation 17:1-3 

The authors of The Queen of All make a powerful case that the ‘Queen of Heaven’—in all her semblances—"will be the energizing force behind the world’s final counterfeit church”:

Jeremiah [7:18-20] specifies the Queen of Heaven as the one who seduced God’s people in the past. Solomon [Ecc. 1:9-11] warns that if it has happened in the past, it will surely be repeated. Isaiah [47:1-9] describes a wicked “virgin” and “mother” who is called the “Lady of Kingdoms.” Jesus [Rev. 2:20-22] identifies an evil prophetess “Jezebel” and her idolatrous activities. Jezebel and her followers will be cast into the Great Tribulation unless they repent. 

Jesus [Matt. 13:31-33; Lk. 13: 18-21] also warns of a wicked woman who secretly infuses her corrupt doctrine. John [Rev. 17:1-3; 18:7] describes the mother of harlots as a woman who refers to herself as “Queen”. Zechariah [5:7-8] explains that there will be a worldwide curse related to a wicked woman. Daniel [11:36-37; 2 Thess. 2:3-4] prophesies that the Antichrist will exalt himself above an end-times female goddess. 

Paul [2 Thess. 2:9-12] states that God will send a strong delusion to those who reject the truth. And several other prophecies anticipate idolatry and goddess worship during earth’s final days. Taken as a whole, the many clues strongly suggest that the entity or entities that appear as Mary will be the energizing force behind the world’s final counterfeit church.[39] 

Exhibit: A depiction of the Whore of Babylon[40]

“And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
.”

~ Revelation 17:5 

“…Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you,
and double unto her double according to her works:
in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
How much she hath glorified herself,
and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her:
for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen,
and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.”

~ Rev. 18:2-7

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,
or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them,
nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me…”

~ Exodus 20:4-5 

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”
~ 1 John 5:21 

Endnotes:
1. Marian image, Mary in History.com; http://www.maryinhistory.com/MarysTitles/06MotherOfDivineGrace/IR03545xx.jpg
2. Elliot Miller and Kenneth R. Samples, The Cult of the Virgin, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992, 1993, pp. 64-65, bold and red added.
3. Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore, Pope Francis Encyclical on Care for Our Common Home, Vatican Press, May 24, 2015; http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si_en.pdf, pp. 175-176, bold and red added. 
4. Exhibit from Big Think website: https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/world-map-marian-apparitions.
5.  Jim Tetlow, Eternal Productions website: “Queen of All Article The Marian apparitions’ plan to unite all religions”; http://www.eternal-productions.org/PDFS/Queen%20of%20All%20Article.pdf, bold and red added.Download his books at his website: http://www.eternal-productions.org/catholicism.html
6. Jim Tetlow, Roger Oakland, & Brad Meyers, Queen of Rome, Queen of Islam, Queen of All, Eternal Productions, Fairfield, NY, 2006; https://www.amazon.com/Queen-All-apparitions-religions-Catholic-ebook/dp/B01M2YWL6Y, pg. 15, bold, red added. Download his book at his website: http://www.eternal-productions.org/catholicism.html
7. Book image: Amazon.com; Queen of All; https://www.amazon.com/Queen-All-Jim-Tetlow/dp/0971756112
8. Ibid. Tetlow, bold, red added. 
9. Ibid. Tetlow, bold added.
10. Gaylene Goodroad, “Resetting the Reformation Part 3, Unholy Alliances to the Apostate Bridge,” Herescope, Oct. 3, 2016; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/10/unholy-alliances-to-apostate-bridge.html
Resetting the Reformation: 
Part 1: TOGETHER 2016: Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall 
Part 2: Betraying the Reformers - Betraying the Gospel 
Part 3: Unholy Alliances to the Apostate Bridge 
Part 4: The Broad Way Unity Bridge 
11. Ibid. Queen of All, pp. 35-37. 
12. Jim Tetlow, Eternal Productions website: “Queen of All Article The Marian apparitions’ plan to unite all religions”; http://www.eternal-productions.org/PDFS/Queen%20of%20All%20Article.pdf, bold, red added. 
13. Book image: Amazon.com; Jim Tetlow, Messages from Heaven, Eternal Productions, Mar. 2009; https://www.amazon.com/Messages-Heaven-Jim-Tetlow/dp/0971756104. See also his website: http://www.eternal-productions.org/catholicism.html
14. Ibid. Laudato Si
15. William M. Briggs, “The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis,” Stream.org., June 22, 2015; https://stream.org/scientific-pantheist-who-advises-pope-francis/, bold, red added.
16. Exhibit from Omni World.org; https://www.omiworld.org/es/2019/10/04/presencia-oblata-en-el-sinodo-especial-para-la-amazonia-2019/
17. The Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for the Pan-Amazon, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for Integral Ecology, “Instrumentum Laboris,” June 19, 2019; See: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/06/exclusive-full-text-of-amazon-synod.html, bold, red added.. 
18. The Synod of the Amazon document: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology, Vatican News, Feb. 2020; https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-02/final-document-synod-amazon.html, bold, red added. 
19. Exhibit from Veritas Vincit website, “Pope Francis blesses pagan Pachamama statue in Vatican Gardens,” Dec. 12, 2019; https://veritas-vincit-international.org/2019/12/12/pope-blesses-pachamama/
20. Paul Smeaton, “Did Pope Francis defend Pachamama idolatry at Vatican in new Amazon synod exhortation?; Life Site News, Feb. 12, 2020; https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/did-pope-francis-defend-pachamama-idolatry-at-vatican-in-new-amazon-synod-exhortation, hyperlinks in original. 
21. Exhibit from Choosing Him website; https://choosing-him.blogspot.com/2020/02/parish-bans-pachamama-activist-from.html 
22. “Pope Francis apologizes that Amazon synod ‘Pachamama’ was thrown into Tiber River”, Catholic World Report website, Oct. 25, 2019; https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/10/25/pope-francis-apologizes-that-amazon-synod-pachamama-was-thrown-into-tiber-river/
23. Exhibit from The Lady of All Nations website; https://www.theladyofallnations.org/DLGB-070h-ENG/en
24. Ibid. Cult of the Virgin, pg. 80. 
25. The Amsterdam Apparitions website, The Lady of All Nations; https://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/1945 and https://www.amsterdamapparitions.com/fifth-marian-dogma
26. Ibid. Queen of All, pg. 96, bold, red added. 
27. Jim Tetlow, Eternal Productions website: “Queen of All Article The Marian apparitions’ plan to unite all religions”; http://www.eternal-productions.org/PDFS/Queen%20of%20All%20Article.pdf, bold, red added. 
28. Exhibit from Flickr photos website; https://www.flickr.com/photos/pilgrimfatima/11932010883/; Photo Courtesy of denniscallahanphotos.smugmug.com
29. Gaylene Goodroad, “Canonizing Mystical Prophecies & Visions Part 1: Secrets of Fatima & Marian Apparitions,” Herescope, May 27, 2014; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/canonizing-forbidden-texts-visions.html, bold, red, underscore added. 
CANONIZING MYSTICAL PROPHECIES & VISIONS 
Part 1: Secrets of Fatima & Marian Apparitions 
Part 2: St. Malachy & his prophecies 
Part 3: Is Francis the Last Pope? 
30. The Catholic.com website, The Rosary tract; https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-rosary, bold, underscore added. 
31. Image taken from Father Broom website; http://fatherbroom.com/wp-content/media/JPG/Mary-OLF-I-am-Lady-Rosary.jpg
32. The Rosary Center & Confraternity website, Prayers of the Rosary; https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/prayers-of-the-rosary/, bold, red and italics added. 
33. Ibid. Hislop, pp. 187-188, bold added. 
34. Goddess Diana image left taken from Wikipedia.org; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Artemis; goddess Diana image right taken from Rev. Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., Neptune, NJ, 1916, 1943, 1959, pg. 29. 
35. Ibid. Hislop, pg. 30, bold, red added. 
36. See the Trent University website: https://www.trentu.ca/teaching/carla-ionescu
37. Carla Ionescu, “THE ENDURING GODDESS: Artemis and Mary, Mother of Jesus”, A Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Graduate Program in Humanities, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2016. Download from: http://veilsofartemis.com/index.php/en/online-resources/2-theses-or-dissertations-on-artemis/18-the-enduring-goddess-artemis-and-mary-mother-of-jesus-carla-ionescu, bold, red, underscore added.
38. Ibid. Ionescu, pg. 75, bold, red added. 
39. Ibid. Queen of All, pg. 123, bold, red, underscore added.
40. "A depiction of the Whore of Babylon riding the seven-headed Beast, Henri-Marcel Magne - Self-photographed by GFreihalter, Nov. 2018," posted at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whore_of_Babylon#/media/File:Bougival_Église_Notre-Dame_Vitrail_592.jpg and linked to from the main Whore of Babylon webpage at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whore_of_Babylon