We’ve had a lot of comments on the BLOG site over the holiday season, mostly about whether or not the so-called Marian apparitions are real or a counterfeit. While I certainly won’t be able to convince the diehards that the apparitions are not the Mary of the bible, I will take a moment to call your attention to what I feel may provide some closure to the subject. But first, I want to announce ahead of time, that our guest this week on Acceleration Radio will be Jim Tetlow. Jim is the author of the book, Messages From Heaven. He has explored the depths of the Marian apparitions and I believe is the go-to guy in regard to the phenomena. His book will be available in our book store, so look for it in the next day or so.
We can agree that something is appearing just outside of Cairo. Let’s strip it down and expose what we know.
1. A light manifests on top of the Coptic church. It appears to have a shape that is similar to a human.
2. There are doves, or light-balls that look like doves that circle around the church.
3. There has been no communication with the apparition.
4. No one, as far as I know has tested the spirits and I think it is fair to say that people are accepting the apparition as something that is benevolent.
5. The apparition is similar to others that have appeared world-wide.
So what are we to think about this? Some of you believe that it is the Mary of the Bible, but as I have pointed out no one has tested the spirits. I’ll say it again that testing the spirits is the only way to find out what we are dealing with. It’s really simple as you ask, did Jesus come in the flesh? While this might sound sophomoric, we are told in the Guidebook to the Supernatural i.e. the Bible that this is precisely what we are to do in order to find out what “spirit” we are dealing with. Here’s the reason why it works. When Jesus came in the flesh, and died on the cross, shedding his blood, the fallen angels and the prince of the world, Satan, lost their dominion over us. Jesus coming in the flesh and dwelling with men is the pivotal point in all of history. His resurrection from the dead spelled the doom of the enemy and this why the question or challenge, if He came in the flesh, drives them nuts. They know they were defeated. They know they were cast out of their, “first estate.” They know their time is short. They realize that the second coming is eminent and their end-game is to deceive as many people as possible. In my opinion, Marian apparitions are part of the Coming Great Deception. In closing I want to give an example of how one lie can change everything. If you were a sailor and I was setting the course of your ship by giving you longitude and latitude settings and I gave you 99 headings that were true, you would be fine and you would reach your destination. But, and this is a huge BUT, if I gave you one heading which was wrong that would throw you completely off course and you would never reach your intended destination! Cherry picking what the apparition has said that jibes with Christianity is misleading and at first glance it would seem that the apparition may be the real deal, thus the 99 messages which are true. However, one must note that the apparition then gives us something that is not true. To call itself co-redemptrix, which it has done at several apparition sites is just blasphemy, plain and simple. There was only one who died for our sins, shedding His blood and bearing our guilt on the cross. With all respect to Mary, she had nothing to do with it, period. While I respect her and honor her as the mother of the Lord, she is in no way a co-redemptrix. This concept was added only recently and was promulgated by the apparition itself. This is one reason why it is demonic and not the Mary of the bible. Jesus is called the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It is He who sits at the right hand of the father and it is He who will judge the living and the dead, not Mary.
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