L. A. Marzulli
The Recent Marian Apparitions in Northern Iraq and the Sign of Jonah
These apparitions, which occurred over the town of Alqosh on the night of Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, have been compared to those of Our Lady of Zeitoun in Egypt, given that they are apparently to be classed under the rare category of visio sensiblis, whereby they are fully visible to all present, and can even be captured on camera.
First off. I love the Mary the mother of Yeshua/Jesus. She is held in high esteem, as she gave birth to the Messiah. As scripture says about her, All men shall call me blessed.
However, so-called Marian apparitions have appeared in places like Fatima, Portugal in 1917, or more recently in Medjugorje, Bosnia, where for over two decades individuals have been witnessing so-called Marian apparitions.
Now, in 2015, something is appearing in Iraq. The question for us is this, is what is appearing now and in the past the real thing? Why would Mary be able to materialize at will and why is it that what we see at many of these apparitions are luminous blobs of light. (See photo to the left)
Take a good look at the picture on the left which supposedly comes from Iraq. While it resembles a human figure, to state that this is the Mary of the Bible is a leap for me and a big one at that.
We are told, Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
I realize that there are many folks who embrace the so-called Marian apparitions, and I won’t start bashing away at their beliefs on this blog. That being said, has anyone actually tested the spirits at any of these events? In Fatima, Portugal in 1917 thousands were gathered including clergy and yet no one to my knowledge ever challenged the apparition that appeared there.
To be fair there are some folks who are evangelicals who claim to see angels. One man who led what I would consider a phony revival, stated that the angel who appeared to him was named Emma.
Going back to the Bible as our “guidebook to the Supernatural” we see that there are no female angels in the Biblical narrative. So something doesn’t jibe for when I head about men claiming to hear from a female angel.
So what are we to do with this? We know that in the last days there will be troublesome times and according to Yeshua/Jesus who states: many will come in my name saying I am the Messiah. Mathew 24: 5
I don’t believe these apparitions are the Mary of the Bible. I would posit that they are something else and while they give the appearance of benevolence they are, in my opinion, messengers of deception.
In closing todays post. Throughout the Biblical narrative we see angels appearing to men and women with messages. They appear always as men, period. They deliver their message or warning and then they leave. I believe in angels and I also believe they can appear. However, these blobs of light are eye candy and appeal to the flesh and thus, are, in my opinion not the Mary of the Bible. So here we are in 2015 and we have something supernatural happening in Iraq… perhaps The Prince of Persia is once again up to his old tricks as he has never been deposed of his authority in the region. So with all due respect to those who are willing to embrace the apparition as the Mary of the Bible, I would caution them to test the spirit behind the light show, in other words, rebuke first and ask questions later.