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May 23, 2023
WASHINGTON, Penn., May 23, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Dan Corner of Evangelical Outreach.
Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in heaven (Acts 7:56; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; etc.). The focus in Heaven is NOT King Jesus and Queen Mary, as Catholics want to believe, but the heavenly Father and his Son. They are the ruling, focal point in heaven.
Of the 25 thrones in heaven (Rev. 4:4), Mary doesn't have one, nor is she even mentioned, even in the slightest way in Heaven. To misuse Rev. 12:1,2, to allow for the Catholic's 'Queen Mary,' is to consequently have their position on the identity of the "woman" dismantled once again when that same "woman" sprouts eagle wings and flies off into the desert (Rev. 12:14). [The "woman" there is Israel, and the twelve stars represent Israel's twelve tribes.]
There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE in the Scriptures that Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth, and we are not to go beyond what is written (1 Cor. 4:6).
The only "Queen of Heaven" in scripture was a pagan idol in Jeremiah's day (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-25). Moreover, the foregoing verses clearly reveal the status of God's heavenly throne and the ruling sovereign potentates, as stated. However, in a last-ditch effort, some Catholic diehards erroneously think, as one responded to me with 1 Kings 2 in mind:
"He [Jesus] is the eternal fulfillment of the Davidic kingdom, in which the Queen has always been the mother of the King."
Even if that statement were true, which it is not, about the earthly queen always being the mother of the king, such a hierarchy in the OT is definitely not the case in heaven.
Examine, if you will, the lives of the kings of Judah after David and Solomon - from Rehoboam to Abijah to Asa to Jehoshaphat to Jehoram to Athaliah to Ahaziah to Jehoash to Amaziah to Uzziah to Jotham to Ahaz to Hezekiah to Manasseh to Amon to Josiah to Jehoahaz to Zedekiah, and finally note the absence of any mention of a Queen mother to any of those kings. Do NOT be deceived: Mary is NOT to be worshiped, prayed to, hoped or trusted in for anything, especially including our salvation.
Related, to the issue above, is: (1) the erroneous Catholic appellation of Mary as the "Mother of God" and (2) the Catholic heaven excludes the Father from the throne.
SOURCE Evangelical Outreach
CONTACT: Dan Corner, 724-632-3210