Miraculous, But By Whom? (Part 3)
We cannot do articles on the subject of “Miraculous, But By Whom?” without looking at the increasingly occurring phenomena of apparitions. The dictionary describes an apparition as “anything that appears unexpectedly or in an extraordinary way; esp., a strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to be a ghost.” Today, there is an increasing number of people that associate the word “apparition” with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and of the many claims that she has, supposedly, appeared around the world, yes, even in Wisconsin. But like everything else, is this of God, is this Biblical, or is it yet another example of Satan’s schemes to deceive? As pointed out in part one of this topic, the Bible shows, and we should be aware to the reality of this, that just because a miracle happens, this doesn’t automatically make it a miracle of God! The Bible shows us that Satan can also cause miracles to happen, although as we saw in Job and Exodus, Satan can only go as far as God allows him to do. Satan’s abilities are limited. As a believer, we may not understand why Satan is allowed to even exist, let alone to do miracles that would deceive, but we can take comfort in knowing the Biblical facts of Romans 8:28 - “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Furthermore we have examples of this, as well, seeing how Joseph eventually understood the “big picture” by saying, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Genesis 50:20) In part two, we saw the importance of trusting God’s word instead of our feelings because when we examined several “beliefs,” we saw how easily we can be sincere, only to find out we are sincerely wrong, as Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
There are several reasons which strongly suggest that these apparitions by Mary are for real, but undoubtedly by the enemy, despite the very Christian and holy messages that accompany the visions. I will number several comments and follow with the Biblical reason that proves the apparitions are NOT from God. But first we’ll look at the messages. (1) It is reported that Mary has been chosen by the Eternal Father to alert mankind unless mankind makes a complete reversal of his sinful ways. (2) She often pleas for prayer, pray the rosary for peace, and in the Holy Eucharist. (3) In Fatima, she promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. (4) The Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. (5) This Mary added that, “You saw hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace." Some have said that Mary said (6) "Only I can help you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God." While stern in its warning of the terrible punishments for sin and disobedience, they “claim” that Fatima, as well as the other apparitions, remains fundamentally a life-affirming and faith-building message of hope and peace for others of good will everywhere. But is it really? Did you know that the Bible gives us a warning about this type of message in 1 Thessalonians 5:3? It says, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
What is wrong with the picture? Hebrews 1:1,2 says - “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” God doesn’t communicate as He did in the Old Testament days, but now we have His Son and His Word the Bible. Hebrews 4:17 says that we can come BOLDLY to God, not Mary who was human herself. 1 Timothy 2:5 says that there is only one mediator between God and man, and Acts 4:12 adds that person is Jesus, not Mary. Isaiah 8:19 tells us that we should not pray to the dead on behalf of the living, but to God alone. These apparitions suggest that we say the rosary, but as we saw in the last two articles, God is a very jealous God, and He wants us to pray only to Him. (Deut.6:14,15 and Exodus 34:14). Besides this, these apparitions have made 15 promises to those that pray the rosary, claiming promises that cannot be attained in this manner. Men’s salvation is determined by faith in the finished work of Christ, not by prayers to Mary. (John 3:16) These apparitions plea for the adoration of the Eucharist, which is not Christ. (More, in detail, in my “This is my Body” article, available by request.) The Bible says also, (Hebrews 10:10,12,14) - “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God …For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified,” yet these apparitions ask for us to partake in acts of reparation and sacrifices? Are we to believe that devotion to her will save souls? That Mary is our refuge or that through her immaculate heart, she is the way? If so why isn’t anything written in the Bible of her future role? Are we to believe that praying a rosary or wearing a scapular is to save ourselves as well as others? If that were true, then why would Jesus have to die at all? (Which is Satan’s whole purpose for deceptions!)
Conclusion: Jesus said in Matthew 24:24, that, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” The Biblical Mary said, “Do as He (Jesus) said.” And His Word doesn’t change, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” (Psalm 119:105) and as 2 Timothy 3:15 says, in light of Jesus’ warning, can we conclude anything else after looking at Scripture but that these apparitions, maybe are miraculous, but they’re certainly not by God. Apparitions, although accompanied with healings, as well as the other super-natural phenomena that appeal to the masses, as we saw in the Bible with Job and Exodus (see the last two articles) Hmmmm- seems like the same church that promotes apparitions, tell us we cannot know Scripture!!!! But that’s another story, another time.