#1 Assumption of Mary
My brothers and sisters in Christ, I am not questioning either your holy hearts (which God has given you) or your righteousness (you are the righteousness of God in Christ), but that which is OUTSIDE of you: traditions; words: specifically, words about Marianology - and about her Assumption into Heaven.
Some maintain that Mary was assumed into Heaven - and rest on Revelation 12
"A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth." Rev 12:1,2
If you examine the individual parts of this Scripture, and understand them biblically, you will understand very clearly that this woman is not Mary, but the Heavenly Jerusalem.
People have said on this forum that you and I are Mary’s children - well, not according to reality, whereof Paul spoke:
"But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.
For it is written,
“REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR;
BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR;
FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE
THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.” **Gal 4:26, 27 **
What can I say to substantiate this?
Only the words that filled God’s heart, which He then spoke in Psalms:
"Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” Psalm 87:5
And if you want to know that Jerusalem is related to or called Mt. Zion, only read,
“But you have come to ***Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem *** (the Mother of us all), and to myriads of angels…” Heb 12:22
So, ***Mt. Zion ***upon which Jerusalem is built (Jerusalem is a city on a hill) is called ‘her’. God spoke on this wise extensively through the Prophets, calling Jerusalem of old a “slut”; unfaithful to Him.
Where else can you find Jesus being born out of Mt. Zion/Jerusalem, as is protrayed in Rev 12?
In Daniel 2, we see that Jesus was taken out of a certain Mountain:
“Inasmuch as you saw that a stone (Jesus) was cut out of the mountain (what Mountain? Mount Zion) without hands…” Daniel 2:45
So, Mt. Zion/Jerusalem Gal 4:26 gave birth to the stone Dan 2:45, Jesus, and Jerusalem is also the mother of us all Gal 4:26, who are referred to in the following verses of Revelation 12, in verse 17
“So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” Revelation 12:17
Well, let’s understand what the crown of 12 stars that Jerusalem wear is, then.
Rev 21:12 speaks of the gates of New Jerusalem, wherein her 12 gates are being guarded by 12 angels, which 12 angels correspond to the “crown of 12 stars” which she is wearing in Rev 12:1, 2.
Why do I think the stars in Rev 12 are speaking of angels in Rev 21:12?
In the Bible, stars always speak of “sons of God”.
"Wait a second, only Christians are sons of God."
No, the Scriptures say, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” - and angels are led by the Spirit of God; for this reason, the Bible calls them sons of God.
When they fell from their proper position to take wives for themselves of the daughters of women:
“And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day” Jude 1:6
"…that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose." Gen 6:2
So, that proves that angels are the sons of God, but how can you understand, Biblically, that sons of God are often symbolically referred to as “stars”?
Well, for one, the sons of God (who are humans) will shine as the stars of heaven:
“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3
As for angelic beings being shown as sons of God, you can read:
“When the morning stars sang togetherAnd all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:7
And the symbolic sons of God who will fall away (the end cannot come unless there first comes a falling away 2 Th 2:3; 1 Tim 4:1) :
“It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down” Daniel 8:10
And of sons of God who have fallen away…
“These are the men …wandering stars…” Jude 1:12, 13
These men, who had been given the Spirit, went off course, and are now wandering… but were MEANT to be sons of God, and are therefore referred to as stars.
Now that you see that sons of God are called stars, that angels are a class of children of God, you can see that the sons of God in Rev 21:12 are the stars in Rev 12:1, 2 so you could see that the woman is not Mary but the Heavenly Jerusalem.
#2 Sinless Mary
People say that Mary was sinless: if this were true, there would be no need for the sword (Jesus, the Word Heb 4:12) to penetrate her own soul Luke 2:34,35.
The sacrifices given to the Israelites could never take away their sins **Heb 10:4 **- and Mary, being born of sinful parents, being born into the first Adam, was born into sin:
“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Cor 15:22
And Mary was born in the first Adam, as the new birth was not available at the time she was born, therefore she was born into spiritual death and sin, though she was a chaste woman, as also other saints in the old testament were, including Enoch, who God loved so much that he took into Heaven, Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Daniel, Job, Noah, and many more (these are just names off the top of my head.)
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5
- speaking of the state of every human being.
I would love to be Catholic, because I would love to enjoy the sacraments, but I cannot submit my faith to something God has not set forth as truth.