By Jeff Wehr
“The Catholic bishops of Brazil announced that almost 11 million people visited the country’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in 2011.” EWTN News, January 10, 2012
“Cardinal Angelo Amato told attendees at a major Marian conference in Rome that ‘if you get lost, take the hand of Mary and she will lead you to Jesus. . . For conversion to Christ you must go to the Virgin Mary so that she leads us back to Him.” EWTN News, Oct 5, 2011
“Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation of his work was laid by the assurance given to Eve in Eden: ‘Ye shall not surely die.…in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ Genesis 3:4, 5. Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time.” Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, 561.
“Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.” Ibid, 588.
The Bible says, “For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13–15.
Just prior to the close of human probation and the falling of the seven last plagues, Satan will pretend to be Jesus and endeavor to counterfeit His second coming. Jesus had warned us, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:23–27.
Through hundreds of apparitions of Mary and other acts of spiritualism Satan is preparing for his deception to personate Christ. We know that it is not Mary because the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. Therefore we know that Mary died because the Bible says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.
Mary herself admitted in being a sinner, saying, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:46, 47.
Only sinners need a Savior. This does not in any way detract from Mary being chosen of God to be the mother of Jesus. But it does leave Mary in the grave like all other faithful believers awaiting the resurrection. See 1 Corinthians 15:51–54.
The Marian movement is one of the fastest growing movements within the Christian community today.
“The late 20th century has become the age of the Marian pilgrimage. Examples: At Lourdes, the biggest of France’s 937 pilgrimage shrines, annual attendance in the past two years has jumped 10%, to 5.5 million… one tenth of the faithful these days are 25 or younger.
“In Knock, Ireland, where 15 people saw the Virgin a century ago, the lines of the faithful lengthened dramatically after Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the shrine in 1979. Since then, attendance has doubled, to 1.5 million people each year. To handle the influx, a new international airport was opened at Knock in 1986.
“At Fatima, Portugal, the shrine marking the appearance of Mary before three children in 1917 draws a steady 4.5 million pilgrims a year from an every widening array of countries. One million devotees turned out last May when John Paul made his second visit.
“In Czestochowa, Poland, attendance at the shrine of the Black Madonna has increased to 5 million a year, rivaling Fatima and Lourdes, since John Paul’s visit in 1979.
“In Emmitsburg, Maryland, attendance has doubled in the past year, to 500,000, at one of the oldest of 43 major Marian sites in the U.S., the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
In Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, “more than 10 million pilgrims had flocked to the mountain village since the apparitions began in 1981.” Time, December 30, 1990, 63, 64.
Even though this is not Mary, “The Vatican reports receiving more than 200 accounts of apparitions yearly. . . . Mary seems to be popping up everywhere.” Arizonia Republic, November 13, 1994.