In a 2003 message, John Paul II commended the peace of the world to "the Blessed Virgin Mary on the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception."
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 8, 2003: (Zenit.org).- ..."Mary is our unbreakable support in the hard struggle against sin and its consequences," he added, when offering a meditation on today's feast to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
We would ask of anyone who believes this to please re-read the New Testament and find a scripture that even HINTS that Mary is "our unbreakable support in the hard struggle against sin and its consequences!" Mary was a mere human being, born into sin, just like everyone else! She gave sin offerings in the temple (Luke 2:24). YHWH (YAHWEH) used Mary as the virgin vessel to give birth to Yeshua (and then she went on to have other children, which negates her eternal "virgin" status!)....
The indisputable truth is:
Mary cannot be possibly be our Mediator, Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix because she is dead! (So is Pope John Paul II!) Nowhere in the Bible does it say Mary went straight to heaven. Not once are we told that she has been resurrected or "sits at the right hand of God" (as in the case of Yeshua - Colossians 3:1). She was still alive when Yeshua died on the stake (John 19:26-27); and we know of no other "rapture" since the day Yeshua died when there was a great earthquake and some dead believers were "resurrected" (Matthew 27:50-53).
NOTE: Although the word "rapture" can be found nowhere in the Scriptures, we are told there will be a "catching up" of believers only upon Yeshua's Second Coming (1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17); not the unbelievers who will only be called up before God on Judgment Day at the end of the Millenium. This "catching up" will be when Yeshua returns to Earth; not before. It will occur at the end of that seven year period which will begin when the Antichrist makes a seven year peace treaty with Israel.
Daniel 9: 26 Then, after the sixty-two weeks, Mashiach will be cut off and have nothing. The people of a prince yet to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but his end will come with a flood, and desolations are decreed until the war is over. 27 He will make a strong covenant with leaders for one week [of years]. For half of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering. On the wing of detestable things the desolator will come and continue until the already decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator."
The day we hear of someone making a seven year peace treaty with Israel, we'll be able to count exactly seven years until Y'shua's return! (The "antichrist" may or may not be a man; it may simply be the antichrist SYSTEM of the world.)
The fact remains, "heaven" is a complex term that we really don't know much about. Shemayim (heaven) is a plural form, as is "Elohim" - which means there is more than just one aspect to "heaven." The "third heaven" for instance, is a reference to the future judgment hall or throne of the "Ancient of Days" as mentioned in Daniel 7.
Sitting at the right hand of God: Within Y'shua the man is an occurrence of the One Divine Nature of YHWH, also known as the Ruach haKodesh. This is the literal meaning of the fullness of YHWH dwelling inside Mashiyach, and in accordance with Tanakh prophecy (Isaiah 53:1, Zechariah 12:10). The divine and human natures exist separately yet side-by-side within Y'shua. When it says He "sits at the right hand of His Father" it doesn't necessarily mean "sit" as in a separate chair. YHWH, who is Spirit, doesn't "sit." To be at the right hand (side) was to be on the side of power and favor in Hebraic thought, especially with respect to YHWH.
Therefore Mary must wait until Yeshua's Second Coming when believers will be "raptured" (1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). (The final "rapture" of mankind will happen at the end of Yeshua's thousand year reign when we will ALL stand before God on Judgment Day (Revelation 20:11-15).)
John 19: 26. And Y'shua saw his mother and a disciple whom he loved who was standing there, and he said to his mother, Woman, behold your son. 27. And he said to that disciple, Behold your mother. And at that hour that disciple took her with him.
Matthew 27: 50. Then again Y'shua cried out with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 51. And immediately, the curtains at the door of the temple were torn in two from the top to the bottom. And the earth was shaken and the rocks were split. 52. And the tombs were opened and many bodies of the Set Apart believers who were asleep arose, 53. And went out.
While being chosen to give birth to the Messiah was a huge honor, this did NOT make Mary "the Mother of God" (can GOD have a mother?) and she is NOT someone to idolize or to "pray to." Yeshua was our Messiah, a human with a divine Nature because he was YHWH's Son!
Yeshua Himself taught, "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven....'" (Matthew 6:9). Yeshua intercedes on our behalf to the Father (Hebrews 7:25). The Bible teaches that we have access to the Father only through Yeshua (Ephesians 2:18). Therefore, we should be praying to the Father, in Yeshua's Name (John 14:13-14).
Nowhere in the Scriptures are we told to pray to Mary (or any other mere human)! Yet Catholics around the world fervently pray to her, believing that she is the mediator who intercedes on their behalf before the Father:
"Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix." (Catechism of the Catholic Church Pg. 252, #969)
Mary is an Advocate? Helper? Benefactress? Mediatrix? That's NOT what the Bible says! Please read the following (Old Testament scriptures from Sterns Complete Jewish Bible; New Testament scriptures from the Aramaic English New Testament):
1 John 2: 1. My children, these things I write to you that you do not sin. But if any one should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Y'shua the Mashiyach, the righteous. 2. For he is himself the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only but also for all the world. 3. And by this we will be sensible that we know him, if we keep his Commandments. 4. For he that says I know him, and does not keep his Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. 5. But he that keeps his Word, in him is the Love of Elohim truly completed: for by this we know that we are in him. 6. He that says I am in him, is bound to walk according to his halacha. 7. My beloved, I write no new commandment to you, but the old Commandment which you had from the beginning; and the old Commandment is the Word which you have heard.
Psalm 54: 4 But YHWH is helping me; Adonai is my support.
Hebrews 13: 6. And it belongs to us to say confidently, My Master (Y'shua) is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7. Remember your guides who have spoken to you Elohim-inspired concepts; observe the perfection of their works and imitate their faith. 8. Y'shua the Mashiyach is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9. Be not led away by strange and variable doctrines. For it is a good thing that we strengthen our hearts with grace and not with meats, for those have not benefited who walked in them.
Psalm 34: 19 The righteous person suffers many evils, but ADONAI rescues him out of them all.
Never in the Word of God is Mary mentioned as being a supernatural helper nor anything besides the woman who was chosen to give birth to our Messiah! We are told that only Yeshua is our one and only mediator:
1 Timothy 2: 5. For Elohim is one, and the mediator between Elohim and men is one; (namely) the man Y'shua the Mashiyach, 6. who gave himself a ransom for every man; a testimony that arrived in due time,
Hebrews 9: 15. And for this reason he became the Mediator of the renewed covenant, that he might by his death be redemption to them who had transgressed the first covenant; so that they who are called to the eternal inheritance might receive the promise. 16. For where there is a testament, it indicates the death of him who made it. 17. For it is valid only of a deceased (person) because it has no use so long as the maker of it lives. 18. Therefore also the first (covenant) was not confirmed without blood. 19. For when the whole ordinance had been propounded by Moshe to all the people, according to Torah; Moshe took the blood of a heifer and water, with scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled upon the books and upon all the people; 20. and said to them, This is the blood of the covenant which is enjoined by Elohim. 21. With that blood he also sprinkled upon the tabernacle and upon all the vessels of ministration: 22. because everything, according to Torah, is purified with blood: and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.
23 For it was necessary that these, the representations of heavenly things, should be purified with those things; but the heavenly things themselves, with a sacrifice superior to them. 24. For the Mashiyach entered not into the sanctuary made with hands which is the emblem of the true (sanctuary): but he entered into heaven itself to appear in the presence of Elohim for us. 25. Neither (was it necessary) that he should offer himself many times as the high priest entered every year into the sanctuary with blood not his own: 26. otherwise, he must have suffered many times since the commencement of the world; but now in the end of the world, he has once offered himself in a self-sacrifice to abolish sin. 27. And, as it is appointed to men that they must once die, and after their death is the judgment; 28. so also the Mashiyach was once offered; and, by himself, he burned away the sins of many: and a second time, without sins, will he appear for the life of them who expect him.
The function of both a mediator and an advocate is to intercede on behalf of others. Catholic tradition assigns this position to Mary, whereas God's Word exalts Yeshua haMashiyach as the only intercessor:
Hebrews 7: 22. By all this, is that a superior covenant of which Y'shua is the guaranteed provider. 23. And they as priests were numerous because they were mortal and were not permitted to continue: 24. but this man, because he stands up forever, his priesthood shall not pass away: 25. and he is able to resurrect forever them who come to Elohim by him; for he always lives and sends up prayers for them. 26 For a priest like to him was also suitable for us; one pure and without evil and without stain; one separated from sins and exalted higher than heaven; 27. and who is not required, every day, like the (Aaronic) high priest, to first offer sacrifices for his own sins and then for the people; for this he did once, by offering up himself. 28. For Torah appointed flawed men priests; but the word of the oath which was subsequent to Torah appointed the Son who is eternally perfect.
Romans 8: 26. So also the Spirit aids our weakness. For we are not cognizant of what to pray for in a proper manner; but the Spirit prays for us with groans beyond description. 27. And the searcher of hearts, he knows what is the mind of the Spirit; because he prays for the Set Apart believers, agreeably to the will of Elohim. 28. And we know that he aids him in all things, for good, who love Elohim; them whom he called from before our beginnings according to his purpose. 29. And he knew them previously; and he sealed them with the likeness of the image of his Son; that He might be the first-born of many brothers. 30. And those whom he previously sealed, them he called: and those whom he called, them he made righteous: and those whom he made righteous, them he glorified.
31. What then will we say of these things? If Elohim (is) for us; who (is) against us? 32. And, if he spared not his Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things, "with him?" 33. Who will set himself against the chosen of Elohim? It is Elohim who justifies. 34. Who is it that condemns? Mashiyach died and arose and is on the right hand of Elohim, and makes intercession for us. 35. What will sever me from the love of Mashiyach? Will affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or the sword? 36. As it is written: For your sake, we die daily: and we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37. But in all these things we are victorious by means of him who loved us. 38. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor Messengers nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come, 39. Nor height nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to sever me from the love of Elohim which is in our Master Y'shua the Mashiyach.
The Bible says that anyone who reaches the Father must go through Yeshua; not Mary:
Ephesians 2: 13. But now, by Y'shua the Mashiyach, you who before were afar off, have been brought near by the blood of the Mashiyach. 14. He is himself our peace, who has made the two (become) one, and has demolished the wall which stood in the midst, and the enmity, by his flesh; 15. And in his flesh (the) enmity and regulations of commands (contained) in his commandments are abolished (so) that in himself (an occurrence of the divine nature, or qnoma), he might make the two into one, establishing peace. 16. And has reconciled both with Elohim in one body and has slain the enmity by his stake (of execution). 17. And he came and proclaimed peace to you afar off, and to those near: 18. Because by him there is access for us both, by one Spirit, to the Father.
Ephesians 3: 10. So that, by means of the assembly, the manifold wisdom of Elohim might become known to the principalities and powers that are in heaven: 11. Which (wisdom) He arranged ages before, and he has worked it through Y'shua the Mashiyach our Master; 12. Through whom we have boldness and access in the confidence of his (Y'shua's) faith. 13. Therefore I pray that I may not be discouraged by my afflictions which are for your sakes; for this is your glory.
14. And I bow my knees to the Father of our Master Y'shua the Mashiyach 15. From whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named; 16. That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit; that in your inner man 17. The Mashiyach may dwell by faith, and in your hearts by love while your root and your foundation increases greatly in strength; 18. And that you may be able to explore, with all the Set Apart believers, what is the height and depth and length and breadth, 19. And may know the greatness of the Mashiyach's love; and (that) you may be filled with all the fullness of Elohim. 20. Now to Him who is able, by His almighty power, to do for us even more than we ask or think, according to His power that works in us; 21. To Him (Master YHWH) be the glory, in His (Master YHWH's) assembly, by Y'shua the Mashiyach, in all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
The Bible is quite definitive: Yeshua is the only Advocate, Helper, Mediator and Intercessor before the Father. Yet, Catholic tradition strips these titles away from Him and drops them straight into Mary's lap! If Mary is to be exalted, why would the Apostle Paul have uttered these words:
1 Corinthians 2: 1. And I, my Brothers, when I came to you, did not preach to you the mystery of Elohim in magnificent speech, nor in wisdom. 2. And I did not govern myself among you, as if I knew anything, except only Y'shua Mashiyach; and him also as executed on the stake.
Could it be any clearer who is to get ALL the credit?
Hebrews 8: 6. But now, Y'shua the Mashiyach has received a ministry which is better than that: as also the covenant of which he is made the Mediator is better, and is given with better promises than the former.
John 14: 6. Y'shua said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by me. 7. If only you would have known me, you would have also have known my Father. And from now on you know Him and you have seen Him.
Acts 4: 8. Then Shimon Keefa was filled with the Ruach haKodesh and he said to them, "Leaders of the people and elders of the house of Israel, listen. 9. If we are judged today by you concerning the good thing that happened to the sick man, (that) by what means this (man) was healed, 10. let this be known to you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Y'shua the Mashiyach, the Nazarene, he whom (you), executed on the stake, he whom Elohim raised from the dead, by him, by the same one, behold this (man) stands before you being whole! 11. This is the stone that you builders have rejected, and has become the head of the corner. 12. And there is not salvation by another man for there is not another name under heaven which is given to men by which it is proper to have life!"
Catholicism took everything that Yeshua ever taught and twisted it into a "religion." By building statues and kneeling before them while "crossing" themselves, they are catering to paganism and breaking several commandments, plain and simple!
Exodus 20: 3 "You are to have no other gods before me. 4 You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. 5 You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, ADONAI your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Deuteronomy 4: 15 "Therefore, watch out for yourselves! Since you did not see a shape of any kind on the day ADONAI spoke to you in Horev from the fire, 16 do not become corrupt and make yourselves a carved image having the shape of any figure - not a representation of a human being, male or female,
The ONLY "mediator" we have is the arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1) who came to teach YHWH's people about God and what He expects of His People ... and who martyred Himself on our behalf. See Yeshua in a nutshell; Yeshua's qualifications; Yeshua is NOT an idol; Yeshua the branch, the sprout, the root; Messianic prophecies.
(NOTE: Our use of the term "martyr" is intentional because traditional Jews love to point out that "G-d never required human sacrifice!" Well, Y'shua wasn't a "human sacrifice" because nobody "sacrificed" Him. He was a Divine Sacrifice who willingly went to the cross/stake. As a human being, He had the choice to obey YHWH or not. As we see time and time again, He CHOSE to obey. He KNEW who He was....)