16 Mar Transcribed talks on Mother Mary – Mount Zion- A symbol of Mother Mary – Fr Joseph Edattu VC
St Frances de Sales says, “If it is possible, any son will honour his mother with the highest position.” Most sons and daughters desire the best for their mothers. They dream of becoming rich, building a huge beautiful home and then giving the best room in the house to their mothers. If you are a loving son or daughter, you too will think on the same lines. You will earnestly want to give the best of everything to your parents. Unfortunately there are some children who plan ways to get rid of their parents. Good children will always desire to give the best for their parents. And so, how good a son Jesus must have been to his mother! Since his resurrection to heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father. Surely He will make sure that Mother Mary is seated at His right side on a throne.
Saint Robert Bellarmine, once said, “It is impossible that a woman who carried the Almighty God and sustained Him in her womb for nine months could see corruption in her body. It is not possible that after giving birth to the Son of God, breast feeding him and bringing him up to manhood, that the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary could decay and be eaten by worms after her death.” This is why we believe in the Assumption of Mother Mary, body and soul into heaven. How right was Saint Robert Bellarmine. Even the worms and bacteria will be afraid to touch the holy body of the Blessed Virgin Mary which gave flesh from her flesh to the Son of God growing in her womb for nine months. These are the thoughts and beliefs of many of our ancient Church Fathers and Saints.
Roots of the early church and the different other churches
And so, as we reflect on this topic, ‘Mount Zion- A symbol of Mother Mary’ we can see that apart from the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches, there are thousands of different church denominations which includes Non-apostolic Churches, New Age Churches, Protestant Churches, and many other divisions. So let us go to the roots of these different churches. The Churches formed within 100 years; find their roots ending just 100 years back. In the same way Churches formed within 200, 300, or even 500 years back, find their roots end those many years back. . If you go back further, you may find less than 50 churches. And if you go back still further to about 1000 years, you may have less than 10 churches in existence. Now to get to the roots of the early church, let us go back 2000 years. Suddenly you find one church, with the twelve apostles. And as we go back 3 years earlier to this one church with twelve apostles, we find only Jesus with his mother and St Joseph, making up the Holy Family. Again, if we go back 30 years in time, we see a young woman alone in a room. And wondrously this is where the whole Christendom started. It started in that room, from that woman whose name was Mary.
No witnesses to the Annunciation except Mary herself
At the Annunciation when Angel Gabriel appeared to Mother Mary and announced that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, how did we know about her response? Who was witness to what transpired there? There was no CCTV to record the happenings. There was nobody present there to write things down. And so the only witness to this supernatural event was Mother Mary herself. It was her testimony that was recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And so the whole of Christianity hinges on her testimony. The apostles proclaimed it and the whole of Christianity now believes in it. So ultimately, Christianity is based on the testimony of Mother Mary.
Denying Mother Mary, means denying the roots of Christianity
Believe it or not, the faith of the Catholic Church and even the Protestant Churches with its various denominations hangs on the testimony of Mother Mary. And so if we deny Mother Mary, it means we are denying the roots of Christianity. So therefore, nobody can deny Mother Mary. People, who don’t accept her and honor her, are denying their own identity as Christians. And so, the whole church and the whole New Testament is indebted to Mother Mary and her testimony. If you take that away, everything else becomes meaningless. If anyone says that Mother Mary is wrong, then everything else will go wrong. But we know that Mother Mary is 100% right. Her life itself testifies that her testimony is 100% true. And that is why she did not give up hope on Mount Calvary. She knew the supernatural nature of the event that had happened to her. She knew the birth of Jesus was miraculous. If there was any doubt about that, she would be the first one to lose her faith. She treasured the whole heavenly secret in her heart. If what happened to her was a hallucination, the death of her son would be meaningless, and she would not be able to encourage the disciples to continue in faith. She would not be able to stop them from going back to their former occupation of fishing, tax collection etc. She knew this was not the end and so she encouraged the disciples to remain together as Jesus asked them to. She took them to the upper room and remained with them in prayer until Pentecost happened. And so at Pentecost the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them like fire. This happened because she knew what she believed was 100% correct. This is a mighty revelation and this is what we need to always remember. Therefore, Christianity will not exist if you deny Mother Mary. If you deny the teachings and the words of Mother Mary; there is no meaning in listening to the words of Jesus. In reality we believe in the power of the words of Jesus because we believe in the power of the testimony of Mother Mary.
The connection between the Old and the New Testament is Mother Mary
How do we know Jesus is the Savior? Who told us that Jesus is the Savior? Of course it was Mother Mary who told us. How did Mother Mary come to know this? It was the Angel Gabriel who came and revealed this to her. He came and told Mother Mary that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of David, the one who is going to rule over the world, the anointed one. Mother Mary then revealed this truth to all of us. Therefore, when the baby was born and brought up by Mother Mary, we believed in Jesus. Therefore, the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament is Mother Mary.
It was Mother Mary, who became the connection and who told us that he is the Son of David. It was Angel Gabriel who came and told Mother Mary, that he will be great, that he will be called Son of the Most High God, and that He will sit on the throne of his ancestor, David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will last forever. All these five promises were given to Mother Mary by Angel Gabriel. And it was because she told us about these five promises that we believe that Jesus is our Savior. This is true even for Protestants and other denominations; they too believe that Jesus is the Savior, because Mother Mary revealed this truth to all. There were no other witnesses to corroborate this truth. No one else was present at the Annunciation. There was no CCTV or anything else or anybody else to record or chronicle this event. And this is why it is so important to accept the significance of Mother Mary’s role in Church history. The whole church and the whole of Christendom started from Mother Mary. Everything began from that room, where Mother Mary had an encounter with Angel Gabriel. That was where God came and dwelt amongst us.
The Ark of the Covenant
One of the most important connections is the Ark of the Covenant which was the dwelling place of God in the Old Testament. It was God himself who revealed how to make it. It was made of pure unadulterated gold and of Accacia wood which according to Jewish understanding was holy, long lasting and imperishable. The Ark of the Covenant of the Old Testament carried the Manna, the rod of Aaron the High Priest and the tablets of the Covenant. These three things are symbolic of Jesus who was conceived in the womb of Mother Mary. She was full of grace, hence imperishable. Her body did not decay. She is the new Ark of the Covenant.
There are so many connections and pre-shadows between the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are so many pre-shadows about Jesus in the Old Testament. There are also many pre-shadows about Mother Mary in the Old Testament. There are also one or two pre-shadows of John and the pre-shadows of the New Israel in the Old Testament. But a significant pre-shadow about Mother Mary in the Old Testament is that of Mount Zion.
Mount Zion, daughter of Zion or Mount Zion is the pre-shadow of Mother Mary. The early Church Fathers said this, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says it, and the Bible proves it. When we read the Bible we get to know that Jerusalem is a city in which there is a mountain called Mount Zion. And this Mount Zion is the prefiguration or pre-shadow of Mother Mary. This is confirmed by the Bible, which states that Mount Zion is a woman, a virgin, and from where Christianity, the sainthood and everything else started. The Bible also says that Mount Zion is the dwelling place of God.
The Church Fathers in the early church, the priests and the people living in the first century and second century, always believed that Mount Zion mentioned in the Old Testament is none other than Mother Mary herself. It is from her that the Messiah came, the right hand of God came, the scepter of authority came and the whole of Christianity came into existence.
The Bible proves that Mount Zion is a symbol of Mother Mary
(Isaiah 66:7) “Before she was in labor, she gave birth: Before her pain came upon her, she delivered a son.”
So the Bible tells us that before she was in labor, she gave birth. This according to Jewish belief is a prophecy about the Messiah. Now who is ‘She’? If it is the prophecy about the Messiah, so ‘she’ should be the mother of the Messiah. And so we should now clearly know the name of the mother of the Messiah…
(Isaiah 66:8) “Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be delivered in one moment, yet, as soon as Zion was in labor, she delivered her children.”
In the previous verse one child is mentioned and now in the next verse it says, Zion is giving birth to children. So there are two births taking place. Before the labor pain starts, this one child who is born is Jesus the Son of God. Then during the labor pain on Mount Calvary, the second child, that is John, who symbolizes the children of Israel is born. This woman, who gives birth to her children in the beginning of her sorrows, is called Zion.
(Isaiah 66:13) “As a mother comforts a child, so I will comfort you”.
God promises us that as a mother comforts a child I will comfort you. You shall be comforted in Jerusalem. Zion means Jerusalem. Zion and Jerusalem are identical, because both are names of the same place. And when God says, ‘As a mother comforts a child, so I will comfort you,’ he means to say, that he will himself will comfort us like a mother, through Mother Mary. When you have the presence of Mother Mary in your life, it is the Lord Himself who comforts you like a mother. And so when you hide under the mantle of Mother Mary, it is God himself who is comforting you through Mother Mary.
(Revelation 12:1-12) “A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
Here we see a woman with a connection to the sun and a connection with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. The twelve stars signify the twelve tribes of Israel, which includes the Elders, the Priests and of course the twelve disciples. This woman with a crown of twelve stars on her head is a queen and she rules over the new Israel which is made up of the twelve tribes of Israel, the Elders, the Priests and the twelve disciples. By now we should all know that this woman is none other than Mother Mary.
(Isaiah 24:23) “Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His elders.”
Mount Zion is considered as the dwelling place of God, and we can see that the connection of the Moon and Sun is mentioned, the elders of the church are mentioned and that through Mount Zion, the Lord will reign.
We know that when the time came for the Messiah to be born, the Angel, the messenger of God was sent to Mother Mary. The message of good news was first given to none other than Mother Mary. When she received it, Jesus was born in her womb. After that this message was announced to others, and many others too started receiving Jesus. Wherever this message reaches, Jesus will be there. The first message came to Mother Mary and she gave birth to Jesus. Every Christian is called to be like Mother Mary. And the only way to be like her is by giving Jesus to others. In order to give Jesus to others we should first listen to the message and receive it. If we don’t listen to the message, how can we receive it? If we don’t receive it, how can Jesus be born inside of us? And if Jesus is not born within us, how can we give Jesus to others? Mother Mary heard the message and accepted it whole-heartedly. Because she accepted the message, Jesus was born inside her and she was able to give Jesus to others.
(Isaiah 41:27) “I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look, here they are!’ I gave to Jerusalem a messenger of good news.”
This is a prophecy in the Bible that tells us a long time back that this message of good news will be sent to Mother Mary first. The herald of good news was given to Mount Zion first, which is also called Jerusalem and as we know now that Mount Zion and Jerusalem are pre-shadows of Mother Mary.
(Isaiah 37:22) “…She despises you, she scorns you— virgin daughter Zion; she tosses her head—behind your back, daughter Jerusalem.”
The Bible confirms in this verse that Mount Zion is a pre-shadow of Mary who is a perpetual virgin. Here the Prophet Isaiah gives a message of hope to King Hezekiah of Judah concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria who was threatening the city of Jerusalem, and openly defying the people of God. The Lord, through Isaiah, reassures King Hezekiah that the Assyrians would never enter Jerusalem. Rather, the invaders would be sent home, and the city of Jerusalem would be spared. This happened as prophesied. This virgin daughter, called Zion or Jerusalem who scorns the pride and arrogance of the evil forces is none other than Mother Mary. Here we see clearly the Almighty God Jesus working powerfully through Mary. So we need to remember, that when the Bible speaks about Mother Mary, or Zion, it includes Jesus.
(Matt 10:9-11) “…the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great delight. On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him…”
Another example of Jesus the Son of God being always with Mother Mary is the story of the three Kings who came to worship the baby Jesus. According to some scholars there could have been more than three kings, because the bible does not specifically say there were three kings. Maybe that was the reason why King Herod was shocked and taken aback to see a big caravan of people come from afar to have a glimpse of the Messiah who was born for the salvation of the world. Here the Bible clearly states that they found the child with His mother Mary and worshipped him. There is no mention of St. Joseph. The kings joyfully worship Jesus in the hands of his mother Mary. The mother and child are inseparable. That is why since the early tradition of the church, in most of the icons and statues of Mother Mary, you rarely see Mother Mary without the child Jesus.When you see the child with his mother, it means you see the whole universe. And in this universe, Mother Mary represents the whole of humanity and Jesus represents God. That is why the mother and child are inseparable.
(Matthew 2:12-14) “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the Child and His mother by night, and withdrew to Egypt…”
The Mother and child are inseparable. The Bible does not say, Joseph ‘took his child and his wife.’ But rather, ‘he took the child and his mother.’ This is the vital difference. St. Joseph himself could see this. The Child and the mother always go together.
(Matt 2:20-21) “Get up!” he said. “Take the Child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, for those seeking the Child’s life are now dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and went to the land of Israel.”
Here the Gospel of Matthew reiterates this special relationship ‘The child and his mother.’ So the child and the mother go together, and they both represent the whole universe. Thus it is very clear that Zion, the dwelling place of God is Mother Mary.
(Isaiah 62:11) “The LORD has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’”
What message does God give in these verses? The good news first came to Zion. And what is the good news? The Saviour of the whole humanity is coming. This good news was first given to the daughter Zion. We’ve already seen that the Kings came to meet not only the mother but also the child. Or in other words not only the child but they also came to meet the mother, because both of them are together. The Kings bowed down and worshiped Jesus in the hands of Mother Mary. So it must be noted that the first worship of Jesus happened when Jesus was in the hands of His mother. And so every time the Child Jesus is portrayed, it is with his mother, or when we portray Mother Mary, she is shown with the Child Jesus. This is because the first worship of Jesus that occurred in the Bible was when the child was His mother Mary.
(Isaiah18:7) “At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers- the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.”
Normally it is God who is the giver of gifts. But here we see clearly that the coming of the Magi, or the Kings with gifts to the Lord of Lords, the Lord of Hosts was prophesied long ago. They would come from far and wide, to Mount Zion with their gifts. We need to keep in mind that the scripture was not speaking of Jerusalem City, but about Mother Mary. The kings came with their gifts not to Jerusalem city, but to an insignificant town called Bethlehem. And how is Zion and Bethlehem connected? They are not connected. It is a sign that Zion is a symbol of Mother Mary.
(Jeremiah 4:31) I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child—the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers.”
There is a prophecy about Mother Mary crying under the Cross at Mount Calvary. The pain and sorrow of Mother Mary is also prophesied. When her son is killed on Mount Calvary, she will be crying in front of the body of our son. She will be lamenting. Her lamentations are mentioned in the Bible. If Mount Zion is only a piece of land or a mountain, how can a mountain cry? And remember, it was not on Mount Zion that Jesus died. On Mount Calvary Mother Mary suffered the birth pangs for the second child represented by John the beloved disciple who symbolizes the disciples of Jesus and the church. She became the Mother of the Church on Mount Calvary. In the Old Testament Rebecca was one of the pre-shadows of Mother Mary. Of the two children she had given birth, Esau is the symbol of Jesus and Jacob the symbol of the new Israel. Now John symbolizes Jacob who is the new Israel. And Esau is the symbol of Jesus. But here we see there is not two but only one birth occurring. This is because they are twins. So Jesus and the disciples cannot be separated. They’re like one. And how do we come to this conclusion? It is that John symbolizes the church. And the church is considered as the Mystical Body of Christ. So the Church and Jesus are one.
(Lamentations 1: 17) “Zion stretches out her hands. She’s crying with stretched out hands. But there is no one to comfort her. The Lord has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should become his foes. Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.”
Here again, Zion is shown as a pre-shadow of Mother Mary stretching out her hands in grief, but there was no one to console her as she watched the passion and suffering of Jesus. Jesus too was abandoned by everybody. Even his own family members and his disciples abandoned him. Only Mother Mary was there lamenting under the cross. Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them, because this evil thing took place in Jerusalem.
(Zechariah 2:10) “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, says the LORD.”
The bible has many prophecies about Mount Zion in the Old Testament. Zion is considered as a daughter, even a virgin daughter.
(Obadiah 1:17) “But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, and it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.”
This is a clear prophecy that those who hold on to Mother Mary will escape and be saved from their enemies and even take possession of everything. If Mother Mary is Mount Zion, then those who take refuge under her mantle will be saved. Those who consider themselves to be saved should pay heed to this Word of God that goes on to say that Mount Zion is a holy place, and those who take refuge in her will rule over and judge the peoples of the world through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Obadiah 1:21) “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.”
So the Lord’s kingdom will rule over the world from Mount Zion and Mount Zion is a symbol of Mother Mary.
(Joel 3:17) “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.”
Here too the scriptures are not talking about a mountain, but about a person. Because this Jerusalem is the holy mountain Zion and so Jerusalem City is none other than Mother Mary. The old Jerusalem city was defiled but the New Jerusalem that is Mother Mary shall be holy, and no strangers or enemies can enter it.
(Revelation 21:2) I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven…”
So now, where is Zion and where is Jerusalem? The Holy Mountain Zion and the holy city Jerusalem, is in heaven now. How can this be? She is there as a resting place and a refuge for all her children. She is Mother Mary.
(Galatians 4:26) “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
St. Paul clearly states that Mary is our mother and that she is in heaven. And how could St. Paul say this? It is because St. Paul knew that Jesus appointed Mother Mary as the mother of all the disciples, and the only disciple who was under the cross was John and he took her as his mother. We all know that Jerusalem City is in Israel. But the Bible is not talking about the earthly Jerusalem City, but about the heavenly Jerusalem City who is Mother Mary. She is our mother.
(Psalm 129:5-6) “May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. May they be like grass on the rooftops, which withers before it can grow…”
This is a warning to those who speak against Mother Mary. It is like speaking against the holy Mount Zion which is a symbol of Mary and not just an earthly piece of land. What will be the consequences of speaking against Mother Mary? The Bible says that those who hate Zion will be disfigured and scattered. They can never march forward, the more they try to go forward, they will be divided and fall backwards. To realize the truth of these statements, just look at the churches of the world. Every church, that honours Mother Mary holds together and moves forward. But any church that does not hold on to or have the presence of Mother Mary with them is scattered and divided. They keep on dividing themselves again and again into thousands of pieces, and move backwards. They can never grow after a certain level. This is the scripture coming true. We see that the grass that springs up on the housetops cannot grow after a certain level. It withers after some time. This is what happens to those who hate Mother Mary who is the new Mount Zion.
(Psalm 110:2-3) “The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes, your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you.”
The Bible says that from Mount Zion comes the scepter, which signifies the authority to rule over the whole world. And we all know that Jesus came or was born from Mother Mary in Bethlehem. He did not come from the geographical Mount Zion of Jerusalem. But here Mount Zion signifies Mother Mary. And from Mount Zion all God’s chosen people who hold on to Mother Mary will become the forces led by God to rule over their enemies.
(Psalm 2:6) “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
This is a prophecy of David in the Bible. Who is this King? It is Jesus. He’s going to come from Zion, God’s holy hill.
(Psalm 48-2) “Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great King.”
Again David prophesies that Mount Zion is the city of the great king Jesus.
(Psalm 9: 11) “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion, declare his deeds among the peoples, God dwells in Zion.”
Here again we see that God dwells in Zion, and Zion is a symbol of Mother Mary.
(Psalm 50:2) “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
“Who is the perfection of beauty? Of course it is Jesus. And from where does God shine forth? He shines forth from Zion, and Zion is Mother Mary.”
(Psalm 76:2) “His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.”
Salem is the short form of Jerusalem. Jeru means city, Salem means peace. The city of peace is Jerusalem.” So God has established his abode in Jerusalem, his dwelling place is Zion which means Mother Mary.
(Psalm 87:2) “The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.”
So which is the most fitting dwelling place of God? It is Zion. And Zion is Mother Mary. Out of thousands of women, she was the one chosen by God to be the dwelling place of the Lord. In those days it was the custom of the Jewish women to hope expectantly that the Messiah would be born in their womb. And this was the reason why if a woman was unmarried or unable to give birth, she was considered as a curse. It meant that God did not want to be born in their womb, because all the Jewish people were waiting for the Messiah. No woman wanted to remain unmarried. And every woman desired to give birth to a child, because any of those male children could be the Messiah. This is very important to understand. And so when Jesus did not marry, everyone was shocked because no one was supposed to be unmarried. And so the scriptures clearly say that out of so many women in the whole world, the Lord loves Mother Mary more than anybody else.
(Psalm 78:68) “…but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.”
Mount Zion comes from the tribe of Judah. Is it just a mountain or a person? It is a person. It is Mother Mary. She belongs to the tribe of Judah. And God chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loves.
(Isaiah 2:3) “Many people shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of God of Jacob, that he may teach us His ways, and that we may walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth instruction and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
The instruction means the New Law. The New Law and the Word of God will come out of Zion. So it’s a prophecy that Mother Mary will give birth to the Word become flesh, the New Covenant. From Mother Mary, all these things will start. Out of Zion shall go forth instruction and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And now we know that Jerusalem and Zion are identical. They are symbolic of Mother Mary.
(2 Maccabees 2) “The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy.”
When Jeremiah hid the old Ark of the Covenant on Mount Nebo, he prophesied that the Ark of the Covenant will be hidden, but will be revealed one day, when the Messiah gathers his people together from all the 12 tribes and shows them his mercy. The Messiah came from Mother Mary and so she is revealed as the new Ark of the Covenant.
(Luke 1:35) “The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.”
In the Old Testament, when Ark of the Covenant moved, there was always a cloud over it at daytime and at night there was fire. This was a sign of the glory of God overshadowing it at all times. The Bible has prophesied that when the Ark of the Covenant will be revealed again, the glory of God will overshadow it. Then all people will know and understand that it is the Ark of the Covenant. This was fulfilled when the Angel Gabriel came to Mother Mary and proclaimed to her the message from heaven. When she said ‘Yes’ the glory of God overshadowed her and Jesus the Son of God was conceived in her womb. Thus we know that the old Ark of the Covenant was the prefiguration of Mother Mary. She is the new Ark of the Covenant revealed to mankind at the Annunciation.
(Isaiah 4:3) “Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.”
Here it is clearly mentioned that everyone who remains in Jerusalem or are left in Zion will be called holy people.
(Romans 1:7) “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people…”
Did you know that all the early Christians in Rome were called holy people; all the early Christians were originally called saints.
(1 Corinthians 1:2) “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…”
So, here we see again that in the early church, all the Christians are were called as saints.
(Isaiah 4:3-4) Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgement and by a spirit of burning.
This means that the sins of the whole world and the children of Mary will be washed. God will wash away the sins of the children of Mother Mary and cleanse the blood stains of Jerusalem from its midstby a spirit of judgement and by a spirit of burning.
(Isaiah 4:5) Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.
In the day there will be a cloud of smoke and in the night a glow of flaming fire on Mount Zion. This is the fulfillment of the prophecy by Jeremiah. The Ark of the Covenant will be revealed in due time and everyone will recognize and know it by the signs and connections that have been prophesized about it at different points of time. Isaiah prophesies about this cloud of glory in the day and the flame of fire in the night. Indeed, over everything the glory will be a canopy that will overshadow Mount Zion. Angel Gabriel had proclaimed the same thing about Mother Mary. ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you’
The saved ones are those who take refuge in Mother Mary
We learned a lot about Mother Mary and have seen the connections and pre-shadows of Mother Mary in the Old Testament in the form of Mount Zion, Ark of the Covenant, Rachel and Rebecca etc. There are so many other pre-shadows about Mother Mary in the Bible. Most importantly, we have also learned that all those who hate Mount Zion will wither away. They will never be able to march forward, but will always fall backward. They can never grow much, but soon will be divided. This is very true about what happens to those who hate Mother Mary.
It has been made very clear in the Bible that those who are saved are the people who take refuge in Mother Mary. But aren’t those who believe in Jesus the saved ones? We know now that those who truly believe in the teachings of Jesus will be found under the mantle of Mother Mary. She is the mother whom Jesus himself has appointed for us, and so when we accept her we can be considered as the saved ones.
In conclusion- A word of caution to all Catholics
Do not let anyone mislead you or misguide you by manipulating the teachings of the Word of God so that you side track Mother Mary. They usually ask ‘Are you saved?’ ‘If you want to be saved come with us.’ Do not go to such wrong places. Remember, if any person or group does not honour Mother Mary, it is a clear sign that they are going against the Bible. This is because we now know that the whole of Christianity hinges on her testimony. The saved ones are those who are holding the hands of Mother Mary and dwell under her holy mantle on Mount Zion.