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Thursday, November 1, 2018: RSBN reporters Liz Willis, Bailee Byers and cameramen James Willis and Aaron Pangio will be on hand as President Donald J. Trump holds a campaign style rally at Columbia Regional Airport Hangar 350 in Columbia, MO. President Trump is expected to speak at 6:30 PM CT
If we look at Mary through ancient Jewish eyes, we understand why she’s Catholics’ favorite intercessor.On November 1, Christians worldwide are celebrating All Saints Day.For Catholics, the Virgin Mary is considered the greatest of all saints. Many even refer to Mary as “the Queen of Heaven.” Though Mary lived 2,000 years ago, millions honor her and ask for her prayers daily.Why do Catholics do this?
Why make so much of Mary? After all, wasn’t she just an ordinary Jewish woman?That’s what lots of people today believe. But as I show in my book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, that’s not what the Bible says.Don’t get me wrong. It’s true that the Old Testament says the “queen of heaven” was the name of a pagan goddess.
Some ancient Israelites even committed idolatry by offering sacrifice to her—and got quite a tongue-lashing from the prophet Jeremiah as a result! (See Jeremiah 7:17-18.)So why do Catholics call Mary the “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that idolatry too?No. Because the Catholic Church did not get its beliefs about Mary from paganism. It got them from Judaism.In order to see this clearly, you have to look at Mary through ancient Jewish eyes.You have to look at Mary in light of what the Old Testament says about the Jewish Queen.
In ancient Israel, the king did not rule alone. There was also a queen. However, the queen was not the king’s wife, but his mother. She was known as the “Queen Mother”—in Hebrew, the gebirah.To get an idea of just how important the Queen Mother was, consider what the Bible says about Bathsheba, the wife of King David and mother of King Solomon.
When Bathsheba comes into David’s presence, she bows to him as her king (1 Kings 1:15-16). But after David dies and Solomon her son becomes king, the tables are turned. Now, when Bathsheba comes into Solomon’s presence, he bows to her (1 Kings 2:19)! The king himself honors his mother because she is queen.But it doesn’t stop there. King Solomon also has a “throne” brought in, so that his mother can sit at his “right” hand (1 Kings 2:19).
Everyone knew what this meant. The Queen Mother was the most powerful person in the kingdom—second only to the king himself.That’s why when the Queen Mother asks a favor of Solomon, he answers: “Make your request, my mother, for I will not refuse you” (1 Kings 2:20).
What does all this mean for who Mary was, and how Christians see her today?First, if Jesus really was the long-awaited Jewish King—the Messiah—then his mother was the Jewish Queen.That’s what it would have meant to a Jewish girl like Mary when the angel Gabriel told her that her son would “sit on the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:33). As mother of the new King, Mary would be the new Queen Mother.
It’s also why the book of Revelation describes the mother of the Messiah as a woman “in heaven” wearing “a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1-2). The crown shows she is a queen, and the twelve stars symbolize the people of Israel.
Continue Reading Here: A Jewish perspective on the queen of all these saints we’re celebrating
Thousands of migrants from Central America have resumed their march to the southern Texas border on foot.AdvertisementIt seems they tried to arrange bus transportation from Juchitan, Mexico but that failed. Now they are once again on foot, looking for rides where they can, hitchhiking and doing whatever they can to get here, only to be met by U.S. troops. Is it worth it?“Mexico has stepped up in an unprecedented way, they have helped stop a lot of the transportation means of these individuals in these caravans, forcing them walking. They have helped us in new ways to slow this down, to break this up and keep it from moving as aggressively toward the United States,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.I say shame on the US-based activists (and those who donate) who manipulate these poor people with promises and stories that will not come true.
Continue Reading Here: Migrants Denied Bus Service For Last 900 Miles of March To The U.S. Border
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on CBS’ “The Late Show” on Tuesday to call for unity and “healing” among Americans… but only if voters give Democrats control in Tuesday’s midterm election.In other words, Pelosi is implying that she’ll only call off the growing mobs of violent protesters if she’s given control of Congress.Sponsored: Billionaire’s Horrifying Prediction: ‘30 Million Will Die’Host Stephen Colbert pointed out that Pelosi was wearing purple and asked if there was a hidden “message” in her outfit for voters.“It could be!” Pelosi said, and implied it was time to forget blue Democrats and red Republicans… if Democrats win.
Continue Reading Here: Nancy Pelosi tells a cheering crowd… WHAT!? – The Horn News