Biblical Proof That Mary Is The Queen Of Heaven
Old Testament Context:
According to Ancient Jewish Tradition, the Queen of the Kingdom was the mother of the King, not the wife of the King. Each time the author of 1 + 2 Kings introduced a new King, the mother of the King was mentioned to make it clear that she was the Queen Mother.
1 Kings 2:19 = King Solomon prepared a royal throne for his mother Bathsheba.
2 Kings 11:3 = Queen Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, reigned over the land.
2 Chronicles 15:16 = King Asa removed his mother from the honourable position of Queen Mother after she worshipped false idols.
Jeremiah 13:18 = Both the King and the Queen Mother wore royal crowns.
Jeremiah 29:2 = King Jeconiah is mentioned beside his Queen Mother.
The Davidic Kingdom provides a backdrop for the Messianic Kingdom of Jesus. As a result, this ancient concept of the Queen Mother is key for understanding the Queenship of Mary.
"The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."" — Luke 1:30-33
The everlasting Kingship of Jesus presupposes that Mary, the mother of the King, fulfils the position of the Queen Mother. As a result, Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth, by means of her son, the King of Heaven and Earth.
The Intercession Of The Queen Mother:
When King David was alive, Bathsheba was merely one of his wives and therefore, she honoured him by bowing down to him. However, when Solomon became King, he actually bowed down to her, as a way of honouring his Queen Mother.
"So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. The king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a throne brought for the king's mother, and she sat on his right. Then she said, "I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me." And the king said to her, "Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you."" — 1 Kings 2:19-20
As the Queen Mother, Bathsheba would intercede on behalf of the people, by presenting their needs and petitions to the King. Similarly, at the Wedding Feast at Cana, Mary interceded on behalf of the people, by making their needs known to her son.
"When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."" — John 2:3-5
On both occasions, the King did not refuse his mother, proving the power of the Queen Mother's intercession. By alerting Solomon of Adonijah's plot against him, Solomon acted immediately to have Adonijah killed. Likewise, not only did Jesus look favourably upon Mary's request, He supplied an overabundance of wine. Six stone jars would have been the equivalent of around 120 gallons of wine!
"Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him." — John 2:11
As a result of Mary's intercession, Jesus not only performed His first miracle of water into wine, but His disciples also believed in Him. Mary leads us closer to her son, so that through her intercession, we may also continue to believe as the disciples once believed.
The Crowning Of Mary In The New Testament:
"Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." — Revelation 11:19-12:1
There are a couple of exegetical reasons why the woman in Revelations 12 is Mary:
The vision depicts a woman giving birth to a son, of whom we know to be Jesus (Revelations 12:5). The vision continues with a dragon waging war and being defeated (Revelations 12:7-8). Scripture reveals to us that the dragon represents Satan (Revelations 12:9). Therefore, if the other central characters are interpreted as individuals, then it fits the exegetical context for the woman to also be an individual. The literal interpretation would be Mary, as she physically birthed Jesus.
Secondly, the historical and cultural context adds weight to this interpretation. Considering that the child of the woman is taken to a heavenly throne, the description of the woman crowned in Revelations 12 seems to fit that of Mary, since Mary would be the Queen Mother of Jesus' heavenly Kingdom.
Moreover, the Apostle John witnessed the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, simply one verse before the description of the woman in the vision (Revelations 11:19). The fact that Scripture reveals Mary to be the true Ark of the Covenant, indicates that Mary is the woman described in the vision.
The biblical parallels between the Original Ark and Mary, as the fulfilment of the Ark, are key to understanding this vision. There were no chapters in the original manuscripts of Revelation; it was one continuous narrative. The Ark of the Covenant that John described in Heaven is the woman of Revelations 12, which finds its fulfilment in Mary.
In addition, the biblical parallels between the earthly perspective of the crucifixion and the spiritual perspective of the same scene in Revelations 12, affirm that Mary is the woman in the vision. At the Cross, Jesus referred to his mother as "woman" (John 19:26). Similarly, in the vision the woman is portrayed as the mother of the Messiah, confirming the identity of the woman as Mary, the Queen of Heaven.
Why The Queenship Of Mary Matters:
"Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed." — Luke 1:48
As the Queen of Heaven, we should venerate and honour Mary as she deserves, as Mary specially cooperated with God's grace to bring about salvation to the entire world. As the Queen Mother, we should not refuse to humbly ask for her powerful intercession, so that she may bring us closer to her son Jesus.
To be close to Mary is to naturally be close to Jesus. The only disciple to not forsake Jesus at the crucifixion was the Apostle John; perhaps this was because of his closeness to the Blessed Mother. In truth, both our Heavenly Father and our Blessed Mother point us to their son, Jesus.
Moreover, the Queenship of Mary matters because Mary is the perfect embodiment of the Church. Unlike the souls of the saints (Revelation 6:9), Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (Revelation 12:1). With Mary, as our example, we can look forward to the bodily resurrection, where we hope to receive our crowns and a share in Christ's eternal Kingship.
"Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." — Revelation 2:10