But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed – Galatians 1:8, 9
Here is an excerpt of what was written about the three children in Fatima. The shepherd children saw the vision of an angel of peace whose mission was to prepare them for the Coming of the Virgin Mary three times. For each Apparition, the angel invited the children to pray and accompanied them in their reverence. During the summer, the angel appeared a second time to the children who were playing and urged them to pray “Constantly offer prayers and sacrifices to the Most High”. He presented himself as the guardian angel of Portugal.
This angel invited the children to pray for each apparition. He is praying with them for the appearance of a spirit. Man, according to the Bible, is lower than the angels, yet here was one encouraging the worship of Mary, a person. She is the mother of Jesus, not the mother of God, therefore, not to be worshipped but respected as the most blessed of all women. Reverence should be given only to God, “Serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” – Hebrews 12:28. Reverence should be given to Jesus. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11.
What sacrifices is the angel talking about here? In Daniel 9:27, it says that Jesus brought an end to sacrifice and offering. The only sacrifices we are exhorted to offer up are spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5).
The following is an account of the last of six appearances of Maria in Fatima. On 13th October 1917, the day of the last Apparition, it poured with rain on the Cova da Iria. Lucy asked the faithful to close their umbrellas, to recite the rosary together and observe the arrival of the Holy Virgin. The Virgin Mary presented herself to Lucy as Our Lady of the Rosary and asked her to build a chapel in her honour. She announced that the war was going to end and asked Lucy to “heal several of the sick and convert sinners”.
The Virgin Mary then raised her eyes to heaven, the rain stopped and the sun shone brightly, radiating different coloured beams of lights. The crowd cried out in terror but after a few moments, everything returned to normal. The Virgin Mary then disappeared into the firmament, reappeared a few moments later, under the amazed eyes of 3 shepherd children, accompanied by Saint Joseph, the Infant Jesus and Our Lord blessing the world using the sign of the cross.
Jesus is seen here as an infant. When we last read about our Saviour, He had risen from the dead and after spending time with His disciples, He ascended to Heaven. Yet, in this vision, He is an infant again. In Italy, the majority of the paintings and sculptures are of Mary and baby Jesus. It is not the infant who died on the Cross for us but the Man. It is not Jesus, the infant who is going to crush Satan’s head but Jesus, the Man. And why is Joseph in the vision? Joseph is resting in his grave. And why did Mary disappear into the ground and then reappear again?
This vision is going back to before Jesus’ ministry, His finished work on the Cross, His death and His resurrection. The very things Satan tried to hinder when first he tried to have the infant killed, then, the temptation in the wilderness, and the rejection of the people, the crucifixion and finally, the resurrection when the Pharisees had the tomb guarded. The things said in the vision contradict the Bible. And we know that the devil likes to contradict God’s Word—twist it to suit his purposes. That is why in the case of Fatima, caution should be exercised because the devil is good at disguising himself. According to the apostle Paul, Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
As the apostle Paul said, But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed – Galatians 1:8 As you read what the angel and then the apparition tell the children, you can see that they are not of God. Catholics believe that Mary didn’t die but was taken up into Heaven where she is “Co-Redeemer, Mediator, and Advocate.” However, the Bible teaches that these titles belong to the One who gave His life as a ransome for many–the Lamb who came to take away the sins of the world (1 Timothy 2:5; Isaiah 54:5; 1 John 2:1. Mary didn’t die for us. In fact, she acknowledged that she had a Saviour (Luke 1:47). The Mary of the Bible was very humble.
Here we have the apparition of Mary saying the following to the three children:
“The children were also told to pray and sacrifice themselves for sinners, in order to save them from hell. The children were briefly shown a vision of hell, after which Our Lady told them: ‘You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.’
“Our Lady indicated to us the specific root of all the troubles in the world, the one that causes world wars and such terrible suffering: sin. She then gave a solution, first to individual people, then to the Church’s leaders. God asks each one of us to stop offending Him. We must pray, especially the Rosary. By this frequent prayer of the Rosary, we will get the graces we need to overcome sin. God wants us to have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to work to spread this devotion throughout the world. Our Lady said, ‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.’ If we wish to go to God, we have a sure way to Him through true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother.
The apparition also said, that God is giving two last remedies to the world. They are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others. God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever then, as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with a certain trepidation the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother.
“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls. “Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the sure door of entering Heaven.”
We can clearly see that this apparition was not of Mary, the mother of Jesus as she is known in the Bible but of a demon or Satan himself. The words of this apparition are contrary to the Word of God. According to the Bible and Jesus, Himself, we are encouraged to pray to the Father on behalf of others and ourselves just as Jesus did in John 17. The apparition wants to take the place of God and Jesus. “She” wants to be our source of salvation instead of Jesus whom the Bible clearly says is. The apostle Peter, said of Jesus, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”
When it comes to problems and difficulties in our lives, we are exhorted to turn to God who will help us. We rely on Him who is always a present Help in times of trouble instead of on others, ourselves or on a string of beads. Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13, 14). He’s the only way to the Father.
The devil is good at deceiving people. He does this using God’s Word, church members, leaders and people close to us. Beware. The apostle John warns, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).