Section 6: Was Fatima Prophesied In Scripture?
The Word Of God Vs. The Lady Of Fatima's Words

As an aid to discernment of the Fatima visions, let's look at 1 John 2:12-14 which summarizes the whole process of overcoming the devil:

"I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

"I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.

"I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

"I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.

"I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.

"I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one" (NIV).

According to John, we overcome the evil one

Overcoming the evil one boils down to what the word of God says about the Father and the Son from the beginning of time. Therefore, our protection against being deceived and misled is to check out whatever we hear by God's word. In her book, "War on the Saints," Jesse Penn Lewis writes that

". . . there is only one basic principle for testing the source of all doctrines, or 'thoughts' and 'beliefs,' held by believers or unbelievers, i.e., the test of the revealed word of God.

". . . . All 'teachings' originating from deceiving spirits:

  1. "Weaken the authority of the Scriptures;

  2. "Distort the teaching in the Scriptures;

  3. "Add to the Scriptures the thoughts of men;

  4. "Put the Scriptures entirely aside.

"The ultimate object [of deceiving doctrine] being to hide, distort, misuse or put aside the revelation of God concerning the Cross of Calvary, where Satan was overthrown by the God-man, and where freedom was obtained for all his captives.

"The test of all 'thought' and 'belief' therefore is its

  1. "Harmony with the written Scriptures in its full body of truth.

  2. "The attitude to the Cross, and sin"(1).

Fatima And God's Prophetic Word

In dealing with His people, God always works in a prophetic way. He gives His word first, enabling us to recognize a future work as His; then He does that work. His written word in Scripture is our protection against error. The Bible promises quite a few future events, including supernatural works by the Holy Spirit and inspired guidance to the body of Christ, individually and corporately. And taken in the context of the whole Scripture, we're expected to know that these wonderful works will always lift up Jesus as Savior and Lord. But was Fatima and its message prophesied in Scripture? A study of each mention of Mary in the Bible shows no explicit reference to these future events(2). More important, there is no prophetic word in all of Scripture concerning future apparitions or messages from any person other than the Holy Spirit Himself. Although God spoke through His prophets for the four thousand years of Israel's Old Testament sojourn, He never once prophesied the events or message of Fatima. And Jesus, the fulfillment of the Old Testament, was very thorough and direct in His promises concerning the Holy Spirit, the Church, and His own second coming. But He never hinted at future appearances of His mother:

As to the remainder of the New Testament, the inspired writers and teachers, whose messages complement each other's in such a way as to form a unified whole, also remain silent on the subject:

The apparitions DID happen. A beautiful lady DID appear and speak a message, and she DID cause the "miracle of the sun" to confirm her message. The events are well documented. Precisely because this wasn't a case of fraud or mass hysteria, we Christians must make a judgment on the matter and conduct our lives according to the results of that discerning judgment. If we all agree that the appearances and the message were supernatural in origin, then we must also agree that it's a spirit we're dealing with. So all the facets of Fatima can be dealt with in one foundational question: Where is the spirit from? This is the vital question, and the body of Christ can't afford to ignore it, for spiritual lives and the future of the Church are at stake.

There are many opinions on the subject of Fatima, but we believe the only one that should matter to us is the Lord's. In order to ascertain His view, we have to pray, and we have to get into His word so as to know His mind. With a full realization of the totality of Jesus' work, we can place the claims and promises of this apparition next to Scripture, and ask this last question:

"Are the promises of Fatima, and the devotion propagated there, attempting to accomplish something already accomplished by God in, with and through the Lord Jesus Christ?"

If Jesus has already fulfilled the promises of God, there is no reason to accept another way. Setting aside all that men have to say, we must approach the spirit itself (in a figurative sense), look it in the eye, and say, "You are proclaiming a way of salvation and peace for the world, and we want to test what you are saying."


Section 6 Footnotes

(1) Jesse Penn Lewis, "War on the Saints," (Fort Washington, PA: The Christian Literature Crusade, 1977), pp. 15, 16.

(2) Every Scripture we found which refers to Mary: Is. 7:14; Matthew 1:16,18-25; 2:11,13-14,20-21; 12:46-48; 13:55; Mark 3:21,31-33; 6:3; Luke 1:26-56; 2:5,7,16,19,22,24,27,33-35,39,41-46,48-51; 8:19-20; 11:27; John 2:1,3-5,12; 6:42; 19:25-27; Acts 1:14; Galatians 4:4.