October 31st

The Devil’s Holiday

Every year it happens! I try to find a good program on TV and all I find is “ghost stories”, murder and terror on the tube! This seems to go on for at least the last half of October. Why? It all has to do with “Hallowe’en” or All Hallows Eve which comes on the last day of this month.

For years I have hated this day. We used to go to friends homes to visit or go with them to a restaurant just to get away from the “trick or treaters” The last few years I have taken a different turn. We now buy little candy bars and attach a note to each one. It says:

We don’t like Hallowe’en!
This day is a religious holiday – but it’s not about our God ~
it’s about the devil and we don’t celebrate it.
We DO like kids
Here is some candy for you.
God bless you ~ He loves you!

Have you ever looked into the real meaning of Oct 31st? Here’s part of an old document I got from The Lampholder Newsletter in 1999.

Halloween: Trick or Treat?

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not G-d, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known G-d, or rather are known of G-d, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years” (Galatians 4:8-10).

Well, it’s that time of year again! People rush to find that special orange pumpkin, search for the scariest costume, clothe the outside of the house in an eerie arrangement of glowing monsters, sticky spider webs, and a vast array of haunting, seasonal decor. All of this effort for the innocent fun of Halloween—perhaps? We certainly don’t want to take away anyone’s fun, but hundreds of years have totally changed the real truth behind the masked disguise of Halloween.

Many people are not even aware of Halloween’s historical origins, nor do they care. Whether or not you choose to participate in the celebration, you still might consider reading some historical highlights on how it all began—the story behind the celebration —-And yes, Halloween is a seasonal celebration connected to the movements of the heavens!—

Long ago, the festivals of the L-rd were changed into Church “holy days” (holidays). The changes began with Constantine (around the year A.D. 325), when Christianity and Paganism united. It was Constantine’s efforts to appease the masses. A unification, of sorts, that united all people of various backgrounds and beliefs into one system that appeared to make everyone happy. The Christians were no longer persecuted but accepted, the Jews tolerated but ignored, and the Pagans? Well, they had their god(s), too, and so, in the name of peace, followed the blending of all types of beliefs, religions, philosophies, and cultures into one harmonious union that was intended for the good of all.

Festivals and Holy Days
One of the ways to achieve harmony among religions was to “correct” the festivals of the Lord by reinterpreting them into “acceptable” days for worship. One way of doing this was to revise the Jewish Calendar system by converting the Hebrew festivals. Now, this wasn’t easy because the Hebrew calendar aligned most precisely with the movement of the heavens. This was G-d’s calendar given to mankind, and this calendar aligned exactly with the Precession of the Equinox (PE). The best way to describe the PE is to look at the “hands” on a clock. The hands on a clock move from East to West, right to left, and this is the same way the PE move in the heavens. Interestingly, it is also the way to read Hebrew, from right to left.—

The reason? Because G-d ordained the heavens and time according to His time-line.

This new calendar consisted of a blending of the old with the new, and had four cardinal days (time-periods) set aside for “holy days.” They were fall (Autumnal Equinox), winter (Winter Solstice), spring (Vernal Equinox), and summer (Summer Solstice), and determined the four major festivals celebrated throughout the year.

The Autumn Equinox - day and night are equal in length. It is a time for celebrating the harvest, endings, the dying of nature, and the dark night of the soul. The Autumnal Equinox also marked the beginning of the pagan year. This was the celebration that came to be known as Halloween.

The Winter Solstice - shorter days and longer nights
It is the time period representing the Feast of Saturnalia (by the Romans) honoring the god/planet Saturn. The Feast of Saturnalia occurred from December 17 to the 24th. This was a time of debauchery, orgy, and drunkenness. On December 25th, the Romans celebrated the birthday of the “sun god.” They believed that the sun died during the winter months and after the Winter Solstice, when the sun reclaimed the lengthening of the day, it was “born” anew.

The Vernal Equinox - day and night are equal in length
It was a time to celebrate the joys of spring, new life, and the resurrection of nature over death. The Vernal Equinox is an ancient festival celebrating the death and rebirth of the gods Tammuz and Damuzi. This was time to celebrate the rites of fertility done through orgies and lasciviousness, and worship to the gods/goddesses of fertility in human/animal sacrifices. (Ishtar) The use of colored eggs, “May Poles,” rabbits, etc., were prominently used in festival worship.

The Summer Solstice – longer days and shorter nights
The Britains called this a “Midsummer Night.” It was a time of great abundance revealed in celebrations of drunken abandonment.

A Celebration of Death
From the earliest of times, as far back as B.C.E. 400, the ancient Celtic civilization gathered to celebrate the festival of the god of death, “Samhain,” during the dark night of the soul, October 31st, where the souls of the wandering dead were thought to manifest themselves to the living. This was a celebration of the Autumnal Equinox as a time of harvest, the culmination of Summer, and the dying of nature. It was a festival to bring FEAR over the minds of the unenlightened.

At the stroke of midnight, the Celts offered human sacrifices to the god of death. It was during this night, the soul passed from death to a new birth just as the clock sounded the midnight call ushering in a new day. — A time of death to the old year and birth to the new, and so began the ancient Celtic New Year.

In AD 834, Pope Boniface IV moved the celebration of “All Saints Day” from May to the 1st of November. The day before became All Hallows’ Evening, or Halloween. You may also remember that October 31st is Reformation Day in celebration of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the church (this action, among others, essentially began the Reformation). All Saints Day was an attempt to rid the people of the festival of Samhain along with its sorcery and occult divination. All Saints Day was a time to honor those martyred by Rome, but not recognized (by the Reformers) as a scriptural holy day.

Pope Boniface IV failed in his attempts to replace the festival of death with All Saints Day, because today Halloween is more popular than ever before. In fact, many people begin Halloween as “the holiday” season leading up to Christmas. This is evidenced on many neatly landscaped lawns in the form of a Santa Claus dressed as a witch or as black cats dressed in reindeer formation pulling a sleigh.
The name “Halloween” came to us by way of the British Isles. All Saints Day was known as “All Halloweds” honoring Christian martyrs. The festival of Samhain always occurred the night before All Saints Day or, as it came to be known, All Hallows Eve (or All Hallow’s E’en). All Hallows Eve passed down to us today as the name of Halloween.

Pagan Practices Forbidden in the Old Testament

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [human sacrifice to god(s);
[Satan], or that useth divination [fortune-telling; calling upon the spirit world to know the future; one who interprets omens], or an observer of times [astrologer], or an enchanter [power gained from evil spirits to control the mind or will of another; one who casts spells, evil omens, or curses], or a witch [witchcraft], Or a charmer [one who uses sorcery or magic; one who manipulates the elements and unseen forces; a medium or spiritist], or a consulter with familiar spirits [one who seeks advice, wisdom, or council from evil spirits], or a wizard [male witch; warlock], or a necromancer [one who seeks council from the dead]. …For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord…” (Deut. 18:10-11).

JACK-O-LANTERNS
Jack-O-Lanterns, what is their significance? The World Book Encyclopedia, 1977 edition, volume 9, page 24-26 says, “The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face of `Jack-O-Lantern’ is an ancient symbol of a damned soul.” According to an article I read by Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. according to folklore “Jack-O-Lanterns were named for a man called Jack, who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until judgment day.” With this in mind, people began to hollow out pumpkins and turnips, placing candles inside to scare evil spirits from their houses. What a tragedy. John 3:16 makes it clear that no one has to be outside of heaven…”For God so loved the world (mankind), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.” It is also clear that if any individual refuses to trust Christ as Savior he is condemned already (John 3:18 & 36). There is no wandering. It is either Heaven or Hell depending on whether you have trusted Christ as your Savior (John 14:6; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9). There was another purpose for Jack-O-Lanterns according to author Owen Rachleff. “The candlelit pumpkin or skull… served as a beacon for the sabbat and as a signal to mark those farms and homes that were sympathetic to the Satanists and thus deserving of mercy when the terror of the night (Halloween)
began.” (The Occult Conceit; page 190).

Be careful how you observe Oct 31st and don’t give satan any place in your schedule! What will you do on this day?

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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