The Halloween is coming but where does it come from ??
Halloween has become one of the most popular unofficial holidays.
Actually, Halloween is the 2nd largest holiday after Christmas.
Retail sales boost the economy around this holiday.
The holiday has also become a time of increased crime in many places especially arson and other acts of violence on Halloween night as well as the night before.
But is Halloween however harmless fun or something much different ??
But children and even many adults love getting dressed up for Halloween and have a little fun.
And children of course love all sorts of candies, apples, nuts and other goodies.
It’s just innocent fun, isn’t it ??
Or is it ??
Its traditions, customs and practices are rooted in a past far darker, far more sinister and far more demonic than you may realize.
Let’s look into the history, nature and impact of the Halloween.
- When did this holiday begin and why ??
- How did it originate ??
- Was it of pagan origins ??
- Is there something more behind Halloween history ??
- How did it get to be so widely observed ??
- And what does God think about it ??
- Does God view Halloween as clean innocent fun ??
To understand these questions further, we need to go back to the roots of Halloween.
The Name Halloween
Around 600 AD, Pope Boniface IV created All Saints’ Day and Pope Gregory III later moved this holiday to November 1 in an effort to give a Christian alternative to this pagan celebration.
Christians who did not want to celebrate pagan festivals celebrated something of positive spiritual value- in this case honoring the saints and martyrs. With the overwhelming expansion of Christianity in Europe, All Saint’s Day became the dominant holiday.
In fact, the current name of Halloween originates from the day before All Saint’s Day, which was called “All Hallow Evening”; this name was shortened to “All Hallow’s Eve” or “All Hallow’s Even”. The name changed over time and became “Hallowe’en.”
A couple hundred years later, the Roman Catholic Church made November 2 All Souls Day to honor the dead. This may well have been influenced by the continued persistence of the day of the dead by the ancient Irish, Scots, and others in Europe. Standing against this, many Protestant Christians celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day in honor of reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others who spearheaded the Reformation in the 1500s.
The Hallowmas festival and especially Halloween was so popular that in 1517 Martin Luther chose Halloween night to post his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, because large crowds of people would be moving through the streets that evening.
The ancient Celts, who lived 2 000 years ago in what is now Ireland, Great Britain and Northern France were pagan nature worshippers who had many gods, including the sun, which they believed commanded their work and rest times. They believed the sun maintained the earth and kept it beautiful, and caused their crops to grow.
The Celts observed their new year on November 1, which marked the end of the harvest and summer (“the season of the sun”), as well as the beginning of the cold dark winter ahead (“the season of darkness and cold”).
From October 31 to November 2, the Celts celebrated a 48-hour festival and a 3 day fire ritual in the Vigil of Samhain. They believed that Samhain, the pagan lord of the dead, assembled the souls of those who had died during the previous year and decided what form they would take for the next year. The souls would either pass on to human bodies or would be condemned to live within animals- the most evil of the bad souls or spirits would take the form of (black) cats. Hoping to coax Samhain into giving lighter sentences, the Celtic worshippers tried to bribe him with sacrifices, gifts and prayers.
The Druids (Celtic priests)
The Celtic festival of Samhain eve was observed on October 31, at the end of summer and it was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits by the Druids (Celtic priests). The souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death.
During the nights of Samhain the Druids would meet at stone circle structures. These structures were built for many purposes, astrological observation, a landmark but most of all a temple and a prime place of pagan worship and human sacrifice. This place was accurately known as Stonehenge; a megalithic stone circle. Archeologists have found over 4000 human skeletal remains under Stonehenge.
2 The Lord says,
Do not start following pagan religious practices.
Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky
even though the nations hold them in awe.
And Then Came the Romans
The Druid priests had a time of holding all power within Great Britain. They held all power from 900 BC to 900 AD and they also held off the famous Roman rogue army twice.
After all, during the 1st century, the Roman Empire invaded Ireland and the British Isles, conquering most of Celtic territory. The Romans ruled over them for hundreds of years, influencing Celtic and Anglo-Saxon customs and traditions. During this time period, 2 Roman festivals mixed in with the Celts’ festival of Samhain- Feralia and Pomona.
Pomona & Feralia
Pomona was a Roman goddess of fruit, trees and fertility and her sacred symbol was the apple. Presumably, “bobbing for apples” is traced by to this holiday.
Feralia was the Roman day of the dead. By the 4th century the customs of the festival of Samhain mixed with the practices of Feralia and Pomona.
Pope Boniface IV in 609 AD declared Feralia to be Christian. Instead of honoring all of the dead, they were now just to honor dead saints and instead of calling it Feralia, he changed it to All Saints’ Day. 610 AD he consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary.
Then, Pope Gregory III, who reigned 731-741 AD, consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and he broadened the festival of All Saints’ Day to include all saints as well as all martyrs.
Meanwhile, the Celts were still observing the festival of Samhain in one form or another. The Catholic Church took note and Pope Gregory IV (827-844 AD) attempted to replace it by moving All Saints’ Day from May 13 to November 1 (the same day as Samhain) officially extending the festival to the entire Roman Catholic Church. All Saints’ Day became known as All Hallows Day, while October 31 became All Hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.
In 988 AD the Roman Catholic Church instituted All Souls’ Day on November 2.
As with the festival of Samhain, the Catholics celebrated with huge bonfires, parades and costumes, masquerading as dead saints, angels and demons. Altogether, All Saints’ Eve (October 31), All Saints’ Day (November 1), and All Souls’ Day (November 2) combined into Hallowmas- mirroring the Celtic Vigil of Samhain !!
Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween and over time Halloween catapulted into mainstream culture.
And so today’s Halloween customs as black cats, parades, dressing up as ghouls, ghosts and witches, parties, bonfires, tricks and mischievous pranks- which most people take for granted- point directly back to the Vigil of Samhain, the false lord of the dead, pagan Catholic holidays filled with immoral revelries and the Roman Catholic Church’s Hallowmas.
In light of its historical pagan origin;
is this the kind of tradition you want to celebrate and pass on to your children ??
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
White-washing process continues
The Halloween originated with the Celts, who worshipped nature- the creation- rather than the one true God- the Creator- who created nature and everything in it.
They had trusted the sun as their god, to provide them with enough harvest crops to get them through the winter, rejecting God as their Provider.
They had put their trust in sacred bonfires to protect them from evil spirits, instead of trusting God as their Protector.
They believed in the immortality of the soul, a false doctrine Satan had taught man in the Garden of Eden (You will not surely die Genesis 3:1-5) even if God says that when you die, you die.
Even when the Roman Catholic Church attempted to gloss over strange pagan practices of the Celts and Romans, it introduced its own false, satanic doctrines, passing them off as biblical.
Halloween is riddled with deceit and falsehoods.
A day of the dead
Although many affirm that Samhain was the origin of modern-day Halloween, it is significant to note how many cultures throughout the world have celebrated a “day of the dead” often with sacrifices, occurring at the end of summer and fall.
For example in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazilia, Bolivia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Nepal, Philippines and the list goes on and on.
There seem to be too many parallels to call these similar celebrations a coincidence.
Pagan Customs Come to America
As European immigrants began settling in the United States, while it was still in its infancy, they brought customs, traditions, superstitions and religious practices, including Halloween, from their homelands.
However, in early American history, Halloween was not celebrated due to America’s strong biblical heritage. It was not widely observed until the 20th century. Initially, it was practiced only in small Irish Catholic settlements, until thousands of Irish migrated to America during the great potato famine and brought their customs with them. Interestingly, in American culture, the rise in popularity of Halloween also coincides roughly with the national rise in spiritism that began in 1848.
Even today, Ireland is the only place in the world where Halloween is actually a national holiday celebrated with fireworks; children are even released from school for the week.
Witchcraft, witches, satanists & Halloween
There is also a tremendous amount of occult activity associated with Halloween.
Halloween night is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and satanists.
People in those dark arts will contact the dead, cast spells and conduct blood sacrifices.
Wicca is recognized as an official religion for example in the United States.
Wicca is a form of modern pagan witchcraft- as much a religion honouring nature and the cycle of the seasons as it is about casting spells.
For Wiccans, Halloween is a time to remember those who have died- a ritual to honour and worship the dead people.
It is a bit like a séance with tarot cards, although Wiccans don’t really use that term.
Wiccans meet at the times of the full moons and at the 8 seasonal festival of the year to celebrate and do magic.
Halloween or Samhain as Wiccans call it is one of the 8 festivals.
The Wiccan New Year is on Samhain October 31.
15 because ye have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we in agreement. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.
1 Samuel 15:23
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.
Halloween and satanists
Anton LaVey formed the Church of Satan in 1966 and wrote the Satanic Bible within a few years. The Church of Satan was the first organized religion to ever label itself as Satanic.
There are 3 important holidays in Satanism: own birthday, Walpurgisnacht (April 30) and Halloween (October 31). The 2 latter dates are considered witch holidays.
However, Halloween/ Samhain was celebrated long before Satanists had anything to do with it and Halloween is a very recent adoption.
The Church of Satan describes October 31 as the Fall climax and a day to costume according to one’s inner self or reflect on a recently deceased loved one.
Satanists perpetrate for example animal and human rapes and sacrifices.
10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
About Halloween traditions
In the British Isles, people hollowed out turnips or rutabagas and placed candles inside them to make food offerings to the dead and later on, they were posted just outside homes to keep away evil spirits and pumpkins are the American tradition.
The Celtic Druid ceremonial participants wore animal heads and skins to acquire the strength of a particular animal.
Later there was the medieval Catholic practice of displaying the relics of saints on All Saints’ Day. The poorer churches could not afford relics and so instituted a procession with parishioners dressed as the patron saints and the extras dressed as angels or devils and everyone paraded around the churchyard.
Every year the costumes for our young girls become even more sexually suggestive.
Halloween Trick or treat
Going from door to door seeking treats may result from the Druidic practice of begging material for the great bonfires. Celts also believed that if the living did not provide food, or treats for the spirits, then the spirits would trick the living.
It is also related to the Catholic concept of purgatory and the custom of begging for a “soul cake.”
Druids built sacred bonfires to frighten off evil spirits on October 31, eve of the new year. Worshippers used them to burn animal and crop offerings to their sun god; they also rekindled their cooking fires to protect their homes from evil spirits.
The Catholic Church continued with the bonfire tradition on All Souls’ Day, November 2.
Halloween fruits, nuts and other goodies
Handing out fruits and nuts may have originated from Pomona Day, named for the Roman goddess of fruits, trees, gardens, harvests and fertility.
Halloween apple-bobbing, apple-ducking
May have come from Pomona Day; the Romans viewed the apple as a sacred symbol of their goddess Pomona.
Apple-ducking was a divination game used to predict future love and marriage.
Halloween parades and parties and ghost stories
Celts built bonfires for parading, dancing and merry-making wearing costumes made from animal skins and heads. Europeans who migrated to America brought with them play parties and public events to celebrate the harvest, as well as telling ghost stories and pulling pranks.
Halloween black cats
Celts believed that bad spirits would take the form of cats and other animals on the night of October 31.
Halloween mischief-making and playing tricks
Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead who returned to earth on the night of October 31 caused trouble and damaged crops. They also believed that their gods played tricks on them.
Halloween or Hallowmas is not in the Bible
Human nature will always argue:
“Hold on, I don’t worship the sun or pray to some pagan ‘lord of the dead.’
I like Halloween because it’s fun.
What’s wrong with that ??”
No man or religious organization like the Roman Catholic Church has the power to white-wash Halloween or Hallowmas and declare it to be biblical.
God unmasks Halloween and sees it for exactly what it is !!
Halloween or Hallowmas is not in the Bible.
It is not in the Feasts of the Yahweh (Leviticus 23) either.
18 “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.
26 Moreover you shall not eat any blood in any of your dwellings, whether of bird or beast.
27 Whoever eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people.’ ”
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.
31 ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Do I need to tell you more ??
I ask you again:
is Halloween the kind of tradition you really want to celebrate and pass on to your children ??
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Be blessed in Yeshua`s/ Jesus` name !!
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