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Halloween is a sweet game of disguise and mischief!
All of you worshipers of the one God and the Lord Jesus Christ should know that this celebration is not Biblical. Do not be deceived by celebrations of which no one knows where or how they came about. Today, Halloween has become popular worldwide as a entertainment event to millions, second only to Christmas.
However, why do we have to know the origin of this celebration? Indeed, does someone go to a birthday without knowing the birthday girl? It makes no sense for you to bring a gift for a stranger, eating and drinking as a close friend! In many cases, that “gift” may be your soul, without you even knowing!
“If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work” (2 John 1: 10-11).
Halloween was brought to America in the 1840s by Irish immigrants fleeing famine in their homeland, and this harvest festival came to be known as the “Halloween”. It originated in the 5th century BC, by the Celtic peoples who lived mostly in the countries of Ireland, England and France. When this celebration came each year, people got dressed, treats were shared and even children participated by asking for candy at home or making mischief.
The Celts were among the the first civilized people of Europe. The Celtic religion has some shamanistic characteristics (Shamanism is a set of ancestral beliefs that have to the practice of magic and invocations to establish contact with the spirit world), thus the Celts were always in contact with nature and the spirits. They believed that as the days shortened, it was necessary to reinvigorate the sun through various rites and sacrifices. They also believed that “Samhain”, (the festival marking the end of the harvest season), opened the barrier between the human world and the supernatural, allowing spirits, both good and evil, to roam the earth. Today, Celtic culture still survives in part, mainly in the traditional languages of Ireland, Wales and Brittany (France).
One of the legends of Celtic origin says that the spirits of all who died during that year would come back in search of living bodies to possess and use for the next year!
As the living did not want to be possessed, on the last night of October, they extinguished the torches and bonfires of their homes, so they become cold and unpleasant, wore costumes and noisily paraded around their villages, being as destructive as possible, in order to scare away those spirits who sought bodies to possess. Some stories say that the Celts burned people at the stake, believing that they were already possessed by evil spirits. This would serve as a “lesson” for them not to return more to that place.
They believed that on “Samhain”, the world of the living and the dead mingled and during the night, ghosts, demons and fairies were on the loose and the souls of the dead would return to their homes. For them, the souls of the dead returned to their homes to visit relatives and to seek food and warmth from the fires, and so families separated some of their food and drink for the visitors from beyond, hoping to appease them and escape the bad fortunes of purgatory.
A table to receive spirits in your house?
“You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is?” (1 Corinthians 10:21-22).
In the Bible is there any record that Jesus attended the same table with demons or those who have dressed to scare spirits?:
“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.e
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.”
– (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
NOW, WHY MUST IT BE CELEBRATED WITH A RED CALENDAR?
Christians came to Great Britain, converted the Celts, especially with the work of St. Patrick in the 4th Century and St. Columba in the 6th Century. Thus, the Catholic Church transformed this pagan ritual in a “religious festival”. It went on to be celebrated at this same time and instead of honoring spirits and dark forces, the newly catechized people should honor “the saints”. And it became known as “All Hallows Day”: the Day of All Saints. And so October 31 became “Halloween”, November 1 became “All Saints Day”, and November 2 became “All Souls Day”.
The origin of these celebrations are loaded with superstitions, legends, paganism, occultism, witchcraft and all activities related to the world of darkness. The author of the Satanic Bible, (Anton Lavey, Minister of Satan’s church), says that October 31 is one of the most important days for satanists.
Over time, the Catholic Church ruled that the holiday of November 1st would be “All Saints Day”, also called “All Hallow’s Eve”, introduced by Pope Boniface IV in the 7th Century. More than a century after establishing “All Saints Day”, the Catholic Church, through its Cluny Abbey in France, determined that the best day to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” was right after the “All Saints Day”. Thus, adhering to religious syncretism, established “All Souls Day” on November 2.
It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church as a holy day of prayer for “the souls in purgatory”.
PURGATORY: Purgatory is considered the place where the soul goes after death in order to be purified of the sins that have not been fully redeemed during life. However, the Bible does not make references in any line of text related to the existence of an intermediate place called purgatory, existing between Heaven and Hell. On this point, the Bible is very specific in saying that after death there are only two destinations where the soul can enter, HEAVEN or go to HELL!
There is no basis in any passage of Scripture, saying that there is purgatory. As can be seen, the doctrine of purgatory eliminates the atoning work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. If purgatory existed, then why did Jesus need to die for our sins? The Bible tells us that what Jesus did was definitive!
Therefore, “PURGATORY” DOES NOT EXIST!
The Bible is clear in saying that after death there is only the judgment of God. “All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32), drawing attention to the fact that any decision for Christ must be made in LIFE. There is also no biblical basis to orate, recite or do penance (by making sacrifices) for the dead, but it is a commandment of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to the LIVING, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).
“The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime — loving, hating, envying — is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth.” – (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6)
THE SAMHAIN RITUAL
Samhain Nowadays still exists in North America.
Samhain was created in the 18th Century by the druids of modern cults, and indeed celebrated the death of God, who will be reborn by the Yule Goddess. The Goddess, Yule, and the Winter Solstice represents the state of death and hibernation, when life is collected beneath layers and layers of ice, snow and earth, and is protected from cold winds, waiting dormant for rebirth. In the spring, the birds of prey clean to the bone, the carcasses of animals whose lives came to an end.
Therefore, Samhain is not a god of death! Samhain is actually a representation of the death of a God (called the Horned God). Traditions of food were established to worship them. The foods included cakes, fruit, nuts and assorted breads. The drinks included: hot and cold wine and champagne. The fruits included grapes, apples, melons and plums.
The Horned God was also a god of fertility. It is usually represented as a bearded man with hooves and deer or moose horns, (remember the devil figure). It is the guardian of the entry to the mystical pentagram that is drawn at the beginning of rituals. It is the God of the woods, master of the forest. It is the God who dies and is always reborn.
The night of October 31 (Halloween) is the commemorate date that signaled the beginning of Samhain, an important celebration that marked three facts: the end of the harvest, the Celtic New Year and the beginning of winter, “the season of cold and darkness”, a period associated with death. The day that the “souls” of the dead roamed the earth. On that night, the goddess “Yuu Byeol” (with the ancient symbol of Celtic perfection on its darkened face), would appear as the Elder (“the lady of death and wisdom”), aiming to give worship to the dead, seeking contact with the spirits of ancestors and relatives.
This contact was made with bonfires, rituals for the ancestors, the use of divination instruments (crystal balls, black mirrors, cauldrons of water), and oracles. It was the only day that the ancient Celts sought exchanges with the other side, “invoking” spirits and communicating with those who were in the “Summer Country,” the land where the souls await reincarnation.
The Bible also teaches us that reincarnation does not exist!
“For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God.” – (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)
On Samhain when the veils separating the worlds allowed for the crossing of borders, the fires also served to drive away evil spirits. Lanterns and candles placed in turnips and gourds were lit to guide them towards this passage. The Celts used to dress up in scary masks to ward off spirits and witches. In these cases, the fires were regarded as symbols of immortality, and were thought to be effective as outward and visible signs to illuminate the souls to help liberate them from purgatory.
From the Bible, we learn that the dead do NOT communicate with the living!
“And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,’ Shouldn’t a people consult their God? Why should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
– (Isaiah 8:19)
(constructed by Druids 3000 b.C) (now)
[Stonehenge] – On the longest day of the year, wizards, druids, witches and all manner of spiritualists / esoterics fill the place singing and dancing to the sound of drums and whistles, with flaming torches in hand.
The Druids were the priests of the Celts. They were located within the Indo-European region. Extinguished by the Romans, the Druids made contact with the Otherworld, practiced divinations and made use of drums, dances and gathered Amanita mushrooms to use in their rituals.
Therefore, the time of Samhain was especially favorable to unlock the secrets of the future. They used apples and hazelnuts and even pieces of human bodies (the Druids made sacrifices of humans and animals) to reveal the future! They would watch the remains of animals and people that had been sacrificed, where the liver in particular was studied to make guesses about the coming new year, and to make predictions regarding information such as marriages, diseases and deaths.
The Celts thought it was a source of spiritual and physical strength to eat the flesh of their enemies (the Romans). This practice also appears in the Old Testament, being performed by the king of Babylon: “For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, uncertain whether to attack Jerusalem or Rabbah. He calls his magicians to look for omens. They cast lots by shaking arrows from the quiver. They inspect the livers of animal sacrifices” (Ezekiel 21:21).
“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. The Lord will not reject a humble and repentant heart” (Psalm 32:17).
They also made use of apples and hazelnuts to perform these divination practices! They were considered products of sacred trees, to guess information concerning marriages, sicknesses and death. The Roman Empire also absorbed the day of Pomona (In Roman mythology, Pomona is the goddess of abundance and orchards), from the Gauls, turning the two celebrations into one.
There was also a superstition that adults could also cross cultural barriers and change their identity (sex change), indulging in a night of futility without inhibitions. They believed that the border between the real world and the other world would disappear. When they believed the barriers between the physical world and the supernatural were felled, people thought that humans could easily pass to the world of spirits.
WHAT WAS NORMALLY BANNED IN THE PAST IS NOW PERMITTED!
Samhain was also characterized by revelry, drunkenness and neglect of inhibitions, that is to say, traditional values were ignored or reversed. (Everything was “liberated”).
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”- (Galatians 5:19-21)
Samhain was also a time when the “Sidhe” (Sidhe is an Irish and Scottish word that refers to a supernatural people linked to the fairies and elves), left with people to see the other world. The magical fog that made people invisible would disperse, and the elves and other beings could be seen by humans.
We know that they offered human sacrifices to their bloody gods. We also have evidence that they have made their children pass through the fires to Molech, and the likelihood is high of them having offered children as sacrifices. Comparing (Jeremiah 32:35) and (Jeremiah 19:5), we find that despite the sacrifices were made to different gods, the system was still considered to be the same. It is important to emphasize another part of the book: “The priests of Nimrod or Baal were necessarily required to eat of the human sacrifices; and thus it has come to pass that “Cahna-Bal, [cannibal]” (the “Priest of Baal,” is the established word in our own tongue for a devourer of human flesh.” (Taken from the book: “The Two Babylons” (1916), by A.Hislop, page 232).
“And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?[…]” (Matthew 12:27). Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub”, naming him after a Philistine deity by the name of “Baal-Zebube”, who was requested by “Ahaziah, a new king of Israel who had seriously injured himself after falling from his palace in Samaria. “Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay sick; so he sent messengers, telling them, ‘Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this sickness’” (2 Kings 1:2). The Baal of the Old Testament was nothing more than a demon disguised as a god, and all idolatry is ultimately a form of devil worship. “No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons” (1 Corinthians 10:20).
For the Catholic Church, the “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” are one sequence and celebrate similar things – the honor and the souls of the dead. The opposite of what the Bible teaches! To read the text of the Dead click here to learn why we should not celebrate the “Day of the Dead”!
SYMBOLS OF HALLOWEEN
COSTUMES – When children today, dressed as ghosts or witches, go from house to house demanding Halloween goodies or threatening to do mischief, they are unknowingly perpetuating the ancient rituals of Samhain. Upon receiving a treat, they establish, in a symbolic way they do not understand, a fraternal exchange between the visible and the invisible. That is why Halloween festivities are characterized by the use of costumes.
JACK-O’-LANTERNS – The practice of cutting the pumpkin and putting a candle in it came from the legend of Jack, a man who drank too much and on the night of Halloween invited the devil to drink with him. To pay for the drinks, Jack convinced the devil to turn into a coin. But rather than pay, Jack trapped the coin with a crucifix. To escape the prison, the devil agreed to never take Jack’s soul. When Jack died, he was not accepted into heaven, and he was rejected from Hell because of the deal the devil made with him. The devil Jack a coal that he put inside a turnip. From then on, Jack’s soul began to endlessly wander the world, looking for a resting place.
BONFIRES – Fires are used at different times and places, on the night of “All Saints Day”, as they served to drive away the evil spirits. Fires were regarded as symbols of immortality, and were thought to be effective as outward and visible signs to illuminate the souls to help liberate them from purgatory.
CANDLES – Indicates the paths for the spirits of another astral plane to follow.
WITCHES – According to various legends, witches gathered twice a year during the change of seasons: on April 30 and on October 31. Arriving on flying broomsticks, witches attended parties headed by the devil himself. They threw curses and spells on anyone, transformed into various things, and caused all sorts of disorder.
BLACK CAT – They are constantly associated with witches because of legends which state that they can turn into cats and also because of beliefs that cats are actually spirits of dead people. One of the best known is that if a black cat cross your path, you should go back the way you came from, because if you do not, you will have bad luck for sure.
TRICK-OR-TREAT – The game of “trick-or-treating” is originally a 9th Century European custom called “souling”. On November 2 (“All Souls Day”), Christians went from village to village asking for “soul cakes”. They consisted of small squares of bread with currants. For each cake received, one would say a prayer for a dead relative of the donor. It was believed that the souls remained in limbo (Purgatory) for a time after his death and that prayers helped them to go to heaven.
CAULDRON – Inside, guests should throw coins and written messages with requests to the spirits.
BROOMS – They symbolize the feminine power that can clean and sweep away negative energy. Mistakenly, it is thought that they served to transport witches.
COINS – Must be collected at the end of the festival to be donated to the needy.
TICKETS/NOTES – With requests written upon them, they should be incinerated so that they will be quickly answered, as they rise through the smoke.
SPIDERS – Symbolizes destiny, and the threads that weave their webs, the paths and supports to move forward.
BATS – Symbolize clairvoyance and mediumship, because they can see beyond the forms and appearances, without the need to see with the eye. They can sense the shapes and distances through their own energy by emitting sounds (which exceeds the range of human perception).
FROG – It is linked to the symbolic powers of feminine wisdom, lunar symbols and attributes of the dead and feminine magic.
COLORS OF HALLOWEEN
* ORANGE – Color of vitality and energy that generates power. The Druids believed that on this night, passing to the New Year, spirits from other planes approached the living to vampirize the vital energy found in the orange color.
* BLACK – Color of priestly robes worn by many mages, witches and priests in general.
– Master color.
* PURPLE – Color of ritualistic magic.
Unfortunately, some people prefer to believe more in human traditions than to study the Bible to see what it really says about the matter. The gospel has always been a stumbling block for many, precisely because the Bible goes against what many think and have become accustomed to believing!
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.”
– (1 Timothy 4:1)
God bless you all!