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JULY 12, 2018

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Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

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WORSHIP MUSIC

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The King is Coming

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WEEKLY STUDY

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Monumental

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BIBLE READING

One of our goals is to read through the Bible by the end of this year.  This week’s reading is…

The Book of Habakkuk

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DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING

HALLOWEEN

A Christian Response

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

 

Did you ever stop and wonder what it is that makes Christian people dress their children up like witches and monsters; and send them out to go door-to-door asking for food and playing pranks on their neighbors?  Why do we carve up a pumpkin, put a candle in it, and set it on our porch one night a year? 

 

The reason is that this is the way we celebrate Halloween.  Each autumn, as the leaves begin to fall, we all take part in a Gentile festival that actually celebrates the dark and evil side of the universe.  Why do we do this?

 

This annual celebration, like many others that we take part in, is deeply rooted in our past.  The original reasons for this Gentile holiday are hidden deep within ancient history.  The purpose of this study is to attempt to dig up some of the method behind the madness that we all call Halloween.

 

To truly understand Halloween, we must first try to understand its mother, Mystery Babylon.  This ancient system actually began with man’s first rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden.  The story of this rebellion begins in the verses above.  Here Satan, in the body of a serpent, gives man the original three lies upon which nearly all of the doctrines of Mystery Babylon are based. 

 

The first of these lies is put forth in the form of a question.  “Yea, hath God said?”  Questioning the word of God has always been Satan’s first line of attack against mankind. 

 

Next, he comes right out and calls God a liar by saying, “Ye shall not surely die.”  Here he denies the existence of hell, the very place where he still lives today.

 

Finally, he brings before Eve the same lie that had already brought about Satan’s own ruin.  “Ye shall be as gods.” So, man, by falling for Satan’s trick, had to be denied the everlasting treat that God had offered them, the tree of life.  In fact, this situation could honestly be called the original trick or treat!

 

Before the flood of Noah, as more men were born, the earth became more and more evil.  The human race finally became so corrupt that the world had to be destroyed to cleanse it from the evil of man.  Only Noah and his family survived this judgment, as is told in Genesis.  Thus, these eight people became the parents of all the modern races of men, as is told in…

 

Genesis 10:1

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

 

Noah’s three sons became the forbears of the three major races of men in the world today.  A short time after the flood, men once again fell under God’s judgment for their evil doing, as we see in…

 

Genesis 10:25

And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

 

To understand the full details of this third judgment, which caused the division of men around the world, let’s look at…

 

Genesis 11:1-9

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.  And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.  So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

 

So, God had to once again discipline a sinful mankind.  The man who masterminded the building of the tower of Babel is named in…

 

 

 

Genesis 10:8-10

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

 

Just as Adam had been willing, just as Cain had been willing, so it was that Nimrod who became the willing tool of Satan.  It was Nimrod’s dreams of power that caused judgment to once more fall on mankind. 

 

As mankind is scattered after the flood, the sons of Ham migrated south, the sons of Shem east, and the sons of Japheth north.  During the subsequent centuries, these three distinct groups slowly developed into the three major races of mankind that we know today.

 

The sons of Ham moved southward and inhabited the continent of Africa.  Here they became parched by the equatorial sun and become the Ethiopian race.

 

The sons of Shem travel to the rain forests and deserts of Asia.  Here, over time, they became the Mongolian race.

 

The sons of Japheth went northward into Europe.  Here their skins are bleached white of the cold and they become the Caucasian race.

 

It is our Caucasian ancestors that, centuries later, would develop the religious rites that we know today as Halloween.  To learn this, however, we must follow the cult of Nimrod down through the ages.

 

Nimrod was immortalized by his followers as the sun god, the light-bringer of men.  During the following ages, he has had many different names, but he is always easy to identify as the sun god, or lord of the sun, of ancient cultures.

 

After the fall of ancient Babel, Egypt was the next nation to rise to power.  This rise to world power took place when their leader, Pharaoh, followed the advice of a young Hebrew slave named Joseph.  A huge famine that God revealed to Pharaoh through the interpretation of Joseph made Egypt the richest nation on earth at that time.  Many years later, there was to rise a Pharaoh in Egypt that did not remember the story of Joseph.  For this reason, God sent Moses around 1,500 BC to free the Hebrew people in…

 

Exodus 7:10-12

And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.  Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers:  now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.

 

At this point in time, Pharaoh’s court was full of magicians, wizards and fortune tellers.  It was this kind of people that God warned Israel about in.

 

Leviticus 20:27

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death:  they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

 

This was God’s law that was given to the nation of Israel as it entered the Wilderness.  Forty years later, when they left the Wilderness and enter the Promised Land, God stated this important principle again in…

 

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

 

Here we see why Egypt failed as a world power.  Can you imagine?  Egypt was the most powerful nation on the earth at that time.  Yet in one day, God who had made the empire of ancient Egypt, now destroys it. 

 

In one day, Egypt is bankrupt, as its wealth is carried away by its Hebrew slaves!  In one day Egypt’s heart is utterly destroyed as the firstborn of every family in the entire nation lies dead!  In one day Egypt is destroyed as a military power as its mighty army lies dead at the bottom of the Red Sea!  All this happened in one day!!!

 

Among the heathen gods that Israel left behind in Egypt was Osiris, god of the sun.  The main enemy of Osiris was Seth, the god of death.  The name for this evil god was taken directly from the Bible.  It was the name of the first of the godly lineage of men who lived before the flood, as shown in…

 

Genesis 4:25-26

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.

 

Here we see the God-rejecting, Gentile mind at its finest.  For those who have rejected God, Nimrod was worshipped as the sun god Osiris.  The true God of the Bible becomes the evil god of death Seth.  The god of death, what better name to the Gentile mind for the God who had first said, “thou shalt surely die.”

 

It was this point in time that God saw fit to have His people rise to power as an independent nation.  After many false starts, Israel became one of the wealthiest nations on the face of the earth.  Around 1000 BC the seeds were sown for the destruction of Israel.  For instance, King Saul in…

 

I Samuel 28:7-8

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.  And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

 

King Saul paid a terrible price for this sin.  In spite of this, the Gentile influence steadily continued to grow.  By the time of the Prophet Elijah, the true believers seemed to be so hopelessly outnumbered that this godly man nearly gave up all hope, as we see in his prayer in…

 

Romans 11:3-4

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

 

It was during this period that we see the next form of Nimrod worship.  Here we find the worship of Baal, the god of life and the sun.  Elijah had fought this worship in every way that he knew with little results.  Having been strengthened by the answer to his prayer, Elijah returned to the battle.  Other leaders of Israel, following Saul’s example, turned to worshipping these false gods as we see in…

 

II Kings 1:1-2

Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.  And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

 

God, through Elijah, sent a message to King Ahaziah.  The king’s lack of faith in Jehovah brought a quick and terrible judgment in…

 

II Kings 1:6

And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

 

The name of Baalzebub removes all doubt as to who the true spirit is that is behind the worship of Baal, the Gentile sun god.  This is revealed to us in…

 

Luke 11:14-15

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.  But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

 

The chief of devils can be no other than Satan himself.  There can be no doubt.  The Gentiles at the time of Elijah, were following Satan!  Baal, the lord of the sun, battles against Jehovah, the living God of the Bible.  Things finally get so bad that Israel’s kings took part in human sacrifice!

 

II Chronicles 28:1-4

Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord, like David his father:  For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.  Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.  He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

 

As God shows us in the book of Habakkuk, He often uses the wicked to punish the righteous.  This is what happens when Israel is led into captivity by Babylon. 

 

It was the nation of Babylon, originally called Babel, that had tried to build a tower to heaven.  Did these ancient people honestly believe that they could build a tower and climb into God’s bedroom window?  Of course not, but there was another, darker, more sinister reason for their tower to heaven.  A hint to the tower’s real purpose is given in the book of Isaiah.  God, when speaking to Babylon, make the following remark in…

 

Isaiah 47:12-13

Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.  Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

 

Here we see that it was the ancient arts of sorcery and astrology, or stargazing to tell the future, that was the reason for the original tower of Babel to be built.  Nimrod’s followers developed a priesthood that, in effect, held the future of each and every Gentile believer in their hands.  This is how the kingdom of Babel had become the master of the ancient world.  Thus, it was the first of many nations to earn the title given to this false religious system in…

 

 

Revelation 17:1-5

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:  With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

 

By 600 BC, Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar had become the next world ruling empire.  This king ultimately became a believer in the God of the Bible.  His testimony is given in Daniel 4. 

 

The Gentile system of Mystery Babylon held sway over most of the civilized world. As we have already seen, it finally controlled Israel in…

 

Ezekiel 8:9-18

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.  So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.  And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.  Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.  He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.  Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.  And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.  Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger:  and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.  Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

 

Here God shows Ezekiel the three abominations that destroyed Israel and all other nations that followed after them.  The first is idolatry, the worshipping of idols.  Next, we see women weeping for Tammuz, another name for Nimrod.  Finally, men are actually turning their backs on God’s temple to worship the sun itself!  Once again, Mystery Babylon has perverted an entire nation, so God must, once again, pass judgment on those who reject Him for these false gods.

 

Most interesting to note here is the story of Tammuz.  The Jewish historian Maimonides recounts this legend.  A prophet named Tammuz preached to a certain king that he should worship the stars.  The king ordered Tammuz put to death.  On the night of his death, all the pagan idols of the world gathered at the temple of Babylon.  There the golden idol of the sun god told them of Tammuz’s death.  All night, the idols cried.  In the morning, they flew back to their temples all over the world.  Thus, began the custom that, once a year, people should gather to weep for Tammuz.  The story goes on to say that the king who killed Tammuz was none other than Shem, the son of Noah!

 

Down through the ages, Mystery Babylon would move from empire to empire spreading its lies and deceit.  By the time of Christ, another empire was the new home for Mystery Babylon, as shown in…

 

Revelation 17:18

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

Most Bible scholars agree that this verse applies to the city of Rome only, or more specifically, to the Roman Catholic Church.  Notice, however, that this verse could also apply to any city, at any time in history, that reigned over the earth.  We have already seen examples of how this is true.

 

Here we have the last and greatest of the Gentile empires in biblical times, Rome.  We also see that here the same sad pattern is evident.  The emperor of Rome was worshipped as a god.  Thus, the original lie of Satan, “ye shall be as gods”, finds its fulfillment in the Roman emperors or so men have thought.

 

We can also see a huge amount of demonic activity during this period as should be expected.  For instance, the story of Legion that Jesus cast out of a man in…

 

Matthew 8:31-32

So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.  And he said unto them, Go.  And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

 

Notice here that devils, who normally possess humans, can also inhabit an animal, just as Satan had first done in the Garden of Eden.  Devils prefer to dwell in men, but in a pinch, any body is better than none at all.  It was a popular belief during this time that such activity was actually caused as a result of the previous lives that such people had lived. 

 

Reincarnation was a widely held doctrine.  This is the belief that at death our spirit simply moves on to another body and lives again.  Thus, has the Devil made men to believe his second lie, “thou shalt not surely die.”

 

Sorcerers were also common in those days.  One of the best examples of this is given in…

 

Acts 13:6-12

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

 

Here the Apostle Paul, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, sheds light on God’s opinion of such false beliefs.  Take note that Barjesus would not see “the sun for a season”, a very appropriate punishment for a sun-worshipper!  Paul had another experience with the supernatural in…

 

Acts 16:16-18

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.  And this did she many days.  But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

 

You may wonder why Paul was upset with this young woman.  She was, after all, advertising for Paul, or so it seemed.  The problem was that all the people in that area knew that she had an evil spirit.  God clearly did not want his men identified with that type of people. 

 

In fact, the whole plot was most likely set up to confuse people and destroy Paul’s work.  In other words, here we may well be seeing Satan’s first lie at work, “Yea, hath God said”.  It might have worked to, if God had not put a stop to it.

 

The Roman Empire was nearing the height of its reign around 200 BC.  At that time, the people of northern Europe known as the Gauls tried to invade Rome.  The attempt failed but it is here that we at last see the Gauls enter the drama of the ages. 

 

Many of these Gauls stayed in the south and became known as the Galatians.  Paul helped to start a church among these people and later wrote a letter to them.  In it he warned them of the danger of again becoming trapped by the Gentile system that Jesus had freed them of in…

 

Galatians 3:1-3

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

 

It was the Gauls, the ancestors of the Galatians, who formulated the original festival that today we call Halloween.  While Caesar was being worshipped in Rome, Mystery Babylon had also reached far into the north.  Here in the areas that later would be known as Germany, France and England, there existed an ancient Mystery Babylon cult ruled by a priesthood called the Druids.

 

On the island of England, there is an ancient monument called Stonehenge.  Here the sun god was also worshipped.  Here he was known as Bel, a name very similar to that of Baal in Israel whom Elijah fought against many centuries before.  Bel’s holy day was May 1 and this day was called Beltane.

 

The Druids also had a god of death.  His name was Saman.  Saman’s holy day was November 1, and this day was called Samhain.

 

Saman, the god of the dead, was believed to go about on the evening before November 1 when he gathered together the spirits of the evil dead.  The Druids believed in transmigration.  This meant that at death, if you had been evil in life, your spirit was put into the body of an animal.  This was the Druid equivalent of the Catholic purgatory.

 

During Samhain, Satan would gather these evil dead souls to take them to the Druid heaven, if he thought they had suffered enough.  Many prayers were said to Saman so that believers’ family member and loved ones would be taken with Saman and released from the Druid purgatory.

 

Since the weather was getting colder, it was believed that Saman, god of the dead, had defeated and captured Bel, god of the sun.  Many sacrifices had to be offered to Saman so that he would release Bel the following Spring.

 

The Druid priests would go from house to house in what would later become our trick or treat celebration.  The treat that they required was either an animal, a child or a young woman as a sacrifice to Saman.  If the family refused, they were tricked and punished, often being killed by the evil spirits.  If the family gave the required treat, they were rewarded.  A jack-o-lantern, lighted with a candle made of human fat, was placed on the porch to protect the family from the evil spirits that were roaming abroad on this night.

 

The Druids took their sacrifices to the hilltops and passed them through the fire, as the pagans did in biblical days.  This meant that they were burned alive on huge bonfires that had been built there.  In reward for their faithful service, the Druid priests were give supernatural powers such as divination, the ability to tell the future.  This is how the original Druid festival of Samhain was celebrated.

 

The empire of the Gauls reached its peak around AD 200.  By AD 607, they were finally conquered by the Roman Empire, who by this time had started the Roman Catholic Church.

 

By this time, the Romans had become famous for their many festivals and holidays.  At one point, over 100 days of each year were official church holidays.  Each Catholic saint had his own holiday.  This proved much too confusing to the people so, to remedy this, they set aside May 13 of each year to celebrate all of the saints on one day.  They called this holiday All-Saints Day.

 

Another of the traits of the Catholic Church was to take pagan festivals and give them new Catholic names to get the pagan Gentiles to join their church.  In AD 834, in an effort to draw the European Gauls and Druids into the church, they moved All-Saints Day to November 1, the same date as Samhain.  They also re-named this holiday All-Hallows Day.

 

As we have already seen, Samhain was always celebrated on the evening before November 1.  For this reason, the night became known as All-Hallows Even.  Even was the old word for evening.  As the years went by, this name became shortened to Hallows Even and ultimately Halloween.  This is how the festival originally known as Samhain became the holiday that we know today as Halloween.

 

Now that we have learned this, the question still remains.  Why do Bible-believing Christians celebrate the pagan holiday of Halloween?  The Druids first did this to honor Saman, the lord of the dead.  Today, we are using basically the same celebration with our children, minus the blood sacrifices, of course.

 

Bel, the Gaelic sun god, we have already traced back to the tower of Babel.  The man Nimrod was the original man that Bel represented, but that is only part of the picture.  Who was the spiritual force at work behind Nimrod and, for that matter, all of the sun gods of the Gentiles?  Let’s allow the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah to help shed some light on the identity of the original bringer of light to the pagan Gentiles in…

 

Isaiah 14:12-15

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

So here is the true spirit behind all sun worship for all to see.  For instance, Saman, the lord of the dead, can be revealed for whom he really is by simply removing the “m” and replacing it with a “t”.  It is here that we see the truth behind all pagan religions.  On one side, we have Lucifer and on the other, we also have Satan.  As we can clearly see, the Devil is literally playing both sides of the fence in this false religion game.

 

One feature that is common to all mystery beliefs is a very basic deception.  This is that believers are told that Satan, the lord of the dead, is a dark god, while Lucifer, the day star, is a totally different being altogether.  This lie is all part of the spirit of what this celebration of Halloween. 

 

Anton LeVey is the founder of the First Church of Satan.  In his book The Satanic Bible, he writes, “After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween.”

 

So, what should be a Christian’s response to all of this?  As always, the word of God holds the answer.  Let’s begin by returning to the Apostle Paul in…

 

II Corinthians 6:14-18

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

Paul does not stop here either.  He goes into much greater detail on this part of the Christian’s walk in…

 

Ephesians 5:7-12

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

 

I realize that there is a lot of pressure on parents to let their kids go trick or treating with the rest of the neighborhood children.  Would it not be easier, and much safer, to go and buy the kids some candy?  One other very real and frightening fact is that there has been a rise in the number of children being injured or killed each Halloween by sabotaged candy. 

 

Some years ago, I got under conviction about allowing my children to take part in this pagan festival.  I sat them down and read the history of Halloween from the encyclopedia to them.  Then I took them to a department store and told them they could have a whole bag of candy instead of trick or treating. 

 

When we got to the store, the kids ran past the manager who was giving out trick or treats and headed straight for the candy section.  He followed them back into the store and asked if they wanted a treat.  They immediately said no, thank you and testified to him of what they had just learned about Halloween.  He was so impressed that he gave them each a bag of candy, getting me off the hook!

 

Some years ago, a major movie called Halloween III, The Season of the Witch, came out around the country.  It concerned a modern day group of Druids who ran a Halloween costume company for children.  On Halloween, the plan was that the costumes would kill the children.  This would give Satan a huge human sacrifice that they believed would bring a new dark age to the earth.  This movie was fiction.  Now let’s talk about reality.

 

A startling fact has been unearthed by police departments of major cities across America over the past few years.  The sabotaging of trick or treat candies is no longer believed to be done by lone maniacs.  Satanists are becoming more and more organized in using this pagan festival as a time to offer human sacrifices once again.  Basically, there are two kinds of human sacrifice. 

 

The first is called a blood sacrifice.  In this sacrifice, the victim is simply made to bleed.  Thus, we see an increasing number of pins and razors in candy in the hope of injuring, not killing, the victims. 

 

The second is called the total sacrifice.  This requires the death of the victim.  This is why some children’s treats are poisoned.  In this way, even today, the followers of Satan are still making their sacrifices of the children that come trick or treating to their doors!

 

If you are still tempted to let your children partake of this pagan celebration, the Apostle James may be of help.  He has some advice about dealing with such temptations in…

 

James 1:13-15

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

If we take notice of this season at all, it should be to offset the evil of it, not partake of it.  If trick-or-treaters come to your door, why not give out gospel tracts instead of candy.  (click 7 more times) Food for the soul will not rot the teeth!

 

Also, Christians can have their own type of Halloween parties.  Let them dress up as their favorite Bible characters.  We also need to tell the children the truth about the Gentile origin of Halloween.

 

Some churches have even developed heavenly houses as a Christian response to haunted houses.  In these are portrayed, room after room, different Bible stories for the enjoyment of the children.

 

Surely Christians can use these and other means to counter this season so dedicated to wickedness.  The Apostle James gives some very good advice on how to react to all of the Devil’s activities around us.  We will close this study with these very true words from the Holy Scriptures.

 

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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