The history of Halloween is pure evil! The Encyclopedia of Religion continues: “On this occasion, it was believed that a gathering of supernatural forces occurred as during no other period of the year. The eve and day of Samhain were characterized as a time when the barriers between the human and supernatural worlds were broken. Otherworldly entities, such as the souls of the dead, were able to visit earthly inhabitants, and humans could take the opportunity to penetrate the domains of the gods and supernatural creatures.”
“Fiery tributes and sacrifices of animals, crops, and human beings were made to appease supernatural powers who controlled the fertility of the land… Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during the period” (pp. 176-177).
On this holiday “huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits… The souls of the dead were supposed 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. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favourable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Micropaedia, Vol. 4, p. 862, “Halloween”).
History shows how true Christians did not practice this satanic tradition. Today’s professed Christians should see just how they need to separate from such evil, especially if they are seeking to enter heaven. The worldly customs and evil traditions are all vain and full of deceit, which will separate anyone from the God of heaven and earth. Truly, the world is being spoiled through practicing Halloween as billions around the world, which includes all these professed Christians, are partaking in this satanic tradition.
Colossians 2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
As Biblical Christians, we are commanded by our King to give no place for the devil.
Ephesians 4:27 - Neither give place to the devil.
We are also warned that…
1 Corinthians 10:21 - Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
This holiday has everything to do with spiritualism. When we take a good look at what happens during Halloween, we can see how witches are real satanic worshipers of Satan... their caricatures are portrayed and costumed everywhere. There are coffins, tombstones, mummies, skeletons and cemeteries, which are all signs of death! The mystery religion of Babylon has always loved death, which we can find clearly in the history of the Mother of Harlots. This mystery religion is all about death and murder and sacrificing innocent human lives as an offering to the god of death!
"That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history... It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings."--W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition. (An excellent though lengthy article describing in detail the right of the Roman Catholic Church to do this, will be found in The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)
Halloween has come a long way from its ancient beginnings as a harvest festival, from the ancient Celts to the Romans to Medieval Catholics to Irish immigrants traveling to America and bringing their modern-day catholic traditions. Halloween, like all holidays, speaks volumes about the society that celebrates it till this day. As the people observing Halloween evolve, so does the holiday. The magic that is found in Halloween lies in clear site. As Christians, we are to have no connection to witchcraft, which God hates.
2 Chronicles 33:6 - And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
1 Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee…
When we look deeper into Roman history, we can see a clear connection, but need to do some digging. As many of us know, the Roman Catholic Church has always been involved with paganism which Halloween is deeply involved with it.
"It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans... Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds...." (The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, by John F. Sullivan, p 156, published by P.J. Kennedy, NY, 1942)
The Roman Catholic Church has always engaged in witchcraft, spiritualism, and the state of the dead where they believe that the spirits of the dead visit this world, especially on Halloween. For instance, Lemuria, or Lemures were spirits of the dead who returned for only three particular days a year to threaten their descendants. They were restless, malevolent ghosts whose purpose was to torture the families they left behind.
In order to win-over the spirits, a ritual was enacted by the pater familias (the oldest living male in a household). When the clock would strike midnight, the pater familias would walk barefoot through his own house to rid the lemures (the spirits of the dead) with this exorcism ritual: holding his hand upheld in what is referred to as a fig gesture (placing the thumb between the 2nd and 3rd fingers) and filling his mouth with dried black beans, he would make the circuit around his house spitting the beans onto the floor in order to bait the lemures. As he walked and spit out a bean, he would recite nine times the incantation “with these I redeem myself and mine.”
When the lemures came out to eat the beans, the rest of the household — following along but forbidden to look behind them — would clash bronze together, like cymbals, and proclaim “ghosts of my fathers and ancestors be gone!”
The Lemuria was practiced on May 9th, 11th, and the 13th (even days were seen as unlucky!).
Ancient Roman skeleton mosaic
So, how did the Lemuria affect Halloween?
In a historical fact check on All Saints’ Day, this Catholic holiday was adopted on May 13th, and there is good reason for this: originally, the Lemuria concluded on May 13th and on that same day in 609 AD, the church held a feast in dedication to Saint Mary and the Martyrs, the celebration of the dead. This became the establishment for All Saints’ Day! How does this relate to Halloween? Here’s how.
Later, around the 8th century AD as the Lemuria faded away in popularity and practice, the church moved All Saints’ Day from May 13th to November 1st — where it is currently celebrated to this day by Catholics. It was originally known as All Hallows’ (all the holy ones’) and Halloween was simply All Hallows’ Eve. [Note that May 1st and November 1st are exactly 6 months apart and mark the beginning and end of summer, respectively.]
The pagan holiday associated with November 1st? Samhain (sah-ween) — which was the end of the harvest season for the Celts, the people living in Ireland, and one of the principal festivals for their culture. It was their new year. As the harvest ended, the Celts tended to gather up all their crops and livestock and have one large feast as they headed into winter. This final harvest falls on October 31st, which is Halloween.
However, there were some uninvited guests coming to dinner, the spirits of the dead.
On this day, the Celts believed that those who died during the year returned — so the festival of Samhain was a way to help the dead on their journey to the otherworld. Because this particular day, the Celts believed the dead were more likely to mingle with the living, a place for the dead was set at their feasts in order to honor them! This also meant that Samhain, with all the dead returning to visit, was a time for clearer omens and prophecy.
Pomona and How the Romans adopted Samhain
When Julius Caesar conquered Gaul and the Celts, the Romans became exposed to the rituals of Samhain and ascribed them to their own goddess Pomona, who was the goddess of orchards and abundance. She was associated with apples, nuts and grapes. The Romans associated the apple with love and fertility, and we have lots of rituals associated with Samhain that use the apple. The Romans adopted these practices too and thus mix Christianity with paganism. Roman harvest festivals would bring in the apples, cornstalks and pumpkins. An ancient Roman ceremony honoring false gods involved trying to grasp floating fruit without using hands, which is where bobbing for apples came from. And The Druids believed that black cats were reincarnated humans who had been punished for their evil deeds. These cats were thus sacred sacrifices. Today, black cats are still sacrificed during occult rituals along with human beings.
Halloween is regarded as the Witches' Sabbat, the equivalent of their New Year's Eve where they would do their sacrifices. The Druids had many ways of sacrificing humans, one of which was packing them in a giant burning effigy of a man (Burning man).
Its roots lie firmly in the old pagan holiday of Samhain, which — along with May 1, Beltane — was regarded as one of the most important days of the year.
On Samhain, it was believed that the veil lifted between the worlds of the living and the dead, allowing spirits, demons and other mythical creatures such as faeries a chance to walk amongst us.
But the reality of Halloween through the eyes of the Celts and Druids is scarier than any horror film.
According to old documents, in its most primitive guise, Samhain would have featured many sacrifices to the Celtic gods of death, with both animals and humans thrown into huge firepits as offerings. This tradition goes way back in ancient times where the God of heaven even warned us.
Leviticus 18:21 - And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.
People claimed the ancient Druids ate their first-born children on Samhain, or collected the blood of their sacrificial humans in cauldrons and drank it. Just like we see how these evil forces today, throughout the year, go around harvesting children during the year to sacrifice them for their gods on Halloween.
The stories get gorier, as we see on Halloween how people go carving out pumpkins and turnips, those that truly get involved in time past would fill their pumpkins with fat from previous sacrifices and lit.
The Roman Julius Caesar, who claimed to be a god, like the office of the Pope who took his place, had stated that in times of danger, "unless the life of a man be offered, the mind of immortal gods will not favour them."
"...superior papal authority and dominion is derived from the law of the Caesars." Lucius Ferraris, in "Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica", Volume V, article on "Papa, Article II", titled "Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility", #19, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.
Is it really just another Holiday?
Knowing the meaning and traditions behind Halloween, do you really want to celebrate Halloween and depart from the Living God to serve the god of death? It’s much more than just an innocent child’s day. There is absolutely no way you can include Jesus Christ in these celebrations and His children are to have no part with the spirits of devils.
In Ephesians 5:11, Jesus tells us through Paul to “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but reprove them.”
If you are truly born again, act like it and obey the God of heaven and earth. Furthermore, in today's society, as kids are dressing up like witches, ghosts and goblins and thus looking so demonic, the occult members do pray to their dying God Satan for evil spirits to inhabit the costumes sold to children, just like the wicked and evil movies they watch those demons are permitted to enter into the home and thus corrupt it. Instead we should pray that Satan would be bound!
And yes, Disney contributes heavily to occultic ideas with Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Fantasia, fairytales, magic spells and witches. Aladin with his magic flying carpet. Lion King with the “circle of life,” the mystical portrayal of the spirit of the dead lion guiding his cub, witchcraft and the practice of divination. Pocahontas portrays the Native American mystical and pagan view of Mother Earth as a spiritual being, rocks, trees and birds, etc. who have spirits as well as the out of body experiences.
Hollywood, which is run by Chris Dodd who is a Roman Catholic, clearly glamorizes and participates in horoscopes, star charting, channeling, witchcraft, mummies, etc. Television shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch portray witches and warlocks as normal everyday people.
The computer games Mystic and Dungeons and Dragons with occultic practices and fights to the death are filling young people’s minds with violence.
Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) trading cards, toys, characters, and computer games are produced by Wizards of the Coast who also produce Magic: The Gathering, an occultic trading card game and Dungeons and Dragons. The company descriptions of their collection of characters include headstrong, cross-dressing, ability to read minds, quibbling, hormonal, vindictive, obnoxious, troublemaking, evil gang, fashion conscious, jerks evolving, teleporting and wearing occultic symbols.
Sweeping the nation is the Harry Potter craze. Books and website to learn and practice casting spells, also movies and clubs abound. Harry’s parents, a witch and a warlock, were killed on Halloween by an evil curse. In the books and movies animals become humans and humans have animal characteristics, adults are portrayed as stupid, the children get revenge and control people they don’t like by casting spells and using magic and crystal balls and bringing forth the three-headed hound of hell. I’ve heard the statement, “This is good magic.” There is no such thing. God condemns magic, wizardry, sorcery and divination, and the penalty for participating in these things is death. The publishers want it to look harmless on the outside, but investigation shows a deeper sinister nature.
And those who are the true born-again Christians know that we are being sealed by the Holy Spirit for heaven when we obey our God while the whole world lieth in wickedness.
1 John 5:19 - [And] we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
Put away your involvement of witchcraft and all these other pagan holidays, prepare for the coming of the King of the universe or the crown you would have worn in heaven will be TAKEN AWAY. You can lose your salvation in Christ.
Revelation 3:11 - Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Truly the world is deceived by the modern-day Babylon, the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth...
Revelation 18:23 - ...for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Revelation 22:14-15 - Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
When you apply the following Bible texts to Halloween, it is obvious what our position as Christians should be regarding Halloween, the occult, sorcery or magic:
- Leviticus 19:31 – Should we turn to mediums or wizards?
- Leviticus 20:6-27 – What will happen if you turn to wizards or medium? What will happen if you become a medium or wizard?
- 1 Chronicles 10:13 – What happened to Saul because of his involvement? (1 Samuel 28 – 30)
- Revelation 18:4 – What are we to do?
- Ephesians 5:8-11 – What should we do with the works of darkness?
- 2 Timothy 1:7 – What spirit did Jesus give us?
- Ephesians 6:11 – What should we do?
- Philippians 4:8 – What kind of things should we dwell on?
- 2 Corinthians 6:14, 15 – Can light and darkness mix? Should we mix with evil?
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Who should receive our glory?
- Matthew 6:24 – How many masters can we serve?
- 1 Peter 2:9 – Who are we?
- Exodus 20: 5 – What is God’s warning?
- Ephesians 5:1 – Who should we imitate?
- Psalm 101:3 – Are we ever to look at wicked things?
- 1 John 3:8 – What has God promised?
- 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21 – Can we partake of two tables?
- Ephesians 6: 14-17 – What are the only safe things to put on?
- Ephesians 4:27 – Should we give place to the devil?
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22 – What should we abstain from?
- Ephesians 5:11 – What should we do with darkness?
- Acts 19:18-19 – What did the early church do to occultic books?
- Exodus 22:18 – What happened to witches in the Bible?
- Deuteronomy 18:9-14 – Should we participate in the occult?
- Isaiah 8:19 – Can we learn about the future from mediums and psychics?
- Revelation 22:15 – Will mediums, wizards, sorcerers and those that consult them enter heaven?
Legacy of Halloween a video by James Arrabito discussing the religious origins of modern Halloween celebrations. P. O. Box 205, Angwin CA 94508; www.tagnet.org/llt
Halloween: Trick or Treat? A video produced by Jeremiah Films. Chuck Smith, Caryl Matrisciana, Hal Lindsey, Law enforcement officials, Witches and Satanists trace pagan origins and history of Halloween. Shows real rituals of the occult. Available for $19.95 from www.shopnetdaily.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=285
The Dark Side of Halloween & The Bewitching of America by Pastor David L. Brown, Logos Communication Consortium, Inc., P. O. Box 173, Oak Creek, WI 53154: 414/7768-9754. Download the book from: www.logosresourcepages.org/introduction.htm This is a book to warn parents and adults of the abominations and perversions of Halloween, witchcraft and the occult. This book is not for young children.
Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween? By Linda Hacon Winwood; Published by Dentiny Image – 800/722-6774
Halloween Through Twenty Centuries by R & A Linton
The Book of Halloween by R.E. Kelley
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