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Wednesday, October 31 2012

The Fires Of Halloween

There are seven pure, clean Christian Holy Days, with genuine meaning and purpose, that were actually created by Jesus Christ (see Who Is The LORD?), for His Church (i.e. the people who do what He says; see Can You See The Church?), as observances and celebrations of the ongoing process of salvation:

The Sands Of Time

On the other hand, Halloween is merely a nonsensical blend of demonic paganism and anti-Christianity that not only has nothing to do with what the Messiah taught and commanded to do, it blatantly flaunts what the LORD commanded not to do.

A quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica revealing the origin of "Halloween" - which includes the admission that Halloween is a "day on which the help of the devil was invoked":


"Halloween, in medieval times All Hallows Eve, a holy or hallowed evening observed on October 31, the eve of All Saints Day; in modern times, it is the occasion for pranks and for children requesting treats or threatening tricks."

"In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, the end of summer. The date was also the eve of the new year in both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times and was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits [which, as we will read from the Holy Scriptures below, actually attracts evil spirits].

The date was connected with the return of herds from pasture, and laws and land tenures were renewed. 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 favorable 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." (Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, volume 4, page 862)

What about the Church of Rome's "Christian" involvement in its origin? (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul? and The Purgatory Myth).

"Halloween is also thought to have been influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows, Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2. They were a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on May 13. In 835, it was switched to November 1 (the same date as Samhain) at the behest of Pope Gregory IV. Some have suggested this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea.

By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing bells for the souls in purgatory. "Souling", the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for "all crysten christened souls", has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating. Groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door on All Saints/All Souls collecting soul cakes, originally as a means of praying for souls in purgatory. Similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas." The custom of wearing costumes has been linked to All Saints/All Souls by Prince Sorie Conteh, who wrote: "It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities". In Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Nicholas Rogers explained Halloween jack-o'-lanterns as originally being representations of souls in purgatory. In Brittany children would set candles in skulls in graveyards." (an excerpt from the "Halloween" entry in Wikipedia, October 30 2012)

"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"

The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Who Is The LORD? and What Does Word of God Mean To You?) made it very plain that all forms of sorcery are evil (see What Is Sorcery?). Notice very carefully that the warning includes not having "his son or his daughter" participate in such activity - a plain statement that surely includes "Halloween."


"18:10 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, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 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." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV)

"Fellowship with devils" is antichristian idolatry. "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" - a principle that applies just as much to other "Christian" frauds (see the Fact Finder question below).

"10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread [see The Messiah's Days Of Unleavened Bread].

10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 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" (1 Corinthians 10:14-21 KJV)

Salvation is about everyone, once they know the Truth, who repents of God-defined evil behaviour and activities and thereafter lives according to the true Word of God. Those who refuse to repent, once they know the Truth, are rejecting salvation for themselves - and choosing the fires that will consume those who prefer the putrid ways of the Devil.

"21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:4-8 KJV)

"22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God], that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:12-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who masquerades ("makes a false outward show") every day of the year?
See Satan's Masquerade

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This Day In History, October 31

475: Romulus Augustulus was proclaimed Western Roman Emperor (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1517: Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany - the event that is considered to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation (Luther was protesting a grossly-immoral pope, not most of the Church of Rome's doctrines - which Luther maintained).

1876: A cyclone caused over 200,000 deaths in India.

1914: The Ottoman empire entered the First World War against Britain, Russia and France. Jerusalem at the time was under Ottoman (Turkish) control. When the Ottoman empire was defeated at the end of the war, Jerusalem came under the control of the British (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1917: During the First World War, British cavalry (the "last successful cavalry charge in history") under General Allenby captured Beersheba from the Ottomans; the British went on to capture Jerusalem a few weeks later, on December 9. Their control of the land of Israel later made possible a Biblically-prophesied event - the creation of the modern state of "Israel" in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).

1922: Benito Mussolini, 39, became Prime Minister of Italy. Son of a poor blacksmith, formerly a journalist and schoolmaster, a corporal in the First World War (as was Mussolini's close ally, Adolf Hitler), seriously wounded in 1917, he founded the Fascist Party. The Fascists derived their name from the Fasces of Imperial Rome, an axe wrapped in a bundle of elm or birch rods symbolizing unity and power. The Fascist Party also adopted the ancient insignia as its emblem.

1926: Magician Harry Houdini (actual name, Eric Weiss) died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured. He spent much of his life searching for genuine "mediums" and "spiritists" but found only frauds and con-artists.

1940: The Nazis forces all Jews in the city into the Warsaw Ghetto.

1961: Russia's "de-Stalinization" program reached a climax when Stalin's body was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square and buried.

1984: Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, was assassinated at her home by two of her bodyguards, who were Sikhs. Nearly 10,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots that followed.

1999: On the 482nd anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church, representatives of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches in Augsburg, Germany, signed a declaration to end the dispute that started the Protestant Reformation and led to the Thirty Years War.


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