Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

This time of year brings cooler weather, autumn leaves and the harvest of corn.   Fall is such a special season.  In the midst of the pumpkins and puffy clouds, there is an air of excitement that arises from the celebration of Halloween.   Every year that excitement is intertwined with the fear and anxiety of child abductions, poisoned candy, and destruction of public property.  Every year this celebration of darkness continues to grow in grandeur  with more and more super Halloween venues – stores and haunted houses –  while people  nationwide shake their heads and wonder what is happening to our world.

The celebration of All Hallows Eve is not mentioned in the Bible because the Word of God is explicit about things done in darkness.  Halloween celebrations take place mostly at night and center on spiritually dark things.     Decorations glorify death and fear:  spiders, witches, skeletons, and black cats.     Children dress up in costumes that honor death and horror: ghosts, witches, devils, skeletons, vampires and zombies.   Of course there are other  costumes to soften or mask the dark side: Cinderella, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, Jack Sparrow and whatever is popular with Disney and the media.    Teenagers, bored with masquerading,  show their real character as mobsters by destroying public and private property.

The Bible states in Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” Before the light, there was darkness and empty space.  When God spoke,  light came into this world and the Light of the World was there with God.

“In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  …In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 1:15, 3:19).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…. “While I am in the world, I AM the light of the world…. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46).

Jesus calls himself the Light of the World and there is no darkness in him.  He came into the world to destroy the work of darkness and the spiritual powers and principalities associated with it.  Because  people love the darkness more than the light, they do not understand the light nor do they come near the light.   Unfortunately, the world has contaminated the minds and hearts of many believers accordingly.   Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, they play with the fruitless deeds in the darkness rather than expose it for what it is.   Our praise should be about being called out of darkness into God’s glorious light not paying tribute to the darkness (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1). 

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

There has been such a diluting of Christ’s victory over death with an infatuation of death that Christians can’t see the difference between their gift of eternal life and the celebration of death.   They have traded their precious redemption through the blood of the Son of God for things that bring no profit to their present life or future rewards (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:8-12). 

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God”

(Deuteronomy 10:10-14).

Scripture never indicates that Jesus celebrated any holiday with pagan foundations because he obeyed the commands of his Father.  Jesus didn’t go out in the spiritual darkness of Samhain to shine or be a light. He didn’t hand out gospel tracts or tell his disciples to do that.  His life of obedience to his Father was his testimony; ours must be too.

As the Son of God he did not imitate evil nor should we.  He didn’t pretend or  masquerade to be something that he wasn’t.    That is Satan’s method of operation and should not be ours. 

“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve”

(2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

Christians have become so lukewarm, mixing the holy and the profane,  that they no longer have the maturity to discern good from evil.  They do not see that witchcraft with all of its gnarly fingers has grasped hold of children and young adults in their homes, schools and towns.  They are blind to demons and evil spirits presented in television programs and movies.  Just consider that zombies are walking dead people who are glorified by those who have eternal life.

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (having to separate themselves?)”

(1 Peter 5:7-9).

A popular saying  in Christendom has been “What Would Jesus Do?”  This is a powerful question to be asked regarding any unBiblical holiday, but especially Halloween.    What WOULD Jesus Do?  Would he try to redeem something rooted in the ways of the nations back to God or would he call it for what it is and not participate in pagan ways.  The Christian church has been more than willing to say that everything Jewish is ‘evil’ or ‘wrong’,  but legitimate evil practices at Halloween are not.   They create ‘Christian’ alternatives so that they can disguise their disobedience and continue to keep one foot in the world and one foot … in the world.   

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers and will continue to do so until Christ’s return.  He is also being allowed to deceive and blind believers who want to do what is ‘right in their own eyes‘ and live a lawless unaccountable life.  There is a great deception happening to believers in Jesus. Those who claim to have the Light still desire to embrace the darkness in ways that they see as fun or harmless.  Where in Scripture is anything surrounded by darkness harmless?

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

For those who truly have asked Jesus to be their Savior, it’s important to allow Him to be Lord of your life.  Though it may be a challenge and even difficult to step out and stay out of the darkness,  you have a responsibility to yourself, your children and your testimony to the world around you about Jesus’ salvation and redemption from death and darkness.  You have a responsibility to God. 

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

There will  always be those who scoff at the idea of not taking part in Halloween festivities.  The Bible mentions them, too.  For doubters,  research All Hallows Eve and Samhain using an encyclopedia or browse the internet.   Talk to a law enforcement official in your local town and find out about witchcraft activity during Halloween.   Read the newspaper and note all the crime and death that takes place during Halloween.   Just recently near Denver, Colorado a shed was found with bones of many human remains along with articles of witchcraft.  This is the information age.  If you want information, it’s readily available with Google and Safari.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

If you call on the Light of the World for your salvation and have repented from a sin-filled life, then you have to choose between being a friend of God or a friend of the world.  When you choose to be God’s friend, you will receive  your spiritual sight and be set free from the human traditions and the elemental spiritual forces of this world.  Both are  incorporated into the celebration Halloween.  No longer will you shake your head in wonderment at the growing evil in the world, but you will know the truth and you will be set free to understand whose holiday this really is.  You will begin to  walk in the wisdom of God’s Word and you will not only know what Jesus did, but more importantly you will know what Jesus did NOT do.  He did not celebrate Halloween!

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2: 8-10).

The victory over death, spiritual powers and authorities in high places cost Jesus his life.  That’s what Jesus did.  “What will you do?

For a children’s booklet explaining Halloween, “Take off your mask, Celebrate Life!”

©2009 Tent Stake Ministries (Chapter from Journey with Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.)

2 Responses to “Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve”

  • Diane Harrington says:

    HI Julie, Thank you for your article. Our church here has a huge Halloween party and hands out 100s of bags of candy and thinks it is ok. I took my stand on the issue several years ago and have been able to tell my grandchildren why I have nothing to do with it. Jesus did not imitate evil in order to be a light and I should follow His lead. Thanks again:) I am enjoying reading on your web site and am learning sooo much.

    • yahuliani says:

      Thank you for your encouragement. It’s a difficult time of year to take that stand especially when there are those who don’t have the eyes and ears to see and hear. Praise YHVH that you are learning – The Spirit is truly the teacher! Blessings, Diane …

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