Enoch and Samhain

October 31 is a unique day in the spiritual realm.   It is known by wiccan and pagan communities as Samhein.  According to one pagan website, it is the one day of the year when the veil between our world and the spirit world thins and makes it the perfect time to make contact with the dead.  The average unknowing, uninformed person calls Samhein, Halloween.

Halloween has grown from a Celtic high holy day celebrated quietly by pagans and wiccans to the second highest retail holiday next to Christmas.  Spiritual lines between evil and righteousness within the cultures of the world  have been blurred to the point that many who dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, or visit Haunted Houses actually say they aren’t celebrating Halloween!   Then there are those who admit to being pagan and are proud to celebrate in every way imaginable from orgies to sacrificing animals and children.

Witchcraft has become an accepted religious practice through television and movies probably beginning with 1960s shows like “Bewitched” and “Dark Shadows” and coming into obvious fruition with “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” among other modern-day productions.   Divinations, seances and casting spells are commonplace with young girls who are intrigued with being ‘white witches‘ or ‘good witches.‘  Communicating with dead people is part of the activities of paranormal societies that exist even in my little town.  Sorcery is about power.  It is an art that messes around with or manipulates the energy fields of human beings in order to seduce people for whatever purpose: peace, love, prosperity, healing – all of which are obtained, but in a corrupt manner.

Halloween involves a spiritual battle that began long before today’s TV shows, the witchcraft trials of New England, the Dark Ages, the time of Yeshua, King Saul or even Abraham.  It began before the flood and it’s beginnings are recorded in great detail in the Book of Enoch.  It was written for those people who live in the time of the end.    Unfortunately the Book of Enoch was removed from the canon of Scriptures in spite of the fact that both Peter and Jude refer to its contents and believers today are ‘in the dark’ about what may be coming on the world at the end of the age.

“The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous, who were to exist in the time of trouble…. Enoch a righteous man, was with God, answered and spoke, while his eyes were open and while he saw a holy vision ….  I (Enoch) heard all things, and understood what I saw; that which will not take place in this generation, but in a generation which is to succeed at a distant period, on account of the elect” (Enoch 1:1-3).

A preview of these days is found in Genesis. They were the time when the angels, called the sons of God,’ came to earth.  They left their place of authority in the heavenly realm.  According to Enoch these angels were attracted to the beauty and alluring uncovered hair of young women, called the daughters of men (Enoch 7:1-2).  During this time, spiritual angels had relationships with human women.  From these relationships children were born.   These children could be thought of as half human/half spirit.

Genesis 6 calls the children of angels and women, the heroes of old or men of reknown.  The Scriptures give them their genetic name: Nephilim.   Nephilim in Aramaic means “to fall’ (like the fallen ones), but in Hebrew, it  means  ‘giants’.  Genesis also says that the Nephilim were on the earth ‘in those days and afterwards.’  What does this mean?  Could it be that the Greek or Roman mythological heroes like Achilles or Hercules were actually these half breeds?  Wasn’t everyone destroyed in the flood?  Enoch explains what happened.

“Then he spoke and said: ‘Hear, neither be afraid, O Enoch, O righteous man, and scribe of righteousness:  come here and hear my voice. Go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent you to pray for them ….

‘You being spiritual, holy, and living a life which is eternal, have polluted yourselves with women; have begotten in carnal blood … and have done as those who are flesh and blood do.  These however die and perish.  Therefore I have given them wives, that they might live with them; that sons might be born of them, and that this might be transacted upon earth.  But you, from the beginning were made spiritual, living a life which is eternal, and not subject to death in all the generations of the world.  Therefore I made not wives for you, because being spiritual, your dwelling is in heaven.

“Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall call upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation.  Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation.  Evil spirits they shall be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called.  The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born in earth (1 Cor. 15:40). 

“The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise upon earth.  They shall cause lamentation.  No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and those spirits shall rise up against the sons of men and against women; for they come forth (from them) … (Luke 4:33,36   Matthew 8:28-34).

“And as to the death of the giants –  wheresoever their spirits depart from their bodies, let their flesh, that which is perishable, be without judgment.  Thus shall they perish, until the day of the great consummation of the world.

“And now to the Watchers, who have sent you to pray for them, who in the beginning were in heaven, Say, ‘In heaven you have been; secret things however have not been manifested to you; yet have you known an immoral mystery.  And this you have related to women in the hardness of your heart, and by that mystery have women and mankind multiplied evil upon the earth (Jude 4,6,13).  Say to them: ‘Never therefore shall you obtain peace” (Enoch 15, 16).

God says in Genesis 8 that he would not contend with man forever because he is MORTAL.  This means that men die.  During the time before the flood, men lived  nearly 1000 years, but God says, after the judgment,  man’s days on earth would be about 80 – a much shorter lifespan (Psalm 90:10).

God also could not allow the fallen angels on the earth either. They taught humanity things that they should not know … “teaching them sorcery, incantation, and the dividing of roots and trees” (Enoch 7:10).  They ‘devoured’ everything in their path.  “These (the Nephilim children) devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; when they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; and began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood” (Enoch 7:12-14).

In order to cleanse the the earth from all of this corruption,   God sent a flood to destroy all of mankind except Noah and his family.  This was because of Noah’s family’s pure lineage.  Only Noah’s family had NOT be infected with the disgusting practices and spiritual lineage of the fallen angels.

As for the angels that left their home in heaven, God put them in darkness and chains until the day of judgment.  “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day” (Jude 6, Enoch 10:15).

What happened to the Nephilim?  They didn’t have a home on earth; they didn’t have a home in heaven.   They weren’t  fully human so they couldn’t  die in the flood.  They also weren’t the cause of the initial problem so God didn’t put them in chains.  According to Enoch, their physical flesh died without judgment, but spiritually they birthed evil spirits.  These spirits became known as wandering spirits that look for a ‘home’ to claim as their own such as a hollowed out turnip or pumpkin.    A more inviting ‘home’ for these evil spirits would be to take possession of a human body making the person a ‘demoniac.’

There are evidences of Nephilim in the Scriptures after the flood.  They are called ‘giants‘ “whose stature is 300 cubits” which is about 200 yards or 600 feet (Genesis 6:4-6, Enoch 7:12,).  Remembering that life span of man and the earth’s atmosphere changed after the flood, the size of the Nephilim also decreased exponentially.     (Incidentally, the Ark that Noah built was also 300 cubits long!)

In Numbers 13 there is the account of the 12 spies going into the Promised Land.  Remember how the branch having a single cluster of grapes needed to be carried by TWO men on a pole?   The spies reported seeing Nephilim in the Land.  They recounted very much the same thing that Enoch described:  large people devouring the land and everyone in it.   “They said, ‘The land we explored devours those living in it.  All the people we saw there are of great size.  We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim).  We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (verses 32-33).  From this we know that whenever we see the word,  Anakim, we know they are descendants of Nephilim.

Goliath, who was killed by David, was one of them.  “A champion Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp.  He was over nine feet tall…” (1 Samuel 17:4-5).   2 Samuel 17:16-22 also speaks of more descendants of Rapha who would have been Goliath’s brothers.  Three of their names were recorded:  Ishbi-Benob, Saph, Goliath the gittite.  “These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath ….”  

Deuteronomy 3:11 speaks of Og the King of Bashan.  He, too,  was a remnant of the Rephaites.    His bed was made of iron and was more than 13 feet long and six feet wide.  The Rephaites are mentioned in Joshua 12:4, 13:12, 15:8, 17:15, 18:16 2 Samuel 5:11, 22, 23:13, 1 Chronicles 11:15, 14:9, 20:4.

When you realize that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years, you can understand how these Nephilim had time to fill the earth again.  It also puts an unusual perspective as to what was going on in Canaan and why YHVH had to raise up an army against these ‘beings’.  He wanted to remove the flesh of the Nephilim from the land He promised to Abraham.  However, their spirits remained along with all the detestable practices they had taught to the Canaanites.

YHVH gave warnings to the Israelites about these detestable spiritual practices because they were entering the evil land of the Nephilim.   He wanted to rid the land of promise of evil and destestable practices. He wanted a blameless people.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 18:12-14).

One account of witchcraft in the land is in 1 Samuel 28 when King Saul visits the witch of Endor.  He disguises himself so the woman wouldn’t recognize him for as king he had “cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land.”  When she realizes that it is King Saul wanting her to consult a dead spirit for him, she is outraged and believes he has set a trap.  He responds to her with, “As surely as YHVH lives, you will not be punished for this.”  She obeys King Saul and calls up the prophet Samuel.  She is not punished,  but King Saul receives her death sentence.  The next day he and his sons are killed in battle.

Yeshua says about the time of his return, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man”  (Luke 17:36).  From Biblical evidence as well as the account from Enoch, it would appear that the ‘days of Noah’ were days in which spiritual activity blending into the human race became quite prevalent and destructive to earth and humanity.  The people in the ‘days of Noah’ were not prepared for the spiritual warfare that came upon them.  Yet, we are not in darkness; we have prophecies.  We have the Scriptures.

The gospels have a lot to say about evil spirits.  Yeshua cast out many evil spirits.  In Mark 9 there is one account of a young boy that had an evil spirit which threw him into convulsions.  When the spirit was rebuked by Yeshua as a ‘deaf and mute spirit’, it left the boy violently.  Later his disciples asked him about the spirit and why they couldn’t drive it out.  Yeshua responded, “This kind can come out only by prayer (and fasting).”  He didn’t suggest that the boy had an illness that needed medication, but a type of spirit that needed to be dealt with spiritually.

“With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” 2 Chron. 32:8

Spiritual warfare is NOT physical warfare.  It is not against the witches or sorcerers per se, but against the powers and principalities that the witches and sorcerers use.   The devil, a fallen angel himself, has quite creatively set up his own world through evil spirits and is known as the ‘god of this world that has blinded the mind of unbelievers…‘ (2 Cor. 4:4).    We are commanded in Ephesians 6 to put on the armor of God so we can stand against the devil’s schemes in the day of evil.  Could this be in reference to Satan’s deceptions regarding ‘day of evil’ known as Halloween?

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:11-13). 

The armor begins with a belt.  “Stand firm then, with the belt of Truth buckled around your waist….”  This belt is about learning, studying, and knowing Truth and being able to discern the Truth from lies and deception. Knowing Truth leads to LOVING Truth which keeps you safe from the schemes and maneuvers of the enemy.   “… the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

There is a breastplate of righteousness.  “…with the breastplate of righteousness in place….”   Evil is the opposite of righteousness and therefore, your breast, your heart, your central core must be focused on what is RIGHT based on the belt of Truth you are already wearing. “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace … out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

Your feet should be fitted with the gospel of peace.  “… And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace ….”  Remembering that Halloween is a spiritual holiday in all its evil fullness, it is not our responsibility to change the hearts of the pagans that celebrate it.  That is up to God.  It IS their holiday.   We are not to start arguments or cause conflicts.  We are called to BE READY with the good news of peace and to be peacemakers.  We are to have the spiritual fruit of peace within the spiritual battles of evil because we KNOW the battle really isn’t ours to fight.  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Messiah Yeshua” (Philippians 4:7).

“In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  The shield of faith is the next item to be worn.  It puts out the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Having a flaming arrow fly in our direction can bring on great alarm.   When faced with the evilness of Halloween,  we are not to have fear because fear does not come from God.  If something or someone causes fear in you, then you need to consider and question the source and flee.  Instead of fear, we have been given power in the Holy Spirit, the love of the Father and the sound mind of Messiah as the foundation for faith that puts out flaming arrows.   “God does not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind”(2 Timothy 1:9).

“Take the helmet of salvation….”  The helmet of salvation comes next.  With a physical helmet on our heads our head is protected.  With a spiritual helmet, our minds and thoughts are protected.  Earlier I wrote that the lines of righteousness and evil have been blurred.  This is because people aren’t wearing their helmets properly and their minds (and consciences) are being corrupted by deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith (the shield) and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons…” (1 Timothy 4:1).

“And the sword of the spirit which is the word of God ….”  We are to have a sword as part of our armor.  A true swordsman doesn’t use the sword to slice and dice or like a chainsaw.  A true swordsman using a two-edged sword knows how to rightly divide the Word of Truth.   It is important, especially at Halloween, to know and have the Scriptures imbedded into your righteous heart and your protected mind so that you use your sWord with wisdom.   You need to stand and believe by faith the black and white, light and dark, life and death Truths that are in the Word.    Know the Scripture in Deuteronomy about what is detestable to God.   I call it the War of 1812 because all of the evil practices we are to avoid are described in Deuteronomy 18:12.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

“For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  LIVE as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) … (Ephesians 5:7-9).

Prayer is the last, but most necessary part of our battle armor.  Keeping in touch with the Commander of the Lord’s Army is key to being alerted to what battles in which you will be needing to make a stand.   Through the Spirit, Yeshua will reveal when to use your sword, when your breastplate is not on properly, when dents in your helmet are about to occur, when your belt needs to be tightened, when your feet need to be ready to go in peace, and when to raise your shield for protecting your fellow soldiers who are battling the same enemy and need your support. (Read one 22-year old soldier’s battle stand.)

“Finally, pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, be alert, and always keep praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:13-18).

Dear friends … 

For those who have young children and are just learning about the evils of Halloween, it can be a difficult journey if you have already taken part in the ‘fun and sinful’ activities of darkness.  All you can do is continue to teach your children that their identity is not in this world, but in the Messiah.  Always use Scripture to reinforce the Truth of the Word in their minds as it will eventually go into their hearts.

Teach them the truth about Halloween as appropriate to their understanding.  Use all of the visual aids of witches, skeletons, spider’s webs, black cats that are hanging everywhere through the entire month of October as examples of darkness and death in the world.   Don’t wait until the last minute to enlighten them to what is being prepared for all around them.  By then they will have been primed for the celebration and ready to go.

Timothy was taught Scripture on his grandmother’s lap.   I’m sure she didn’t water down the Torah avoiding the ‘scary parts’  or make up silly stories using flowers, animals or vegetables to tell the ‘tales’.    She taught him the Truth using all of the Scriptures, including Enoch,  which is why he grew into a wise young man.  While teaching your children always remember two very important things:  the truth sets us free and fear is not from God.  Your goal is to raise a soldier who knows how to fight each battle with which he or she is presented.

Take and make a stand against the enemy with your children.  Don’t be deceived,  what you sow, you will reap.  Alternatives, rationalizations and excuses about why you aren’t ‘really’  celebrating Halloween are the same as celebrating it.  Deep down you know it; your children do too.    Don’t be a wishy washy double-minded man.   Don’t let them do some things, but not others.  Don’t let them not buy a costume, but allow candy because it’s cheap this time of year.   Don’t tell them they can’t go to a Haunted House, but allow them to go to a corn maze where a witch greets them!  Make the day (and the season) very black and white – not black and orange!

Tell school teachers that your children will not take part in any activities relating to the holiday of Halloween.  Be prepared to defend your stand.  Remove your children from school so they are not conflicted with the evil that is trying to sear their consciences and challenge their growing, weak-rooted faith.  While home, take the time to refresh those roots with living water so they will grow stronger and bear spiritual fruit for the Kingdom.

I write to you dear children … (1 John 2)

Children,  it is important that you obey your parents who are teaching you about the ways of God.  It is the right thing for you to do (Ephesians 6:1).  Though you may not like the rules, if you obey your parents without complaining or arguing, you will be protected from the evils that surround the day that are seen as well as unseen.   They are actually training you to grow into maturity so that you can learn to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14).  Through your obedience you will receive the incredible blessing of being a pure child of God.  You will also be one of those shining stars in the universe that was shown to Abraham.  A shining star brings light to those in the darkness.

“Dear friends, 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).

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God, without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like starts in the universe as you hold out the word of life …” (Philippians 2:14-15).

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