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October 2006: What does Halloween celebrate?
I was raised in a Christian home, where my family stopped celebrating Halloween before I was old enough to enjoy it. However, I thank God that we didn't partake in such an evil holiday! Let me give you a brief idea of what is actually being celebrated here...
As harmless as it may seem, Halloween takes things of darkness (ghosts, evil spirits, fear, death, etc.) and makes them light-hearted and fun. God's Word warns us not to say that light is darkness or that darkness is light:
Isaiah 5:20, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
So what are the popular things celebrated on Halloween?
Ghosts - also known as familiar spirits (a type of demon) who attempts to appear as departed spirits from dead people. Everywhere you go, it seems folks have ghosts in their yard this time of year. The Bible is clear that those who consult with familiar spirits are an abomination unto God:
Deut 18:10-12, "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."
I don't know about you, but I for one do not care to have the image of a demon sitting on my front lawn. I don't think Jesus would either!
Fear - while faith is believing what God can do, fear is believing what the devil and his evil spirits can do. The type of fear that is celebrated on this holiday is in complete opposition to the ways of God. Demons thrive on fear, and use it to control and manipulate people. It is one of the single biggest weapons in Satan's artillery. Anybody experienced in the deliverance ministry will agree that there are many which are tormented by spirits of fear. I have relatives who were into the occult, and suffered from awful torment caused by spirits of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Death - Look at all the tombstones, skulls, bones, skeletons and such decorating the towns this time of year! What do these symbolize or represent? Death and dead people. While many today think nothing of it, an obsession with death is usually a pretty strong indication of demonic bondage in a person's life. A clear example of this is found in the Bible where the possessed man was found roaming the tombs screaming day and night. The spirits in the man drove him to roam the tombs... why? They were obsessed with death!
Mark 5:3,4, "Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains... And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones."
Halloween actually started as a rebellion against All Saint's Day (Nov 1st), which was a Catholic holiday to honor the saints. Halloween was intended as a corruption of the following day. Halloween is also known as Pooky Night in some areas of Ireland (where Halloween originated), presumably named after the puca... the what?? "The puca" actually refers to a mischievous spirit!
Oct 30th... Devil's Night: Apparently, one night of evil wasn't enough, so Oct 30th is known as Devil's Night. It started in Detroit, Michigan and was simply a night of pranks, then it grew to where people's homes were being set on fire! In this area of the state (not speaking of Detroit), there's a grounds that is heavily possessed with evil spirits... and from what I understand, occultists won't even go near the property on Devil's night because it is so possessed! Interesting... and us Americans take such a night lightly!
I would mention the name of this property, but if anybody here went online to learn more about it, there's a good chance that you'll run into real photos of ghosts in the hallways (which I've ran into myself)... is this possible to take pictures of manifesting unclean spirits? Yes! My grandparents were spiritualists, and while they were in seances, the evil spirits (looking just like their departed loved ones) appeared and they took many photos of them! Did they turn out? Yes!The 'ghosts' that appeared looked real to anybody who didn't know better!
What if you have children, and would like to have something fun for them on the 31st? Certainly! My parents, though we didn't celebrate the holiday for the same purposes as the world, we would have what we called a Harvest Festival. We bought our own candy, had maybe some candy apples, donuts and cider, and simply closed our shades for the evening. It was fun, and we weren't out partaking in a demonic holiday! Halloween, though it is known as a celebration of death, evil spirits and fear... it is still the day that the Lord has made!
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