November 08, 2019

Since you may have recently celebrated Halloween you need to know where this holiday comes from

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JD: David, every year at this time there’s a lot of attention that’s given to Halloween even among Christians. I thought that it would be relevant for us to have just a short discussion on it.

DJ: Well Halloween has been a major holiday in the United States for decades and has certainly grown a lot since I went trick or treating as a kid. It is also a very controversial holiday among Christians with some Christians happily joining in on what they see as innocent fun with others taking a natural stance and yet others taking a decidedly anti Halloween position. And of course Halloween isn’t just for kids now with the type of adult costumes including witches, vampires and zombies. So this is a much darker side then kids costumes on average. And one reasons why some Christians are out spoken against Halloween because of its over connections with the cult, the demonic and death.

JD: Well let’s start David back at the beginning with the origin and the meaning of the word Halloween. How did we get this as the name for this holiday?

DJ: Well you just use the word holiday and that is actually a contraction of the two words holy and day. And Halloween is connected with two holy days on the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. So historically it directly came from the Roman Catholic calendar of feasts.

JD: If all Hallows Eve was originally a Roman Catholic holiday how did it end up associated with evil, darkness, witchcraft, the cult and even death?

DJ: It goes back to the merging of the Celtic Pagan Feast with the Roman Catholic holy day and that’s a time when so many would die at that point in history. Now according to Celtic mythology on the night before the New Year the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead would spin making it easier for spirits and the souls of the dead to return to the earth who would cause trouble for the living.

During the 400 years that the Roman Empire ruled the Celts two Roman festivals were combined with Samhain. The first of which was when the Romans commemorated the passing of the dead. Then when Christianity became the only legal religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century Pagans began flooding into the church and the Catholic Church tried to come up with Christian alternatives to Pagan festivals and practices. So when Catholicism began taking route in Celtic areas what the emphasis on the death and the after life the celebration of Samhain and all Saints Day eventually merged.

JD: David James with Bible in hand explaining Halloween.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Dave’s report helped us to understand the satanic connection to the holiday of Halloween. This satanic involvement will be prevalent in the last days according to Jesus in his Olivet Discourse found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. As we approach the coming of Jesus Christ Satan and his demons will be very active in many different ways.