Relating The Truth To All Who Are Sent

Secular Holidays Pt. 3

Secular Holidays

Halloween

We started this series talking about the secular holidays. We were covering four months per service. However, this week we have to come to a crawl. We are going to spend this entire message focusing on Halloween and the days related to it. Halloween is so evil but has yet become a festival among different religions including protestants. It’s amazing how people claim to be believers but can’t grasp the simplicity of what the bible tells us about the evil of this holiday. Church’s partake in this evil holiday and think that it is okay. They believe that since it is all about the children, they can justify partaking in it. Fellowship of Yah Ministries says no and says sternly that this is wrong and we will not justify this satanic pagan festival.

Today’s journey will start studying the scriptures. We will dissect them, rip them apart and then apply them to everyday life. After we finish with the Word, we will look at how humanity has come to defy our Elohim’s wishes. We will see how naive His creation has become. We will see where it all started, how it became popular in the states and look at the historical history of each of the traditions that have come to exist in this day. After today, if you allow your children or your spouses to partake in this holiday without a single attempt to reflect them from doing this abomination, you will be just as guilty of this sinful act as they are. If you partake in this holiday after today then it is my thoughts that you do not care for the bible or the command of YeHoVaH.

Halloween, contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls’ Day. In much of Europe and most of North America, observance of Halloween is largely nonreligious.

Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. On the day corresponding to November 1 on contemporary calendars, the new year was believed to begin. That date was considered the beginning of the winter period, the date on which the herds were returned from pasture and land tenures were renewed. During the Samhain festival the souls of those who had died were believed to return to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year were believed to journey to the otherworld. People set bonfires on hilltops for relighting their hearth fires for the winter and to frighten away evil spirits, and they sometimes wore masks and other disguises to avoid being recognized by the ghosts thought to be present. It was in those ways that beings such as witches, hobgoblins, fairies, and demons came to be associated with the day. The period was also thought to be favourable for divination on matters such as marriage, health, and death. When the Romans conquered the Celts in the 1st century ce, they added their own festivals of Feralia, commemorating the passing of the dead, and of Pomona, the goddess of the harvest.

In the 7th century ce Pope Boniface IV established All Saints’ Day, originally on May 13, and in the following century, perhaps in an effort to supplant the pagan holiday with a Christian observance, it was moved to November 1. The evening before All Saints’ Day became a holy, or hallowed, eve and thus Halloween. By the end of the Middle Ages, the secular and the sacred days had merged. The Reformation essentially put an end to the religious holiday among Protestants, although in Britain especially Halloween continued to be celebrated as a secular holiday. Along with other festivities, the celebration of Halloween was largely forbidden among the early American colonists, although in the 1800s there developed festivals that marked the harvest and incorporated elements of Halloween. When large numbers of immigrants, including the Irish, went to the United States beginning in the mid 19th century, they took their Halloween customs with them, and in the 20th century Halloween became one of the principal U.S. holidays, particularly among children.

Leviticus 19:26-31
26 Ye shall not eat [any thing] with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I [am] the LORD.
29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.
30 Ye shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I [am] the LORD.
31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.

Verse 26 in reference to Halloween can mean a couple of things. For starters, vampires and werewolves. It also means we can’t have food that isn’t cooked completely. If it is still bloody, it’s a no-no.

Verse 27 Only because I wasn’t going to jump means this. The Bible is very clear that when it came to the priests, those who ministered in God’s presence, they were to have decent haircuts: “Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.” (Ezekiel 44:20). The priests were not to shave their heads, nor were they to let their hair grow long. The priests were simply told to have DECENT HAIRCUTS. If that was God’s standard for those who ministered in His very presence, then that is His will for all men. Now how many people do this to jump into costume for Halloween. Just saying.

Verse 28 is pretty cut clear but basically its to mean that you shouldn’t do customs that resemble cuttings that honor the dead such as piercing or tattooing. Also when you read this it says not to print any marks unto you, hmmm, does that mean tattoos?

Verse 29 is a sad reality of this world we live in but also lets look at Halloween. Do we not prostitute our sons and daughters into whoredom for HaSatan. Do we not dress them up as idols, witches, wizards, sorcerers, vampires and other evil things. When parents, in their ignorance, let their children participate in Halloween, they are pimping their children out to satan.

Verse 30 tells us to keep the sabbaths and to give reverence to His sanctuary. Where is His sanctuary? If we are His temple, are we not His sanctuary? How do we reverence His sanctuary when we pollute it with satanic traditions? Think about that as we move forward.

Verse 31 we are not to give audience or company to those that surround themselves with familiar spirits or to seek wizardry. If we do we defile ourselves. Lets go back to 30, if we do the things we are told not to do in verse 31, do we show reverence to His sanctuary? This stuff isn’t hard but we aren’t done yet. I don’t want any of you to have an argument so lets continue.

Leviticus 20:1-6
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever [he be] of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth [any] of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
6 – And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Strong’s Concordance – 4432
Molek: a heathen god to whom Isr. sacrificed children
Original Word: מֹ֫לֶך
Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine
Transliteration: Molek
Phonetic Spelling: (mo’-lek)
Short Definition: Molech

Notice how the concordance defines Molek as a heathen god to whom Israel sacrificed children. Since time has begun, man has been defying YeHoVaH and all of His commandments. However, our faithful Lord, is always there to help us again and again. One must wonder about the hurt we cause our Father in Heaven. When we look at the scriptures about this holiday we are seeing a parallel of evil to His direct command against it. We see things that people dress up to be that He condemns. We see people dressing in whoredom but not only the sick whoredom of lust but whoredom to the deception of Satan in his evil tricks.

Leviticus 20:27
27 – A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12
9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
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,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
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.

Exodus 22:18
18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

1 Samuel 15:23
23 – For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.

2 Kings 21:6
6 – And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14
13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, [even] against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking [counsel] of [one that had] a familiar spirit, to enquire [of it];
14 And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

2 Chronicles 33:6
6 – And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

After the past few slides, we seen a lot of things that are condemned. What we also seen is the repercussions of our actions to disobey His Majesty. We provoke Him to anger. When these people are around us, we should drive them from us. We should not let a witch live. We should stone those who partake in these things. We should drive them out of the land. Sounds like YeHoVaH takes this stuff pretty seriously. Well, then you say not to judge you. Well in scripture we are told to righteously judge our brethren in Christ. If you call yourself a believer and you are around other believers doing this stuff, you should be ready and prepared to be judged righteously. Don’t be shocked if it does happen. I say this because since you are listening to this message, you are no longer ignorant.

So that covers the old testament scriptures but to be honest, there are more then what is displayed here. Really I just took the ones that were really just in your face rather than being repetitive. Think about this, scriptures on witchcraft are numerous. We tried to cut down on them but why does YeHoVaH constantly repeat Himself about this? Think about it. Before we delve into the witchcraft, I would like to continue to get out the rest of the scriptures that we have for today so we can then really see how to relate this stuff to our very own lives. The bible isn’t called the Living Word for no reason.

Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom

Revelation 21:8
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.

After going through all of these scriptures, we see that pretty much everything that has to do with Halloween is evil. It’s an abomination to the Lord. But wait, we just scratched the surface of this holiday. Now we move into the physical world. The world in which wiccans, satanist, pagans and other heathenistic practices empower this holiday. Now it’s time to make this become personal. When you think about this on a personal level, most don’t relate to spiritual things, they relate to what they can see, hear and feel. It’s seems appropriate that we go into these things so we can relate the physical to the spiritual.

Costumes

Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Dressing up in costumes and going “guising” was prevalent in Ireland and Scotland on Halloween by the late 19th century, and found it’s way to become popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s. The yearly New York Halloween Parade, begun in 1974 by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee of Greenwich Village, is the world’s largest Halloween parade and one of America’s only major nighttime parades, along with Portland’s Starlight Parade.

Eddie J. Smith, in his book Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name, offers a religious perspective to the wearing of costumes on All Hallows’ Eve. This suggests that by dressing up as creatures “who at one time caused us to fear and tremble,” people are able to poke fun at Satan “whose kingdom has been plundered by our Savior”.  Images of skeletons and the dead are traditional decorations used as memento mori (Latin verb-age for an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull).

“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” is a fund raising program to support UNICEF, a United Nations Program that provides humanitarian aid to children in developing countries. It is estimated that children have collected more than $118 million for UNICEF since its inception.

Trick-or-treating or “Guising”

Trick-or-treating is a customary way for children to celebrate Halloween. Our young ones go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” implies a “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming.

John Pymm writes that “many of the festival days are associated with the presentation of mumming plays or “mimes,” and were celebrated by the Christian Church.” These festival days included All Hallows’ Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming practiced in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. involved masked persons in fancy dress who “paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence.”

Side Note: Twelfth Night is a festival in some branches of Christianity marking the coming of the Epiphany. Different traditions mark the date of Twelfth Night on either 5 January or 6 January; the Church of England, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, celebrates Twelfth Night on the 5th and “refers to the night before Epiphany, the day when the nativity story tells us that the wise men visited the infant Jesus.” In Western Church traditions, the Twelfth Night concludes the Twelve Days of Christmas; although, in others, the Twelfth Night can precede the Twelfth Day.

Bruce Forbes writes:

In 567 the Council of Tours proclaimed that the entire period between Christmas and Epiphany should be considered part of the celebration, creating what became known as the twelve days of Christmas, or what the English called Christmastide. On the last of the twelve days, called Twelfth Night, various cultures developed a wide range of additional special festivities. The variation extends even to the issue of how to count the days. If Christmas Day is the first of the twelve days, then Twelfth Night would be on January 5, the eve of Epiphany. If December 26, the day after Christmas, is the first day, then Twelfth Night falls on January 6, the evening of Epiphany itself.

A belief has arisen in modern times, in some English-speaking countries, that it is unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night, a tradition originally attached to the festival of Candlemas (2 February), which celebrates the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Other popular Twelfth Night customs include singing Christmas carols, chalking the door, having one’s house blessed, merrymaking, as well as attending church services.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word ‘Shriven’ meaning to go to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you’ve done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confessions on the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.

Many countries round the world have Mardi Gras celebrations and carnivals. Some of the most famous are in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, New Orleans in the U.S.A., Venice in Italy and Sydney in Australia.

In England, from the medieval period, up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween. Which involved both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends. It is recorded in Scotland, that on Halloween in 1895, masqueraders in disguise would carry lanterns made out of scooped out turnips. According to American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts, these customs have arrived here in the states, between 1911 and 1919 from across the Atlantic. All Halloween customs in the United States are borrowed directly from or adapted from those of other countries.”

Now a days, an automobile trunk at a trunk-or-treat event at any Christian Church, has become a safer replacement for the old fashioned door to door through the neighborhood. It is also known as Halloween tailgaiting, and it occurs when “children are offered treats from the trunks of cars parked in a parking lot.” Each automobile is decorated inviting the children to go from trunk to trunk to get their goodies.

Almost all pre-1940 uses of the term “trick-or-treat” are from the western United States and Canada. Trick-or-treating spread from the western United States eastward, stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War II and did not end until June 1947.

Early national attention to trick-or-treating was given in October 1947 issues of the children’s magazines Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities, and by Halloween episodes of the network radio programs The Baby Snooks Show in 1946 and The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. Trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip in 1951. The custom had become firmly established in popular culture by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, and Ozzie and Harriet were besieged by trick-or-treaters on an episode of their television show.

Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to re-channel Halloween activities away from Mischief Night vandalism, there are very few records supporting this. Des Moines, Iowa is the only area known to have a record of trick-or-treating being used to deter crime.

Elsewhere, adults, as reported in newspapers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, typically saw it as a form of extortion, with reactions ranging from bemused indulgence to anger. Likewise, as portrayed on radio shows, children would have to explain what trick-or-treating was to puzzled adults, and not the other way around. Sometimes even the children protested: Halloween of 1948, members of the Madison Square Boys Club in New York City carried a parade banner that read “American Boys Don’t Beg.”

The National Confectioners Association reported in 2005 that 80 percent of adults in the United States planned to give out confectionery to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children, teenagers, and young adults planned to go trick-or-treating or participating in other Halloween activities.

In 2008, Halloween candy, costumes and other related products accounted for $5.77 billion in revenue.

Haunted attractions

Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses. The origins of these paid scare venues are difficult to pinpoint, but it is generally accepted that they were first commonly used by the Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) for fund raising. They include haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides and the level of sophistication of the effects has risen as the industry has grown. Haunted attractions in the United States bring in an estimated $300–500 million each year, and draw some 400,000 customers, although press sources writing in 2005 speculated that the industry had reached its peak at that time. This maturing and growth within the industry has led to technically more advanced special effects and costuming, comparable with that of Hollywood films.

Games

Games and other activities In this 1904 Halloween greeting card, divination is depicted: the young woman looking into a mirror in a darkened room hopes to catch a glimpse of her future husband. There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween. Some of these games originated as divination rituals or ways of foretelling one’s future, especially regarding death, marriage and children. During the Middle Ages, these rituals were done by a “rare few” in rural communities as they were considered to be “deadly serious” practices. In recent centuries, these divination games have been “a common feature of the household festivities,” they often involve apples and hazelnuts. In Celtic mythology, apples were strongly associated with the Other world and immortality, while hazelnuts were associated with divine wisdom. Some also suggest that they derive from Roman practices in celebration of Pomona.

The following activities were a common feature of Halloween in Ireland and Britain during the 17th–20th centuries. Some have become more widespread and continue to be popular today: One common game is apple bobbing or dunking (which may be called “dooking” in Scotland) in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use only their teeth to remove an apple from the basin. A variant of dunking involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drive the fork into an apple. Another once-popular game, involves hanging a small wooden rod from the ceiling at head height, with a lit candle on one end and an apple hanging from the other. The rod is spun round and everyone takes turns to try to catch the apple with their teeth. Several of the traditional activities from Ireland and Britain involve foretelling one’s future partner or spouse. An apple would be peeled in one long strip, then the peel tossed over the shoulder. The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse’s name.

Food

 Pumpkins are a great commodity and for sale during Halloween. On All Hallows’ Eve, many Western Christian denominations encourage abstinence from meat, giving rise to a variety of vegetarian foods associated with this day. Because in the Northern Hemisphere Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.

At one time, candy apples were commonly given to trick-or-treating children, but the practice rapidly waned in the wake of widespread rumors that some individuals were embedding items like pins and razor blades in the apples in the United States. Nonetheless, many parents assumed that such heinous practices were rampant because of the mass media. At the peak of the hysteria, some hospitals offered free X-rays of any child’s Halloween hauls in order to find evidence of tampering. Virtually all of the few known candy poisoning incidents involved parents who poisoned their own child’s candy.

List of foods associated with Halloween: Barmbrack (Ireland) Bonfire toffee (Great Britain) Candy apples/toffee apples (Great Britain and Ireland) Candy apples, Candy corn, candy pumpkins (North America) Monkey nuts (peanuts in their shells) (Ireland and Scotland) Caramel apples Caramel corn Colcannon (Ireland) Halloween novelty candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc. Roasted pumpkin seeds and roasted sweet corn soul cakes.

Two hazelnuts would be roasted near a fire; one named for the person roasting them and the other for the person they desire. If the nuts jump away from the heat, it is a bad sign, but if the nuts roast quietly it foretells a good match. A salty oatmeal bannock would be baked; the person would eat it in three bites and then go to bed in silence without anything to drink. This is said to result in a dream in which their future spouse offers them a drink to quench their thirst. As shown in an earlier sentence, unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror. However, if they were destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear.

In Ireland and Scotland, items would be hidden in food—usually a cake, and portions of it served out at random. A person’s future would be foretold by the item they happened to find; for example, a ring meant marriage and a coin meant wealth. Up until the 19th century, the Halloween bonfires were also used for divination in parts of Scotland, Wales and Brittany. When the fire died down, a ring of stones would be laid in the ashes, one for each person. In the morning, if any stone was mislaid it was said that the person it represented would not live out the year. Telling ghost stories and watching horror films are common fixtures of Halloween parties. Episodes of television series and Halloween-themed specials (with the specials usually aimed at children) are commonly aired on or before Halloween, while new horror films are often released before Halloween to take advantage of the holiday.

The journey we have taken today has been very detailed. We learned a lot of bad stuff. Some things sound innocent but if you really look at it, it’s not so innocent after all. These things entertain the evil one. The things we do, the energy we expend, the focus we enter into and the resources we use all strengthen the enemy. It strengthens his workers of wickedness. We must as believer’s, turn away from all of these things. We must choose life over death. What will be your choice? You are not ignorant any longer.

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