Origins of Halloween

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While the majority of folks around the world are preparing to dress up for one of the most lucrative retail holidays in this fallen world, Halloween, I decided to write this article for all of you who are Christians and do not know the origins of this tradition.

If you think that the Roman Catholic Church created the Day of the Dead or Halloween you are mistaken by a few thousand years.  Not only does Bible speak about it, but many other civilizations like the Aztecs and the Celts as well.

Celtic “Wheel of the year”
The earliest date of Halloween’s origins reach the Celtic festival of Samhain.  Around 2,000 years ago the Celts were located in the territory now known as the United Kingdom, Ireland and a part of Northern France.  The Celts celebrated this festival on the day before their new year which was on the November 1.  They believed that the borders between the world of the living and the world of the dead was gone for this one night (evening of October 31 till the evening of November 1) and all the spirits and ghosts could return to the earth.  They also burned huge bonfires with sacrifices to their gods.

Later on, as many times before, Christians instead of abolishing these festivals grafted them into our traditions to bring more pagans to Jesus Christ.  As we can see today, they miserably failed.  Same goes with Easter, Christmas and New Years Eve.  These are all pagan traditions grafted into Christianity and they have nothing to do with the one true God.  More?  Our God YHVH hates them all!  Read your Bible for the proof.

“All Saint’s Eve” created by the Roman Catholic Church is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.  First of all what saints???

I have a huge problem with this!

The Bible says that dead people don’t know anything, then how they can pray for us???

The dead don’t praise Yah, neither any who go down into silence;” (Psalm 115:17)

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for their memory is forgotten.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

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All Saint’s Day in Poland
Unfortunately not only are these festivals common place in our religious system, but history tells us that the origin of them is coming from one root – The Sun god Nimrod.  The Celtic and the Aztec festivals are very similar to each other, though they were in completely different civilizations.  How is it then, that many of the festivals or traditions associated with them are so similar to each other?  In a similar way, so it is with Nimrod.
Nimrod was called many names: Osiris, Jupiter, Helios, Ra, Saturn, Baal, Tammuz, Sol, Horus.  As we know, the mother goddess was called Ashtoreth (which is where we get the name Easter from).  Nimrod and Ashtoreth’s son was called Tammuz (which is our lovely little angel called Amour – Valentines Day).

“The false religion formed at the Tower of Babel was the beginning of polytheism – the worship of many gods.  The snake, the sun, and fire were also worshipped as deities.  Human sacrifice was practiced.  Nimrod, through the Babylonian empire and religion, began to unite the people into his own one-world government.  Noah’s righteous son Shem, unable to further tolerate the apostate religion formed by Nimrod murdered him, cut his body into pieces, and scattered the parts throughout the Babylonian empire as a warning to others of what would happen to them if they continued this abominable false religion.  After the murder / death of Nimrod, the whole system of Babylon had to change.  This system could no longer be an openly-explicit graphic religion; it had to be hidden under a cloak of assumed names and ideals.  Its real origins and agendas are hidden from the general populace.  All of the different facets of the now-hidden (occult) Babylonian false religion are collectively lumped together under one blanket title:  Mystery Babylon.” — mystery-babylon.org 

It is worth mentioning that Nimrod was cut up into pieces, his wife Semiramis gathered those pieces from all over the Babylonian world to give him a proper burial.  Unfortunately she couldn’t find his male organ, so she created a pillar for his remembrance.  That pillar is called obelisk, and we can see this symbol all over the world, including inside of many churches.  Please visit my article titled Obelisk at St. Mary’s Church — Rostock, Germany.

Many traditions come from these very same Babylonian times straight into our homes, and devil does everything to keep it this way.  As a believer of Jesus Christ, who reads the Bible everyday, why would one allow their children to dress as a zombie, vampire, murderer or demon and send them off to “trick-or-treat”?!   This begs us as followers of God to find out where these traditions come from.

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The jack-o’-lantern legend

According to the legend, a stingy drunk named Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree for an apple, but then cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree to prevent the devil from coming down.  Jack then forced the devil to swear he would never come after Jack’s soul.  The devil reluctantly agreed.  Jack eventually died, but he was turned away at the gates of heaven because of his drunkenness and life of selfishness.  He was sent to the devil, who also rejected him, keeping his promise.  Since Jack had no place to go, he was condemned to wander the earth.  As he was leaving hell (he happened to be eating a turnip), the devil threw a live coal at him.  He put the coal inside the turnip and has since forever been roaming the earth with his “jack-o’-lantern” in search of a place to rest.  Eventually, pumpkins replaced turnips since it was much easier to symbolize the devil’s coal inside a pumpkin.cbn.com

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The tradition of wearing costumes and the game of trick-or-treat

The idea of trick-or-treating is further related to the ghosts of the dead in pagan, and even Catholic, history.  For example, among the ancient Druids, “The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table.  At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town leading the ghosts away.”— cbn.com

In Kenya, on the same day as Halloween, every person in the tribe has to go to their shaman/witchdoctor and give him food and drinks to scare away demons.  Those who have visited the shaman must put hollowed gourds with a candle inside of it on their porches.  Sounds familiar?  Isn’t it the same as the carving a pumpkin tradition for Halloween?

Besides the reasons given above, Halloween masks and costumes were used to hide one’s attendance at pagan festivals or—as in traditional shamanism (mediated by a witch doctor or pagan priest) and other forms of animism—to change the personality of the wearer to allow for communication with the spirit world.  Here, costumes could be worn to ward off evil spirits.  On the other hand, the costume wearer might use a mask to try to attract and absorb the power of the animal represented by the mask and costume worn.  According to this scenario, Halloween costumes may have originated with the Celtic Druid ceremonial participants, who wore animal heads and skins to acquire the strength of a particular animal.

An additional layer of tradition explaining the origin of Halloween costumes comes from the medieval Catholic practice of displaying the relics of saints on All Saints’ Day: “The poorer churches could not afford relics and so instituted a procession with parishioners dressed as the patron saints; the extras dressed as angels or devils and everyone paraded around the churchyard.”

Going from door to door seeking treats may result from the Druidic practice of begging material for the great bonfires. As we will see later, it is also related to the Catholic concept of purgatory and the custom of begging for a “soul cake.”

As for the “trick” custom of Halloween, this is related to the idea that ghosts and witches created mischief on this particular night. For example, if the living did not provide food, or “treats,” for the spirits, then the spirits would “trick” the living. People feared terrible things might happen to them if they did not honor the spirits. The Druids also believed that failure to worship their gods would bring dire consequences. If the gods were not treated properly in ritual, they would seek vengeance. This was therefore a day of fear. Further, some people soon realized that a mischievous sense of humor, or even malevolence, could be camouflaged—that they could perform practical jokes on or do harm to others and blame it on the ghosts or witches roaming about. cbn.com

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Where are the Christian values in this?!

How scared do children become when they see people dressed up in horrifying costumes?  “Oh, well its normal.”  Is it?!  God is full of love and compassion.  Where does He ever tells us to do such things as celebrating the dead or scaring children?  If we all should be Christ like (Christian means “little Christ”), how does celebrating Halloween, disgustingly decorating our houses that He has blessed us with, and teaching our children to dress up like demons bring about any glory to Christ?

We all have to wake up from the deception in front of our eyes.  We need to realize that this kind of “partying” and “fun times” doesn’t bring anything good into our lives.  In fact it opens doors to demonic forces to operate in our lives.  This brethren, should not be so.

There are much better festivals in the Bible that God desires we celebrate, rather than high holy days of ha-satan.

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