David


THE BOYCOTT OF HALLOWEEN -2016

Every holiday or celebration around the globe has a distinctive reason to be celebrated. The Chinese New Year is celebrated every year, generally in February for 15 days, and observes the signs of the Zodiac. It is the most important and longest holiday on the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated, by anyone Chinese. Sukkot, an eight day holiday, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, is celebrated generally in September and October, and it serves as a memorial as it recalls the forty years that the nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness with Moses. It is observed mostly by those of Jewish heritage. Easter, a holiday in which Christians recognize as the Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, has its holiday in March and April, and is mostly recognized by observant Christians as a memorial to what He did at the Cross. The point being, holidays have an origin, and they have at their roots and conception, meaning all holidays had a specific intent at its origin.

Halloween also has a beginning and a history…and it begins 4,500 years ago with the flood of Noah.

In Genesis 7:11, we find Noah on the boat, when the fountains of the great deep broke, and we are given the timing of the event in the verse, “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on this day…” Historians tell us this day on the Jewish calendar is Cheshvan 15, the fifteenth day of the eighth month, or about our late October. After Noah and his sons left the boat, the day the rain started sort of became a memorial day, and began to act as a holiday. This day also corresponds to Sukkot, the current Jewish memorial holiday, where the Jews remember the beginning of their travels in the wilderness.

Eventually, all the nations, including the nation of Israel, paganized almost every Godly holiday that the Lord has instituted, into occultic or satanic holidays. This also happened with the Jewish Fall festival of Sukkot. In 910 BC the ten northern tribes called Israel, pulled away from the two southern tribes called Judah. The king of the ten northern tribes, king Jeroboam, was not the rightful leader of Israel, and as such, did not want the ten tribes to travel down to Jerusalem for the three yearly pilgrimage festivals that Moses required. Now, the Temple was in only one place, that being Jerusalem, and Jerusalem was located in the southern part of the land of Israel, or Judah. He knew that if his ten tribes left, they would be reconciled with their brothers, and reunited as a nation, and Jeroboam would be executed. Look at king Jeroboam’s reasoning recorded in the Scriptures.

When this people goes up to offer sacrifices in the Temple of the Lord, in Jerusalem, the hearts of this people will turn to their master to Rehoboam the king of Judah, and they shall kill me and return to Rehoboam, the king of Judah.” 1Kings 12:27

So, Jeroboam, the rebel king of the ten northern tribes, makes two pagan temples with pagan gods, one in Bethel, and the other in Dan, both northern cities. To save his own life, he falsifies regular worship, and lures his people to celebrate Sukkot in these pagan shrines in the cities of Bethel and Dan, rather than allowing them go down to the temple in Jerusalem. Thus he paganized a pure and holy Jewish holiday, simply to save his own life.

The king took counsel and made two golden calves, and he said to them, saying, "It is far for you to go up to Jerusalem; here are your gods, O Israel, that have brought you up from the land of Egypt.” And he placed one in Beth El and the other he placed in Dan. And this thing became a sin, and the people went before the one even until Dan…And Jeroboam made a festival in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month like the festival which was in Judah…” 1 Kings 12:28-32

Thus, he lead his own people into worshipping false deities, statues of animals, he made falsehood in his heart, willingly, “And he brought up offerings on the altar which he has made in Beth El on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month that he had fabricated from his heart, and he made a festival for the children of Israel, and he went up to the altar to burn the incense.”

Notice that the pagan holiday Jeroboam instituted was on another Holy Day. As stated above, that festival was founded back in Noah’s day, to match the same dates as the bursting forth of the fountains of the great deep, and of the institution of Sukkot or Tabernacles, on the fifteenth day of the eighth month.

So, both the grandsons of Noah and the most of the sons of Israel, paganized these respective memorial holidays in due time. Noah’s descendants spread out over the whole earth, and it was the descendants of both Japheth and sons of Ham, through Canaan that eventually migrated to Ireland. Geoffrey Keating, author of “The History of Ireland”, wrote that it was a small band of Canaanites who left Canaan for Ireland, and brought their eight day pagan festival with them. Remember, it was the sons of Canaan who were cursed by Noah. But the sons of Japheth were already living there for hundreds of years. Ken Johnson, author of “Ancient Post-Flood History”, wrote that over time, the Canaanites became the Fomorians, which means “sea thief”, who raided the towns along the coasts of Ireland who later became the founders of the Druids who increased the pagan holiday of Halloween from the original memorial and God inspired intent.

Over time, the Druids in Ireland amplified this now paganized holiday, by adding even more satanic rituals. They worshipped on Halloween the lord of the dead, and believed that he would grant them permission to live in the bodies of animals for a time to act as a purgatory, to cleanse them from sin. In Ken Johnson’s book, “Ancient Paganism”, he wrote that gifts could coax the lord of the dead to give them a lighter sentence. The rituals they used were: The use of costumes to fool the demons into thinking you were someone else, or to enhance your demonic power; Jack-o-lanterns were first made from turnips, with the fat of sacrificed loved ones for lamp oil; Bonfires, from Bone Fires, were another form of occultism, as the dead human or animal victim would be examined after the sacrifice for omens and predictions; ‘trick or treat’ was a way of placating the evil spirits on this same night, by leaving food and goodies outside the door of the house, so in this way the evil spirits would be placated with a treat, or they would play evil tricks on the people there.

Notice Halloween today. The post-modern history of Halloween has always signified evil, just as Christmas, Easter and Passover have always signified God’s never-ending love. It should not surprise you that there will be other Christians who will attempt to legitimize their view of this holiday and its spirituality, along with these satanic practices. Research shows that witches are a part of this Druid holiday, as a priestess of this particular night.

Every website and book written on behalf of the practice of witchcraft idolizes the Halloween eve. They feel it is their high holy day. Here is an excerpt taken directly from a pro-witch, pro-Halloween organization. “Witches and the practice of witchcraft continued to be feared and the legends and myths surrounding them continued to evolve quite a bit over time.  Because of the ancient festival of Samhain, (a celebration at end the harvest season) there is as great deal of folklore regarding witches that has come down through the ages.  During Samhain, witches were thought to anoint themselves with a balm that made their face very shiny and light.  Perhaps this ointment gave their skin an ethereal appearance, leading to rumors of flying.  Early witches did carry brooms, but not for flying of course, but these brooms were used to cleanse an area or room before a healing ritual could be performed in it.  This practice, along with the fact that perhaps a witch was seen out on All Hallows Eve using a broom to aid in hopping a creek or riverbed, could have led to the notion that witches could fly and did so with the aid of a broomstick.” One site in particular brags that the most popular costume to wear has always been the witches’ costume. “Halloween and witches will always go hand in hand.  You can bet that witches will remain as one of Halloween’s favorite personas for costume dress up as long as there are kids that are out trick-or-treating.  Knowing and appreciating the rich historical value of witches throughout the ages is undoubtedly going to enhance your Halloween experience as well.   Recreating a witch look for Halloween is a really great costume idea that is rich in both folklore and legend.  After understanding the history of witches being thought to be one of them may actually be a really nice compliment.”

Exodus 22:18, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” KJV

So how should we approach All Hallows Eve? Well, let’s look at some ways we avoid deception right now. The celebration of Ramadan by Islam and the call to prayer five times a day we do not participate in. Seems obvious to most Christians. Christians are warned not to have an Ouija board, or go to palm-readers and card readers. To most of us, this seems like sound and reasonable thinking.

When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. "For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. "You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. "For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord (Yahweh) your God has not allowed you to do so.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14, NASU

But many Christians and denominations who once believed that they should avoid “all appearances of evil”, are now attempting to explain why they hand out candy and Christian tracts on Halloween. Some churches to a much lesser degree have “harvest parties” to give the Christian kids something to do that is moral on the same night. But here is my position on the matter.

I believe that because Christmas is by far the most celebrated holiday on the planet, and by that, it gives weight and validity to the Birth of Jesus the Messiah. Likewise, Easter or Passover gives Biblical credibility to God, causing the destroyer to “pass over” your house through the Blood of Jesus. This celebration date is known world-wide, and as such brings credibility and value by the overwhelming numbers of peoples who celebrate it. This is what we can call peer pressure, or validation, or advertising, of the Word of God. Christian-Judeo peoples all over the world celebrate these celebrations, and the rest of the peoples of the world are witnessed to by them, and their hearts are pierced because of them. Here is what the apostle Paul had to say.

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

I believe that nothing but a complete shut-out of this holiday is required. I do not see how there can be any middle ground here. Over the years earning a living, I have been asked to produce things for profit for Halloween. I refused, and I rejected the premise of the celebration. Churches that teach that we can win the lost with tracks and candy, have missed the history and the potential for harm that can come over time to that identical group. I believe that ANY validation of that day and night is simply that: a validation of the event. Validation leads to relaxation, and eventually, acceptance of the things God has strictly told us to abhor.

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. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 18:10-13

If we are going to stand on our values, then we should do so publicly. Can you imagine John the Baptist going door to door in a costume as Moses? Can you see Jesus wearing a costume of someone else, scaring kids as they pass by? Or, how about the apostle Peter selling demonic costumes for a price? Many have noticed that trick-or-treaters have declined over the past decade, and have cried, “Where is the spirit of Halloween anymore?” Believe me; it is still there, tempting those who have sold their Christian values for the sake of their kid’s immediate gratification, or their own name in the neighborhood.

Exodus 23:2, “You shall not follow the masses in doing evil,”

By boycotting Halloween yearly, you will save your money, as the average teenage participant will spend $87 each, and another 23 million pet owners will dress their pets in costumes. Since business “follows the money” direct your money and your energy elsewhere, and eventually business will cater to your spending and your religious values.

Boycott Halloween and turn off your outside lights. We did, and that was with eight children at home. Read a good book, or turn on a good movie, such as “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston. Deny credibility of this celebration by your lack of observance and participation.

I say that “God Almighty will take notice of you”.

Shalom.

Pastor David Gonzalez

 

 

Here are some supporting Scriptures

 

Exodus 22:18, 20 (NASB)

"You shall not allow a sorceress to live…He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the Lord alone, shall be utterly destroyed.”

 

Proverbs 11:20 (NASB)

The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, but the blameless in their walk are His delight.

 

Isaiah 8:19 (NASB), “And when they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

 

Matthew 25:41 (NASB)

Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”

 

Luke 10:19 (NASB), “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.”

 

Acts 15:20 (NASB), “…abstain from things contaminated by idols…and from blood.”

 

Acts 26:18 (NASB), “…turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God…”

 

1 Cor. 10:20-21 (NASB), “…they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. [21] You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (NASB), “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? [15] Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? [16] Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God… [17] "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord, "and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.

 

Ephes. 4:27 (NASB), “…and do not give the devil an opportunity.

 

Ephesians 5:7-11 (NASB), “Therefore do not be partakers with them; [8] for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light [9] (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), [10] trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. [11] And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.

 

1 John 3:8 (NASB), “The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

1 John 4:4 (NASB), “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

 

3 John 1:11 (NASB), “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.