Halloween: Blatantly Pagan

Christians and Halloween

Welper… it’s that time of year again: the justification and sugar-coating of the blatantly evil holiday called Halloween, and then on to the hypocritical “Thanks Giving”, and then on to the celebration of the birth”date” of Day Star, i.e. Lucifer, under the guise of celebrating the birthday of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Astonishingly, the Bible reveals that Jesus Christ was born around three months before December 25th, around the end of September (See: Is Christmas Christian?). And history shows that what is commonly called Christmas today was originally a pagan celebration which predates Christianity by centuries (See Jeremiah 10:2-4). Also it may come as a surprise to learn that Jesus Christ never celebrated His birthday, and that birthday observance is one of the highest holidays among satanists.

Festivals of Death?

But I get ahead of myself… the purpose of this blog is to expose Halloween for the farce that it is. Halloween has its origins in superstition and paganism. Going back 2000 plus years, the participants would set sweets, leg of lamb, veggies, wine and other goods to feed evil spirits on their way back to the netherworld, for safety and well being’s sake. They feared that if they didn’t, the evil spirits would put a curse on their home.

“The American version of Halloween came from Ireland … The potato famine in 1840 brought thousands of immigrants from the Emerald Isle. With them came goblins, jack-0-lanterns, bonfires, apples, nuts, and pranks …

The Irish are also responsible for bringing trick or treating to great popularity in America. In Ireland on October 31, peasants went from house to house to receive offerings to their Druid god, Muck Olla. This procession stopped at each house to tell the farmer his prosperity was due to the benevolence of Muck Olla … or else misfortune might befall the farmer and his crops.

Few farmers risked any such displeasure of the pagan deity, so the procession returned home with eggs, butter, potatoes, and in some cases, coins … To the Irish farmers this was no joke; they greatly feared the Celtic god might destroy their homes and barns … Trick or treat is part of this pagan heritage.”

[“Pagan Traditions of the Holidays”. p. 78-79].

Like many of the traditional holidays we were raised observing it was foisted upon us by those who suppose they have the authority to “change times and laws”. Halloween is also known as, All Hallows’ Eve, which is followed by another pagan holiday called All Saints’ Day (See: All Saint’s Day, Wikipedia). Yet God plainly states in His inspired Word that His people are not to worship Him in the way that the heathen worship their gods, and that we are to neither add to nor take away from His Word (Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19).

One last point for Christians to consider: Halloween is also a highly esteemed holiday among satanists (See: Satanic Holidays, Wikipedia). This being the case, how much sugar-coating will it take, after reading this, to make justifying the keeping of this pagan holiday palatable for those who call themselves “Christian”?

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Links relevant to this topic:

Dangers of the Occult

Halloween: Treat, or Trick?

Are You Spooked by Halloween?

What Is Hidden by the Holidays?

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The Number of the Beast

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18 – New King James Version)

Beast of Revelation 13

An excerpt from the booklet,

The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?

The Number of His Name

What of the mysterious number 666? Many ingenious solutions have been devised to label desired individuals with that number. But what does the Bible mean when it tells us that this is the number of a man?

Before Arabic numerals became accepted in the western world in the 13th century, letters of the alphabet doubled as numerals. Thus all names had numeric value. Most of us are familiar with Roman numerals, where the letters of the Latin alphabet have numeric value. In this system I=1, V=5, X=10, and so on. Greek and Hebrew are the languages in which the Bible was written, and both use a similar system.

The earliest proposed solution to the meaning of 666 is a tradition attributed to Polycarp, the disciple of the same Apostle John who wrote Revelation. This tradition is preserved in the second century writings of Irenaeus. The number 666 is “…contained in the Greek letters of Lateinos (L=30; A=1; T=300; E=5; I=10; N=50; O=70; S=200)” (Commentary on the Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown). Lateinos is a Greek term referring to the Romans. Interestingly, the Greek expression meaning “the Latin kingdom” (h Latine Basileia) also has a numeric value of 666. Greek writers commonly referred to the Roman Empire in this way. The book of Revelation was originally written in Greek, as it was written to Greek-speaking churches in ancient Asia Minor.

Another interesting explanation involves the name of the emperor Nero, who died about 25 years before John wrote Revelation. Though Nero was dead, his rule was nevertheless a type of the end-time Roman system. He was brought to power promising constitutional reforms and a return to the “golden age” of Augustus, but became increasingly cruel and despotic after achieving power. Living in an atmosphere of intrigue and conspiracy, he abused his power and was responsible for the Roman state’s first official persecution of Christians. During his reign most of the Apostles, including both Peter and Paul, were martyred. His name in Greek was spelled Neron Kaesar (Nero Caesar). When the Greek form of his name is spelled out in Hebrew characters, their numeric value also adds up to 666.

The founder of ancient Rome was Romulus, from whose name Rome and Roman are derived. The Latin name Romvlvs is written in Hebrew as Romiith. In the Hebrew language this also adds up to 666 (resh=200, vau=6, mem=40,yod=10, yod=10, tau=400). Thus, in both Greek and Hebrew, the two languages of the Bible, the number 666 is stamped upon the kingdom that derived from Rome.

The years ahead of us will bring the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. There will most likely be special numeric significance to either the name, or perhaps a special title, of the end-time leader of the Beast power. However, it is important to realize that the Roman system is already stamped with 666. That system—and its end-time resurrection—is identified as the Beast.

To view the full booklet just click the link: The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?

Unrestrained Moral Decline

The Biblical Perspective

The Bible has much to say about such a state of society. Sodom and Gomorrah and the world in Noah’s day both fit the bill. And the Bible also reveals, in both of these examples, how God feels about such a state of affairs (Gen 6:5-7, 11-13, 17; Gen 13:13; Gen 19).

There is one particular verse in the Bible that is very poignant about such a state. In the Book of Proverbs we find that, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” (Pr 29:18) A clearer rendering might be, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cut loose, run wild, let it all hang out; but blessed and happy is he who keeps the law.”

I find interesting that in reality you cannot have real prophetic vision without obedience to God (Psalm 111:10; John 7:17; 8:31-32; Daniel 2:19-23), and yet prophetic vision helps us stay focused on God with fear, that we may be obedient. Prophetic vision and obedience walk hand in hand and also bolster each other.

A couple of related verses to Pr 29:18 are Exodus 32:25 and 2 Chronicles 28:19. In Exodus 32:25 we find the situation where Moses went up to receive the Ten Commandments from God and the people became impatient and forced Aaron to craft an idol (Ex 32:1). As the Apostle Paul describes it, “The people sat down to eat and rose up to play.” (1 Cor 10:7). They weren’t playing dodge ball or tiddlywinks, they were involved with revelry and illicit sexual behavior, or misbehavior. They were “unrestrained”, “naked”, and “running wild”.

In 2 Chronicles 28:19 we find a situation where the leadership of the house of Israel had “encouraged moral decline” in not only his own nation, but also in the nation of Judah. This is what we are seeing ever more increasingly in our once-great nation, today. The leadership of society: political, religious, and also the media as well as the educational system, are all contributing to the horrific state of affairs we now see. Abortion? Same-sex marriage? Forced insurance and other corrupt methods of fleecing its citizens? Where to stand up for what is right makes one ever more increasingly a target (Is 59:15). Even many of the inhabitants are so brainwashed by the propaganda machine that they will turn against you if you speak the Truth! Think I’m joking? Go to Youtube to an active video about evolution and just post something like, “Well, I think it might be possible that there is some kind of Creator who started all of this.” or an active video on same-sex marriage and say something like, “If it is okay to be gay, why can’t homosexuals reproduce and procreate?” or an active video on abortion and say something like, “Statistics show that most abortions are proven to be merely a form of birth control, and rarely are the pregnancies caused by rape or incest.” You will likely be called, stupid and uneducated, a homophobic bigot, and a male chauvinist pig, or if you’re a woman, one who has been brainwashed by a patriarchal society.

It is completely insane! Yet, the Bible reveals that before Christ returns mankind will become ever more and increasingly, rebellious against God (Check out, The Great Rebellion Against God). The fact is that there is an unseen realm to reality, and there is an evil god who rules this present age and society, although he can go no further than the Great God allows. Yet, because man chose, and continues daily to choose, this evil god, Satan the Devil, the Eternal God does allow man to reap the consequences of his own choices and actions! (See Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity.)

God speed the Day when Jesus Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God upon this planet!

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Related blogs: The Great Apostasy & More on the Apostasy

More on the Apostasy…

More to consider concerning the great rebellion are Christ’s own words about the state of the world just before His second coming. Notice in Luke 17:26-30 we find that the world will be like it was in the days of Noah before the world was destroyed by the Great Flood, and like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were destroyed by fire and brimstone from the sky. All we need to do is to go back to the Book of Genesis and look at what God says about the state of those peoples, and what they were doing so we can understand that they were in rebellion against God; were extremely wicked.

 
Notice what God says about society before the Great Flood: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'” (Gen 6:5, 11-13). They were so violent, and perverted, and evil that God had to completely destroy all of them.

 
What about Sodom and Gomorrah? It is interesting to note that Abraham’s nephew, Lot, departed from Abraham with a multitude of servants. Remember Lot and his household and his servants separated from Abraham and moved eastward toward Sodom, whose inhabitants “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Eternal” (Gen 13:5-13). All Lot’s household and servants, and herdsmen went to live near Sodom, yet only Lot and his two daughters made it out. Even his wife was corrupted by the wickedness of that society. How many of God’s people will escape the corruption of this world, in Truth? This should sober us and give us pause.

Again, “the Eternal said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.'” (Gen 18:20-21). As it turned out the men of Sodom were so vile and filled with corruption and violence they actually, literally wanted to rape the angels they thought were men (Gen 19:4-5)! Lot even offered them his two virgin daughters instead, but they were so wicked they didn’t want them; they still wanted to molest the angels. As a result of their wickedness God commissioned His angels to destroy the area. (See: Sodom Rises Again!)

 
These people, as it says in Gen 13:13, “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against God.” The word “wicked” in this verse has to do with being completely lawless; lawless with the intention of being lawless; malicious; contemptible; reprobate. Which is another way of saying they were in complete rebellion against God, and again the verse states that they “were exceedingly wicked and sinful against God.” In other words, they were in direct and purposeful rebellion against God, right in God’s face.

Jesus said this is the way it will be just before He returns to this earth. And we see the beginning of this now here in the US, where God’s laws are beginning to be despised, and the agendas of the immoral are ever increasingly taking a greater hold on society, and the people pridefully “declare their sin as Sodom” (Is 3:9). (See: My Eyes a Fountain.)

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Related posts: The Great Apostasy

There’s something fishy going on around here…. Or is there?

As if the dried up lakes weren’t bad enough, now we have fish being suffocated and boiled right in their own habitat before the lakes, rivers and ponds ever even evaporate! (This article by AP on Yahoo! News has more details.) Across the Midwest United States the heat wave and drought have been wreaking havoc on farmlands and water supplies for weeks now. For more information on the drought see the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Yet, as we see this phenomenon happening, we have already been warned that it would happen, thousands of years in advance, in a Book that is being ever increasingly relegated to the religious fanatic’s dust bin of coincidental fairy tales and fantasy. The moral state of the United States of America is in steep decline, and God says plainly that tremendous drought, and, yes, even dead fish, will be the result of such rebellion against Him. See Who Controls the Weather?

 

Notice the following verses taken out of the Holy Bible:

Hear the word of the Eternal, you children of Israel, for the Ever-Living One brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; even the fish of the sea will be taken away. (Hosea 4:1-3)

 

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word “ym”, which is translated “sea” in the verse above, means also “lake, reservoir, pond” and can also refer to “larger lakes and rivers.” (See The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament – Koehler, Ludwig, Baumgartner, Walter.)

Again God says:

Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?

Photo from July 10, 2012 near Myric Park, WI

Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the seaI make the rivers a wilderness; their fish stink because there is no water, and die of thirst. (Isaiah 50:2)

And…

 “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” says the Eternal. (Zephaniah 1:3)

Yet, these warnings are given to the children of Israel, but who are they? And how do prophecies for those people pertain to us? To learn about the lost tribes of Israel, check out the highly informative booklet: The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. It may just blow your mind!

 

To gain a better understanding on other key events to watch for in these end-times, check out Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s ReturnThe fact is that there are specific events Jesus Christ said we are to watch for, that we may understand and prepare for the times in which we live! Learn How to Watch World Events!

The Great Apostasy

“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

‎While there have been types of apostasies mentioned in the Bible, and experienced here in the Church in recent years, the apostasy mentioned in the above verse is speaking of something huge – on a worldwide level. It is speaking of the climactic state of affairs just prior to Christ’s second coming. This is important to understand because it clues us in to where we are historically and also because we have traditionally thought, at least some of us that the great apostasy was referring to what happened with WCG here in the last 20 years.

‎It is significant that the word “apostasia” in the Greek has the meaning of “rebellion” or a “defection”. We in the Church of God, or at least I have read into the verse… “falling away from the Truth” feeling that it was implied by the fact of the falling away. Yet, as Dr. Winnail has pointed out in a recent sermon, the verse does not say “from the Truth”, and in various translations it is rendered as something other than the falling away.

‎Moffatt: “It will not come till the Rebellion takes place first of all…”

‎NLT: “For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God…”

‎Cassirer: “For there is no possibility that that day should come until the final rebellion against God has taken place…”

‎RSV: “for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first…”

‎ESV: “For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first…”

See the sermon: The Great Rebellion

See the article: The Great Rebellion Against God

‎The next question is whether this rightly aligns with the rest of Scripture. One thing that is important to understand is that the man of sin is, or actually appears to be, contemporaneous with the great rebellion, rather than coming afterward. According to the Glossary of Morhpo-Syntactic Database Terminology the word translated “and” between the two subjects in the verse in question (unless the falling away comes first “AND” the man of sin is revealed) [Strong’s G2532 kai] the word can be used as a conjunction or a logical connective which “may serve to logically continue a narrative … or to associate two items that, in context, are together the mutual focus of the clause” (Example: “Aquila and Priscilla taught Apollos”).

Again, does the Bible show plainly that there will be a worldwide rebellion against God, above and beyond man’s normal carnal state, which signifies the end of the age? In Revelation chapter thirteen verses two through eight we find that Satan gives the beast his power; the whole world follows the beast and worships Satan; the beast blasphemes God and makes war against God’s elect; the beast is given authority over all nations and people; and all nations and people worship the beast. If that isn’t a worldwide rebellion, I don’t know what is. And to stress the point even further, when Christ returns, the rest of mankind who would not repent of their demon worship, murders, sorceries, sexual immorality and thefts, which also includes the Eastern hordes who come to make war against the beast (Revelation 9:16-21), will ally themselves with the beast at the very end to fight Christ (Revelation 19:19-21).

In the following verses in Revelation chapter thirteen we find a religious figure involved in this worldwide rebellion (Revelation 13:11-18), the previous “beast” being a political figure. This beast, which looks like a lamb, like Christ, has the mouth of the dragon, i.e. Satan; he speaks lies, slander, malicious words, etc…. He deceives the people by lying signs and wonders, causing them to worship the first beast and to receive a mark. (See: The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality?)

These verses show clearly that the end-time rebellion against God is tied directly to religion.

Another point: in Revelation 13:14 I have several resources that indicate that God is talking about His people; the NU Greek Texts omit this information, as does the Received Text. The Majority Text brings this information out about this verse. I personally have a greater confidence that the Received Text is most accurate one, which then brings up the problem of figuring out whether the Majority Text is right on this point. (If you don’t have a clear understanding as to what the differences are between the Greek Texts used to formulate the various English translations of the New Testament, this book is a good place to start.) Christ indicates that only the very elect, i.e. those chosen to become firstfruits, will not be deceived (Matthew 24:24). This indicates that much of the Laodicean era of the Church will be deceived. For we find that many of those of the Laodicean era are “blind” to their own spiritual state, due to self-satisfaction (Revelation 3:17-18). If we are blind, we are incapable of comprehending reality, and if we cannot see reality we are deceived because by default we are looking at and believing something that is not real. As Christ says, we need His product so we are not poor, naked and blind (Revelation 3:18). Yet, does this mean that God’s people will be deceived by this main end-time false prophet? It is truly hard to believe that anyone knowing God’s Truth would be deceived by this individual, although we can certainly easily be self-deceived about our own spiritual state and relationship to God (1 Corinthians 10:12). Yet, if Christ demonstrates that out of all those who know His Truth only the very elect will not be deceived, then many of those who know the Truth WILL be deceived. Perhaps the self-deception of “having it made” can lead to the deception brought on by the end-time main false prophet? Perhaps it will be because of spiritual intoxication (Revelation 17:2) brought about by compromise and self-will? Perhaps due to failing at watching end-time events as Christ commanded us? Perhaps because we’re not keeping oil in our lamps and vessels, and we’re also not cleaving to God as our very life?

Whatever the reasons, I pray that none of us fall into this category. And it behooves all of us to draw closer to God than we ever have before!

Other suggested reading: Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return & Who or What Is the Antichrist?

Sodom, Gomorrah and… Boston?

As the climax of the end of this age approaches it is becoming clear as to how things may play out. Anciently the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah sought to do bodily harm, by means of vile perversion, to the messengers of God (Gen 19:4-9). It seems that this attitude is taking hold in our once-great nation. Bent on foisting their perverted lifestyle upon the rest of society, the homosexual community (and those who would like their vote) intolerantly,  hypocritically seek to destroy all who would dare to have a different view on life than they.

The Mayor of Boston, MA and an alderman of Chicago have stated that they will fight to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening stores in their cities because of Don Cathy’s stated traditional beliefs about marriage. In a time of economic downturn the idea of turning away business seems asinine at the least, and we won’t even talk about “freedom of religion” and “freedom of speech”. See Chick-fil-A and the Ironic Allegation of Bigotry and Chick-fil-A’s Anti-Homosexual Marriage Stance and Government Speech Pressures.

With the Homosexual Agenda well under way, it appears that soon the law of the land will be against anyone who holds real Christian values. A mere declaration of one’s beliefs or the reading of the Bible will be considered “hate speech” by the real haters, who would deny the very rights they demand for themselves to those whom they deem enemies! The Psalmist asks God, “Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.” Or as the Moffatt Translation puts it, “Can evil rulers have You for an ally, who work us injury by law, who make an onset upon honest men, and doom the innocent to death?” (Psalm 94:20-21). No, a nation that creates laws (and means) to support evil and perversion cannot have God as an ally. He will bring punishment on any nation practicing such abomination (Isaiah 24:1-6). Check out The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy to learn more.

Sad to see it come down like this, but it is what it is….