Hallowed Even Not Halloween


The word Halloween was first attested in mid 16th century and it represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), which is, the night before All Hallows Day or All Saints day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling “Hallowe’en” was frequently used, eliding the “v” and shortening the word.

The Most Hallowed Even of all was the evening in which the heavens was lighted with the glory of the Lord and an angelic choir that sang “Fear not, for we bring good tidings of great joy toward all men, for today a Savior is born, in the city of David, who is [Jesus] Christ the Lord; Glory to God and on earth, Peace, Good will toward men” (Luke 2:12, 14). The Most Hallowed Even is the one in which Jesus Christ was born into this world, which purportedly is December 25.

Sadly and mistakenly on October 31st, many in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and some other places will be celebrating Halloween with symbols of darkness, doom and death, when this day should be celebrated with the Symbol of light, liberty and life. Jesus Christ is The Symbol of light, liberty and life. He is the Light of the World (John 8:12). He is the Liberty for all; the one who came to set the captives free (Luke 4:18). He is Life (John 11:25). And all who believe in Jesus Christ, are moved over from death to life (Romans 6:23); they are sinners turned saints. October 31st should be a celebration of the day of life (Saints) and not of death (Sinners whose penalty is death). It should be Hallowed Even and not Halloween.

To those with a background in understanding mathematical notations and/or information technology, you may understand the humor which wittingly establishes that computers get confused between October 31 (Halloween) and December 25 (Hallowed Even), because the Octal (Oct) representation of 31 equals the Decimal (Dec) representation of 25. In other words, Oct 31 = Dec 25. God sure does have a great sense of humor and in all things (including computers), He is glorified.

Let us use the opportunity on Halloween to share with others about the Hallowed Even.

John 11:25-26 (KJV)
25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
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And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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