The Real Halloween (Hallowed Evening)


The very word “Halloween” comes from contracting the words “Hallowed Evening” or “Hallowed Even” eliding the ‘v’ in the word ‘evening’. It has its roots in Christendom, referring to the Feast (Communion) of the Saints which came to be known as the eve of All Hallows (Saints). Although the last day of October is recognized, in many parts of the Western and European world as Halloween and the evening filled with trick- or treat-ing, celebrating the elements of death over life, the real Halloween (Hallowed Evening) was the evening when a Savior met with his disciples in a room and communed with them, which is commonly known as the “Lord’s supper” (Matthew 26:20). The devil wants to trick us into believing that a sinner like you and me cannot have communion with a Holy God but the treat of God is eternal life for those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Points to ponder:
Those who have not yet believed or those who willfully refuse to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, I plead that you tarry no further, falling prey to the tricks of the devil who blinds the minds of many, lest you see the glorious light of the gospel of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4), but believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept his treat of eternal life (John 3:16). For those of us who are born again and of the elect, let us remember, this Halloween, to partake of the communion with our Savior Jesus Christ, remembering his death and resurrection, bringing life and life abundantly and eternally to all who believe. This is the Real Halloween.

Matthew 26:20-30 (KJV)
20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 (KJV)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

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Celebrating death


I am not sure as to the fascination about celebrating death on Halloween (the last day of October) and as I pondered on this topic, I was reminded of Psalm 116:15 which in a sense states that God celebrates death. God celebrates death, but not the death of any and every one, but only those of his saints.

Psalm 116:15 states, that the “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” What does this mean? To be a saint, one must be sanctified, and that means that they must have believed in Jesus; that he is the Son of God so that his righteousness is imputed on them. And all those who believe in Jesus, though they die, they shall live, eternally (John 11:25; John 3:16). In other words, saints don’t die. They merely sleep only to awake when the LORD returns (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Neither the first nor the second death has any power over those who have believed in Jesus and so when these saints physically die (first death), God celebrates their absence from the body which is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8), and that is precious in His sight.

Points to ponder:
If you were to die today, would it be precious in the sight of the LORD? In other words, are you sanctified as a saint, i.e., have you believed in Jesus? If not, I plead with you, tarry no further. Acknowledge the need for a Savior who can save you not just from the first death (physical) but also from the second (spiritual; eternal separation from God). Believe in Jesus Christ that he is the Son of God who paid the wages of our sin (which is death) by his death, and rose again from the dead, conquering sin and death, once and for all for all. Confess that you need him and ask him to be your Lord and master. Today is your day of Salvation, delay no further.

Psalm 116:15 (KJV)
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

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)
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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?