All Saints' Day, Day of the Dead, Halloween, and End-time Deceptions
A few years ago I was doing missionary work in Arizona and in October I began to notice skeletons everywhere. Skeletons hanging on doors, skeleton trinkets and necklaces, even people painted like skeletons. Why? In Mexico and other cultures Day of the Dead (AKA "El Día de los Muertos") is a day to pray for the dead and help them on their spiritual journey. Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day, and Halloween have all joined paganism and Christianity. Why? To prepare the world for end-time deceptions.
The Roman Catholic church transferred All Saints’ Day to November 1 (beginning on sunset of October 31st) in the 9th century. Thus uniting, in yet another way, paganism and Christianity. Sunset October 31 to sunset November 1 was already observed by pagan cultures including a feast to celebrate the end of the harvest season and communicate with the dead on their celebration day call Samhain. This union further polluted and watered down an already compromising Christian faith.
One of the final great deceptions of the devil, as he personates Jesus Christ, will be to “raise the dead” back to life to confirm his claimed identity. You may wonder, if Jesus is the only one who can resurrect, how will Satan perform this “miracle”? After all Jesus did say “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell (the grave) and of death.” (Revelation 1:18). Jesus is the only one who can create life and Jesus is the only one who can resurrect a life. However, Satan can create illusions, such as when he used the magicians in Pharoah's day to duplicate some of the plagues.
How will Satan’s deception be possible? He is moving all his “chess pieces” into place right now. By setting up the world in an unhealthy obsession with the dead, and a gross misunderstanding of what happens at death.
Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day, and Halloween all have a common thread. The living pray for, communicate, and interact with the dead. The Bible is clear on this subject that a person dies they rest in the grave with no consciousness and no interaction with anybody until Jesus resurrects them (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Why is it important to know and understand what the Bible says on this subject? Because, since Satan cannot raise people back to life and cannot duplicate all of the characteristics of the Second Coming of Jesus he will have to rely on deceiving our senses. As Satan personates Christ he will use his fallen angels (demons) to pose as dead prophets and martyrs raised back to life to confirm that the devil is the returned Messiah. Revelation 16:14 states “For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” See also Revelations 13:13-1 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 where Satan and his agents decieve those that dwell on the earth.
It should not surprise us that he can and will do this. Satan gets an "F" for creativity, he hasn’t changed his tactics in 6,000 years. In the Garden of Eden he used a talking serpent to deceive Eve into mistrusting and disobeying God. The very first lie he told to achieve his goal was “You shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:7), a lie he has been perpetuating ever since. God said eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and you will die (Genesis 2:17), Lucifer directly contradicted Him.
The devil will pose as one who is good. As prophesied in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, it reads, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into and angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
You may be now on the fence, "should I or should I not celebrate Halloween this year". I encourage you to study the Bible and find what would please God and how you can uplift and glorify Him most.
How should we respond to Christians who observe Halloween if you are convicted not to celebrate it? Love them like Jesus did. Do not be critical, do not degrade them, and do not insult them. We are all at different walks in our Christian life and we must allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Invite your friends and family to a Bible study, join in some sort of outreach ministry, or provide an alternate event for your children to attend and participate in an event that gives God the glory.
Oct. 29, 2015