WICCANS, PAGANS and HALLOWEEN: What Every Christian Should Know

For many years I have been publishing this article for Christians to better understand “Halloween” and its demonic roots. Please share this with friends and family.

Original article:

Every year, it seems that the topic of whether Christians should celebrate Halloween or not creates differing opinions – and sometimes bad feelings rise up during debates.

This article is not about opinions. I researched straight from WICCAN sites and Witchcraft sites to get the real scoop:  What is Halloween really about and should followers of Christ celebrate it?

I even found a youtube of a woman who had been involved with WICCA aka Pagans, but is now a born again, blood washed Christian. Her ministry is to educate believers as to what WICCA truly is and also to help us understand Halloween and what that holiday means to witches and pagans.

From holidayinsights.com

Brethren, this site is not from a Christian vantage point. But this explains so much about the blatant evil of Halloween. I believe that we Christians need to fully understand this:

Witches and Warlocks – Annual Wiccan Holidays

Witches and Warlocks have a right to enjoy holidays too. There are eight holidays on the Wiccan Calendar. These Wiccan holidays are called “Sabbats”. The New Year’s begins on October 31st, Halloween night. It is important to note, that witches and warlocks celebrate their holidays from sundown on the date of the holiday through sundown the next day.

Did you Know?  Witches and Warlocks in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate opposite holidays. They celebrate Winter Solstice as we celebrate Summer Solstice. Their Spring Equinox, is our Fall Equinox. And, so forth.

Here are the eight Wiccan (or Witch) Sabbats:

New Years Day October 31st at sundown   Also known as Samhain or All Hallow’s Eve. This is New Years on the Druid calendar. The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On  Halloween night, the wall opens. Samhain, the Lord of  Darkness,  rises from the underworld. He roams the world looking for lost souls. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Years!  (emphasis added)

Winter Solstice  (December 21st) Also known as Yule. This is the shortest day of the year. And, conversely, the longest night.  Witches and warlocks celebrate the birth of the Sun God, as from this point forward the days get longer. Wiccan celebrations include yule logs, yule trees and Mistletoe. Sounds a little like Christmas , huh!?! More on Winter Solstice.

***Please understand that when you see the term “Solstice” or “Equinox” – these are WICCAN terms and the Christian should never celebrate these so-called holidays.

Back to the article:

Imbolic  February 2nd  This day honors the Brigid, the goddess of fertility, fire and healing. It is also a time of increasing strength for the sun god. This Wiccan holiday coincides with Candlemas and Ground Hog’s Day. 

Ostara March 21st This day on the Witches calendar, is the Spring Equinox. The German goddess Oestra, goddess of Fertility is honored. More on Spring Equinox.

Beltane May 1st Previously celebrated on May 5, Beltane was moved to May 1st to coincide with May Day. This is a high holiday in celebration of the god and goddess of fertility. Eggs are a sign of fertility, and a symbol of this day. Early summer warmth is in the air.

Summer Solstice or Litha June 21st This day celebrates the sun god at his highest point. Nighttime has been dominated by daylight. More on Summer Solstice.

Lammas or Harvest Eve July 31st This holiday celebrates the first harvest.

Feast of Mabon September 21st The Autumn equinox has arrived. On the Wiccan calendar, we celebrate the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth. It is also the harvest festival. More on Autumn Equinox. 

Halloween – the greatest most revered holiday for the witches and WICCANS:

It’s absolutely Halloween. And, Halloween is absolutely the best holiday of the year. It is the favorite for many of us, as there is no stress, no overload, and no “Holiday Depression” . It’s just absolutely fun.  (Emphasis added)

You will absolutely find the best of the net here. Seen a neat one? Seen a scary one? Seen a fun one? Email it to us to share with others.

Bats, the Bizarre, Dracula, Ghosts, Witches, Graveyards, Ghouls, Haunted Houses, Halloween Movies, Paranormal, Halloween Parties, Pumpkins, Skeletons, Scarecrows, Vampires……. You name it, we’ll take you to it.

Quote for the Day: “Home is where the haunt is!” source

From refinary29.com        

You’ve probably guessed that we want you to have the best Halloween ever, but why stick to modern-day, store-bought costumes and candy? This year, consider looking back in time to the traditions of Samhain (sow-en), the Wiccan and Pagan holiday from which Halloween gets its spooky roots.

As Brian Cain, psychic and Warlock of Festival of the Dead in Salem, MA, describes it: “Samhain, Halloween, is the time that death takes the throne.” (Whoa.) Witches believe in a balance between life and death, and Samhain is a celebration of that — “something had to die, so you could live,” he says. There’s no better time to stop and consider death than when the seasons change, harvests come to a close, and the nights start earlier.

Here’s how modern-day witches mourn their loved ones, contact the dead, and party like it’s 1699 — all in one night.

The night begins with a “dumb supper” — a dinner eaten in total silence. If you’re new to Wiccan practices, this might be the toughest Samhain tradition to get comfortable with. But it’s only when you stop talking that the dead can start communicating; remaining silent will heighten your sense of the energy around you and allow any spirits close to you a chance to make contact.

“We live in a world where we disassociate ourselves [from] death,” Cain tells us. This can be a difficult barrier to cross, he says, but “the power that we tap into when we reconnect with our ancestors…helps us go through that grieving process and eventually reach a stage of acceptance.” Just like with more modern Halloween traditions, scaring yourself a little can have a major payoff. Although the dumb supper isn’t intended to raise actual dead people and bring them to the table, some covens leave place settings open as offerings to spirits.

It’s not all silence and solemnity, though: Happiness and mourning coexist on Samhain, says Betty Turner, psychic, healer, founder of Black Hat Society of Southeast Wisconsin, and owner of Wonderfully Wiccan. “The evening will host times of joy and sorrow, just as it should,” she says. The transition from sorrow to joy, she explains, begins with donning a costume for the subsequent witches’ ball, part two of the evening’s festivities: “Costumes…allow the living to blend in with the dead,” she adds. As far as parties go, a witches’ ball is the best of both worlds — equal parts feast and dance party, it can go into the wee hours, and those costumes are a must. Tradition holds that the night must end with a divination ritual, to take full advantage of the thin veil between the worlds of the living and dead on Samhain. This brings the evening back around to where it began: with an attempt to reach loved ones who have passed on.

ILLUSTRATED BY ANNA SUDIT. How could you party at a time when you’re supposed to be mourning the dead? Turns out, people have been doing this kind of thing for centuries, Cain says. Even back in ancient Celtic communities, Samhain “really was a party for the old gods and the ancestors,” he adds. “People would drink, and they would dance, and they would light fires… It could be a very somber affair, but it depends on your experience.”

So if you’re looking to take your Halloween way, way old-school this year, it can be as simple as having a quiet dinner with friends before hitting the town. Just knowing that this time of year is particularly tied to the past and the “other side” can be enough to make your celebrations feel more significant. Cain adds that “it’s an important time of year to open up that window, but I think it’s something you can bring into your everyday life.”

As you prepare for Saturday’s festivities, keep an eye out for signs of the supernatural or reminders of late loved ones. As Cain puts it, with any luck, you’ll find “a little magic in your life — and realize that everyone you’ve ever loved is with you.” We’ll drink to that.source

******Brethren, we as children of God know that these so-called “departed spirits” of loved ones are demons.  It’s very sad to me that these Wiccans believe they are truly communicating with relatives who have died.  

Wonderful Testimony

Please do not miss the testimony of this sister in Christ. If you have friends or relatives involved with the Occult – I pray that you will be able to have them view the following testimony.  This blessed my heart and I know that the video will bless the hearts of other Christians. Hopefully, the Lord will use this to allow the scales to fall from the eyes of those who have been so deceived by the devil.

Click “watch on YouTube”


How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

Isaiah 26:20 – Isaiah’s Pre-Trib Rapture Passage

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4)

There are many who dispute the notion of the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.  So be it.  They claim to find verses here and there in the Bible that support their various positions, be they mid-Tib, pre-Wrath, post-Trib, or no-Rapture.  I respectfully disagree and declare that God is so clear in His communication to the church, that He has provided evidence throughout the New Testament of His intent to remove the Bride of Christ from the earth prior to the 7-year Tribulation.  Not only that, but this mystery that Paul discussed in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 is even validated in the Old Testament.

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

Most people who read Scripture from a literal perspective should be able to see that Isaiah 24 is all about the Tribulation.  Several examples should suffice:

Isaiah 24:1

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,

    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

Isaiah 24:6

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,

    and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:17

Terror and the pit and the snare

    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

Moreover, the prophet tells us that at the end of the Tribulation (Armageddon), the rebellious demonic host of heaven, which includes Satan, will be thrown into Tartarus until their day of final judgment.  The human element in league with them are likewise cast into this temporary prison.  We see this in Isaiah 24:21-22:

On that day the Lord will punish

    the host of heaven, in heaven,

    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.

They will be gathered together

    as prisoners in a pit;

they will be shut up in a prison,

    and after many days they will be punished.

Why does God bring the Tribulation’s punishment upon this planet in the first place?  Isaiah 24:20 provides the succinct answer:

… its transgression lies heavy upon it,

    and it falls, and will not rise again.

Throughout the Bible God shows His unfathomable love, mercy, and grace upon mankind.  However, in His dealing with the children of Israel, we see His wrath as a result of their disobedience.  He reaches a point time and again that He must punish them in judgment because they have spurned His love and chosen another way to live other than in Him.  The example of Israel is reflective of the rest of humanity.  When anyone, whether it’s Israel, with whom God has a special relationship, or mankind in the all-Gentile nations, He gives people more than adequate opportunity to choose life with Him.  When they decide not to follow His righteous ways, the time comes that He must bring correction.  The ultimate righting of this wrong will occur during the Tribulation.

The Lord has two primary purposes in raining down His wrath upon the earth during this most horrible of seven years:

One: Through this time, He will bring final redemption to Israel in the remnant that finally acknowledges Jesus Christ as Messiah.

Two: He will punish this unbelieving world, while at the same time, redeeming a remnant of mankind that turns to Him in faith.

For all those who believe that the church of true believers in Christ must go through the Tribulation, as always, I have to ask: Where do Christ-followers, saved by the blood of Jesus, fit into this picture?  Are we redeemed?  Have we accepted the gracious gift of salvation offered by our Lord?  Has He removed our iniquities as far as the east is from the west?  If so, why do you think God requires the blood-bought Bride of Christ to endure these horrible days of Tribulation?  Why is our generation so much worse than that of believers in 1700, 1800, 1900, or whatever earlier time, which necessitates our having to suffer through the Day of the Lord?  If the Tribulation is for Israel, which it is; if the Tribulation is for unbelievers, which it is – then what purpose in God’s overall plan to draw all men to Himself is served by believers entering into this time of wrath?

Most pre-Trib Rapture believers see the Lord assuring us of His taking us to heaven as protection and blessing in John 14:1-3:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

If we don’t go to heaven and find refuge during the Tribulation in our Father’s house, when exactly would we do that?  After all, at the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth – with His saints following, by the way – He remains here to rule and reign on His throne in Jerusalem.  We’re here also in glorified bodies ruling and reigning under His direction.  During the Tribulation is the only period which believers spend any time in heaven.  Forevermore, at least until the end of the Millennium, we remain on the earth once we come back with Jesus.

Moreover, we also believe that Revelation 4:1 speaks of the Rapture:

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

The church is spoken of, and to, only to this point in John’s Revelation.  Note the verse says: after this.  It is after John is transported, i.e. Raptured, to heaven that he is shown what will occur on the earth following that translation.  This is when the Tribulation begins.  The church is not mentioned again until Revelation 19 as the time of Tribulation concludes.

I stated earlier that Isaiah has a pre-Trib Rapture passage.  Consider what the prophet says in Isaiah 26:20-21:

Come, my people, enter your chambers,

    and shut your doors behind you;

hide yourselves for a little while

    until the fury has passed by.

For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place

    to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,

and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,

    and will no more cover its slain.

Can you read this and not see John echoing this in the verses noted above?  God’s people are called to their chambers, i.e. the rooms or mansions in heaven, that He has prepared for them.  They provide refuge, that is a hiding place for believers (my people) while God reigns down wrath upon the earth for the sins of mankind.  It will be a bloody, awful time of punishment.

The takeaway is that God will protect His own.  He intends great harm to come upon this unbelieving world, yet because of His love and mercy, He will shelter those who have chosen to align with Him prior to His judgment.

Any other position besides belief in a pre-Tribulation Rapture fails to understand the character of God.  He is our blessed hope.  Because He loves the Bride of Christ, He will provide safe quarters for her.  Jesus is returning soon.  We stand upon this Rock in our faith.  Because of that, He will keep us from the great and terrible Day of the Lord.


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.