JD: Isn’t it true that it was originally connected to a Christian holiday?
DJ: Well the words you just used holiday we often forget that it comes from the two words holy day. So for example there are holidays defined by Federal Government like Labor Day and Independence Day but those aren’t holy days those are secular days of remembrance. What we call Halloween is also connected with two holy days on the Roman calendar of the Catholic Church. The word holy comes from the Greek word hagios which means to be set apart for God’s use. And when something is set apart for God it is said to be sanctified. When we get together the English word sanctified which is the word for saint its in that way that the word saint and the word holy are connected.
November 1st is the Feast of all Saints on the Roman Catholic calendar. All Saints Day or all Hallows Day is celebrated in honor of all saints whether known or unknown. All Saints Day is the second day and is when all the faithful dead are remembered. So the day before all Saints Day is the eve of all Hallows Eve which got shortened to Hallows even and then into Halloween. So it directly comes from the Roman Catholic Feast calendar.
JD: One article that you mentioned referred to Reformation Day David, how is that connected to Halloween? In fact is it not something that we can focus on instead of Halloween?
DJ: I think it is. Reformation Day is almost never heard of here in the United States. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther a Roman Catholic Monk nailed 95 statements on the door of the Wittenberg’s Castle protesting corruption in the Church. He came to believe that God justified sinners by grace through faith alone. So the Reformation really got kicked off with that. I think it would be a tremendous victory for believers here in the United States to simply turn our backs on Halloween and rekindle an interest on Reformation Day.
JD: David James Bible in hand thinking through with us how a Christian should deal with the holiday of Halloween.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
Deuteronomy 18:10 & 12 would be another passage to consider on the issue of Halloween. Instead of focusing on death, demons, and the devil we should focus on Jesus Christ and His shout at the Rapture at which time He will call us up to be with Him forever.