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Halloween has many similarities to the Biblical Feast of Trumpets, which, today, is called Rosh Hashanna, and is practiced by the Ashkenazi Jews, who are thought to be of the two southern tribes of Israel, Judah, with whom the Northern tribes had a dispute prior to exile.
Christian missionaries have began noting the similarities between Halloween and the Biblical Feast for centuries.
When I first started my research ten years ago, wikipedia did not even exist; so I’m getting excited by what I’m learning today.
The wikipedia article on Rosh Hashanna does not teach all of the Biblical symbols of the Biblical Feast of the Lord, because the Jews today still reject Jesus, and thus, reject the teachings of the New Testament, which greatly aid in the understanding of the prophetic themes of the Feast of Trumpets.
Christians today mostly don’t know about these themes either, because they mostly reject the law, and reject things that are considered “Jewish”, such as the Feasts of the Lord.
Furthermore, most Christians condemn Halloween as a pagan holiday that calls undue attention to the dead, somehow forgetting that the essence of Christianity is the resurrection of the dead.
Most Biblical researchers don’t know about these things either, because the Bible does not say very much about how to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, nor does it explicitly say much about the meaning of the symbols.
But here are a few scriptures that I’ve gathered together that do explain a few themes about this Feast of the Lord.
Here are a few studies on the Feast of Trumpets, and a bit of an introductory summary:
One of the themes of the Feast of Trumpets is the Wedding; as the Church is married to Jesus. So, here are my studies on the Marriage in Scripture, as it relates to the prophecy of the rapture.
The wedding or marriage as a theme is something that is not seemingly related, or not a part of it, if you simply study the Jewish Rosh Hashanna.
(Even American Wedding Traditions have a similar theme of going through the door to heaven: The Husband carries the new Bride through the door, across the threshhold, into their hew “heavenly” life together.)
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
The wedding does not appear to be a key theme of Halloween. However, in Mexico, among the prostitutes and drug dealers, there is a celebration called the “day of the Dead”. They dress up a skeleton as a bride, with a lantern, and eat candy skulls.
The picture of five wise virgins and five foolish brides with lanterns is shown in Matthew 25:1-13. I have a study on why that parable is a picture of the rapture, here:
Why are the so-called “ungodly” people in Mexico observing this holiday? Well, those are the kinds of people God often speaks to, and calls to him.
Jesus said to the religious leaders of his day, “tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” Matthew 21:31-32.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Let’s examine the main themes of Halloween, starting with candy.
Candy is associated with the celebration of the Feast of Trumpets, as shown by Nehemiah 8:1-10: 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, –”
I wonder, how did Nehemiah know that about sweets, when the Bible never directly says to eat sweets on this day? The answer must be tradition.
Candy apples are a tradition of both Halloween and Rosh Hashanna.
“Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.”
Rosh Hashanah table set with symbolic foods Rosh Hashanah meals usually include apples and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year.”
Nehemiah wasn’t the only man in the Bible to observe this feast.
The Bible says that Joseph in Egypt made it a decree to celebrate this day. That was about 400 years before Moses gave the law in Numbers and Leviticus. Interestingly, it does not say this in Genesis, but in the Psalms!
Pss 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
Pss 81:4 For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
Pss 81:5 He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:
Many Biblical practices and traditions pre-date the law of Moses. Animal sacrifice and marriage do, too.
Some people think Jesus was against traditions. But Jesus said, “Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
In other words, if traditions that invalidate the word of God are bad, then the corollary of that would be that traditions that validate the word of God, such as Halloween and the Feasts of the Lord, such as the Feast of Trumpets, would be good!
What’s the next symbol of Halloween, the door?
Jesus is the door. John 10:9 “I am the door”
In this world you will have trouble but take heart for I have overcome the world - John 16:33 (Jesus)
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