The Bride of Christ Part 2–It’s Not As You Perceive 62

Written By: Hilary - Jul• 19•15

The Bride of Christ Part 2

In this second part of the 2-part series entitled The Bride of Christ, Hilary and Rod continue the discussion, picking up from last week’s episode 1. What is the Bride of Christ? Who is included in the Bridal Party? Are all Christians considered part of the Bride of Christ? These and more questions will be answered. You’ll be blessed.

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Hilary Thomas–Messianic Teacher, Content Creator, Singer, Realtor Professional

The Bride of Christ–Part 1–It’s Not As You Perceive Episode 61

Written By: Hilary - Jul• 12•15


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Hilary R. Thomas–Speaker–Writer–Messianic Content Creator–Hebraic Roots Teacher

In this episode of It’s Not As You Perceive, Hilary and I attempt to get to the bottom of what Shaul and John meant when they spoke about a certain group of individuals being the Bride of Christ. Were they speaking about the Church Triumphant? Or individual born again believers in Jesus Christ? This first of a 2-part series takes you in the midst of one of the many conversations that Hilary and I have on various topics and issues affecting the Faith.

INAYP 60–My Discussion with Author and Messianic Teacher Carmen Welker Part 2

Written By: Hilary - Jun• 13•15


Carmen Welker discusses her ministry–what The Refiner’s Fire is all about and how it is impacting the Christian and Jewish communities.

INAYP 59–Discussion with Carmen Welker, Part 1

Written By: Hilary - Jun• 07•15

INAYP 58–Overcoming Satan the Devil

Written By: Hilary - Apr• 12•15

This message is a portion of a recorded community webinar that I do at the beginning of the Sabbath each week. The title of the message is “Overcoming Satan, the Devil”. The text is taken from Genesis 1-3, Matthew 7:21, 26 and James 1:13-22. In this message I encourage Christians to not be hearers of the word only and deceive themselves, but doers also, by committing to heart and mind, the words of Yahovah and Yahoshua and to practice what it commands us to do.

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Remember that sin is disobedience to Yahovah’s command (1 John 3:4)

  1. We overcome Satan by staying focused on doing the will of Yahovah, like Yahoshua did, and maintain an accurate knowledge and memory of His commands, so we can accurately repeat and apply His commands when we are tempted by Satan, as Yahoshua did.
  2. In the first two temptations, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s words of instruction, “It is written……” However, in the third temptation, Yahoshua rebuked Satan by quoting Yahovah’s command and exercising his authority over Satan.
  3. Each of us is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is fully grown, gives birth to death (James 1:14-15)

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On the sixth day when Adam was created, he was given authority over the earth and was commanded to subdue it and rule over it (Gen 1:26-28). His desire for the forbidden fruit led to his transgression of God’s law and earning the penalty of the second death for his sin. By his disobedience, he transferred his God given dominion and ownership of the earth into the hands of Satan, who now holds that dominion over the children of disobedience, until the day when Yahoshua will legally strip it from him. As a result, the apostle Paul refers to Satan as the god of this age when he said, “the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The sin of disobeying God’s command, which Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden, earned them the wrath of Yahovah against them.  Yes, Eve was deceived and ended believing the serpent’s lie. The serpent knew what Yahovah had commanded Adam about eating from the trees (Gen 2:16-17). Eve fumbled on her answer to the serpent’s temptation and exposed her weakness as, lack of knowledge to the serpent. As a result, the serpent was able to drag her through unchartered waters during their conversation, while Adam stood idly by watching the whole process of his wife, Eve being deceived by the serpent.

The second Adam, Yahoshua never challenged Satan’s jurisdiction or authority, when Satan tempted him, he simply refused Satan’s offer by quoting the words that come from the mouth of Yahovah, then he commanded Satan to go away. Yahoshua knew that his purpose for being here at his first visit was to follow Yahovah’s plan to redeem the earth and creation. At his second coming, he will administer the binding and banishment of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Episode 53–Hanukkah’s Greatest Hidden Secrets Part 2

Written By: Hilary - Dec• 30•14

Part 2–A Case of Anti-Jewish/Anti-Hebrew Sentiments Leading to Christianity’s Profound Ignorance

  • On the Keeping of Easter–From the Letter of the Emperor to all those not present at the Council (Found in Eusebius, Vita Const., Lib. iii., 18-20)
  • Jude 1:4 speaks to those ungodly men who crept into the Body and corrupted the Faith
  • Hanukkah and Purim are not mandated Feasts of the Lord as listed in Leviticus 23. Hanukkah is a historical account of the Maccabean Revolt against Hellenism and the destruction of Torah and Torah Living that was inflicted upon the Jewish nation in the 2nd century B.C. The story is chronicled in the apocryphal book of I Maccabees
  • The Maccabean army defeated the mighty Seleucid military, headed by Antiochus Epiphanes and restored the Temple and the Torah to the people
  • Jeremiah 10:2-5 directs that we learn not the ways of the heathen
  • Secrets of Hanukkah include gaining and adopting a clear understanding of the holy, the clean, the authentic, the truth and the True Messiah
  • Christianity today in many ways parallels that of the Israeli nation during the time just before the Maccabean Revolt–both adopted Hellenism and replaced the true faith with a pagan-based religion and lifestyle

Episode 52–Hanukkah’s Greatest Secrets, Part 1–Context, context, context

Written By: Hilary - Dec• 27•14
  • A contextual read of the Bible is vital to any true understanding of its contents.
  • Hanukkah is a holiday that any serious believer must examine in order that their walk with Messiah may be enriched and blessed.
  • References include Rood’s Chronological Gospels–The Life and Severnty Week Ministry of the Messiah and Rood’s Astronomically & Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar

Episode 50–The Oneness of God–A Salvation Issue?

Written By: Hilary - Dec• 06•14

  • Dt. 6 speaks to the oneness/uniqueness of Yehovah and the love the nation must have for Yehovah. This is the basis of the Hebrew Faith. This mitzvah is not only central to the Hebrew Faith but also the Faith once delivered. All indications are that it is this creed. that the Believer’s salvation and inclusion in to the Kingdom of Yehovah rests.
      • Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one (echad) LORD: (Deu 6:4 KJV) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deu 6:5 KJV)
      • Deu 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
  • That love must be exhibited
    • Internally (i.e., the heart)
    • Externally (i.e., actions—one’s being)
    • With all we have available to us (i.e., our resources such as our talents)
  • Many have sought to explain this oneness or echad from the perspective of a trinity or a binary godhead. Certainly the way the English is written, especially here in the King James, could present some confusion and doubt into a monotheistic understanding of God and at the same time strongly suggest to those who would espouse a Jesus only religion (i.e., Jesus was the God of the Old Testament)that we have a substance-based (Greek=homoousia)understanding of God.
  • Yet our Faith—the Faith once delivered to the first-century Saints was largely based upon the Hebrew Faith that was delivered to the Children of Promise at Sinai. Thus Yehovah revealed Himself to the Children of Promise and gave them His Law (Exodus 19-26). And it has been from that time forward (baring the nation’s intermittent foray into idolatry)till today that she has held firmly and steadfastly to the understanding that Yehovah is not trinity nor a binary godhead as certain Christian sects contend—but is alone and has existed from the beginning and there is no other being that can ever be considered Yehovah or God.
  • All indications were that even during the time of Yeshua and the Apostles’ oversight of the first century Church, this understanding of Yehovah being the one and only one Creator and sustainer of the universe was held by Jew and converted Gentile alike. It was not until Greek and Babylonian mythology was infused into this understanding of the person of Jesus—through a misunderstanding/misinterpretation of John’s prolific description of Yeshua and a exhaltation of Jesus to god-status by men—that we find the homoousia doctrine replacing the Shema description or explanation of Yehovah in the Christian world
  • The Jewish Faith rejects Yeshua as Messiah in part because of Christianity’s exaltation of Yeshua to Creator, sustainer and God of this world who has existed from the beginning. Many in the Christian realm insist that this is the case because John the Apostle’s prolific writing is highly suggestive of Yeshua existing from the beginning and creating and sustaining the world. The irony in all this is that Yehovah’s revelation that He was the only one (echad) was clearly delivered to debunk and oppose the rest of the world’s belief (i.e., the nations other than Israel)in a multitude of gods. Yet Christianity has taken Yehovah’s purpose here and turned it upon its own head by using this passage to support a triune or binary godhead. No one can make this crazy stuff up. No wonder the Semitic peoples of the world remains blind to the Truth of the gospel and rejects the person of Yeshua as Messiah.
  • Throughout the gospel record, Yeshua speaks to the oneness of His Father; He prays to the Father; He commands that His followers worship the Father; He insists that He doesn’t know when the end will come but only His Father knows; He prays to His Father to find another way for salvation and spare Him the humiliation and agony of crucifixion. And there’s more. Yet Churchianity holds to a schizophrenic Savior who is really the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, yet doesn’t know that He is, yet suggests that He could be that same Creator, yet puts on that He is not capable of doing anything outside the will of His Father
  • Yeshua-Yehovah’s handpicked “man-of-the-hour” and “right-hand-man” (literally), certified the centrality of Yehovah as attested in Dt. 6:4,5:
    • Mat. 22:33-40- 33 And when the multitude heard this , they were astonished at his doctrine.34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:33-40 KJV)
  • Mk. 12:18-3418 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question(Mar 12:18-34 KJV) —hints that an understanding and obedience to this mitzvah is essential to one realizing or one entering the Kingdom of Yehovah (i.e., vs 34a)
  • Lk. 10:25-28 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. (Luk 10:25-28 KJV)–certifies that salvation is achieved when one adheres to Dt. 6:4,5
  • How did we get ourselves in to such messes?
    • By our abandonment of Torah and the Hebraic Roots of the Faith
    • By remaining Biblically illiterate and permitting churchianity to indoctrinate us
  • This creed would be the central-identifying character of the nation
  • We as grafted-in Israelites can not separate ourselves from this creed. Doing so only negates our association and permanent connection to the physical and spiritual nation and our connection to the Creator

INAYP-49-Truth and Christianity

Written By: Hilary - Nov• 18•14

What is Truth? What did Jesus mean when He told the Samaritan woman at the well the following: CJB  John 4:23 But the time is coming- indeed, it’s here now- when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him.
 (Joh 4:23 CJB) The King James Version reads as follows: KJV  John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth : for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
 (Joh 4:23 KJV)
225 ἀλήθεια aletheia {al-ay’-thi-a}
Meaning:  1) objectively 1a) what is true in any matter under consideration 1a1) truly, in truth, according to truth 1a2) of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth 1b1) in the greatest latitude 1b2) the true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention 1c) the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians 2) subjectively 2a) truth as a personal excellence 2a1) that candour of mind which is free from affection, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit
The context of this passage is that famous interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in Sychar of Samaria. The only place this story is recorded in the Bible is in the Gospel of John. Michael Rood in his Chronological Gospels -The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of Messiah–comments that the Samaritans were gentiles who were placed in the region by Assyrian Emperor Shalmanezer. These people were planted there to replace the Israelites who had previously been dispersed to the 4-winds of the earth. A plague of lions in the land suggested to the emperor that these people may not be in sync with the “god” of that land and thus he brought in “government sponsored” priests who taught the people what Rood describes as “a politically correct version of Torah,” which documented as its 10th commandment, “Thou shalt worship on Mount Gerizim.” It should be mentioned that the priests the emperor imported were not of the Leviticial priesthood, thus they were not authorized by the Almighty to dispense Torah teaching. (This was recorded in II Kings 17:24-31.) Thus the Samaritan people were for all intents and purposes perpetrating a fraud–living lies–in the land of promise and to boot, they were being fed a religion of lies. The Hebrew population realized this and austricized the Samaritans, labelling them often as dogs, not just because they were brought in to the land to replace fellow Hebrews, but also because these people were practicing a false brand of the Hebrew Faith.
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As the story goes, the Samaritan woman, through here exchange with Jesus, recognized that the Master was someone very special–she referred to Him as a prophet. She sought to take advantage of this opportunity by asking Jesus one of the Samaritan’s most challenging questions as it related to where they were to worship the Father–was it indeed on Mount Moreh-Yah or was it as the Samaritan Torah taught–on Mount Gerizim? It is to this critical question that Yeshua responded with the quote found in John 4: 23–“that they that worship [the Father] must worship Him in spirit and in “aletheia”–truth.
The concept of truth was the central theme in our fellowshipping with fellow believers this past weekend. We visited friends that we met in Rochester, N.Y. earlier this year.
We discussed quite extensively how lies have infiltrated Christianity and everday life and blinded the people of God to the truth, not only on matters pertaining to our Faith, but even as it pertains to how we perceive the world around us.
  1. 911 and the twin towers
  2. The Oklahoma City bombing
  3. Sandy Hook
  4. The Trinity
  5. The significance of Torah to the true Believer of Messiah
It’s not until we understand the truth in all its forms and applications that we can truly worship the Father. If we worship the Father based upon a system of lies and half-truths, then one must ask, are we truly worshipping the Father.
There is a popular belief among most Christians that it really doesn’t matter if we aren’t accurate or faithful in our worship and practice of the Faith, because God knows our heart. I was shown a film clip of Kirk Cameron, popular child actor of the 80’s who has adopted Christianity as his primary life’s work nowadays. Cameron, in this film clip, went to great lengths to discredit truth-seekers who held to the knowledge and understanding that Christmas is indeed a pagan holiday and should not be celebrated by believers as the birth of our Messiah. Cameron’s stance was that of (and I’m paraphrasing), “so what if Christmas is a pagan holiday? Christianity has taken the holiday and sanctified it by applying the focus of Christ to that day. Come on, don’t let those wet towels dampen your love of Christmas. Everyone loves Christmas. Come on, just celebrate the day and get over yourselves.” Cameron goes on to stress that it’s the intent behind Christmas today that must be understood. It’s a heart thing. God knows our heart and we need to get over feeling guilty of celebrating Christmas because of the knowledge of its pagan origin.
First off, indeed the Father does know and understand our hearts and He has revealed that the heart of man is desperately evil:
 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (Mat 15:19 KJV)
 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer 17:9 KJV)
Indeed, there is no doubt that millions of self-professing Christians sincerely believe they are worshipping the Father truthfully and correctly. But commonsense must rule the day: you’re either living your spirit life correctly or incorrectly; you’re either right or wrong…when it comes to the Faith once delivered to the first century saints (and I’m NOT applying Christianity to this equation), the Master said that we MUST worship the Father in spirit and truth. There is to be no goofy attempt at living our life and worshipping God as we feel is best or that fits our comfort zones or our likings or how someone else dictates we should go about it. These believers (mostly traditional-orthodox Christians) who go about their lives in error, as did the Samaritans, are sincere in their efforts, but they are also sincerely wrong and sincerely mistaken about many things as it relates to their worship of the Father and their walk with the Master. Regardless, we are held accountable for understanding and living our Faith accurately which means, in accordance to the word of the Lord. Obedience must be the primary driving force behind our profession, properly joined to an unshakeable faith. And please don’t pull the “we have freedom in Christ” card that so many millions of Christians like to rest their collective spiritual hats upon (KJV  Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Gal 5:1 KJV)). That whole churchianity interpretation of “freedom in Christ” has become an abominable misinterpretation. Context, context, context! Scriptural soundbites will be the death (literally) of so many self-professing Christians. The context of this passage speaks to being in bondage, under the yoke of religion–within the context of those Judaizers who had come in to the Galatian assembly and attempted to foist upon the Galatian believers Judaism. One should read the entire passage here. Paul speaks passionately to the issue that was plaguing many of Paul’s followers and that had to do with the Orthodox Jewish believers in Messiah who were forcing Jewish Law and practices (not the Torah but Talmud) upon the new gentile converts to the Faith. Paul was addressing primarily the issue of adherence to Judaism first over faith in Jesus which seemed to fall second in importance. Many incorrectly ascertain that Paul was denouncing the Torah, but in reality Paul was denouncing Judaism and the insistance by the Jewish sect of the Faith that all converts must strictly adhere to Judaism first and foremost. Paul was informing all who would read or hear his message that anyone who would take up the mantle of the true Faith once delivered would not be subject to religion any longer. They were free from the burden of religion. We find very clear clues throughout the New Testament or renewed covenant that Judaism was a tremendous burden that was placed upon the people by the sages (primarily the Pharisees and the Sadducees) and the tenets of that religion were for all intents and purposes impossible to keep. The intent of the laws that would surround the Torah was to prevent the Jew from ever violating Torah. The intent, though seemingly well intended on the part of the sages, was actually a violation of the very Law that Judaism was designed to protect. Throughout Torah Yehovah clearly stated that His people were are not to  add or subtract anything from that which He had given to the nation in terms of His laws, commandments and ordinances. Thus Judaism, for all intents and purposes was a lie as was the religion being followed by the Samaritans. Lies upon more lies.
The same goes with us today. Christianity is a religion, weakly built upon the True Faith once delivered to the first century saints. History clearly shows that men took the pure Faith and added to it that which would make it into a religion. Religion serves to control men. And that is what the early “church fathers” constructed for themselves in the name of God–a religion that they claim is true and the key to eternal life. Add to that the world and its governments and everyday life and the less-informed of us is in a world of hurt. Sadly, the less-informed of us numbers in the majority. That majority insists that none of this is important because the Christian has given over their life to Jesus Christ and has therefore been gifted eternal life and eternal life is guaranteed regardless what happens from the time of praying the sinners’ prayer to the pre-tribulation rapture. And why do the vast majority of 2-billion self-professing Christians believe all that I just mentioned? Because someone in authority told them it was so and because of their limited and myopic understanding of John 3:16.
So truth as it stands in the Greek term aletheia stands in opposition to anything that is ficticious or false. Sadly, I’ve come to the shocking conclusion that much of everything that we as believers in Jesus Christ deal with on a daily basis, be it in everyday life or in the realm of Christianity, is built upon lies. The god of this world maintains a tremendous foothold on the whole of the world’s population (3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 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. (2Co 4:3-4 KJV)) However, there are a few, a very precious few in the world, who have been permitted to see and perceive what the world truly is while the rest of mankind goes along with narry a care or inkling that there’s a problem. I’m reminded of that very popular movie trilogy from the early 2000’s called “The Matrix” in which a small band of intrepid warriors became knowledgeable of the fact that the world around them was controlled by machines and that humans only existed to serve the machines. In order to get people to serve them, the machines provided humans with a faux world facade that appeared to the average Joe living their lives in the world as fine and dandy. The only way to defeat and expose the evil of that system was to convince one individual who went by the name of Neo, that he was the long prophecied Messiah, and it was Neo who would ultimately defeat the machines and lead the world back to truth and life. Of course the machines fought tenaciously against that band of rebels and their leader Neo, but it was destined for the truth to get out one way or the other. It’s like a concrete city: there can be concrete buildings and cities all around with no plant life anywhere in sight. But sooner or later, if proper care is not taken, sprigs of grass with find a crack somewhere in that concrete world and bear itself. Life and truth can not be contained forever.
What then do we do with the information that we gain from the revelations that the Holy Spirit has placed within us? Many of us will have absolutely no idea what to do with it. Many of us will do nothing with it because we fear being rediculed and rejected by the establishment–be it secular society or the church. But I fear that we will be judged accordingly if we simply collect the information that is provided to us by the Father and simply hide it under a bussel. No sir, no ma’am, we’ve been called out from the masses to expose the falsehoods and lies of the enemy. How we each accomplish that is really between us individually and the Father. His Holy Spirit will not only help us bypass the fear ( 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:7 KJV)), but also provide us with instruction and direction on how we are to accomplish His will for our lives and to further His purpose and plan for man on the earth.
You want to know how deep the rabbit-hole goes (so to speak), then seek the leading of the Holy Spirit, obey God’s Word, and open your heart and mind to receive His Truth. You will be blown away at the level of lies that has infused every level of the world’s life and existence. Furthermore, keep coming back to this website as we will ensure that you receive the truth that will help you in your walk with the Savior. Be most blessed fellow Saints.

It’s Not As You Perceive, Episode 48–Halloween, Christianity and the Bible

Written By: Hilary - Oct• 30•14

In the West, this coming Friday–October 31st–will be Halloween. It is a time deemed primarily for children, although many adults take great pleasure in celebrating that night as well. As the day wanes and night settles in, millions of children will emerge from their homes, dressed as some of their favorite characters, going from house to house seeking after candies and other desirable treats. Parents and adults alike take great pleasure in the tradition by dressing up their homes in ghoulish and macabre themes, creating scary pranks and participating in festive social gatherings. The central themes of Halloween are death and the occult. Halloween’s origins can not fully be explained, but history strongly links the night to an ancient pagan-class of the Celtic peoples known as the Druids, common to Gaul, Ireland and Britain, as far back as the 3rd century B.C.E. A high holy day of the Druids as well as an agricultural-fall festival for many of the
All Souls Day
Gaelic peoples was Samhein [pronounced SAH-WIN]. Samhein was jammed packed with occultic and pagan traditions and beliefs. These occultic and pagan elements gripped the Gaelic peoples in fear and entrapped them in a demonic-religion. Yet seeing a great opportunity for increasing the number of adherents to the Romish Church of the 6th century, the papacy devised yet another plan to marry Christianity to a prominent pagan people and their religion. The Church triumphant compromised huge portions of the truth that was delivered to the first century saints by forcibly developing and standing up pious festivals that seemed to honor the triune Godhead and the ever growing body of dead saints, while appeasing those on the Church rolls who still held allegiance to some of their pagan ways of life. This pagan segment of the Universal Church were permitted to retain many, if not most, of their pagan traditions and practices, just as long as these traditions and practices were done to honor the Church’s dead saints. Thus, over the centuries, like Christmas and Easter, many of the central themes and traditions of the pagan–in this case the Druids and Samhein–were favorably accepted by the papacy and the Church body and became ceremoniously part of the Church’s holy days
All Saints Day
of All Souls Day and All Saints Day, ultimately being nicely wrapped in to All Hallows Eve or Halloween. Despite the Reformation of the 16th century C.E., the protestant Church could not fully shake off these pagan-based Church festivals which we’ve received today as beautifully packaged and seemingly harmless, fun, family-centered and even holy holidays. Sadly, the vast majority of Christian adherents in the world are either ignorant of the pagan-origins of popular holidays such as Halloween; they don’t care either way; or they believe that Christians should embrace such holidays as wonderful opportunities to enhance their Christian lives. Indeed, the lie has been spun by the enemy and millions have fallen in to the trap as it relates to the observance and celebration of Halloween. But how must truth seeking believers in Messiah fall out on the issue of Halloween?
 In this episode of It’s Not As You Perceive, I examine Halloween in light of what we know of its origin and history as well as I seek to answer this question by examining portions of the Scripture. Come. Let’s reason together on the topic of Halloween. This is It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 48–Halloween, Christianity and the Bible.
What is Halloween

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwn, ˈn, ˌhɑːl/; a contraction of “All Hallows‘ Evening“),[6] also known as Allhalloween,[7] All Hallows’ Eve,[8] or All Saints’ Eve,[9] is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast ofAll Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide,[10] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints(hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.[11] Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”[12]

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals,[13][14] with possible paganroots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.[8][15][16]

Today’s Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which have pagan roots, and others which may be rooted in Celtic Christianity.[35][36] Indeed, Jack Santino, a folklorist, writes that “the sacred and the religious are a fundamental context for understanding Halloween in Northern Ireland, but there was throughout Ireland an uneasy truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived”.[37] Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain“, which comes from the Old Irish for “summer’s end”.[35]
Samhain/Calan Gaeaf marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year.[41][42] … it was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies (the Aos Sí) could more easily come into our world and were particularly active.[43][44] At Samhain, it was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter.
  • Offerings of food and drink, or portions of the crops, were left for the Aos Sí.[47][48][49][50] The souls of the dead were also said to revisit their homes.[51] Places were set at the dinner table or by the fire to welcome them.[52] The belief that the souls of the dead return home on one night or day of the year seems to have ancient origins and is found in many cultures throughout the world.[53]
  •  Special bonfires were lit and there were rituals involving them. Their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, and were also used for divination.[40][41]
How did Halloween Become a Bedfellow to Christianity?
“My Catholic Faith” by Louis LaRavoire Morrow (My Mission House, 1963)
  • The pagan festival of the dead continued to be observed until the 6th c. when it was integrated slowly into Christian practice
  • Pope Gregory the Great (540-604 AD) advised the Archbishop of Canterbury to retain the Druid sacrifices and celebrate them in honor of Christian saints
  • The Holy Roman Church introduced “All Saints’ Day” on May 13, 609 AD to commemorate all those saints and martyrs who had no special day of recognition. Then in the 8th c. the day was moved from May 13th to November 1st to counteract the pagan celebrations held on that same day.
    • “All Saints’ Day” falls on November 1st for the Roman Catholic Church and on this day “the Church honors the Angels and Saints in heaven”
      • commemoration of the Saints in heaven who have not been officially canonized by the Church and who are not commemorated during the year
    • Then in the 9th c. the Roman Church  began holding a Eucharist of reconciliation for those dead who had not been named among the saints
  • “All Souls’ Day” falls on November 2nd for the Roman Catholic Church and it is a day that “commemorates all the souls in purgatory”
    • masses and prayers are offered that the “souls in purgatory may be released
      • 10th c. “All Soul’s Day” was added to the Roman Catholic calendar for November 2nd (annually) for the souls still suffering in purgatory.
      • Thus, all souls day was celebrated by the visiting of cemeteries and setting out “soul cakes” (currant buns), wine, tobacco and gifts for the dead became a popular practice.
      • People would go from house to house begging for these soul cakes. The recipients would offer up prayers for the souls of the contributors’ dead relatives which became known as “souling”
    • All Souls’ Day was not included in the church calendar during the protestant reformation (although it was restored to the calendar in 1928)
    • All Souls’ Day is a day of prayer for the dead, particularly but not exclusively one’s relatives. In Western Christianity the annual celebration is now held on 2 November and is associated with All Saints’ Day (1 November) and its vigil, Hallowe’en (31 October).[2] In the liturgical books of the western Catholic Church (the Latin Church) it is called The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, and is celebrated annually on 2 November, even if this date falls on a Sunday.[3] In Anglicanism it is called Commemoration of All Faithful Departed and is an optional celebration.[4] In the Eastern Orthodox Church and the associated Eastern Catholic Churches, it is celebrated several times during the year and is not associated with the month of November. Beliefs and practices associated with All Souls’ Day vary widely among Christian churches and denominations.

      At the Reformation the celebration of All Souls’ Day was fused with All Saints’ Day in the Church of England, though it was renewed individually in certain churches in connection with the Catholic Revival of the 19th century. The observance was restored with the publication of the 1980 Alternative Service Book, and it features in Common Worship as a Lesser Festival called “Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)”.

      Among continental Protestants its tradition has been more tenaciously maintained. Even Luther’s influence was not sufficient to abolish its celebration in Saxony during his lifetime; and, though its ecclesiastical sanction soon lapsed even in the Lutheran Church, its memory survives strongly in popular custom. In the Methodist Churchsaints refer to all Christians and therefore, on All Saint’s Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation are honoured and remembered.
  • October 31st is called “All Hallowed Eve” or “holy evening”
  • Druids developed and held to the concept of disembodied souls that roamed the earth having not gained entrance into heaven
  • Once again we see the glaring compromise of the Romish Church: the union of the Christian with the heathen festivals as the Church conquered its pagan rivals
    • “The inflexible Protestantism of the primitive missionaries…exchanged for the supple policy, the easy tolerance, the comprehensive charity of shred ecclesiastics, who clearly perceived that if Christianity [Catholicism] was to conquer the world it could do so only by relaxing the too rigid principles of its Founder, by widening a little the narrow gate which leads to salvation” (Sir James George Frazer–“The Golden Bough”)
  • Halloween or All Hallowed Even” was rejected by the English Puritans in America as a Catholic and pagan holiday. For 200-years the holiday never took hold in America; at least not until the Irish potato famine of the 1840s when 1000s of Irish immigrants migrated to America, bringing this pagan custom with them
    • Halloween has become a night of fun and festivities, different from it being a night of fearing wandering demons in its earlier make-up
    • Focus is on children
  • Celebration finds its significance in modern society as:
  1. Wicca and Satanist High Sabbath–it is described as their holiest day of the year and in many realms a serious celebration takes place on that day/night. Halloween represents or marks the end and beginning their occult year; the beginning of death and destruction typically associated with winter; the underworld unleashes its spirits and thus they are free to roam the earth; it is a time to call upon spirits. The Wiccans and Satanists find solid links with Samhein as they believe that the “veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest and communications with the spirit realm is much easier. Modern Wiccans have been known to assemble in circles and dance nude, calling upon spirits to visit their gathering. Satanists take it to another level. Satanists have been known to sacrifice small animals and large animals and even people in the name of Satan and all that is unholy
  2. Concentration on Darkness
  3. Focus on death
  4. Commercial and Festive Appeal–multi-billion dollar holiday industry
  5. Dabble in the Spirit Realm
  6. Demonic Influence
  7. Idolatry is Occultism
  8. Trick or treating is the modern equivalent of the ancient custom of people visiting their neighborhood homes on Halloween night to represent the dead in search of food. Those who give out the treat are as those in times past who attempted to appease Hecate and other nighttime demonic powers. Hecate was a goddess of the underworld
  9. the wearing of costumes, especially those of devils and other occult characters symbolize evil spirits seeking after mischief in the night as well as attempts at scaring away evil spirits in the night
  10. The creation of Jack-O-Lanterns with burning candles hearken back to a time when these objections/creations were carved and placed in front of and around homes in Gaelic territories for purposes of frightening away evil spirits
Views by Certain Christian Leaders and the Prevailing Christian Attitude Regarding Halloween
  • What does Scripture Say Regarding Observances Such as Halloween and What His Chosen Must Do?
  • Halloween is an occult holiday and in some realms even a holy day. Thus everything that is wicked, especially evil spiritual entities and concepts, are in essence objects of worship:
    • 14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. (Exo 34:14-17; cf. 20: 3, 5)
      • Yehovah prepares the Children of Promise for eventual conquest and habitation of the land. He warns them to become ensnared in any alliances or covenants with the peoples in these conquered lands; destroy their alters and idols; do not inquire as to their religion/gods; and do not erect any graven images of other elohims for Yehovah is a jealous God
      • Yehovah demands our strict attention as He is a jealous God who will recompense judgment upon those who cheat on Him with other religions and gods (Deu. 4: 24)
    •  15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: 19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.1 20 But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. (Deu 4:15-20 KJV)
      • what about our personal Horebs?
      • have you seen the trappings of the holiday?
      • Yehovah has brought us out of Egypt (Babylon) and taken us through the crucible of life’s wilderness for one purpose and that is to be a unique peoples, wholly acceptable to Him and to be a light to the world; kings and priests; different from the rest of the world’s nations
    •  19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.  20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God. (Deu 8:19-20 KJV)
      • There are consequences when we dabble in such practices and traditions as Halloween
    • Deu 10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
      • It is therefore Yehovah and Yehovah alone we must worship
    • 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  (Mat 15:7-9 KJV)
      • When church leaders like Alan Ruydnick and Mary Fairchild teach that Halloween must be incorporated into a Believer’s life and evangelistic outreach efforts, they are making themselves the very focus of Yeshua’s discussion here
    •  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (Joh 4:23-24 KJV)
  • A central theme of Halloween is death and Yehovah strictly forbid us to not place any concentrated focus or give credence to the dead:
    • I haven’t eaten any of this food when mourning, I haven’t put any of it aside when unclean, nor have I given any of it for the dead. I have listened to what ADONAI my God has said, and I have done everything you ordered me to do. (Deu 26:14 CJB)
      • Our Father is only interested in life and the propagation and salvation of life whenever possible
    •  5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? (Psa 6:5 KJV)
    •  10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Ecc 9:10 KJV)
  • Another central theme of Halloween is witches and again, Yehovah has condemn witches to die–case closed
    • Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. (Exo 22:18 KJV)
    • Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
  • Yehovah was clear that we are not to adopt any pagan practices
    •  9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (Deu 18:9 KJV)
      • Some traditions and practices seem harmless and in many cases fun (Halloween), beautiful (Christmas) and majestic (Easter). Yet these all have pagan origin and regardless how innocent and how much the Church has over the years attempted to cover up the truth behind these holidays and traditions and paint over top of them a portrait of Christianity, those of us who know better but choose to participate are playing a fool’s game.
  • Halloween has been called a good, clean, wholesome, family centered holiday. Millions of Churches participate or give credence to the day, encouraging their members to celebrate this evil night. But Yehovah has warned us:
    • 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!1 (Isa 5:20 KJV)
  • Halloween is a time of darkness and fear. However, we serve a God of light
    •  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1Jo 1:5-7 KJV)

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