ORIGINALLY POSTED 01 OCTOBER, 2003
In all likelihood, while purchasing decorative items for Sukkot
you saw Halloween objects on an adjacent shelf.
By mid-to-late Summer, you can now go to your local store while grocery shopping and see it advertised. You can now buy your decorations and costumes for this holiday much earlier than ever before. The advertising and marketing involved for this holiday is beyond that of what Christmas was in the past. Halloween has become a very formidable holiday, a huge money maker for confectioners and the entertainment industry alike. It has also been responsible for many people being introduced to the occult and considering witchcraft and spiritism as legitimate forms of one’s expression of faith—perhaps even allowed by God and encouraged by the Church.
Of all the holidays that are celebrated in the United States, Halloween happens to be one that many evangelical Christians have spoken out against because of its strong connections to the occult, and indeed to Satanism. This is to be commended. But this does not include all Christians.
Many of us who are Messianic were once part of the conservative Christian community. It might be more easily said that we are even more conservative now, then when we were involved in mainstream Christianity. Not only do we not celebrate Halloween, but we do not even celebrate Christmas or Easter. Instead, we keep the Biblical holidays of Leviticus 23 that our Heavenly Father ordained for His people.
But why do we not celebrate Christmas or Easter? Are they not supposed to be commemorative of the birth of the Messiah and His resurrection? What is so non-Biblical about His birth or His resurrection? There is nothing non-Biblical about His birth or resurrection. Yet perhaps the key for those who do not understand why we do not celebrate these two seemingly “good” holidays, is a proper handling as to why we should not celebrate Halloween. Certainly if our purpose is to be in compliance with God’s Word, then why do we not celebrate Halloween?
The Fall holiday season of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot—also including Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah—is a very special, sacred time of year for God’s people. It is considered to be the most holy time of year in Judaism. As such, this season can teach us all important things about the great value of corporate repentance of sin, and an annual inspection of our individual spiritual maturity. We can learn lessons about the Lord’s ongoing plan of salvation history, especially the Second Coming of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and the future establishment of His Millennial Kingdom!
The Messianic Fall Holiday Helper is a valuable compilation of resources designed to assist you, your family, and your Messianic fellowship for this season. We have included a selection of articles summarizing the role of mainline Jewish tradition, and reflective articles that focus on day-to-day observances of the Ten Days of Awe and the eight days of Tabernacles. Messages from customary books of the Tanach (Old Testament) like Deuteronomy and Ecclesiastes, which are often studied and discussed during the Fall high holidays, have been offered. A few FAQs on the Fall high holidays have also been provided. Finally, some significant liturgy derived from Conservative Jewish sources—including a template for both a Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning service—is available.
If you have ever wondered what role the Fall high holidays should play in the life of a Believer, then the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper is definitely something for you. You will be blessed by what you can learn during these convocations!