Have you ever wondered what the word Halloween means? I am not speaking about the history of the holiday our culture celebrates, but rather the simple meaning of this word associated with October 31st. The word Halloween when spoken in the Christian community stirs up visions lacking any semblance of God’s goodness or light. The darkness is prevalent this time of year, but why is that? Why have we relinquished this day to another kingdom?
Decorations consisting of witches, spiders, and skeletons adorn homes and businesses during this time of year. Haunted houses and horror movies are solicited as many exchange money for the spirit of fear and bondage, unbeknownst to the participant that devils are entertained at the person’s expense. We recognize witchcraft and demonic activity during this entire month, and in that the church has inadvertently surrendered this day to the powers of darkness. Many confidently declare what occurs on this day instead of reclaiming this day back in the Name of Almighty God.
As I was writing this blog at two in the morning on October 30th, it occurred to me that this year marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event happened on October 31, 1517. It was not a decoration, but a set of declarations so to speak that would spark the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was challenging the church in his time, a house that should have been full of God’s power and truth. He challenged those who took money from people on behalf of the dead. All of this started with a man who chose to shine in the midst of darkness. October 31st holds a much different meaning spiritually once we gain understanding.
The created cannot be the Creator
Satan did not create this day. He did not steal it, but rather it was surrendered to him through people’s actions and confessions. There are many Christians who have empowered the darkness by making satan equal to God. There is no competition between light and darkness. Light always wins. The Lord reminded me that He created day and night. Psalm 118:24-25 says,
“This day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. We’ll ask the Lord to save us. We’ll sincerely ask the Lord to let us win.” (CEV)
It may interest you to know the simple meaning of the word Halloween. It can be broken down into two parts. Hallow means “to honor as holy” while -een represents “evening”. Halloweven is the middle English word from which Halloween originated. I know what this night means to the occult realms, and I understand the history of this holiday. Yet I am convinced if the church understood what weight this night holds for them, we would get on the spiritual offense.
Halloween simply means a holy evening, and though it is perverted and esteemed as “holy” to witches and warlocks, holiness can only be ascribed to One, and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the name above all other names. He is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5)
Stop complaining and start reclaiming
I am not saying we should pay homage to deceased “saints”, but rather we should honor their legacy by taking up where they left off. We must stop giving this day over to the devil. The kingdom of darkness is more persistent to cast spells and word curses than the body of Christ is to pray and to take authority over the devil. That must change. This is not satan’s day. October 31st belongs to the Lord. It is the birthday of Protestantism.
As I was thinking about this month and what it represents to many in our culture, particularly October 31st, I heard the Lord say to me, “Stop complaining and start reclaiming this day”. We are to reclaim this day and any other time the devil tries to be exalted by the light of Christ, a light that should shine ever so brightly from His glorious vessels. We must rightly discern in this hour what is of God and what is not, and we must not destroy people but every argument and lofty opinion that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I say this bearing great self introspection: stop saying how dark it is in the world unless you are prepared to shine and cause the darkness to retreat. If the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness (Matthew 6:23). Snatch souls from the grips of hell on Halloween. Walk in the understanding that the Holy Spirit is upon you to minister as Jesus ministered. You need not fear demons when the greater One lives within you. The Holy Spirit knows how to handle devils.
Plunder the enemy’s camp! Pray, intercede, and make war in the Spirit. Claim the souls of witches for the Kingdom of God. Operate in the authority given you by Christ. October 31st is a great reminder that reformation took place. However, the Truth was nailed to the cross two thousand years ago, and the greatest reformation unfolded. Reformation is in our spiritual DNA.
I cannot speak for you, but I speak for my household when I say, I make war with my prayers and prophetic declarations. I am calling October 31st a holy day for the Lord. He alone is to be honored as holy, and whether it is day or night, He continues to be holy. You and I were made to shine, and we were made for reformation. Be empowered to reform this day.