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Halloween Strange Facts (25 Pack)
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A  KNOCK CAME TO THE DOOR. Opening it, there they stood — little demons, witches, skeletons and monsters. The demand was made in unison — ‘Trick or treat!’ Halloween had once more forced its way upon our society. The yearly ritual had come to pass. Of course, as we all know, behind the grotesque masks portraying evil beings were innocent little children, out for a night of fun and candy collecting.

HALLOWEEN! — Where did it originate? What does it mean? This tract provides the strange facts. Don’t be shocked, just read on!

The Celts lived more than 2,000 years ago in what is now Great Britain, Ireland and northern France. Their festival of Samhain is probably the source of the present-day Halloween celebration. The Celts new year began on November 1, and a festival that began the previous evening honoured Samhain, the Celtic lord of death. It was believed that Samhain allowed the souls of the dead to return to their earthly homes for this evening. On the evening of the festival, the Druid priests built a huge new year’s bonfire and burned crops, animals and even human beings as sacrifices.

THE GHOSTLY PARADE

The custom of begging door to door for candy while masked goes back to the Celtic New Year’s feast. The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table. At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town, leading the ghosts away.

In A.D. 835, Pope Gregory IV changed the date of All Hallows or All Saints’ Day from May 13 to November 1, so that the heathen could continue celebrating their Celtic festival even after em­bracing Catholicism. Thus the word “Halloween” means “holy or hallowed evening,” the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saints’ Day. However, there is nothing holy about it! Today it still portrays demons, deviltry, darkness, death and pagan superstition.

Let me turn your mind now from unholy pagan superstitions to holy and divine realities. Do you realise that there were three hallowed evenings in history that have done more to change the lives and destinies of men than any other event this world has ever known? I will try to be interesting in exposing them — so do read on!

THE HOLY EVENING OF HIS BIRTH

The scene was in Bethlehem. Shepherds were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. The angel of the Lord came upon them, announcing, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2v10-12). What a tremendous evening that was, for the eternal God clothed Himself with a human body and came into this world — “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3v16).

Why did God come and why did He become human? Let Him give you the vital answers! “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1v15). “The Son of man came...to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10v45). God reveals that we are all sinners under the bondage of sin, thus travelling to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Romans 3v9,23; Revelation 20v15). By taking upon Himself a body of flesh and blood, the Lord became capable of offering Himself as the only sacrifice that God would accept for our sins, for “without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9v22).

HOLY EVENINGS OF PRAYER & BURIAL

The night before the Lord Jesus was to be crucified we find Him in a garden praying, “O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done” (Matthew 26v42). That cup was the poured out wrath of God, which righteously should have been ours, because of our sins. Thus, on the cross, forsaken by His God, He bore my judgment, He cancelled my debt, He set me free and secured a home for me in heaven. Like the apostle Paul, I also can exclaim, “The Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2v20)!

It was a holy evening when they took His wounded body down from the cross and laid it in a new tomb. However, He rose again! He now lives in heaven! He is able to save you, if only you will trust Him as your only hope of salvation.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16v31)

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