Acknowledging those who have been successful in their faith, the early Church set aside a 'memorial day' honoring all fallen Christians martyred in spiritual combat. Called 'All Saints Day' by some, or 'All Hallows Day' (i.e, a day celebrating 'all who are holy') by Anglicans, Greeks and Romans, it has been celebrated by these churches since the 7th century.
A few hundred years ago in an area north of England, a superstitious ritual with Celtic roots was initiated mocking this memorial day for the saints by commemorating pagan rites on the night before the Christian celebration was to begin. This night of superstition concerning the dead came to be known in Scotland as 'Halloween' (All Hallows Eve, i.e., the evening before All Hallows Day) and was carried to America by immigrants.
Until just a few years ago, this pagan holiday was celebrated only in the United States of America, where its popularity has grown so large that it now dwarfs here the Christian celebration it was born to mock.
Halloween is not promoted by any Christian church or, until just recently, celebrated in any other country of the world, but in the United States, spurred by candy and costume sales, this pagan holiday has mushroomed, and is now larger by far than any religious celebration (except Christmas) in its scope and participation.
The fact that the most Christian country on earth would also be the site of the most florid pagan celebration on earth is a strange paradox. It proves not only that the war rages where God has planted His seed, but that it rages most intensely where that seed is in its greatest abundance.
It may be interesting here to note that a third holiday honoring dead Christians follows the two above. Celebrated on November 2nd, it is called 'All Souls Day' and honors all dead Christians everywhere, martyred or not -- a sort of 'memorial day' for all Christians throughout the world.
To have three such diverse days of such spiritual importance, all with related themes and all occurring one after another at the same time of year on three successive days is remarkable.
If we assume that the guidance of the Holy Spirit was involved, it is possible to conclude that the timing may have some future significance as far as the ultimate martyrdom and resurrection of the Church is concerned.
These special days come in the winter months, an allegorical time in scripture that involves the dying months of creation.
Throughout history, God has consistently combined momentous circumstances in Christ with the celebrations in the Old Testament which have commemorated or predicted them. In the case of the days that honor the saints, however, no old covenant correlations exist.
For this reason, we cannot use scripture to unveil any end-time model, except to document the possibility that the Holy Spirit had a particular pattern in mind when instructing the leaders of the Church to define the celebrations on the days that they did, especially since one of these days seems to have been relocated to November from a date first set in the springtime.
There is an Old Testament model that comes a few weeks earlier and commemorates the end of the harvest. It is called the 'Feast of the Tabernacles' and includes the last day of the Hebrew year, the New Year day following, and Yom Kippur -- the highest holy day in the House of Israel's calendar -- the Day of God.
We know that this celebration correlates with the end of the world. It is the day described in the Book of Daniel (Dn.7:9-14), when God takes His place on a throne above the city of Jerusalem and the Judgment of the world begins.
It commemorates the end of the harvest and it's inclusion of Yom Kippur completes the trilogy of days commemorating the three parts of the Godhead: Easter for the Son; Pentecost for the Holy Spirit; and the Day of God for the Father.
These are the three great feast days of the Hebrew calendar, locked in place in the Torah by Moses long before Jesus was ever born. Christians celebrate two of these days, but the third -- that which comes during the Feast of the Tabernacles -- is not celebrated because the momentous Day of God has not yet arrived.
One thing is certain. The 'October 31 - November 1' model now in place shows that an intensely pagan 'night' with all its revelry and death, and greater participation, will be immediately followed by a 'daylight' filled with rich reward for the saints of God in their ultimate victory over Satan.
Allegorically, these dates define the 'tribulation' (the 'night' of Satan), followed by the brilliant reappearance of Jesus Christ as He sweeps away the night forever and brings eternal victory for the children of God.
All the darkness, mayhem and mass death that Satan's night is able to produce on this earth will be followed by glorious resurrection for those who remain true to the holiness of their new lives in Christ.
Footnote -- 'Saints'
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Clock of God Chapter 30, "A Destruction Decreed"
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