Dressing up in costumes, handing out candy and carving jack-o-lanterns may seem like an innocent tradition, but Halloween's roots come from a dark, ancient, pagan festival. Now, ex-witch Jenny Weaver who is being used powerfully by God is warning Christians about the spiritual danger of participating in Halloween.
Originally called "Samhain," Oct. 31 marked the summer's end and fall's beginning. Many believed it was a day where the veil between the living and the dead was so thin people could cross through.
"It's all steeped in demonic rituals," Weaver says. People in Northern Europe would dress up in costumes to disguise themselves as one of the spirits rising from the dead to protect their families from what they thought was lurking between the veil.
God doesn't want us to fall into a pit of witchcraft. He warned His people, "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God" (Lev. 19:31).
Catch that. Prophetic witchcraft defiles you. The Contemporary English Version of this Scripture reads, "Don't make yourselves disgusting to Me by going to people who claim they can talk to the dead." And The Message puts it this way: "Don't dabble in the occult or traffic with mediums; you'll pollute your souls. I am God, your God."
Defile means "to make unclean or impure." It means "to corrupt." It means "to contaminate." God calls us to be holy even as He is holy. Prophetic witchcraft and holiness do not mix.
Why are so many Christian leaders ignoring the warnings in the Bible about hypocrisy?
From the inquisitions of centuries past to the tragic fall of Hillsong leadership, leaders within the church are either not reading or ignoring the multitude of Bible verses warning against living a sinful life behind closed doors.
The name of Jesus is tarnished each and every time these failures of leadership are brought to light, and they will be exposed. Sometimes repeatedly.
At 8 years old, former satanist John Ramirez started down a deep, dark path of witchcraft and worshipping Satan. For 25 years he performed countless ceremonies in the realm of darkness, gathered with witches and warlocks and studied the devil's playbook—until he had a radical encounter with Jesus that marked his life forever.
Jesus took him out of his body to the pits of hell and opened his eyes to the very real and dark reality of the eternal impacts of the life he was living.
"God is a God of purpose, and I found my purpose in Christ and Christ alone. I didn't find my purpose in a building. I didn't find my purpose in anything else but Him," Ramirez says.
Sine their arrival, Jews and Christians alike have been talking about what possible signs or events may occur regarding the Third Temple.
This excitement was palpable on the steps leading up to the Temple Mount on Thursday, Oct. 13.
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