The word Halloween dates back to early 1700s. “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. Halloween was a time in the church calendar when martyrs were remembered. The bible tells us that Christian martyrs plead with the Lord now.

10 They shouted, “Master, you are holy and faithful! How long will it be before you judge and punish the people of this earth who killed us?” (Revelation 6:10)

In response, the Lord calls his people to be patient and wait for his plan to unfold.

11 Then each of those who had been killed was given a white robe and told to rest for a little while. They had to wait until the complete number of the Lord’s other servants and followers would be killed. (Rev 6:11)

Following this call to patience, the bible speaks of Jesus returning.

13 The stars in the sky fell to earth, just like figs shaken loose by a windstorm. 14 Then the sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all mountains and islands were moved from their places.

15 The kings of the earth, its famous people, and its military leaders hid in caves or behind rocks on the mountains. They hid there together with the rich and the powerful and with all the slaves and free people. 16 Then they shouted to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us! Hide us from the one who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb. (Revelation 6:13-16)

This Halloween remember the Lord’s return. Please pray for and engage with the people around you. Speak Jesus into their understanding of Halloween. Silent Christian protest is insufficient at such a time as this.

Denis Oliver