The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern

Occult (in latin “accultus”) means to cover up, hide or conceal.  The purpose is to deceive you.Jack O'Lantern - Ephesians 4:27

Occultism is always involved with some contact with the demonic world. 

One of the characteristics of occultism is that it creates a strange magnetism that draws the participant while, at the same time, frightens him. People are attracted to it and move into it, but always with some degree of fear and trepidation.

Demons and occultism work hand in hand. In fact, occultism would not exist without demons. If there were no demons, there would be no occult.

Here is some important information about the legend of the Jack O’Lantern.

The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O’Lantern to America and it is now an integral part of Halloween.  The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.”

According to the myth, a stingy drunk named Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree for an apple, but then cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree— preventing the devil from coming down. Jack forced the devil to swear he would never come after Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly agreed.

When Jack eventually died he was turned away from the gates of heaven because of his life of drunkenness and selfishness. He next went to the devil who also rejected him, keeping his promise.  As Jack was leaving hell (and happening to be eating a turnip) the devil threw a live coal at him.

Condemned to wander the earth, Jack put the coal inside the turnip, making a “jack o’lantern” to light his way.  The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”  On all Hallow’s eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.

When Irish immigrants came to the United States, they brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them.  They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns. Eventually, pumpkins replaced the turnip.

Ephesians 4:27, “.. do not give the devil the opportunity.” -NASB  In NKJV, it says, “…nor give place to the devil”

When Paul wrote: Nor give place to the devil, Paul used a Greek word that means “beachhead.” When an army attacks, it first sends in soldiers to control a beachhead. This beachhead is inside enemy territory. Once that is done, the reinforcements can come in while those in the beachhead give cover fire. A beachhead is an area of control within enemy territory. A believer can be controlled through a beachhead within; so a believer can be controlled by a demon.

The distinction between believers and unbelievers is not that a believer cannot be controlled and an unbeliever can be controlled. Rather, the difference is a matter of the extent of the control. An unbeliever can be totally controlled, but a believer can only be partially controlled, never totally controlled.

Sister, let’s not give the devil the opportunity!

~Your sister in Yeshua

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