Revelation 7:9-10 (KJV)
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

These verses are a part of the revelation given to John. Here we find that John saw people from all over the world standing before God and Christ. The number standing there was so great no man could count the individuals that were present. The NLT translation makes verse 10 easier to read, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

Today is known to many of us as Halloween. It comes from a Christian celebrated holiday call Hallows Day, Hallowmas, or All Saints Day. So today is the eve of Hallows day, the start of a remembrance of those who stood for the church and are now with God and Christ in heaven. John had the privilege of seeing all those who would be there in heaven. He saw the great saints and multitude of people too great to count. Those verses were to reassure us of our place in heaven. In the early church Christians would celebrate the anniversary of a martyr’s death for Christ. There would be an all night vigil leading up to the celebration of their remembrance. Around 270AD a celebration of All Martyrs began. It was a remembrance of all the saints who had died defending Christ and the Church. Today many have forgotten this tradition. The holiday has become mixed with other festivals to accommodate those from many cultures. Along the way some pagan traditions were introduced. Many have also turned the holiday into a dark and gloomy imagery of death instead of the celebration of life after death. James tells us, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” The Halloween holiday can be a day of fun if our mindsets are correct. It can be a celebration of those who died for the church. But if we allow ourselves to focus on the evil and allow Satan to have credit then we are dishonoring the intent of the holiday. Deuteronomy 18:9-14 says, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God. The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things.” So how do you celebrate Halloween? Do you focus on the dark side or do you stand in the light with Christ. There is nothing wrong with celebration and fun, but make sure you do it wisely. Remember Christ in all that you do and let your love for Him shine through.