The Halloween Star



            The upcoming Halloween celebration dates back to the Druids, who used the holiday for various Pagan religious practices including Human sacrifice. There is nothing Christian about it.


            Yet there is one interesting story about the Halloween celebration which illustrates how the Pagans tried to appropriate the stars into their religions. It is the story of the Jack-O’-Lantern, that pumpkin with a face carved out and a candle inside. This seemingly benign decoration represents a much more gruesome picture from the rituals of past ages: A frightful severed head. And the picture comes straight from the Star Bible, even though the real meaning is very different.


            The “Jack-O’-Lantern” in the sky is the Star Algol (“Evil Spirit”). It is part of the constellation Perseus, (the Breaker) which is a picture of Christ who breaks open a way for us (Micah 2:13) and breaks open the seals in Revelation 5. Algol pictures the severed evil head of the nations, the Anti-Christ, whose head is cut off from the Nations when Christ returns (Rev 19:20). So the frightful Jack-O’-Lantern is really a picture of the return and triumph of Christ.


            The Star Algol would have been near the Zenith point on Halloween after midnight in Druid times three thousand years ago. Now it can be seen closer to 11:00 pm. It is also an interesting object because it is a variable star decreasing in brightness about every 69 hours, with the nearest visible minimum at about 2:00 AM on October 13.

            This year a small comet, ASASSN 1, adds to the picture as it runs through Perseus on its way toward the North Pole. The comet reaches its maximum brightness on October 14, but will be a faint magnitude 6 or 7 object best viewed through binoculars or a small telescope. On that date it passes near the Bright Star Capella (The Goat) in the constellation Auriga (The Shepard), which reminds us that Christ is our Good Shepard who will keep us safe in the Day of Judgment shown by Perseus (2 Peter 2:9).

            So tonight find the Halloween Star Algol and tell someone about how Christ our Good Shepard will protect us from the judgment to come.     Â




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