365 Prophecies: Prophecy 257
The Messiah will bear witness of the truth of God for the salvation of man.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:9c And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
New Testament Fulfillment:
1 Peter 2:22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
As with the previous two prophecies of the Messiah from Isaiah 53:9, this third point describes the Savior telling the absolute truth. Peter, again confirms that Isaiah was describing Jesus, who bore witness to the truth.
Isaiah’s prophecy is that there will be no deceit in the mouth of the Messiah. In other words, He will always tell the truth. His ministry is to bear witness of the truth of God and what He requires for salvation. Today there are many who bear false witness about God. They claim to know Him and His will while espousing doctrines and traditions that God has never consented to: salvation by works, salvation by obedience, salvation by rite of a church or religious organization. All these have one common denominator: they depend on the actions of human beings to make them valid.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ defines for us the fact that God has done everything for us that is required for salvation. There is nothing left for us to do except believe and trust in the completed work that Jesus has accomplished for us on the cross.
If we examine the requirements of all religions and compare them to what Jesus has said, we see a stark contrast: salvation by grace through faith or salvation by works through the institutions of man. The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands alone in declaring that there is nothing that we can do to earn God’s favor—except believe in the One that He has sent to save us.
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
During the time that Jesus conducted His earthly ministry, the religious Jews in Israel were not teaching the people the truth about God. Though the Pharisees were charged by the Lord to teach the people the Word of God; instead, they taught the traditions of men. For this reason, men were being lied to and misled in the correct way to approach God and have a relationship with Him.
See Prophecy 192 for a discussion on the “Traditions of the Elders” versus the Law of God.
Jesus brought the people back to a place of simple worship of God without the restrictions of the church or the traditions of men. Jesus told the leaders of Israel that they had made the word of God void or of no effect, by their traditions.
Matthew 15:6 then he need not honor his father or mother. Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
Mark 7:13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.
There are many Christians today who believe that they have the right to celebrate Halloween because it is an American tradition. What is not often considered is that this “American tradition” has introduced millions of young children to the occult in greater numbers than any other practice or tradition known to man. By the subtlety of evil fun that Halloween teaches, children learn that witches, zombies, blood, and gore are harmless fun.
It is the testimony of those who began with the subtlety of Halloween and later delved further into the occult, that it was by their parents’ celebration of Halloween as a harmless tradition, that opened their minds up to experimentation into the world of the occult.
Today, there are more children killed in ritual sacrifices on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
Former Satanist, Glenn Hobbs describes his own experience during a seven minute video called “Halloween Trick or Treat,” by Jeremiah Films.
“It’s quite ironic how one group of people are thinking it’s fun, and another group of people are taking human life, and yet there seems to be this wall, and nobody wants to face the facts of what’s really going on.” – Glenn Hobbs
Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, said this:
“While there are some people who may be concerned about the origins of halloween and it’s focus on blood, death, horror and the occult, to millions of youngsters across the nation it has been adopted as a time to pursue scary fun. It is an opportunity to dress up in ghoulish or fanciable costumes, to engage in the fantasy of being a witch or a vampire, ghost or devil. Eager “trick-or-treaters” solicit candy door to door or bob for apples at halloween parties. Others brave haunted houses and horror movie marathons, while the more daring visit cemeteries at midnight, play with ouija boards and hold seances in an effort to contact spirits of the dead.”
Pastor Chuck continues:
“Deuteronomy, chapter 18, spells out God’s position concerning man’s participation in divination, sorcery or communicating with the dead. Verse 12 states that whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord. By participating in the customs of halloween, whether in fun or ignorance, we are continuing in practices which have been consecrated to Satan. People who love the Lord should stand for separation from these things and not compromise.”
Traditions and the teaching of these acceptable practices by compromising Christians has taught a false gospel to an entire generation.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 …For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? … 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”
If pastors were to take a firm stance against Halloween, it is likely that more than half of any church would leave their congregations and never return. What in the world does Halloween have to do with Jesus Christ? The traditions of men have become so engrained in the society to which we live today. It would be nearly impossible to dislodge these practices from the hearts of those who consider them harmless traditions.
The best test of any tradition is to try and find any place in the word of God where that tradition is a doctrinal truth. If you cannot, we should not. A person who cannot perceive that there is something seriously wrong with playing with evil and darkness has a significant loss of spiritual discernment.
Because Jesus told the people that what the scribes and Pharisees were teaching the people was in direct conflict with the word of God, their hatred and fear of Jesus grew daily. It was because the religious leaders of Israel feared that they would lose their great positions of authority should the people follow what Jesus said, that these leaders wanted to kill Him.
Telling the truth is ultimately what cost Jesus His life. Because He always spoke the truth, Isaiah prophesied that no deceit would come from the mouth of the Messiah.
The truth was not popular during the time of Jesus, and it is still quite unpopular today. People would rather be told that they are good and on their way to heaven, rather than the truth that they are a sinner, on their way to hell if they do not repent and turn to Jesus Christ. The members of the church would rather hold on to their traditions that serve no purpose in spiritual growth, and actually glorify satan and darkness.
When the truth is spoken, it is offensive and has the same effect on people today as it did when Jesus spoke it 2,000 years ago.
 Excerpts from the film: ““Halloween Trick or Treat,” by Jeremiah Films, available at The Word for Today, Pastor Chuck Smith.