n a multitude of mythological accounts, a Changeling is said to be a creature who comes from the spirit world, usually a child of Faeries or Trolls, who is exchanged for a human baby, in order to bring about a desired result. The purpose of such an exchange, which varies widely in ancient lore, is frequently so theChangeling can impact the humans who have involuntarily had their child replaced. Many times, the story takes a dark turn, and the human child is consumed, or otherwise fed to the spirit world, whereas the counterfeit Changeling continues, enjoying the benefits which should have accrued to the original child.
In other variants, the Faeries are benevolent, with the Changeling the hero of the tale, while the human which was swapped with the Changeling is evil, and unworthy of his new place in the mythical land to which he (or she) has been unintentionally transported. There are thousands of permutations to the legends, but as in so many other mysterious myths, there is usually an original event, or cause for the creation and dissemination of the tale.
Some researchers see political or social development operating behind the mask of myth, and claim the very concept of storytelling was a way to put forth commentary, or metaphor meant to describe a deeper truth. We see not dissimilar parallels in the allegorical school of Scripture, as there are clearly Spiritual themes which are manifested in multiple generations recorded in both testaments. In this regard, when seen as an agent of change, without a doubt, the world's first Changeling was the serpent in the Garden of Eden. It is in that light that we approach the mystical concept of the Changeling.
At this juncture in the present work, I will hasten to note the fact that understanding an allegorical layer to Scripture does not negate a literal historicity, nor does it indicate a liberal theological worldview. Indeed, it is the ignorant and twice dead blind guides, functioning as the many false prophets scheduled to arrive in our day, who quickly condemn, and speak as the Scriptures say, "of those things which they know not" (Jude 1:10). It is our hope the reader has enough of an intellect -- a rather rare commodity these days -- to fully appreciate the fact that the Scriptures plainly tell us the unregenerate man is one who cannot discernSpiritual things, and the concept of a Spiritual counterfeit certainly fits the category of "spiritual things."
When examining the story of the fall in the Garden of Eden, there is a tendency to focus on the words, or the theological implications of the event, so we sometimes overlook the "big picture." The most obvious part of the scene is the simple fact that before the escapade with the serpent, Adam and Eve were in complete accord with the LORD, and the idyllic setting was the status quo. In other words, the serpent was the change agent in the episode.
In the Garden of Eden, we have the quintessential example of Serpentspeak, detailed in the fashion in which the unearthly character articulates his antithetical "truth." This is the premier example of a form of communication which is calculated to develop a rapport with Eve, in order to persuade her to shift her fixedposition to a place where she is willing to consider change. Thus, the term Changeling takes on an entirely new dimension.
In the Eden experience, Adam, Eve, and the LORD form a similitude of what we call the Triune Matrix -- another way of saying the setting prefigures the doctrine of the Trinity. The balance and harmony which preexists before the fall is predicated on a continuing adherence to God's directives -- i.e. an ongoing obedience to the commandment to avoid the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As long as this condition exists, the totality of creation, in the form of the two components seen in the male and the female, is in complete accord with the singular LORD of glory.
Once again, the catalyst for change, which seeks to transform the circumstances which are fixed in the Garden of Eden, is the serpent -- and with this characterization, we find the first transformational character in recorded history. This opens up a veritable Pandora's Box of possibilities -- with the mythical figure of Pandora, and all the evil which escapes because of her idle curiosity -- serving as yet another example of a myth which is undoubtedly a distorted echo of the very same story of Eve, and the entrance of sin into this dimension of the Triuniverse.
Ultimately, the figure of Satan, as the personality lurking behind the serpent whose subtlety is brought to bear on the absolute truth of God's perfect creation, is introduced into the Scriptural accounts. Time and time again over the centuries, in a multitude of generations, we see agents of the Devil, repeating the role of the Changeling. Thus, the Scriptures tell the story of an ongoing attempt to change the course of the LORD's creation, in order to suit the serpent's selfish agenda.
A classic example of this is found in the person of Judas Iscariot -- the disciple who was "before of old ordained to this condemnation" (Jude 1:4). Although Judas is best remembered for his cowardly betrayal of Jesus to the Talmudic religious cult which had seized control of the Jewish temple system, it is more important that we recognize his failed effort to steer, or change, the nature of the mission of JESUS CHRIST. In this regard, Judas functioned as a Changeling.
As a case in point, Judas sought to subtly shift the ministry of Jesus from the eternal, Spiritual kingdom of Heaven which Christ proclaimed, to a more earthly approach, one in which the poor and the hungry would be comforted with the gifts received by Jesus:
"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus...Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein" (John 12:3-5).
In this abortive attempt to change the focus of Christ's wonderful work, we see Judas in the role of a failedChangeling. We note, for instance, the attempt to subtly shift this aspect of events to a redistribution of physical assets, in a transparent attempt to be enlarge his own role. Indeed, Judas Iscariot's persona is so obviously wicked that he is provided with the unique title, "the son of perdition" -- but instead of emphasizing the fact that this is because of his betrayal of Jesus, we should look deeper into the Spiritual realm, in an effort to diagnose the tactics he used. A lengthy examination of the Judas Cycle is beyond the scope of the present writing, but the primary attribute we can easily recognize is the attempt by Judas Iscariot to change the course of Christ's ministry.
Although some would say that in arranging Christ's betrayal, Judas succeeded, we would assure the reader that it was Jesus Christ's objective to offer Himself as the ultimate sacrifice from the very beginning (see John 12:33), and the man from Kerioth ended up becoming a part of Christ's successful mission, not achieving his own infernal plan. By juxtaposing the serpent's successful effort at changing Eve's fixed position, with Christ's successful fulfillment of accomplishing the foreordained role which the Father set for Him, we see the very same Spiritual factions manifested in both accounts. Both are literal. Both are true, and both are accurate historical events; but the victory belongs to Jesus Christ.
When we connect the Spiritual threads found in the Judas Cycle, and realize the only two individuals found in Scripture who are ever referred to as "the son of perdition" are Judas and the Antichrist figure described in II Thessalonians 2, we are provided with some very valuable prophetic information. The reader will recall how the Apostle Paul prophesied of that wicked entity which will immerse the temple of believers in the end times with his presence:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the day of Christ in which He returns] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (II Thessalonians 2:3,4).
Because Judas sought to change and subvert the course of Christianity as the son of perdition of that generation, we may conclude the son of perdition who re-manifests that wicked Spirit -- the modernAntichrist figure in the last generation -- will also be characterized by a noteworthy association with the concept of change.
However, a more pointed examination of this generation's Changeling will have to wait for our next installment of the present effort.
-- James Lloyd
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