Also see Translated in terms of Enoch and Elijah
and of the coming event mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
when living faithful will not die but be changed to meet the Lord - and the dead in Christ - in the air.
Ready for a New Day?, J Crane

Change (ISBE)

A word which seeks to express the many shades of meaning contained in 13 variations of 9 Hebrew words and 5 Greek. These signify, in turn, "to change" "to exchange," "to turn," "to put or place," "to make other" i.e. "alter," "to disguise oneself." chalaph, and its derivatives, occuring often, indicates "to pass away," hence, alter, renew, e.g.:

  • (1) "changes of raiment" (Genesis 45:22; Judges 14:12,13,19);
  • (2) "changed my wages ten times" (Genesis 31:7, 41);
  • (3) heavens changed "as a vesture" (Psalms 102:26);
  • (4) "changes and warfare" (Job 10:17), i.e. relays of soldiers as illustrated in 1 Kings 5:14 (the Revised Version, margin "host after host is against me");
  • (5) "till my change come" (the Revised Version (British and American) "release"), i.e. death (Job 14:14);
  • (6) "changed the ordinances" (the American Standard Revised Version "violated the statutes"), i.e. disregarded law (Isaiah 24:5);
  • (7) change of mind (Habakkuk 1:11 the King James Version).

Used also of change of character, haphakh:

Other words used to indicate change of name (2 Kings 24:17); of day and night (Job 17:12); of times and seasons (Daniel 2:21); of countenance. (Daniel 7:28); of behavior (1 Samuel 21:13); God's unchangeableness, "I, Yahweh, change not" (Malachi 3:6).

In the New Testament the word has to do chiefly with spiritual realities:

Figurative uses indicated separately in the course of the article.

Dwight M. Pratt