The Bible in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: The Queen of Narnia
The entire basis of Jadis a.k.a. the White Witch’s rule of Narnia is based on the lie that she is human. From both The Magician’s Nephew and now The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn that Jadis is half-Jinn and half-”giantish”. Digory sums this up best in calling the Witch “hardly human.” Hardly human is right. But why would she make such an outrageous claim? Because she was there when the deep magic birthed Narnia and knew the prophecy:
And it is this prophecy that causes great fear in the Witch. For in the words of the wise Mr. Beaver:
It puts me in mind of another pretender who stole into our world and usurped authority. In the Garden of Eden, the fallen Lucifer, in the form of a serpent, deceived the woman Eve, tricked her into eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, who then gave it to her husband who willingly accepted it. This caused their loss of Paradise and Fall from grace and thus, gave opportunity for Satan to set up rule in place of them. He became, as the Scripture says, the “god of this world.”
Satan also has another, truer title:
The “Prince of the Power of the Air” is the legal term for Satan who rules legally, only in the second heaven. But of course, God, his angels, and even we may thwart him there whenever necessary.
So here we have the God of this World* and the Prince of the Power of the Air.
*I use the capital “G” as a title although we all know that there is no other God besides THE God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Any other is a pretender and a false god.
And in these positions, he like the Witch, has infiltrated the earth and poisoned those who have been and are susceptible to his tactics. And his spirit yet penetrates.
Like Satan, this Witch Jadis had followers throughout the realm. Even the faun, Tumnus, was scared into following her rule, until Little Lucy stumbled into his world and infused him with new strength that could only have come from the Great Lion. Aslan himself said this of the Witch at the beginning:
For those of you not familiar with The Magician's Nephew (which you should be at least a little bit by now *smile), young Digory who would grow up to be the Old Professor Kirke we see in “Lion,” his neighbor Polly Plummer had accidentally transported Jadis with them into our world after visiting her dying world, Charn. In an effort to correct their wrong, they took magic rings created by Digory’s Uncle Andrew and intentionally (as well as accidentally) transported not only themselves and the Witch, but the horse she was on, Strawberry, who would become Fledge; Fledge’s owner, the Cabby and Future King, Frank; as well as Uncle Andrew into a new world, smack dab in the midst of creation by Aslan Himself. It was by this chaos that Jadis entered into Aslan’s world and proposed a threat.
(It is also Jadis who accidentally planted the famous Lamppost when she took an iron bar she’d broken off a lamppost in our world, then cast it at the Lion in hopes of deterring Him. It did not work. But the iron fell on the young earth, sprang up into a “fully grown” lamppost, and eventually became known as “Lantern Waste.” Additionally, it was near this location that “the shining ‘city’ of ‘War Drobe,’ in the far ‘land’ of ‘Spare Oom’” propelled the four Pevensie children into Narnia.)
Jadis serves as a type of anti-Christ, an anti-Aslan if you will. And though not the last to be seen in the Chronicles (see The Last Battle), she is certainly formidable and we get a much better look at her than we do the other.
And what is the purpose of an anti-Christ or anti-Aslan? To come against the true Lion, to set themself against the true Lord, to sway the hearts and minds and souls of the peoples under their influence to believe in them instead of the Great Lion, be It Aslan or the Lion from the Tribe of Judah. This is precisely why the Apostle John warned us to “try the spirits.” Just as there were birds, animals, and even trees (nymphs) on the Witch’s side, so there are many spirits demonizing and infiltrating our peoples, homes, and congregations who seek to deceive us, gather information for their maniacal plans, and even do harm to us.
Even now, New Agers, witches, and satanists infiltrate our churches. They sit in our rows, they serve in the various departments, there are even some who are allowed to preach from the pulpits. And while some may play it subtle for the time being, others are not.
Even in the Bible, these anti-Christs infiltrated the Early Church. So if they could be susceptible, how much more we who have largely been lulled into apathy through the comforts of the Western World? Take heed lest you also be deceived. The Bible even warns,
After centuries, the Narnians were lulled into a sleep similar to that of the modern Western World. And in this lazy state (coupled with the presumed dying of the Tree of Narnia), the White Witch was able to take Narnia by whatever means suited her best and set up her illegal rule. A fair warning for the rest of us. We must take care to keep ourselves safe and free from deception.