Song of Solomon
"The Shulamite and Her Beloved, Together."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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Song of Solomon 2:1 "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley."
"Sharon" is the wild flower from the country, and not the city. This is the Shulamite speaking, that girl that is working in the vineyard. The Shepherd now gives His answer:
Song of Solomon 2:2 "As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters."
Of all the daughters of Jerusalem that look upon you [this shepherd's girl] and mock you for your labor and tanned skin, the Shepherd is saying to her, you are like a lily and they are like a bunch of thorns. That is also how it is in the spiritual sense today. In this world of many religions, thorns have grown up in the name of religion, but God's truth is like that lily of the valley among thorns.
Then the girl replys to the Shepherd:
Song of Solomon 2:3 "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
She is saying that compared to the sons of Jerusalem, even my own brothers, you are like an great apple tree. When you take of the truth in His Word, you simply hunger for more truth, until you are driven to the point that you must have it all. Your appetite simply cannot be quenched until you have tasted of it all. It must fill all of you, and completely saturate your entire soul with His beautiful Words, as you sit under the shade of the Master.
Song of Solomon 2:4 "He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love."
She continues. In the old Hebrew custom, when a man passes his cloak over His bride, the wedding has been performed. The banner that passes over us today is His love for us, that love comes through His Holy Spirit. It's through His Spirit that we can hear and touch Him, and feel His love in our heart and soul and minds. We can feel His warmth.
She was taken to the "banqueting house", the place where God's Word is taught and you feed on the real truth of God's Word.
Song of Solomon 2:5 "Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love."
"Stay me with flagons", means "strengthen me with grape cakes", and these cakes are the bread, or Words that come from the "fruit of the vine", for Christ is "the vine". Remember what Jesus said in John 15:5; "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing."
"Sick of love" is a bad translation, for it should read, "sick with love." Have you ever been sick with love? When you have a real crush on someone, then even the thought of that loved one can throw your entire system off. You get to a point where you can't sleep, eat, think, or live without being near that one. The only thing that satisfied you was to be near them, and touch and talk to that precious one.
"The apples" are the truths that are in God's Word, and you are just like that love sick person hungering for the truths that God has given us in His Word. It is with that same drive that Christ desires us to seek Him in His Word.
Then she continues:
Song of Solomon 2:6 "His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me."
This is looking ahead to the future sense when He is with us, to comfort each of His own bride. Jesus will be with those that have sought after the Love of Christ to desire to know Him through His Word. When one is lonely, there is nothing that can compare to the embrace of being taken into the arms of your loved one. That touch gives you security and an inner peace. When God takes you into His loving arms, there is no stronger and more comforting arms then we can have, as we are comforted by the Holy Spirit of God. When you are in the arms of the true Shepherd, there is no force that can pry your soul from His care.
Song of Solomon 2:7 "I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please."
This Shulamite girl looks around and sees the daughters of Jerusalem as they begin to mock her, as they question her as to who she is, coming into the city. Then Shulamite the girl said, "I charge you daughters of Jerusalem, by the hinds of the field, that you do not stir up my love." The daughter of Jerusalem are the religious forms and traditions [doctrines] that stir up and cause confusion to the times of the coming of her Shephard man, Jesus Christ.
This is actually given in a prophetic sense, for even today many of these daughters of Jerusalem [the religious teachings] would prepare the wife of Christ to be taken before the appointed time of Christ's return. They would allow the bride of Christ to be taken out of season, by the wrong man, who is Satan in his role as the Antichrist. Their "rapture doctrine" is one example of these daughters of Jerusalem. The bride standing by in patience and telling those whorish daughter daughters of Jerusalem to let her Man come to her in the time and place that He choses. He is the way, and he sets the time and place.
Song of Solomon 2:8 "The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills."
She speaks again; It is not commanded when He shall come, but she gently invites His return to come quickly.
Song of Solomon 2:9 "My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice."
roe - 6643 tsebiy (tseb-ee');from 6638 in the sense of prominence; splendor (as conspicuous); also a gazelle (as beautiful): KJV-- beautiful (-ty), glorious (-ry), goodly, pleasant, roe (-buck).
It is true that at this time we cannot see Him clearly, but we can feel Him through His Spirit. As we look to Him through the vail of His Word, we can get glimpses of what He looks like, and of His emotions and His love that He has for His bride. The more we study to know the truth of His Word, the deeper our understanding of the emotions of our living God and loving Savior. When you try to look through that lattice work, He will allow you to have a glimpse at Him, but you must give the effort to seek that glimpse of Him.
If you have not had the glimpse of Him, it is only because you have not invited Him. You must seek that love of His, and then in return He gives it back to you. He won't force His love on you. Before you can take it in and receive His emotions, by His Holy Spirit, you must give a sign of desire on your part.
Song of Solomon 2:10 "My beloved spake, and said unto me, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away."
This is written to the wife of Christ, "the Elect", for we know from Revelation 19 that at Christ return He has both a wife and a bride. This Song of Solomon has to do with this earth age, here and now. It is showing the love affair between the Shepherd Jesus, and His wife. We know that this does not relate to the Millennium age, is that when Christ retuns at the seventh trumpet, He is no longer the Shepherd, but from that point on He is the King and Lord over all.
The request here is to come away from those daughters of Jerusalem, come away from our of confusion, and the traditions that will carry you away for our Lord in these final days.
Song of Solomon 2:11 "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;"
It is spring, and it is the season to reap a harvest.
Song of Solomon 2:12 "The flower appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come; and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;"
Song of Solomon 2:13 "The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away."
The season for His return has come, and all the signs of that season are present. The time of the return of the Shepherd, her love is close, for she can see all the signs right before her eyes. She knows the season, of her Shepherd lovers return, and she looks anxiously and is aware of every of every sign that would bring His return closer. She marks each sign well.
Christ has outlined well all the signs and events that would happen before He returns. His coming is not a surprise to those that study His Word and seek the truth, and it is not in the winter. He has warned us in Matthew 24 that we not be taken in the winter, but in the summer, the harvest season. Jesus told us in Matthew 24:32; "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:" The parable of the Fig tree fixes the time of Christ return at the second advent.
Matthew 24:33; "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." Do you know who the figs are, and what the fig tree is? We are to know it for it is a sign that we are even at the door of the return of Christ.
Matthew 24:34; "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." Friend, that shoot of the fig tree was planted way back in May of 1948, for that is when the nation of the figs, or Jews was established in Israel. That is when both the good figs [true blood Judah], and the bad figs [the Kenites] returned to Palestine to establish their tiny nation of Israel. Jerusalem today is in the hands of those Jews, and we are living in the generation spoken of here. Do you know the signs of the season we are now living in?
Just like there were signs given to this Shulamite girl of the coming of the season, Jesus also gave us seven signs in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 that would take place before His return. The Book of Revelation spells out in detail all the signs and events that will take place.
Song of Solomon 2:14 "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely."
When we read of Christ's promises, and we see the tenderness that Jesus has for His own, we find great rest and comfort in those truths. As we take comfort in His promises to us and go about our living, we must allow ourselves to fall into a state of sleep. We will see now the warning that He gives to us.
Song of Solomon 2:15 "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes."
This is mistranslated, it should read; "Catch the foxes" . This verse deals with the time where the vines have the blossoms hanging on the grape vines, and they are so soft and tender that when the little foxes run beween the rows and brushes against the branches, the blossoms spoil as the buds on the blossoms fall to the ground. It is saying, "catch the foxes", those little foxes that are spoiling the blossoms on the vines. The tender grapes are these tender buds that are on the vine that are being damaged and spoiled.
"The foxes" are the Kenites that are running freely up and down the rows of God's tender buds [the bride of Christ]. It is through their traditions and false doctrine that are spoiling the spiritual life buds of those dear young Christians before they have developed into fully muture Christians. They are trying to damage and separate them from the true vine, which is to say Christ. How do we catch these Kenite foxes? We identify them by their teaching, and expose them for what they are with the true Word of God. We don't hurt the foxes, but we don't allow them and their doctrine and traditions to pollute our minds.
Song of Solomon 2:16 "My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies."
She cries this out from her heart. Christ the Shepherd feeds the sheep amongst the lilies. The lilies are the "rose of Sharon" from the second verse; it is the wild flower or country girl that represents God's elect. She is not special by her own choice, but by His choice. She was made special by her acts, and commitment, even in the world that was, the first earth age. It was there that she was chosen, and made justified, and she became His wife then.
It is the souls of those that seek Christ, His sheep that feed amongst these lilies in the field, which is this earth age. Notice that you catch these foxes in their acts for the purpose of identifing what they are doing. To know that the spring time of a new season is approaching, and it then becomes the time of establishing in your mind the events and signs that will carry you into the summer, which is the time of His return.
Song of Solomon 2:17 "Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether."
Bether - 1335 bether- a part, a piece; of the parts of an animal cut in half for a sacrifice
The "mountains of Bether", are the "mountains of division", or the "mountains of separation". There is a time of separation coming, even in this life. It will separate those that know the truth with understanding from those that do not. Those that will be deceived by the Antichrist [Satan] from those that can identify the false christ, as well as the Kenites and the army of fallen angels that Satan will bring with him.
There are many shadows of deception that are covering the earth now, and those shadows will completely cover the earth before they flee away at Christ's return. The daybreak is coming, and that is why we must prepare so we will not be deceived while the shadows are here.
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