The Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs in the Old Testament in the Bible depicts the courtship and marriage of Solomon to a Shulammite woman. Possibly the term Shulammite identifies with Shulem, or Salem, and therefore possibly refers to a woman from Jerusalem.
Can you see a spiritual parallel here between the woman and the Church? In Revelation 21:9-10 the wife of Christ is a woman, and also Jerusalem.
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
More Physical /Spiritual Parallels
There are a number of parallels in this book between the physical and the spiritual, and this may be one example.
Check this out. In Song 1:6 the woman says:
Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
This fits perfectly with Jesus parable about the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16.
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineya
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in
And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is
right I will give you. And they went their way.
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle,
and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is
right, that shall ye receive.
So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them
their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not
thou agree with me for a penny?
Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil,
because I am good?
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be
called, but few chosen.
The workers in the vineyard are members of God's spiritual church depicted here. In Song of Solomon the workers are depicted as a woman. Notice both are caretakers of a vineyard, and have become sunburned from bearing the heat of the day.
Solomon depicts Christ.
Just as Solomon built the physical temple /house of God (see 1 Kings 5 &6) Jesus built the spiritual temple /house /church (see Matt 16:18).
Let's move on to some end time prophecy in this book.
The Song of Solomon, and Where to Find the Place of Safety
A clue, to where the place of safety is in the end times, is given in The Song of Solomon. To recap, this book is about Christ and the church, and in this book Solomon represents Christ, and the woman is the church.
In Chapter 1:6 she is sunburned from bearing the heat of the day, which is also referenced in a parable in Matthew 20:12.
The setting for the last half of the Song of Solomon Chapter 2 is just after the end time winter Christ prophecied in Matthew 24:20,21. Jesus made a duel prophecy here pertaining to 70 AD, and also the end of the age just ahead now.
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved...
I believe this may refer to a Nuclear Winter.
Song 2:11 For, lo, the (nuclear?) winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
Song 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.
In Song of Solomon Chapter 2 verse 13, the fig tree of Matthew 24:32 (the fig tree is a metaphor for Israel) has progressed in it's season. In other words, Israel, a modern nation since 1948, has had plenty of time to mature. If this prophetic time setting is correct, look what happens next to the true followers of Jesus, Christ's bride.
There Is NO Pre-Tribulation Rapture
For those who have been mislead by their teachers into thinking there is a pre tribulation rapture, understanding the following sequence will help you see this is false doctrine. Notice that when Solomon (symbolic of Jesus) tells his bride to arise and come away the winter, (the tribulation,) is then finished.
Song 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
Song 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (dove) is heard in our land;
Song 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise (the New Living Bible says rise up), my love, my fair one, and come away.
If the church is 'raptured' THIS, and not before, is when it happens.
Matt 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: (Also perhaps related) Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
Continuing in Song 2, verse 14 it says the girl (a metaphor for the end time church) is hidden in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs (or the secret places of the steep climb)… I believe this passage has a mainly SPIRITUAL meaning.
Song 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.
1 Corinthians 10:4 explains more about the clefts of the rock:
"for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, AND THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST."
This is where the true followers of Christ find their place of safety in times of trouble.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
The Psalm continues, but I think that's an interesting place to stop!
The Daughters of Jerusalem
Daughters of Jerusalem get a mention seven times in the Song of Solomon. .
Who are these daughters?
It may, or may not, be referring to churches who don't marry Christ.
I'm not sure on this point. Jesus mentioned daughters of Jerusalem only one time.
Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
However, elsewhere, seven daughters are referred to in Exodus.
Exodus 2:16 and 17 says the Priest of Midian had seven daughters.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses (a type of Christ who delivers God's people from oppression) stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
Again, this possibly has more than one application, also being PROPHECY for the end time where the shepherds (the ministers and priests) drive the daughters (good church members drawing water which is a type of the Holy Spirit) away!
Is there additional prophecy in this book? Possibly yes. Song 5:2 says My beloved was knocking. This corresponds with Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Concluding Verses, and Jesus Timing
The Song of Solomon concludes with these verses:
My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
This is similar to Revelation, the last book in the Bible, which concludes with these verses:
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come
quickly.Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Revelation 22:12 makes it a promise.
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
If Jesus is coming soon, how soon?