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.
"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 (swarthy), 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.
Matt. 20 Verse 1:
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 vineyard.
Skipping down to verse 12:
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.
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
In Revelation 12:14 the Bible talks about a special place of safety for the church in the end times:
And to the woman (God's church) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (In the previous verse the church is being persecuted by the devil - the serpent - and she needs to flee from the persecution the world and the devil are inflicting.)
Would you like to know where the place is, that the woman flies to? A clue, to where the place of safety is, is given in The Song of Solomon. To recap, if this book is about Christ and the church, then 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 winter Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:20,21. Jesus, perhaps, made a duel prophecy here pertaining to prior 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...
Is this a prophecy for prior to 70 AD, or could it refer to a future nuclear or volcanic winter, with resultant ash drifting across the world, obscuring the sun, and causing a drop in temperatures and widespread crop failures?
Does speculating about the meaning of winter sound crazy? You are welcome to disagree. All I'm doing is looking at possible options, and saying the Bible is like a jigsaw, and this piece could fit here!
As an aside, when Jesus mentions "earthquakes in divers places" in Matthew 24:7 the word earthquakes can include volcanoes - the Greek word also means a commotion of the air.
Song 2:11 For, lo, the (nuclear or volcanic?) 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.
In case you need further proof the 'rapture' doesn't happen till the end of tribulation, study Matthew 13:24-30. Look especially at the time sequence in the last verse, where the weeds are destroyed BEFORE the wheat is gathered:
Let both grow together until the harvest. (See verse 39 - the harvest is the end of the world). At that time I will tell the harvesters: FIRST (Strong's G4413) collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.
In this parable the wheat is being harvested, which in Israel is in Spring, which coincides to the same time of year in Song of Songs where it says the Winter is over, and the woman is told to rise up. Both passages are talking about the harvest of the church at the end of the world.
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."
Psalm 27:5 has more about hiding on a rock:
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
This is where the true followers of Christ find their Place of Safety in the tribulation, or ANY TIME OF TROUBLE.
He that dwelleth in the Secret Place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
- (Most likely this is the SAME secret place Song 2:14 refers to... Also see Col 3:3 - 'For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.')
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!
Even More Prophecy
Is there additional prophecy in the Song of Solomon? Possibly YES. More than I've covered here. For example, I think this one is interesting:
The BBE translation says in Song 4:7
"You are all fair, my love, there is no MARK on you."
This reminds me of Revelation 13:16,17.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
To be strictly accurate, other translations indicate Song of Solomon is talking about having no spot or blemish, rather than no MARK, but, to have the MARK of the beast surely would also be a blemish for a Christian, would it not?!
Here's another Song of Solomon /Book of Revelation connection. 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.
I'm sure there are other interesting things to be found in this book as well.
Concluding Verses, and Jesus 'Nice Timing'
The Song of Solomon concludes with these words:
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
This make haste statement aligns with the conclusion in Revelation 22, the last chapter in the Bible, which ends with these words:
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.
Jesus is coming quickly and his reward is SOON, but HOW SOON?
What do you think about this information? - take quick survey.