The Apostolic Church and Abomination of Desolation
8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, Leaping on the mountains, Skipping on the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart. Behold, he stands behind our wall! He looks in at the windows. He glances through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
leaping on the mountains – The beginning of love. Christ as the Bridegroom pursues His bride, which is the Church. The mountain upon which He leaped, is best described as the Hill of Golgotha – “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2).
11 For, behold, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing has come, And the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree ripens her green figs. The vines are in blossom; They give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, And come away. Lover
the rain is over – the outpouring of the holy spirit, that began the Church, is described as rain in Hosea 6:3. The latter spring rain brings “life” into the world.
15 Catch for us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vineyards; For our vineyards are in blossom. Beloved
the little foxes that spoil the vineyards – the vine is the Church, Christ’s saints, “I am the vine and you are the branches” (John 15:1). The little foxes are the small deceptions of Satan that destroy the Church.
1 By night on my bed, I sought him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I didn’t find him. 2 I will get up now, and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I didn’t find him. 3 The watchmen who go about the city found me; “Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”
I didn’t find him – Christ has disappeared from “the Great City” (Revelation 11:8) the corrupted Church, the mystery Babylon that John described. The Abomination of desolation has been set up, that Daniel and Jesus prophesied (Daniel 8:11; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15).
4 I had scarcely passed from them, When I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go, Until I had brought him into my mother’s house, Into the chamber of her who conceived me.
I had scarcely passed from them when I found Him – the saints, the woman, finds Christ, just outside the City.
5 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, By the roes, or by the hinds of the field, That you not stir up, nor awaken love, Until it so desires.
The ending of this section. The love of the saints for Christ will continue in the Wilderness. The Woman will fly into the wilderness.