The Saints go into the Wilderness
Who is this who comes up from the wilderness – the Woman, the saints, find Christ in the wilderness. The Woman is nourished for time, times, and a half a time, away from the presence of the Serpent (Rev 12:14).
Behold it is Solomon’s palanquin – here, the carriage, or palanquin of Solomon is described. When the Israelites went into the wilderness after escaping from Egypt, Christ was carried in the Ark of Covenant. Similar to a Palanquin, it was carried by way of two poles, one on each side.
the mighty men of Israel – they must be mighty men to endure the persecution; “they overcame by the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Rev 12:11).
Because of fear in the night – John prophesied the persecution of the saints in this time period, in Revelation 12:13.
its midst being paved with love – the love of Christ continues in the wilderness; the love of Christ reaches not only to the true Bride, but to all who seek him, all the virgins.
In the Day of His Weddings – also translated as “the Day of His Espousal” – the Engagement or Wedding Day, was described in Song 2:4.
A locked up garden – the fountain has been sealed, meaning the evidence of the Holy Spirit has been taken away, but the Spirit of Christ continues to work in the garden, to nourish the Woman, the Saints.
Awake north wind – the Spirit of Christ continues to nurture the garden, “the North and Sound Wind.” The Hebrew word for “wind” and “spirit” are identical, RUAH.
Blow on my garden – that it may produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
I have drunk my wine with my milk – the end of this section. A new section begins when the Bride is awakened.