The Voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride shall not be heard in you anymore
my beloved who knocks – we understand this from Revelation 3:20, “behold I stand at the door and knock,” and Revelation 3:8, “See I have set before you an open door . . . for you have kept My Word.” The True Church must keep Christ’s commandments, “if anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and We will meet him and make our home with him,” (John 14:23). This provides the reason for the “disappearance” of Christ from the Great City, described in verses 6 and 7.
I called to him, but he didn’t answer – in this period, there is still only one Church – which John called “the Great City.” But now the Bridegroom is no longer found in the Great City at all, “the voice of the bridegroom is heard no more” (Revelation 18:23).
they beat me – the watchmen, those who protect “the Great City” are beating the saints; the Great Harlot was “drunk with the blood of the saints” (Revelation 17:6).
my beloved has gone down to His garden – Christ is no longer found in the City, but nurtures the saints, in “the garden,” so that they may bear the fruit of the Spirit.
to see whether the vine budded – awaiting the consummation of the Marriage, see Song 7:12.
My desire set me with my royal people’s chariots – describing the chariots in Zechariah 6:1-2, the third being the chariots of white horses, that go after the black horse of the Antichrist, described in Zechariah 6:6. These are the white horses described in Revelation 19:14.
return, that we may gaze at you – the world desires the bride to be visible again – a great mountain – the visible Church. But if that should happen what would the world see, but the dance of Mahanaim, meaning “two camps,” or armies, the true Church and the kingdom of the beast.
let’s see whether the vine has budded…there I will give you my love – the consummation of the Marriage in the spring time (Matthew 24:32).
do not stir up, nor awaken love – these words signify the end of another section, the saints will now come “out of the wilderness.”