Song of Songs 5:2 – 8:4

The Voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride shall not be heard in you anymore

2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knocks: Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My hair with the dampness of the night. 

Song 5:2
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.

5: 6 I opened to my beloved; But my beloved left; gone away. My heart went out when he spoke. I looked for him, but I didn’t find him. I called him, but he didn’t answer. 
7 The watchmen who go about the city found me. They beat me. They bruised me. The keepers of the walls took my cloak away from me. 

Song 5:6-7
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).

6: 1 Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? Beloved 
2 My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. 

Song 6:1
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.

11 I went down into the nut tree grove, To see the green plants of the valley, To see whether the vine budded, And the pomegranates were in flower. 
12 Without realizing it, My desire set me with my royal people’s chariots. Friends 

Song 6:11-12
to see whether the vine budded – awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will bring new life again, as in Song of Songs 2:12-13.

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.

13 Return, return, Shulammite! Return, return, that we may gaze at you. Lover Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite, As at the dance of Mahanaim?

Song 6:13
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.

7:12 Let’s go early up to the vineyards. Let’s see whether the vine has budded, Its blossom is open, And the pomegranates are in flower. There I will give you my love.

Song 7:12
let’s see whether the vine has budded – again, the desire for life to return, that the spring returns again… , as in Song of Songs 2:12-13.

8:4 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, That you not stir up, nor awaken love, Until it so desires. Friends

Song 8:4
do not stir up, nor awaken love – these words signify the end of another section, the saints will now come “out of the wilderness.”