The Woman Who Went into the Wilderness

(Song of Songs 3:6; 4:12-16; 5:6-9; 6:13; 8:5-9; Revelation 12:6)

The woman who flew “into the wilderness for a time, times, and half a time”1Rev 12:14 was first described by King Solomon almost 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. King Solomon, as “the Son of David,”2Mat 1:1 represents the future Christ in this story. His Song of Songs is an ancient and celebrated love story, in which he plays the part of a Bridegroom. In Chapter 3, his bride leaves “the Great City,”3Rev 11:8 and she goes into the wilderness to find her lover.

John described the woman who went “into the wilderness to be nourished for 1,260 days.”4Rev 12:6 The meaning of “into the wilderness” is that the saints were known only to God after the place of His sanctuary was cast to the ground. She was “a spring shut up.”

A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse
A spring shut up, a fountain sealed.5Song 4:12

She was nurtured in the wilderness by her lover.

In Chapter 5, the watchmen of “the Great City” beat the bride and took her veil away.6Song 5:7 The apostle John said, “The voice of the bride and bridegroom shall not be heard in you anymore.”7Rev 18:23 In Chapter 6, the other virgins beg the bride to come out of the wilderness, but she replies:

What would you see in the Shulamite
As it were, the dance of two camps?8Song 6:13

This dance of two army camps prophesied the war of the end-time Sanctified Church and the kingdom of the beast. In the last chapter, the Bride comes out of the wilderness:

Who is this coming out of the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?9Song 8:5

The kingdom of the beast is called “the sister who has no breasts,”10Song 8:8 meaning she lacks the milk of the Word of God to nourish her children. So, her brothers reply, “We will enclose her with boards of cedar.”11Song 8:9 The same metaphor is found in Zechariah. He saw a vision of a woman thrust into a basket, covered by lead, and flown by the saints into Babylon.12Zech 5:5-11