SONG OF SOLOMON 6
1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.
2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
That second coming will change our relations to everything going to constitute our present life. It will change the nature of that life in so far as it will change the mortal and corruptible. Changing our nature, it will change the nature of our sympathies and appreciations with the certain effect that things human will appear small and valueless, and things divine of overpowering reality and consequence.
It will take away business care, family responsibility, and all susceptibility to human opinion. The men we know; the affairs that have vexed or interested us; the town we inhabit, the circle we move in, the age we live in, the books we have read, the politics of the day, the movements that have engrossed public attention will all be annihilated for us by the simple fact that Christ is in the earth to take all power to himself, and remodel human life in harmony with divine principles and laws-destroying the wicked, and glorifying the righteous.
Now, whatever helps us to mentally realise this result beforehand helps us to walk through the desert of present life with a lighter step. Both our cares and our pleasures we shall take more easily and more innocuously if we remember Christ in the past and in the future.
4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners.
5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.
6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.
7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.
8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.
9 My dove [yonah], my undefiled [tammati (my perfect one] is but one [unique]; she is the only one [choice one] of her mother, she is the choice [barah] one of her that bare her. The daughters [banot] saw her, and [ called her] blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines [ melakhot and the pilagshim], and they praised her.
10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning [shachar (dawn)], fair [yafeh] as the moon [levanah], clear as the sun, and terrible [aweinspiring] as an army with banners [bannered troops on the march]?
Before the Dawn of the millenium.
This bridegroom is the Sun, and his bride, the moon, and her distinguished companions, the stars of the brilliant firmament which will be displayed as the handiwork of the Spirit; when, co-operating with them, he looks forth as the morning.
The Bright and the Morning Star, then, the Eternal Spirit glorified in Jesus, promises to give the morning star to him that overcomes. In other words, that he shall become a glorified constituent of the "One Body," when it is adopted at the manifestation of the Sons of Deity (Rom. viii. 19-24). He will, then, be a star pertaining to the Millennial Dawn -- a morning star; for "they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars le-olahm wah-ed, IN THE OLAHM AND BEYOND;" or, as Jesus said, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER;" which belongs to "the Olahm and beyond" (Dan. xii. 3; Matt. xiii. 43).
The redeemed will then be, in the aggregate, a Cloud of Morning Stars, "equal to the angels," themselves "the Morning Stars that sang together, and the Sons of Deity that shouted for joy," when the corner-stone of earth's foundation was laid by the Eternal (Job xxxviii. 7). We look for the Bright and Morning Star from heaven, that he may "change our vile body, and fashion it like unto his glorious body" (Phil. iii. 21); and we know that "we are now the Sons of Deity, and that when he shall appear we shall be like him" (1 John iii. 2). This is equivalent to saying we shall be Morning Stars -- stars that come forth as dew from the womb of the morning, shining in all the glory of the resurrection state (1 Cor. xv. 41; Psal. cx. 3).
Of all the Stars in the New Heavens, Jesus will be the brightest; for in all things it is the Father's will and pleasure, not only that all the fullness shall dwell in him, but that he also shall have the pre-eminence. "There is one glory of the Sun," and that is his; and "there is another glory of the Stars," and that is the glory of his brethren individually; and "there is another glory of the Moon," and that is the glory of his companions collectively.
As his Bride, they "look forth as the morning, fair as the Moon, clear as the Sun, and terrible as an army with banners" (Song vi. 10). He that overcomes, to him it shall be given to be one of these -- a splendid one sparkling in the glory of the great and fearful Name of YAHWEH ELOHIM.
11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded.
12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.
13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.