SONG OF SOLOMON 8
5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.
It is the Rainbowed angel...coming from the wilderness of Paran (see Hosea 2:14-15) The valley of Achor shall be a door of hope for Hepzibah and Beulah.
There is reason to believe, that from the Idumaean Bozrah the Rainbowed Angel advances to the plains of Moab; and compassing the north end of the Dead Sea, crosses the Jordan into the plains of Jericho, according to the signification of the things represented in the passage of that river in the days of Joshua.
According to Hosea, Israel is allured and brought into the wilderness (of Paran). From thence, Solomon sees them coming up from the wilderness leaning for support upon the beloved (Cant. viii. 5); "coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke" (iii. 6). "I will bring her into the wilderness," saith the Spirit, "and I will give her vineyards from thence, and the Valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she (Hephzibah and Beulah, with their inhabitants, the Messiah's national bride -- Isa. lxii. 4,5,12) shall sing there, as in the days of her youth (the days of Joshua), and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt" (Hos. ii. 14,15).
The Valley of Achor near Jericho, is "a door of hope;" when the Rainbowed Angel has led Israel to this encampment, it is only the earnest of the restoration of "the whole house of Israel." He has overthrown the king of the north throughout the land. The country has been evacuated; but the national graves of Israel have not yet been opened.
They had been gathered "one by one" into the wilderness of Egypt; yet multitudes continued in the Assyrian empire, ready to perish, especially, too, since the overthrow of the Assyrian upon the mountains of Israel (Isa. xxvii. 12,13; xxiv. 25). The van only of Israel's hosts had entered the door under the rainbow-banner; but from the plains of Jericho they looked in hope, sure and certain, of "the restitution of all things which the Deity hath spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets, ap' aionos," from the beginning of the Mosaic dispensation (Acts iii. 21).
From the Valley of Achor, the Rainbowed Angel advances westward. The redemption of Zion is unaccomplished until the Angel of the Covenant establishes Yahweh's throne in Jerusalem; that as the Spirit has testified, "they may call Jerusalem the throne of Yahweh" (Jer. iii. 17).
His face is, therefore, Zion-ward, and he takes up his line of march in that direction, until he stands with "his pillars of fire" upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem upon the east. In the great shaking which threw down mountains, towers, and walls, the mount trembled at the presence of Deity in the land; and divided asunder in the midst, leaving a very great valley between the halves of the mountain removed to the north and south. The people will be panic-stricken, and flee as they fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. After this, the Pillars of Fire appear upon the mount, and in view of "the City of the Great King."
But the remnant in the city know not that YAHWEH Elohim Tz'vaoth has returned to the mountain, whence, in the time of Ezekiel (xi. 23) and in the days of the apostles (Acts i. 11) he had taken his departure. The prediction of Ezek. xliii. 2, is now fulfilled, that "the glory of the Elohim of Israel came from the way of the east, and his voice was like the noise of many waters; and the earth shined with his glory." This was the Rainbowed Angel from the Valley of Achor, "the way of the east."