by Paul Benson
My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song 2:10-13
What a poignant and beautiful allegory we get from this book of the Bible. There’s a day coming! A wonderful bright spring day arrives after a time of winter’s harshness. Who doesn’t anticipate spring after all the cold and moisture involved with the winter season? (Up here in Montana it comes in the form of snow and ice, and often sub-zero temperatures!)
I don’t think this allegory is speaking of winter and spring in the sense of months and years, but in the sense of the time of man, so to speak. As the closing of a year gives way to the brutality of winter, and as the fullness of life gives way to the troubles of old age, so also the fullness of this era of mankind is sadly giving way to great darkness. But thank God, there IS a day coming!
A coming springtime day in which the Bride of Christ will rise up to meet the Groom as he returns to earth as promised. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. If you are a believer and those words don’t stir you deeply you better check your pulse. The Resurrection at the last day, and our catching away to meet Jesus, has been the hope and expectation of the Church for nearly 20 centuries. Just as assuredly as Jesus came to earth to redeem us by his sacrifice on that Cross, he will return for those he has redeemed.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:1-2
A stunning contrast is painted for us here of the marked difference that day will bring for those longing for his Return compared to the fate of those who reject his Lordship. One day but with two very different outcomes for those who experience it. For the wicked it will be a time of judgment and destruction; a grim end without hope of redemption. But to the righteous it will be a time of healing and renewal; the start of a new day full of promise and blessing; portrayed in the following passage as a glorious sunrise after a long dark night of great tribulation and trial.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1-2
I know this scenario doesn’t jive with what a lot people are teaching about the Return of Christ (many erroneously have the Bride departing before the bitter winter) but this is the pattern given us here, and so many other places in the Word. Jesus is coming to dispel the darkness, not to take us away from it.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15
As believers we await a coming King as well as a coming Kingdom. He has not promised to take us off to his Kingdom; but he has promised to bring it here to us! The exhortation of the Scriptures is for us to be awaiting a Return, not a departure. Isn’t that the whole point of praying ‘thy kingdom come’ like Jesus said to? Christians have been praying for this day since he departed!
Come Lord Jesus
Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. Song 4:6
Some great advice here on how to pass the time awaiting that wonderful day. Climb a fragrant mountain and wait there! David called this the secret place of the Most High where one abides under the shadow of the Almighty. A place where the Magnificent one feeds among his lilies. A place of fellowship and strength only known to those who press in with the whole heart, hungering and thirsting after righteousness. I hope you know where that place is. Maybe I’ll see you there; we can pray for his Return together.
My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether. Song 2:16-17