Song of Solomon 3:6-11 – Part 7, Solomon Arrives for the Wedding

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Song of Solomon 3:6-11 – Part 7, Solomon Arrives for the Wedding

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom; [with gladness in his heart].” (Luke 12:32, Son 3:11)

[Study Aired December 10, 2022]

Christ has almost finished building His Temple, the Body of Christ, His Bride, and is on His way, even at the door. While living the Shulamite’s dream, we are watchful and careful in preparing to receive our Lord. With growing gladness in our hearts, the Lord, more than any preceding groom could ever experience, has immense gladness for the forthcoming wedding.

Son 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? 
Son 3:7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. 
Son 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. 
Son 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. 
Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. 
Son 3:11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart. 

To the Elect of God, it is obvious that the Shulamite’s Groom is Christ. In chapter 3:6, Christ is the pillar of smoke.

Son 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

Notice that the towering pillars of smoke are plural. I remember the early pioneering days in the Wandoan district of Queensland, Australia, back in the late fifties and into the seventies, pillars of smoke. New farmland needed clearing, and crawler tractors with ship anchor chains linked between them would pull down swathes of trees on tens of thousands of acres. In subsequent years when the dead trees lay in thick summertime grass, the farmers would sporadically light up huge areas, sometimes a thousand acres or more, in one hit. Random pillars of smoke could be seen dotted up to eighty kilometres or more in any direction most summers for decades. Within the fire, violent tornados (thermals) of fire fed the Sodom-like furnace forming an atomic bomb-like pillar of smoke, often with a thundercloud atop. Such a sight was what Lot’s wife saw when she turned and looked back; the entire plains were ablaze, and she became a pillar of salt.

The Seven Candlesticks in the Temple (and incense), as they burn daily (Rev 1:12, 13), are effectively smoke pillars. Undeniably, those pillars of smoke result from the aromatic incense, the prayers ascending from the Elect of God. Every word in Joel 2 speaks of an event perfecting the Elect.

Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 
Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 
Joe 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 
Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 
Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Pillars are almost always metaphors for Christ and his Christ; even the pillars that Moses built at Sinai were an outward affirming of the Covenant and pointed to the twelve tribes that are the twelve pillars of Israel (Exo 24:4).

Upon having his dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder to the heavens, Jacob named the location Bethel and built a pillar representing Christ, the Lord’s house of Israel.

Gen 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Of course, the original Tabernacle had twenty pillars of the court, with many more references to pillars within the Tabernacle. Most famously, the Lord stood over the Tabernacle by day as a pillar of cloud that turned into a pillar of fire by night.

Exo 13:20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. 
Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 
Exo 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. 

Exo 24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

Solomon coming out of the wilderness with his command of soldiers like pillars (plural) of smoke can be established in the next verse (vs 7) with his threescore valiant men all representing pillars of smoke. With Shulamite-like imagination, seeing 60 men walking through the shimmering mirage distorting their movement, they would look like ill-defined shapes as small pillars of smoke. Of course, the Shulamite didn’t understand the spiritual nature of her dream, with the number 6 representing the entirety of mankind x 10 for the completeness of dying flesh, ground to powder as fine incense going up as a pillar of smoke with Solomon representing Christ as their head.

Solomon’s sixty men coming out of the wilderness represent the end of David’s household, where war through the physical sword was largely finished. Solomon and the dual witness of the Shulamite represent a coming from the wilderness of perpetual war to a kingdom of peace. The Elect of God will deliver that peace through the sword of the spirit, a fiery sword and billions of pillars of smoke following the one-thousand year reign beginning with the eighth day of judgment.

The 60 men of Solomon’s troupe are effectively perfumed with myrrh, frankincense and powders of a merchant (God’s word), and can also physically represent those renowned and mighty men who serve the Tabernacle and the Elect of God. These unwittingly surround and protect the Lord’s priests, the chariot of his word, and Solomon’s consummative bed since Christ’s death.

Christ is the merchant who grinds the world to powder (Triturator – not a biblical term), with the Bride of Christ being the first to experience the merchant’s stone breaking her into pieces and ground to powder. (Triturator – one grinds into powder or pulverizes; a device grinds into powder or pulverizes). The trituration stone, a millstone (abrasion; friction; grinding; pulverization), has a central hole to receive the grain or broken pieces of rock to be ground to flour or powder; hence, in Matthew 21:44 they fall on the stone into its central hole and are ground to powder and propelled outwardly to the grinding stone’s perimeter for collection.

Mat 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 
Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 
Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.


Son 3:7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.
Son 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.

These threescore valiant men also represent every joint of the Bride holding a sword of the word and being expert with its use against the forces of darkness within. They don’t fear the night since Christ is fighting their spiritual battles. The fear spoken of in verse 8 is for disobeying the Lord and is a healthy, alert fear for the machinations of the Devil speaking against her, day and night, and her knowing that her Lord goes before her as the sword of his word.

The Lord has chosen the Bride, the New Jerusalem above, for himself, and the Bride rests assured of His protection with His name fire-branded in her heart, having been plucked from being thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Zec 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 
Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

SOS continued…

Son 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple…

A chariot is a conveyance, a covering, even a cloud (Psa 104:3). Solomon’s chariot is not a war chariot; it appears to be a carriage of extravagant majesty and elegance with an open cabin with silver pillars upholding a covering of purple, somewhat reminiscent of the majesty of the much larger British Royal family’s ceremonial horse-drawn carriage. Although Solomon’s carriage is made of wood, like the wood in the Temple of God, it is overlaid with silver and gold and a priestly cloth of purple, all no doubt in the detail of tasteful cunning workmanship.

It is inconceivable that a gold and silver chariot would be used for anything other than to highlight kingship. As was common for the time, a conveyance (chariot) for royalty was carried on the shoulders of valiant men representing the nation over which the king or queen ruled. The Ark of the Covenant was carried in like manner, and since Solomon represented Christ, it was fitting for his ‘chariot’ to be conveyed likewise. There is no evidence that Solomon’s ceremonial chariot was horse-drawn, denoting our more powerful trust in the world’s wisdom and works of the flesh (Rev 9:16).

The altar, the Ark of the Covenant, with the cherubim’s wings stretching over the Ark as a covering (H4817), is described as a “chariot”. Solomon symbolised the Lord behind a veil of purple, riding not only on the chariot but under the covering, also identified as a chariot. The entire chariot was a symbol of the Ark, that is, Christ, behind the temple veil ruling the nation of Israel.

1Ch 15:15  And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD. 

1Ch 28:18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering[H4817] of it of purple…

Solomon’s chariot’s silver pillars represent the Bride’s intense arousal and desire for her Lord’s word; he is the pillar, the Word, with its foundation of gold holding up the Temple, his Bride. Silver’s root meaning is H3701 and figures 287 times in scripture. 112 times it depicts money that the negative spirituality means our self-righteousness.

The clouds are the Elect of God upon whom Christ bears witness to humanity, and she is a covering veil (chariot) of the earth to her brothers and sisters yet to be saved; they cannot see the blue and purple of Christ above since they are the scarlet, the yet to be saved earth below. Almost every scripture mentioning those colours is in the order of blue, purple and scarlet from the top down ~ God (blue), his priestly Elect (purple thunder clouds stark white on top) and the earth, that is, mankind (scarlet), under the clouds in gloomy spiritual darkness.

Psa 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: [covering] who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 

Silver primarily represents atonement and redemption through repentance as we become solid gold. Silver’s monetary representation is either our God-given righteousness or unrighteousness. Here are the Hebrew meanings of silver.

The origin for Silver is H3700, and like the Shulamite for her Lord, she yearns or longs for him as the Elect does for Christ is effectively spiritually ‘greedy’ (hungry) for his word.

Solomon’s chariot’s floor and lower structure (“the bottom thereof of gold”) were made of gold, and it seems that the four pillars of silver supported a roof, and since there weren’t glass windows, it all was an open cabin for his seat. The entire image was breathtakingly beautiful in a fiery bright splendour of royal colours “being paved [H7528] with love” in fact, a bright fiery love mingled with exceptional beauty as H7529 denotes.

The chariot’s cabin was fitted out with love for the daughters of Jerusalem, and the H7529 defines that fitting out as:

The subsequent derivative is H8313 and means to burn, to be burned, burnt up.

Solomon’s chariot was a spectacular image of royal grandeur, with its ornate fiery brilliance reminiscent of the fearful imagery of Elijah’s fiery chariot. Elisha, having been handed Elijah’s mantle, witnessed the powerful, and no doubt terrifying, vision of a fiery tornado carrying Elijah’s chariot into the heavens (2Ki 2:11). The breathtaking fiery and colourful beauty of Solomon’s chariot represents the Bride’s ardour for her Lord’s word as does Elijah’s chariot of fire, God’s word, exacting obedience on Israel.

Jer 23:29 Is not my word [his love] like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 
Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved [H7528] with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

As such, the daughters of the New Jerusalem above, the Bride, burn with a fiery passion that is love for her Lord’s word. She is dressed in the fine white linen of the Saints and is “paved” in white, like a sapphire stone’s clarity of brilliant hues of blue (azure sky blue). If we accidentally see the sun reflected up close in a mirror, we see a brief, blinding flash of very pale sapphire blue; such is the brightness of the Bride’s white linen clothing.

Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Bride of Christ is the Seraphims in Isaiah 6. The Seraphims are the Christs who are given to place the burning coals of the Lord’s word on another’s lips and he has his spiritual mind purified by its fire. Coals of fire are the Lord’s word that only the Angels, the Saints who have overcome the evil one, can handle.

Isa 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 
Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: [H8314] each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 
Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 
Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 
Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 

See IWWB for a detailed understanding of the Seraphims

Notice that the Hebrew for Seraphims is closely associated with coals of fire and its translation and phonetics.

The Bride has learned to be comfortable walking in the coals of fire for many years and has had the wood of her chariot burned up. She has had the coals of fire touch her lips and was thunderstruck by the understanding and stirred-up love she is given at her Lord’s pleasure. Only gold and silver are left, emphasising gold and the colourful purity of the heavenly Jerusalem descending from above; she is immensely aroused in desire for her Lord, and nothing will turn her away. It is a major part of why she frequently says,

Son 2:7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

The Lord confirmed the Covenant through Moses and the seventy elders of Israel; they saw the Lord just as the Bride would look.

Exo 24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 
Exo 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved [H3840] work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Solomon’s chariot was effectively the Lord’s throne coming in its fiery and colourful grandeur, signified as Christ coming to his Bride, the collective daughters of the heavenly Jerusalem, the Temple of God. In its midst is His heart, the Ark of her Lord paved with love in the purity of His word, fire branded on His heart and in hers (1Jn 4:7-21)

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

In the negative, that is a future positive for the other daughters of the earthy Jerusalem of the entire world; the chariot is paved with eternal life for God’s love of the world ~ (John 3:16).

Son 3:11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

King Solomon wasn’t crowned by Bathsheba, effectively denying the headship of God by women ruling over men.

1Ki 1:34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 
1Ki 1:35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he [Solomon] may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah. 

However, at the Lord’s hand, Bathsheba was alerted by Nathan, the prophet, to Adonijah’s machinations to wrest the Kingdom from Solomon upon David’s death (1Kings 1 and 2). In effect, she was highly instrumental in crowning Solomon on the day of his “espousals” The term espousals being plural, prophesied his many subsequent wives.

Jer 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 
Jer 2:3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.

Christ is the head of the Body, the Woman of His espousals, to bring forth the heavenly Jerusalem above represented by the Shulamite.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Solomon, who represents Christ, is the watchman over the walls of the Shulamite, the New Jerusalem, the second, final and espoused witness. Like Boaz with Ruth, Solomon (Christ) had “no rest” for his espousal obligations until what was righteously ordained was consummated (Ruth 3:1-18).

Isa 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [Shulamite] which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, 
Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Indeed, the Shulamite did not rest day or night with her most staunch and passionate arousal and desire for her Lord. As we know, she represents the Bride of Christ, the Elect of God, who have increasingly glowed brightly like Solomon’s chariot, the Ark of her Lord in which she rides with Him.

So the plural of Him being glad in the day of his “espousals” refers to the aggregation of the Bride, her every joint and member of her Body, though she being one Body. It is her Lord, her God, “and in the day of the gladness of His heart,” She anticipates her espousal.

In the next study, Christ admires His Bride; he is effectively admiring her right this moment, today.

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