Part Four
December 2006

The wonderful truths of the Song of Solomon are given in beautiful, harmonious form, to let us know that we are on the true path to the fullness of Christ. By the Wisdom of God Solomon described his relationship with a woman that is purposed of God to prophetically illustrate our relationship with Christ, which will lead to our holy union with Him! May the holy Spirit continue to reveal to us the blessed truth that we are truly walking out the Way of the Lord, which leads to a glorious union or “marriage” with Christ, our only true Head, Lord and King, and to the greater glories of the Kingdom of our Father! It is our union with Christ, by a spiritual transformation, from this body of death to that new body reserved for us in the Spirit, which will truly make us one with Christ and the Father! Jesus prayed that we would be one with Him in the same way that He and the Father are One (John 17:4-11)! During the last fifty years many sermons have been preached telling us how we might have the unity that Jesus proclaimed, but none of them were true or effective! The prayer Jesus prayed can only be fulfilled when we are transformed into the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Christ, by His spiritual appearing to change us!

As we continue with the beautiful love story in Solomon’s Song, our Beloved came to us, knocking on our “door,” saying, “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my spotless one [he said], for I am wet with the [heavy] night dew; my hair is covered with it. [Job 11:13-15.]” (Song 5:2, AMP). When our Beloved comes, He is “wet with the [heavy] night dew.” This tells us He will come at night, yet closer to the morning when the dew is heaviest. It may also be that specific midnight hour Jesus referred to, when He said: “While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep. But AT MIDNIGHT there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him! Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves. But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and THOSE WHO WERE PREPARED went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us! But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you]. Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come” (Matt. 25:5-13, AMP).

I am sure, based on the words of our Lord, that there are those among us today who have done everything right up to this point. They are no longer in the church realm, they have received the truth for the elect up to this time, their “walk” has been that of sonship, they are “virgins,” which means they are not defiled with the Babylonish systems of this world, and they may even have trimmed their lamps in preparation for the appearing of Christ during this present night! They are up-to-date with the Lord and His Word, but there is one important thing they lack: they do not have enough of the “oil” of the Spirit in their lamps! All their preparation up to this point is of no value or purpose if they do not have enough of the precious “oil” of the Spirit in their “lamps,” or in their spirits.

In this time of gross, spiritual darkness, it is certainly easy to drift along with the tide, while the “oil” of the Spirit is not being replenished within us. And what needs to be done, spiritually speaking, to replenish that “oil” may also be somewhat of a mystery! But I am very sure of this one great truth: if we will call on the Lord and commune with Him regularly, by the Spirit, our reservoir of that precious “oil” of the Spirit will be enough to take us through this night to meet the Bridegroom when He comes! It is not more religious prayers asking God for something we need that will replenish our “oil.” Rather, it is our praise and our thanksgiving, offered as a sacrifice unto the Lord (Heb. 13:15) that will usher us into His greater presence! The psalmist said, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Ps. 22:3). Indeed, the Lord lives in the praises of His people! He dwells in and inhabits our praises! Therefore, we will praise, honor and magnify Him, when we commune with Him in the Spirit, and will remain in that active, spiritual state until He comes. This may be what Jesus meant for us to do, when He said, “Watch therefore, give strict attention and be cautious and active (spiritually)!” Not only are we to praise the Lord and thank Him for keeping us, but in a greater spiritual sense and by the life we live in this world, we are also BECOMING A PRAISE unto the Lord!

We are told to, “watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming--in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning– [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)” (Mk. 13:35-37, AMP). Christ will appear to change us, by the Spirit! That is an absolute and certain Truth! But we “do not know WHEN the Master of the house is coming,” so we are told to “watch, and give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert (spiritually)!” Christ may appear, by the Spirit, “in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning!” And since we do not know WHEN our Master is coming, we will diligently WATCH AND WAIT FOR HIM! And then Jesus said, “And what I say to you (who are here with me now) I say to everybody (or to the believers of all future ages and generations): Watch!”

The Wisdom of the Lord, as expressed in the beautiful Song of Solomon, continues with these words: “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for him. I rose up to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, and my fingers with liquid [sweet-scented] myrrh, [which he had left] upon the handles of the bolt. I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and withdrawn himself, and was gone! My soul went forth [to him] when he spoke, but it failed me [and now he was gone]! I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer” (Song 5:4-6, AMP). All it took for us to recognize the nearness of our Beloved was for Him to merely touch the latch on the “door” of our hearts. And when we rose up to open that “door” for our Beloved, we sensed His presence, for He left the fragrance or the anointing of His sweet-scented myrrh on the handles of the bolt that locked that “door.” And some of that blessed, lingering fragrance remained on our hands when we opened the door. But He was not there when we opened the door to let Him in, for He had withdrawn Himself and was gone. Our souls went out to Him when we sensed His nearness, but the soulish realm (the carnal mind) failed us, as it always will! A spiritual contact is what our Beloved requires, not a soulish one! Anyway, He was gone; we looked for Him but could not find Him! And when we called to Him there was no answer!

As I meditated on this part of the story, I thought how wonderful it was just for Him to leave a little fragrance, which is the anointing of His Presence, on the door! At least we were blessed with some of His lingering fragrance, which anointed us with something of His Presence and Glory! But, of course, we would rather see Him and be with Him, than just to have a little fragrance left on our door. Yet, we will be joyously content with anything that comes from Him! Just a little fragrance and just a little oil is all we need for now! His wonderful oil along with His anointed fragrance has sustained us all these many years, and we know the anointing of His precious oil and His lingering fragrance will continue to keep us unto that great Day of Kingdom Jubilee!

My Beloved was not there when I opened the door, so I went looking for Him. As I was looking for my Beloved, “The watchmen who go about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took my veil and my mantle from me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him that I am sick from love [simply sick to be with him]. [Ps 63:1.]” (Song 5:7-8, AMP). The so-called “watchmen” may be some religious leaders who would try to stifle us and wound us, when they see that our walk with God is quite different from theirs. And, Lord knows, we are very different from all those other “watchmen.” We are intense about seeking our Beloved, and those “watchmen” may see our intensity as being a little strange. So they will try to take our veil and our mantle from us, which defines who we are and represents our spiritual “garments,” or our newly cleansed “life,” as well as the anointing of the Lord upon our lives. But, in the spiritual understanding of this story, we know they cannot do that to us. And if we should give in to our “friends” and worship at their religious altars, they would strip us of our garments of righteousness and leave us as “naked” as many of them are! Rather than compromise, we will remain in that special, spiritual “chariot of fire,” or the royal “chariot of Israel,” where we are protected from the many carnal and religious attacks of all the “watchmen” that are everywhere around us.

To see this story another way, those “watchmen” could also be some of the people with us in this sonship walk. They are like Eli of old, who had this experience with Hannah: “Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Eli said to her, How long will you be intoxicated? Put wine away from you. But Hannah answered, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I was pouring out my soul before the Lord. [Gen 19:34.]” (1 Sam. 1:13-15, AMP). Eli was a priest of the Lord and should have discerned Hannah’s spirit, or her true, spiritual intent and purpose. She was earnestly seeking the Lord for a son. When Eli finally discerned Hannah’s deep spiritual desire, and the purpose for her prayer, he said to her: “Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him” (1 Sam. 1:17).

Our walk may be strange, causing others to assume we are “drunken.” But if we are serious about the things of God and His Kingdom we will not worship the Lord or walk with Him with a wearisome, careless or indifferent spirit, but will seek Him as Hannah did, with “a sorrowful spirit, pouring out our souls before the Lord!” After praying, Hannah was no longer sorrowful, for the joy of an expectant mother filled her heart. Hannah’s prayer brought a son, Samuel, into her life; and that kind of prayer will bring a true, Spirit-born son into our lives as well! We are sincerely looking for our Beloved, and so are many others. The churches of today may have some people among them who are also looking for their Beloved. Some of them are religious and others may be a little more spiritual, but they are all among the many “daughters of Jerusalem,” who are also seeking their Beloved and looking for Him, as we are. And there are about as many ideas and doctrines about how to look for Him and how He will come as there are people looking. The “daughters of Jerusalem” all have slightly different doctrines, with different ways to look for their Beloved. But only those who are led by the Spirit will look for their Beloved in the Spirit of Truth and Righteousness! They will find Him Whom their soul loves, since they are looking for Him with the right Spirit, and in Truth and Righteousness!

And then, according to Solomon’s story, we will tell them, “if you find my beloved, that you tell him that I am sick from love [simply sick to be with him].” Indeed, we are simply sick from wanting to be with Him! We are sick and tired of the corrupt ways of the governments of this world! We are sick and tired of the seemingly long delays! We are sick because we want to be with Him and we are sick and tired of the tests and trials of this “life!” Yet, we also know that these tests and trials are doing a good work within us and that all is going according to our Father’s wise and all-inclusive Plan! There really are no delays, for all that God is doing is being done according to His perfect timing, to be fulfilled in the fullness of time. And our “sickness” for our Beloved is turned to joyful health in the Spirit, when we realize the nearness of the hour of His glorious appearing and that we are anointed with some of His special, spiritual frankincense and myrrh!

Seeing our intense love and desire for our Beloved, some of the “daughters of Jerusalem” said to us, “ What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women [taunted the ladies]? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you should give us such a charge (as in vs.8)? [John 10:26.]” (Song 5:9, AMP). All those other “daughters of Jerusalem” do not understand our relationship with our Beloved and why we miss Him so much. We long to see Him, for we know that when we do see Him as He is, we shall be like Him! Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly our Beloved! He is our Life! And He is more Beloved to us than any other beloved in this world could ever be!

And then, to answer the question by the other “daughters of Jerusalem,” who had asked us, “What is your beloved more than another beloved?” we replied: “My beloved is fair and ruddy, the chief among ten thousand! [Ps 45:2; John 1:14.] HIS HEAD is [as precious as] the finest gold; HIS LOCKS are curly and bushy and black as a raven. HIS EYES are like doves beside the water brooks, bathed in milk and fitly set. HIS CHEEKS are like a bed of spices or balsam, like banks of sweet herbs yielding fragrance. HIS LIPS are like bloodred anemones or lilies distilling liquid [sweet-scented] myrrh.” Up to this point, from verse ten to verse thirteen, only Christ the Head is described. But from verse fourteen to fifteen-a the description of Christ the Body is given: “HIS HANDS are like rods of gold set with [nails of] beryl or topaz. HIS BODY is a figure of bright ivory overlaid with [veins of] sapphires. HIS LEGS are like strong and steady pillars of marble set upon bases of fine gold.” And then, from verse fifteen-b to verse sixteen we see a description of the complete Christ, with the Head joined to the Body: “HIS APPEARANCE is like Lebanon, excellent, stately, and majestic as the cedars. HIS VOICE AND SPEECH are exceedingly sweet; yes, HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY [THE WHOLE OF HIM” (or the complete Christ-Man) “DELIGHTS AND IS PRECIOUS]. THIS IS MY BELOVED, AND THIS IS MY FRIEND, O daughters of Jerusalem! [Ps 92:15; Col 1:15.]” (Song 5:10-16, AMP).

Obviously, many of the “daughters of Jerusalem” do not really know our Beloved as we know Him! So it will be our responsibility to reveal this Christ to them, as well as to the multitudes of this world. This Christ is our Beloved, and He also is our Friend! He is our Life, our Lord, our King and our Savior! He is the Bridegroom! He is the Conqueror of death! He is the chief Corner Stone! He is the Creator! He is the Glorified One! He is our Head! He is Immanuel! He is Wonderful, Counselor and the Prince of Peace! He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valleys! He is the day Star and the bright and morning Star! He is the son of David, the son of man and the son of God! And He is raising us up, by the Spirit, TO BE ALL THAT HE IS! In the fullness of time, Christ the Head shall be joined to Christ the Body, making one complete Christ! And our union with Christ the Head must be the same type and quality of union that made Christ one with the Father! And that is by a change or a transformation, from this death to the fullness of the Life of Christ! It is our change into His image and likeness that will make us One with Christ!

From verse fifteen-b to verse sixteen, Solomon, by the Spirit of Wisdom, described the Christ as being complete, with the Head joined to the Body! That is what we will be when the Body of Christ, which we are, is transformed by the Spirit of Life, to be joined to Christ the Head, thus becoming One Spirit with Christ and the Father! And when this Christ is complete and in full union, by the Spirit of Life from God, the whole world, including all the other “daughters of Jerusalem,” will then know, as we know, that: “HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY, THE WHOLE OF HIM DELIGHTS AND IS PRECIOUS. THIS IS MY BELOVED, AND THIS IS MY FRIEND!” May the precious holy Spirit reveal this Truth to us, by the Spirit, as only He can! And by the Spirit, I sensed a change within, as I wrote these words!

You Described Him, Now Tell us Where He Is
We gave a good description of Christ to the “daughters of Jerusalem!” But now that they know Him as He really is, they want to know where He is, that they may find Him and be with Him. So they asked us, “WHERE HAS your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? [Again the ladies showed their interest in the remarkable person whom the Shulammite had championed with such unstinted praise; they too wanted to know him, they insisted.] Where is your beloved hiding himself? For we would seek him with you” (Song 6:1, AMP). When others are provided with a true and honest, spiritual description of the Christ of God, as we shall know Him in the Spirit, they will want to find Him also, that they might seek Him with us. When we have “championed” this Christ “with such unstinted praise,” as the Shulamite has done for her Beloved, the world will beat a path to our door, so to speak! They will also want to find Him along with us!

And then we will have to tell them that our Beloved is indeed “hiding Himself!” He once was more widely known among the “Christians” in the church system, or at the spiritual realm of the Feast of Pentecost. But now He has moved on from Pentecost to the Feast of Tabernacles, and only the elect moved with Him. He will only be seen by His elect now “in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff” (Song 2:14)! Soon He will move again, to be seen by the multitudes of the nations of this world! The only way we may know where our Beloved is, is to keep our “lamps” filled with the precious “oil” of His Spirit, by maintaining spiritual communion with Him at all times! And if WE do not know where our Beloved is, who will?

And now, our chief task and our major responsibility, is to give praise and honor to the Lord, exalting Him as He should be exalted. And we can best praise and exalt Him, not by the feeble words of man, but by the powerful message of our surrendered, disciplined and fruitful lives! If we will fit the description given of the lovely Shulamite, by being the “fairest among women,” or the best of all the “daughters of Jerusalem,” our lives will speak volumes to all who are observing us, as they await the promised Kingdom of God! We will also continue to seek Him that we may be changed into His glorious image and resplendent likeness, to become all that He is! Then the world will also want to know Him, as we do, or in the same way that we know Him, which is by the Power and Glory of the Resurrection Life of Christ!

The fair and lovely Shulamite then replied to the other ladies who enquired of her Beloved, saying to them, “My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved's [garden] and my beloved is mine! He feeds among the lilies [which grow there]” (Song 6:2-3, AMP). Our Beloved, in this prophetic story, needs to feed His true “daughters,” among the Lilies, for that is the Food that brings forth the Life of Christ! Our beloved Shepherd leads us there that we might feed on the Lilies! No other food will do! He and His elect must have the high quality Food of Life that sustains us and brings forth the Life of His Kingdom! In the prophetic, spiritual sense, we see our Beloved, and all the “daughters” with Him, feeding among the Lilies, which represents that spiritual food that causes us to grow to become manifest sons of our Father! His true, spiritual “daughters” will always be seen feeding among the “Lilies.” And unless we are seen spiritually feeding among the “Lilies,” we will not make it to our true destiny, which is sonship fulfilled! Man’s religious food will not get us to the fullness of the Kingdom of our Father! Only that spiritual Food, which is of the high quality of the “Lily,” will get us to the fullness of Christ, there to be changed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness!

And then our Beloved said of us: “You are as beautiful as Tirzah [capital of the northern kingdom's first king], my love, and as comely as Jerusalem, [but you are] as terrible as a bannered host! Turn away your [flashing] eyes from me, for they have overcome me! Your hair is like a flock of goats trailing down from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of ewes coming from their washing, of which all are in pairs, and not one of them is missing. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil” (Song 6:4-7, AMP). In these verses, we are still seen, by the Spirit of Wisdom, as being the Body of Christ before being joined to Christ the Head. Our Beloved calls us “beautiful,” and as “a bannered host,” and that is what we are in His sight. We are asked to turn our eyes away from Him at that time, for the time of our change has not yet come. It is a time of war and not the time for a “wedding.” The fact that we are seen to be “as terrible as a bannered host,” suggests that we are here seen as an army prepared for war. The King James version gives that phrase as, “terrible as an army with banners,” which shows us as an army fully equipped and prepared to defeat all the enemies of Christ!

This shows us as we are now, prepared to fight for the Truth and the Right, to put every enemy under our feet and establish the Kingdom of God in every nook and cranny of this evil and corrupt old world (Ps. 8:6 & 1 Cor. 15:25). Now, we are “as terrible as a bannered host,” and “terrible as an army with banners!” And He Who is “called Faithful and True, in righteousness” is judging and making war along with us (Rev. 19:11). So important is this final war with the carnal, Adamic “man” of the flesh that “the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Rev. 19:14). Or, the saints from the heavenly realm joined in this war, and were “clothed in fine linen, white and clean,” which shows that these warriors are arrayed in royal garments of Life, fighting a spiritual war in the spiritual realm. Is it not true also, that all wars, whether literal or spiritual, earthly or heavenly, are all fought in the Spiritual Heavens, by the Spirit?

Our Beloved Bridegroom is still speaking, so He says to us, His intended companion, “There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number; But my dove, my undefiled and perfect one, stands alone [above them all]; she is the only one of her mother (Wisdom), she is the choice one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed and happy, yes, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. [Col 2:8,9.]” (Song 6:8-9, AMP). The Body of Christ, or the company of the sons of God, are described here as being perfect and complete, separate and apart from those “sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.”

The Spirit of Wisdom then says of us, ”But my dove, my undefiled and perfect one, stands alone [above them all]; she is the only one of her mother (Wisdom), she is the choice one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed and happy, yes, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.” No matter what we may think of ourselves, “mother” Wisdom declares, with absolute spiritual authority and truth, that we are the Lord’s “undefiled and perfect one, (who) stands alone [above them all]!” The “watchmen” may criticize us for our peculiar walk with God and others may join them in that criticism, but we know who we are and where we are going. And as long as our spiritual Father and our spiritual Mother judge us as being “undefiled and perfect,” we know we are on the right track! Among all the other “daughters” of our Father, we are the only “daughter” who came from this particular mother, which is Mother-Wisdom. We are “the choice one of her who bore her!” The other daughters have not yet been birthed from Mother-Wisdom. And then, following the prophetic type given above, we have the assurance that if they only knew us as our heavenly Father knows us, all those other “daughters” would see us and would call us “blessed and happy, yes, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her (or us).”

Then the other “daughters” asked us, “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? 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. Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib. 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” (Song 6:10-13). The other “daughters of Jerusalem” are beginning to understand now just who we are and what our purpose is. In asking this question, they are also describing what we are like. We are indeed that prepared and elect company of sons of God who are always looking forward or straight ahead to the future, in the same way that the morning dawn reaches forth to begin a new day. Not only are we looking for the dawn, but we also appear as the dawn, for we are that people who have the Morning Star within us. By the power of Him who is the Morning Star, we shall initiate the morning dawn! We are not merely looking for the dawn to come forth, but we will bring it forth from within us, because of the Christ, Who shall be within us in greater fullness! Then, we shall shine with the brilliance of the Morning Star, as it is written. “He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, ... to him will I..... give THE MORNING STAR” (Rev. 2:26-28).

We are looking forward as the dawn unto the dawn, which shall come forth from within us in the fullness of time. And we will continue looking forward as the dawn until we see Him as He is! We are also seen to be “fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners!” In that we are “fair as the moon,” indicates that we are the best that the true Church has brought forth, for the “moon” is a type of the Church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are the best of all the many “daughters of Jerusalem,” and we also are the best that the Church of Jesus Christ has brought forth! To be the best among all the “daughters” should give no glory to ourselves! All the glory and the honor for what we are belongs exclusively to the Lord alone! He is the only one who deserves to be given the honor and the praise for making us to be who we are spiritually, for we are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10). Therefore, we give Him all the glory!

And to be “clear as the sun,” shows that we are becoming all that Christ is, for He is the “Sun-Son,” or the true, spiritual Light of the world! This company of sons of God is “terrible as an army with banners,” for they are endowed with the gifts of the Spirit, including the Spirit of Wisdom along with all the other seven Spirits of the Lord. They have grown in God to be all that Christ is! Because of our spiritual weapons and armor, we appear to be “as it were the company of two armies!” It is also declared of us: “Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.” Or, before we knew it, our souls, including our mind, will and emotions, made us to be like the chariots of Amminadib. Amminadib refers to a group of people, whether a tribe or a troop, who willingly offered themselves to the Lord during one of Israel’s wars in history. “Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves” (Judges 5:1-2). In this or any other spiritual war, all the Lord needs is a people who willingly offer themselves to Him for His purposes! Then, most any war can be won in victory! Deborah and Barak also sang this song of the people who helped in that war: “My heart (and His heart) is toward the governors of Israel, that offered them-selves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD” (Vs. 9).

Then, one of the “daughters” said this: “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.” This story is all about the “daughters” looking for their Beloved. They expect that He will show Himself at harvest-time, so they go out to the “garden of nuts” to see if there are any signs of the approaching harvest among “the fruits of the valley.” They want to see at what stage of growth the fruits of the valley are, if the vine is flourishing, and if the pomegranates have budded. In the case of pomegranates, they are harvested after the flower has bloomed. Of course, this all applies to the spiritual condition and the stage of growth unto maturity of the company of the sons of God.

As a good Gardener and Vine Tender, I am sure the Lord regularly checks on His remnant saints, which is His “garden of nuts,” or “the fruits of the valley,” to see if our “vine” is flourishing, if the “nuts” among us are ripening and if the “pomegranates” among us have budded. Every one of us must be mature enough to be picked and gathered up in the greater harvest of the earth, which is the first harvest, also called the “barley harvest” (2 Sam. 21:9). Our critics boldly proclaim us to be a “garden of nuts,” and we are seen to be that spiritually when compared with the other daughters! Each one of us are “trees,” whether nut trees or fruit trees, in the Kingdom Garden of the Lord. We are bearing spiritual fruit for His glory and honor in the Kingdom of our Father,(see Mt. 3:10, Mk. 8:24, Lu. 21:29-31 & Jude 12)!

The lovely Shulamite, the chosen “daughter of Jerusalem,” and the beautiful daughter of the “Prince,” continues to be judged and assessed, to determine her fitness to become the Christ, or to be joined to Christ the Head in a glorious, spiritual union. One of the most important attributes of this special “daughter” is noted in this verse: “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman” (Song 7:1). The first thing to notice about this Shulamite daughter is this: “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes!” In Isaiah chapter fifty two, verse seven, the feet are mentioned, but without shoes. But in chapter sixty, Isaiah’s prophecy says this: “I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 60:13-14).

Something has happened to the Feet company of the Body of Christ, which made “the place of my feet glorious.” No longer are the Feet of this Christ bare and without adornment, but they are each and all made glorious by being “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace!” (Eph. 6:15). How needful it is that the Feet, which we are, should be “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace! ” The world has waited a long time for the Peace of Christ, which includes prosperity! And it will come forth in the Glory of the Kingdom of God, when the Feet, which we are, are gloriously adorned with the fullness of the very Life of Christ! The Feet of this Body are putting on the shoes of Peace at a time when man’s unreasonable wars are destroying the world!

When this Christ-Man is fully adorned and ready to face the world, HE will represent the Kingdom of God with all the Glory, Honor, Power, Rulership and Authority of the Lord God omnipotent! Not one thing will be lacking within and outside of this Christ-Man, for He will be fully prepared within and adorned without with all that God is! We may wonder why all the tests and trials of this “life” are so necessary! But it all becomes a little clearer and more understandable when we see our need to be changed into His glorious image and heavenly likeness! God is making the place of His feet glorious, and the trials and tribulations we are enduring are making this great spiritual work possible! God knows what it takes to make the place of His feet glorious, and He is not sparing the use of any tool in His vast arsenal, which will make of us those gloriously adorned FEET!

Just as the feet of a baby are the last to be born, so we are the Feet company; we are the last members to be added to the Body of Christ! We are the Feet of which the Lord has said that He has “put all things in subjection under his feet” (Heb. 2:8). All that Father is doing now is part of His wonderful purpose in grace of “bringing many sons unto glory,” (Heb. 2:10), which is the Glory of the Resurrection Life of Christ! Just as our Lord said to Peter, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me” (Jo. 13:8), so also would He say to us! The Feet are being “washed” by the Spirit that we might become a vital and living part of the Christ! When God is finished with us, it will be said of us and of the whole Christ: “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman!” And who is that “cunning workman?” He is the Lord God omnipotent, Who reigns over all! He Who is the Prince of Peace, the Lily of the valleys, the Rose of Sharon and the Creator of all, has made this Christ complete, giving Him beautiful FEET, and then adorning those Feet with the wonderful and liberating Gospel of Peace!

After our Beloved told us how nicely finished and beautiful we are, we say this: “I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me” (Song 7:10). Now it is firmly established that we belong to our Beloved, and that His desire is toward us! Our beloved Head desires us and wants to be joined to us in a “marriage” union that will make us ONE in the same way and by the same Power that made Christ and the Father ONE! And that ONENESS will only be achieved when we are raised to the fullness of Christ, by a spiritual resurrection, out from this realm of sin and death, and up to the glorious realm of the Spirit of Life in Christ! Formerly, we knew “My beloved is mine and I am his,” but now we also know “I am my beloved's, and HIS DESIRE IS TOWARD ME.” This shows how much we have matured in Christ, by the Spirit!

Now, we have grown spiritually so that our Beloved’s desire is toward us! He wants us now, for we are fully finished and completed, and have become the fullness of Christ, ready to feed the nations with the fullness of the Gospel of Christ! But what is it that made us so desirable to our Beloved? The Spirit of Wisdom answered that question, by saying, “Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor” (no longer afflicted with the carnal nature) “thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies” (indicating a body being sustained with rich, spiritual Food). Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins” (having the characteristics of Him Who is declared to be El Shaddai, the breasted One, or the all-sufficient One). “Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim:” (with “eyes” that are able to discern and judge righteously, by the Spirit) “thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus” (with the ability to look forward to the future and fulfill it). ”Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple” (His head is endowed with the royal vestments of a king); “the king is held in the galleries” (or in a sheltered place). “How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights! This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes” (El Shaddai, feeding and sustaining the nations with high quality, spiritual food). “I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine” (they are ready for the harvest), “and the smell of thy nose like apples; And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak” (we will be awakened spiritually, raised to a new Life in Christ and then released by the Spirit to send forth His pure Word, which is comparable to the best wine) (Song 7:2-9).

The sum of the promises of this scripture is this: we will no longer be afflicted with the carnal, Adamic and sinful nature. To get “there,” we must be a people who are being sustained with rich, spiritual Food, such as the “Lily.” As we wait on the Lord and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, we are being endowed with spiritual “breasts,” or with the characteristics of El Shaddai, to feed the nations. We are also being given spiritual “eyes,” that are able to discern and judge righteously, by the Spirit. We came forth from our Mother-Wisdom with “eyes” of the Spirit, which will give us the ability to look forward to the future and fulfill it. We are a forward-looking people! We do not look back on the past as being something to be desired. Rather, we see the events of the past as stepping stones to the greater glory ahead! Not only do we see our Father’s plan for the future, but we also realize that we shall fulfill it! Christ, our Head, is endowed with the royal vestments of the King of kings that He is! And as we are being joined to Him, we will then receive all that the Head is or contains!

We once knew that “My beloved is mine and I am his,” but now we also know, “I AM MY BELOVED'S, AND HIS DESIRE IS TOWARD ME.” When we are complete and fully in Christ, to know our Beloved as He really is, we will also know, by the Spirit, that “HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY, THE WHOLE OF HIM DELIGHTS AND IS PRECIOUS. THIS IS MY BELOVED, AND THIS IS MY FRIEND!” AMEN!

Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055