#67 Women of the Bible: Shulamite coming up from the wilderness
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Sol. 8:5 NIV).
King Solomon wrote 1,005 songs (1 Kings 4:32) but only one is recorded in our Bible and it is known as ‘The Song of Songs’. This song, inspired by the Holy Spirit, contains so many exquisite images of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church and the love of God that Solomon, despite being the wisest man who ever lived, could not possibly conceive of what it all meant. On top of that, there are prophetic images in the song that are yet future. This section is one of them.
By way of background, Isaiah prophesied of coming judgments on the nations. He writes about Israel’s enemies, symbolised by Edom and its chief city, Bozrah, being totally destroyed (Isa. 34) and turned into a wilderness. Then he writes about the desert in the future rejoicing and blooming as the rose (Isa. 35:1-2).
We get a fuller picture of Jesus annihilating all the enemies of God with Isaiah using the same language as Solomon. Rather than poetically describing the bride leaning on her Beloved, Isaiah describes God triumphant marching from the wilderness:
“Who is this who comes from Edom, from the city of Bozrah, with his clothing stained red? Who is this in royal robes, marching in his great strength? “It is I, the LORD, announcing your salvation! It is I, the LORD, who has the power to save!” (Isaiah 63:1 NLT).
We learn later that Jesus will lead the armies of heaven in this annihilation of the forces of this world who oppose Jesus (Rev. 19:11-21). God’s wrath is going to be poured out on all those who have rejected Him. Those who love Jesus will be part of His army as the non-Christian world wars against God. The bloodshed will be immense against those who have rejected Jesus and received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image.
You have the option now to choose Jesus and be a part of his heavenly army. You can elect to accept that “God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins” (Rom 3:24 NLT). You can be in close intimate contact with the Beloved now and for eternity, or you can choose a path of destruction for those who reject Jesus.