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It is also known as the Song of songs. This book is unveiled during the wilderness. Just as Hudson Taylor, Watchman Nee and many others saw this book as the 'Holy of holies' of the Word of God, the nuggets of God are unveiled as our first love is restored.

I have found that often the truths of Madame Guyon's book 'Experiencing the depths of Jesus Christ' are revealed before the Holy Spirit takes one into the Song of Songs. There seems to be a progression in the things of God and the truths in Guyon's book are foundational to entering the depths of the things of God.

The Laodicean call into the wilderness is found in the passage (also in SONG OF SOLOMON 2:8-13):

By night on my bed I sought the one I
I sought him, but I did not find him.
'I will arise now,' I said,
'And go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I will seek the one I love,'
I sought him, but I did not find him.
The watchman who go about the city
found me,
To whom I said,
'Have you seen the one I love?'

Scarcely had I passed by them,
When I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go,
Until I had brought him to the house
of my mother,
And into the chamber of her who
conceived me.

I charge you, O daughters of
By the gazelles or by the does of the
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

It speaks of a searching for more of Him and a searching in the established church for the direction and clear guidance to the green pastures of God and yet finding none.

'Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love' speaks of the the revelation of knowing Him and the secret of His manifest Presence that came shortly after entering the wilderness of God.

I charge you, O daughters of
By the gazelles or by the does of the
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

The above verse 5 unveils an important truth in our worship of Him. When He is near, be still before Him. Bask in His Presence. Do not be clamorous. When He seems a little distant - His Presence wanes, call upon Him gently. We need to learn how to respond to our Lord.

The Spirit's call into wilderness is a call into a season of singing and rejoicing and to an end of despair and frustration in the things of God.

The voice of my beloved!
Behold he comes
Leaping upon the mountains,
Skipping upon the hills
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young
Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows,
Gazing though the lattice.

My beloved spoke, and said to me:
'Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
An the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!

Once the glory of His Presence has been tasted as one turns one's head into the wind, the wilderness child experiences the substance of this verse:

Let him kiss me with he kisses of his
mouth -
For your love is better than wine.
Because of the fragrance of your good
Your name is ointment poured forth;
Therefore the virgins love you.
Lead me away!

Just as Mary broke the costly jar and the fragrance filled the whole room, so His Presence fills our beings and affects those around us.

During the wilderness season, the wind of God blows. It is the first of the two winds mentioned in the prophecy of the 'Two Winds' by Minor.

Awake, O north wind,
And come, O south!
Blow upon my garden,
That its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden
And eat its pleasant fruits.

It results in the fruit of the Spirit being manifested in one's life.

We begin to know Him as the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valleys.

We are taken into the experience of that which has been called 'the dark night of the soul'. This is the a place of death - of the cross - and the deepest expression of the cross in one's Christian experience - the place where He withdraws from one and where we no longer feel His manifest Presence. This experience is hidden the Song of Solomon.

I sleep, but my heart is awake;
It is the voice of my beloved!
He knocks, saying,
'Open for me, my sister, my love,
My dove, my perfect one;
For my head is covered with dew,
My locks with the drops of the night.'

I have taken off my robe;
How can I put it on again?
I have washed my feet;
How can I defile them?
My beloved put his hand
By the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
I arose to open for my beloved,
And my hands dripped with myrrh,
My fingers with liquid myrrh,
On the handles of the lock.

I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and
was gone.
My heart went out to him when he
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The watchmen who went about the city
found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls
Took my veil away from me.

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!

Where has your beloved gone,
O fairest among women?
Where has your beloved turned aside,
That we may seek him with you?

Afterwards the Shulamite replies to the daughters of Jerusalem and says:

My beloved has gone to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.

I am my beloved's,
And my beloved is mine.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.

The Shulamite - a type of the bride of Christ - now knows where He feeds His flock.

Later the bride comes out from the wilderness of God in His time and into the churches of God.

Who is this coming out of the
Like pillars of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all the merchant's fragrant
Behold, it is Solomon's couch,
With sixty valiant men around it,
Of te valiant of Israel.
They all hold swords,
Being expert in war.
Every man has his sword on his thigh
Because of fear in the night.

When the bride comes forth from the wilderness, she brings fear to the hearts of many and their hearts are no longer like tall, b cedars but like reeds in the wind. We see the Shekinah Glory as the 'pillars of smoke' come out of the wilderness. It also speaks of the fire that these prophets of the wilderness bring into the churches. The entrance of the bride is with the sword - expert swordsmen who do not swing at the wind - piercing the hearts of many as the message of repentance comes to the churches.

Just as Solomon is carried on a portable throne out of the wilderness, these prophets will have a supernatural peace in their lives and will possess great spiritual authority.

As we enter the churches, we encounter believers are still young and under developed in the things of God and who need to be gently built up and equipped for the work of ministry.

We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
In the day when she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
We will build upon her
A battlement of silver,
And if she is a door,
We will enclose her
With boards of cedar.