The Winter of Time

The Song of Solomon speaks of the time when God brings forth His bride, those who will make up His Holy City. Solomon declared:

"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 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;" Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Winter always speaks of a time of tribulation and wrath. So, spiritually speaking, Solomon is declaring the time directly after the coming tribulation (wrath) of God. He gives hope to all those who will make up the body of Christ in the New Day when all sin will have been dealt with and the kingdoms of this world will have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, Revelation 11:15.

The phrase ". . . when the flowers appear . . ." is speaking of Spring. Spring is always the time of refreshment and renewal. The singing of the birds reflects a time of peace and safety for all God's creation. Then Solomon declares the voice of the turtle will be heard in the land. The turtle is the turtle dove which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The land speaks of our physical body. This is when God will speak to His creation man as He did in the garden before sin, where there was no separation between man and the presence of God. Paul spoke of this day in his letter to the Corinthians:

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." I Corinthians 13:12

The glass speaks of a mirror. A mirror gives a reverse image. The word darkly means "obscure." Today our vision of God is obscured. Sometimes we even see God in reverse as to what and who He actually is. But the day of refreshment and renewal is straight ahead when we will see Him face to face. It is then we will know all things. Nothing will be hid from our eyes. Jesus promised, as friends, He will make all things known to us that He has heard from the Father, John 15:15. This is a time of rejoicing in the body of Christ because of the hope that is set before us.

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