ODE THREE of the ODES OF SOLOMON: The Lover has Found the Beloved

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Solomon composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

1 Kings 4:32 (BSB)

Ode Three

The first words of this Ode have disappeared.

1 .    .    .   I put on:
2 And his members are with him. And on them do I stand, and He loves me:
3 For I should not have known how to love the Lord, if He had not loved me.
4 For who is able to distinguish love, except the one that is loved?
5 I love the Beloved, and my soul loves Him:
6 And where His rest is, there also am I;
7 And I shall be no stranger, for with the Lord Most High and Merciful there is no grudging.
8 I have been united to I-run, for the Lover has found the Beloved,
9 And because I shall love Him that, is the Son, I shall become a son;
10 For he that is joined to Him that is immortal, will also himself become immortal;
11 And he who has pleasure in the Living One, will become living.
12 This is the Spirit of the Lord, which doth not lie, which teacheth the sons of men to know His ways.
13 Be wise and understanding and vigilant. Hallelujah.

Ode Three of the Odes of Solomon is yet another Messianic prophecy, as the majority of the Odes prove to be. If you are new to these studies it is highly recommended to take the time to read the Introductory Segment of this series in order to understand why — despite all the modern scholastic analysis of content and origin — the Odes of Solomon indeed overwhelmingly suggest this body of work was written by King Solomon himself. Thus undeniably tying together traditional Judaic Messianic prophecy to Christian prophecy and theology. Therefore proving the Elohim-Trinity-Godhead, and divine Son of God of Christian thought, to be actual understood revelation in the times of the Old Testament Hebrew Israelites.   

In this study, each line of Ode Three will be picked apart, showing the clear construct of the above thought-process to point to one undeniable direction — the truth. 

It is the intention of these studies to cause a bridge to be drawn leading Jew and Gentile alike to the revelation of the Cross at Golgotha, and the works of Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago; precisely as depicted in the scriptures. 

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Thanks to the discernment given to us from the scriptures and extra-biblical texts as a whole, it can be irrefutably understood Ode Three is depicting the day of Messiah’s return upon conception, as the immortal Son of God.

For a basic simplified perspective, we see this theme clearly in our standard Bibles within Psalm 2.

Though Ode Three focuses on just one mere aspect of a multi-faceted prophecy, in actuality, this is an event that remains a prophetic mystery — even today in these Last Days, as this Great Day depicted in the scriptures is understood to be imminently at our very door! Personally, throughout all my studies thus far, I’ve come to the conclusion that a mastery of this matter is not meant to be obtained; as we find this Great Day of Judgement to be prophesied all throughout seemingly the entire body of scriptural archives left to us in these times of Daniel 12:4But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

Unfortunately this scriptural predicament seems to be the root cause of much debate and divisive doctrinal sects within the Body of Christ, as it is our very nature to compartmentalize and simplify anything we can’t fully grasp. Truly, it’s through cases like this we can only awe over the absolute truth and wonderment of God’s written Word:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33 (KJV)

Ode Three: The Lover Has Found the Beloved

1 .    .    .   I put on:
2 And his members are with him. And on them do I stand, and He loves me:

Here in the opening lines of Verse Two, we already see the merge of Old Testament and New Testament prophecy and theology alike. The most obvious references found in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 and Ephesians 4:15-16, which refer to the members within the active living Body of Christ. Immediately this should strike the reader as an astounding revelation; especially considering the overwhelming probability that this text was written by the hand of King Solomon himself (as explained above). Amazing how already we see the walls of our man-made religious differences begin to crumble.  

Surely, this bubbling spring of wisdom is only beginning to reveal its everlasting qualities from which one can never thirst; just as Jesus promised in John 4:13-14.

We also see confirmation of this prophecy within the Book of Enoch — though highly controversial to those less familiar with the meat of the Word — the Book of Enoch proves to be an Inspired pre-flood text, likely to be the oldest scripture left to us of the Inspired Word of God.

6a. And in that place mine eyes saw the Elect One of righteousness and of faith,
7a. And I saw his dwelling-place under the wings of the Lord of Spirits.
6b. And righteousness shall prevail in his days,
And the righteous and elect shall be without number before Him for ever and ever.
7b. And all the righteous and elect before Him shall be †strong† as fiery lights,
And their mouth shall be full of blessing,

Enoch 39:6-7 (RH Charles)

The standard Old Testament can clearly confirm this prophecy as well. Isaiah 43:1-21 depicts a future gathering of the Lord’s sons and daughters — His chosen Elect, as we can discern through the scriptures — an End-Time event many believe to be considered as the Greater Exodus

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—

Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Isaiah 43:6-7 (NKJV)

It should be noted that Isaiah 46:7 clearly depicts and confirms the Messianic Son of God Christian theology, as many of the Old Testament scriptures show to do (more examples become exposed further in this study). 

Interestingly enough — though not so obvious — we also can discern the same depiction in Revelation 12:3-6; as when studies out, the woman is understood to be the multitude of the Body of Christ.

We also see similar depictions in Jeremiah 30:18-22; not to mention Ode One of the Odes of Solomon itself! That study can be found here

We also can find confirmation of Verse Two through the words of Jesus Himself within Matthew 25:31-33.

Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.

Psalm 142:7 (NKJV)

3 For I should not have known how to love the Lord, if He had not loved me.
4 For who is able to distinguish love, except the one that is loved?

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 5:10 (NKJV)

Verse Three and Four again interestingly reflect Christian theology; specifically that which stems from the words of Jesus Himself, for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. [John 16:27]. The Apostle John reflected the same truth as is written in 1 John 4:10, In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:5-6 (NKJV)

5 I love the Beloved, and my soul loves Him:

Clearly Verse Five echoes the very theme found within the Song of Solomon. It is no secret in these Last Days the Song of Solomon stands as a prophetic symbology for the Bride of Christ. Again, one can’t help but be astounded at the truth tearing through the veil which has blinded the hearts and minds of so many. Clearly, what is taught within the writings of the New Testament, was an already known revelation to the wise of Old Testament times; precisely as the scriptural and sacred text archive we have today show us.

6 And where His rest is, there also am I;

The element of rest within Bible prophecy seems to unveil itself as a multi-faceted subject, found within the conjoining conception of Old and New Testament prophecy. Though Ode Three is depicting a specific day and event, the proclamation of Verse Six doesn’t necessarily exclude either nor the or. 

The most commonly understood biblical rest is that of the Sabbath Day — a symbolic reflection from the rest we will obtain during the Millennial Reign of Christ [Revelation 20:1-6], as simplified in Hebrews 4:9-11. We also see a commonality to these verses in Hebrews come into play within Revelation 14:13, in reference to those already passed on from this life. 

In John 14:1-4 Jesus speaks of a heavenly place of rest not of this earth, which He has prepared for His followers. Many believe this is where those sanctified in Christ are bound upon the Rapture.

Putting all these puzzle pieces together, again, only seems to lead to much debate and divisive sects we see happening within the Body of Christ today. As the Inspired scriptures are timeless — and do indeed surpass our finite thinking — usually the clear answers we are looking for aren’t so black and white.  

Amazingly, we do see the event of Ode Three in reference to rest depicted in Old Testament prophecy — in some cases likely meshed within multiple prophetic time periods. The Book of Isaiah is loaded with such examples. For those who have ears to hear, let them hear: 

It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
The golden city ceased!”

Isaiah 14:3-4 (NKJV)

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
But you would not,

Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)

16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
19 Though hail comes down on the forest,
And the city is brought low in humiliation.

Isaiah 32:16-19 (NKJV)

Consistently, the error of our man-made religious differences can not help but be revealed when perceiving the scriptures as the unified Word of God…  

7 And I shall be no stranger, for with the Lord Most High and Merciful there is no grudging.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Psalm 133 (NKJV)

Verse Seven speaks of the coming redemptive unity of the Body of Christ; upon God’s judgement of this Great Day when the paradigm shifts from Satan’s grasp, and earth’s dominion is given over to the Kingdom of God. Though verifying details of this future promise can be found peppered throughout our Bibles, we find even more astounding specifics in the extra biblical texts, like the Hebrew text of Second Baruch:

And it will happen after these things when the time of the appearance of the Anointed One has been fulfilled and he returns with glory, that then all who sleep in hope of him will rise.
And it will happen at that time that those treasuries will be opened in which the number of souls of the righteous were kept, and they will go out and the multitude of the souls will appear together, in one assemblage, of one mind. And the first ones will enjoy themselves and the last ones will not be sad.
3 For they know that the time has come of which it is said that it is the end of times.
4 But the souls of the wicked will the more waste away when thy see all these things.
For they know that their torment has come and that their perditions have arrived.

Second Baruch 30:1-5 (A.F.J. Klijn)

We can discern such parallels within Zechariah 8:14-17, the closing verses of Psalm 144, and even in the powerful words Jesus so beautifully prayed to the Father in John 17:

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 
21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 
22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

John 17:20-23 (NKJV)

8 I have been united to I-run, for the Lover has found the Beloved,

Again, the reader should be reminded of the Song of Solomon, as its theme clearly rings out in Verse Eight. We even can discern some parallels within the text at the mention of a gazelle, notably for its speed:

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.

17 Until the day breaks
And the shadows flee away,
Turn, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
Upon the mountains of Bether.

Song of Solomon 2:16-17 (NKJV)

14 Make haste, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.

Song of Solomon 8:14 (NKJV)

We can find clearer confirmations within the book of Jeremiah. Interestingly enough, this same verse is repeated twice within 49:19 and 50:44, thus verifying its significance. It should also be noted that these Old Testament verses clearly reference a Son of God Messianic theology.

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Habakkuk 3:19 (NKJV)

Another revealing confirmation of Verse Eight can be found within Psalm 18:29, and 18:33; as well as Isaiah 35:6.

9 And because I shall love Him that, is the Son, I shall become a son;

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.

Psalm 2:7 (NKJV)

Verse Nine clearly rings the most obvious reference to Psalm 2, as discussed earlier in this article. 

A less obvious reference of this conceptual event can be found within Psalm 78:67, considering how the story of Joseph reflects a conjoining story of Christ within His first and second coming. For those who have ears to hear, let them hear…

10 For he that is joined to Him that is immortal, will also himself become immortal;

Not only do we see Verse Ten of Ode Three continuing its validity within Psalm 2:7, but a more general reference could be connected to the first Resurrection of the Dead; precisely as this event shows throughout the scriptures will then take place.

The Resurrection of the Dead is indeed confirmed within Old Testament and New Testament prophecy alike, despite its trials and hardships the Apostle Paul endured in the Book of Acts.  

“At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting [a]contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:1-3 (NKJV)

Cleary through the content shared throughout this article, it is not already hard to discern Daniel 12:1-3 is depicting the very event being studied — that Great Day that will usher in the Great Tribulation. Another less obvious Old Testament reference can be found within Hosea 13:14.

The Resurrection of the Dead is also clearly found throughout 1 Corinthians 15:51-55.

11 And he who has pleasure in the Living One, will become living.

Verse Eleven clearly confirms the promise of eternal life Jesus left to us when we choose to forsake our life here on earth and follow Him. Please see The ABC’s of Salvation for a more detailed understanding of this vital truth. —You cannot get into heaven without Jesus!

12 This is the Spirit of the Lord, which doth not lie, which teacheth the sons of men to know His ways.

Again, we see themes rung out throughout both the Old and New Testament alike within the content of Verse Twelve:

God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)

Christian theology clearly confirms what is being said in Numbers 23:19. Consider Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 for example. 

Being that Ode Three is a future Messianic prophecy, it is absolutely viable to consider The Spirit of the Lord, which doth not lie, which teacheth the sons of men to know His ways is a direct reference to the Holy Spirit, as explained by Jesus Himself to His disciples within John 16 [note also John 14:15-21]:

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 
15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

John 16:12-15 (NKJV)

It’s interesting how through all these references, we see the Elohim-Trinity-Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being confirmed.

13 Be wise and understanding and vigilant. Hallelujah.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)

In close, Verse Thirteen again breaks the barriers of Jew and Gentile, seeing the truth unfold when the Bible is accepted as a whole — without the religion. Just as the Book of Proverbs confirms what is being said in Verse Thirteen, we also find confirmations within 1 Peter 5:8 and Colossians 4:2-6.

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Truly, when weighing all the evidence — as we lean not on our own understanding — the only conclusion that can be made is the truth of God’s entire written Word; as it all points to Jesus of Nazareth and His near second coming.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 (NKJV)


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