Editor – Here is a selection from the book “The Knock of Laodicea – A Call to Rise” We will bring you these occasionally to show the depth of “The Knock” message being given to the Laodicean Church ERA and it’s importance.
Now what we are about to see is a great KEY in understanding the timing of the “Knock.” In the following passages, we will see how the knock is administered by Christ, and how it DIRECTLY relates to the Ten Virgins of Mat. 25:1-10 and Laodicea of Rev. 3:14-22.
The Book of Song of Solomon is written in the form of a prophetic dream. The scripture here has direct ties to the Matthew 25 Parable of the Ten Virgins and to Rev. 3:20. These should be viewed as companion scriptures as they all tie together.
Notice: Song of Solomon 5:1-8 Verse 1
“I (Christ—the Bridegroom) am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse (The Church): I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved (The Church)”
In the scripture above, the garden can signify the preparation of the wedding banquet. This also can mean that Christ is preparing future offices of authority for His elect to fill in the soon coming Kingdom of God! Christ, the bridegroom, is speaking to HIS LOVE, HIS SPOUSE and HIS CHURCH!
In verse one, Christ is offering the needed spiritual meat in the present season! In comparing this verse with Rev. 3:20 and Luke 12:36-37, we can clearly see Song 5:1 speaks of Christ’s intention to sit down and SUP with those who will answer when He knocks.
Verse 2 begins from the perspective of a woman in bed near sleep.
“I (The virgins or Church) sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled (The Church): for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.”
Note that Verse 2 begins as a dream sequence for this latter day woman that is not yet in total sleep, but is pictured as a drowsy “woman” who is in danger of falling asleep between the evening and midnight. This is likened to the transition from the end time Philadelphian season into the Laodicean phase. The woman thought that the KNOCK she was hearing was just a part of a dream, but moments later she is unsure, thinking . . . “Is this just a dream or could this really be the real thing. She is pictured here as thinking to herself, “Is this really Christ’s Voice? Has He finally arrived?”
This can be compared to a time when we have experienced a realistic dream in which we may have woken up suddenly—in a drowsy like daze, wondering . . . “Did this really happen? Was that real?” Only later after being fully awakened, we say . . . “Wow, that dream seemed so real.”
The woman in this dream sequence felt the same way, and the scripture implies that the evening is getting very close to midnight! This woman, symbolic of the seventh and final Church phase, lies unclothed on her bed, reminiscent of Christ’s description of her in Rev. 3:17 being “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.” Her attitude is such that her feet have been washed after her days’ works. HER workday is over, so she believes. Notice that it is HER works—apart from Christ! (Song 5:3)
Here, (Christ) stands at a CLOSED and LOCKED DOOR, pleading with her to WAKE UP, TO ARISE and let Him in.
NOTE: This door IS SHUT AND LOCKED BY THE WOMAN!
She delays in response, still unsure whether she is dreaming or not.
Verse 3 “I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?”
The woman here, representative of the ten virgins in Mat.25, sadly complains out loud that she has just bathed, and is not willing to open the door as yet because of her being undressed in bed; being so near to full sleep, she is concerned that she will dirty herself if she has to rise up from the bed. This refers to a naked woman (Church) describing herself of sufficient attitude, being “rich and increased with goods” (Rev. 3:17).
Q) Does Christ say that the Church of Laodicea is unclothed?
A) Rev. 3:18 “. . . that thou may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear…”
Song of Solomon 5:4 “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. ”
Christ is desperately trying to get the attention of His beloved Church, as if He is even trying to look through and rattle a noise via the keyhole of the door!
Q) Are the parables that Christ gave of the Ten Virgins, and the prophetic Song of Solomon chapter 5, both revealing virgins “rising up from near sleep”?
A) Mat. 25:7 “Then, all those virgins AROSE, and trimmed (Dusted off) their Lamps (Bibles)”” A) Song of Solomon 5:5 “I rose up to open to my beloved; . . .”
NOTE: ALL with the Spirit of God finally rise and heed the KNOCK.
Q) Is the sweet smelling myrrh, mentioned in Song of Solomon 5:5, a representation of the symbolic oil of God’s Spirit? Is this speaking in reference to the Parable of the Ten Virgins?
A) Mat. 25:8 “. . . Give us your oil; for our lamps are going out. ”
A) Song of Solomon 5:5 “. . . and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.”
The woman (Church) finally realizes that she must respond to the knock on the door, but for some in the Church their lazy response will be too late. This is reminiscent of the Parable of the Ten Virgins and their need for oil (Matthew 25:1-12).
The cry of the bridegroom went out, but half of the virgins do not have enough oil causing them to respond too late to the bridegroom’s voice. It is very interesting that oil is mentioned both here and in Matthew 25.
Q) Is the fate of the foolish virgins within these two prophecies the same?
A) Song of Solomon 5:6 “I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake . . . I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.”
NOTE: Please take note in this study of how often the scripture refers to Christ’s VOICE or when He SPOKE in relation to “The Knock.”
When she finally manages to force herself towards the door, coming out of sleep, Christ had already DEPARTED; because she was unwilling to answer at the time of the KNOCK and to OPEN THE
DOOR when he was there.
Notice Mat. 25:10 “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”
But now, the tables are turned! In the same way these foolish virgins had their door closed to Christ, the door was now closed to them!
Q) Does Christ give counsel to us to OPEN the door WHILE HEARING THE KNOCK?
A) Rev. 3:20 “. . . if any man HEAR MY VOICE (The knock), and OPEN THE DOOR (our part) . . . I will come in to him . . . . ”
Q) Does the Bible speak of a time when it may be too late to find Christ?
A) Isa. 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”
Q) Is there a time when Christ departs, when it is too late for one half of the virgins?
A) Mat. 25:12 “But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. ”
Q) What about the fate of the wise virgins? Do they finally open the door, and go further than the unwise by seeking out Christ and accept martyrdom?
A) Song 5:7 “The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.”
The watchmen that patrol the city is symbolic of the coming secret police of the beast power. What is happening in the city (especially in the nations of Israel) at this particular time? Answer…The Great Tribulation- Jacob’s trouble! (Jer.30:7)
Although the woman here in general represents the ten virgins, this verse is most reflective of those wise virgins who refuse the mark of the beast. The “watchers” are the authorities, under the beast power, during the Great Tribulation. These will be the virgins who will not accept the mark of the beast.
Q) Do the wise virgins finally wake up and display a renewed AGAPE LOVE in repentance and seeking Christ- going FULLY after Him even as martyrs?
A) Song 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] sick of love.
Q) What will happen to those foolish virgins who have run out of oil and accept the mark of the beast?
A) Mat. 25:29-30 “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
NOTE: This above verse is representative of the unwise virgins apart from the wise, as here- they are labeled unprofitable SERVANTS (Of Christ), they are identified as once having the Spirit of God at some point because they are cast into outer darkness.
They were already judged as judgment begins on the House of God! (I Pet.4:17)