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For some, Song of Solomon is a strange book of the Bible. There are many who falsely believe that this one book does not fit in the bigger Book, and that it has no relevance to the rest of the books in the Bible canon we have today. Pastors avoid this book, because they don't understand it - especially pastors in the cult of William Branham.
Out of the hundreds of sermons recorded by William Marrion Branham, you will not find this book mentioned once. Not one single time.
Cult pastors, inclined to preach "only what the prophet said," don't preach this book. Without having reference to this book in the "tape index," they don't understand or see how this book fits in the context of "The Message" of William Branham.
Because it doesn't.
You see, this book, the Song of Solomon, is considered to be a parable of God's undying love towards the Children of Israel, and has even been considered to be a parable of Christianity itself. It has no prophecy, no condemnation of idolatrous nations, nothing negative to preach against. And without something negative to preach against, very few pastors in the cult of William Branham would even have a sermon.
This book is uplifting. It is showing love, pure love between a man and a beautiful woman. It is telling us how good love is, and how men should love their wives instead of the master-servant hierarchy that this cult promotes.
William Branham avoided this book entirely, because it directly conflicted with his "Women were designed by Satan" theology, and his speaking so harshly against beauty. Cult pastors don't know what to do with this book, because they know in their hearts when they read this book that it uplifts everything Branham stands against. Chapter seven, specifically, is a chapter that you won't find any cult pastor preaching about.
Pastors who preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplicity can use this book in many ways. The book parallels true communion with God, how our love and adoration for Christ brings a response of even greater love. It shows us that we can rejoice in Christ. The King brought his bride into His chambers, and though His face was hidden from us for a time, he now abides with us. The list of parallels between Christ and His Bride are found all throughout the book, from start to finish.
But cult pastors are not founded in the Gospel. Many have never experienced the true Mercy and Grace that Christ has offered us through His work on the cross. Many only know how to preach by example, and that example is the recorded sermons of a man who had a message to condemn the people rather than to uplift the Bride of Christ.
They have been taught to look for little things to pick on. When Branham spoke against women wearing pants to promote the Pentecostal dress code, the pastors started enforcing longer dresses. When Branham condemned women in high-heels, pastors started preaching against open-toed shoes. In every way, shape, and form, William Branham's ministry was the exact opposite of this book. Everything that Solomon loved and enjoyed with his Bride - which was a representation of Christ and His Bride - the cult of William Branham stands firmly against.
Chapter Seven, verse 1 starts by describing the beauty of the feet of the bride:
"How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter!"
If this were two new converts entering the congregation of the cult, a man and a woman who had not yet observed the dress code, the pastor would quickly change his sermon and start preaching how that statement denied both William Branham's "Message" and their dress code.
"Our 'prophet' said that 'Beauty is of the Devil!' Don't you come in this 'house of God' wearing sandals with open-toed sandals! Noble daughter indeed!"
The Pentecostal movement, the foundation underlying William Branham's "Message," has trained our hearts and minds against the natural feelings of our bodies. To enjoy beauty is sinful, according to the cult. To speak of the sculpture of a woman's body is evil - the "prophet" told us that her sculpture was designed by Satan himself!
In fact, this book of the Bible, the "Song of Solomon" is almost considered to be pornography by the ministers of this cult. When you ascribe to all of the teachings of William Branham's twisted description of Satan, women, beauty, and lust, you end up with a programmed group of people who are afraid to read a book about the love between a man and a woman.
But Solomon told his bride that her rounded thighs were "like jewels, the work of a master hand." He told her that she was sculpted beautifully - just as Christ, the Master Builder, has sculpted a Church.
But here is where it gets very interesting:
Verse 2: "Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine."
Imagine quoting this scripture in front of a cult pastor that follows William Branham! This breaks every single rule in Branham's rulebook! They were drinking WINE! Not just drinking it, Solomon drank it from her navel!
Many are familiar with Proverbs 3:5:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
But if we keep reading down a couple verses, we find this:
"It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." - Prov 3:8
In Ezekiel 16, Ezekiel prophesied about God's Faithless Bride (The Children of Israel.) The "navel" of the Bride was her undoing, giving her great pain and sorrow. God's Bride was never cut off from the idolatrous nations:
Thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
Verse 3 in Song of Solomon 7 will make any person programmed with cult teaching cringe. They wish this verse was not in their Bibles, and consider it to be the lowest filth:
"Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle." - (Song of Solomon 7:3)
But remember, God said the very same thing about His Bride in Ezekiel:
"I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare." Ezekiel 16:7
The comparison could go on and on. Each verse in the entire book of the Song of Solomon has many ties to scriptures in the books attached behind it in your leather bindings. Each verse describes the love between the Father and His children, Christ and His Bride.
Cults are not founded in the Bible. They are not founded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Cults are founded by men, have wrapped their theology around men's doctrine, and teach from the teachings of a man. God can be found in the people who have been mislead, but God is not found in the movement itself.
Satan despises God's Bride. While Song of Solomon shows reference to God's love and adoration for His Bride in its teaching, Cult teaching will show examples of hatred and scorn between the husband and his wife. She is easily condemned, cast aside.
William Branham's "bride" was scorned. Branham claimed that the "Lord" told him as "Thus Saith The Lord," a woman who cuts her hair was condemned and the husband could divorce her. The husband should cut her off. Her beauty was from Satan in his twisted theology, and we should hate her beauty instead of the love and admiration of her beauty that Song of Solomon shows.
Satan knows he has been defeated. We've already won, that day on Calvaary. The only power Satan has now is to try his best to make the Bride of Christ miserable, to make her live in condemnation for God's love for her beauty.
But no matter how far we wander away from God in the cult of a man, God still loves us and adores us. God will awaken us. This is promised all throughout the Bible, but is also promised in the last chapter of Song of Solomon:
"Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in labor with you; there she who bore you was in labor." - Song of Solomon 8:1-5
Christ was coming. Solomon, in his parable of the Church foretold it in his infinite wisdom.
Christ was coming, and would seal us until the day of redemption:
"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death" - Song of Solomon 8:6
The best part comes last. God is a jealous God. He does not want us to serve other gods, and does not want us to live in idolatry.
But while cult pastors condemn from every possible angle in their sermons, God's jealousy is paid with the price of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ:
Jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised. - Song of Solomon 8:6-7
The Man DID offer all the wealth of His House for Love. The Father offered His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for God's faithless Bride, and to redeem her and claim her for His own.
Christ was despised. He was rejected. He suffered. He bled on the cross and died for us.
Christ was offered from the Father, and the many waters, the many nations of people, could not quench His undying Love for us.
Aren't you tired of sitting in those hard, uncomfortable pews Sunday after Sunday to listen to a man rant and rave against the "sins" of those in the seats? Aren't you tired of watching as poor souls, needing Christ, are blasted from behind the pulpit until they leave religion altogether? Aren't you tired of watching ministers turn souls "over to the devil" instead of turning them over to Grace?
Don't you want to hear the REAL Gospel of Jesus Christ? The Gospel that tells us how much God really loves us and cares for us? The Gospel that tells us how a Father loves us so much that He would let His only Son die to save us?
Song of Solomon is a romance. But it's more than that. This is God's romance with US!