In this episode of our discussion of Book of Revelation, Jesus tells John that He has the “Keys of Death and Hades”. What are the Keys of Death and Hades, and what does it mean to us that Jesus is the one who has them? Let’s find out as we read Revelation 1:17-20

This is a different Jesus than John knew when he walked with Him. John now see’s, His Place (as our High Priest & King), His Position (in the middle of the church), and His Person

  1. Head – full of Grace, forgiveness, cleansing, & peace
  2. Eyes – full of truth
  3. Feet – full of the Gospel
  4. Voice – full of intimate communication with us
  5. Right Hand – full of power & control over the church
  6. Mouth – full of the Word of God
  7. Face – full of God’s Glory

Jesus Christ is both, He’s Jesus & Christ… He is a man, and He’s God… hence, Jesus Christ

Can we know what heaven is really like? 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Christ makes 4 statements to John;

  1. A statement of reassurance; fear not…
  1. A statement of Supremacy; I am the first and the last…
  • Muslims – Salvation is attained by observing the 5 Pillars.
  • Buddhists – follow the “Eightfold Path”, but at the end of the path there is no salvation.
  • Hindu’s – You can try to save yourself.
  • Judaism – Follow the laws, rituals, and traditions of Moses, and wait for the Messiah… but He already came.
  1. A statement of Eternal Fulfillment; I died and I am alive forevermore…
  • Mohammad is buried in Medina where he waits to be resurrected by a Savior, who is the Christ, hence Jesus…
  • Buddha died of old age, and that was that.
  • Hinduism had no founder, so nobody to hang around and wait for.
  • Moses died and was buried in a valley in Moab (Deuteronomy 34:5) to wait for the Messiah… who is Christ…
  1. A statement of Authority; I have the keys of Death and Hades – Jesus has the keys, only Him…
  • Hades – means “unseen”, it’s translated hell or grave… where the departed souls are…
  • Death – the state of being dead… I don’t think death needs an explanation…

What are the keys to Death and Hades?

What John has been shown and told in just this first chapter of Revelation;

  1. Jesus is our High Priest & King, but he’s just like us
  2. He’s in the middle of His church… us finding church?… no Jesus finds the church…
  3. He is full of Grace, Forgiveness, cleansing, peace, truth, the Gospel, the Word of God, the power & control, communication, and Glory…
  4. We shouldn’t fear who He is in heaven…
  5. He is the beginning and the end (there isn’t another)
  6. He died and He’s alive…
  7. He has the keys of Death and Hades

It’s enough to make you faint… but don’t faint, believe…

This is what we have to look forward to as we continue our discussion in Revelation…

  1. The things John saw…
  2. The things that were during John’s life…
  3. The things that are going to take place…

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