The Key of David Opens Eternal Life into the Kingdom

In parts one and two, we saw that Jesus has the key qualities of David, and He has the key of David.  He is the Head of the Philadelphia era of the Church of God and gave it—us!  It’s personal!—two keys to understand prophecy (Amos 3:7).

For valid Bible study, we must

Let the Bible interpret itself 

Rev. 3:7 about Jesus opens and shuts is a remez pointing those who knew their Bible back to Isa. 22:22.

In Isa. 22:5, “a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity” dates this prophecy to the period between 703 and 701 B.C. when King Hezekiah of Judah, a direct descendant of David, was preparing for war with the invading  Sennacherib of Assyria.

Verse 15 says Shebna is Hezekiah’s steward—like a prime minister or chief of staff—“over the house.”  Shebna had  the authority to control who had access to the government—who would get to see King Hezekiah and who wouldn’t.

In verse 16 Shebna is faulted for making a tomb “on high.”  Archeologists have found remains of a tomb with Hebrew script from Hezekiah’s time that was fully visible across from Jerusalem.  Now in the British Museum, the fragment belonged to a person who was “over the house.”  The name on the fragment is partially destroyed and has the common Hebrew ending ‘yahu,’ meaning God—like Benjamin Netanyahu today.   Many scholars think Shebna is a short form of the name Shebanyahu, and this fragment was part of his tomb.

“Pride is the sin of this official,” judged The Bible Reader’s Companion.

In verse 22, Shebna is replaced by Eliakim the priest receiving “the key of the house of David … on his shoulder.”  The steward wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder.  He had the authority to open or close the king’s house.

This should remind us of Isa. 9:6 which prophesies of Jesus Christ:  “And the government will be upon His shoulder.”

Eliakim means “God will establish.”  Because of verse 22, we know that Eliakim represents the future Messiah of Rev. 3:7.  Jesus will inherit the throne of David.

In the past history of the Davidic monarchy, the human ruler ruled as a steward for the real king—God.

Jesus Christ is the Steward of the kingdom of God the Father

Only He has the authority to grant access into the government, family and kingdom of God!

This makes it personal!  Like me, you want to enter!  Jesus castigated the religious leaders of His day:  “You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces.  You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matt. 23:13, New International Bible).  We must be building the family of God!

Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  His sheep, of various folds (John 10:16), know His voice.

In the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25:1-13, five didn’t have enough oil in their lamps (the Holy Spirit) and went to go buy some.  The Holy Spirit and character can’t be bought—and especially on the spot.  There’s no deathbed repentance.

Jesus shut the door.  None of the foolish virgins could open it.

In Matt. 22:11 a man appeared at the wedding without a proper garment.  Maybe he thought only Christ’s bride must be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright—the righteous acts of the saints (Rev. 19:8).”  At Christ’s return, we must have made ourselves ready!  We can’t do this by works, keeping the law, or any other way on our own power.  Only through the Father and the Son living in us by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:20, Php. 4:13).  “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share,  causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16).

The Holy Spirit is the key of David

we must have for God’s Steward to give us access to eternal life in the Family and Kingdom of God.  Without the Holy Spirit, we are none of His (Rom. 8:9).

The key of David is not a key to carry in our pocket.

It enables us to be like David in heart, loyalty and prayer.  It enables us to do God’s Work collectively and individually.  It gives us controlled urgency to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33).

It must be our life!  It’s personal!

Part 1:  https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-key-of-david-its-personal/
Part 2 https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/jesus-has-the-key-of-david-for-doing-his-work/

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Jesus Has the Key of David for Doing His Work

keysRemember from Part one, it’s the key of David (Rev. 3:7), but Jesus Christ has it.  He uses it to open and shut.  A key involves access, authority and government.

It’s significant that Jesus Christ shares this information in His section to the Philadelphia era of His Church.   This era is the spiritual body of believers who know we have a Work to do collectively and individually.   This is my 47th year.

A foundational principle of the Philadelphia era is that we will only grow to the extent that we have our hearts in the Work of God rather than just trying to save our own skin (Matt. 16:25).

A psalm for the Sabbath day, probably penned by David since he is credited when no specific name is given, says “For You, Lord, have made me glad through your Work; I will triumph in the works of your hands” (Psa. 92:4).

A key part of the Philadelphia commission:  “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

One special understanding

Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era about the key of David for doing His Work is the knowledge about the 12 tribes of Israel and God’s promise of unconditional dynasty to David so that his throne would exist at the end and be claimed by the returning King of Kings.

Jesus Christ has the key of David in that He is the son of David (Matt. 1:1), the root of Jesse (Isa. 11:10), the Branch (verse 1), the House of David of the royal line of David (Isa. 9:7), and He will claim and establish David’s throne when He rules in Jerusalem.  He will rule justly over men, in the fear of God (2 Sam. 23:3), just as David  will when he is resurrected and made King over the 12 tribes of Israel to start the Millennium (Ezek. 37:24).

You cannot rightly understand prophecy without this key of David.  This key opens eyes!

US&BCI recommend a free book you can read or download online or request a free mailed copy (https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy).

And I recommend you read “The Throne of Britain—Its Biblical Origin & Future” by Tom Robinson (https://www.ucg.org/files/collection/the-throne-of-britain-its-biblical-origin-and-future.pdf).  No wonder the world is so fascinated by “The Crown” on Netflix and by the coming wedding on May 19, 2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

The second special understanding

Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era about the key of David for doing His Work is that we must look to Him collectively and individually to open and close doors to fulfill His great commission.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and  make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).

Did you catch that:  authority!  And Jesus is loyal like David was renowned for.

New Testament Christians knew they needed the Head of the Church to open doors.  And they knew they needed to be praying like David (Psa. 55:17).

♥   Paul asked for prayers that he might speak boldly (Eph. 6:19).
♥   Paul asked for prayers with thanksgiving “that God would open to us a door for the word” (Col. 4:3).
♥   After being bullied by the Sanhedrin, Peter and John asked the Lord, “look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word” (Acts. 4:29).
♥   God can also direct by closing doors that no man can open!  Paul and Timothy were blocked by the Holy Spirit from going into Bithynia and were directed to Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10).
♥   For those not robbing God regarding tithes and offerings, He promises “try Me now in this … if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:8-10).
♥  We can ask God to open a door for us individually—for our part in fulfilling His great commission.  Like Maria’s superior comment in The Sound of Music:  If God closes a door, He always opens a window somewhere!

So Jesus Christ gave His Philadelphia era two special keys of David.  He knows we have only a little strength, have kept His word, and have not denied His name (Rev. 3:8).

But a huge key to Bible study is:

Let the Bible interpret the Bible

No private interpretation! (2 Pet. 1:20).  Not yours.  Not mine either!

In part 3 we’ll see where Rev. 3:7 is quoted from and what that shows about the key of David.  It’s exciting!  It’s personal!

Part 1:  The Key of David:  It’s Personal! (https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-key-of-david-its-personal/)

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The Philadelphia era is driven to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33)

The Key of David: It’s Personal!

keysOur keys are so crucial to our lives.  I can feel when my keys are missing from my pocket!  I always want the keys of Robert back ASAP.

A key is about three elements:
1.  Access—say, to a house or car
2.  Authority—who is authorized to live in the house or drive the car
3.  Government—who governs the use of the house or car

These days I find myself often reading the book of Revelation, and for a long time I keep noticing a special phrase in Rev. 3:7:  the key of David.

What key would David have?  An ignition key for his chariot?  I picture his palace being guarded by big eunuchs or mighty men of valor!

So what is the key of David?

Who has it?   Does it involve us personally?

David & GoliathOne meaning of the word “key” is important, significant.  After he slew Goliath, David became a giant persona in the Bible.

What key aspects is David known for?
♦   “a man after my own heart.  He will do  everything I want him to do” (Acts 13:22 New Living Translation).
♦   Stellar example of loyalty—to God and King Saul.  David did not wipe out Saul even when he had him indisposed in the cave.  He left it up to God to close the door on Saul’s reign and open the door for his.  Sounds just like Rev. 3:7!  Jesus Christ opens and shuts doors!
♦   David’s biggest plus:  he was quick to repent and he really repented, not to do it again.
♦   Prayed evening, morning and noon (Psa. 55:17).
♦   At Las Animas High School, we had a Key Club sponsored by the Kiwanis.  It was a service club.  David ruled for 40 years.  His key mantra was “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Sam. 23:3)

All these aspects about David are key ones that we should apply to our lives.   Rev. 3:7 is talking about the keys of David, not Moses or Daniel.

But an important aspect of studying the Bible is context

Rev. 3:7 is in red because it’s the words of Jesus Christ.   He is the holy one who is true.  He has all the qualities David had except for the repent part because He was sinless and didn’t have anything to repent of!

Especially notice.  Jesus has the key of David.  The focus is on Jesus, not David.  Jesus opens and no one shuts.  Jesus shuts and no one opens.  All glory goes to Jesus Christ!

Next, it’s crucial to pay attention to whom Jesus Christ is talking to about the key of David:  the Philadelphia era of the Church of God.  I have been a member of this era for 47 years so far.   Early on I heard a lot about the key of David.  In passing years I haven’t and realize I needed to restudy and learn more!

In part 2

we’ll talk about what the Philadelphia era of the Church of God understands about the key of David.  In part 3 we’ll talk about a really interesting chapter in Isaiah that sheds a whole new light on what the key of David means—and how it has great importance for each of us.

It’s personal!

Part 2:  Jesus Has the Key of David for Doing His Work (https://theunexpectedbtm.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/jesus-has-the-key-of-david-for-doing-his-work/

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Three Years as a Blog!

Shall We Go Another Year?

It makes you think when you ring in another year with a blog.  After 226 posts, is there anything left to say?

Yes, because we all should keep learning and growing.  After 47 years of learning God’s way from the Bible, it seems like there’s more I don’t know than early on when I knew everything.   And I keep forgetting so much that I need to restudy.

Tomorrow I post the second chapter for my new book called

What’s It All About? 

You find out how much you don’t know when you try to teach others.  I recommend you reread Chapter 1 because some refinements were needed.   So far I’ve only written the first two chapters, and I’m counting on God to give better understanding of Revelation by the time I get to that.   Hope I get there before it unloads on us!

I don’t think anybody has ever written a book like this.  I knew it was a daunting task, and a few weeks ago I started and quit!  I’m counting on God’s inspiration to finish and to bring whoever He wants to read it.

Thanks so much for shares.   You have a vital part in God granting readers in 64 countries (Matt. 24:14, 28:18-20).

Shall we go another year?  You, as a cherished reader, have a big say in that!

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I Was Actually Born in December

The most important December birth?

God didn’t send a prophet centuries in advance to announce my birth in La Junta, Colorado (Micah 5:2).  Carolers don’t stand outside in the freezing cold singing “O Little Town of La Junta.”

God didn’t inspire a prophet to declare a 70 weeks prophecy so mankind could figure out I’d be born in 1950 (Dan. 9).

He didn’t send an angel to Southern Colorado “shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8), inspiring them to “find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (verse 12).  Anybody looking for this Babe would have found him in the nursery of La Junta Memorial Hospital.

There was no decree from Harry Truman that all Americans should go to “be registered, everyone to his own city” (verse 3).  But my father and mother, Glen and Jessie, saddled up their Mercury and drove me home to nearby Las Animas where I grew up in obscurity.    With nobody thinking it would impress anybody to take my name in vain and with one-third of the earth seeing no reason to follow after me.

My birth was hardly a case for the greatest December one ever.  For sure you wouldn’t pick it.  I wouldn’t out of false humility.  Even my Mom would have probably split her vote between mine and my sister Jan’s.

Yes, I’m a son of God, through Adam.  But nobody argues that I’m the reason for any season.

But here’s a huge point:

I was actually born in December

Though the whole world wants to believe otherwise, all Bible scholars know that the Son of God was not born in December.  There’s no way shepherds would have been out in a Judean winter.  Not in a Las Animas winter either.  There’s no way the whole nation would have been on the move to participate in a census during treacherous wintry roads.

Unlike me, Jesus has no birth certificate.  The birth of the Son of God is obviously the most important birth ever, but the Bible nowhere commands the observance of His birth—or mine or anybody else’s.  Ecclesiastes 7:1 says the day of death is better than the day of birth, and the Passover picturing Jesus’ sacrifice is one of God’s holy festivals (Lev. 23) that Christians are commanded to observe.  Paul said we proclaim His death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:26).

How mixed up are historians, scholars and pretty much everybody?  Their dating pegs Jesus being born between 6 to 4 B.C.    B.C.?  That’s Before Christ!   Talk about off  to a disputable start when you’re born years before you exist!

Yet, the Bible gives some obvious clues to

When Jesus Christ was really born

Harmonies of the Gospels—putting the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in chronological order—show He ministered 3-1/2 years.  Dying at Passover time would stake the obvious claim He was born in the fall.

A wonderful clue, John 1:14 says “the Word … dwelt among us.”  The Greek word for “dwelt” can also be translated “tabernacled” or “tented.”

How fitting for Jesus to be born during the Fall Holy Day period called the Feast of Tabernacles which pictures His coming 1,000 year reign on earth.  If Jesus were born on the opening Holy Day of the Feast (15th day of the 7th month), then He would have been circumcised on the “Eighth Day” which is the Holy Day immediately following the Feast.

Others who know the utmost importance of the biblical Holy Days believe that Jesus surely would have been born on the Feast of Trumpets (1st day of the seventh month).  This biblical Holy Day pictures the return of Christ at the seventh trumpet, so what a perfect package for Him to be born on it.  Especially if you believe creation week of six days and then the Sabbath rest pictures mankind having exactly 6,000 years of misrule before the King of Kings replaces all of the misguided rulers of the earth (Rev. 11:15).

It seems quite logical that Jesus would be born on the same day of the year that He returns exactly 6,000 years later.  Of course, God the Father says He is the only one who knows the day or the hour, so that can rattle  all the best of foolproof theories and add to the already extensive collection of fools! (Matt.24:36).

For Sherlock Holmes-type sleuths, the Bible gives the fascinating clue that John the Baptist’s father Zacharias was of the eighth course of Abijah (Luke 1:5).  Figuring conceptions of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ to fall within probable two-week periods, the aha! is that Jesus would have been born in the fall during the time of the biblical Holy Days.

Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament who commanded the observance of His Holy Days (Lev. 23)—but didn’t specify any particular day to be His birthday.  During His 3-1/2 year ministry, He celebrated those special days.  Nobody could hold a candle to His amazing life and nobody put one on a cake.

If we simply must celebrate somebody’s birthday, at least find somebody who was actually born in December.

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