Keys to Kingdom of God
A study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
Copyright © The Master's Table
Excerpt from: Chapter two of my book "The Great Apostasy."
There are many men preaching in the name of Jesus, stating they have been given the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. They teach that the one that Jesus gives the keys to are the true Church of God, and we must follow them as they are the ones God is working with, and revealing truth to. If this is true, then we need to know who is telling the truth about who should have these keys, right? Let's look into the scriptures to find out what is truly taught and not what some man teaches for his own gain. The scripture they use to teach that God has given them the keys is Matt 16:18-19. "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Now this sounds like Jesus turned over the keys of the Kingdom to Peter, and as many ministers and the Catholic Church teach someone must inherit these keys down through time and the one who receives them will be God's only true lead minister heading up God's true Church. When scripture is quoted to try and prove a man's ideas we must study deeper before we accept it as truth so let's take a close look at this verse in Matt 16:18-19. "And I also say to you that you are "Peter", (This word "Peter" in the Greek is "Petros" meaning a piece of rock) and on this "rock" (This word in the Greek is "petra " meaning a mass of rock) I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. "And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." This verse denotes two different sizes of rocks, one a pebble, (Peter - Petros) and the other a large stone (Jesus - Petra). The truth here is that Jesus was speaking of Himself as the "Petra" (The large rock.)
Let's look at the scriptures that verify this in Isa 22:22, to find out. "The key of the house of David" I will lay on His shoulder; so He shall open, and no one shall shut; and He shall shut, and no one shall open." The keys to the house of David are referring to the promise that the Messiah shall sit on the throne of David, and the throne with the keys belongs to Him alone. Isa 9:6-7 "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
There are many other important keys that belong to the Messiah which are the keys to the grave, and death that will be used to call us in the resurrection. The keys to the seven seals of which no one in heaven or earth were found worthy to open. The keys to enter into the Holy of Holies to speak to the Holy Father for us and The keys to all the churches. The keys to the bottomless pit that will be given to the angel to lock Satan, and the demons, as well as the great false prophet in before Jesus completes His return. The keys to the new city that will come down from God the Father. Can a man have these keys? Can a man use them the way Jesus will?
Can a man enter into heaven and speak to the Father for all mankind? Is there any on earth worthy to hold these keys? I think not! We read in Rev 3:7, which is yet future, that Jesus (the Lamb of God) will still have these keys. "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David," He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens", and in Rev. 1:18 Jesus states "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."
It's Jesus (not some Pope or minister) with these keys who will call many from their graves, and then those who remain of His called-out ones, to become Spirit born Children of God, at His second coming. The truth is, Jesus would never turn the keys of the Kingdom over to any man or angel! God the Father is the supreme ruler, and Jesus sits at His right hand. Remember in Rev. 5:2 "Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?" Just as there was no one worthy except Jesus the Messiah to open the seals, there's no one in heaven or earth except Him worthy to have the keys to the Kingdom. A man would have to be perfect in all things to be able to use the keys in a way that was for the good of all. The scriptures tells us that no man or woman on earth is righteous. "As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; The scriptures state that in this human flesh dwell no good thing. Rom 3:10-11. Also Paul states, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice." Rom 7:18-19.
If Paul the Apostle would not think he was worthy, no one should not be so bold. There is not one scripture that states any of the apostles had the keys to the Kingdom of God. Also if anyone of them did have the keys, then it would stand to reason that it would be recorded in the end of the epistles whom they passed them on to. But there is absolutely no mention of them, or any record of whom should have them next. There are those however that have tried to take them, but this only reveals that they are the false Christ Jesus warned us about.
Remember, Jesus stated that no one can come to the Father except through Him. That means He alone has ALL the keys to the Kingdom that is coming. It was Satan from the very beginning that wanted to rule in God's place, and it's this very attitude that God hates and will put down when He returns. When anyone sets up a hierarchical type Church government, and states that they have been given the keys to the Kingdom of heaven, they are taking upon themselves the great authority of God Himself. They are putting themselves in the place of the Messiah thus becoming a false Messiah, because the Messiah is the ONLY one from the house of David with these keys...so don't be taken in by these false ministers, and false Christ.
You can download the free Book at this link. "The Great Apostasy"
Timothy M. Youngblood
The Master's table