A device to open a lock. In the Bible it is often a symbol of the steward’s authority over his master’s household and of who gains entry to his master’s presence. In the OT, God promises to raise up a new “steward” over Israel and to give him the “key of the house of David,” so that what he opens no one will shut and what he shuts no one will open (Isa 22:22). A similar image in the NT is used of the authority Peter is to have in the emerging Christian community (Matt 16:19). (Rev 3:7) presents Jesus as the one who possesses the “key of David.” Other uses of “key” in Revelation refer to the keys of Hades and death held by Jesus (Rev 1:18). Heavenly angels wield the keys to the abyss from which the plague of locusts is released (Rev 9:1) and in which Satan is to be bound (Rev 20:1).

Isa 22:22

22I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Matt 16:19

19I 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 h ... View more

Rev 3:7

The Message to Philadelphia
7“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of the holy one, the true one,
who has the key of David, ... View more

Rev 1:18

18and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.

Rev 9:1

1And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit;

Rev 20:1

The Thousand Years
1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.

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