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Jerusalem From Heaven (Revelation 3.7)

"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the Key of David'" (Revelation 3.7)✞

Into Eternal Life

The New Jerusalem from HeavenThe key of David or David's house key refers to the New Jerusalem over which Christ has supreme authority. The key of David signifies Christ's authority to open the door into his future kingdom. Because Jesus has "the key of David" he opens and no one shuts, he shuts and no one opens. This is the picture of Jesus of Nazareth as the one who has the final authority which no one can question.✞

Faithful Steward Eliakim

King Hezekiah of JudahBehind this scene, there is an Old Testament picture from the Prophet Isaiah. King Hezekiah of Judah had a faithful steward called Eliakim, who was given the sole right to admit others to the presence of the king. He was in effect the key holder or door keeper to the king's presence. Isaiah heard God say of this faithful servant Eliakim in Isaiah 22.22, "I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David, what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open."

Key of David

House KeyIt is this picture of the key of Eliakin which is in John of Patmos' mind. Like Eliakim, Jesus alone has authority to admit others to the new Jerusalem, the new city of David. As the Te Deum says, "Thou didst open the kingdom of Heaven to all believers." Jesus is the new and only way into the presence of God for all believers.✞

"Jerusalem From Heaven"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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