WE HAVE THE KEYS
Jesus said ‘I will give unto...’ and that offer of these ‘keys’ still is being offered and given.
KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
“And I say also unto thee, that thou are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee, the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven...’
Keys are symbols of authority. Here they mean the authority and power to do the works of God. If we learn to loose and bind with the keys, we will see the miracles meant for the church to have.
The church has spent centuries distracted by the devils on those verses. While the church debated if Peter was a pope, if the keys were given him to pass down, etc., the devil has robbed us from the real meaning of those verses.
The name ‘Peter’ is from ‘petros’ meaning ‘a small stone.’ The ‘rock’ that Jesus spoke of was the ‘truth’ stated by Peter, that Jesus is the ‘Christ’. Upon that truth, the church is built. Peter is one of the small stones, that are built into the church. We, the saints, are all stones put into this building of the Lord.
The whole church is told:
“Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood...’
So, since that part of the debate is not to distract us from the truth of binding and loosing miraculously, let’s see what the ‘keys’ to those are.
The word ‘key’ is the Greek word ‘kleis’, and is an instrument used to shut or open a lock. In those times, it was usually wood with nails inserted upon it, so as to fit corresponding holes in the lock.
In the Bible it is used figuratively to describe official authority and power to lock and unlock miraculously. The authority and power to do miracles has long been desired in the church, but almost as much misunderstood or even ignored.
John 14:12 promised us ‘greater works’ than Christ did in His first coming. Mark 16:17 promised that ‘signs’ should follow us. Other verses in the Word of God promise us locking and unlocking power in the miraculous.
“...break every yoke... hide not thyself from thine own flesh... then... thine health shall spring forth speedily...”
To break and open the ‘yokes’ that have held us back, to have healing come speedily, we need the keys to unlock what has been shut from us.
Ones who have ‘keys’ will be given wisdom to bind and loose, lock and unlock, those things that are the will of God. Many have tried to unlock possession of mercedes, yachts, and mammon prosperity. Their goals were not spiritual but were carnal. When keys are given by the LORD, it is to those who will make the ‘whatsoever’ of the verse to be ‘whatsoever’ is of spiritual worth.
There are things the keys that the Lord gives to us, that we can LOOSE, i.e UNLOCK.
Firstly, we can loose (unlock) men from infirmities.
Luke 13:11-16 tells of a woman that was loosed by the Lord from a long enduring infirmity. In Mark 7:32-35, Jesus loosed persons from deaf and dumb. In Matthew 9:27-31, Jesus healed the blindness. In Matthew 8:1-4, we see that Jesus could loose from leprosy. We will, in this double portion of revival, walk into buildings where there is sickness of all kinds. We will stand there, and apply a key to loose sickness from those victims. Sometimes, oil may be applied, prayers may be made over various ones, but in this last revival of the church age, often, just the key being applied to that area, will show sicknesses disappear from many, in a moment. They will walk out of their hospital rooms, wondering what has happened. The gospel message of salvation will then be spoken, and many will come to Jesus.
Secondly, bonds can be loosed (unlocked).
Paul and Silas were loosed (Acts 16:26). Another time, Jesus was about to be seized by angry pharisees, but passed through their midst, unable to be stopped by those desiring to bind Him. Many try to interfere with the gospel spread. In the final double portion revival, the devil will put forth all efforts he can to stop the spread of the gospel. Many will be encouraged by the devil to imprison and lock up those who are miraculously ministering for the Lord. In some cases, angels will come and loose from those bonds, in other cases, the locks will become unlocked, doors will open, freedom will not be denied to those with the key of the Lord.
Thirdly, we will loose (unlock) multitudes from sin.
Sin tries to grip, habits refuse to let go of their victims. With the glory of God about us, and the applying of the key to situations and places where we will go, we will find that an overwhelming pricking of the souls will encompass those near us. Many will fall on their knees, repenting, weeping, and coming to Jesus. Often this will happen before we preach, and then as we preach, more will come to Jesus, being loosed from their sins.
Fourthly, false guilt will be loosed (unlocked) from many tormented Christians.
The devil tries to hold guilt on many. Though they have repented long ago, and often since, that guilt is pasted back onto the person by the demons. They cannot un-paste that guilt, and wear it with shame. The key of the Lord can be applied, and false guilt will fall from these victims, and rejoicing will break out, songs will be sung of joy, dancing will be spontaneous and unrestrained.
James 5:14-15 tells us of the ‘elders’ (pastors) of the church that should be able to unlock and loose from sickness and sin.
“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church. And let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. And if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
We can see sin and guilt be removed from those to whom we speak the unlocking keys.
Peter preached to Cornelius’ household. Before he could get to the altar call, to offer them salvation, they began to speak with tongues. They had, in their hearts, in the midst of that early revival, repented and been filled with the Spirit, before the sermon could be finished. In the last days, double portion revival, the salvations will come so fast and easy, we will be as boggled of mind, as was Peter there.
BINDING, i.e. UNLOCKING, also will come with use of the keys given us by the Lord.
We will bind, i.e. lock up, satan’s power, We have been promised to ‘resist the devil and he will flee.’
“I give you authority over serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall be impossible to you.”
That ‘nothing shall be impossible’ that we are promised will be evident soon, for we shall use the key to lock and bind the devil’s power. The devil knows that our knowledge of the keys we have, will make us able to bind him and stop his workings. For too long people have hid from the devils, and tried to ignore him, hoping he would not be too hard on us. It is time for us to make him sorry he came near to us. We have the keys to bind him, we will finally begin to use them.
The forces of nature will also be bound by the keys. Elijah shut up the heavens from rain for three and a half years. Elisha did so for seven years. Jesus calmed the storm. The laws of nature can be bound or loosed. That last double portion time, will see the devil try to use the weather to stop revivals, to hinder the sermons, and to distract the hearers of the gospel message. Thunder and lightning will be bound, rains will stop on our command and use of the keys of the Lord, and blizzards, hurricanes, etc, will be stopped in their tracks, and dissolve mysteriously to the world’s scientists, when we call for God to lock those forces of nature.
The sins and hindrance to revival of Ananias and Sapphira, were bound by the rebuke of Peter, who by the gifts of the Spirit, locked hypocrites from the hindrance they could have been to that service. That kind of key use to bind from the harm of those coming knowingly or unknowingly, to hinder revival will find many great miracles that lock those hinderers from the presence of our worship times. There will be even greater demonstrations of God locking out, somehow, someway, those who come to hinder His times of blessing for the church.
Simon Magus (Acts 8), and Elymas (Acts 13) were locked from their hindering attempts. The devil wants to hinder this last revival, but his attempts, and those who unwittingly become his helpers, will be locked away, stopped in their tracks.