Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 22, 2021

“I have the keys of death and of Hades”

Today’s devotion comes from Revelation 1:12-20.

“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me.  And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;  and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.  His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow;  and His eyes were like a flame of fire.  His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.  In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword;  and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man.  And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid;  I am the first and the last, and the living One;  and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.  Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.  As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands:  the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”  Revelation 1:12-20.


In Revelation 1:8, John heard Jesus Christ describe Himself as “the Almighty”.

In verses12-17 of today’s Scripture, John saw Jesus Christ Whom John described in words consistent with being  “the Almighty”, and which awesome and fearful sight caused John to fall at His feet like a dead man.

Jesus Christ said:  “I have the keys of death and of Hades”.

“But I will warn you whom to fear:  fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell;  yes, I tell you, fear Him!”  Luke 12:5. 

“7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled. …” Psalm 2:7-12.

But, there is hope!

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
That one may avoid the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27.

“… How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”   Psalm 2:7-12.

Jesus Christ also said:  “Do not be afraid;  I am the first and the last, and the living One;  and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore”.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”  John 11:25-27.

“He who has the Son has the life;  he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  1 John 5:12-13. 


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