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Tuesday, February 13 2018
The Key Prophecies
"The key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open ... These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth"
The English-language word "key" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, caeg, that referred to a means, not necessarily a device, that could cause something to be locked or unlocked, opened or closed. Words (e.g. a password) or actions (e.g. a signal light that opens or closes access to a street), could be a key as much as a metal "key" that is inserted in a lock.
In the Old (i.e. older) Testament, "key" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced mawf-tay-awkh, that means an opener. In the New (i.e. newer) Testament, "key" is used to translate the Greek word, pronounced clice, which means the ability, or authority, to open or close something.
Eliakim was the chamberlain (a treasurer or official who is in charge a royal household) of King Hezekiah of Judah. His "key" prophecy was dual - it applied to Judah's ancient fall and restoration, but moreover to the coming Messiah in the yet future time i.e. "And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house" (see The Valley Of Vision).
"22:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: 22:21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 22:23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house." (Isaiah 22:20-23 KJV)
On the other hand, the Messiah's rebuke of the "leaders" of Judaism was a stark condemnation of the blindness that they had inflicted on themselves by means of their self-righteous arrogance: "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." It was a condemnation that applies even more to the "Christian" misleaders of the world today who ignore the true Gospel and preach their own imaginations (see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?).
"11:37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 11:38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
Notice how the above two sections culminate in the Messiah's statement to one of the "Revelation" church congregations in Turkey (see the Fact Finder question below): "These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."
"3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;
Fact Finder: Why were the "seven churches of Revelation" listed in the order that they were?
This Day In History, February 13
1462: The Treaty of Westminster was completed between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.
1542: Catherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded for alleged adultery.
1575: Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims.
1633: Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition. In 1992, the Vatican acknowledged that the excommunicated Italian astronomer had been right in saying that the Earth orbits around the Sun, not vice versa as the Church of Rome had earlier taught - a mistake that the leaders of the Church of Rome might not have made if they had based their beliefs on the Word of God e.g. see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
1668: Spain recognized the independence of Portugal under the Treaty of Lisbon.
1689: William of Orange and his wife Mary, daughter of the deposed James II, were declared joint sovereigns of Great Britain and Ireland.
1689: The British Parliament adopted the Bill of Rights. Many of its principles of political freedom were later plagiarized and adopted by others who falsely claimed that it all originated with them.
1759: At a session of the Nova Scotia legislature in Canada, the first vote by secret ballot in the British Empire was held.
1788: In Britain, the trial of Warren Hastings began. Governor-general of India, he was charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors" in a case which took 7 years to complete.
1793: Britain, Prussia, Austria, Holland, Spain and Sardinia formed an alliance against France.
1858: Sir Richard Burton and Captain John Speke became the first (known) Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.
1895: French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere were granted a patent in France for their machine "to film and view chronophotographic proofs" - one of the earliest video projectors.
1909: The "Young Turk" revolution gathered added momentum when the Grand Vizier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) was overthrown in Constantinople.
1927: Brooks Adams died at age 79. The U.S. historian (and grandson of President John Quincy Adams) developed the correct theory that "by its nature and substance, U.S. democracy was foreordained to degradation and decay." The ancient Greeks who invented democracy themselves saw its fatal flaw (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1945: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastated the German city of Dresden with night missions by 873 heavy British and Canadian bombers. The attacks were followed by 521 U.S. heavy bombers flying daylight missions.
1955: Israel took possession of 4 of the Dead Sea scrolls (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
1960: France became the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons (see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1961: A supposed 500,000-year-old rock, discovered near Olancha, California, was found to have a modern-day spark plug encased within it. It became known as the Coso Artifact.
1974: Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, was deported from the Soviet Union and deprived of Soviet citizenship.
1984: Konstantin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the then-declining Communist Party of the Soviet Union (the Soviet Union itself was by then soon to cease to exist).
1990: An agreement was reached to reunite Germany, again (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2012: The European Space Agency (ESA) made the first launch of its Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.