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Volume 8 --- Revelation 3:7-12
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The church of Philadelphia. God brings the key of David into the foreground to bring the attention of the church back to stewardship. The key of David is given to the stewardship for the purpose of giving direction to the church. Without this key, the spoilers will continue to rule over the minds of the ignorant to keep them in bondage.
The axe of truth is laid to Satan’s tree planted by the spoilers and the hour of temptation is announced. The challenge for new direction is issued from the throne of God and a choice is to be made for either reward or chastisement. As God again gives the key of David to today’s stewardship we see the church purified and prepared to be received of Christ. Have you prepared your heart?
7: “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;”
“he that has the key of David,”
The knowledge David received was different than that which Moses received, but David was a prophet of God. David was now establishing a new pattern, but the same covenant. The record that Moses received was now taking another form. This form was going from the skins of the tabernacle to the stone of the temple of Solomon—that's the key of David.
The key of David is given to the stewardship for the purpose of giving direction to the church. Without this the spoilers will continue to rule over the minds of the ignorant and keep them in bondage.
When Jesus was functioning in the first century, when he was on earth, he also had the key of David because he was giving new direction to the Jewish people. That new direction had to do with everything concerning himself as being the Sabbath man, and also as being the communion; whereas he said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink”, and “If any man be hungry, let him come unto me and eat”. [pg 4-5]
“he that has the key of David, he that opens, and not man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;”
We'll also be talking about the hour of temptation, which will come upon the whole world. Well, let's talk about this key of David for a moment, in chapter 3 verse 7,8, regarding those things.
The spoilers have already set a particular pattern by that former knowledge. You can see the struggle that existed between David and the Levites. The struggle that existed between David and the Levites is brought out numerous times in the book of Psalms—[whereas] David standing according to the revelation God gave to him was in direct conflict with the roots of the spoilers.
John the Baptist says, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees”. The axe has to do with that axe of truth and the new direction that would be taken. And Jesus said the same thing; “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up”, and cast into the fire.
We can see that Satan makes a breach within the covenant God gives, and that he begins to sow his [Satan's] plants within that system, and they begin to get recognition with their aspirations, and they take root, and their fruit is false fruit. All the fruit they bring forth is in recognition of the aspiration. It's like plastic fruit, or like somebody stapling plastic fruit to a tree. It's appearance is very similar to that which is real, but it's substance is different. [pg 6-7]
9: “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan”
We have something here, which is very interesting—the synagogue of Satan.
The synagogue of Satan is also called the temple of death, the house of Baal, or another way to say this, is the curse of the false Jesus. The curse of the false Jesus resides in the house of Baal; they have designed a Jesus of their own aspiration, and not that which is in reality, which is in covenant.
The Jesus of the covenant is the true Jesus, which we worship in faith, according to the terms Jesus gave to the apostles even upon his ascension. Acts 1:2 brings that out, that Jesus by the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto his servants the apostles. And it's those commandments that the apostles penned for the direction of the church.
We know that Peter had the key of new direction. How do we know that? Well the book of Acts brings that out, that Jesus gave Peter the key because Peter opened the door to the Gentiles. When the door to the Gentiles was opened, that was a new direction for the church. And there was a little struggle of theology concerning that, as it was also in Paul's revelation, regarding [that he] not go into Asia, but to Macedonia.
Yet Jesus' commandment to his apostles, before he ascended into heaven, right at that point of the mount of Olives, he said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15). Now, the word and charge was to them; the evangelism was given to the apostles, but those in the house of Baal believe that this commission is granted to themselves. And that's not true.
The commission is granted to the stewardship, not just anybody who decides that he wants to do this. Yet we have today that the evangelism of the house of Baal has polluted the world. [pg 10]
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The Book of Revelation - Volume 8