to Receive the Keys to the Kingdom
Wade E Taylor
"And has made us unto our God kings and priests:
and we shall reign on the earth.” Rev 5:10.
The “priestly” aspect enables us to affect the
heavenly realm, through our worship, commitment, and relationship
to the Lord. The “kingly” aspect enables us to
affect the earthly realm, and has to do with delegated authority.
The present purpose of the Lord is to prepare those who will
become a governmental people empowered to rule the earth.
Most Christians believe we are being prepared for heaven,
and they are waiting to be raptured. But there is a present
work of preparation that precedes any catching up. This “catching
up” has to do with our being empowered to rule on the
earth, rather than with our leaving the earth.
"...we shall reign..."
This speaks of a future “ruling” in the Millennial
Kingdom of God.
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto
end, to him will I give power over the nations, and
he shall rule them with a rod of iron” Rev 2:26-27a.
To be ready (“hath made us”) there must be a
present ruling (“overcoming”) in our lives. We
will never be qualified to rule others, unless we have first
submitted ourselves to divine governmental rule over us.
When Israel entered the promised land, they were told to
slay all of the inhabitants of that land. The names of these
nations relates to the works of the flesh. Thus, we also must
first slay the “inhabitants” of our land (the
works of our flesh) before we will be ready to partake of
this promise, “we shall reign on the earth.”
These that we must slay are very busy within us, manifesting
themselves as “the works of the flesh.” Thus,
they must be utterly slain in order for us to become “the
habitation of God” (priestly role) and begin to “rule
all nations” (kingly role).
I know a man who should be in full time ministry, as he has
something very special to offer. But there is not the discipline,
or the rule over the circumstances of his life, that would
give him the “ministry ground” he needs to function
in pastoral authority.
There must be the inner dealings of the Holy Spirit within
our lives, to produce within us the necessary quality of character,
which will make us ready and available to the Lord, to rule
with Him in that day. The Lord must be able to trust us with
“The Keys of the Kingdom” which will unlock and
open the door that leads into the Millennial Kingdom rule
of our Lord.
"I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears
and opens ...” (Rev 3:20).
The Lord is well able to walk through this door and enter.
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the believes who
were assembled in rooms behind locked doors. He can walk through
any locked door. Rather, He is standing there saying, “If
you will open the door, I will come in." He gave the
key to Peter, and through him, to us. Therefore, the Lord
is waiting for an action on our part.
There is a present work that we are to do, which requires
the use of this Key.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image
God created He him: male and female .... and God said
unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it; and have dominion ..." Gen 1:27.
Jesus came to His disciples walking on water. He cursed the
fig tree, and immediately it withered. In Rev 3:21 the Lord
said that we are to overcome, as He also overcame. If Jesus
used His deity to do these things, we have a problem, because
we are not deity. But there is an explanation.
Jesus, as the “Last Adam” fully overcame, and
thus has the “dominion” that Adam forfeited. As
a new creation man, Jesus used this authority to walk on water,
and to curse the fig tree.
There was testing place in the midst of the Garden: The Tree
of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam
and Eve chose wrongly and ate of the tree of (self) knowledge.
They lost the authority and dominion that had been given to
Jesus faced this same testing in the wilderness, when He
became intensely hungry and refused to turn stones into bread
and eat at the word of Satan, as Eve had done. As a result,
Jesus regained this lost dominion.
"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the
garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Gen 2:15.
The Lord created a beautiful environment, which Adam was
commissioned to dress, or improve.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking
the cool of the evening.” Gen 3:8.
During the day, Adam dressed, or improved the Garden of Eden.
Then in the evening, the Lord, the creator of the universe,
came to see what Adam had accomplished during the day. As
they walked together, Adam pointed out to the Lord the things
he had changed. The Lord found great satisfaction in this,
as the Lord takes pleasure in the works of our hands.
In redemption, we also have been given a word. We are to
“dress and improve” the world of our day and time.
As a result of the authority that Jesus gained in His victory
over Satan, we have been given “The Keys of the Kingdom”
which gives us authority to rule, or to affect our environment.
When Jesus comes to walk with us in our present environment,
He should find pleasure and satisfaction in what we have accomplished,
because we have been given the key that unlocks end-time governmental
authority. Our neighborhood, city, state, and nation, should
be affected by us as we exercise this authority.
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
and we shall reign on the earth.” Rev 5:10.
In our new creation life, we have this authority.
There are areas in Washington DC, where I presently live,
that if the Lord were to say, “You and I will go for
a walk this evening in that area.” I would have to say,
“Lord, it is not safe to walk there at night.”
But we have been given dominion, and there should be a present
expression of the authority that we will be given “in
that day” to rule on the earth. This means that our
ministry, our prayer life, our word, should be affecting the
place where we live.
Then Isaiah 14:6-7 will be fulfilled.
“He who smote the people in wrath with a continual
stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is
persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is
at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.