to Receive the Keys to the Kingdom
Wade E Taylor
“And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of
heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever you shalt loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
“And have made us to our God kings and priests: and
we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10
The “priestly” aspect enables us to affect the
heavenly realm through our worship and communion with the
Lord. The “kingly” aspect enables us to affect
the earthly realm through our overcoming obedience.
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom …
and we shall reign on the earth” (Matthew 16:19a; Revelation
5:10b). This speaks of our having a “ruling authority”
(the keys of the Kingdom) in the coming Millennial Kingdom
that will cleanse (reign on earth) both the heavens and the
“And he that overcomes, and keeps My works to the end,
to him will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule
them with a rod of iron.” Revelation 2:26-27a
For us to be ready to function in Kingdom authority in that
day (rule with a rod of iron) means that 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 relate 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, manifesting themselves
within us 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). There must be the inner dealings
of the Holy Spirit to produce the necessary quality of character
that will make us ready to rule with the Lord in “that
He must be able to trust us with the use of the “Keys
of the Kingdom” that will unlock and open the door that
will lift us into a cooperative relationship with our Lord
that will lead to the establishing of the Millennial Kingdom.
“I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears and
opens ... ” Revelation 3:20
The Lord can walk through any locked door. But He waits for
a response on our part before He will enter into a Kingdom
relationship with us. By prophetic revelation, Peter identified
Jesus as being the Messiah and as a result, he received the
Keys of the Kingdom. As we rise into the “Spirit of
Prophecy,” the “Keys to the Kingdom” will
become available to us. Therefore, the Lord is waiting for
an action on our part and is standing at the door, knocking
and waiting for us to use our key (the spirit of prophecy)
to open the door.
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
of God created He him: male and female ... and God said to
them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
and subdue it; and have dominion ... ” Genesis 1:27-28a
Jesus, as the “Last Adam” fully overcame, and
received the “dominion” that Adam had forfeited.
He came to His disciples, walking on water. He cursed the
fig tree, and immediately it withered. In Revelation 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.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve acted in disobedience
and ate of the tree of (self) knowledge. They forfeited the
authority and dominion that had been given to them. 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.” Genesis
The Lord created a beautiful environment, which Adam was
commissioned to dress, or improve.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking ...
in the cool of the evening.” Genesis 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” (improve) the world of our day and time.
As a result of the authority that Jesus gained in His victory
over Satan, being an overcomer, 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 will unlock and release
the enemy’s grip on the governments that rule the nations.
Our neighborhood, city, state, and nation, should be affected
by us, as we exercise 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
Then Isaiah 14:5-8 will be fulfilled.
“The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, and the
scepter of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with
a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is
persecuted, and none hinders.
“The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break
forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and
the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you are laid down, no
feller is come up against us.”