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DAVID IS THE KEY
Let us examine further what is inherent in the Key of David that makes it a symbol of power and authority. David utilized greatly this key that it becomes a part of him, and surely this is something he could not live without. By itself it is a power, and the knowledge of it bestows upon one wisdom unequalled and unparalleled that leads one to the path of immortality.
Yeshua was angered by what the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes of the Law were doing during His 3 and ½ year ministry to the point that He disclosed what the true Key of David is all about. It is not a religious TV program like what the foolish ‘prophet’ of the Philadelphia Church of God has tried to pass off by renaming their Church TV program as the Key of David. Herbert W. Armstrong had raised the members of His church like fools or sheep gullible enough to fall for the pretensions and lies mercilessly perpetrated by the ministers of the Worldwide Church of God.
“And he said, "Woe to you lawyers (scribes of the Law) also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
“Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,' so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.
“Woe to you lawyers (scribes of the Law)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering"” (emphasis by the writer, Luke 11:46-52, ESV).
What we have in these verses is Rabbi Yeshua accusing the teachers of the Law or the scribes of the Law, for taking away the Key of Knowledge from the people of Israel. The Key of knowledge in verse 52 implicitly refers to the Law or the Torah of Moses and what the so-called lawyers or the teachers of the Law had done was closed the door that leads to its true understanding. They had taken away the key of knowledge from the people of Israel.
Let me quote to you what John Gills says concerning verse 52: “… they had not only arrogated the knowledge of these to themselves, setting up for the only interpreters of the sacred writings; but they had took away from the people the true knowledge and sense of them, by their false glosses upon them, so that they were destroyed for lack of knowledge: and hence came that famine of hearing the word, which they say should be before the coming of the King Messiah, and now was. The Syriac and Arabic versions read, "the keys of knowledge"; and the Ethiopic version, "the key of righteousness". The Jews sometimes speak of "the keys of the law", and represent the oral law as the root and key of the written law: but, alas! it was by the oral law, or traditions of the elders, that they took away the key, or obscured the true sense of the written law” (on Luke 11:52, John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, e-sword software).
The Key of knowledge, according to Mr. John Gill, gives us knowledge and understanding of the written Law of Moses and it is also likens to the key of righteousness by the Ethiopic version of this verse. The Key of David is none other than the Law of Moses from whence real power and authority emanate from. The Pharisees and the scribes of the Law had taken away from the people of Israel the true understanding of the Law of Moses, which is something that the Christian Churches on earth have befuddled and confused even more. (It is worth noting the fact the writer is speaking here of two kinds of Key of David.)
The Law of Moses is not being taught properly to the people on earth that believe in Rabbi Yeshua. They even scorn and ridicule the Law that God gave to Moses claiming it is already irrelevant and obsolete in the plan of salvation by God for all of mankind.
John Gill in his commentary pointed and clarified something that has to do in identifying the true Church in Philadelphia to whom Yeshua addressed His letter. The Key is delivered to anyone that is promoted or ordained, or when somebody dies his successor receives a key as proof of inheritance of the dead man’s office. In connection with the Church that did the work during the period of Philadelphia its true remnant has been given the Key of David as proof of its authority and power over the other churches.
The Church of God that has the true Key of David is the true remnant of the prophesied Church in Philadelphia, the true New Jerusalem who is the Bride of the Lamb named Rabbi Yeshua. The 614-plus Commandments of God written in the Law of Moses is the true Key of David and undoubtedly that is the sign that the New Jerusalem is true and holy. The Torah of Moses holds the Key of David that can open to anyone that observes it the Kingdom of God for it leads us to God and His Promised Messiah. Like all the teachers of the Law and authorities in the Law of Moses, the New Jerusalem can shut the door to the Kingdom of God on any one and no one may enter the Kingdom of God without joining first the New Jerusalem, the congregation of the righteous.
Take a note what Yeshua had bluntly said, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in” (Matthew 23:13, KJV).
Those people who are teaching the Law of Moses yet do not teach the commandments of God properly and clearly can shut the door of the Kingdom of God from the people on earth who want to enter it. God and Yeshua HaMashiach have given that power to the true remnant of the Church in Philadelphia era biblically known as The New Jerusalem. The Key of David that prophetically symbolizes the Torah of Moses, with all its statutes and ordinances, judgments and laws, is the only key to the Kingdom of heaven. But many religious people on earth if told of this truth would not even acknowledge that or be interested in the Law.
Is it possible that there is another Key of David for there is always duality in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?