The Keys of the Kingdom


“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” – (Mt.16:18).


   Soon the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth in power and great glory with many crowns on His head and He will rule the whole earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will rule in judgment and justice with a scepter of righteousness and He will be worshipped as God because He is in truth – God. Just before He comes back the devil will counterfeit this truth during the great Tribulation – Satan desires to be worshipped as God and to rule as emperor over the earth. He will use two men in order to do it – two beasts – Antichrist and his False Prophet who will cause the world to worship the first beast. Satan wants total power and that power is symbolized by keys. Even today a person is given the key to the city. Well, Satan wants the keys that have been given to Christ alone – he wants the key of power to rule the world as emperor and he wants the key of religion to be worshipped as God. He wants the keys of the kingdom of Heaven – the power of the keys.


   There are two superpowers who claim to have the power of the keys mentioned in my text – ( Mt.16:19). The political superpower, the U.S.A., ruled by our president and the religious superpower, the Catholic Church, ruled by the pope. Both claim the power of these keys of God’s kingdom to rule on the earth instead of Christ. They lust after an earthly kingdom.


   First, I’ll deal with the political superpower, the U.S.A., that has turned from being a republic to being an empire - an imperial presidency that is lusting after ruling the world through our superpower military and weapons. In it’s own literature, the National Security Agency (NSA), the super-secret government agency and world surveillance Headquarters, claims the divine power, to ‘loose and bind’ in heaven and on earth. Their literature describes the insignia or ‘seal’ of the NSA. They say that the eagle in its insignia symbolizes, ‘supreme power and authority’ (we Christians know that the ‘dove’ is God’s bird and is  a symbol of the Holy Spirit). In the eagle’s talons, or claws, is a key and NSA bluntly says this key represents the divine authority given by Christ to loose and bind. “The key in the eagle’s talons, representing the key to security, evolves from the emblem of St. Peter the apostle, and his power to loose and to bind.” The NSA is staking a divine claim to the most supreme power and authority there is – the power of the Supreme Being – God. They are saying that they are the possessor of the keys to the kingdom of God and have eternal security.


   The NSA also suggests that they possess the awesome power for all eternity. They say “The shape of the insignia, a circle, represents perpetuity of continuance, the symbol of eternity.” In other words, this sinister, global, spy agency proclaims they are the holders of God’s keys to rule on earth – to have supreme power to rule over the whole earth as an empire instead of Christ. And the one person that the NSA answers to is the president. He is the real holder of the power of the keys – the power to rule the world – the power of life and death worldwide. O’ the pride of Satan seen in a man who lusts after the power and glory of ruling the world – the absolute power of a God King.


   The most politically powerful man in the world today is the President of the U.S. He has the power to send an officer of the law to arrest you and bind you in hand cuffs and take a key and put you in a prison. And he has the power of the keys to loose you and set you free. And he’s doing it today without due process of law and our constitutional rights. The president has the power of the keys to bind you to prison and loose you from your chains. This is the power of the state - the power of binding and loosing. But God is the Supreme Power and so it is written – “The Lord looseth the prisoners” – (Ps.146:7). And so he did with Peter when he was bound and put in prison – “The same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, arise up quickly, and his chains fell off from his hands” – (Acts 12:6,7). Bound by the power of King Herod but loosed by the King of the universe when the saints prayed.


    In (Dan.3) we see Emperor Nebuchadnezzar the best type of antichrist-Beast found in the Bible, had Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound and thrown into the furnace of fire for refusing to worship his image. It is written (Dan.3:24,25) – “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire. They answered and said unto the king, true, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” PTL Jesus – he overruled the king and loosed His saints who were bound because He has the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I trust you see His power to loose and bind.


   The Antichrist and his NSA don’t have the keys of eternal security, only the Lord Jesus has. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death – (Rev.1:18). When you’re saved by Christ you need not fear the second death and the lake of fire because the Lord Jesus has the keys and you’re eternally secure. The NSA’s computer keys will imprison and kill the great tribulation saints who refuse the computer digit mark of the beast but Jesus has the key of death and will give them eternal life. The NSA has the encryption master keys to read all computer information worldwide, both public and private, so that we have no security in our communications.


   Second, is the religious superpower, the Roman Catholic Church ruled by the Pope. He also states that he has the divine power of the keys to bind and loose, both in heaven and on earth. He claims that the keys given to Peter made him a pope with power to save and to damn in hell and to rule all Christians, and that this authority was inherited by all the popes of Rome. In (Mt.18:18,19) Jesus plainly gives exactly the same authority to any two or three Christians praying together in Jesus’ name. So (Mt.16:18,19) could not possibly be intended to give papal authority to popes. And Peter was never a pope, nor was he ever in Rome.


   Some of the pope’s titles are: Divine Monarch, Supreme Emperor and King of Kings. Like the president, the pope was elected and then came his coronation on the throne. The tiara, the triple crown, was placed on his head and it was pronounced that the pope is now “Father of princes and kings, ruler of the world on earth and Vicar of our Savior Jesus Christ.” Pope John Paul I abolished this traditional papal coronation, opting not to be crowned, but to be ‘inaugurated’. And John Paul II and Benedict XVI also followed suit and were inaugurated – like our president. But a man can be emperor and not wear a crown, as the Caesars of Rome have shown us.


   The emblems of the papacy consist of the tiara crown above the crossed keys of St. Peter, one key of gold and one of silver, showing the crown and keys of the Pope’s kingdom. The gold key is said to be the power in the kingdom of heaven and the silver key, the spiritual power of the pope on earth. Peter said in (Acts 3:6) “Silver and gold have I none…” but the Catholic Church has riches beyond calculation. Just look at the pomp and splendor of the pope as he lives like a worldly king on this earth in his castle meeting with all the kings and rulers on the earth. He lusts after the power and glory and riches of this world. He lusts after being the superpower of religion and he is the ‘False Prophet,’ the sidekick of the Beast. He’s a spiritual Monarch ruling over Vatican City-State.


   False prophets always covet the power and glory and riches of this world. He teaches heresies, even denying salvation by Christ through faith alone. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you..” – This is written by Peter in (2 Pet.2:1-3) who the Catholic Church claims was the first pope. Peter was never in Rome and never the bishop of Rome. He went in the other direction to Babylon and pastored a church in Babylon so that you will know the truth of the Catholic Church being “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth’ – (Rev.17:5). Peter said of his church at Babylon, “The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you…” – (I Pet.5:13) The Catholic Church is God’s example of what happens to a church that lusts after the riches of this world and supposes that gain is godliness. “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raimnent let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” – (I Tim.6:5-10).


   The president of the U.S. and the pope of the Catholic Church are the two superpowers that covet after ruling the world. They both claim to have the divine power of the keys to rule as emperors over the kingdoms of this earth, both politically and religiously. Only Christ has been given this power and when He returns as the true King of Kings with His army from heaven He will destroy these two beasts at Armageddon – (Rev.19:11-21). Don’t follow after Antichrist, follow Christ.


Are you saved and born again by faith in Christ or are you trying to be saved by good works and church memberships and sacraments etc? Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart and you will become a new creature in Christ, born again by the Holy Spirit and a child of God. Jesus said “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit: marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” (Jn.3:6,7). Do not spurn the love and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross by rejecting God’s Word of truth. You can have eternal security. Don’t follow the president or the pope – follow Jesus Christ and the Word of God. We are living in very deceitful times.

Jesus Christ is the key to eternal security.

Jesus Christ alone has the power of the Keys.

“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” – (Rev.11:15).

 I warn you to watch the president of the U.S. and the pope as they both claim to have the divine keys to rule over the kingdoms of this world, an empire – the Devil’s counterfeit kingdom of Christ.

Only Christ has the keys of the kingdom.

Pastor Mike Storti

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