Jesus Has the Keys of Hell and Death

“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.” ( Revelations 1:18 )

Jesus overcame all sin and death by his resurrection: “behold, I am alive for evermore.” Consequently he has complete and full authority over hell: who will go there, and who will be saved from having to go there. Later in Revelations the second and final death is described where the soul is lost forever in hell.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” ( Revelations 21:6-8 )

But through Jesus Christ’s victory over both hell and death, we can have mercy to be saved from the power of sin and hell, and the final death of eternal torment. Additionally, Jesus is the one given all power in heaven and earth by the Father, for the Father has committed all judgement to the Son:

“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” ( John 5:22-29 )

And Jesus can, and does, give the keys to the kingdom (the Word of God) to his ministry to deliver to the people:

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ( Matt 16:19 )

To those who reject the Word of God, it becomes to them as the keys of hell and of death because their rejection of the opportunity to serve God in this life closes their opportunity of making heaven. When Jesus opens the opportunity to heaven with the keys of the Word of God, no man can close off that opportunity for a soul to be saved. But after too many times of rejecting the opportunity, when Jesus closes the door, the opportunity is gone, no man can reopen that opportunity.

  • “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” ( Isaiah 22:22 )
  • “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” ( Rev 3:7-8 )

26 thoughts on “Jesus Has the Keys of Hell and Death

      • It is true that if we die, there is no other chance after death. We must repent and turn our back on sin while we are alive – the scriptures are plain on this.

        But concerning the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, that is a very specific type of very grievous sin. If you die with any kind of sin, it does not matter how serious, sin will separate you eternally from God. The blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is when one knows full well the work of God in a life, but yet still claims that work to that of the devil. It is a sin where you clearly know and understand God’s Holy Spirit has done a good work, and you purposely lie and try to convince others that the devil did the work. That is why Jesus warned against that kind of sin when the Pharisees accused Jesus of doing miracles by the power of Satan. (See Mark 3:22-30)

        The problem today is that people use this scripture to put a fear upon people in a wrong way. False teachers at times will claim that a person who is still a sinner, has the Holy Ghost because of some special “tongues” they speak in, or some special miracle they do. And if you speak against that person as not having the Holy Ghost, that you are blaspheming the Holy Ghost. But the Holy Ghost will not dwell inside a person who has sin in their heart. The Holy Ghost is holy, and will only dwell in a person who lives holy.

    • well as i see it……some people do….they are people who died and never heard the gospel…how could they be judged like people who heard it…doesnt sound fair rite and god is fair…..so examine this verse ”’And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.”
      did he say that in hearing they will hear and not understand????yes he did :)
      this is a very powerful text which is misunderstood…..im not going to say im correct but as i see it…..the truth of the gospel is only permitted for ”curtain” people to understand rite now..thats why they have soo much different nominations of churches..cause everyone wants to try to interpit the scriptures and parables..which the human mind cannot comprehend unless its reveiled by god…..so some people although reading the bible are never still going to get the truth and ….jesus said ”No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” john6 vs 44…..the father who sent me draws him is the key factor of this verse..unless the father draws a person they cannot go to jesus!!!! yip wow..i was a dreadful sinner and many pastors tried to get me in the church and i wouldnt listen….until the father drawed me to jesus……the father personally drawed me from within…an inner calling he gave me…yip no human being called me..but god…so if god hasnt called someone he knows they cannot come…and judgement doesnt mean guilty or innocent yet….every body that judge in the white throne judgement are not going to die…

  1. Truly the opportunity to repent is now, in this life. There is nothing in Jesus’ words, nor of his Apostles, that teaches us that an opportunity to repent exists after death. Those who have dreamed up those ideas have come up with them by taking a scripture here or there out of context, and then “pasting” them together they come up with a doctrine that is contrary to the plain teachings of the Bible.

    Note the full scripture in context:

    “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

    The parallel of the full scriptural context compares Jesus’ one time death, as the sacrifice for all – so it is also appointed to us once to die, and after death, the judgment. The parallel comparison is clear when the full context is read. Those who have already repented, meaning they have turned their back completely on sin – they are looking for him, without fear. Those who have not fully repented, they fear his return, and therefore are not looking forward to his return.

    Those who have fully repented, they love him with a faithful, perfect love, and therefore there is no fear of the judgment.

    “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:17-19)

    Through the sacrifice of his blood, we can be made clean and pure in this life. Therefore we can have a heart with true love for him, and without fear of the judgment to come. The reason people come up with these ideas of a second chance to repent after they die, is because today they are not right, and they fear the judgment to come.

  2. THANK YOU FOR THIS, IT HAS ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS I HAD.ALSO PRAY FOR A 15 YR. OLD DEREK JOBES. THE DR’S SAID DEREK HAS CANCER. HIS MOTHER NAM IS ROBIN ELDER. THAY BOTH NEED PRAYER. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  3. I will pray for Derek. What type of cancer does he have? I too have been diagnosed and are under care for multiply myeloma (bone cancer). I need prayers.
    In Jesus’ name I pray for a recovery. Thank you all for asking for His Blessings.

  4. Darlene and Yolanda, I will bring a special request for prayer for Derek and you Yolanda to my Bible study class tonight. May the Lord bless you each one richly with the special healing of his very presence as you seek him with all your heart!

  5. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus is the Judge. Jesus has the keys of death and Hades. God condemns unbelievers to death and hell and locks them in. The spirits of people condemned to death are in the sea and on the earth and in the earth; people can be possessed by evil spirits. And the spirits of those condemned to fiery Hades are beneath the crust of earth. In Luke, the rich man burns in Hades. In the end, the devil is thrown into the lake of fire, and death and Hades and all condemned souls and spirits are thrown into the lake of fire. Then the New Heaven and New Earth, and Holy Jerusalem. Christians have eternal life in the kingdom of God. Amen.

  6. YHWH
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    The Christian God is the One and Only True Living God Almighty. Amen.
    Listen Christians! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Amen! Hallelujah!
    Lord God Almighty Jesus Christ said, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58
    Lord God Almighty Jesus Christ said, “The Father and I are one.” John 10:30
    Christ Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
    The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9

    God the Father Almighty commands the Son of God, and Jesus Christ obeys God the Father Almighty perfectly, because God the Father Almighty is Jesus. Amen.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1 to 1:3

    God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit created heaven and earth. Amen.
    God Almighty Jesus Christ created heaven and earth. Amen.
    The Lord God Jesus created the expanding universe by way of the Big Bang; the universe was once smaller than a mustard seed.
    Christ Jesus is the Judge on the Day of Judgment. Amen.

    President Obama has said that he is a Christian, but when he gave his speech in Cairo, President Obama acted as if he believed Muhammad’s stories of Isra and Mi’raj, perhaps he does or perhaps he doesn’t, I’m obviously not a mind reader; but, by praising Isra and Mi’raj, President Obama denied Lord God Almighty Jesus Christ. The reason that Muslim suicide bombers murder Israelis is because of the Muhammadan stories of Isra and Mi’raj. Hezbollah is at war with Israel because of Isra and Mi’raj. Hamas is at war with Israel because of Isra and Mi’raj. And the Iranian government threatens to destroy Israel because of Isra and Mi’raj. The stories of Isra and Mi’raj are false. Muhammad called the Lord God Jesus Christ nothing more than a mere prophet, less important than Muhammad himself. The liar Muhammad said that the God of Abraham has no Son. Muhammad is a false prophet. Muhammad burns in Gehenna of fire. I don’t think Obama is the Antichrist, the scarlet beast of Revelation Chapter 17; but, President Obama has spoken as an Antichrist and behaved Antichristian at times. I wonder if Obama’s agnostic, a total appeaser, a Unitarian, a secular humanist, an existentialist, or if he’s an atheist-socialist, or some crazy heretic. Obama has his own agenda. I have prayed for President Obama. I have prayed that President Obama repents and proclaims the Truth that Jesus is God. Amen. Jesus is Lord. Amen. We should all pray for America.

    Jesus Christ is God. Amen.
    Around 4,000 BC, in southern Mesopotamia, Sumarians developed the world’s first agricultural civilization. Most archaeologists agree that southern Mesopotamia is the “cradle of civilization”. In the Holy Bible, man and woman, Adam and Eve, were created around 4,000 BC in southern Mesopotamia. The 21rst Century AD is the start of the 7th millennium since the fall of man though Adam and Eve, because Satan deceived Eve and Adam, and so Adam and Eve and all of their offspring, which is every person on earth, received the punishment of death for the sin of disobedience, because Adam and Eve did what Satan told them to do. All people are sinners, and the wages of sin are death and hell. Around 4,000 years after the fall of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ Redeems mankind. Our Lord and Savior, with us is God Jesus Christ, the One and Only Son of the One and Only True Living God, came into the world to save all people by the grace of God through faith in the Son of God. Jesus is the Redeemer of mankind. Jesus is God. Amen. The Lord Jesus Christ is mankind’s only Salvation. Amen. Jesus never sinned. Amen. Jesus is perfectly good. Amen.

    The Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, around 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ is God with us. Jesus is God the Creator of heaven and earth. God himself came to earth, and he spoke the eternal Word of God to his creation. Jesus raised the dead to life; he walked on water, and he healed the sick and disabled. He cast out evil spirits from demon possessed people. Jesus Christ was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and murdered by sinful Jews and sinful pagan Romans. All people are sinners, and the wages of sin are death and hell. Christ could have immediately destroyed the sinners who had him crucified, but because God loves all people, Jesus was willingly crucified as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world; he died, descended into sheol, and three days afterward Jesus rose from the dead. He presented himself alive, appearing to his disciples over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Christ ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and from heaven Jesus Christ will come in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels to judge the living and the dead on the great day of God Almighty. Amen. Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will have everlasting life in the kingdom of God. Amen.
    Christians have eternal life in the kingdom of God. Amen. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ is mankind’s only Salvation. Christ Jesus is our Redeemer. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Amen. Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will go to heaven. Amen.
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16
    Because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.” Romans 3:23

    “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8
    When we experience the love of Jesus, we become good works, and we do good works.
    “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” 1 John 2:1
    “Who is a liar compared with him who denies that Jesus is the Christ? The person who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:22
    Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but He sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. For you are the children of your father the devil, and you desire to do what your father wants you to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he’s doing what comes naturally to him. He’s a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you naturally don’t believe me.” John 8:42
    The Holy Bible prophesied World War Three, Armageddon, total nuclear war and nuclear winter. World War Three happens because evil people refuse to love the truth, evil people hate the truth, and evil people tell lies.

    The Apocalypse 21 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold the dwelling of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was sitting on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new!” And he said, “Write, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely. He who overcomes shall possess these things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But as for the cowardly and unbelieving, and abominable and murderers, and fornicators and sorcerers, and idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the lake of fire that burns with sulfur, which is the second death.”
    Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will have eternal life in the kingdom of God. Amen.
    Christians live forever in Paradise. Amen.

  7. David, thank you for your thoughts and the many scriptures. If you wouldn’t mind I’d like for you to consider a more deeper spiritual meaning concerning the “kingdom of God” than the earthly one that many only think of today. Jesus is not interested in setting up a kingdom on this earth that has any similarities to earthly rule and power humans are typically familiar with.

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:36-37)

    Jesus truly came to be king, and was and still is King! But he is King over his kingdom of righteousness in the hearts of people who have submitted to him as their King. When Jesus is your King, he has rule over the purposes and intents of your heart, not the devil. That is why the children of the Kingdom live holy. They have repented of all their sins and have forsaken them so that only Jesus is their King, and they are now his true and faithful servants. Jesus is King in their hearts and lives, therefore the Kingdom is within them.

    “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

    The problem is that when people put their trust in a future earthly kingdom, their focus gets turned away from the importance of living holy sin-free lives today. It is a trick of the devil because they are distracted from what is really important. Additionally, there is not going to be any earth left to establish an earthly kingdom, because God is going to completely destroy it. The kingdom of holiness within the hearts of the saved will simply continue on in eternity in heaven with Jesus their King.

    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Therefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2 Peter 3:10-14)

    It is clear from the exhortation from the scripture that the world will be completely destroyed, and this should cause us to be careful today “to be in all holy conversation and godliness”. And this is why he states: “Nevertheless” or “whenever that happens” or “regardless” – “according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” Note: it is according to the promise Jesus gave already of a Kingdom that he already brought, and that will never end. This is why Daniel the prophet spoke of the kingdom that Jesus would bring as one that would never end. That kingdom of Jesus reigning in the hearts of the saved is already here, and it will never end.

    Also note that the battle of Armageddon is not a carnal, brutal one to come – but rather is a spiritual battle that goes on between a false message that teaches people that they can’t live holy, against a true kingdom message that teaches people to live holy today. This battle is a spiritual one for the souls of people, not for earthly power. It is the relationship between God and man that Jesus is most concerned about, and sin is in the way of that relationship. Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords is the only one who can conquer sin in a life and bring the victory of the Kingdom of God into their hearts! That is what the real battle of Armageddon is about. It is for the throne of the heart, and the devil wants to sit on that throne instead of Jesus.

  8. It’s amazing how I see comments about how someone “takes a verse out of context” to use, yet this whole write up is exactly that. God gave 10 commandments to live by, so why do we have thousands of pages of conflicting scripture? Why do we have so many religions? Because the whole bible is nothing but a book. The bible has been so bastardized over the years that you’re a fool to believe in any of it.

  9. Dear one: does the Bible have “thousands of pages of conflicting scripture” or (as you refer to) have so many people interjected their ideas into it – and for that reason it appears to be conflicting? It is dependent upon which Bible you received and how you came to understand it.

    The Bible is a spiritual book, inspired from God so that people might seek God to understand its spiritual meaning, and how that applies to all people and to each individual. In particular the book of Revelation is specifically addressed as a spiritual book to those who have already been a partaker of a spiritual change through Jesus’ salvation.

    Has Jesus saved you yet so that your heart and purpose in life has been completely changed to serve Him? If not, you are trying to understand a spiritual book with a non-spiritual heart and mind. You must first be convicted of your sins, forsake them with all your heart, and fully love and obey Jesus. Then spiritual understanding can have a good starting point.

    “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:12-14

  10. I thank Jesus for eternal life. I am so happy that the Word of God (The Holy Bible) is a very awesome book that contains 100% Truth. The Spirit guides all true christians to all truth, God is amazing and His work is amazing too. Praise God. Amen

  11. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8, NIV Holy Bible). “I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, “who is, and who was and who is to come, the Almighty”. (Revelation 1:8, NIV Holy Bible).

  12. Jesus has the keys to our victories and eternal life. May every true christian spend eternal life in Heaven, Give the praise to God who sent His Son to save us all from death and Hades. Glory be to the Lord God our and their Victor.

  13. Glory be to God for he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. We have life today because of him and his resurrection is a true assurance that he has the key of victory and eternal life

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