Keys are mentioned in The Bible based on the translation of the Hebrew word of The Old Testament, pronounced maf-tay-akh, meaning the opener, and the Greek word of The New Testament, pronounced klees, meaning shutting - an interesting coincidence, since The Bible opens with the Hebrew Scriptures and closes with the Greek Scriptures.

Keys are used figuratively, in a sense of authority or power, as well as literally.

A Door Lock

Although often made of wood, ancient keys worked very much the same as they do now:

A Symbol Of Power

"And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open." (Isaiah 22:22 RSV)

"Keys Of The Kingdom"

One of the most endlessly debated subjects involves Jesus Christ's "keys of the kingdom" statement to Peter:

Was Jesus talking to Peter alone, or was He answering a question, that Peter asked, to all of the others who were standing there with Peter? The answer is found in the very next verse:

Peter was a great Christian, a man to be highly respected, but he never claimed, or had any right to claim, authority over all of the church (Peter would have some very blunt advice for those who contend that he was the "first pope," or that Roman Catholic popes have been his "successors"), or over any of the other apostles (see Did Peter Have The Primacy?), nor was he ever beyond correction from any of the others:

In the words of the apostle Paul, who God used to write a very large part of the New Testament:

The matter is made more clear, in the Book of Revelation, when Jesus Christ is plainly stated as the holder of the keys to everything:

The End-Time Power Of Angels

Angels will be very active in end-time events:

Fact Finder: Did those who opposed Jesus Christ "take away the key to knowledge"?
Luke 11:52

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