Jesus holds the keys, Revelation 1:17-18

Jesus alone holds the keys of authority and control of Death and Hades, and He lives forever and ever.

Keys denote authority and power. In this instance, God does not entrust the power over Death to men, but holds it Himself, as He alone can be trusted.

Jesus has many titles. Here we see three of them: I am, I am the Living One and I am the First and the Last.

Hades is the Greek word for the realm of the dead.

Background Reading:

The Keys

1:17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. But he placed his right hand on me and said, “Stop being afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 the living one. I was dead—but look!—I am alive forever and ever! I have the keys of Death and Hades.
Revelation 1:17-18

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