I am assuming that it is equally surprising to you as it was to me, to find out that “Key Holder” is actually a professional job title, like a Doctor or Engineer or Lawyer. Kyle Glazier, eHow’s contributor writes in the ‘Money’ section of eHow.com, that a key holder is an employee (generally in a retail setting), who takes on additional responsibilities similar to those held by management with the main distinguishing feature of having the ability to open and close the store.
Now would we be able to consider Jesus to be The Key Holder? Absolutely. Isaiah 22:22 is prophetically referring to Jesus Christ, in describing the duties of Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, to whom it is stated that the key of the house of David will be laid upon his shoulder and what he shall open, none shall shut and what he shall shut, none shall open. Isaiah 9:6-7 refers prophetically to the coming of Jesus the Messiah, on whose shoulders shall rest the government. In the book of Revelation, it is said of Jesus, who is holy and true, to be the holder of this key of David (Revelation 3:7), which is God’s government in and through Jesus, a government of peace, of whose increase there shall be no end (Isaiah 9:7). The Gospel of Matthew (first book of the New Testament) establishes that Jesus holds the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:19) and Revelation (last book of the New Testament) establishes that Jesus who was dead is now alive and alive forevermore and is the holder of the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18). Jesus is The Key Holder – holder of the keys of the kingdom of heaven and of hell.
Points to ponder:
Jesus is the Key to have access to God the Father, because no one can come to Father God, except by Him and this door that he has opened to heaven (Revelation 4:1) no one can shut. He is also the holder of the keys to hell and to death and when we believe in him and receive him, and repent of our wicked ways, he shuts the door to hell and to death, for we inherit eternal life, and that door which he shuts (to death) no one can open. The Bible says, “Behold, Jesus stands at the door (of your life) and knocks, if you hear him, and open your door, he will come in and dine with you and you with him.” (Revelation 3:20). Have you opened the door (of your life) to Jesus, The Key Holder, so that he can open the door to heaven and shut the door to hell and death for you?
Matthew 16:19 (KJV)
19 And I [Jesus] 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.
Revelation 3:7 (KJV)
7 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;
Revelation 1:18 (KJV)
18 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.
Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.