(Rev. 1:18) Jesus took the keys of hell and death. The devil’s power is broken because the devil did not have “THE RIGHT” to break the Promised Seed’s hold on life as was stated in the (Gen. 3:15) prophesy because a certain situation existed of which no one was aware but God. (Rom. 5:12-21) “Death reigned” because God had given Adam, the first man, a simple choice that was actually a key. Eat of the tree of life and live or eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and die. Simply put, do you choose life or do you choose death?
Adam disobeyed God’s command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they will die. Adam and Eve chose to follow Satan’s way and they chose death. That act gave the key of death to Satan, the devil, and Satan, (2Cor. 4:3-4) the god of this world, (Heb. 2:13-15 esp. V.14 keywords: that through death he (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil) had also become the god of death. (Rom. 3:23 & 1John 1:19) “All have sinned” because Adam’s sin and death were handed down from generation to generation. Thus sin and death are always "hooked" together.
God instituted a law of forgiveness of sin to Moses and the Jews. (Heb. 10:1-5) “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” The Jews failed and the law failed because (Gal. 3:21) the Law could not give life. (Heb. 4:15) Jesus was human just like us but He did not sin. Satan, using people, killed Jesus; (Gen. 3:15) “bruise his heel”. SATAN DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO KILL JESUS BECAUSE JESUS DID NOT SIN AND WHEN SATAN KILLED JESUS THAT "UNHOOKED" SIN FROM DEATH BECAUSE:
While Jesus’ body (outward man) was in the grave Jesus’ soul (inward man), in a spiritual realm we cannot understand and can barely imagine, (Rev. 1:18) went and took the keys of hell and death from Satan. Can you picture that? Satan is lolling indolently in rebellious pride on his evil, gruesome, stinking throne of death basking in the admiration (Rev. 12:3-9) of the angels who had rebelled against God and been cast out of heaven with Satan in the great angel war. Satan, the devil, gloats and brags in front of his devils how he has killed the Son of God and "won" another round.
A far off rumble catches their attention and as it draws closer at the speed of light they start to cringe away in fear; "It’s the Royal Chariot!" One whispers; “Look at the driver; it’s the second man on the cross. We killed him when we killed Jesus!” Satan shuts his proud mouth when he notices their attention is no longer upon him. Their bulging eyes plainly say what their mouth is afraid to; “Satan, why didn’t you lock all three of them up in that place called death; you found the man on the cross who railed on Jesus easy enough to put away? Why not the other two?” The chariot furiously thunders to a sliding stop and Jesus steps out. But it is a different Jesus this time. (Isa. 62:1-4) He is no longer the Forsaken One because (Isa. 62:2-4 & 1Tim. 6:14-16 & Rev. 14:14 &19:16) upon His head is the royal diadem of the greatest, the eternal *King, and (Ex. 28:4-31; Hosea 3:4; & Heb. 4:14-16) upon His breast is the ephod of the great *High Priest. A great, shrinking dread fills Satan as (Zech. 11:10-14) Jesus leaves His staff of mercy leaning casually against the flaming chariot BECAUSE:
(Rev. 20:10) No quarter and no mercy would be shown these fallen ones. (Rev. 5:6-9) True enough, it is the Lamb as it had been slain but this time Jesus radiates (Rev. 20:10) danger and (John 10:18) power as He strides (Mark 1:23-25 & 5:1-18 esp. V.12) toward the shrinking, horrified devils. The beautiful Son of the God of all glory, the Lord of all Lords, the King of all Kings, the God of all gods face is set with VICTORY that plainly says; "I took all the cruelty, pain, degradation and humiliation you had and you didn't have enough. I will resurrect my body, I will have my Church, I will have me a people in my Kingdom of peace and safety (Rev. 21:4) where will never be any more tears, where there shall never be any more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain."
No other explanation is offered and none is needed when His cold ringing voice speaks: (Rev. 1:18) “Give me the keys of hell and death, now!” With lowered head and averted eyes; with cringing, shrinking, craven, drooling, servitude Satan hands over the keys. The Royal Chariot thunders away; they have places to go there in the spiritual realm; a paradise called Abraham’s Bosom, a place called prison and a place called death. You can read about those three places in the “Is God Fair” commentary. If you wish to know who God really is please see Who is the Holy Spirit in The Holy Spirit and You commentary.
NOTE: While we are thinking about how Jesus "unhooked" sin from death you will really be surprised how far Jesus, (Rev. 1:18 & 1Thess. 4:17) the Master of forever, went in His separation of sin from death.
After you finish this Jesus commentary please see the commentary The Holy Spirit and You the segment Why is the Holy Spirit the 3rd miracle at the end of the segment THEN go to Sin in Church the three part segment Judging: The Authority Principal and you will be astonished beyond measure by just how completely merciful Jesus really is to those who chose him as their Saviour.
In this study you will also be surprised to learn scripturally there were three curses placed on mankind in the Garden of Eden and that Jesus' redemption from the three curses, won for us on the bloody cross at Calvary, are actually fulfilled at three (God's number of completion) different times in each Christian's life!
You will also see how God laid the "mechanism" in place, in man, at His creation of man, to fulfill Jesus' promise; (John 11:26) "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Please read them because they will change your whole perception of your own Christian death, erase your dread and cause you to be much closer to God.