Mike Johnson and the Key of the House of David
On October 25, 2023, Mike Johnson (R- Louisiana) became the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. This revelation came to me the next day.
The name Michael means “who is like God,” or “gift from God.”
As Speaker of the House, he is third in line for the presidency.
In his inaugural speech, he said that we, America, will support Israel.
He is an “unknown, nobody” raised up in the spirit of David to defend Israel against her enemies, Iran in particular.
He has been given, by God, “the key [authority] of the house of David.” Because His authority doesn’t come just from the Republican party, but from God (i.e. Kingdom authority), he will accomplish much, exposing and turning back wickedness in high places of government.
The Archangel Michael
Michael, one of God’s chief princes, was sent to help the angel who was delivering a message from God to Daniel, but was facing opposition from a demon who was referred to as the “head” of the kingdom of Persia, which is modern day Iran (see the Bible study Hamas And The Philistine Kindred Spirit).
Daniel 10:11-15 – Daniel was given a vision and had been fasting and mourning for three weeks before he received an answer. The reason being the angel sent to give him answer had to first have Michael, one of the “chief princes,” come to help him get past the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” (modern day Iran). Michael is the archangel who protects Israel (see Daniel 10:21, 12:1; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7). I believe God has raised up Michael Johnson with the same purpose in mind.
11 He said to me, "O Daniel [“judge of God”, “God is my judge”], man of high esteem [2530- “to delight in, to desire, to covet, to take pleasure in”], understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12 Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
13 "But the prince [8269- “a head person, a price, ruler, leader”] of the kingdom [4438- “a dominion, kingdom, royal power, reign, rule, sovereign power”] of Persia [6539- “pure” or “splendid”] was withstanding [5975- “to stand (see Isaiah 22:19 below), hold one’s ground” and 5048- “a front, i.e. part opposite; in front of, opposite, over against”; like Goliath] me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael [“who is like God”, “gift from God”], one of the chief [7223- “first in time, place, or rank”] princes , came to help [5826- “to help, assist aid, support”] me, for I had been left there with the kings [4428- “king”] of Persia.
14 "Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future."
15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.
Isaiah 22:15-25 – A transfer of the one in charge. Shebna, the “shame of your Master’s house,” is forcibly, and violently removed from his office of authority, and replaced by the Lord’s servant, “Eliakim the son of Hilkiah.” Eliakim means “God raises,” or “God sets up.” As seen in Revelation 3:7-8, he is a picture of Christ.
On the day that Eliakim was raised up, the one in the “firm place” broke off and fell (away).
15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts, "Come, go to this steward, to Shebna [“vigor”], who is in charge of the royal household [1004- “house or building, home, household, land”], [remember, the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” who had “a dominion” with “royal power”]
16 'What right do you have here, and whom do you have here, that you have hewn a tomb for yourself here, you who hew a tomb on the height, you who carve a resting place [4908- “a dwelling place, a residence, a tabernacle”] for yourself in the rock [5553- see def. below]?
17 'Behold, the Lord is about to hurl you headlong, O man. And He is about to grasp you firmly
18 And roll you tightly like a ball, to be cast into a vast country; There you will die and there your splendid chariots will be, you shame [7036- “shame, disgrace, dishonor, ignominy (pubic disgrace)”] of your master's house.'
19 "I will depose [1920- “to thrust out, to drive out, to cast out, to expel”] you from your office [4673- “a fixed spot, a garrison, a standing-place”], and I will pull you down [2040- “to tear down, to overthrow, to break down or through”] from your station [4612- “a position, office, function, service”].
20 "Then it will come about in that day, that I will summon My servant Eliakim [el-yaw-keem’; 471- “God raises” or “God sets up”] the son of Hilkiah [2518- “my portion is Jehovah (Yahweh)”],
21 And I will clothe him with your tunic and tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust him with your authority, and he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 "Then I will set [5414- “to give, to grant, to be put upon”] the key [4668- “an opening instrument” from 6605, “opens”] of the house of David on his shoulder, when he opens [6605- “to open wide, to loosen, to be thrown open, to free”] no one will shut [5462- “to shut, close, shut up or imprison”], when he shuts no one will open. [See Revelation 1:18, 3:7-8; Matthew 16:15-19]
23 "I will drive him like a peg in a firm [539- see def. below] place [4725- “a standing place, the place where something stands; fig. of a condition (of body or mind)”], and he will become a throne of glory to his father's house.
24 "So they will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, offspring and issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars.
25 "In that day [when Shebna is cast out and Eliakim raised up]," declares the Lord of hosts, "the peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even break off and fall [5307- “to fall, to be cast down”], and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken."
OT:5553 cela` (seh'-lah)
(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress):
KJV - (ragged) rock, stone (-ny), strong hold.
(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)
a crag, a cliff, a rock
a) a crag, a cliff
b) as stronghold of Jehovah (Yahweh), used of security (figurative)
OT:539 'aman (aw-man')
(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
a primitive root; properly, to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (Isa 30:21; interchangeable with OT:541) to go to the right hand:
KJV - hence, assurance, believe, bring up, establish, fail, be faithful (of long continuance, steadfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.
(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)
to support, to confirm, to be faithful
to support, to confirm, to be faithful, to uphold, to nourish
1) foster father (a substantive)
2) foster mother, nurse
3) pillars, supporters of the door
to be established, to be faithful, to be carried, to make firm
1) to be carried by a nurse
2) to made firm, to be sure, to be lasting
3) confirmed, established, sure
4) verified, confirmed
5) reliable, faithful, trusty
to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in
1) to stand firm
2) to trust, to believe
(The following insight is from The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament by Warren W. Wiersbe.)
“The unfaithfulness of the leaders (Isaiah 22:15-25). Had the leaders been faithful to the Lord and called the people to repentance, there might have been hope, but too many of the leaders were like Shebna, thinking only of themselves. As treasurer (steward), Shebna was second to King Hezekiah in authority (see chapters 36-37), but he used his authority (and possibly the king's money) to build himself a monumental tomb (22:16) and to acquire chariots (v. 18; see 2:7). Shebna was not a spiritual man, and he probably sided with the pro-Egypt party in Judah.
God judged Shebna by demoting him (he became “secretary” according to 36:3, disgracing him, and deporting him. Eventually he was thrown “like a ball” (22:18) into a far country (Assyria?), where he died. He could not have an expensive funeral and be buried in his elaborate tomb.
God chose a new man, Eliakim (“God will raise up”), and called him “My servant.” Instead of exploiting the people, he would be a father to them and use his “key” (authority) for the good of the nation. He would be like a dependable peg, hammered into the wall, on which you could hang many burdens. But even a godly leader like Eliakim could not prevent the ultimate fall of Judah, for one day the whole nation would fall (v. 25) [I believe this refers to Shebna, the one who was the shame of his Master’s house (see Hebrews 6:6; 1 John 2:28; Jude 13; Revelation 3:18, 6:15). He is a picture of those in the Body of Christ who fall away from Him right before His return, and are cut off from Him (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)]. Eliakim is a picture of Jesus Christ (Rev. 3:7), the greatest Servant of all.”
The Key Of David
“The one who holds the keys has the authority. Thus, the “key of David” implies control of David’s domain, which was promised to the Messiah in both the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32 [see these verses below]) … The fact that, in Revelation 3:7, Jesus holds this key shows that He is the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, the ruler of the New Jerusalem, and the Lord of the kingdom of heaven.” (“What is the Key of David?”; gotquestions.org)
Isaiah 9:6-7 – Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah, the Prince of Peace, says that He will be “on the throne of David and over his kingdom.” The Davidic Covenant was given to him by God in 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (also see 1 Chronicles 17:11-14, 2 Chronicles 6:16, and Matthew 21:19 where Jesus is called by the crowds “the Son of David”). For more on the Davidic Covenant, see Jeremiah 23:5, 30:9; Isaiah 11:1; and Acts 13:34.
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
Luke 1:30-33, 67-70 – This is the angel Gabriel’s proclamation to Mary. He said that her son, Jesus, “will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end [same as Isaiah 9:7].” In verses 67-70, Zacharias prophecies of the coming Messiah, saying, “And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old.”
30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
32 "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant —
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old —
The Key of David is in Christ’ Hands
Revelation 3:7-8 – Christ’ declaration of Himself, that He now possesses the key of David, forever. “Since the keeper of the keys has the power to open and to shut, the word is figuratively used in the N. T. to denote power and authority of various kinds.” (from Thayer's Greek Lexicon)
7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:
8 'I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Revelation 1:17-18 – John’s description of the Lord in the verses right before these is very similar to Daniel’s.
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. [See Revelation 9:1, and 20:1.]
Matthew 16:13-19 – Because has been given the keys of all power and authority, Jesus can give them to whomever He chooses. (See the Bible study Who Do You Say That I Am?)
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17 And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
19 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." [See the Bible study Binding And Loosing.]