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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
Have the Gates of Death Been Opened unto Thee? (9 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
To that question which the Almighty addressed to him,
"Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?" Job
could make no answer, save the answer of silence.
Outside of Jesus Christ, that is the universal answer.
Christ is the only one to whom the gates of death have
been opened, and the only one who can open them. Here
is His great answer to that great question: "I am he
that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for
evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
Exiled for the testimony of Jesus Christ to the lonely
Isle of Patmos, probably in the reign of the Emperor
Domitian, John was in the spirit on the Lord's Day and
heard behind him a great voice like a trumpet. When he
turned to see who was speaking, he saw one standing in
the midst of seven golden candlesticks, like unto the
Son of Man, His hair and His head white like wool, as
white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire, and
His voice as the sound of many waters. In His right
hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth went a
sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like
the glory of the sun. When John saw this majestic
person, although once he had leaned on His breast at
the Last Supper, he fell at His feet as one dead. Then
the One who had spoken laid His right hand upon him
and said, "Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am
he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
This is, in some respects, the greatest text in the
Bible. All the trumpets of Christian faith are
sounding in it, for here we have the eternal and
changeless Christ, His atonement for sin, His
resurrection from the dead, and His all-conquering
Kingdom. It was a great text for John's troubled day,
when the ...
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