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Remember that time when an angel tells Philip to take a trip south, and on his way, he meets a eunuch who happens to serve as the minister of finance to Ethiopia’s Queen Candace? Yep, fancy.
The eunuch is on his way back from Jerusalem when Philip comes upon him and sees him sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah, a book Philip knows a thing or two about. Philip asks him if he understands what he is reading, and the eunuch answers, “How can I, except some man should guide me?”
This man holds a prestigious job, yet he isn’t above knowing he needs a man of God to lead him.
Philip explains the passage in Isaiah and goes on to evangelize. The eunuch is so excited about the truth he received from Philip that he wants to be baptized right then and there in a river by the road. When they come up out of the water, Philip is gone. Cool, right?
Turns out the Lord caught him away and sent him to Azotus and Caesarea to keep on preaching the Word.
After talking about Acts 8 last Sunday evening, Brother Nobles said he believes we will see that eunuch again. Why? Philip gave him keys that unlocked the scriptures for him. The keys opened his eyes enough that he went on his way rejoicing.
He got a revelation!!
In our “From the Heart” series, Sister Trecinda is talking about one of Brother Nobles’ messages about the power of keys.
By Sister Trecinda Kinsey
The ancient Egyptians developed a form of writing that included characters in the form of pictures called hieroglyphics. As their civilization progressed and other forms of writing replaced hieroglyphics, the ability to decipher the meaning of the symbols vanished.
The writings of the ancient Egyptians became a mystery for 2,000 years.
Until . . .
Someone accidentally discovered a key to begin to understand the meaning of the symbols called the Rosetta Stone. This discovery began a process that allowed archeologists to solve a two millennia old puzzle.
Recently, at The Church at Kinston, Brother Nobles taught about some words in the Bible that, if we understand the true meaning of these words, will unlock mysteries predating the ancient Egyptians. Elder frequently gave the analogy of someone intercepting a love letter. The reader who had little knowledge of who wrote the letter, nor any knowledge about whom the letter was written to, would have a hard time truly understanding the meaning behind what was written.
With these keys Brother Nobles taught, the Bible becomes less of a mystery every time you open it up.
As 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 tells us, we are not just intercepting someone else’s letter. This Book was intended for us. As verse four tells us, we are not in darkness. This verse leads me to the first keys Brother Nobles gave.
Back to Thessalonians 5:4. We do not have a lack of understanding about the times and the seasons because we have been taught how to read the Bible using these keys.
Is the light starting to come on?
Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 that Jesus would give Peter the keys of the kingdom. In that chapter, He also states that His church will be built on the rock. Something that may come as a surprise to you is that Jesus didn’t arrive on the scene in a manger. You will find Jesus all throughout the Old Testament. Many times in the Old Testament, God was referring to Jesus.
And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. –Psalm 78:35
Are you ready for another key?
When the Bible refers to a man or a woman, sometimes it is describing an actual person. Other times, it is not. These three keys make many scriptures that are discussing men and women so much more meaningful.
In that service, Brother Nobles taught just a few keys, but the Scriptures start to become so much clearer when we know the meaning of these words.
Try it. Use your keys to read this scripture:
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. —I Thessalonians 5:1-5
Using your keys, reexamine some passages.
Is your interest piqued?
If so, join us in our next service. You never know what new mysteries God may reveal to you!