Revelation 1:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 1:18, NIV: I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Revelation 1:18, ESV: and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Revelation 1:18, KJV: 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 1:18, NASB: and the living One; and Iwas dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

Revelation 1:18, NLT: I am the living one. I died, but look--I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

Revelation 1:18, CSB: and the Living One. I was dead, but look--I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.

What does Revelation 1:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse we learn from Jesus that He is alive. He died, but death could not hold Him. He arose and is alive forevermore. The truth of the resurrection is unique to Christianity. All religions are based on a founder who died and did not come back to life. Christians know and serve a living Savior!

Jesus told John that He possesses the keys of Death and Hades. Death and the place of the departed dead are under the control of the risen Savior. The Christian need not fear death or Hades, because death ushers him or her into Jesus' presence in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51–57; 2 Corinthians 5:1–8; Philippians 1:21–23). Because Jesus possesses the keys to Death and Hades, He can open death's door at any time to allow a believer to enter heaven, and He can open and shut the gates of hell to confine unbelievers there forever.