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Matthew 16:17-19

"Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

My first awareness of these "keys" came during catechism class, studying Luther's Small Catechism when I was in the seventh grade. There is a section that answers questions about the "office of the keys". The sum of that discussion concludes that this office is held by the pastor and that it relates to the power and authority of the church, here on earth, to forgive sins. Is this biblical?

A word from the Lord was recently delivered to me, through Bob Neumann. Bob had received that word from Bill Burns of Kremmling, Colorado. That was a word from the Lord, directly to me, I have no doubt about that, for it confirmed something that the Lord had spoken to me in the preceding weeks.

The Lord had told me that he had called me as a prophet on June 24, 1992, but I had not received the authority to be all that I was called to be at that time. This authority and promotion had been given to me, by the Lord, in November, 2000. The confirming word of prophecy, received in Colorado by his prophet Bill Burns, and delivered to me by his servant Bob Neumann, told me that:

"Those who have established gates for themselves will stumble and fall in this present move of God. Gates represent authoritative rule. Those who crossed over the third day bridge will become the gatekeepers of the Lord, and they will open and no man shall close; close and no man shall open."

Isaiah 22 describes this burden for the "valley of vision". This is a burden for the prophet and for the prophetic. I will not go further into this word, as it was given to another prophet, Bill Burns. You should look at his website at www.ft111.com to see the detailed words given there for November 13, 2000 and November 15, 2000. I do not want to put the words of another prophet in my mouth and call them my own.

My point is that God has set me, with my church, at the gate: as gatekeepers. I can fulfill this call as I walk in unity with my pastor, utilizing the agreement we have in the church that produces the power to chase 10,000. This is something God has done for me and for my church. He has said through his servant Bill Burns that he is doing it throughout America and the earth. I know that there are others who will come forth, as I have.

Luther was not correct to say that this "office of the keys" is held by a pastor. It is held by a prophet who sits at the head of a church, under Jesus, in the heavenlies, and who is in unity with his pastor and church. Only then may this power to close and open on the earth and in the heavens come forth. It could be held by Peter because he was both Apostle and Prophet.

The word by Jesus to Peter was drawn forth from Jesus in response to revelation received by Peter. Jesus then called Peter, Bar-Jona (son of the dove). Indeed, the BIG DOVE that had landed on Jesus, THE HOLY SPIRIT, had now also landed on Peter, giving him revelation knowledge. Jesus then prophesies of the authority that he will give to Peter. Is it an authority only to forgive?

Isaiah 22:20-25

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim (SLB-he whom God establishes) the son of Hilkiah: And I will clothe him with thy robe and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, offsrping and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it."

It seems evident to me that what is spoken of here goes well beyond the forgiveness of sins. Praise the LORD.

As an appendix to this word, I will simply alert my readers that I have been out of town for two days. I am writing this word today, on 11/25/200, as it was received on 11/23/2000. I am aware of the attacks leveled against me by Vincent Berardi and also by his other personality HVOICE. I will not defend myself. HE IS MY DEFENSE. I will reply at a later date to address certain statements made by him, with the help of the LORD..

Stephen L. Bening

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