The Lord’s Day

 

(Rev 1:10 KJV)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

(Rev 1:10 NIV)  On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,

(Rev 1:10 RSV)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet

NIV Study Bible comments on verse 10 says in part, “”the Lord’s Day. A technical term for the first day of the week--- so named because Jesus rose from the dead on that day. It was also the day the Christians met and took up collections. As proof they offer three verses.

*   (John 20:19 NIV)  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" This was no worship service. The disciples were afraid because the Lord had just been crucified. Consider, (John 20:9 NIV)  (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

*   (Acts 20:7 NIV)  On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. Notice they came together to eat, not for a worship service. We do break bread on Sabbath as part of our tradition but we dot refer to our service as coming together to break bread. Once a month we come together to watch a movie on the first day of the week. That does not prove that we meet on Sunday as our day of worship.

*   (1 Cor 16:2 NIV)  On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. No mention of coming together here for a Sunday.

 

So, which day is the Lord’s Day? Every day is the day of the Lord!

Which day of the week is the Lord’s Sabbath? Saturday is the Sabbath of the Lord.

 

It was the boy’s bicycle. It was the bicycle of the boy.

 

So then, what day is being referred to in Rev. 1:10? Sunday, Monday, Tuesday …? Perhaps we might ask if this day is an actual day or perhaps a day of a different sort. For example, perhaps it was more like, “in grandma’s day” Or perhaps it was more like, “in the day America was born.” Maybe it was a day like in, “The day of electronic wonders is here.” Let’s see if the Bible will give us some clues.

 

*   (Joel 2:11 KJV)  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

*   (Joel 2:31 KJV)  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

*   (Mal 4:5 KJV)  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

*   (Acts 2:20 NIV)  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

*   (Jer 46:10 RSV)  That day is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, to avenge himself on his foes. The sword shall devour and be sated, and drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord GOD of hosts holds a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

*   (2 Pet 3:8 NIV)  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

 

OK, let’s take another look at, (Rev 1:10-11 RSV)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet {11} saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

 

John then goes on to describe not a day, not days, not months but years. In fact John goes on to describe eternity. John describes what happens at the end of this age, the end of this day, what he saw about the, “Lord’s Day” that glorious day when Christ returns and ushers in our hope and salvation. That glorious day when all and everyone are called to judgment. That day when death is done away with. That day when there is no more sorrow and not even a need for the sun. That day when there will be a new heaven and a new earth. That day when we will live with the Lord forever more!

 

So you see when John had his vision (Rev. 9:17) it may have been on a Sunday or a Monday, or a Sabbath. We just don’t know and it doesn’t even seem to be important. The important part is what John had to tell us about that final day of the Lord, the Lord’s Day: That ending of this age and the good news of the age to come. That’s the day John is referring to. Praise God for that day!