The phrase the “Lord’s day” appears only once in Revelation 1:9, 10. In this passage it refers to the time when John saw the vision. John gives his location, “the isle that is called Patmos” (v. 9); his reason for being there, “for the word of God” (v. 9); and his condition in vision, “in the Spirit.” These phrases show the circumstances under which the vision was given.
Is Sunday the Lord’s day?
Some Christians have pointed to Sunday as the Lord’s day but the meaning of “Lord’s day” should be determined by reference to Scripture rather than by popular traditions. There are only eight verses in the Bible that mention Sunday but none of these verses show that Sunday is a sacred day. And there is no verse in the Scriptures that identifies Sunday with connection to the Lord.
The Bible recognizes that the seventh day, the Sabbath, is the Lord’s special day. From the very beginning of time, God blessed and sanctified the seventh day: “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3).
The Lord declared the seventh day to be the memorial of His act of creation. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:11).
This commandment divides the week into two parts: (1) “six days shalt thou … do all thy work,” (2) “the seventh day … thou shalt not do any work.” And why this prohibition of work on “the seventh day”? Because it is a “sabbath of the Lord.” In fact, the Lord called the seventh day “my holy day” (Isaiah 58:13).
What Did Jesus Say About the Sabbath?
Jesus declared Himself to be, “Lord also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:28). After pointing to the purpose of the Sabbath (v. 27) Christ directs attention to its Author, and thus to His own right to determine how that purpose shall best be realized. Man has no right to tamper with the day of God’s choosing.
Thus, when the phrase “Lord’s day” is interpreted in accordance with evidence prior to and contemporary with John’s time, it appears that there is only one day to which it can refer, and that is the seventh day Sabbath.
In His service,
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