THE LORD’S DAY
APRIL 27, 2015
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet...And I turned to see the voice that spake with me....when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead."
The Lord’s Day? Was it Saturday, the last day of the week? Perhaps Sunday, as some suppose? There have been many speculations as to what the Lord’s Day might have been when John had the Revelation of Jesus Christ while in exile on the island of Patmos. Some believe it is Sunday, since Jesus was raised from the dead on the first day of the week; but there is no place in the Bible that makes such a statement or even alludes to this supposition. Others maintain that the Lord’s Day is Saturday and have gone so far as to having made it a major tenet of their faith. Their main reason for this is that God rested on the seventh day from all the work He did. He gave a day of rest for
Let us consider, how does going to church on the last day of the week constitute making it holy? Also, how does preaching, teaching, and being a part of the congregation on that day make it holy? And according to the definition of the word holy, such religious activities do not make the day holy. Neither does any of this make it the day of the Lord.
We can search the scriptures; but our search will fail to find one place stating that a day of rest is the day of the Lord. Although the leaders of the Jewish religion imposed this upon Israel, God never decreed that people were to be subservient to that day, but to the contrary. Jesus said the Sabbath was made for
The word, work (melaò’kâh), from the Hebrew is interesting in itself. It means deputyship, that is, ministry; also employment but never as servile or slavish work, (ref. H4399). The root from which it is derived is mal’âk and means to dispatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel, also a prophet, priest or teacher, (H4397). Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
This may have no effect on those who do not see that the handwriting of this ordinance was also nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14), and I have no ill feeling toward them at all. I know how religious beliefs can be so deeply rooted, and without question they are embraced as truth. Such mind-sets can be very difficult to change. It often takes major shakings of their doctrinal views before there is a chance of being made free from them. If not by that, the less painful way, by divine revelation to a heart that is open to hearing the voice of the Son of God.
The Hebrew definition of work presents some things that are not easily refuted. Namely, that if the pastors who embrace and keep the fourth commandment of the law, they could not minister to the people on the seventh day. Their ministry was reserved to only the LORD on that day. The pastor of his flock could not be dispatched to the congregation on that day of rest. If the people attended and received that which he ministered, they would be partakers of his work and just as guilty of the pastor’s disobedience to that command as he would be. They all would be breaking the very law that they believe to be upholding. Rather than keepers of the law, they
Of course, it would look like a good argument against this thought of not working on the Sabbath if we considered not only those ministering to the LORD, but all the others who were to rest as well; such as, one’s son, daughter, servant, ox, ass, cattle, or strangers within his gates. None of these were ministering deputies of the LORD; but they were deputies of that man, and they ministered to him and his cause every day of the week except for the seventh. To make this clear, Deuteronomy 5:15 compared it to Israel when they served the Egyptians, and the Sabbath day was a reminder of their freedom from serving man, reminding him that there was a rest from bringing forth thorns and thistles and eating the herb and bread of the field by the sweat of his face. It is saying that they should not work on the seventh day of that which pertains to man, but rest from those labors, and do this as the priesthood keeps the seventh day holy (clean and void from man’s contaminating sweat) by ministering in purity to the LORD.
In spite of the fact that the messengers of the word are not to work, that is, to minister on the Sabbath, and it is one of the commandments, there are no scriptures that suggests that it is the Lord’s Day. The LORD blessed and hallowed
With this day having been hallowed/clean, there were no contaminates, pollutants, foreign entities, or agents of any kind. It was pure and altogether unadulterated. For example, if a vacuum tube of an electron scanning microscope contains one speck of dust, it has been adulterated. It is not clean. Its environment is impure. To keep a day holy is the same. It is without blemish. There are no spots in it. That day has none of man’s contamination. There is no adulteration of that pure chamber whatsoever. To stress the point as to the purity of the Sabbath day is, the words, keep and holy, are the
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Or from the Hebrew and paraphrased: "Take heed, mark, recognize, and remember the seventh day of intermission, for it is clean, pure, undefiled."
Something that they who keep the Sabbath may not have considered is that they all break this law very frequently; for Jesus said that if you break even one of the laws, such as lust, covetousness, lying, etc, you are guilty of breaking them all, which includes the fourth one. Please tell me, what man or woman can take any day of the week and fulfill the nature of God by keeping to the letter every jot and tittle of all the laws. It won’t happen, and no one can keep any day, not even the seventh day, totally clean and undefiled. Who can forbid one evil or negative thought or action from coming to mind or breaking through one’s righteous façade? Do we really think that our human imperfections can be bridled and held at bay for twelve solid hours, twenty-four hours, week after week, year after year? I believe not, and for that matter, we all can most likely remember how we yelled at our kids and wife (or husband) in preparation for church whether it was Saturday or Sunday, not to mention on the way there?
There is a day, however, that this will be fulfilled. It is a promise. And that is the real day of rest of which we enter. This is the perfect Day that shines brighter day by day as its presence unveils Jesus Christ. It is the overpowering light of the Son of God. That is the Lord’s Day! Not Saturday (Saturn’s Day), not Sunday (Sun’s Day), not Monday (Moon’s Day) nor any other twenty-four hour period of time. The only day that is clean and undefiled is that of our Lord’s rest.
Try as one may, failure will be the result for anyone who attempts to prove by the scriptures that the Day of the Lord can be marked on a calendar. The Day of the Lord is an era of time when Jesus is in total control over
Believing and teaching that a twenty-four hour period of time is the Lord’s Day is actually reckless endangerment to ones spiritual well being, and to teach our children the same could constitute child abuse. For, truly, such impositions bind their minds by the laws of legalism and hold them captive to lifeless creeds and doctrines. Very often such teachings are life sentences to theological prisons. But praise God! This will not last forever. Although men have for a long time been supposing what is truth, the spirit of truth has been disposing, and will totally dispose of all lies at the unveiling of Jesus Christ and His anointed.
Revelation 1:10 uses the term, the Lord’s Day, while all other cases it is the Day of the Lord, except for one time. It is His Day in Luke 17:24, and all three are equivalent in meaning. They are three terms that say the same thing. This is elementary English, and so it is with the Greek.
Much more could be detailed and laid out concerning the Day of the Lord as not being a natural day no more than God creating all things in six literal days. Hopefully, however, enough has been supplied for us to know that this High Day has nothing to do with Saturday, Sunday, or any other day of the week.
With this said, let me pose another question. How many of us are looking forward to the Lord’s Day, the Day of the Lord, His Day? Wouldn’t we think that this would be a thing to welcome with open arms? Would we not rejoice at being a part of such a holy and supreme day? And haven’t we dreamed of basking in the warm rays of His glorious presence until the end of the age and beyond? Won’t we be overjoyed when that glorious day finally arrives in its full-blown manifestation? Well, maybe, maybe not. Depending on where we stand and in whose hands we are held.
For instance, the Day of the Lord had always heralded a time of woe, of judgment, of destruction, a season of dread on behalf of those in need of judgment. Amos said this about it:
Although some of those in natural Israel were spared, the day of the Lord was not a time of peace and tranquility. It was a very sobering season. The food supply was cut off, joy and gladness ceased, seed rotted in the ground, the garners were bare, and the barns destroyed. The beasts and herds of cattle were without pasture, the rivers dried up, as fire consumed the pastures and trees of the fields and wilderness. (Joel 1:15-20). Malachi called the Day of the Lord a great and dreadful day, Malachi 4:5. Zephaniah said that the day would bring tears and bitterness to even the mighty men. It was a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day when all good things were wasted and laid desolate, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. It was a day of being void of God’s blessings. The walled cities and their high towers were of no protection. The distress was so great upon men that they walked as if blinded by blazing firebrands. Their blood poured out like well-springs upon the ground. There was so much death and carnage that their flesh was of no more value than dung, and their silver and gold were not able to deliver them in that terrible day of the LORD (Zephaniah 1:14-18).
When the day of the Lord comes, cities and kingdoms fall. To quote our friend,
"God removed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in what seemed to be a literal hell on earth. The cities were reduced to ashes and we emphasize the destruction that came upon those people for their sins. Preachers warn sinful people in our time to come to God or suffer the same fate; but they have missed another side of the equation.
"Jesus told the unbelievers; ‘And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.’
"With many in religious circles, the coming together of nations seem to send a signal for us to prepare for the emergence of the antichrist, but what about another gathering together of the nations as God summons?
"Can we forget the concise and enduring prophecy given by Daniel?
"‘He (the Lord) shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. All nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.’
On one hand, the Day of the Lord is terrible, yet on the other wondrous things take place. Man’s kingdom of the whole world is overthrown and replaced with God’s. The signs of the times in the heavens and the earth suggest that this harrowing day is already upon us. It is not pleasant as it brings to light, first, those hidden things within the body of Christ, and then the world. When the Day of the Lord is upon any self-made men or kingdoms, they cannot remain in place. That Day will expose and destroy everything contrary to the holy name of the Lord!
Would to God that the masses would call upon that name today; but for now, not many seek Him. Moreover, it is not uncommon to see arrogant people who think they are getting in the face of Jesus Christ by openly declaring their independence. They flaunt their sinful life-styles as they parade before eager cameras that broadcast their silliness to a flesh-craving world. They vaunt their perversions, their supposed sovereign free will, their paltry godhood, and their self-aggrandized humanism that overflows all reasonable boundaries. If they are not in the face of Jesus who they by no means know, they get into the face of His own. Bursting with pride, they say,
The fact is, when they see Him in His glory, they will die as all who see God, yet, that is not their end. They will live when their hour comes. His fire will not be pleasant; but it will serve as ultimate good to them, as well as the world, and especially His Kingdom. What a wonder! Not like most conquerors who would imprison, torture, and deprive their captives, this Lord will liberate them from the tyranny of their own souls. This is the Father we know! He is not the one who loves today but not tomorrow beyond death’s door.
Before delving farther into this thought, we should notice that there is much more to this verse than meets the eye of the natural mind. It will help by translating one word as it should be from the Greek. It is the word that means the same and is spelled very near to the English word, "in." It is, "en."
The book of Revelation is a graphic record of the Day of the Lord. It is surely not a record of the day of the antichrist or false prophet, nor is it a record of a one world
The judgment of the great whore that sits upon the people of many waters is a part of the Lord’s Day. The war in heaven against the great red dragon takes place in The Lord’s Day. And be sure to know that these things that are exposed and conquered in the Day of the Lord take place within the heavens and earth of each member of the body of Christ, as it also does in the body of Christ collectively. Surely, it will be manifested in the world at the appointed time, but not before it takes place within our selves.
Many people throughout the world are futilely waiting for a misrepresented Day of the Lord that is nothing close to the one in which John saw where kingdoms fell in utter destruction. There are times and seasons for all things; but surely, as it was with John nearly two thousand years ago, don’t you think we can be in spirit and have the Day of the Lord to become a reality at this present time? Have we not already been in His shining presence, His Day, and have not kingdoms fallen within us to never rise again? Yes, indeed, this has taken place. We have been there! And we will, hopefully, be remaining in that Day of the Sun/Son, but not merely remaining in a neutral state of being, but in a place of supreme command with the full authority of our Lord.
Matthew recorded what Jesus spoke concerning one of His days that came to pass in A.D. 70. This was in reference to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple:
Please notice that immediately after the destruction of Jerusalem, the sun was darkened, and the moon did not give her light, and the stars fell from heaven. Can you imagine this happening? It sounds like a scene from a science-fiction movie. However, if this actually took place, where are the records of the sun growing dim, the moon failing to shine, and the stars falling from their celestial home and crashing into the earth? There are none! There is not a shred of evidence to substantiate such a scenario. For that matter, if the stars had fallen, not meteorites but stars, there would have been no one around to record the events, nor would there be anyone today to read anything at all. For even one star falling to the earth would destroy it instantly, leaving nothing but miniscule shards strewn throughout the universe. Such natural events never happened; but they certainly did in the world of types, shadows, and allegories that were fulfilled according to what these symbols
Heaven, the sun, the moon, and the stars are types that speak of impending spiritual and natural occurrences of three manifestations of a kingdom which are brought about by the Spirit of God. This is as plain and simple as it can be said. For example, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world in Revelation 13:8 is not suggesting that it was a little woolly, four-footed animal that was killed. It was a man—the man Jesus Christ! The same goes for heaven, the sun, the moon, and the stars. They are not literal when it comes to the scriptures we are addressing.
Jesus opened the windows of the heavens and showed in types and shadows to John that which would be coming to pass in the body of Christ. And let us note, John did not hear and see these terrible earthshaking events while in a prayer meeting or a praise and worship service. Albeit, these things are very good and can add to peoples spiritual lives and well being. However, that which is given by the Spirit from on high that moves mountains, topples kingdoms, replaces regimes, turns worlds upside down, levels forests and fields with the fiery blast of God’s breath, very seldom comes during the season of calm and joy and peace. Very often they are born in the crucible of afflictions, in the midst of raging storms, of grave desperation! And so it was with John while banished to the Isle of Patmos. It is unlikely that the Revelation would have come while he reclined in the comforts of home. It was in the midst of great oppression that he heard and he saw things such as:
The scriptures are not always clear on certain points; but we are sure that a tremendous amount of pressure and anguish of the soul was experienced by Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles, including John. They suffered greatly, endured, and gained victory. They all heard and saw things that were impossible for the human mind to grasp. Jesus often went upon the mountain to pray, sometimes all night. And then, when He, or the prophets and apostles spoke, it was most usually in metaphorical terms. What then could the sun and the moon and the stars represent? We won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say
We can see this with the Jews and their external religious practices. They became masters of their craft of growing old, hardened, stifled, and barren of truth; so much so that they desired and conspired to destroy the Truth, the Messiah for which they claimed to be waiting. With hopes of saving their kingdom, they killed Him and made an open show of their victory when they hung Him upon the cross for all to see. But the very thing they were trying to save was soon afterwards taken from them. Their heaven was rolled up like a scroll. And immediately after the tribulation of those days of Titus and his army, their god-given authority became black as the inside of a sackcloth. Their authority was forever revoked after the Roman eagles of abomination gathered upon their carcass. The moon of their religious practices were darkened—no more power, no more washings, no more trimming and lighting of candlestick wicks. The show bread was gone along with its table, no incense, no mercy
Immediately after the burning of Jerusalem and the Temple in that great Day of the Lord, everything that pertained to the Jewish hierarchy was destroyed. The words of the prophet Daniel and of Jesus came to pass as they had declared, and it was precisely at the appointed time.
And now, whether it is the ancient religion of the Jews or the more modern religions of Christendom, along with all the others, there is no difference. The stars hanging in the heavens today, however, incorporate a larger field, a vast array. These star specks are dignitaries, such as, kings, queens, presidents, chancellors, senators, congressman, governors, despots, corporate CEOs, corporations, the federal reserve, the international banking system, the CFR, the film industry, Hollywood idols, rock stars, television evangelists, mega-church
If the truth were known, although not in full manifestation, much of this has already taken place in the lives of those who make up the firstfruits of the corporate body of Jesus Christ. In the midst of the Day of our Lord, the great dragon and his angels (every usurping, exalting religious imagination conceivable, among other defamations) have risen in their heavens and have warred against them and their Chief Angel and Commander. In many cases the enemy has been cast down and has little, if any, influence on their thoughts, their lives, or their deeds. Although the process is yet to be finished, they are being made ready as the Day of the Lord dawns and the members of His body are awakened to not only grave oppositions, but especially to victory on every front.
"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
What in the world do you suppose this means? Do you think it is Gabriel or Michael the archangel standing on the rim of a silver-lined cloud while trumpeting peals of thunder the clarion call to arms for all able-bodied saints? Does our imagination then carry us to the heights of heaven, and do we see myriads of feather-winged angels amassing with us for battle? Perhaps this was the case at an earlier time, but not now.
Please hear me fellow angels and sojourners in Christ. Angels in the scriptures speak of messages dispatched from God, especially those delivering the messages. And this is whether they are special created spirit beings or human beings, and the latter could be on either side of the veil. Most of the angels we read about in the Bible are men who had not tasted death. Some could be those who have crossed over to the other side and are among the innumerable company of angels and/or the spirits of just men made perfect as noted in Hebrews 12:22-23.
One who sounds a trumpet can be a messenger that delivers the message of a particular note that is heard and understood by those for which it is intended. The angels/messengers of Christ sound the trumpet that will cause the body of His elect to be called together in one spirit. It is the superimposition, the high assembly of Hebrews 10:25. Although they may be scattered to the four winds, and from one end of heaven to the other, when they hear the call, they will be gathered together in one accord in one mind, in one voice, and in one spirit—in the Lord’s Day!
After they are assembled, not in one physical location, but as a united spiritual body over the entire earth, what do we suppose they will be doing? Sitting on clouds and strumming harps? Singing religious songs in a celestial choir? Or perhaps discussing the affairs and strategies of the kingdom with their Captain and His twelve apostles? On the carnal plane of the natural mind, such might be thought to be conceivable; but the elect of God are not living after things of the natural man. Paul said in Romans 8:9 that you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you, and His Spirit does dwell in us. No doubt, we are very often in the realm of our natural makeup of going about our daily affairs. This is neither good nor bad. It is merely a part of our lives as we continue our journey. Yet our lives are still in the Spirit of Jesus Christ whether we are consciously aware of it or not. We are now seated in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus as Paul reminded us in Ephesians 2:6.
When we are called together by His angels in the great Day of the Lord, and by the word of authority and the command to assemble, we will do so in the Spirit of the Word we hear. It is in the Spirit that we will be in the Lord’s Day. The keys of the Kingdom will be given to us. His power and authority will surely become evident throughout His body. It is then that we will have overcome and been found worthy to shake both heaven and earth by the command of His word!
Therefore, the apostle John was in Spirit in the Lord's day, not in a church service on the Sabbath day of the week. He was engulfed in the Spirit of the Lord in the Lord's
What a wonderful day in which to live, namely, in the one that is dawning—the Lord’s Day!