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The Lord's Day
by Wayne Blank
The Lord's Day is The Day of The Lord
Until a few years ago, it was illegal here in Ontario for stores and most businesses to be operating on a Sunday because of an old Provincial law called "The Lord's Day Act" that outlawed them to be open on the "Sabbath." As millions of Christian people around the world already know, Sunday is not, nor has ever been, the Sabbath (see Sunday Is Not The Sabbath) but the legislators who wrote that law over a century ago called it that. Ontario of course was not unique in that way. Most Canadian Provinces and US States have, or have had, their Sunday "blue laws" in some form. Ours here ended when it was challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada and ruled unconstitutional. Now, people are free to either keep Sunday as they always have, or regard it as no different than any other day of the week. Ironically, many of the Sunday churchgoing people who claimed that "a wide-open Sunday would destroy religious and family life in this country" go to church on Sunday morning as they always have - and then spend their afternoons grocery shopping or in places like Wal-Mart, which they opposed to be allowed to be open on Sunday.
I personally was not against the principle of "The Lord's Day Act." They had the right idea, they just had the wrong day. As a Christian who observes The Fourth Commandment, and always will regardless of what I know that Prophecy says is coming upon those who do, I absolutely believe that the Sabbath is a day that businesses, everything, should be closed - and that will be closed after Christ returns e.g. "from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me" (Isaiah 66:23 KJV)
The point of this study however is about what the apostle John meant by his statement "I was in the Spirit on The Lord's day" in the verses above. Many people simply assume that John meant that he "had a religious experience on a Sunday" because that's what "Lord's day" has come to mean to people now. But the apostle John (and every other Christian alive at that time) was a Sabbath-keeper. John never observed Sunday as the Sabbath. Never. Some Christian-professing people didn't start replacing the Roman "Sunday" for the Sabbath for at least another century after John lived - and even then John would not have been among them. Never.
John was given to write the Book of Revelation which describes the time when The Lord is going to rule the earth with absolute authority (see The Coming World Dictator). That "day of The Lord" was known and described by Prophets throughout the Bible who recorded many of the same events that John later did in the Book of Revelation. John was merely the last to be given to write about it as the Holy Spirit guided him. His "I was in the Spirit on The Lord's day" as translated from the Greek meant "the Holy Spirit showed me the Day of The Lord."
There is a world of peace coming, no more war ("they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more," Micah 4:3 KJV) but that peace will come as the result of The Lord conquering a world that for the most part refuses to repent. The "day of the Lord" is about that takeover that will begin with "shock and awe" such as the world has never before experienced. The Lord is coming with overwhelming force, not as a peace keeper, but as a peace maker.
So what does the Holy Bible say about "The Lord's day," or the "day of The Lord"? What did Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Zephaniah, Joel, Zechariah and Malachi all say about it - the same as John wrote about it in the apocalypse? (to understand what apocalypse means, see the Fact Finder question below).
"Behold, the day of The Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine [see Signs In The Heavens]. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible" (Isaiah 13:9-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does "apocalypse" mean in the Bible?