Revelation 1:10, What day is the “Lord’s Day”?
A verse many Christians, including “apologetics ministries“, mistakenly use to prove that Sunday is the true day of worship is Revelation 1:10:
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, (NKJV)
The logic behind their thinking is this:
Sundays today are often called the “Lord’s Day”, therefore John must have been talking about events happening on Sunday.
However, that is called eisegesis, or putting your own ideas and interpretations into the text. We have to let Scripture be its own interpreter. Luckily for me, most of the research was done for me by Mr. Cogwriter in his excellent piece on this very verse.
I highly recommend reading the article, as he goes into great depth to answer this question. However, to save you some time, I’ll sum up his whole article in a few quick points:
Main Point: The Lord’s Day refers not to a day of the week, but of the end-time judgment.
The Book of Revelation is prophetic (Revelation 1:1-3). The prophesies include events leading up to, as well as after, the time referred to in the Bible as the ‘Day of The Lord’. The Book of Revelation specifically lists events that the Old Testament prophets stated would be near the ‘Day of the Lord’.
Hence it is clear that Revelation 1:10 is not talking about Sunday as certain theologians suggest. Instead, the Book of Revelation lists many events that occur around the prophesied “Day of the Lord”. And that is the biblically logical conclusion.
Here are supporting points:
- There is no Biblical support for Sunday being the “Lord’s Day”
- From a strictly biblical perspective, the only ‘Lord’s Day’ is the seventh day Sabbath.
- It was Jesus who specifically claimed to be “Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28).
- The context of the verse itself with a “Loud voice” and “trumpet” suggests end time events (see 1 Thes 4:16).
- Revelation is a prophetic book, John was likely talking about a future events.
There you have it.