The Lord’s Day as defined by God and revealed in His sanctuary
The Pope in his apostolic letter Dies Domini assumes that the Lord’s Day in Revelation 1:10 is the first day of the week, i.e. Sunday. This belief is supported by many evangelical and Protestant groups. They are one on this stand.
They used Bible verses to prove it, but unfortunately, not a single verse supported them. The only possible testimony they can get to prove that the Lord’s Day is allegedly Sunday is from the tradition, meaning sources outside the Bible. In other words, they’re using extra-biblical sources as the primary evidence and use Bible verses to make it appear as though God’s Word supports their claim.
But what does the Bible says about which day is God’s holy day?
In this article, we will use God’s own words to define which day is His. We will also use the sanctuary (a contextual study of Revelation 1:10) to prove that “Lord’s Day” pertains to a different day than Sunday.
Why is this important?
Because God specifically mentioned a day that is holy for Him, and by setting a different definition of that day without His permission is stepping into God’s authority. It’s a blasphemous act. This holy day is actually an issue in the last days as prophesied in the Bible. This will also help us easily find out the false prophets and teachers in our time.
The Lord’s Day as defined by God Himself
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, If you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord,”
Isaiah 58:13 NIV
We let the Bible explain itself. Not only the phrase “Lord’s day” was written, but God also added “holy” to describe the uniqueness and characteristic of that day. Yes, Sabbath is indeed Lord’s holy day!
“‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” Exodus 31:13 NIV
Again, God used the possessive determiner ‘my’ to tell that the Sabbath is His. But what day is the Sabbath? Is it Sunday? Let’s continue the reading to verse 15.
“For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. ”
Nothing is clearer than that. The Lord’s day is the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) not the first day of the week (Sunday).
The Lord’s Day as revealed in the sanctuary
“Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”
Psalm 77:13 KJV
The visions in the book of Revelation tour around God’s heavenly sanctuary, and thus its interpretation must be associated with the study of the sanctuary as well. One of the articles of furniture in the sanctuary is the Table of Showbread. The twelve bread piled into two six pieces on this table should be there all week long signifying that God’s spiritual food for His church is sufficient.
The visions and prophecies as given by the angel to Apostle John on the island of Patmos are spiritual food for God’s church.
Further, the bread on the Table of Shewbread must be fresh and arranged each Sabbath day.
“And you shall set them in two piles, six in a pile, on the table of pure gold before the Lord. And you shall put pure frankincense on each pile, that it may go with the bread as a memorial portion as a food offering to the Lord. Every Sabbath day Aaron shall arrange it before the Lord regularly…” Leviticus 24:5-8 ESV
As the visions of the prophecies are vital to God’s people in the New Testament up to Jesus’ second coming, God intentionally gave this spiritual food on a Sabbath day so that He will be consistent on His teaching about providing fresh bread on His holy Sabbath day in the sanctuary.
God knows that the phrase “Lord’s Day” will be adulterated into a different definition to deceive many even among from His children, and so God provided the antidote to this deception even before we realized that we need it. Praise God for His love, mercy, and guidance to His church!