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John the Prophet

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Here we have a brief account of John and his relation to the seven churches of Asia.  John was a fellow partaker in the tribulation that had befallen these churches.  They were undergoing persecution by the Roman emperors. John was banished to the island of Patmos, which was a small rocky isle off the western coast of Asia Minor, about thirty miles southwest of Ephesus.  He was quickened by the Spirit and saw the revelation of things which shortly would come to pass.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

He said he was "in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day," which may actually mean the first day of the week, the day of the Lord’s resurrection (Matt. 28:1; Jn. 20:19; Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:2).  It appears clear from these verses that Christians set apart the first day of the week for worship.

The expression "Lord’s Day" came to be used during this time for the day set apart to worship the Lord. There is every reason to believe that the Church used the word in protest against Caesar worship and used this phrase "The Lord’s Day" in contrast to the phrase "The Augustean Day," which was a day especially dedicated to the honor of Caesar worship.

Some still hold to the Saturday Sabbath. Saturday was the Sabbath under the Old Jewish Covenant.  The Old Covenant, with the Law including the Ten Commandments, was done away with as they were nailed to the cross.  Through Jesus we have the New Covenant.  Nine of the Ten Commandments are moral in content and concern either man’s relationship to God or man’s relationship to man.

These commandments were re-established and Jesus gave the fullest expression for compliance in these relationships (Mark 12:29-31).  The call for commitment which Jesus made in the New Covenant is, of course, even greater and fuller than the Old Covenant.  Only the Commandment concerning the Sabbath was not brought into the New Covenant.

We read in Col. 2:14-17 that Jesus Christ blotted out ordinances and nailed them to the cross, and that includes the old Sabbath day.  We are not to be judged on holy days and Sabbaths according to the Scripture.  In reality, one should worship the Lord every day.  It is not adequate to keep one day and not live for the Lord the other six; but worshiping the Lord on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is significant.


11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

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