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SO13; T5 - Today Is The Day Of The Lord

TOM404 - Revelation 1:9-12

John declared, "I came to be in Spirit in the Lord's Day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet."”(Rev. 1:10). Some have indicated that the Lord's Day refers to the first day of the week or the Sabbath. However, the Lord's day is never used in the Bible to refer to the first day of the week. Thus, the Lord's day, probably is referring to the day of the Lord, which is a familiar expression used in both the Old and New Testaments. To the people of John's day this phrase meant the day when the Lord would intervene to put his chosen people at the head of the nations.

The earliest use of this phrase is found in the prophecy of the prophet Amos. He declares this day results in judgment for the nation of Israel. (Amos 5:18-20). Other prophets declared that the Day of the Lord would come on individual nations as a punishment for their brutalities to God's chosen. (Isa. 13:4-9, 2:12, 34:8; Joel 1:15, 2:1, 11, 31, 3:14; Amos 5:20; Obadiah 1:15; Zeph. 1:7-8, 14, 18, 2:3; Zech. 14:1).

The prophet Malachi points to John the Baptist as one who will usher in the Day of the Lord for his generation. He prophesied, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (Mal. 4:5). Jesus confirms this when he speaks of John saying, "For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you will receive it, this is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear let him hear." (Matt. 11:13-15). After Jesus finished his work on Calvary the believers of his day continued to look for the Day of the Lord. (1Th. 5:2; 2Pe. 3:10). It was John, on the isle of Patmos, that first recognized the day was beginning to take place.

Blessings, Pamla

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