The Lord's Day - Which Day is it?
Most people when they hear a reference to the Lord's Day will think of Sunday, the first day of the week. But is that correct? Biblically correct? Is Sunday actually the day the Bible is referring to?
Let's consider what scripture says about the day of the Lord - which day is it? Would it be fair to say that the Lord is the Lord of the Lord's Day? If it is His day, then He is the Lord of it. Does that sound right? We might refer to Bob and Sue's wedding day or we could say "the wedding day of Bob and Sue.
But the phrase "the Lord's Day doesn't actually identify which day it is - how do we find out? How about looking in the Lord's book? What we need is a Bible verse that includes the Lord and a specific day. Is there one? Yes, here is a very clear verse:
"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." (Mark 2:27-27)
If He is "Lord of the Sabbath" we can come to no other conclusion than that the Sabbath is the Lord's Day.
So we have evidence - a direct connection - to show that the Lord's Day is the Sabbath which is and always has been the seventh day of the week. So where is the same evidence that Sunday should be regarded as the Lord's Day? It's not in scripture. It is nothing but tradition based on unbiblical teaching.
There have been large rewards offered for any scriptural evidence of Sunday sacredness and they have never been collected. Let's look at this question in more detail.
The idea that Sunday is the Lord's Day exists only in tradition, in the minds of people who, for instance support the (misnamed) Lord's Day Alliance or similar organizations, who prefer custom and popularity to Bible truth.
Let's look at this question of the Sabbath and the Lord's Day from some other angles.
Jesus Did Not Change the Law
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matt 5:17-18)
Does fulfill mean do away with or destroy? If so, He is saying "I came not to destroy but to destroy."Christ is the End of the Law
Let's look at another verse that is sometimes used to try to do away with the Sabbath:
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." (Rom 10:4)
If the verse in Matthew had said "I am some to destroy the law" then we could understand this verse to be referring to the end as in the destruction of the law but that verse said "think not that I am some to destroy the law."
So is Paul saying Christ is the end as in termination or destruction of the law? How does the Bible use the word here translated as "end." The Greek word is "telos" from the word "tello" which refers to a definite point or goal. Here are some other Biblical uses of "telos."
"Receiving the end [destruction or goal?] of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." (1 Pet 1:9)
"Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end [destruction or goal?] of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." (James 5:11)
"Now the end [destruction or goal?] of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (1 Tim 1:5)
In the verses above, we can see that telos mean more like the goal of the law. It is certainly not speaking of the end as in the destruction of faith or the commandment or of the Lord Himself.
History Confirms the Change
This can be easily seen by investigating the history of the church over the last 2,000 years especially in the time of Emperor Constantine in the fourth century.
The Sabbath Will be Kept in the New Earth:
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." (Isa 66:22-23)
Mistranslations in the Bible
There have been mistranslations in the King James Version and many other (but not all) Bible versions. This is due to the fact that misunderstanding of the time of the Sabbath was already widespread when these versions were being made.
What does the Greek word "sabbaton" mean? It is a reference to the Sabbath. You may not be aware that every time the phrase "first day of the week" occurs in connection with Jesus' resurrection, the word "week" is used in the English in place of the word "sabbaton" in the original. The resurrection was really on the seventh-day Sabbath (the real Lord's Day), not Sunday (the day dedicated to sun worship).
My study (and book) In the Heart of the Earth gives details on the misinterpretation of "heart" and "earth" in the phrase "in the heart of the earth." This came about in an attempt to support the theory of a Sunday resurrection which is the claim made for the basis of Sunday sacredness.
An Attempt to Change the Law is Described in the Bible:
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." (Dan 7:25)
Satan is Behind this Change
Satan has conspired to, as far as He can, supplant God's position. This is very important to understand; that there is a great controversy going on between Christ and Satan; a war in heaven.
What evidence is there that Satan is trying to supplant God?
"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2 Thess 2:4)
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isa 14:14)
"If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." (Luke 4:7)
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? ... And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev 13:3,4,8)
"All the world wondered after he beast" - shows the great extent of deception that Satan is masterminding.
The Seal of God
The Sabbath is actually so important to God that He has tied it very closely to His seal.
An official seal contains of an authority includes the name, title, territory. For example:
Barack Obama, President, United States of America
The seal of God which includes all of the above is found right in the fourth of the Ten Commandments, the one that specifies the sacredness of the Sabbath, the true Lord's day.
"For in six days the LORD (name = Yahweh) made (title = creator) heaven and earth (territory = heaven and earth), the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exo 20:11)It is very strange that the Sabbath commandment, the one of the Ten Commandments that begins with the word "remember" is also the one most people, even most Christians are trying to forget.
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