The Apostles Could Not Have Created the Lord’s Day

(John 4:24; Galatians 4:9-11; Revelation 1:10; 2:9; 3:9)

The Greek text of Revelation 1:10 tells us that John was “in Spirit in the Lord’s Day.” He was not “in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day,” as we read in all English translations. He was taken in Spirit into the future.

In Greek, one is “in a day” and not “on a day, and many believe that the “Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 described a weekly meeting time established by the apostles. They cite the fact that the church came together to break bread on Saturday night in Acts 20:7, and they cite Paul’s instruction to set aside offerings on the first day of the week in 1 Corinthians 16:2. But neither of these verses provide evidence of a special weekly meeting. Acts 2:46 tells us that the early church met daily to break bread, and the setting aside of offerings on the first day of the week was a practice from the Old Testament.

The apostles could not possibly have created a religious day for worship. Jesus told us that the Father is seeking true worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and truth, “neither in Jerusalem nor on this mountain”1John 4:24 —not according to a time or place, which Paul called worship, according to “the elementary principles of this world.”2Colossians 2:8 Paul asked the Galatians, “How is it that you have come to know God … but return to the weak and worthless elemental things? … You observe days, and months, and seasons and years. I fear for you that perhaps I labored for you in vain.”3Galatians 4:9-11 Paul admonished the Galatians not to observe religious days with the Jews, saying, “If anyone brings you another Gospel, let him be eternally condemned.”4Galatians 1:8-9 Jesus called those who say they are Jews but are not “a synagogue of Satan.”5Rev 2:9; 3:9

After Jesus was made the Lord in the New Testament, the apostles used the expression “Day of the Lord” to refer to the day of Christ’s return. The apostle John used the expression “Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 to signify the Day of God—the Day when God becomes the Lord again.