There is a very special phrase that occurs only once in the New Testament, and we find it here:
“ On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet…” Revelation 1:10
Entire doctrines and traditions have been built on three little words—“the Lord’s Day”—three little words that seem to stand alone.
But there must be a reason why John chose those words. In fact, it stands to reason that John would intentionally choose his words, that they would be linked somehow to what we should know and understand.
Perhaps we need to back up, then, and understand the world behind the man given Revelation.
Since we are immersed in our own culture, it is easy to (without thinking) transfer all of our thought processes, traditions, experiences and preconceptions on to the people we read about in the Biblical text. And while our human journey does contain commonality, there is very little commonality between the culture and language of the Bible and our western post-modern society.
If we were able to step back through time, which we are allowed to do in part through many of the amazing dramatic productions available to us, we would see a life and people much different from our everyday life. And the bedrock of this culture was the first five books of the Bible—the writings of Moses. Read the rest of this entry »