Revelation 1:10 Index
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet,"
Research Material

"I was in the Spirit..."

  • [John] became oblivious to the things of earth and aware only of the impressions conveyed to him by the Holy Spirit. Natural sense perception gave way completely to spiritual perception. (7BC 735)

"...on the Lord's Day..."

  • No biblical belief should be built on one text alone because that text can be looked at in several different ways. Such is the case with Revelation 1:10.... Some say John was in vision about the Second Coming of the Lord, others believe he saw a vision on Sunday, and still others believe he was in vision on the Sabbath. However, the only thing we can get out of this verse for sure is that the Lord has a day. What day was that? We must let the rest of the Scriptures clarify this matter.... Jesus said, in Mark 2:28 "Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Which day is the Sabbath? Exodus 20:10 answers that question: "But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God." John was a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Fourth Commandment, which says, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" Exodus 20:8. John also wrote, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments" 1 John 5:3. Without a doubt, John was in vision on the Sabbath, which would be natural, since God pours out a special blessing on the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:2). (KC 25)
  • ...The context [of] Revelation 1:9, 10 refers to the time when John was in vision... John gives his location, "the isle that is called Patmos" (Revelation 1:9); his reason for being there, "for the word of God" (Revelation 1:9); and his condition in vision, "in the Spirit." These phrases all have to do with the circumstances under which the vision was given, and it is logical to conclude that the fourth [phrase] does also, giving the specific time of the revelation.... Although this term "the Lord's Day" occurs frequently in the Church Fathers with the meaning of Sunday starting in the latter half of the 2nd century there is no support for such a translation in the Bible. (7BC 735)
  • ...the Scriptures nowhere identifies Sunday as having any religious connection with the Lord, repeatedly it recognizes that the seventh day, the Sabbath, is the Lord's special day. God is said to have blessed and sanctified the seventh day (Genesis 2:3); He declared it to be the memorial of His act of creation (Exodus 20:11); He called it specifically "my holy day" (Isaiah 2:28); and Jesus declared Himself to be "Lord also of the sabbath" (Mark 2:28) in he sense that as Lord of men, He was also Lord over that which was made for man, the Sabbath. Thus, when the phrase "Lord's day" is interpreted in accordance with evidence prior to and contemporary with John's time, it appears that there is only one day to which it can refer, and that is the seventh-day Sabbath. (6T 128; AA 581). (7BC 736)

"...heard behind me a great voice, as a trumpet."

  • Comparison with a trumpet indicates the intensity of the voice. (7BC 736)