The much-quoted and read “Day of the Lord” is one of the extensive deceptive works of the Roman Catholic Church. By no means does this day have anything to do with Sunday. The Bible gives unmistakable and clear information here.
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One of the numerous provoked misunderstandings of the gospel is the everyday term “the day of the Lord” or “Lord’s day”. This obviously means the Sunday on which all Catholic and Protestant believers should appear for the service. But a look at the Bible shows a completely different meaning for the “Lord’s Day”. Determining the “Day of the Lord” as a “holy Sunday” is once again one of the countless little confusions since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church.
Detailed evidence, some from ancient sources, about the early Church of Rome’s own life in relation to the pagan sun cult can be read here.
The Bible only provides information in one place that the “Day of the Lord” also refers to a specific day of the week. This is the case in Isaiah 58:13. However, it is not Sunday (“sun day”) as propagated by the Catholic and Protestant Church, but the Sabbath, i.e. the 7th day of the week and that is Saturday according to our calendar.
The fact that this unequivocal verse could become directly “uncomfortable” for the Church of Rome and the daughter churches that have already returned is shown by the verse changes in the more recent editions of the Bible. In the modern Bibles, the text has been rearranged or reformulated to such an extent that there is no connection between the “Day of the Lord” and the Sabbath.
In the Bible translations, which are based on the textus receptus, the “Day of the Lord” is still clearly in the context of the Sabbath.
Schlachter 2000 (German bible)
If you hold back your foot on the Sabbath, from doing what pleases you on my holy day; if you call the Sabbath your delight, and the holy [day] of the Lord honorable; if you honor him, so that you do not go about your business, nor minister your business, nor speak idle words;
In contrast to Luther 1912, the Luther 2017 is already based on the “scientific” Nestle-Aland basic text, but here the Sabbath is still clearly connected to the “Day of the Lord”.
If you turn back your foot on the Sabbath, and do not go about your business on my holy day, and call the Sabbath delight, and the Lord’s holy day Honored; if you honor him by not going about your walks and not conducting your business and talking idle chatter,
Another textus receputs variant is the German Elberfelder. “The day of the Lord” here also refers to the Sabbath.
If you keep your foot from the sabbath from conducting your business on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight and the holy ⟨day⟩ of the LORD honorable, and ⟨if you⟩ honor it, so that you do not go about your walks, your business follow and speak ⟨vain⟩ words
The English King James Version is based on textus receptus and therefore also correctly linked the “Lord’s Day” to the Sabbath.
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
The following Bible editions are all German editions (translated into English) each using the Nestle-Aland basic text. There is talk of a Sabbath, but this is no longer related to the “Day of the Lord”.
Einheitsübersetzung 2016 (“Unit Translation 2016”)
If you hold back your foot on the sabbath, / to do your business on my holy day, if you call the sabbath a delight, / holy to the LORD, most honored, if you honor him without walking / and without dedicating yourself to business and to say many words
Gute Nachrichten 2018 (“Good news 2018”)
The LORD says: ‘Respect the Sabbath as a holy day, which is mine. Do not dishonor him by pursuing your occupations. Don’t profane him by traveling or by work or any business. Do not regard it as a burden, but as an occasion for joy!
Hoffnung für Alle (“Hope for all”)
Respect the Sabbath as a day dedicated to me and on which you do not transact business! Let it be a holiday for you to look forward to. Don’t profane him by your work, business, or idle chatter! Rather, respect it as a day that belongs to me, the LORD.
The designation “Lord’s Day” in connection with the Sabbath seems like an exception even in the Bible. This term occurs much more frequently in the Holy Scriptures and all other passages have in common that “the day of the Lord” does not even describe a day of the week, let alone Sunday, but the so-called Judgment Day. The day of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the devastation that will accompany it. “The day of the Lord” is by no means Sunday, but the day of Jesus’ return!
The following verses are all from the King James Version (textus receptus). Not one verse in the context of “Day of the Lord” refers to any day of the week.
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.!
For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. kommt.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.
1 Corinthians 5:5:
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:14:
As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:2:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
2 Peter 3:10:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
You can see it clearly: The relation of the “Day of the Lord” to Sunday is one of the usual deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately, this thesis has also been adopted by the Protestant churches. But with regard to the already almost complete degeneration of these former evangelical institutions, there is in fact no difference at all.
The “miraculous transformation” of the Lord’s Day occurred very early in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Already the Bishop of Antioch, Ignatius of Antioch, spoke in one of his letters of the “Lord’s Day” in connection with the solar day (Sunday). The lifetime of Ignatius is not entirely clear. While some scholars place his work in the area of 110 AD. date, others place it around the area of 160 AD. Today, Ignatius is venerated as a “saint” by both the Roman and the Orthodox Catholic Church.
Another early “Church Father” was the “Holy Martyr Justin” (AD 110-165). In his work “First Apology” he wrote in chapter 67:
“And afterwards we continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things with which we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we said before, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration.“
You can see that the “Day of the Lord”, which in reality means the day of judgment or the return of Jesus, was defined very early on by the idiosyncratic Church of Rome as Sunday, the “day of the sun” in honor of the secret of “Sun God” worshiped in this church. Thus, this term “Lord’s Day or Day of the Lord” received a completely wrong meaning.
The Roman Catholic Church carried out the next deception soon after the through-ball of Emperor Constantine, who died in 321 AD. set Sunday as a “holiday” in honor of the sunny day. The Sabbath (7th day of the week), which is strongly emphasized in the Bible, was simply moved to Sunday by the Church of Rome as a “holy day”..
Since then, Sunday has been considered the “Lord’s Day” (1st day of the week, Sunday), on which church services are also to be held. The Sabbath prescribed by the Bible, i.e. the 7th day of the week (Saturday), was simply declared a “Jewish holiday”, which Christians no longer had to observe. It is the Church of Rome itself that recognizes the biblical Sabbath as fully biblically valid, but simply ignores this and puts its own teachings into the world.
In order to complete the provoked confusion about “Lord’s Day”, “Sunday”, “Sabbath”, Sunday has recently been referred to as the “Sabbath”. However, you can read here how the (real) Sabbath to be observed is actually ordered and to whom it applies.
The biblical “Day of the Lord” refers almost exclusively to the time of Jesus Christ’s return, i.e. the so-called Judgment Day. With only one exception, the “Day of the Lord” refers to the Sabbath.
The biblical “Day of the Lord” never refers to Sunday in the Bible
The Biblical Sabbath is the 7th day of the week (Saturday)
Nowhere in the Bible is the sanctification of Sunday (1st day) prescribed, but the Sabbath (Saturday, 7th day) is still binding.