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The Lordís day

Revelation 1:10

The first Christians, including John, were Jews (from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). Jews keep one day each week, Saturday, as a special day for rest and prayer. Later, many people who were not Jews became Christians. The Christians who were Jews continued to keep Saturday as a special day; but they did not insist that other Christians should do this (Acts 15:5-21).

The Christians chose Sunday as the day for their main church meeting (1 Corinthians 16:2). Perhaps that was because Christian Jews would not walk far on Saturday (Acts 1:12); it was their day for rest.

Sunday seemed a good choice for a church meeting, because Christ rose from death on that day (John 20:1). So, they called it Ďthe Lordís dayí, that is, Christís day. Perhaps the Christians also liked the fact that they considered Sunday the first day in the week; they were giving the first day of the week to God.

Acts 20:7-12 describes one such meeting. It was probably not unusual for meetings to happen by night or to be very long.

John was unable to go to a church meeting on this Sunday; probably, there were no Christian churches on the island. Instead, he chose to pray alone. He knew that he did not have to be in a particular place to worship (give honour to) God (John 4:19-24). So, he prayed and the Holy Spirit came upon him.

Then John heard a voice that was like a trumpet. A trumpet is a loud musical instrument. So, the voice was loud, but beautiful.

John would hear this voice again in Revelation 4:1. It seems that this was the voice of an angel (a special servant of God). God had sent this angel to show John the things that he describes in his book.

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