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Some people mistakenly assume that, when the apostle John wrote that he “was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day” (Revelation 1:10 Revelation 1:10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
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), he was worshipping on Sunday and experienced the vision on that day. But nowhere does the Bible define “Lord's Day” as the first day of the week. If this were referring to a day of the week, we would have to conclude that John meant the seventh day, since God calls that day His “holy day…the holy day of the LORD” (Isaiah 58:13 Isaiah 58:13If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
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). Jesus Christ said He was the “Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28 Mark 2:28Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
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), not some other day of the week (compare Isaiah 58:13 Isaiah 58:13If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
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).

However, the context of John's vision shows that he wasn't referring to a day of the week at all. Instead, he wrote that the vision transported him forward into that time the Bible elsewhere calls the “day of the LORD,” “day of the LORD Jesus Christ” and “day of Christ” (Jeremiah 46:10 Jeremiah 46:10For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
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; Zephaniah 1:14 Zephaniah 1:14The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
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; Acts 2:20 Acts 2:20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
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; 1 Corinthians 1:8 1 Corinthians 1:8Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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; 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14 2 Corinthians 1:14As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you also are our’s in the day of the Lord Jesus.
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; 1 Thessalonians 5:2 1 Thessalonians 5:2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
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; 2 Thessalonians 2:2 2 Thessalonians 2:2That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
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; 2 Peter 3:10 2 Peter 3:10But 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.
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).

These terms are not speaking of a specific 24-hour period. Instead, they refer to the end-time events surrounding the return of Jesus Christ, when He will personally and directly intervene in human affairs. Thus these terms indicate the end of the age of man's rule and the beginning of the age of Jesus Christ. This is the theme of the book of Revelation and “the Lord's Day” John saw in vision.

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