Rev 1:10, 11 "I was in the Spirit on the
Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a
trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and
the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and
send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto
Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto
Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and
have read and heard many thoughts as to what the "Lord's
day" has reference to. The most common idea is that it
has reference to the first day of the week or to the Old
Testament Sabbath Day (last day of the week). The
phrase, "Lord's day," is only found one time in the
scriptures. However, the word, "Lord's," is found
several times in the scriptures and is used as to
indicate that which the Lord owns and possesses. It
could be argued that everyday is the Lord's day, but
while the Lord is the cause of every day, yet the
phrase, "Lord's day," in v.10 indicates a specific day
and not just a general everyday. The key to that which
the Lord owns and possesses in v.10 is in the phrase "in
the Spirit." Anytime one of God's children is in the
Spirit it is the Lord's day! When we are in the Spirit
our time is being owned and possessed by the Lord.
Please note the following verses of scripture:
1. Acts 18:5 "And when Silas and Timotheus
were come from
Macedonia, Paul was
pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that
Jesus was Christ."
2. Acts 18:25 "This man was instructed in
the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he
spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord,
knowing only the baptism of John."
3. Acts 19:21 "After these things were
ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed
through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem,
saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome."
4. Acts 20:22 "And now, behold, I go bound
in the spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing
the things that shall befall me there:"
5. Rom. 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he
is none of his."
6. Gal. 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
7. Gal. 5:25 "If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit."
8. Eph. 6:18 "Praying always with all
prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
9. Col. 1:8 "Who also declared unto us
your love in the Spirit."
the above scriptures, whenever someone was in the spirit
the Lord possessed their thoughts and actions. This
certainly fits my experiences as at times such as when I
was meditating on the things of God or when I was trying
to preach or pray or sing praises to God, that God
possessed my thoughts and actions for that time that I
was in the spirit. Thus it is the Lord's day when we
are in the Spirit.
John said he heard a great voice. The word, "great,"
comes from the Greek word, "megas," meaning exceedingly
great. The Lord's voice is that great voice that John
heard. Psalms 29 is all about the voice of the Lord.
The Lord spoke in the beginning of time and immediately
what he commanded came to pass. Likewise, the Lord
speaks to that which is dead in trespasses and sins and
they that hear, live: John 5:25, "Verily, verily, I
say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the
dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they
that hear shall live." Likewise the Lord will speak
with his great voice in the end of time and those that
are in the graves shall come forth: John 6:28,
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the
which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto
the resurrection of damnation."
great voice of the Lord spoke at the giving of the law
covenant: Deu. 5:22 "These words the LORD spake unto
all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the
fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a
great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in
two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me."
trumpet is used in the scriptures primarily in the call
to assembly and for the journeying of the camps: Num.
10:1 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2
Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt
thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the
calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the
camps. 3 And when they shall blow with them, all
the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the
door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 4 And
if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes,
which are heads of the thousands of
Israel, shall gather
themselves unto thee.
5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on
the east parts shall go forward. 6 When ye blow an alarm
the second time, then the camps that lie on the south
side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm
for their journeys. 7 But when the congregation
is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall
not sound an alarm."
the things that John was to write was for the purpose of
giving to the people from the Lord's voice the
instructions for assembly for worship and instructions
for the journeying of the Lord's people in their
particular lives and the journeys of the Lord's
churches. The reference to Alpha and Omega reiterates
to us that God is both the initiator and completer of
the word of God: it is all his. The message was to go
out to all seven churches of
Asia. While it was to go to the
seven churches of Asia, it is for all the Lord's
churches in all ages.
Rev 1:12, 13
"And I turned to see the voice
that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden
candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven
candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with
a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with
a golden girdle."
verse 20 the seven golden candlesticks are defined for
us as the seven churches. Thus the golden candlestick
in the scriptures is a picture or representation of
God's church. In Ex. Chapter 25 the golden candlestick
is introduced to us as one of the pieces of furniture
found in the tabernacle. It had six branches and a main
stem. Within these seven branches or stem were seven
lamps. Each branch had three bowls made like unto
almonds and the main stem had four bowls. This was a
total of 22 bowls within the candlestick. Each bowl had
a knop and a flower. To trim and clean the lamps there
were tongs and snuffdishes. All the candlestick was
made out of beaten gold.
is the metal of royalty. The church is made up of
people who have been made kings unto God and over the
church is the King of kings. Beaten gold speaks to us
of suffering in the trials and afflictions of life, as
the scriptures teach us that we must thru much
tribulation enter into the kingdom of
God. The lamps give light in
the tabernacle. No man lighteth a candle and put it
under a bushel, but put it upon a candlestick that it
may give light unto all that are in the house. So it is
in God's church, the members of the church have been
lighted by Jesus Christ (John 1:9) and they are to let
their light so shine before men that they may see their
good works and glorify God. The church is also a place
of spiritual growth as denoted by the knops, flowers,
and almonds. Tongs bring out the wick so that the
candle will burn brighter and the snuffdishes are used
to remove the refuse from the wick. So it is that the
gospel reproves, rebukes, and instructs us in the
There are twenty two bowls and the bible number 22 is
associated with the subject of the word of God. Thus in
the church we feed from the word of God which provides
the oil for the lamp to burn brightly in the house.
saw one standing in the midst of the seven golden
candlesticks. Christ is described to as being in the
midst of several things:
18:20 "For where two or three
are gathered together in my name, there am I in the
midst of them."
2. Luke 2:46 "And it came to pass, that
after three days they found him in the temple, sitting
in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and
asking them questions."
3. Luke 24:36 "And as they thus spake,
Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto
them, Peace be unto you."
4. John 19:18 "Where they crucified him,
and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus
in the midst."
5. John 20:19 "Then the same day at
evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors
were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith
unto them, Peace be unto you."
6. Acts 2:22 "Ye men of Israel, hear
these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God
among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God
did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also
7. Heb. 2:12 "Saying, I will declare thy
name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I
sing praise unto thee."
8. Rev. 4:6 "And before the throne there
was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst
of the throne, and round about the throne, were four
beasts full of eyes before and behind."
9. Rev. 5:6 "And I beheld, and, lo, in
the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in
the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been
slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the
seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."
10. Rev. 7:17 "For the Lamb which is in
the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead
them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes."
From the above verses we can conclude that Christ is
situated in the midst of the church, in the midst of the
disciples, in the midst of the redemption of God's
elect, in the midst of the throne of God, in the midst
of the people, in the midst of the discussions of the
word of God, and in the midst of the church singing
praises. Thus Christ is not a bystander in the
activities of his people, but is an active and leading
participant in those activities.
saw the Son of man. There are many names given to the
Son of God in the scriptures. One of the names is the
Son of man. As the Son of man he is the representative
of the elect. He came to do for them what they could
not do for themselves. He came to keep the law unto
perfection and to redeem the elect from their sins by
being a perfect sacrifice for them.
was clothed with a garment down to the foot. That the
garment went down to the foot indicates that it was a
complete garment and a complete covering. This garment
is described to us in the following verses:
1. Matt. 17:2 "And was transfigured
before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his
raiment was white as the light."
2. Mark 9:2 "And after six days Jesus
taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth
them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and
he was transfigured before them. 3 And his
raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as
no fuller on earth can white them."
White being the bible color for righteousness, this
indicates that Christ was clothed completely with
was girt about the paps with a golden girdle. The
girdle for a soldier went about his loins as he went
forth to battle:
1. 2 Sam. 20:8 "When they were at the
great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them.
And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto
him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his
loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it
2. 1 Kings 2:5 "Moreover thou knowest
also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he
did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto
Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether,
whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and
put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his
loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet."
3. Is. 11:5 "And righteousness shall be
the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of
4. Eph. 6:14 "Stand therefore, having your
loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness;"
When the soldier returned victorious from battle then
the girdle was moved up to his breast to indicate he had
obtained the victory. This is evidenced by the
ordinance of the offering of the wave breast which is a
symbol of sacrificial victory. Thus the king thru
righteousness had gotten the victory over sin as a
representative of the elect.