The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1832 Rev. kc 2-2

Today you will read what happens on the day of the Lord,
so don't listen to this "it happened on Sunday" stuff anymore!

Let's continue. Christ is speaking.

Rev. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Alpha and Omega are the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet giving the analogy of completeness, from the beginning unto the end. And of course Jesus Christ is Lord Eternal, of all time, i.e. the Lord of the "Present" earth age, in which we now live,the "Past" earth age, the world that then was (2 Pet 3:6) which perished at judgment (Gen 1:2), and the "Future" earth age to come.

And did you know, that in all that expanse of time, the Lord is the same?

The apostle Paul explains:

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
John now lets us know that he is a team player, our brother and companion (partner), and not some "super preacher" high-up on a pedestal. As with all true servants of God he gives all the credit and all the glory to Him, the Alpha and Omega who makes it all possible.
Rev. 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Partner in tribulation? You mean we're going to have tribulation? But I want to be "saved", saved from pain and the horrible things I think the spurious christ (many Christian preachers wrongly call him anti-christ, but the Bible doesn't) is going to do to people when he gets here! I want to be "whisked" out of here like preacher "X" said. Give me rapture, not tribulation!

Silly Christian, salvation is spiritual, of the soul, not of the flesh!

So we see John, the Christian realist, who knew there was no "easy ride", imprisoned or exiled to the isle of Patmos for preaching and teaching God's Word. Hey, that's better than the bloody beating Paul took on Mars Hill. When the going gets a little rough, just remember the crucifixion of our Lord.

[Rev. 1:10] I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
What does it mean that John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day? What's the Lord's day?

Remember we discussed in the first study how that one should read and study the entire Word of God?  Well, here is an example of a verse that a student of the Bible would immediately understand. The "day of the Lord" is spoken of in Isaiah 2, 2 Peter, 1 Thessalonians, etc., and is a time yet future, beginning with the first day of the millennium, the day the Lord returns, His day, the Lord's day.

If you're not familiar with God's Word you may be unprotected and susceptible to listening to the unlearned tell you that it's now Sunday on the isle of Patmos!

But know this well. The understanding of verse 10 is extremely important in order to know the time frame of the Book of Revelation. The Lord's day is where John was taken when he saw the visions.

Let's look at a few verses concerning the day of the Lord. Paul talks about Christ's return, the day of the Lord, in 1 Thes. 5:2.

1 Thes. 5:2
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Do Sunday's sneak up on you like a thief in the night?

Do they take you by surprise?

If they do there's a new thing out now called a "calendar" which will let you know when they are coming.

Christ's return will only come as a thief in the night to those who aren't watching (which is the majority of Christianity), to those who do not have the seal of God, His word, in their foreheads.

God's children, His servants to whom the Book of Revelation is addressed, have the solar calendar, if you will, i.e. the calendar of events in the order in which they occur.

1 Thes. 5:4-6
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
What happens before and the day Jesus Christ returns is REVEALED in this Book of Revelation.

Stay with us and you'll soon know, too!

Peter also discusses the day of the Lord in his second book.

2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
So the Lord's Day will be 1000 years commencing at Christ's return. We call it the Mllennium, which means a thousand. It is His Sabbath, the day of rest, the 7th day.
[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

[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.

You just read what happens on the day of the Lord, so don't listen to this "it happened on Sunday" stuff anymore!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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