According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Sunday worship came from an understanding of several scriptures.
The practice of meeting together on the first day of the week for the celebration of the Eucharist Sacrific is indicated in Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; in Apocalypse 1:10, it is called the Lord's Day. In the Didache (14) the injuction is fiven: "On the Lord's day come together and break bread. And give thanks (offer the Eucharist), after confessing your sins that your sacrifice may be pure". St. Ignatius (Ep. ad Magnes. ix) speaks of Christians as "no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which our Life rose again.: "
Most usually if someone is attempting to convince you of the authenticity of Sunday worship these scriptures are included in their defense.
Firstly, understand that the Bible is about to tell us that this understanding, is from Rome, not Jerusalem, it is therefore, Roman in nature and not necessarily Christ-like. If your denomination subscribes to this set of scriptures to mean that "The Lord's Day," is every Sunday that is where they got that understanding from, Rome!
Now let us explore!
darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible... Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord or hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger." Isaiah 13:10-13
You should really take time this week to read the entire 13th chapter of Isaiah; it gets deep.
Now to the verse in question:
Notice how it didn't say that John was in exile, or that he was in prison on Patmos. John was on the Island of Patmos to receive the word of God and to record what he saw in a book v. 11. Verse 10 is simply saying that physically John was on the isle of Patmos, but spiritually (his mind was projected) he was present on the Lord's Day or The Day of the Lord! Likely he was there because of the close proximity to the seven churches he would be writhing to.
Firstly, let us reason together saith the Lord, so I ask the question what significance does the day of the week have in the prophecy of the End Times? Anyone who has read the book of Revelation know that the events of only 1 chapter cannot happen in a 24-hour cycle.
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." Revelation 6:12-14
- To read the entire Catholic Encyclopedia entry on Sunday, click here.
- More Scriptures about the Day of The Lord