Revelation Chapter 1 verse 19 tells us all something interesting. Most people have been told and think the Revelation of Jesus Christ was written for a day in the future, i.e. the rapture, the great tribulation, and the coming of Jesus Christ. This verse shows us most of the Book of Revelation has already taken place.
REVELATION CHAPTER 1 VERSE 19
(KJV) Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast SEEN, and the things which ARE, and the things which shall be HEREAFTER;
(NIV) Revelation 1:19 “Write, therefore, what you have SEEN, what is NOW and what will take place LATER.
Question: John was instructed to write. Then John was told what to write. What exactly was John instructed by the Son of Man to write? So what is the Book of Revelation about?
The Book of Revelation is about things which John has seen, and the things happening at that time when John was alive 2000 years ago, and the things which will take place later.
What did we just learn?
I want to make sure we see the Book of Revelation is not about some future catastrophe. It’s about what John had already seen, i.e. the Son of Man; had happened at the time of John then, and what will happen.
Most people only think of the Revelation of Jesus Christ as things in the distant future when at least two-thirds of the Revelation are about what John already saw and things happening in John’s present. John’s present was two-thousand years ago.
You should underline, circle, and highlight Revelation 1:19 in your Bible so when someone or a preacher tells you the Book of Revelation says this will happen and that will happen, you can point out this verse and tell them, “No. Most of what the Book of Revelation talks about already happened.
This also helps us to lay out the book. The things which John has seen are chapters one through three. John saw the Son of Man and the seven churches.
The things which are would be chapters four through nineteen. These are events of the great tribulation. And, the things which shall be would be chapters twenty through twenty-two.
There are events in the Revelation which have not fully taken place. For example, the great white throne judgment, the resurrection, and lake of fire clearly have not taken place.
However, remember the primary concern of the Revelation are the things to “soon take place” (1:1) and must “come quickly” (22:12, 20).
Revelation 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I AM COMING SOON! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “YES, I AM COMING SOON.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
In fact, some things must happen soon enough so “they also which pierced him” will be alive to experience (1:7). Remember that verse?
Revelation 1:7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, EVEN THOSE WHO PIERCED HIM; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
Those who pierced Him would be, of course the Roman Empire, but only because the Jewish leaders left Pilate no way out. Pilate “washed his hands” of the matter (Mat 27:34). Both those “who pierced Him” have long gone. So who saw Jesus coming with the clouds?
The Revelation cannot be a book only for a generation millenniums away. It is about events John has seen, events happening when John was alive, and things hereafter.
Revelation Chapter 1 verse 19
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