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Revelation 1:19

ESV Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.
NIV Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
NASB Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.
CSB Therefore write what you have seen, what is, and what will take place after this.
NLT Write down what you have seen — both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen.
KJV Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

What does Revelation 1:19 mean?

In this verse we learn that Jesus instructed John to write what he had seen, the things that are, and those that are still future. The things that John had seen comprise an account of John's experience at Patmos when Jesus appeared to him. The letters to the seven churches that were located in Asia comprise the "things that are." The rest of the book of Revelation comprises the things that are to take place after this.

These three components provide a good working outline of the book of Revelation. Chapter 1 includes the things John saw to introduce his writing. Chapters 2 and 3 include the things that are. Chapters 4—22 describe the things which are yet to take place. Although there are divisions in each of these main parts of Revelation, the threefold outline provides a well-organized basis for studying the book of Revelation. Although no specific dates are given for the events described in Revelation 4—22, we gain a broad awareness of what lies ahead for humanity and the earth.
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