Today's first reading Nov. 19


First reading is Rv 11:4-12. It switches from present tense, to future tense, to past tense. What gives?


What exactly troubles you about the reading? :confused:

It’s Revelation. Not meant to be read literally.


Just confusing. The Church is so particular and exact in the words it uses, I’m wondering what the reasoning is behind changing tenses.


It;s written much like a tone poem…very figurative language, lots of allegory, etc.
Here’s a helpful overview:


I believe that Revelation is intended to be relevant for us as Christians and our struggles with “the world” for all times past, present, and future. Thus, I would have to say that the use of all three verb tenses is not unusual.

May God bless you all! :slight_smile:


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