1. Revelation 21:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does the word “saw” imply?

Revelation 21:1 (ESV)

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

John was permitted to see what God had determined would happen at some time in John’s future. Seeing tomorrow’s reality early was meant to encourage John (and his readers) in the face of current difficulties.