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Misconceptions regarding Revelation 20:5
Revelation 20:5 "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is (those of) the first resurrection".
The word IS is not in the original Greek and this verse is usually taken out of context, purporting to mean that the only ones raised from the dead before the end of the thousand years are the CHOSEN ONES: but let us examine the whole passage to determine exactly what this verse 5 actually means.
Revelation 20:4-6 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived (were given their new resurrection bodies) and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection (these sitting on the thrones are those of the first resurrection).
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years."
This time period is AFTER the resurrection of Israel back to mortal bodies, because the Elect are now taking their places on their thrones ready to bring the current inhabitants of the (being restored) planet back to God's way of life. The Devil has been bound Israel has been raised, and these blessed and holy are those who were called up in the first resurrection, and who have been in Heaven with our Lord receiving there rewards and authority. They have now returned to earth with Christ for the thousand years of peace and plenty; and are taking their places as rulers over the earth so referring to Revelation 20:5 of course no one else is going to be raised until the Great White Throne Judgment because ISRAEL and the CHOSEN ONES have ALREADY been raised albeit at different times.
Even learned expositors can be confounded by these simple time sequences (see Rev. Canon Charles: "An attempt to recover the Original Order of the text of Rev. 20:4 Rev. 22."); for in this particular order of verses the main objective is Rev. 21:9 where they say the seven vials have already been poured out back in Rev. chapter 16. However! John was receiving this vision nearly two thousand years ago; so even if the angels with the plagues had appeared to John whilst he was still writing the last verse in the Bible, those angels would still have had these vials full of plagues with them, because back then none of the vials would yet have been poured out.
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