Revelation 20:5

“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the rest of the dead liued not againe vntill the thousand yeeres were finished. This is the first resurrection.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead.
- Basic English Bible

the rest of the dead did not live till the thousand years had been completed. This [is] the first resurrection.
- Darby Bible

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
- Webster's Bible

No one else who was dead rose to Life until the thousand years were at an end. This is the First Resurrection.
- Weymouth Bible

The rest of the dead didn't live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
- World English Bible

Othere of deed men lyueden not, til a thousynde yeeris ben endid. This is the first ayen risynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the rest of the dead did not live again till the thousand years may be finished; this [is] the first rising again.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:5


20:5 The rest of the dead lived not till the thousand years - Mentioned, verse #4|. Were ended - The thousand years during which Satan is bound both begin and end much sooner. The small time, and the second thousand years, begin at the same point, immediately after the first thousand. But neither the beginning of the first nor of the second thousand will be known to the men upon earth, as both the imprisonment of Satan and his loosing are transacted in the invisible world. By observing these two distinct thousand years, many difficulties are avoided. There is room enough for the fulfilling of all the prophecies, and those which before seemed to clash are reconciled; particularly those which speak, on the one hand, of a most flourishing state of the church as yet to come; and, on the other, of the fatal security of men in the last days of the world.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:5


Re 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not. If "the souls of the martyrs" live again spiritually and morally upon the earth in the millennial period, as I have explained, then this statement is to be explained in harmony (see PNT "Re 20:4"). The rest of the "dead lived not" until the thousand years were finished. Until the end of the thousand years. The sublime faith of the martyrs pervades the saints during this period, and other men, wicked or less noble, sleep in silence, unseen and unknown, without influence upon the earth, until the millennial period is ended. They have no part of the first resurrection, of the spirits of the martyrs.

Discussion for Revelation 20

  • A disciple
    Verse 4 - "..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 worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands.." We tend to think of the 'end times' as something obscure in the future; but this 'war' has been in the world since Cain, and Nimrod. The "Mark" is spiritual!
  • Dejvi Kadivnik
    To A disciple: I apologize if you perceived me and my comment as superior or pseudo-intellectual. That was not my intention. However, I stand by my statement, which is based on research of the Scripture. If you have any specific criticism regarding my statement, backed up by an actual Bible citation, which undermines my statement, please provide it.
  • Lu2677
    Tormented for ever, Rev.20:10,Rev. 14:10,in the presence of the Lamb. Lamb=Lamb of God=Jesus=God.His cup of indignation will be poured out,where your worm does not die. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.Interesting how He shows mercy by warning us,He warned people when he was on earth in the flesh,he warns us by way of His word; those of us that know the truth,yet most are not afraid.
  • A disciple
    Dejvi Kadivnik; You have to ask yourself, Why do you set yourself to oppose and contradict the Word of God? And what do you hope will be the end of your pseudo-intellectualism and debating over perceived meanings in words? Who ever was able to stand in defiance to God, and not been made a universal show of folly and wickedness? As much as you might be puffed up in your own thoughts of superiority!
  • Dejvi Kadivnik
    To Will's comment from 9/27/2015 (part 2):
    It follows that if men in the lake of fire are tormented in the presence of the Lamb forever, they are FOREVER in HIS PRESENCE, not separated from him. So death can not be separation eternal consious torment in the presence of the Lamb, it can only be consious torment until total destruction in the presence of the Lamb, followed by separation (being dead)
  • Dejvi Kadivnik
    To Will's comment from 9 27 2015 part 1 : Death always meaning separation does not make sence in the light of Revelation 14:10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: ... to be continued

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