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

  • Sharon
    We cannot begin to imagine how we have gone astray from god but to die is gain in Christ. We see how Satan that wicked adversary is roaming seeking who he will devour.Friends my question to you is where would you spend your eternity? Where death meet you judgment is there .So is your life hidden in Christ? I say to the whole world make your calling and election sure, find Jesus-quickly. Repent.
  • A disciple
    Celia; Christians are not mistaken about the symbolic name that God has given to that father of lies and adversary of all truth! God who made the serpent knows what is its nature, using that to describe the devil. It has been common knowledge from ancient times who is the Serpent! “And he laid hold on THE DRAGON, THAT OLD SERPENT, which is THE DEVIL, and SATAN, and bound him a thousand years,”
  • Katrina
    Souls we are to tell people about Jesus and what he did for them at Calvary he died for all so we wouldn't have to end up in a devil's hell he said who so ever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved not hopefully or maybe but shall believe on the Lord God , souls,souls Souls for the kingdom of God we are to tell others of him and pray also for souls
  • A disciple
    Dejvi Kadivnik; Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The Spirit said through David in Psalm 139:8 "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.." From God's vantage point in the heights He beholds all the children of men; and time is subject to eternity. So too your questions!
  • A disciple
    Ron; did you ever read closely Ezekiel 16; particularly the last 10 verses or so? There are a couple of very interesting things you may like. First, about Sodom; that most to this day only associate it with perversion and unrestrained lechery. But the way God describes her sins, it totally sounds like much of the modern world around us! Also, God plans to restore people to their former estate.
  • Ron
    Everything comes full circle, what God started in Eden will be fullfilled. It appears that People will be born in eternity. Note, there are millions of flesh and blood survivors on earth at vs 8-10 that do not die. All the Jews survive and I assume a remnant of gentiles. Thus you have Rev. 21:24-26 and Rev. 22:2 - the Tree of Life. satan's stunt in Genesis was only a temporary road block for God.

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