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 20:5

  • Don's comment is correct and incorrect. He is correct about the addition in the first part of v.5--the rest of the dead are resurrected at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ.
    His comment regarding there being no 1000 years in the future, because it has already happened, is incorrect. The 1000 year reign of Christ is marked by:
    1. Beast of Rev 13 being cast into Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20; Dan 7:11)
    2. 1st Resurrection of believing Saints (Dan 12:2-3; 1 Cor 15:50-55; 1 Thes 4:13-17; etc...)
    3. satan being put in prison (Rev 20:1-3; Isa 24:21-22)
    4. Saints judging during 1000 years (Rev 20:4-6; Ps 149)
    These are but a few examples of Scripture that say otherwise.
    Send Him back soon, Father.
    R
  • the first part of the verse is added and the 1000 years took place after christ was crucified
    there is no 1000 years to come

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