I know that's a silly question ,right? For some bible students and scholars there would seem to be confusion about this very topic. Let's read the passage that seems to spark such questions.
Was Revelation 20:4,5 speaking of Jesus Christ's Resurrection? Could it be that this was referring to a future event where the Church would be redeemed from the earth to live and reign with Christ in Heaven? Lets look at a few things to determine which is the case.
They are a few things that absolutely jump out at me in this Rev 20:4,5. First John the Apostle excludes himself from this crowd he sees. Notice the use of words such as they and them;"they sat upon them" and "judgement was given unto them" "souls of them" "they lived and reigned" We see clearly here that John knew he wasn't in this crowd God termed as The First Resurrection. Consider the fact that no one could get in Jesus until he was resurrected from the dead. Roman 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? This resurrection had to take place before the Church could really come into existence, we realized that while Jesus was here in a natural body he was gathering a church together, but he didn't purchase the church until he shed the blood to do so. Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. What does it take to be in Christ? You have to repent of your sins and be baptized into the spiritual body of Jesus Christ and that friends could not happen till the blood was shed for the remission of sins.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
It took the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for the Church to receive the Holy Ghost, and when that great day came in Acts 2nd Chapter Peter preached a sermon that day that converted 3,000 souls and he and the Apostles baptized the people their into the spiritual body of Christ. 1 Corinthian 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. The belief that this crowd here in Revelations 20:4,5 was the Church can not be sustained by the word of God. Notice that all were dead in the first resurrection contrary to Apostle Paul's writings in 1 Cor 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 he clearly states both living and dead saints will be in the resurrection at the Last Day. It took the first resurrection before the Church could receive life and be established. Read these next few passages about Jesus Christ being the first that would raise from the dead.
23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
If Jesus was to be the first that rose from the dead how could this not be The First Resurrection?
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
The bible is too plain to be mistaken about this. Jesus said in John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: It took Jesus Christ to bring about the first resurrection and it will take Jesus Christ to bring the Last and General Resurrection
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Jesus was not alone when he raised up from the dead and here in lies the confusion about this First Resurrection. He was the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
God had special men foreordained to be prophets and to come to this earth and prophesy specifically of Jesus's first coming, his suffering and his resurrection. He knew these men before he sent them here. You may say he knows all and he knew you before you were ever born. He did not know you like he did these men. Read
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Before he was ever formed in the womb God ordained this man to be a prophet. 2 Peter 2:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Holy Men of God, sent here like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hosea, Daniel, John the Baptist, Elijah, Elisha and many more sent here for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. What is that testimony? Notice Revelation 20:4 " I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, " Now lets read Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
What these men lost their lives for was the prophecy they had of the coming Son of God, the coming Church "The Daughter of Zion" and the coming of an Holy City "Heavenly Jerusalem" Like John The Baptist in Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. If God had anyone here holy before the blood was shed he had to send them here holy "John 1:6 "There was a man sent from God whose name was John"
They came here predestined to be prophets and called by God (Now many are called but few chosen) All he called of them he Justified them in what they did for him. He justified them then he Glorified them which is to be changed from mortal to immortality.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Read 1 Corinthians 15: 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
So however the scriptures say the Lord died and rose that is how it happened. These scriptures would have to have been written before Jesus came here for him to be able to fulfill them as Luke 24 has already said. So what did some of these scriptures say about this?
19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Men is more than one, together with my dead body tells me that is was going to be when Jesus also rose.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. For them to live in his sight he would have to be living first. That is why God said his Son would be the first that should rise (Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.)
Psalm 87 King James Version (KJV)
87 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
Notice he said the Lord shall count? There are two crowds Revelation talks about Revelation 7: 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; This crowd with out a number which represents the seed of Abraham, God said if we could count the sand or the stars then his seed could be counted. Revelation 14:1-5
14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Then this crowd he numbered or counted fulfilling Psalms 87. Here we see Jesus and the Prophets on top of God's Spiritual Zion.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. The dew from heaven that arose Jesus was the voice of God and then the 144,000 crowd which makes up the First Resurrection was raised by the Voice of the Son of God. Read Romans 14 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Fulfilling Hosea 6:2 "after two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. For them to live in his sight he would have to get up first.
Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
In closing for today I will leave you with this passage in Psalms 2nd Chapter. We will continue to discuss The First Resurrection next week.
Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
God set his King on top of that holy hill of Zion when the saying "Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee" was fulfilled. When did that happen?
Acts 13: 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
The day he raised Jesus from the Dead.