The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 20:4–6)

This entry is part 55 of 58 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

John saw thrones, occupied perhaps by the all of the saints who joined Christ in His descent (Rev 20:4; cf. 19:7–8, 14; 1 Cor 6:2–3). Distinct from this group, John then saw beheaded martyrs who were resurrected to reign with Christ for 1,000 years (Rev 20:4). This “first resurrection” would be followed by the dead’s coming to life after the 1,000 years for the “second death” (Rev 20:5, 6, 14). The first resurrection brings to its participants blessing, perfected holiness, victory over the second death, eternal access to God as priests, and royalty by sharing Christ’s 1,000-year rule (Rev 20:6; cf. 3:21).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
20:4 Dan 7:9, 22, 27 Both John and Daniel see a scene with many thrones after which saints rule with Christ.
20:4 Dan 12:2 Some awake to everlasting life. Later, others wake to never-ending death.
20:6 Exod 19:6 Priests have access to God—a blessing limited to some in the OT but to all after Christ.

 A Parting Thought

Blessing, holiness, victory over death, access to God, and reigning with Christ—these are the blessings of those who overcome!

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