But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
The manuscripts show the origin of resurrection:
anastasis, Greek 386, Strong’s
anastasis, an-as'-tas-is; from Greek 450 (anistemi); a standing up again, i.e. (literal) a resurrection from death (individual, genitive or by implication [its author]), or (figurative) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth) :- raised to life again, resurrection, rise from the dead, that should rise, rising again.
“Raised Again” is leaving the spiritually dead to join the “spiritually alive”; you are then raised in Christ. The better you understand this, the more likely you are to be “Raised Again” at the first resurrection. Those not participating in this resurrection must wait a thousand years. They then have the opportunity to be raised at the second resurrection.
Rev. 20:4 KJV tells you about the first resurrection:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: 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 worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Those taking part here are “spiritually alive” and spiritually speaking, all the rest are dead. God’s loyal servants are participating and you too are included, that is, if you do not have the mark of the beast.
Not having his (Satan’s) mark in your forehead means that your mind is sealed in Christ and not having his mark in your hand means that, physically, you are not doing the work of Satan.
Rev. 20:6 KJV gives you reason to be included in the first resurrection:
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The second death is the death of your soul; it occurs to all that fail to be raised at the second resurrection. It has no power over you because you were raised at the first resurrection. Having been judged there, you reign (teach) with Christ for a thousand years. This means that you can help your loved ones that have