Then I saw thrones, and people took their seats on them, and judgment was given in their favor.a They were the ones who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and God's word, and those who hadn't worshipped the beast or its image, who hadn't received the mark on their forehead or hand. They came to life and ruled with Christ for one thousand years.
The rest of the dead didn't come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection.
Favored and holy are those who have a share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will rule with him for one thousand years.