Below is an excerpt from my book The Phases Reveleation, Chapter 17: The 7th Seal. My interpretation below is in my Index along with further assessments on the meaning of the 1000 years as not meaning years but a timeless state descending upon the earth in gradual manners. Please enjoy and ask me any questions you may have:
The mystery of the vision. The following wording of verses 4 and 5 is fashioned as such by the Holy Spirit because, as the entire Book of Revelation is also, it is in vision form or dream like format and the essential distortion is necessary to maintain this period as a thousand years. In other words, it is the Holy Spirits way of saying, “I’m not going to tell you”; just as Christ chose a parable rather than the telling of the day of His return. It is the visions way of not revealing specific times by way of distorting the picture. We can all maybe recall a dream with such images. This is the mystery of the vision or dream-like spiritual experience to depict an image or period as fuzzy (like a “surprise”) to the eyes or ears and senses of the person experiencing this. If it is announced, as it is written in Revelation 20, as 1000 or mill annus, in other words it is a time not for you to write down. It is known by our innermost nature where God and the Holy Spirit reside, that this should be distorted given its significance per our sake and fate.
Having said the latter, let us now look at verses 4 and 5: “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast…. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who 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 reign with him for a thousand years.” The first resurrection is the many inspired into priestly duty. The “they” indicates that these are a special type of person or a group of people who will be resurrected, in contrast to the “rest of the dead”. In other words, they will be awakened, or “came to life”, and “they will be priests”.
The first resurrection is the many men who will be inspired to become priests during the time of the Witnesses proclamation and will continue the proclaiming during the second half of the tribulation. They will hear the calling of these great men, of who courageously died and were resurrected. If you recall Satan was “seized” with chains in verse 2 or the spirit of Satan is lifted. The seizing and subduing of the spirit of evil is carried out because we may hear the calling of God during the first half of the tribulation when the witnesses proclaim God’s message. God’s calling will awaken those who are written in the Book of Life. By JRCarrillo author of: The Phases of Revelation