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Andrew,

I made a mistake in my previous post regarding Rev. 20:5 that I'm sure confused the issue.  Given the other typos, I obviously didn't do a very good job proofreading it.  What I meant to say was that Rev. 20:5a likely shouldn't be in the passage.  Removing that section would give you the following:

Revelation 20:4-6 (NKJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.   5 This is the first [or better] resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first [or better] resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Regarding the comparison to Daniel, I think the following comparison is compelling (it assumes that v.7-10 are parenthetical and is adapted from Duncan's paper on the topic, though not identical):

Daniel 7:9-11
As I watched, [A] thrones were set in place and [B] an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing white as snow and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. [C] A thousand thousands served him and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. [D] The court sat in judgment and the [E] books were opened. I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the [little] horn was speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.

Revelation 20:4, 11-12
Then [A] I saw thrones, and [D] those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.  11 Then I saw [B] a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them.  12 And I saw [C] the dead, great and small standing before the throne, and [E] books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books.

I hope that clears up my point.

Doug

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