Salvation

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It appears that Rev. 20:4 takes place after Armageddon, therefore this couldn't be the rapture according to your view. But aren't the rapture and the resurrection the same?

The scripture you are referring to is:

Reve 20:4 (NIV) I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 
5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 
6 Blessed and holy are those who have part 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. 
Rev 20:4 (NIV) I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who have part 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. 

There are three groups of people in this passage. 1) Those who were seated on thrones and given authority to judge, 2) Those who were martyred for their testimony for Christ, and 3) the "rest of the dead" who are subject to the second death. Those seated on the thrones and given authority are the raptured saints. The martyrs are brought back to life and these two groups are called the first resurrection.  The rapture happens sometime before this but the martyrs are not brought back to life until this point.  The point of verse 6 is that those raptured and those martyred will no longer be subject to the possibility of going to hell.

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