The Bible Answers Short Questions From Our Readers
Plain Truth Staff
Question: In the Bible I read that many arose from their graves at the time of Christ's resurrection (Matthew 27:52, 53). Who were these people? Are they alive today? Answer: A common conception, taken for granted by thousands, is that some of the prophets arose at Christ's resurrection are still alive, wandering somewhere on earth today. This is not what the Bible says! Notice the Scripture: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." Were these "saints" the Old Testament prophets and patriarchs? NO! Notice this. In Acts 2:29, some fifty days after the resurrection of Christ. Peter says that David - the beloved of the Lord, one of the patriarchs of the Old Testament - was still dead and buried in his grave. "The patriarch David," declared Peter, "is both dead and buried." If these were the Old Testament prophets and patriarchs, David would surely have been among those resurrected, for he was a direct type of Christ....
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