This speculative study follows Pt.1 which was according to Daniel 12. I believe Jesus prophesied the same resurrection for many (not all) of the dead in the Land of Israel.
I presented the idea that Daniel was prophesying that many of the dead who were in the dust of the Land of Israel would arise at the end of the time which was the end of the age for physical Israel.
ACCORDING TO JESUS WORDS ~
Early in his ministry, Jesus said ~“Truly, truly, I say to you that an hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those having heard will live.” (John 5:25)
It seems that Jesus was declaring a resurrection of “those having heard” which could be “many” during an hour which Jesus said “now is” and…
28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.”
A later hour which he said “Is coming” in which “ALL who are in tombs” will be resurrected! The first verse describes: 1. An hour that was already there. 2. An apparent partial resurrection and v.28,29 describe: 1. A strictly future hour. 2. ALL the dead resurrected!
I believe Jesus was clearly referencing Daniel 12:1-2A but, not necessarily the last half of 12:2.
Only Matthew records these next few verses concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection. Maybe, it’s because Matthew was believed to have been the only account written specifically to the Jewish people. It was written first (around 49 A.D.) , probably in Hebrew or Aramiac and is the only account to include ~ ” 1The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:”
Matt.27 ~ “50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.”
There is much depth that I can’t attempt to unpack here. Consider how immediate the Way to the Holy of Holies was revealed when Jesus gave up His Spirit. Although tombs were opened and MANY dead bodies of SAINTS were raised; no one appeared until after Jesus rose from the dead!
Compare these two phrases ~ (Matt.27:52b) “and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised” and “2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake” (Daniel 12:2A)
IS it even possible that they are not the same event? It has never seemed so clear to me before now…
What if Jesus was referring to this “Resurrection” when he talked to Mary, before he raised Lazarus from the dead? “23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”
Jesus said “I AM THE RESURRECTION!” He didn’t simply say, “I bring resurrection” or I will give you resurrection” but He declared himself AS the resurrection!
In about 60 A.D., Peter declared that Jesus had descended to the realm of the dead (in the Spirit) ~
18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah…” (1 Peter 3)
5but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.” (1 Peter 4)