Q. My question has to do with those OT saints represented in Matt 27:52-53. Did they have resurrected bodies or were they like Jarius’ daughter and Lazarus in that they died again? If they had resurrected bodies, did they ascend when Jesus ascended into heaven? If not, what happened to them?
A. No mention is made of their disposition. The Scriptures say they appeared to many so they must have had some kind of physical presence. Were they simply restored to life like Lazarus and the others, only to die again? It’s possible but I don’t think so. They were the wave offering, a sample of the harvest, so logic says they had to be in the form of the rest of the harvest.
To that end they were either given a temporary physical presence like Moses and Elijah on the Mt. of Transfiguration, or they were and are in their permanent resurrection bodies. And like Jesus they ascended into Heaven. Certainly, had they remained on Earth, they would have taken major roles in the Early Church, but there’s no indication of this in Scripture.