A question has come up regarding the Rapture. When those in Christ asleep in their graves are joined with the living in the sky, are the graves and caskets physically opened, or do these Christians just obtain new glorified bodies when summoned?
Dr. Leonard Schlup
Matthew 28:2 the Lord Jesus is resurrected and first of all the angels came and rolled away the stone so the grave would be open for His Resurrection. Then again, when Lazarus had died Jesus went to visit Mary and Martha, the sisters and Jesus wept – John 11:35 even though He knew He was going to raise him from the dead. But before He raised him from the dead, He told those around to roll away the stone – pick it up – make it open. And what happened then? He said “Lazarus come forth!” if he had just said “come forth” the whole graveyard would have appeared, but it was just Lazarus. And then in Matthew 27:52 after Jesus’ resurrection, the graves were opened and a number of believers rose from the dead as a picture of the Rapture and all of them of course received glorified bodies.