- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:19
The first readers of Matthew’s gospel were predominantly Jewish, many living in Jerusalem. Matthew wrote to show that Jesus of Nazareth fulfills the Old Testament prophecies. Many of these Jews likely lived in Jerusalem. They may have been aware of the appearance of these "many saints" and Matthew includes this in his gospel to reinforce the remarkable character of the Lord’s death and resurrection.
Matthew is a "dispensational gospel." It focuses on the coming millennial kingdom. For that reason, the Rapture is not likely in view in this event.
Very few New Testament events are types. Some events give us pictures of God’s ways and plans.
That said, the likelihood is that Matthew is presenting a picture of the resurrection of Old Testament saints rather than the rapture of New Testament saints.