I guess I have come to this question many times and never put a great deal of thought into it, but here we go... I was reading through the Gospel of Mathew and I got to the end of chapter 27 27:52 "The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised." This then for some reason made me think and connect with... John 12:32 " And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." Maybe this is a false connection, but it seems as if He is talking about lifting up all the saints with his death here in this passage of John.. So My question is what does the bible teach us about those who had been asleep before the death of Christ, are they literally dead and in a state of hibernation if you will until this point in which Christ has lifted them up to heaven as their substitution? The tricky part of all of this is where the final judgment comes into play, do people in heaven get pulled out of heaven in the future to be judged for good deeds? I understand that looking at it through our finite minds causes us to not fully understand but it is still a good time trying to think this through.