Matthew 28:51, 52, 53, 54
And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
There were two veils; one at the entrance of the Holy Place and the other between this and the Holy of Holies, into which the high priest alone went once a year to atone for the sins of the people [Heb. 9:2-9].
They were 60 ft high from the ceiling to the floor.
The rending of the veil signified that the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles was broken down [Eph. 2:14-18] and that each believer now could have personal access to God [Heb. 9:8; Heb. 10:19-23].
These bodies made part of the multitude of captives Christ captured from Satan in the underworld of departed spirits and which He took captive with Him when He ascended on high [Eph. 4:8-10; Heb. 2:14-15].
Now when Christians die they no longer go into the lower parts of the earth held captive by the devil against their will, but go to heaven to await the resurrection of the body [2 Cor. 5:8; Phill. 1:21-24; Rev. 6:9-11; Heb. 12:22]. The wicked continue to go to hell to await their resurrection [Lk. 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15].
They could not have come out before for Christ was to be resurrected first and enter into immortality in a human body [1 Cor. 15:20-23; Rev. 1:5; Lk. 24:39].
[V 54] : Not “a” but “THE SON OF GOD” in a sense no other man ever was or ever will be – the only begotten Son [Jn. 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; Col. 1:15-18]. He was actually begotten; we are adopted [Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5].
– Dake A.R.B. – Page 33