Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people plundered and despoiled;
All of them are trapped in caves,
Or are hidden away in prisons;
They have become a prey with none to deliver them,
And a spoil, with none to say, “Give them back!”
Who would go on God’s behalf to demand that the dead be given back to Him? Who could make such a demand? Only Jesus our Lord. He said to God’s enemies, “Give them back!” And they did!
As Paul said:
Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
And thus the dead were raised at the Second Coming of Christ (see chapters 7 and 8 of The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.