One problem with that.....
Mathew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Did they come down from heaven so they could be in their bodies to resurrect?
David said the Lord would not suffer his soul to STAY in "hell".
Dear Cardinal, this is what David said:
Psa 16:10 For You shall not forsake my soul in the unseen; You shall not allow Your benign one to see corruption.
Though David said that, it was actually referring to Christ:
Act 2:27 For Thou wilt not be forsaking my soul in the unseen, Nor wilt Thou be giving Thy Benign One to be acquainted with decay."
because Peter said that David's tomb was still with them in Acts 2:29. So David was acquainted with decay but Christ was not. So the decaying of the soul has to do with the whole person in this instance.
No, no one was in heaven and came down to re-inhabit their bodies. The Bible clearly states:
Joh 3:13 And no one has ascended into heaven except He Who descends out of heaven, the Son of Mankind Who is in heaven."
And if you're going to say heaven wasn't "open" until Jesus died, then God is a respecter of persons, because Elijah and Moses were seen in glory with Him, after Elijah was seen going up in the whirlwind, which was the Spirit of Christ that caught him up. And then there's Enoch, who walked with God and was no more.
Dear Cardinal, when they saw Moses and Elijah and Jesus, it was a vision they all saw:
Mat 17:9 And, at their descending out of the mountain, Jesus directs them, saying, "Now you may tell no one of the vision
till the Son of Mankind may be roused from among the dead."
Here is an excellent article on Enoch and Elijahhttp://www.concordant.org/expohtml/GeneralExpositions/EnochAndElijah.html
I could go a lot deeper here, but suffice it to say, the Jews believed in a type of "purgatory" for a good reason. Blessings....
And maybe "they by their traditions made the word of God of none effect.