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Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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The rule over earth from Heaven seems less a metaphysical rule than God’s accomedation for those who have died in the faith. It allows for those who have died to share in the inheritance of the kingdom—God’s reign over the nations—that the living churches came to enjoy in history. Whether the resurrection to Heaven is literal or not (it certainly is in the case of Jesus), its purpose is to glorify and vindicate the martyrs before those who scoffed at them (Daniel 12:1-3). Something must happen that proves them right and their enemies wrong.