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

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All good thoughts. You’re ranging well beyond the scope of the New Testament narrative, obviously, but it’s good to bring real historical possibilities into view.

I agree that there has to be a degree of historical plausibility to the interpretation of biblical prophecy, but if Jesus allowed his followers to hope for a restoration of Israel, when they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes, surely we have to factor into the ongoing story a significant failure of hope—even if over time it was transmuted into something else.