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David, Future King Of Israel
King David was a key figure in the Israelite monarchy (see the Fact Finder question below). As we will explain, regarding the "dry bones" prophecy, the Israelites' statement to David, "we are thy bone and thy flesh," was most prophetic.
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
"And David my servant shall be king over them ... and my servant David shall be their prince for ever"
The death of King David, as recorded in 1 Kings:
"2:10 So David slept [see What Happens When You Die?] with his fathers, and was buried in The City of David.
And as recorded in 1 Chronicles:
"29:26 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 29:27 And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.
What happened to David when he died? According to the Word of God, he is dead, in his grave.
"2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried [see Sheol and Hades], and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." (Acts 2:29 KJV)
According to the Word of Jesus Christ, spoken centuries after David's death, no one has "gone to heaven," except Christ.
"3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (Matthew 3:13 KJV)
But David is going to be resurrected, along with all of the people of God who have ever lived (including those alive that day who will be transformed to spirit; see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?), on the day of Christ's return:
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
The Kingdom of God, on earth, will begin from the day of Christ's return. And what of David? What will he be doing after he is resurrected? He will be king, under Christ (Who will be King over all of humanity), over the part of humanity that was Israelite. David will be given charge of the people of the "dry bones" (see notes for Ezekiel 37) resurrection: "And David my servant shall be king over them ... and my servant David shall be their prince for ever."
"37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:11-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: How did the Israelite monarchy, that began with David ruling only over the people of Israel, develop toward Christ, the King of all of humanity?