The Once and Future King

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David ruled over Israel and Judah from about 1008 to 968 B.C., yet God promises that David will once again rule as a resurrected king. God makes clear in several prophecies that David will rule over a restored kingdom of Israel and Judah after Christ's return (Jeremiah 30:9 Jeremiah 30:9But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them.
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; Ezekiel 34:23-24 Ezekiel 34:23-24 [23] And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. [24] And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
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; Hosea 3:5 Hosea 3:5Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
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The citizens of ancient Israel and Judah, defeated and carried away in captivity in 722 and 587 B.C., respectively, thought their hopes for national greatness had been dashed forever. But God has something else in mind.

God prophesies that these same people, though dead for thousands of years, will be resurrected to physical life and given the opportunity to mend their ways and rivalries under Jesus Christ's reign. He, in turn, will place them under King David's leadership.

"Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the stick of Joseph ... and the tribes of Israel, his companions ... and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand ... And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again ... David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant ... and My servant David shall be their prince forever" (Ezekiel 37:19 Ezekiel 37:19Say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.
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, 22, 24-25).

Jesus Christ will entrust a future combined union of Israel and Judah to a former king of Israel: David, a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22 Acts 13:22And when he had removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
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