The House of David

2 Samuel 7:4-5 - And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

This chart reveals the royal lineage of King David through to the Fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC.

List of the Royal House of David
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The Kings of Judah reigned from 922 BC - 586 BC. 8 of them served the LORD and the rest were evil.
Exact dates are uncertain and may vary

History of the Kings from David to Zedekiah.

After King Saul's death, David was proclaimed king of Judah at Hebron, and after the murder of Saul's son Ishbosheth, David was crowned king by the tribes of Israel. David extended his kingdom north, south, east, and west. His son Solomon brought the Kingdom of Israel to its greatest extent to the point that it became a world power like Assyria and Egypt. After the death of Solomon there was a division in the kingdom and 10 tribes formed the northern kingdom of Israel, and 2 tribes formed the southern kingdom of Judah. None of the northen kings served the LORD, and only 8 of the southern kings served Him. Josiah was the last king who served the LORD mentioned in the Old Testament. After Josiah reigned there was no hope for Judah, the remaining kings were evil. The Babylonians came and captured Jerusalem in 597 BC. A second attack led to Jerusalem's second defeat in 586 BC. Captives from both campaigns were taken to Babylonia to mark the captivity of the Southern Kingdom.

2 Kings 17:13 - Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

The Messiah (Son of David)

Read: 2 Samuel 7 and Jeremiah 23:5-6

2 Samuel 7:12 - And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

King David had conquered his enemies and became a powerful king. He had the Ark of the Covenant brought to his palace in Jerusalem, and it was at this time that the Bible records David's desire to build God a house in 2 Samuel 7. The LORD honored David for this idea, but instead the LORD told David through the prophet Nathan that He would build David a house out of his "bowels" meaning through one of his descendants. God's promise was that through the loins of King David one of his seed would establish a kingdom that would never pass away.

This promise of a Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus was the seed of David, and many referred to him as the "Son of David" and worshiped Him. The genealogy in Matthew begins with David and traces his descendants to "Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ." The angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her that the LORD would give her Son "the throne of her father David." Paul the apostle also confirms this saying that Jesus "was made of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3). The book of Revelation also refers to Jesus as "the root and the offspring of David" (Revelation 22:16).

The great mystery in the New Testament is that the Messiah, the Son of David would first come as the Savior who would die, and would later return a second time as King to set up His kingdom. The New Testament begins the story of the birth of Jesus with shepherds out in the wilderness watching their flock by night, and suddenly the glory of the Lord shone around them and the angel appeared saying, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." The Messiah coming as Savior to die was revealed to Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets, but the full mystery of the first and second coming of the Messiah was revealed in the New Testament.

Revelation 19:11-16 - And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS..