Bible passage: 2 Samuel 7:16
Written: Samuel lived about 3,000 years ago
This Bible prophecy, and a few others, say that King David's descendants would have an eternal hold on the throne of Israel.
David was king of the land of Israel about 3,000 years ago. He was the first king from his tribe and his descendants ruled over all or part of the land of Israel for about 400 years. But, as explained in the book, 100 Fulfilled Bible Prophecies, the Davidic line of kings ceased temporarily about 400 years after David's lifetime, it was resumed again about 600 years later with the birth of Christ:
"The succession of reigning Davidic kings came to a temporary end after the Babylonians had conquered Jerusalem and the surrounding area, about 2,600 years ago.
Then, about 2,000 years ago, Jesus became the final person recorded in the Bible as being a king of Davidic descent. Jesus is recorded in Matthew 1:1-17 as being a descendant of King David through Jesus' adoptive father, Joseph. And, in Luke 3:23-38, Jesus also is recorded as being a descendant of King David. Some scholars believe that the genealogy provided by Luke traces Jesus' ancestry through his mother, Mary.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He is fully divine and fully human at the same time. As such, he is a descendant of King David and he is uniquely able to preside over an everlasting kingdom."
- 100 Fulfilled Bible Prophecies, Chapter 6.
The prophecy found in 2 Samuel 7:16 is repeated in 1 Chronicles 17:14.
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Fulfilled Bible Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is 2 Samuel 7:16:
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.
(New International Version translation)