For David did not ascend into Heaven … (Act 2:34)
King David, who was “a man after my heart”, and Abraham, whom God called his friend, must have gone to heaven. Or did not they ever get there? What does the Bible say about it?
Act 2:29 Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and that his tomb is among us to this day.
Act 13:22 … I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who shall do all my will. – If David did not reach heaven, even though he was a man of God’s favor, who then?
David’s time will come as prophet Jeremias says (Jer 30:9) but they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them. – David is not in heaven, but resting in his grave. If he were in heaven, he would not have to wake up! Awakening occurs in the first resurrection when Jesus comes.
And again; Eze 37:24 And my servant, David, shall be King over them. And there shall be one Shepherd to all of them. And they shall walk in my judgments and keep my statutes, and do them.
Psa 89:4 I will establish Your seed forever, and build up Your throne to all generations. 5 And the heavens shall thank your wonders, O Jehovah; also your faithfulness in the assembly of the saints. – God has sworn to David to build him a throne that will last “from generation to generation”. What about Christ’s throne? Should not he be on the throne of David?
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his forefather David. (Luk 1:32)
David is therefore the king of Israel, but what about the apostles? For them, Jesus promised the right to rule with him. The answer can be found in Mat 19:28 where Jesus says: Truly I tell you, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the renewed creation, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, governing the twelve tribes of Israel. – The apostles will reign the twelve tribes of Israel under David’s kingship.
Also, the resurrected saints will reign as kings and priests, depending on how they have taken care of the ‘talents’ (or ‘minas’) entrusted to them. Some ‘five cities’, others ‘ten’. King in the Bible language was not the same as King today. During the Bible, each city (a small city, “city state”) had its own king, of course the big kingdoms. The saints ruling as kings are rather “local managers” under Christ’s leadership.
Rom 8:17 Now if we are children, we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.