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Basileus Basileon-The King Of Kings And What It Means

Who is the King of kings and Lord of Lords?

I'm so happy that you asked that question!

Let me introduce you to Basileus Basileon, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Basileus Basileon is the Greek name for God meaning The King Of Kings. The title King of Kings is applied once to God the Father (1 Timothy 6:15), and twice to the Lord Jesus (Revelation 17:14; 19:16)

In Revelation 19:16 Jesus is given the full title “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”.

The title indicates someone who has the power to exercise absolute dominion over all His realm. The name, King of Kings denotes sovereignty and authority; the name Lord of Lords signifies majesty and power. Every ruler, every nation, and all people are subject to Him.

Basileus Basileon-The King Of Kings

On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

Revelation 19:16.

Pronouncing The Name of God, Basileous - King of Kings: bas-si-LEUS ba-si-LE-own

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God is the King of kings

Here are some questions to consider:

Jesus Christ King of kings

What does it mean that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords?

Kings on earth have a limited amount of power but God is not like earthly kings! He is the King with supreme authority and power. He rules from a heavenly throne that is illuminated by His glory.

When Jesus is called “King of kings and Lord of lords,” it means that, in the end, all other rulers will be conquered or abolished, and He alone will reign supreme as King and Lord of all the earth. Every ruler, every nation, and all people are subject to Him.

Christ entered the world humbly, as an infant born in Bethlehem, and Magi from the east recognized Him as the newborn king. He is hidden for a time until He reaches thirty years of age and that was when His ministry began.

The Jewish people at that time longed for a coming king who would be descended from their great king, David. By hailing Jesus as the "Son of David," the large crowd who greeted him as he entered Jerusalem was using a popular title for the Messiah. They expected their messianic king to restore Israel's freedom and former glory.

We read about this triumphant entry of Jesus riding in on a donkey in Matthew 21:2-8.

“Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”

4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,

5 “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’”

6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”

Jesus soon is brought before Pilate to answer this question, "Are you the King of the Jews?"