• Karen O'Reilly

Basileus Basileon-The King Of Kings And What It Means

Updated: Oct 25

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


This is Day 21 of a 30 Day study on The Names Of God. If you haven't read the introduction yet, please start HERE


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?"


Jesus said, "You say correctly that I am a king, For this, I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice" John 18:37.

Jesus, Himself declares that He is King!


Finally, we read in the book of Revelation 19:11-16 about the Kingship of Christ.

Revelation 19:11-16

The Rider on the White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.


King of kings meaning

The idea of Jesus being King of kings and Lord of lords means that there is no higher authority. His reign over all things is absolute. God raised Him from the dead and placed Him over all things. He truly is King of kings and Lord of lords!


Is God - Basileus Basileon - the King of kings, king of your life?


God is not some distant ruler that does not care about his subjects. He cares for You and He desires to spend time with you through your good days and your bad days. He has a good plan for your life and He wants to work alongside you so that you can become all that God has created you to be.


Do you know God as your King of kings?


When you place Him there in His rightful place in your life as supreme ruler, and as the absolute authority, you will experience such peace because you will let Him guide you through life in all your decision-making.


When I was in my teenage years, my mum passed away from cancer. She left behind a large family of various ages. I was the oldest at the age of 16. Our dad was not able to emotionally guide us through life and it has been a difficult time for all my siblings. Thankfully I already had a relationship with God and I leaned very heavily on Him for the direction that my life should go.


However, my siblings didn't have that relationship and they made some unwise decisions in life that caused them many hurdles. They have overcome them now but my brother wanted to know how was I so wise and not fall into some of the traps that they had. I know that it was because I surrendered my whole life to God and listened for His whispers on which road to take.


Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is a great big King that is Lord over all things.


Do you need His protection from the enemy?


Do you need His mercy? Ask Him!


Do you need to know more of His peace in your life?


Are you anxious about finances, family relationships, or something else?

Bring it to the King of kings!

How does knowing God as Basileus Basileon-The King Of Kings affect your life?


I have a free printable list of God's names and a sample of the 30 Powerful Names Of God Bible study, prayer journal, and workbook for you to explore the names of God. You will find it in our Resource Library Here.


So who is The King Of Kings to you?


How does knowing God as The King Of Kings impact your life?


How can you grow in your Christian walk by understanding God as The King Of Kings?


Praying the Name Of God, Basileus Basileon-The King Of Kings:


When you pray the word of God, you are praying His words of truth into your situation. It is the same when you pray the names of God. When you understand the meaning of the specific name of God and pray it over your situation-it is declaring His power over it. It certainly will build your faith and expectation of God to move in it.


When you pray God's name, you are declaring the truth of who God is and you are proclaiming His power at work in your life. And when you pray to The King Of Kings, you are praying to the God who is Lord over all, full of authority to work in your life on your behalf.


Let's Pray:

Lord, You are the King of kings! You have all authority over everything. Thank you for loving me and sending Jesus to cover my sins. I surrender everything in my life to You and I ask You to work Your glory into my life. Create in me a clean heart and forgive me for my transgressions. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me Your wisdom as I go out into this hurting world, and show me how to bless others. Amen.


I would love it if you could share with me your thoughts as you work your way through this Scripture plan. You can connect with me via emailkaren@scripturalgrace.comor on our FACEBOOKpage.

Come back tomorrow as we unpack the name, El Sali-The Lord Is My Strength.

It's all about His grace

xx Karen.


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