Is Jesus another king of kings like others before him?
The Old Testament had Kings over cities (Gen.14:8) nations (Gen.14:9; Exod. 14:5) and people (Gen.26:1).
Ezra 7:12 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, To Ezra the priest, a scribe of the Law of the God of heaven”
The first mention is from the king who reigned over Persia forty years, 464-424 B.C. In the seventh year of his reign he commissioned Ezra to return to Jerusalem Ezra 7:11-26, 457 B.C. About thirteen years later (445 B.C.) he granted permission to Nehemiah to assume control of the civil affairs at Jerusalem Neh. 2:1-8. (gave the order to rebuild Jerusalem)
In Ezekiel we have a human king called king of kings by God.
Ezek 26:7 "For thus says the Lord GOD: `Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people.”
Clearly when God says someone from earth is a king of kings it is in the context of earthly kings, rulers over men. In the same way God acknowledges there are other gods, but not the creator, the true God like himself.
Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar "You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; (Dan. 2:37).
Dan 4:1-3 Daniel addressing Nebuchadnezzar the king, said in v. 2 “I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.”
Dan 7:27 “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.'
Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the same after he was restored Dan 4:37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.”
When it comes to the title “Lord of Lords and King of Kings” there is only one.
Ps 24:8 “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.”
(Ps. 24:7,10). Only the God of heaven is called the king of Glory. Deut.10:17 tells us that Yahweh is the LORD OF LORDS “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords.”
Ps 10:16: ‘The LORD is King forever and ever.”Ps. 89:18 “For our shield belongs to the LORD, and our king to the Holy One of Israel. Isa. 33:22: “For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; he will save us.” “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel” (Isa. 44:6 also Ps.98:6). So we have the Scripture stating the King of Israel is the Holy one, the Lord, the King of Glory, the judge and lawgiver. All of these terms are also applied to Jesus in the New Testament.
Dan. 2:37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory”
1 Tim. 6:15“which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords”
Matt 27:42; John 1:49 Jesus is called the King of Israel; Matt 2:2; Mark 15:2 He is called the King of the Jews?" Rev. 15:3 He is called the King of the saints!”
What makes God king of kings
Ps 10:16: ‘The LORD is King forever and ever.” According to the Old Testament teaching, the Lord God is King of Israel, which makes him king of all kings in the earth.”
Ps. 145:13 “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”
This is why he is the only king of kings. Jer. 10:10: “But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King.” Only God who is eternal can be the king of all kings
2 Peter 1:11 “for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Only one king of kings has an everlasting kingdom, when all other kingdoms will end up on the dust heap of history.
He is not just called king of Kings but with that also Lord of Lords
1 Tim 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing “which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).
Rev 15:3-4: “They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
As Christ Jesus returns, “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:14). The King who is the lamb will return as a lion and set matters straight by destroying all His enemies (Heb.1:3), for he is the king of the saints, King of Kings, the King over Israel.
Ps 47:2 “For the LORD Most High is awesome; he is a great King over all the earth.”
V.7 “For God is the King of all the earth.”
Zech. 14:9 “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--" The LORD is one," and His name one.”