ANSWER: Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords – and contrary to the Watchtower’s present teaching, he also bears the title Prince of princes. However, there are competing kings within Jesus’ domain who do not at present recognize his authority. Therefore, as the sixth chapter of Revelation states Jesus goes “forth conquering and to complete his conquest.” It is, then, at the completion of his conquest that Jesus will be the sole king ruling the world – along with his 144,000 associate kings, of course.
Jesus is the son of David. And David provided a pattern, of sorts. First he was anointed as a boy before he even slew Goliath. That may correspond to Jesus when he was on earth being anointed and conquering Satan by his faith. Then David fought a series of wars against the Philistines and Ammonites and other warring nations. When he captured the Ammonite city of Rabbah he took the golden crown off the head of their idol, Malcam. David also captured Jerusalem and made that his capitol city. Finally, he was crowned king over all Israel. That may correspond to Jesus in his heavenly position, as he rides forth to conquer all of his enemies, including Babylon the Great.
The 45th Psalm depicts Christ riding forth with both a sword and a bow. It reads: “Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one, with your dignity and your splendor. And in your splendor go on to success; ride in the cause of truth and humility and righteousness, and your right hand will instruct you in fear-inspiring things. Your arrows are sharp—under you peoples keep falling— In the heart of the enemies of the king.”
A bow is used to fight from some distance, whereas a sword can only be effective in close-up warfare. So, the symbolism in Revelation first depicts Christ riding forth with a bow to engage the enemy from a distance. Then in the 19th chapter he is pictured bearing a sword, not in his hand, but in his mouth. In other words, his very word can slay the enemy. And just as David acquired the crown of Malcam through conquest Jesus has many diadems as he goes forth for the final war – symbolizing that no one among the enemies of God will have any authority at that point.