Partially based on this question, I would like to know what the source is that Moshiach will be a king.


Well, I guess we can start with Zecharia 9:9

גִּילִי מְאֹד בַּת צִיּוֹן הָרִיעִי בַּת יְרוּשָׁלִַם הִנֵּה מַלְכֵּךְ יָבוֹא לָךְ צַדִּיק וְנוֹשָׁע הוּא עָנִי וְרֹכֵב עַל חֲמוֹר וְעַל עַיִר בֶּן אֲתֹנוֹת

Be exceedingly happy, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold! Your king shall come to you. He is just and victorious; humble, and riding a donkey and a foal, the offspring of [one of] she-donkeys.

Rashi there says it references Moshiach, as does the Gemara in Sanhedrin 79a (specifically using this verse to reject an opinion that the Messianic era will come without a king).

The Rambam paskens this way as well. In fact, he includes it as part of his 13 principles of faith. A messianic era means a king leading the world to follow Hashem's Torah.

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protected by Shmuel Brin May 12 '14 at 0:54

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