LORD [Yahovah] is King [melek] for ever [`owlam] and ever: [`ad] the heathen
[gowy] are perished ['abad] out of his land. ['erets]KJV-Interlinear
16 The Lord
is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land. NASB
The Lord is the personal name for the second person of the Trinity, who received the title Son of God, as we learned when we first began the study of the Psalms. He is the God/man, the unique person of the universe, the Savior, who we have come to know as Jesus Christ.
He has lived since eternity past, is God, is co-equal, co-infinite, and co-eternal with the other two members of the Godhead.
He came to us in the form of humanity as a descendant of David, for the sole purpose of paying the price demanded by salvation, and as such fulfilled all of the demands of righteousness and justice, and became the legitimate heir to the throne of both God and man, and is thus the legitimate King of all kings and over all things.
Jesus Christ is the legitimate sovereign over all of heaven and creation, and will remain as such forever.
The psalm makes this statement as though it is already accomplished and in effect lends credibility to the absolute certainty of Christ's right to authority and sovereignty, when He will formally take possession of it at the end of history.
Heathen is a word that describes all enemies of God.
Heathen is a word that describes all who lack truth, who subscribe to things other than truth. The heathen includes all naïve peoples, all sub-cultures (generally speaking), all people who reject Christ, doctrine and truth, regardless of their culture, race, color, intellect, etc.
The heathen is the true infidel, in that they reject truth, Christ, doctrine, and so forth. Some religions use the term infidel, but the Bible uses the term, heathen. They are essentially one and the same term.
An enemy of God includes all unbelievers (those who reject Christ), as well as all believers in Christ who reject or disregard their obligations in the study and application of doctrine. It certainly includes all believers who are regularly out of fellowship. A believer who lives their life out of fellowship is nothing more than an imitator of an unbeliever as far as the content of their soul or pattern of life is concerned.
In which case, all who live by other than truth, will fail. They will perish, and better stated, their pattern of thought, their pattern of life, their life styles will all cease to exist.
And certainly they will cease at the end of each persons respective life, but they will permanently cease universally at the end of history.
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