kingdom come

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From the phrase “Thy kingdom come” from the Lord’s Prayer which is recorded in Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4 in the Bible:[1] see, for example, Matthew 6:10 in the King James Version (spelling modernized): “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.”[2] By these sentences, Jesus seeks the establishment of the rule of God the Father over the Earth in the future.

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kingdom come (countable and uncountable, plural kingdoms come or kingdom comes)

  1. (uncountable, colloquial) The place that one will go to after one's death; the afterlife.
    1. (figuratively) Death; also, a state of complete annihilation.
    2. (Christianity, specifically) Heaven or paradise.
  2. (uncountable, Christianity) The rule of God over the world in the future; especially, according to those believing in millenarianism, during a period of peace beginning with the second coming of Jesus Christ and lasting a millennium.
  3. (countable, by extension) A future period of happiness, peace, prosperity, and/or great progress; a golden age that is approaching.

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  1. ^ kingdom come, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2017; “kingdom come, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Matthew 6:10, column 2: “Thy kingdome come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heauen.”

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