2b. Armageddon; the site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil
kingdom come n. Informal
1. The next world: a bomb that could blow us to kingdom come.
2. The end of time: You can complain till kingdom come, but it won't help.
[From the phrase thy kingdom come in the Lord's Prayer.] (Source)
The April 3 issue of Time carried a few observations (in 3 separate articles) that give cause for concern in apocalyptic proportions:
- Some polls suggest that half of those Americans who voted for Bush in 2004 believe in the word-for-word accuracy of the Bible. Many of these people are fascinated by 'end times' theology – the belief in Christ's imminent return, and the prospect of Armageddon beginning in the Middle East – popularised in 'brimstone bestsellers' like Time LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind novels.
- Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a fervent believer in the imminent reappearance of the 12th Imam, Shi'ism's version of the Messiah. He believes that the Islamic revolution's raison d'etre is to prepare the way for the messianic redemption, which in his 'eschatology' is preceded by worldwide upheaval and chaos. 'How better to light the fuse for eternal bliss than with a nuclear flame?'
- The cover page of the magazine screams, 'Be worried. Be very worried' in relation to the report on the climate change that is already damaging the planet at an alarming rate.
In the face of these issues, should we not be (very) worried? What good is worrying, or complaining, for that matter? A friend once told me that we should worry about things on which we can have an influence. How can we as ordinary individuals do something about these problems?