day of judgment; judgment day

a time when a punishment is given or when an important decision or outcome is revealed
—February 18 is judgment day at the school, the day when the students find out the scores for their college-placement exams.

Jesus spoke about a time after his death when he would return and judge all people. When that time comes, he said, the cities that had rejected his miracles would be condemned:

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you! (Matthew 11:23, 24)

Jesus’ return is often called the “Second Coming.” Therefore, someone who is revered—especially in an exaggerated way—can be said to be “the Second Coming,” as if he were Christ returned. When someone regains fame or influence that he has lost, it can be called his “second coming.” And when someone seems to have the skills or abilities of another person in the past, it can be called the “second coming of” that person.

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