- The end of the world in Christian thought comprises two sets of beliefs, Eschatology (the science of the end times) and Parousia ( the Christian belief in the return of Jesus).
- Eschatology is the teachings about the End Times. Literally, this word Eschatology means study of the last';, it is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with what are believed to be the final events in the history of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humanity.
- This is commonly referred to as the end of the world.
- In many traditional Christian Churches, it is taught as an actual future event prophesied in sacred texts or folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass related concepts such as the Messiah or Messianic Age, the end time, and the end of days.
- Parousia is the return of Jesus.
Most of the material about Eschatology is found in the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. It has apocalyptic imagery, usually about the dreadful things that are supposed to happen (like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) (War, Pestilence, Famine and Death).
These are beliefs, they are beliefs somewhat modelled on Jewish material around the first Century. It is understood by scripture scholars that the material in the Book of Revelation is modelled on the Book of Amos, a book of divine prophecy of Judgement.