Isaac Newton writes: A few scattered persons which God hath chozen…can set themselves sincerely and honestly to search after truth.
Introduction: Who is Newton
One of the world’s greatest scientists, Isaac Newton, predicted the world would end in 2060, using numbers scattered throughout the Bible’s books of Revelation and Daniel.
Newton believed he had calculated the timing of events leading to the apocalypse; events that some believe may have already occurred. Like dominos, setting off a chain reaction that ultimately leads to Armageddon in our lifetime.
But scholars say he mysteriously hid his discovery from humanity. Why? Newton was one of many making prophetic statements in the late 17th and early 18th century. He would hardly have been alone.
The seventh century was an age of prophecy, not just about the “End of Times” but in general. The end of the world was considered to be eminent by many people. But experts say Newton did not write his “dooms day” warning for his contemporaries, but rather for us, those likely to be living in 2060.
He believes Armageddon would come. He was really writing for people who were going to come in the future and those people around him were not really fit to receive what he was writing.
There was also the danger that Newton’s calculations would be dismissed as the work of a lunatic, a charge that much of Newton’s behavior seemed to support.
He also scoured the Bible looking for hidden formulas to explain alchemy, the mythical process that turns base metals into gold. By the 18th Century, alchemy had mostly been discredited as mystical folly practiced by would-be sorcerers. Yet Newton, one of the pillars of rational science, was irrationally obsessed over it. He pursued the field for about thirty years, or possibly more.
There are experimental notebooks of Newton that are literally filled with hundreds of experiments that he did. Newton’s obsession with alchemy suggests that his obsession with prophecy code in the bible might be a manifestation of an unstable mind, undercutting his hypothesis of a dooms day calendar in Revelation.
Ironically, Newton was appointed later in his life as head of England’s Mint, and given charge of all coinage and precious metals in the entire British realm. The job’s function also included regularly sending counterfeiters to the gallows, a gruesome task that may have contributed to Newton’s tormented interest in the final judgment of mankind by God.
The Book of Revelation says: “Behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book: Revelation 22:7.
Man’s trials and the fight between good and evil. Newton believes the apocalypse would come because God had promised it in key biblical passages that Newton interpreted as prophecies. He believed that if he could successfully connect concealed messages in these texts, he would uncover the actual date when the apocalypse would occur. Newton said the authority of prophecies is divine.
Newton called these Bible prophecies “Histories of Things to Come”. What might Newton have meant by that? What he is saying is that biblical prophecy, amongst its other purposes, shows history in advance. It’s as if history was written centuries before it happened. According to interpreters, Newton’s papers show that his first step into biblical decoding involved passages describing the Temple of Salomon. The temple prophesies are a critical clue to all of Newton’s doomsday calculations and how he arrives at 2060 as the date for Armageddon.
Newton studies in great detail and combines that study with biblical chronology in order to try to figure out when the big day was going to come; so that his study of Solomon’s Temple was in that context. The better your understanding of the temple the closer you get to an understanding of God and His creation. The temple is of God’s mind.
The Temple of Solomon was built around 1000 BC and destroyed by the Babylonian invasion 400 years later. A second temple was built on the ruins of the first 70 years later. According to the New Testament, it was visited by Jesus but it too was destroyed; this time by the Romans in 70 A.D. This marked a time when the Jewish people were driven out of Israel by the Romans and into exile.
Another reason why Newton was interested in the temple was because he believes it was going to be rebuilt near the end of time. The Bible states that when the End of Days is near, the Jews will return to ancient Israel and rebuild their temple for a final time. So Newton believed that, if you understood the structure of the temple, you could make better sense of the interpretation of the Book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation states: Blessed is the one who read aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written therein: for the time is near.” Revelations 1:3
Newton sees Revelation as the story of Christianity, of the initial dissemination of the truths of Jesus Christ, and then the gradual corruption of it by, as he sees it, Catholics, who believe in Trinity.
According to biblical scholars, what God promises in Revelation is that this new temple will trigger a series of horrific tribulations leading to Armageddon; the final battle that will seemingly destroy our world. Revelation further states: In those days men will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, and death will fly from them…” Revelation 9:6
There is the assumption that, before the day of coming, the temple of Jerusalem will be rebuilt and it has to be done again exactly under the same specifications. So, for all those reasons, it is important to get the essence of it correctly.
Newton spent years converting bible passages into elaborate drawings and mathematical formulas, convinced that God had directly designed Solomon’s Temple. He was haunted by its architecture, calculating that it would reveal insight into the creation, return of the Jewish people to Israel, and finally the apocalypse.
We now look at the apocalypse–referring to the end of the world–but actually, the apocalypse literally means the entire unfolding of the Revelation of prophecy to John, the last book in the New Testament. Newton sees Revelation as the story of Christianity.
Interpreters say that Newton was convinced that the solution to the riddle of Armageddon lay in the Bible. In the Book of Daniel, the first step to a decisive cataclysm involved the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. There are certain standard tools that people use where Daniel will say that the return of the Jews is going to be at a certain time in the future and he describes it in terms of days.
The standard interpretation is that Daniel’s days really referred to years and there is a period of 1290 years in one place–one thousand and two hundred-ninety years. This is when Newton calculated that the Jewish people would re-settle in their former homeland, but one thousand and two hundred-ninety years from when?
Newton had to decide when that period begins. So, throughout his life, he speculated with various commencement dates. One idea that he thought about is that it could have started in the year of 609 A.D., which is when the Roman Empire ceded part of the authority to the church.
Adding 1290 years to 609 resulted in the year 1899 A.D., a time when Zionism was attracting more followers. Zionism is the movement that supports the return of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.
We also see around that time, in the 1890’s, the first Zionist progress. So these are events that signal the beginning of Jewish Zionism. So some people point to the significance that Newton’s prediction of 1290 year period was actually fulfilled.
The final chapter of Daniel contains another figure, 1335. Adding 1335 to the starting point of (609+1335=1944) comes to 1944 A.D., which clearly 1944 is the end of the Second World War and the end of the Jewish Holocaust, and both those events precipitated the birth of Israel in 1948. So it’s possible to look at that particular apocalyptic interpretation, that particular chronology, and conclude that maybe Newton was on to something.
What about the supposed apocalypse? Newton struggled with identifying this date longer than any of his other prophesies. He cross referenced the various apocalyptic books, the various prophetic books, to develop an overall picture. He also developed a very interesting series of apocalyptic time charts. He laid out all of the symbols that he sees in the book of Revelation in a chronological progression.
Newton’s charts show time starting at the top and progressing toward apocalypse with a cluster of events toward the bottom that are most associated with the end of times, a resurrection, a great battle, a return of the Jews to Israel, and finally re-building Solamon’s Temple. To predict the date when the world when end, Newton ultimately returned to the final chapter of the Book of Daniel.
“How long shall it be until the end of these wonders? …And I heard him swear by the one who lives forever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time…” Daniel 12:7
This same phrasing of time, time, and half a time is also written in the book of Revelation: “…But the woman was given the two wings of a great eagle that she might fly to the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time”. Revelation12:14 Interpreters say that these prophecies were the key to Newton’s obsession.
What does Newton think Time, Time, and Half Time represent? He believes that time is a year, time again is two years, and half time represents a half a year. Newton believed that The Book of Daniel was using 360 day year so you end up with 1260 days (i.e. 1 year = 360 days + 2 years = 720 days, and half year = 180 days to equal 1260 days).
Newton also believed, according to the day for a year principle, that those days represent years. Armed with the critical figure of 1260 years until Armageddon, he could finally calculate when revelation intended the time frame for the apocalypse to begin.
Later in life, he seemed to settle on the year 800 A.D. As it turns out, that in the history of the church and that in the history of Europe, 800 A.D. is a very important year. This is the year that the Pope crowned Charlemagne the King of what becomes the Holy Roman Empire. He is crowned on Christmas 800 A.D., so you see the beginning of a political system that lasts just over a thousand years (the Holy Roman Empire).
Add the number 1260, the time line of Armageddon that Newton calculated, to the year 800 A.D. when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Emperor, and you arrive at the number 2060 A.D., and Newton’s year of the apocalypse. Newton writes, “The time, time, and half time, do not end before 2060 nor after. Now history is catching up with that date.
If Newton truly believed that he knew the date of the End of Times prophesied in the Bible, and where it would occur in the Middle East, he certainly knew that he would not live to see them. He arranged to conceal these secret papers and keep them hidden until after his death. Newton would never learn whether they would resurface in time to do what he perhaps intended: warn mankind of its destruction.
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