Sir Isaac Newton is best known for his discovery of gravity, and the contributions he made to physics and mathematics. But, many did not know that he also was a deeply religious man, and he had a dire prediction for the end of the world as per biblical prophecy.
In recently discovered papers that Newton wrote nearly three centuries ago, he revealed how he used the Bible’s Book of Daniel to calculate the date for the end of the world. The papers, which were first discovered in the trunk at the house of the Earl of Portsmouth in 1969, and recently resurfaced when they fell into the hands of Israeli investigators, reveal that Newton believed the biblical apocalypse would come exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire.
In a letter from 1704, which is now on display in Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, Newton declares that the Bible proved the world would end in 2060, adding, that “It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner.”
The letter goes on, “This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end. By doing so they bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail.”
The exact words from the Book of Daniel that inspired his prediction are not clear.
However, he promises the end days would see “the ruin of the wicked nations, the end of weeping and of all troubles, the return of the Jews (from) captivity and their setting up a flourishing and everlasting Kingdom.”
Yemima Ben-Menahem, one of the curators of the exhibition at the Hebrew University, said, “These documents show a scientist guided by religious fervor, by a desire to see God’s actions in the world.”
Sir Isaac was a legendary English mathematician, physicist and astronomer, widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book, “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” published in 1687, laid the foundations for the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which is said to have been inspired by an apple falling from a tree. However, it would appear from these letters, that Newton was just as in touch with his religious side as he was with his scientific – which unlike today, was not so uncommon in his days.
Many early scientists such as Newton saw science as a way to prove what was written in the Bible, and not be in conflict to it, as is more the case today.
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