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Isaac Newton’s Apocalyptic Prediction and the Math Behind it

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Now that we are well into 2013, it is pretty safe to say that the world did not end in 2012. All of the hoopla about the ancient Mayan prophecy about December 22, 2012 seems to have fizzled out. 2012 came and went without a hitch.

December 22, 2012 was actually quiet as a church mouse, last minute Christmas shopping notwithstanding. So it seems another apocalypse has been averted. Or maybe it was just that another so-called prophecy was once again incorrect.

Nevertheless, now with 2012 behind us, one would think that all of the “end of the World” talk would come to a halt. However, one would be wrong. Apparently, Isaac Newton has set the stage for the whole end of the world rhetoric to occur again in about 47 years.

Isaac Newton – 2012 Versus 2060

Of course when news broke of Isaac Newton’s apocalyptic theory, the media went into a frenzy; however, since then, Newton was overshadowed by the Mayans.

It is a pretty safe bet that the media will pick up on Newton’s theories; especially as we near the so-called target date of 2060. The media reported the date vigorously, citing Newton’s contribution’s to physics in an effort to give the doomsday prediction more validity. In a twist, it seems that Newton did not use physics (or any other science for that matter) to come to his conclusion. Instead, he used basic math and the Bible.

According to Isaac Newton’s papers, he derived the date from book of Daniel. In particular, Daniel 12:7, which states:

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. (1)

Interpreting the phrase “it shall be for a time, times, and an half” as 1,260 years, Newton concluded that the earliest possible time earth could experience the apocalypse was in 2060. However, it seems that Newton had to make an awful lot of assumptions to derive that number.

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Newton’s End of World Math

For starters, Newton believed that “time” equaled to one year and “times” equaled to two years, and a “half” equaled to six months giving him a total of three and a half years.

Isaac Newton assumed that Daniel was speaking prophetically when he stated, “…it shall be for a time, times, and an half.” This means that Newton assumed that each day was actually a year in itself. (Note: It is a common assumption that a prophetic year is 360 days; not the standard 365 as we know it today.)

Newton used this math to derive the 1,260 years. The final assumption he made was the starting point. Newton chose 800 AD as his starting point. This date coincides with the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire; however, Newton never explained why he chose this date.

Scientists contend that the media over exaggerated Newton’s prophecy papers and took them out of context. According to Yemima Ben-Menahem, who co-curated a Newton exhibit:

“It wasn’t exactly mathematical work.” (2)

When asked about Newton’s belief in a 2060 apocalypse, Stephen D. Snobelen, a Newton researcher, stated:

“For Newton, 2060 A.D. would be more like a new beginning. It would be the end of an old age, and the beginning of a new era.” (3)

It seems as one apocalyptic prophecy is put to rest, another takes its place. This time it is Isaac Newton’s prophecy.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Bible Gateway
(2) Wall Street Journal
(3) Isaac Newton
(5) Daily Mail
(6) Wikimedia: Isaac Newton
(7) Wikipedia: Newton’s Telescope

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