Sir Issac Newton|
Q. I read a news story that Sir Isaac Newton calculated the date of the apocalypse. What do you make of this?
Isn't this fascinating? While Isaac Newton was a famous scientist who died in 1727 A.D., few know that he wrote over a million words dedicated to the Bible. In fact, Newton believed there were hidden codes in the Bible. He spent much time looking for them, particularly for ELS or Equidistant Letter Sequences - the skipping of words to find messages. It wasn't until the development of the computer that we were able to do what he could not.
Sotheby's Auction - Calculations from Daniel
Just recently Fox News reported that documents sold at Sotheby's auction in London, 1936, were made public. In these documents were Sir Isaac Newton's calculations from the Book of Daniel.
Sir Isaac Newton determined that the world would end no sooner than 2060. He added, "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, and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail." In other words, he was tired of date-setters! So he calculated from the book of Daniel a long period of time from his own 1700s era.
Physicists, Scientists, Prophecy Scholars
While most Christians realize that we cannot set dates or be sure of the day or hour when Jesus returns (Matt. 24:36), Scripture does tell us the general signs of the end times (Matthew 24:4-14). I find it disturbing that physicists such as Dr. Frank Tipler, Christian futurists such as Mark Hatch, and prophecy scholars such as John Walvoord feel that mankind probably won't survive more than fifty years from now. Physicists determine this by calculating the exponential rate of the development of lethal weapons and sophisticated computers.
For the Christian believer this is not all bad news because he has hope. To the contrary, the Christian knows that this brings him closer to the return of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.
"So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place" (Luke 21:31-32, ESV).
Are you ready?
Maranatha! (Come quickly, Lord).
Manuscript shows Isaac Newton calculated date of apocalypse. 2007. Associated Press, Jerusalem. 20 June. www.foxnews.com.
Hatch, Mark. 2006. The end. Ventura, CA: Regal.
Tipler, Frank J. 2007. The physics of Christianity. NY: Doubleday.
John Walvoord (with Mark Hitchcock), Armageddon, Oil and Terror (Carol Stream, ILL: Tyndale, 2007).