Isaac Newton: End of the World Will Come After 2060
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Three-century-old manuscripts by Isaac Newton calculating the exact date of the apocalypse, detailing the precise dimensions of the ancient temple in Jerusalem and interpreting passages of the Bible -- exhibited this week for the first time -- lay bare the little-known religious intensity of a man many consider history's greatest scientist.
Newton, who died 280 years ago, is known for laying much of the groundwork for modern physics, astronomy, math and optics. But in a new Jerusalem exhibit, he appears as a scholar of deep faith who also found time to write on Jewish law -- even penning a few phrases in careful Hebrew letters -- and combing the Old Testament's Book of Daniel for clues about the world's end.
The documents, purchased by a Jewish scholar at a Sotheby's auction in London in 1936, have been kept in safes at Israel's national library in Jerusalem since 1969....
Jim, thanks, but no thanks; I already have Dispy writings. That's why I'm skeptical!
That Thos. Ice article speaks in sweeping generalities about interpretive disputes, which isn't very helpful. Neither is this subtle piece of ungracious insinuation: "Perhaps some of the critics of the consistently literal hermeneutic ... are bothered by the certainty they see among older dispensational brethren because of the impact upon their hermeneutical pre-understanding that our modern culture represents"
Another form of the irrelevant Dispy accusation that their critics are unwitting Modernist dupes.
"[Rugh] just follows a literal interpretation of the Bible"
How *many* times, ad nauseum, have I heard this misleading Dispy claim, both in writing & on this site! It's not that simple - all schools have to "spiritualize" certain verses in order for their eschatology to be Biblically consistent. The $50 question is, where is it exegetically warranted? A little humility on this point would go long way.
1st-cent. Jews understood OT Messianic prophecies according to the same principles promoted by Dispies. What came of that?
I would suggest you read the article, Neil, by Greg Rugh on eschatology. He just follows a literal interpretation of the Bible. The Book of Revelation is not allegorical. Tellurian, the Anabaptists followed the original Church model. There were no infant baptisms in the original Church, q.v.,
I think, Neil, that most Anabaptists believe in the Trinity. Newton in effect was a Unitarian. I think most of us would seriously doubt the Christianity of Unitarianism. Indian Hills Community Church can be described as a premillennal, Anabaptist, Calvinistic church. This of course makes us an independent Baptist organization. Tellurian, I don't bring this up too often so as not to overly offend our Reformed Church friends, but this was written by an Indian Hills pastor,
"....There are certain principles that can be applied that will allow us to rightly divide the Word and understand what God has said, and what He meant when He inspired the men who wrote it down. The basic rules of interpretation discussed follow the literal, grammatical, historical hermeneutic
Daniel^2: by "we" Jim was referring to himself & his compatriots, not me. I don't think Jim's a real Anabaptist, but he doesn't believe me. Anabaptists are generally 5-point Arminian pietists, whereas Jim's church (IHCC) isn't.
Neil, I don't think we Anabaptists want to claim Newton!
End times prophecy is clearly understood from the Bible, q.v.,
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Acts 1 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
One is always be prepared because you never know when your own personal end times may occur.
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"(II Peter 3:10-12)
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away and there was no more sea." (Rev 21:1)
The point is the destruction of the earth. What, do you think that God promised not to destroy the earth with a flood, but he will destroy it by fire? If so, then that is an inmoral promise. That's like someone promising never to slap someone in the face again, but instead will hit them on the head with a hammer.
Imagine God promising Noah "I'll never destroy the earth again by a flood....but I will burn all up with fire"..Ridiculous!
The flood is the context and it is the only thing Noah knows with regards to the destroying of the earth, that is why flood is used.
The text reads: never again shall there be a flood to DESTROY THE EARTH.
The point is the destruction of the earth, not the flood.
Ecclesiastes1:4 A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.
I'm with you John, the world ends for thousands of people every day. We are commanded to look for the signs and to pray for God's kingdom to come. Just don't get too much in to prophecey that you don't realize that for most of us the world will end before 2060.