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Newton set 2060 for end of world
The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2003 | Jonathan Petre

Posted on 02/21/2003 5:35:31 PM PST by MadIvan

Sir Isaac Newton, Britain's greatest scientist, predicted the date of the end of the world - and it is only 57 years away.

His theories about Armageddon have been unearthed by academics from little-known handwritten manuscripts in a library in Jerusalem.

The thousands of pages show Newton's attempts to decode the Bible, which he believed contained God's secret laws for the universe.

Newton, who was also a theologian and alchemist, predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would follow plagues and war and would precede a 1,000-year reign by the saints on earth - of which he would be one.

The most definitive date he set for the apocalypse, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper, was 2060.

Newton's fascination with the end of the world, which has been researched by a Canadian academic, Stephen Snobelen, is to be explored in a documentary, Newton: The Dark Heretic, on BBC2 next Saturday.

"What has been coming out over the past 10 years is what an apocalyptic thinker Newton was," Malcolm Neaum, the producer, said.

"He spent something like 50 years and wrote 4,500 pages trying to predict when the end of the world was coming. But until now it was not known that he ever wrote down a final figure. He was very reluctant to do so."

Thousands of Newton's papers, which had lain in a trunk in the house of the Earl of Portsmouth for 250 years, were sold by Sotheby's in the late 1930s.

John Maynard Keynes, the economist, bought many of the texts on alchemy and theology. But much of the material went to an eccentric collector, Abraham Yahuda, and was stored in the Hebrew National Library. It was among these documents that the date was found.


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Just in case you were making any plans.

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 02/21/2003 5:35:31 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: UofORepublican; kayak; LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR; keats5; Don'tMessWithTexas; Dutchy; ...
Bump!
2 posted on 02/21/2003 5:36:09 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
I wonder if he read the part in The Bible Where Jesus said no one knows the day nor the hour.
3 posted on 02/21/2003 5:40:58 PM PST by RLJVet
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To: MadIvan
Newton became quite mystical in his dotage. Quite a change for the premier mathematician of his day, but maybe not unusual for old scientists.
4 posted on 02/21/2003 5:43:08 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: RLJVet
Here is an impressive site- The Interview with God
http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/popup2.html
5 posted on 02/21/2003 5:48:20 PM PST by Mark
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To: MadIvan

That's right! We will hold off the inspectors for another 57 years, and then KABOOM!

6 posted on 02/21/2003 6:04:16 PM PST by CanisMajor2002 (Annoy a liberal...judge them by the content of their character)
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To: MadIvan
This is going to really suck for my kids.
7 posted on 02/21/2003 6:05:50 PM PST by socal_parrot (I'm growing older, but not up.)
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To: MadIvan
papers, which had lain in a trunk in the house of the Earl of Portsmouth for 250 years

Don't these people ever clean out their attics? How did that Earl know there wasn't 250-year-old pizza sitting up there?

8 posted on 02/21/2003 6:07:11 PM PST by Nick Danger (Freeps Ahoy! Caribbean cruise May 31... from $610 http://www.freeper.org)
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To: MadIvan
Say it's not so...I'll only be 127 in 2060. Can you give a little more time to get things in order ?
9 posted on 02/21/2003 6:10:14 PM PST by tubebender (?)
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To: RLJVet
I wonder if he read the part in The Bible Where Jesus said no one knows the day nor the hour.

Since he was reuctant to pin it down precisely, I would think he read the part that says we can know the season.

10 posted on 02/21/2003 6:11:51 PM PST by templar
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To: MadIvan
2060? I guess I can stop the planning for my 115th birthday party. Pitty, that.
11 posted on 02/21/2003 6:12:17 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: MadIvan
Not a bad guess by Isaac; he was only 42 years off.
12 posted on 02/21/2003 6:13:45 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Ooops, I meant 48 years.
13 posted on 02/21/2003 6:17:41 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: socal_parrot
This is going to really suck for my kids.

Newton correctly predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would follow plagues and war and would precede a 1,000-year reign by the saints on earth - of which he would be one.

You and your children can be among that number too.

14 posted on 02/21/2003 6:20:45 PM PST by John Twenty 28
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To: socal_parrot
Not if they're saved!
15 posted on 02/21/2003 6:22:48 PM PST by Cedric
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To: MadIvan
Damn.....I'll only be 106.
16 posted on 02/21/2003 6:23:00 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (God Bless the arsenal of liberty.)
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To: DugwayDuke
2060? I guess I can stop the planning for my 115th birthday party. Pitty, that.

Darn and I just got the invitation yesterday!

18 posted on 02/21/2003 6:28:43 PM PST by ET(end tyranny)
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To: MadIvan; tinfoilhat
My (Palm tm Powered) Handspring PDA won't go beyond 2031.

Coincidence? I think not. The Bildeburgers, Trilateral Commision, Comintern, etc, etc, etc, are involved!

Excuse me. I must go apply an extra layer of tinfoil to my cranium. By the way, that is real TIN foil. You sheep who put aluminium foil on your heads are IMPROVING the mind-control signals from the Illuminati.

19 posted on 02/21/2003 6:30:45 PM PST by LibKill (Give me back my DDT!)
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To: ET(end tyranny)
You can still send the present. I'm assuming you did get me that new deer rifle in .308? I'll leave it to you in my will.
20 posted on 02/21/2003 6:30:46 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: MadIvan
Speaking of figs . . .
21 posted on 02/21/2003 6:34:07 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (It'll all come out in the wash.)
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To: Yehuda
So how long have you been keeping this a secret from us?
22 posted on 02/21/2003 6:34:59 PM PST by Cacique (Censored by Admin Moderator)
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To: MadIvan
A whole bunch of folks say May-June 2003 is the timeframe for Earth to bite the big one. That's when Niburu, or Planet X is supposed to pass us by close enough to cause an instant pole shift, where North becomes South and vice versa. The U.S. will be ripped in half, and a few continents obliterated.

And if that doesn't happen, then something big will get us in 2012. Don't worry--be happy.
23 posted on 02/21/2003 6:36:04 PM PST by renosathug
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To: DugwayDuke
LOL I'll be 120. Since I had a great aunt that lived almost to her 116 birthday I guess its possible but I'm not really expecting it.
24 posted on 02/21/2003 6:36:52 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Mr. Mojo
See how hard it is to be precise?
25 posted on 02/21/2003 6:40:07 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: MadIvan
According to this article, Newton wrote 4,500 pages and ended up "predicting" what Revelation already says!
26 posted on 02/21/2003 6:42:09 PM PST by elephantlips
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To: Ditter
Well, if you're not around then I'll drink a toast to your memory. If I remember, that is.
27 posted on 02/21/2003 6:43:01 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: DugwayDuke
I'm assuming you did get me that new deer rifle in .308?

Who told!?

28 posted on 02/21/2003 6:50:28 PM PST by ET(end tyranny)
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To: renosathug
May June 2003? Who are the people who believe this & where did they get their information? (this is huge!)
29 posted on 02/21/2003 6:52:30 PM PST by Ditter
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To: MadIvan
All kidding aside:

Asteroid 2002 NT7: Potential Earth Impact In 2019 Ruled Out
Don Yeomans
July 28, 2002

With the processing of a few more observations of asteroid 2002 NT7 through July 28, we can now rule out any Earth impact possibilities for February 1, 2019. While we cannot yet completely rule out an impact possibility on February 1, 2060, it seems very likely that this possibility will be soon ruled out as well as additional positional observations are processed. Because the SENTRY system tracks a multitude of test particles in an effort to map the uncertainties of the asteroid's future positions, some of these test particles can take slightly different dynamical paths. Hence there are currently two entries for 2060 in our IMPACT RISK table. The entry with the higher risk (larger Palermo Technical Scale) would be the value that would then take precedence.

30 posted on 02/21/2003 7:06:41 PM PST by ET(end tyranny)
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To: Lando Lincoln
Damn.....I'll only be 106.

I'll have to make do with being 88. Oh well.

31 posted on 02/21/2003 7:07:07 PM PST by Mark Turbo (Many are cold, but few are frozen.)
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To: Ditter
There is lots of information here: Hitchhiker's Guide to Niburu
33 posted on 02/21/2003 7:24:10 PM PST by renosathug
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To: MadIvan
Well hell - I'll be dead anyway. Too bad for the rest of you losers, though.

Sayonara Suckers!! ;-)

34 posted on 02/21/2003 7:26:38 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Mark Turbo
"I'll have to make do with being 88. Oh well. "

Me to! I will be a spring chicken at 88 years old if I am still around : )

35 posted on 02/21/2003 7:31:19 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn
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To: templar
I would think he read the part that says we can know the season.

Where is that?

36 posted on 02/21/2003 7:51:28 PM PST by RLJVet
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To: renosathug
These people are seriously nutz.
37 posted on 02/21/2003 8:12:45 PM PST by boris
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To: MadIvan
Nostradamus set 3000 for the end. Just a number.

Eat, drink and be merry...for tomorrow we die.

38 posted on 02/21/2003 8:14:39 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: renosathug
I heard May 5, 2000 or so - When the planets alligned up.
39 posted on 02/21/2003 8:17:39 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("Yippee Kai Aye......")
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To: renosathug
Planet X is supposed to pass us by close enough to cause an instant pole shift, where North becomes South and vice versa.

That's a naturally occuring phenomenon and happens every 100,000 - 300,000 years. The Earth's magnetic poles have been reversing themselves for billions of years previous to now. They haven't flipped in about 250,000 years. So we're due. Some tout that magnetic pole reversal will bring about the end of the world.

40 posted on 02/21/2003 8:18:52 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: MadIvan
I may or may not be around for that. I'll be 81.
41 posted on 02/21/2003 8:19:45 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("Yippee Kai Aye......")
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To: MadIvan
Re: The most definitive date he set for the apocalypse, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper, was 2060.

Gad! Noooooo! I will only be 113 by then!

So many fish, so little time!

42 posted on 02/21/2003 8:21:13 PM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (The French! Even President Bartlett called them wossies! (^;{)
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To: MadIvan
And Kepler devoted reams of paper to discussing the probable sex of the angels.

Hey, everybody needs a hobby.

43 posted on 02/21/2003 8:21:29 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: RLJVet
Where is that?

The parable of the fig tree (matthew 24:32), just before the day and hour verse (matthew 24:36).

I hate to get into scripture quoting, but I had to here to answer your question.

44 posted on 02/21/2003 8:28:57 PM PST by templar
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To: templar
Well, I started it.
Thanks.
45 posted on 02/21/2003 8:32:57 PM PST by RLJVet
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To: RLJVet
>>>...no one knows the day nor the hour.

He didn't say the day or hour. He said Year. :-)

46 posted on 02/21/2003 8:44:17 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: RightWhale
Newton became quite mystical in his dotage. Quite a change for the premier mathematician of his day, but maybe not unusual for old scientists.

I think the theory is that he suffered the effects of mercury poisoning (from his experimentation in alchemy) in his old age and became rather loony. He almost lost the prestige he earned earlier in life.

47 posted on 02/21/2003 8:49:57 PM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: MadIvan; Siobhan; narses; Salvation; Aquinasfan
According to the great medieval scholar al-Suyuti (15th cent. A.D.), it will happen in 2076 A.D. (the Muslim year 1500 A.H.). His treatise on the subject is currently in reprint, and is a hot item in the mideast

Expect terrorism to get progressively worse until then, as more and more Muslims catch millennial fever.

48 posted on 02/21/2003 8:51:35 PM PST by Dajjal
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Eat, drink and be merry...for tomorrow we die.

Since we're doing scripture:

“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:19-21)

49 posted on 02/21/2003 8:58:53 PM PST by John Twenty 28
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To: MHGinTN
See how hard it is to be precise?

It's not that hard to be precise.

It's hard to be accurate.

My prediction is that the world will end on precisely 2061-06-23 17:23:44.9922. I can't guarantee the accuracy of this prediction.

50 posted on 02/21/2003 9:08:30 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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