of the world in 2013?
New book recalculates Newton's endtimes clock
The Hadron Particle Collider did not destroy
the world last week, and scientists at CERN outside
Geneva are sipping champagne and celebrating.
But if the No. 1 best-selling author of a new
book is correct, they might want to re-cork the
at the Center of Time:
Newton's Bible Codex Deciphered and the Year 2012,"
by David Flynn, a book that has skyrocketed up
the best-seller charts following its release this
month, the author makes a correction to Isaac
Newton's research, pointing to the year 2013 as
"the time of the end."
In 2003, the Daily Telegraph in London published
a front-page story declaring that, according to
Isaac Newton, the world would end in 2060. This
was the first time that this calculation of Newton
became widely known. However, various biographers
and researcher of Newton's theology had encountered
it since 1991 when most of his manuscripts were
released on microfilm at the Jewish National and
University Library in Jerusalem.
According to Flynn, in the 1660s when Newton
believed that the end of days was imminent, there
seemed no reason to work out the approximate year
in which it would occur. With the Great Plague,
the fire of London and the apocalyptic fervor
of the times, it seemed obvious to Newton that
the end time had already arrived. But over the
ensuing decades of his life, Newton became increasingly
aware that his convictions had been premature.
Near the year 1705, when Newton was in his sixties,
his concern for preventing the repetition of the
same error compelled him to invest his considerable
knowledge to setting the matter of the time of
the end to rest. The paper in which Newton recorded
this calculation was the subject of the article
in the London Daily Telegraph in 2003. Very few
readers understood Newton's reasoning for the
date, not being scholars of end time prophecy
themselves. Newton wrote concerning it:
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 bring the sacred prophesies into discredit
as often as their predictions fail. Christ comes
as a thief in the night, & it is not for
us to know the times & seasons which God
hath put into his own breast.
Newton arrived at the year 2060
in a straightforward manner. He believed that
the last world empire at the coming of the Antichrist
would be a revived Roman Empire, a concept wholly
embraced by eschatologists in modern times as
well. He also believed that this had actually
occurred in A.D. 800 through the coronation of
Charlemagne by Pope Leo III as ruler of the revived
Roman Empire in the West.
As described by the prophet Daniel, and John
in Revelation, the revived Roman Empire will rule
for one "week," a period of seven times
360 days, or 2,520 days total. In the midst of
this week, at 1,260 days, the Antichrist will
desecrate the future temple in Jerusalem. Following
the day/year guideline, Newton assigned 1,260
years of the Revived Roman empire before Antichrist's
desecration of the temple. This he did realizing
that the rebuilding of the temple and the judgments
of Revelation did not follow the rebirth of the
Roman Empire in A.D. 800. None of the prophecies
of the End of Days followed the coronation of
Charlemagne as Emperor of the revived Roman Empire
after 1,260, nor for that matter, any of the years
up until Newton's day. Therefore, he established
each day with a year from A.D. 800, arriving at
the year A.D. 2060.
In a manuscript number 7.3g, f. 13v. of the Yahuda
collection, Newton was even more specific about
the 2060 date.
So then the time times & half a time are
42 months or 1260 days or three years &
an half, reckoning twelve months to a year &
30 days to a month as was done in the Calendar
of the primitive year. And the days of short
lived Beasts being put for the years of lived
[sic for "long lived"] kingdoms, the
period of 1260 days, if dated from the complete
conquest of the three kings A.C. 800, will end
But Newton's prediction of Charlemagne's revived
Roman Empire starting in A.D. 800 and existing
until the return of Christ was contradicted in
1806 when Napoleon forced the Empire's dissolution.
"But," says Flynn, "there remains
a valid aspect of Newton's calculation. There
is reason to believe he was correct in his assumption
that there would be 1,260 years until the return
of Christ at the rebirth of the Roman Empire,
but that the year he chose was incorrect. There
is actually a better date based on the founding
of Rome and the methodology of Daniel's prophecy."
Flynn explains: "The Romans had fixed the
birth of the city of Rome and the Empire in 753
B.C. It was believed that the patriarch of the
city, Romulus, had marked out the boundaries for
the wall of Rome in this year. Known as Ab Urbe
Condita (literally, from the founding of the city)
the Roman calendar began with 753 B.C. according
to the dating of Marcus Terentius Varro (116–27
B.C.) who lived at the time of the Empire itself.
Because of how the prophet Daniel divided the
prophetic week in half, Flynn believes the original
founding date for the empire of the prophecy,
Rome, would follow this pattern and be bisected.
Therefore, correcting Newton's date, the year
753 B.C. designates the founding of the physical
Rome while A.D. 753 establishes the rebirth of
spiritual Rome. Counting 1,260 years forward from
A.D. 753, one arrives at the year 2013.
Additional significance can be attached to this
finding when considering that 2013 follows the
end of the great cycle of the Maya calendar and
the planetary cycle of the Aztec calendar, which
concludes Dec. 21, 2012. This date has raised
apocalyptic fears in corners around the world.
According to "The Bible Code," the world
will end on this date due to a collision with
a meteor, asteroid, or comet. Another theory –
the "Novelty Theory" – claims
time itself is a "fractal wave," which
will end abruptly in 2012. Even the popular television
program X-Files speculated that colonization of
the earth by "aliens" would occur in
The Maya themselves describe past visits of Quetzalcoatl,
the Feathered Serpent, descending through a "hole
in the sky" on a rope ladder. They believe
at the end of 2012 the serpent rope will emerge
again from the center of the Milky Way, and Quetzalcoatl
will return, heralding a new era at the start
of 2013. Another version of the story has Quetzalcoatl
sailing down on a winged ship, causing some to
speculate that a UFO armada or "mother ship"
could descend and take up position over earth
on that date.
Besides this type of speculation, an unusual
number of important events will occur beginning
in 2012. NASA is predicting the next Solar Maximum
will arrive in 2012 and will be the strongest
in 50 years. At the same time, the sun will align
with the center of the Milky Way for the first
time in 26,000 years, on the exact date of the
end of the Mayan calendar, Dec. 21, 2012. This
will also be the year when the United States and
the United Nations elect a new president and a
new secretary general, considered by some to be
the two most powerful "thrones" on earth,
and the seat from which prophecy experts say the
Antichrist will rule or receive power.
On a video
here, well-known preacher Jack Van Impe says
that the year 2012 and the end of the Mayan Calendar
could mark the return of Jesus Christ.
Based on his research into the Jewish Feasts,
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries (as
laid out in a series of two DVD teachings produced
by WND Videos called "The
Feasts of the Lord")
believes this time frame between 2012-2015 could
be prophetic and may signal the return of Christ.
He says for people who believe in a "pre-tribulation
rapture," this would make the year 2008 very
important. For those who believe in a mid-tribulation
rapture, 2012 may mark their departure. And on
his website, he adds "if you're prewrath,
then 2014 might be interesting [and] if you're
a posttribber, 2015 is the date to watch for."
at the Center of Time:
Newton's Bible Codex Deciphered and the Year 2012,"
by David Flynn