Isaac Newton Predicted That The World Will End in 2060 Back In The 18th Century

Isaac Newton

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

People have become used to hearing about the impending doom of the world. Scientists and religious people had predicted the sixth mass extinction due to climate changes or as a result of sin. It is only in these ominous messages that science and religion were found to agree.

The union of science and belief in magic, astrology, and divination was found in people like Francis Bacon and Descartes and even in Sir Isaac Newton. 

Sir Isaac Newton stood out from the others as his belief in the occults was present along with rigidity in mathematics that adhered to inductive scientific methods. 


Whilst Newton was formulating the principles of gravity and the three laws of motion, he sought the legendary Philosopher’s Stone and tried to turn metal into gold. Sir Isaac Newton was also religious and wrote theological treatises which interpreted the prophecies in The Holy Bible and predicted the apocalypse. He did his calculations and arrived at 2060.

Sir Isaac Newton Predicted The End Of The World In His 1704 Letters

Sir Isaac Newton was quite confident in his predictions as he was quite rational in the World of Science, as written by Another Pale Blue Dot

Newton described the reckoning in a 1704 letter exhibited at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University which read:

So then the time times & half a time are 42 months or 1260 days or three years & an half, recconing twelve months to a yeare & 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] kingdoms, the period of 1260 days, if dated from the complete conquest of the three kings A.C. 800, will end A.C. 2060. It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner.”

Sir Isaac newton further demonstrated his confidence and wrote that his intentions were “not to assert” an answer should any incident “put a stop the rash conjectures of fancifull men who are frequently predicting the time of the end.

Isaac Newton

Let us find out how he arrived at 2060, and be rest assured that he applied a rigorous method to find out such.

Sir Isaac Newton worked out his prediction using the Book of Daniel. You can also read one written by Stephen Snobelen, who pointed out how widespread Newton’s beliefs had become.

Another letter written by Newton completed his prophetic calculations:

“Prop. 1. The 2300 prophetick days did not commence before the rise of the little horn of the He Goat.

2 Those day [sic] did not commence a[f]ter the destruction of Jerusalem & ye Temple by the Romans A.[D.] 70.

3 The time times & half a time did not commence before the year 800 in wch the Popes supremacy commenced

4 They did not commence after the re[ig]ne of Gregory the 7th. 1084

5 The 1290 days did not commence b[e]fore the year 842.

6 They did not commence after the reigne of Pope Greg. 7th. 1084

7 The diffence [sic] between the 1290 & 1335 days are a parts of the seven weeks.

Therefore the 2300 years do not end before ye year 2132 nor after 2370.

The time times & half time do n[o]t end before 2060 nor after [2344]

The 1290 days do not begin [this should read: end] before 2090 [Newton might mean: 2132] nor after 1374 [sic; Newton probably means 2374]

Professor Snobelen believes that the letters date from after 1705 and that “the shaky handwriting suggests a date of composition late in Newton’s life.”

Newton had also predicted some other dates- 2344, 2132, 2090, and 2374, but the fact that it appears in more than one letter makes 2060 his most memorable dating for the apocalypse.

It is also important to know that Newton did not believe that the world would perish or cease to exist. His philosophy resembles that of current-day evangelicals: Christ would return and reign for a millennium, the Jewish diaspora would return to Israel and would set up “a flourishing and everlasting Kingdom.”

Sir Isaac Newton’s work is still used to make accurate predictions for hundreds of years and Isaac Asimov had stated that his theories were “not so much wrong as incomplete,” and are still important under certain fundamental phenomena.

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