2006 in PROPHECY!
What do the Bible Codes, Sir Isaac Newton, and the year 2006
have in common? Where are we now in terms of End Time
Bible prophecy? Believe it or not, the year 2006 is pregnant with
awesome portent – a year of secrets and revelation! Read here
for the first time the STAGGERING significance of this very
year and what the near-term future holds for us all!
William F Dankenbring
According to the Bible codes, the Biblical research of famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton, and other evidence, the road to Armageddon and the final battle between good and evil BEGINS this very year!
We are now on the final countdown – the final “gun lap” – to the END of this age and the World Tomorrow and the coming of the Messiah this reeling planet from utter destruction and oblivion!
First, let’s take a look at the amazing “Bible codes” which have made headlines in recent years. The most famous writer on the Bible codes is Michael Drosnin, a self-avowed agnostic. Although he is not a religious man, or a “believer” in Judaism or Christianity, nevertheless he is a firm believer and student of the codes written in the Bible – he has proved them to be true and an accurate predictor of future events and persons and disasters millennia before they occurred, were born, or erupted in the news.
What does this famed researcher in the Bible codes say about the year 2006?
Scholars and Bible students know that the two most mysterious books of the Bible are the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation. In these books, even on the surface level, are predictions of unimaginable horror and apocalypse for the “end of days.”
These predictions, however, were “sealed up” and not revealed to their writers.
Daniel was told, concerning his prophecies, “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time” (Dan.12:1). The angel then told him, “But you, Daniel, SHUT UP the words, and SEAL THE BOOK, until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro [at that time], and KNOWLEDGE shall be increased” (Dan.12:4).
Later on, Daniel was again told, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are CLOSED and SEALED till the time of the END. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” (verses 9-10, NKJV).
The prophecies of the enigmatic book of Revelation were similarly sealed. John the apostle was shown in a vision a “scroll written inside and on the back, SEALED with seven seals” (Rev.5:1). Only the Lamb of God was worthy to open the seals of the book. The seven seals and their prophecies are then set forth in the remaining chapters of the book. But to simply read about them is not to understand them and their meaning. Many symbols and mysterious images and “time periods” are mentioned. Most people come away uttered confused and confounded. Yet it is a book of Revelation – and in the time of the end is meant to be understood!
Many Bible prophecies are written this way. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely, the seers. The WHOLE VISION has become to you like words of a BOOK THAT IS SEALED, which men delivered to one who is literate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’ Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I am not literate’” (Isa.29:10-12).
Who then can understand God’s sealed book? Isaiah gives the answer. First, he explains the problem: He writes: “The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink [false doctrines], they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through intoxicating drink; they ERR IN VISION, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; no place is clean” (Isa.28:7-8).
Then the prophet asks, “Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? [Of course not!] Those just drawn from the breasts? [Mere babes? Not likely!]” (Isa.28:9). The answer, the KEY to the dilemma, follows. He says: “ ‘For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.’ For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people” (see Isa.28:10-13).
In other words, one must study the Scriptures very carefully, and take ALL the related passages, and put them together, some from here and some from there, until a complete PICTURE becomes visible. We must STUDY to show ourselves approved and to gain understanding (II Tim.2:15). We must realize that ALL Scripture is “God-breathed” and divinely inspired (II Tim.3:16).
Daniel said the wicked would not understand these things, “but the WISE shall understand” (Dan.12:10). Who are the “wise”? “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov.1:7). “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and a good understanding have those who DO HIS COMMANDMENTS” (Psalm 111:10). “Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28).
Joseph, the son of Jacob, was a righteous man, and God gave him the gift of discernment and wisdom, and understanding of dreams and visions. He was persecuted by his brothers, and sold into slavery to an Egyptian, and falsely accused later of attempted rape, he was thrown into prison. But God never forsook him. All these trials were for God’s supreme purpose, to demonstrate He controls history and the future, and He works deliverance for His people, whom He loves.
Joseph himself had had divinely
ordained dreams which foretold his future and that of his family. While in prison, Pharaoh of Egypt had a
disturbing dream, which none of his agents could interpret. However, Joseph had correctly interpreted the
dreams of two other prisoners, and one had been reinstated as Pharaoh’s butler
(Gen.41:9-12). He remembered Joseph, and
Pharaoh called him out of prison to interpret his dream. Pharaoh was so impressed he said to his
court, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of
God?” Pharoah appointed him over all
What does Zaphnath-Paaneah mean? The name “Joseph” means “it will be added.” The other name has a clear meaning in Hebrew which is”decoder of the codes.” An alternate translation suggests that he created the code for us to find now; it is, “he encoded, you will decode.” But the Torah wasn’t written till hundreds of years later, when Moses lived. Therefore the full meaning in Genesis 41:45 is, “The code will be added, you will decode it.”
Daniel also was a “revealer of secrets” and king Nebuchadnezzar spoke of his God as “God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets” (Dan.2:47). “Revealer of secrets” can also mean “secret scroll.”
Are these allusions that there was a “secret code” written in the Biblical text, which must be discovered in the “end of days”? That is precisely what Biblical scholars and mathematicians have discovered in our day, with the advent of the computer!
Prophesied for 2006 in the Bible Code
Isaiah 28 and 29 predicted the existence of a “sealed book” of Scripture. Isaiah then prophesied, speaking of the end time, “In that day the deaf will HEAR the words of the BOOK, and the eyes of the blind will SEE out of obscuritiy and out of darkness” (Isaiah 29:18). He went on, “These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who complained will learn doctrine” (verse 21).
research into the Bible codes, Drosnin visited the Shrine of the Book, in
Drosnin says, “I checked every year in the next hundred years. Only two years. 2000 and 2006 were clearly encoded with ‘World War.’ The same two years were encoded with ‘atomic holocaust.’ They were the only two years in the next hundred encoded with both ‘atomic holocaust’ and ‘World War.’ There is no way to know whether the code is predicting a war in 2000 or 2006. The year 2000 is encoded twice, but 2006 is mathematically the best match” (The Bible Code, page 123).
The year 2000 was the Hebrew year 5760. It ran from about September 1999 through September 2000, or spring to spring reckoning, from April 2000 to April 2001. The year 2006 is from Sept.2005 to Sept. 2006, or April 2006 to April 2007.
minds of many, World War III began with the Intifada in
In one sense, that year could be looked upon as the beginning of World War III, pitting the Western nations against the Muslim terrorists – the war against “terrorism.”
The Mezuzah Scroll
On the front door posts of religious Jews is a small scroll in a tiny box, called a “Mezuzah.” It contains the 170 words which outline the greatest commandment – the “Shema” and following passages. Out of all the 304,805 words in the Torah, these 170 were selected to put in a separate scroll and posted at the entrance to every home.
In this short scroll is encoded “in 5760” and ‘in 5766.” Also, “World War” – the only time it is encoded in the Bible – appears in the same place and crosses one of the sacred verses. “Atomic holocaust” – the only time it is encoded in the Bible – also appears in the same two verses with the same two years.
The Mezuzah contains 15 verses, and begins, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” In this same passage, God tells us the key to preserving the world and avoiding the final holocaust. The verses continue: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” They add: “And these words which I command you this day shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut.6:4-7).
The scroll continues for another 11 verses, but this captures the essence of God’s WARNING! Says Drosnin, “The years World War III might begin were revealed in the most carefully saved words of the Old Testament. And where the years 2000 and 2006 are encoded, the hidden text of the sacred scroll warns of war: ‘It will bombard your country, terror, devastation, it is being launched’” (The Bible Code, page 126).
If we did as God said, and loved the Lord with all our heart, and taught our children diligently day and night, His precepts and commandments, then the atomic holocaust could be avoided. But who today listens to warnings? The world is in a state of total denial. What is done is done, and what will be done will be done. We must prepare for the worst.
Looking Backward to See the Future
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a once-in-a-millennium scholar, as he has been called, was interviewed by Michael Drosnin, and was asked about the possibility of Bible codes. Noting an odd quirk of the Hebrew Text, he declared, “In the Bible time is reversed. The future is always written in the past tense, and the past is always written in the future tense.” No one knows why, he said.
Turning to the book of Isaiah, he related, “Here, in Isaiah, it says you need to look backwards to see the future.” He went on, “When Isaiah says, ‘Tell the things that are to come hereafter,’ you can translate the same words to read: ‘They told the future backwards.’ In fact, you can translate the same words to read, ‘Tell the letters in reverse.’ It’s like mirror writing” (p.175).
Isaiah had several things to say about foretelling the future, and to understand what is to come we must look back at his words. He declared that fulfilled PROPHECIES are the outstanding, undeniable PROOF of the existence of GOD, and of the inspiration of the BIBLE! No other book predicts the future as it does!
“ ‘Present your case,’ says the LORD. ‘Bring forth your strong reasons,’ says the King of Jacob. ‘Let them bring them forth and show us what will happen; let them show the former things, what they were, that we might consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods. . . . Indeed, you are nothing, and your work is nothing’” (Isaiah 41:21-24).
God speaks through Isaiah’s prophecy, and says: “I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order before Me, since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have not I told you from that time, and declared it?” (Isa.44:6-8).
“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the END from the BEGINNING, and from ancient times things that are NOT YET DONE . . .” (Isa.46:9-10).
Fulfilled PROPHECY is the greatest single PROOF of God, His Word, and its divine inspiration!
With this in mind, notice that
Michael Drosnin visited with the great Hebrew mathematician Elihu Ripps, in
1996, New Year’s Eve. They discussed
again the statistics for the two years most strongly linked to the
Apocalypse. The years 2000 and 2006 were
the only years that matched both “nuclear holocaust” and “World War.” But other dangers stated in the Bible code –
“the End of Days,” “holocaust of
Rips calculated the odds – they were at least 1,000 to one. “It is something exceptional, really remarkable. Someone intentionally put this information into the Torah,” Rips stated.
Bible Code II – the Countdown
Drosnin published his first book in 1997. His second book on the Codes was published in 2002 – the year after 9-11. He reminds us, “ ‘World War,’ andd ‘atomic holocaust,’ and ‘End of Days’ are all encoded with ‘in 5766,’ the Hebrew year equivalent to 2006” (page 20).
Dosnin, “I checked every year in the next hundred, and ONLY 2006 appeared with
all three warnings. It was a clear
prediction that we might face World War III in just five years.” This was written in 2001-2002. He told Elihu Rips, the great mathematician
and code researcher, and Rips calculated the odds on the huge computer at
Rips reported, “It’s 100,000 to 1. I looked in 100,000 random texts, and these words appear together only in the Bible. It could not be by chance. Someone intentionally put this warning in the Bible” (p.21, emphasis mine).
100,000 to 1! Those are incredible odds. A hundred to one is the normal scientific test. 1,000 to 1 is the strictest standard ever applied by mathematicians. 100,000 to 1 is considered conclusive – decisive – incontrovertible.
Drosnin, “World War II ended with an atomic bomb. World War III might begin with one. There are now at least 50,000 nuclear weapons
spread throughout the world, from atomic artillery shells and suitcase bombs,
to multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles, each more powerful than
today’s world, not only do the superpowers possess nuclear weapons. But rogue nations, like
with nuclear warheads!
The world faces is most critical hour in history!
2006! Could this be a fateful year?
Drosnin relates that he delivered this warning to John Podesta, chief of staff for president Bill Clinton, as well as to Yasser Arafat, Omri Sharon, the son of Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, and others, that the “Apocalypse was right upon us,” but the general reaction was, “What can we do about it?” A sort of fatalism was the response.
But, says the author of The Bible Code, “The spread of nuclear and biological weapons, the rise of bin Laden, the growing link between religious fanatics and terrorists, had made what seemed paranoid and Apocalyptic just a few years ago almost ordinary common sense today. The world has caught up with the Bible code” (p.163).
God warned His people
At this very passage, the year “in 5766” and “in the End of Days” is encoded in the Bible codes. Elihu Rips read the passage to Michael Drosnin, and said, “It’s not a prediction, but a warning of what can happen according to what we do” (p.237).
Yes – a warning. But considering the vast corruption, and evil, existing in our nations, today, the “EVIL” mentioned in this passage is surely coming to pass – incredible corruption and flagrant disobedience to the laws of God! This means that “evil will befall” our nations “in the latter days”! It is blowing in like a hurricane!
Plague – Beginning 2005
Drosnin also points out that there are warnings of a “PLAGUE” encoded with the
year 2005. A passage of Scripture deals
with a plague that struck
The congregation, still in a rebellious spirit, accused Moses of killing the people of the Lord. God struck down the rebels and a great PLAGUE quickly spread among them. In a short time, it killed 14,700 people (v.49). In the Hebrew text, the passage says “those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred.” Vertically across this passage, the Bible code says “smallpox” (or a similar disease). Below it, the Bible code reads “in 5765” (2005).
Is this significant? 2005-2006 is the time frame in which we have received very serious warnings about the beginning of a “avian flue” epidemic raging among domestic fowl and wild birds, which is spreading worldwide, and has been passed on to human beings around the world. It is a very serious threat, and authorities fear greatly that another “Spanish flu” epidemic, such as the one that killed 18,000,000 people in 1918, could be building up and preparing to strike the human race. Warnings suggest this “bird flu” could kill as many as 142 million human beings around the globe.
The avian flu pandemic is
spreading globally rapidly. The
epicenter, which was originally
Is this what the Bible code is speaking about?
The threat of a full blown, catastrophic pandemic is so palpable, and so immensely terrifying, that world leaders are meeting and health officials are making plans to deal with a crisis of unimaginable proportions, and billions are being spent to “prepare” for the onslaught. World health leaders fear the avian flue could pop up in hundreds of cities almost simultaneously, with astonishing rapidity. Advanced countries will not be spared. In fact, those with major airports would be among the first and worst to be hit.
In a worst-case scenario, as many as 150,000,000 could die as the disease explodes, with hundreds of thousands dying daily. Health facilities would be overwhelmed. Many would be left unburied, as workers refused to touch their bodies. More sickness and disease would result. World commerce would grind to a halt.
The surface warnings of Scripture, too, are clear. A time of worldwide tribulation, distress and affliction is coming. God told Moses, “I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart” (Lev.26:16). “When you are gathered together within your cities, I will send pestilence among you” (verse 25). “The LORD will make the PLAGUE cling to you until He has consumed you from the land” (Deut.28:21). “One third of you will die of the PESTILENCE” (Ezek.5:12).
Christ Himself also predicted, “There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places” (Matt.24:7). “All these are the BEGINNING of sorrows” (verse 8). For the End of Days, shortly before His second coming, He declared, “For then there shall be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt.24:21).
The Bible codes imply that that Day has begun! As Moses said, in his day, when the plague struck, “For wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun” (Num.16:46). We can ascribe it all to ‘time and chance” – “Mother Nature” – “bad luck” – accidental happenstance – but the truth is more severe and regrettable. Our own ways and rebellion against the laws of God have brought us to this terrible point of history.
2006-2007 – Nuclear War?
world is also staring down the barrel of nuclear holocaust. Israeli General Yosi Kuperwasser told
Michael Drosnin in 2002, that although
further stated, “The Americans are obsessed with
have long said that
Could “all hell” begin to break
loose this year? Might al-Qaeda join in
the fray, and set off some of its “suitcase nukes” at strategic cities in the
The world has never before been so close to nuclear holocaust!
Golden, a Messianic Jew in
“Folks this is the most serious times that have ever confronted
the human race, and the
joined forces against
right to its land. Only those who are founded in God’s Word will
know that this is all about Satan and his struggle to prolong his
reign on planet earth. That he knows the importance of
and the returning of the Jews to the land God has promised them.
The number one item on
Satan’s list is to destroy
Jews can return and in the
process to kill all the Jews in
The Islamic satanic hatred for Jews cannot be seen in any other
way” (Golden Report, Jan.14, 2006).
Says Golden, “There is
absolutely no way for the
The probability of war with Iran is very high this year. The result could send oil prices through the roof. $5 a gallon gasoline might be considered cheap! Global economic ruin would result if oil stopped flowing from the Middle East. The world is clearly approaching its greatest catastrophe, ever!
“The Twelfth Imam”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a religious fanatic, looking for the coming of “The Twelfth Imam.” One top Iranian official is quoted as saying,“This guy is not a politician. He is certifiably insane. And he is obsessed with the Imam Zaman” (NewsMax, Feb. 2006, “Iran’s President Sees End of World Order,” page 78).
Imam Zaman , the legendary 12th imam, who is venerated by many, disappeared as a child in 941 A.D. Shiites believe he will return and rule for seven years in perfect justice. Imam Zaman is also known as the Imam Mahdi. Shiite Muslims believe that he will return in the “End Times,” after a horrific time of cosmic chaos, bloodshed, war, famine, and plagues. After a cataclysmic confrontation with the forces of evil and darkness, they believe, the Mahdi will lead the world into an era of universal peace.
Ahmadinejad’s messianic beliefs and his obsession with the 12th imam are subjects of open debate in Tehran. He feels he is the one destined to bring about the return of the Mahdi, the Shiite Messiah. In a speech in November, 2005, he said that the main mission of his government was to “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his presence).” He has been quoted as having told regime officials that the 12th Imam will reappear in two years!
Ahmadinejad believes these events are very close at hand. He may be attempting to provoke the end-time chaos in order to hasten the reappearance of his Imam Mahdi! Is he tempting fate to provoking a clash with the Western nations, because he feels this chaos would bring about the imminent return of the Mahdi?
The Iranian president has said that “Israel should be wiped off the map.” He has suggested that the Jews in Israel should be shipped to Germany, or even to Alaska. Hashemi Rafsanjani, who dominated Iranian politics in the 1990s, noted that just one nuclear weapon could make Israel disappear in a mushroom cloud.
In a speech before the United Nations, Ahmadinejad spoke in apocalyptic terms of an Iran struggling against an evil west. He ended with a messianic appeal to God to “hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.” He later said that he felt a “glow of light” around him as he began his speech.
The sneaky suspicion is that Iran’s president may actually relish a clash with the West in the belief that it would kindle the spirit of Islamic revolution around the globe and speed up the coming of the Hidden Imam.
Sir Isaac Newton and the Bible Code
Sir Isaac Newton believed that not only the Bible but the whole Universe was a “cryptogram set by the Almighty,” a great puzzle that mankind was meant to solve.
Perhaps he did more to solve the puzzle than any other scientist. He formulated the three laws of motion, laws of optics, discovered the law of gravity, and differential calculus. Before he died, three hundred years ago, he also spent most of his life researching the Bible, and locked away thousands of handwritten papers. When the famed economist John Maynard Keynes discovered them at Cambridge University, he was astonished to find that they dealt with ancient civilizations, Bible codes, and the Apocalypse! In fact he was so repelled, that he wrote, “Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians . . .” (Bible Code II, p.239).
Keynes, in describing Newton’s hidden papers, wrote, “Another large section is concerned with all branches of Apocalyptic writings from which he sought to deduce the secret truths of the Universe – the Book of Daniel, the Book of Revelations” (The Bible Code, p.201).
Both Newton and Einstein are encoded in the Bible, says Drosnin, together with their major discovery (Bible Code, p.47). “Newton” is encoded with “gravity,” and also with “Bible code” (page 50). Drosnin declares, “The first modern scientist, the man who figured out the mechanics of our solar system and discovered the force of gravity, Sir Isaac Newton, was certain there was a hidden code in the Bible that would reveal the future. He learned Hebrew and spent half his life trying to find it” (p.21). The papers that Newton packed up in 1696, when he retired as provost, were primarily about esoteric theology, revealing that the great physicist believed “there was hidden in the Bible a prophecy of human history.”
Philip N. Moore, in The End of History, Messiah Conspiracy, discusses Sir Isaac Newton’s vital interest in the Bible. Newton’s friend, John Craig, wrote shortly after his death that he wrote long explications of parts of the Bible which he would not publish in his own time because “they showed that his thoughts were sometimes different than those which are commonly received” (p.489).
Newton’s writings on theology amounted to more than one and a quarter million words, mostly unpublished. These he regarded as his most important works of all. Wrote Prof. Richard Popkin, of UCLA, “Newton was convinced that God had presented mankind in Scripture with certain most important clues about the future history of humanity” (ibid.). Newton spent almost 60 years on his theological work.
Newton knew the Bible prophecies – he predicted, based on Scripture, that Israel would return to the holy land. Newton stated that there would be many unbelieving Jews who would become believers in the same era when Israel would once again become a nation. In his Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, first published five years after his death, Newton wrote that the Jews will return to their homeland.
Newton declared on this issue, “. . . since the commandment to return precedes the Messiah . . . it may perhaps come forth not from the Jews themselves, but from some other kingdom friendly to them, and precede their return from captivity and give occasion to it. . . . The manner I know not. Let time be the interpreter” (Franz Kobler, “Newton on the Restoration of the Jews,” The Jewish Frontier, 1943, from Newton’s Yahuda Manuscript, quoted in Moore, p.493).
He even said it would occur in the twentieth century!
Newton Saw the Apostasy
Newton also perceived that nominal “Christianity” was guilty of corruption and that “before the end of the second century corruption had slowly crept into the Latin churches . . . All was brought into confusion, and the drama of apostasy in the Church had begun” (Moore, p.495). Newton referred to the institution of the Papacy as the “Whore of Babylon” (Frank E. Manuel, The Religion of Isaac Newton, p.95, from Moore, p.494).
In Newton’s writings he drew a line between true believers and the false church of history. The false church, he said, showed itself to be counterfeit, according to Jesus’ words, “You shall know them by their fruits” (Matt.7:16). Concerning prophecy and the true church, Newton wrote, “Having searched (and by the grace of God obtained) after knowledge in the prophetic scriptures, I have thought myself bound to communicate it for the benefit of others. . . If they [the prophetic Scriptures] are never to be understood, to what end did God reveal them? Certainly He did it for the edification of the church; and if so, then it is as certain that the church shall at length attain to the understanding thereof. I mean not all that call themselves Christians, BUT A REMNANT, a few scattered persons which God hath chosen” (p.495).
Seeing the widespread confusion and false teaching regarding the Scriptures, Newton wrote a profound warning to all who seek to discover and understand the TRUTH of Scripture. He declared:
“Let me therefore beg of thee not to trust to the opinion of any man
concerning these things . . . . search the scriptures thyself . . . if thou
desirest to find the truth. Which if thou shalt at length attain thou
wilt value above all other treasures . . . search into these scriptures
which God hath given to be a guide . . . and be not discouraged by
the gainsaying which these things will meet with in the world.
“They will call thee it may be a hot-headed fellow, a Bigot, a Fanatic,
a Heretic, etc.: and tell thee of the uncertainty of these interpretations,
and vanity of attending to them: Not considering that the prophesies
concerning our Savior’s first coming were of more difficult interpreta-
tion, and yet God rejected the Jews for not attending better to them.
And whither they will believe it or not, there are greater judgments
hang over the Christians for their remissness than ever the Jews yet
felt. But the world loves to be deceived, they will not understand, they
never consider equally, but are wholly led by prejudice, interest, the
praise of men, and authority of the Church they live in . . . . There are
but FEW that seek to understand the religion they profess, and those
that study for understanding therein, do it rather for worldly ends,
or that they may defend it, than . . to examine whether it be true
with a resolution to choose and profess that religion which in their judgment appears the truest. . . .
“And when thou art convinced be not ashamed to profess the truth.
For otherwise thou mayst become a stumbling block to others, and
inherit the lot of those Rulers of the Jews who believed in Christ
but yet were afraid to confess him lest they should be put out of the
Synagogue. Wherefore when thou art convinced be not ashamed of
the truth but profess it openly and endeavor to convince thy Brother
also that thou mayst inherit at the resurrection the promise made in
Daniel 12:3, that they who turn many to righteousness shall shine
as the stars for ever and ever. And rejoice if thou art counted worthy
to suffer in thy reputation or any other way for the sake of the Gospel,
for then great is thy reward” (p.496).
Amazing words! Here was the testimony of a TRUE believing Christian, one of the greatest scientists of all time!
Albert Einstein had a great interest in Newton and in his faith. His great reverence for Newton is seen that Newton’s portrait hung in his bedroom until he died.
Most of Newton’s manuscripts on religion were long concealed from the world. Some would say, even suppressed, lest Newton’s Biblical discoveries should “tarnish” his reputation as a scientific genius. Others may well have wanted to cover up Newton’s prophetic and doctrinal writings because they would have the authority of such a brilliant scientist behind them, and therefore many might actually BELIEVE them, and turn from the establishment’s churches!
In 1936 Newton’s papers were auctioned at Sotheby & Co., and afterwards Professor Abraham Shalom Yahuda, a collector fascinated by the Bible and science, bought most of them, piece by piece, from the new owners. He was a Palestinian Jew and important Arabic scholar and collector of manuscripts. He believed that there was evidence of the historical accuracy of the Bible.
In 1940 Yahuda became a refugee in the United States. He brought h is vast collection with him, and with the help of Albert Einstein, tried to get Harvard, Yale, or Princton to take them over, but all three refused. On his deathbed, Yahuda bequeathed his entire manuscript collection to the Hebrew University.
His wife contested the will and ended up committing suicide over the matter. Only in 1969 was it decided by the courts, after an 18-year long struggle, that the will would not be broken, and the papers were delivered to the library in Jerusalem.
Albert Einstein confessed that his own discoveries would have been impossible without the scientific work of Newton and his amazing discoveries. He also wrote to Yahuda, “Newton’s writings on biblical topics seems to me especially interesting, because they reveal a deep insight into the spiritual character and the working method of this significant man. For Newton, the divine origin of the Bible is unconditionally certain. . . . From this belief arises the firm conviction that the parts of the Bible that appear obscure must contain important revelations, which require only the decoding of the symbolic language used in them in order to be illuminated. Newton attempts this decoding or interpretation by means of his acute, systematic thinking, in which he carefully makes use of all the sources available to him. . . . These writings, mostly unpublished, thus provide a highly interesting insight into the spiritual workshop of this unique thinker” (signed by Albert Einstein, Sept. 1940, at Lake Saranac).
Newton made predictions based on his intense study of Jewish history and ideas. He studied Hebrew so he could read the Old Testament in the original language. In a July 26, 1985 interview with Professor Popkin, the Hebrew newspaper Hamishmar quoted Newton as saying that the Jews will return to Jerusalem in the twentieth century (Moore, p.492).
Newton believed that the world “was moving inexorably toward a cataclysm, a great conflagration, to be followed by a yet undefined form of renewal. His explication is in one of the normative exegetical traditions of the Talmudic rabbis and Puritan divines, whose underlying assumption was that Scriptures do not contain a single superfluous phrase, or even a letter that does not have significant meaning – a sort of law of parsimony” (p.521).
In his prophetic interpretations, Newton used numerous mathematical calcu-lations, including gematria (translating the Hebrew letters of a name into their numerical equivalents). Newton’s works were also punctuated with emotional outbursts against Roman Catholicism. According to Newton, the original Christian religion was plain, but, he said, “men skilled in the learning of heathens, Cabbalists and Schoolmen corrupted it with metaphysics, straining the Scriptures from a moral to metaphysical sense and thereby making it unintelligible.”
Newton was a careful historian of the first centuries of the Church, and distinguished three principal agents in the propagation of the metaphysical evil – the Jewish Caballists, the philosophers, among whom Plato and the Platonists were the worst offenders, and the Gnostics, of whom Simon Magus was the arch-culprit and ringleader (Frank E. Manuel, The Religion of Isaac Newton, p.66-69, quoted in Moore, p.522; see Acts 8 and Eusebius’ Church History).
UCLA Professor Richard Popkin notes that a little-known revolutionary innovation of Newton was to use astronomy to scientifically verify and validate the time-frame of Biblical events in history. He used astronomical discoveries and constructed a chronology of events based upon the positions of the stars described in Scripture and other ancient writings. He came to the conclusion that the Bible is the oldest historical document and is historically accurate. More accurate than Greek, Egyptian, or Babylonian histories. Newton proved Biblical history to be accurate, and claimed that this meant that God had presented His message from the very beginning of the world through the history of the Hebrews, and through their prophetic insights given to them (Moore, p.523, Popkins, Essays on the Context, Nature and Influence of Newton’s Theology, p.111).
Popkins noted: “Newton did a great deal of original historical research to discern the events in world history which constituted the fulfillment of the prophecies. Some of his interpretations have been accepted by later Bible interpreters, especially among the fundamentalists. Newton studied the history of the Roman Empire, the European Middle Ages, and the rise of Islam in the Middle East in order to identify what actually happened in history with what was predicted in prophecy. . . . Newton broke new interpretative ground both in the application of modern scientific techniques to the understanding of the Bible and in the historical interpretation of prophecies” (Moore, pp.523-524, Popkins, p.114).
Newton’s historical research in interpreting fulfilled prophecies was later taken over by many fundamentalists who regarded him as one of the very best in the field. He was in the forefront of critical scholarship of his time, applying modern science to understanding the Bible.
Isaac Newton believed that Christ dominates both Old and New Testaments; that all appearances of the LORD in the Old Testament are actually appearances of Christ; that it was Christ who walked in the Garden of Eden; it was Christ who gave Moses the Ten Commandments, who appeared to Abraham as an Angel, who fought with Jacob, and who gave the prophecies to the prophets.
Did Sir Isaac Newton have anything to say about the “End of Days” and the year 2006, in particular, in his Biblical prophetic predictions?
Newton and the Year 2006
Experts have been pouring over Sir Isaac Newton’s secret writings, suppressed for centuries, and have discovered his stunning prophecies for the present century, and the year 2006 in particular.
Dr. Ephraim Springstein asserts, “Newton’s writings on science and mathematics are well known, but his religious research is less well-known. But his analysis of scripture was every bit as deep and revolutionary as his work creating modern physics and calculus. He was truly the genius of his time” (“Famed scientist Isaac Newton’s stunning prophecy,” by Graham Beaton, Sun, February 6, 2006).
Newton dedicated 50 years of his life to analyzing works of Bible prophecies. He deemed his religious discoveries too controversial for public release during his own lifetime. His theological studies remained a secret until recently, when scholars discovered them in the collection of the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem.
Says Springstein, “We have known of these manuscripts for at least three years. We knew they described events of the End Times, beginning with massive plagues and fires, then a final battle between the armies of good and evil followed by the 1,000-year reign of the Prince of Peace” (ibid.).
Springstein continues, “But it was only within the past MONTH that we understood Newton’s prophecy was not about a distant future date. Using the data in the Books of Daniel and Revelation, he had precisely calculated the year of ARMAGEDDON – AND IT IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN 2006!”
Newton was not trying to “set dates.” He declared in a manuscript which pinpointed the exact date of 2006 A.D., “I mention this period not to assert it, but only to shew [show] that there is little reason to expect it earlier, and thereby put a stop to the rash of Interpreters who are frequently assigning the time of the end.”
Writes Beaton in the Sun, “Because his religious research conflicted with the official view of the Catholic Church and the Church of England, Newton ran the risk of being declared a heretic – a grave criminal offense that merited execution in those days. As a result, Springstein explains, he kept his manuscripts hidden and wrote many of his conclusions in SCIENTIFIC OR NUMERICAL CODES.”
Dr. Springstein declares, “Previous researchers pinpointed Newton’s date of the end as taking place either in 2060 or 2327. We’ve found new manuscripts containing his equations and a KEY to deciphering his notation.
“Once we followed Newton’s research every step of the way, we reached the same TERRIFYING CONCLUSION. The PROCESS by which the world will come to an END BEGINS NOW, IN THE YEAR 2006.”
Note carefully. Newton did NOT predict that Armageddon would be FOUGHT in 2006 – but rather that the PROCESS would begin this very year – 2006! And that from that year, it would not be long till the coming of the Messiah!
In Newton’s interpretation, the final battle takes place between agents of corrupt worldly powers, including national governments and decadent organized religions – in several countries at once. Agents of darkness would cross over the Euphrates river in Iraq, heading for Israel. Within weeks, the capital cities of the United States, Europe and two Asian nations would be engulfed by plagues and terrorist attacks. Vatican city will be razed by the attackers.
Finally, a “war of flames” would erupt on the plains of Megiddo in northern Israel – apparently a nuclear exchange. “The explosion is felt around the world, and ground zero is reduced to a molten, radioactive lake of fire,” says Beaton.
The final battle of Armageddon is brought to a close by “soldiers who are above the field.” The leaders of this force limits the destruction and saves the lives of countless innocents, and is soon hailed as a global leader. He establishes a miraculous kingdom in which the greatest values are love, enlightenment, tolerance and discovery.
Springstein declares, “After making a stirring speech that inspires a new world government ruled by spiritual principles, this leader is recognized by all as the Prince of Peace. Isaac Newton clearly describes this man as the Second Coming of Christ.
“According to this analysis of Bible prophecy, this man of God will reign peaceably for 1,000 years before literally transforming our world into the Kingdom of Heaven” (ibid.).
How did Newton arrive at this timetable of events? His manuscript describes the events of the End Times as the culmination of 1,260 years of apostasy – a total abandonment of faith and sound religious values. But, Newton wrote, those who “hold fast” to God’s love and the pursuit of TRUTH are destined for salvation.
Says Springstein, those are the two great virtues that Newton revisits time and time again. “By exercising the love of God and the pursuit of truth, any one of us can join the ranks of the elect.” According to Isaac Newton, we can prepare ourselves for that fateful time and the worst horrors of Armageddon by exercising those two virtues every day of our lives.
To encourage the love of God, he recommended praying daily, reading selected Scriptures such as Matthew 5:3-11, giving generously to those in need, developing friendships with those of different faiths, and helping with children by volunteering at day care centers or church youth groups. To encourage the pursuit of truth, he recommended reading about every new scientific advance, testing everything with experiments at home, where possible, and asking questions of those in authority.
Newton declared, “Through the asking of such questions is one liberated from those who would hide behind deception, for the architects of such sundry falsehoods view the Question as a deadly foe and go to extremes to avoid the Honest Answer, even if that answer be that the answerer does not yet know the whole truth; for the wise man freely admits that the greatest mystery is that Ultimate Truth designed by the Great Architect of Creation in whose shadow we all stand.”
Isaac Newton was a very humble man, and avoided all argumentation and public dispute as unbecoming for a Christian. He said of himself, shortly before his death, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me” (Moore, p.518).
Newton and the Year 2006
The Bible codes point to the year 2006 as being very significant. Sir Isaac Newton’s research also points to the year 2006 as being the beginning of the countdown to “Armageddon.” The Jewish Jubilee cycles point to the year 2012 as being a Jubilee Year (counted from the inheritance of Canaan in the days of Joshua), and the Messiah is prophesied to return on a Jubilee Year (compare Acts 3:19-21; Lev.25:8-11; read our article “Will the Messiah Return on a Jubilee Year?”).
The ninth chapter of Daniel tells us of a final “week of years” which will occur leading up to the coming of the Messiah (Dan.9:24-26) – a seven year period of great troubles (Dan.12:1). If 2012 is the year of the return, then 2006 would be the first of the final seven years preceding Messiah’s grand entrance! And Mayan chronology points to the year of 2012 as being the end of a “world age” and beginning of a new age!
How did Newton arrive at the year 2006? According to Springstein, Newton’s year 2006 is the culmination of 1260 years of ongoing apostasy. The number 1260 is mentioned in Revelation 12:6 as a period of persecution equal to “times, a time, and half a time” (Rev.12:14-16) – the same as “42 months” (Rev.13:5). This equals 3 ˝ years of 360 days each (the original Biblical year). 3 ˝ such years would equal 1260 years; 7 such years would equal 2,520 years. (Write for our article, “Daniel 9 and the Proof of the Messiah”.)
Interestingly, if we count back 2520 years from 2006, we arrive at the date 515 B.C. That is the very year that construction of the Second Temple was finished under the governor Zerubabbel in ancient Judea! Construction began in 520 B.C. (Haggai 1:7-15). It was completed on the third day of the month of Adar (Ezra 6:15), in 515 B.C. 2520 years from that pivotal date brings us to 2006 A.D.!
1260 Years of Apostasy – 746-2006 A.D.
Newton counted the 1260 years from 746 A.D. and arrived at the year 2006. This was 1260 years of ongoing religious apostasy. What event occurred in 746 A.D.?
The Muslim religion may be said to begin with the flight of Mohammed in 622 A.D. In 630, he entered Medina in triumph, destroyed pagan idols and declared the Kaabah a mosque (house of worship). At his death in 632, Arab military leaders expanded the Muslim world, under the Caliphs. Non-Muslim conquered peoples had to pay a special tax. At first, only a few were converted to Islam. Beginning about 746-750, conversions to Islam increased until it became the predominant religion in all the conquered lands. This was certainly one form of “great apostasy” from the truth.
At that time, two branches of Islam -- the Shiites and Abbasids – overthrew the Omayyad Caliphate and became the two dominant branches of Islam.
Meanwhile, in the Christian world, the Catholic church was plunging further into great apostasy. Pope Zacharias (741-752) was instrumental in making Pepin, father of Charlemagne, King of the Franks, a Germanic people occupying western Germany and northern France. Zacharias sought the protection of “Pepin the Short,” to protect Rome from the Lombards. In return for this aid, he helped him to be crowned the king of France. Pepin was the son of Charles Martel, who conquered the Muslims at Tours, in 732, preventing all Europe from falling to Islam. This was one of the most significant battles in all history, preserving “Christian Europe” from becoming the final outpost of Islam, thus preventing Islam’s conquest of the entire world.
Pepin was crowned, with the pope’s help, king of France. Says Philip Schaff, in History of the Christian Church, “This was the first step toward the creation of a Western [Roman] empire and a NEW political system of Europe with the POPE and the German emperor at the head” (vol.IV, “Mediaeval Christianity, p.233). He goes on, “The POPE claimed and exercised now for the first time the same power” which the servants of God in Israel had in anointing the kings of Israel.
Thus the woman began to ride the Beast, inaugurating the Roman Empire of the Middle Ages. The apostle John foresaw this woman – church – riding upon the back of the Beast in Revelation, chapter 17. An angel told him, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters . . . And I saw a WOMAN sitting on a scarlet BEAST, which was full of names blasphemy. . . And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev.17:1-5). This woman was “drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (verse 6). The King James Version speaks of her as the “great whore” (verse 1).
This was a signal point in world history, and the apostasy of the Roman Church. Says Schaff, “To such a height of blasphemous assumption had the PAPACY risen already as to identify itself with the kingdom of Christ and to claim to be the dispenser of temporal prosperity and eternal salvation” (p.234).
Pepin later led his army to Italy, conquered the Lombards, and gave their lands to the Pope, a large part of central Italy. This was the beginning of the PAPAL STATES, or the TEMPORAL DOMINION of the Popes – civil control of Rome and central Italy, established by Pope Zacharias and his successor Pope Stephen, which was recognized by Pepin in 754. Thus central Italy, once the head of the Roman Empire, and later ruled by the Goths, came to be ruled by the “Head” of the Church – the Pope. This temporal kingdom lasted for 1,100 years, till 1870, when on the outbreak of war between France and Germany, Victor Immanuel of Italy took possession of Rome and added the Papal States to Italy.
It seems evident that this was the great “apostasy” which Newton had in mind, when he counted 1260 years from 746, coming to 2006.
In addition to this, however, note the following: Schaff declares, “Childeric III, the last of the hopelessly degenerate Merovingian line, was the mere shadow of a monarch, and forced to retire into a monastery. Pepin, the ruler in fact, now assumed the name, was elected at Soissons (March, 752) by the acclamation and clash of arms of the people, AND ANOINTED, like the kings of Israel, by Boniface or some other bishop, and two years after by the pope himself, who had decided that the lawful possessor of the royal power may also lawfully assume the royal title. Since that time he called himself ‘by the grace of God king of the Franks.’ The pope conferred on him the title of ‘Patrician of the Romans (Patricius Romanorum), which implies a sort of protectorate over the Roman church, and civil sovereignty over her territory. For the title ‘Patrician,’ which was introduced by Constantine the Great, signified the highest rank next to that of the emperor. . . . On the other hand, this elevation and coronation was made the basis of PAPAL SUPERIORITY over the crowns of France and Germany” (pp.233-234).
Note two things: 1) Pepin began his “legal” reign as king in 752 – 6 years after 746. Thus it was a period of SEVEN YEARS between the “beginning” of the apostasy in 746 and the full-blown apostasy in 752. Counting 1260 years from 752 A.D., we come to the year 2012 – the anticipated END OF DAYS and return of the Messiah, and the conclusion of Daniel’s “seventh week.” Thus this period of time seems to symbolize and be a “type” of the final seven years of this Age, and Daniel’s final “week” of the 70 weeks prophecy!
2) Note that Pepin’s elevation as “king” was based on the Pope’s influence, power, and the “basis of papal superiority” – another way of saying, the WOMAN (the Catholic Church) at this juncture literally BEGAN her ride upon the “back of the Beast”!
It is very significant that like the Bible codes, and Biblical chronology, Isaac Newton also came up with the year 2006 as being the “beginning of the End of Days” – the beginning of “Armageddon” – starting his countdown from 746 A.D. And seven years later would constitute the “End of Days,” 2012, and the conclusion of the present Age of man!
End of Days
The world is now trembling on the cusp of the final fateful week of cataclysm and catastrophe, preceding the second coming of Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’Moschiah – the Messiah Himself – who will finally deliver this world from its woes, anguish, suffering, and travail!
The year 2006 is indeed a fateful year! The coming of the Messiah is close at hand.
The apostle Luke wrote, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth. . . Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:24-28, NJKV).
Are you ready for the frightful days ahead of us? Are you getting prepared? “Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” (Amos 4:12).