Sir Isaac Newton 1642 - 1727
1. Written by Peter Taylor, January 2001, the Australian Mathematics Trust Website at http://www.amt.canberra.edu.au/newton.html
§ "Our society is built upon the observation of repetitive phenomena which recur as we anticipate them, and we tend to exclude from our 'logic' those phenomena which are not repetitive, or whose cycles are difficult to ascertain. We prize and use electricity even though we cannot understand what it is, because it is predictable.Prophecy is unacceptable until the prophet has been proven accurate. Fact and prediction may organize our lives, but prophecy opens up the mystery and essence of life."
§ "About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition."
On Biblical Prophecy
§ "Seventy weeks are cut out upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, etc. Here, by putting a week for seven years, are reckoned 490 years from, the time the dispersed Jews should be re-incorporated into a people and a holy city, until the death and resurrection of Christ; whereby transgression should be finished, and sins ended, iniquity be expiated, and everlasting righteousness brought in and this Vision be accomplished and the Prophet consummated, that Prophet whom the Jews expected; and whereby the the most Holy should be anointed, he who is therefore in the next words called the Anointed, that is, the Messiah, or the Christ. For by joining the acconplishment of the vision with the expiation of sins, the 490 years are ended with the death of Christ."
§ "…Now the dispersed Jews became a people and city when they first returned…in the seventh year of Artaxerxes Longimanus when Ezra returned with a body of Jews from captivity, and revived the Jewish worship;…to judge & govern the people according to the laws of God & the King, (Ezra vii.25) There were but two returns from captivity, Zerubbabel's and Ezra's; in Zerubbabel's they had only the commission to build the Temple, in Ezra's they first became a city by a government of their own. Now the years of this Artaxerxes...was in the year (458 B.C.) Count the time from thence to the death of Christ, and you will find it just 490 years."
§ "…And in half a week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease; that is, by the war of the Romans upon the Jews: which war, after some commotions, began in the 13th year of Nero , A.D. 67, in the Spring when Vespasian with an army invaded them; and ended in the second year of Vespasian, A.D. 70, in autumn, September 7 when Titus took the city, having burnt the Temple 27 days before: so that it lasted three years and an half."
§ "…Thus have we in this short Prophecy, a prediction of all the main periods relating to the coming of the Messiah; the time of his birth, that of his death, that of the rejection of the Jews, the duration of the Jewish war whereby he caused the city and sanctuary to be destroyed, and the time of his second coming: and so the interpretation here given is more full and complete and adequate to the design, than if we should restrain it to his first coming only, as Interpreters usually do. We avoid also the doing violence to the language of Daniel, by taking the 7 weeks and 62 weeks for one number. Had that been Daniel's meaning, he would have said sixty and nine weeks, and not seven weeks and sixty two weeks, a way of numbering used by no nation." 2
2. Taken from Futureverse website. No longer online. (hard copy available upon request)