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Sir Isaac Newton: Scientist, Bible Scholar, Astronomer
Today's Science is Tomorrow's Mysticism
Today we know Isaac Newton as a Renaissance Astronomer and the co-inventor along with Gottfried Leibniz of differential, infinitesimal and integral calculus. But not too many people realize that the same Isaac Newton was an avid Bible Scholar who obsessed in particular, over Solomon's temple, the Revelation of St. John the Divine and the church ages according to that book. He wrote several thousand pages on the subject that are now being printed in several volumes. This is a volume of material that exceeds all of his other writings combined. It includes his ideas on his occult studies. Some people are awaiting this information with avid interest. Newton also delved, albeit, secretly due to the threat of the “Holy Inquisition”, into astrology and alchemy (The foundation of modern chemistry). These points are denied by some, however, with his unorthodox Christian writings soon to be released, this denial cannot stand. It was his firm belief in God that drove him to explore science and the laws of gravity; to understand the workings of God in nature. He figured by studying nature as much as possible, he could get closer to God. Newton believed that there was no real difference between science and religion, to which we can agree as these two disciplines need to counterbalance one another dialectically. Science without religion can become cold, austere and without a humane center. Religion without science degenerates into mere superstition and empty rituals.
If it were not for his invention of the calculus and his observations and writing on astronomy and physics, he might have gone unnoticed. However, he was a deep and prolific writer on these subjects which include the ground breaking “Principia Mathematica”, “Optiks” and his work on natural philosophy called “Philosophiæ Naturalis”. These alone gained considerable notoriety for him. He laid the groundwork for our contemporary classical mechanics, described the effects of gravity and speculated as to its cause. From gravitation, he worked out the three laws of celestial motion, which we still use today, although we have now embellished them with complex orbital dynamics. He built the first practical reflecting telescope.
With his observations of light broken down into colours by a prism, he contributed to colour theory along with Geothe and laid down the foundations for spectral analysis of the elements at a distance. His work on optics laid the foundations of convex mirrors and complex lens arrangements for sophisticated telescopes and ultimately microscopes. He also formulated laws describing cooling and worked out the speed of sound. Out of his discoveries and discourses on mechanics, the Industrial Revolution got a good foundation and start and by using his principles, it really took off within two generations of his lifetime. From his mechanics, steam driven power became a reality, first in powering mills and later in the form of the steam engine that drove trains and ships.
Yet, despite all of this, the genius, Sir Isaac Newton delved more into Biblical studies than in the areas he is more widely known. The body of his material in total is awesome. Using his keen observational skills, he left virtually no stone unturned in his quest to find out the secrets of God. He would look anywhere without self redaction, nor allowed himself to be censored by closed minded individuals. This included the Bible, the occult and Cabala related to number theory in which he had am avid interest. He also studied alchemy, which in his time was considered occult and to the church, a heretical and demonic pursuit, which was punishable by torture or burning to death at the stake if the practitioner did not recant. Consider the fact that at least one of his contemporaries was actually burned to death at the stake for refusing to recant from his discoveries. Giordano Bruno was the victim, burned at the stake by civil authorities in 1600 after the Roman Inquisition found him guilty of heresy and turned him over to the state for his death sentence. Ironically, Bruno was a believer and a friar. Little wonder that Newton was careful!
Alchemy is the precursor, or the primitive form of chemistry. But it's not quite the same as chemistry because it also involves a very large aspect of psychology and occult connections, that the alchemist believed that were integral to the outcome of the experiment. It was considered an elevation of their own mind as well. It was almost psychedelic; something many people have personally experimented with since drugs and herbs of various kinds have been in use in virtually all cultures throughout history. It was an involvement where they became part of the experiment and the experiment altered the experimenter, where they were as one with it and it was virtually a religious experience. Today, this whole process is being reenacted in the exploration of the strange arena of quantum physics, especially when we hear dozens of professors interviewed on the extended recording or “What the Bleep Do We Know Anyway?” concerning the observer and the observed.
One of the ideas of alchemy was to turn lead into gold. The rulers of the day considered this a threat to their economy, for if anyone succeeded in producing large amounts of gold, the standard currency of the day, this would have collapsed the worth of the metal and the wealth of the rulers and threatened their tenure on power. This in itself was frowned upon, and in the past, where people such as the Knights Templar got too wealthy in the early 14th century, they were summarily dealt with, mass murdered on trumped up charges in the dead of night and their property seized in total. In a strange way, the alchemists were right in the idea of the transmutation of metals. Today, we do it routinely in nuclear reactors. Though we could manufacture gold in a nuclear reaction, we chose instead to make isotope medicines as these have more value monetarily and for the treatment of disease. Then there is the nasty fact of the nuclear deterrent to keep the masses of the world in line.
Now, Newton was not trying to create gold. Instead he noticed how different substances behaved with one another and discovered the foundation principles of electrostatics; attraction and repulsion. This related to his astronomical ideas, particularly with comets and gravitational attractions. It can be said that this foundation work led to our understanding of magnetic and diamagentics today. With all of his interests, he was hot on the track for a unified theory of everything, something that is still being pursued today.
Newton spent huge amounts of time dissecting the Bible and other ancient writings either connected with the Bible or independent of it. He was convinced that they contained some sort of code that, if cracked, he would be able to deduce the future of the world. One of the best examples that will soon be available in his books on the Bible and church history, is the dissection and analysis that he had of Solomon's Temple. He obtained the plans, which he found described in early versions of the Bible in different languages. In many Bibles today, this information has been redacted. Newton found all the descriptions in different languages, and from this he constructed a floor plan of what the temple would have looked like. He believed that the layout of the temple was a code in the way it was designed. Such practices are still going on today, especially with various pyramid complexes around the world. We have discovered for instance, that they are principally complex astronomical and astrological observatories. Newton in his day thus believed that Solomon was tapping into some sort of secret knowledge, in direct communication with God, in order to know what the future of man would be, and that Solomon had designed his temple to reflect the possible future of humanity.
When we consider this subject today in relationship to ancient megalithic structures all around the planet, where ancient societies attempted to understand and predict the moods of God and gods, this is far from an unreasonable concept. Whole concepts of time and natural cycles were mapped out at every one that included the idea of prognostication; foretelling the future as a fortune teller attempts to do in their own ways today. From these explorations we have inherited the Maya calendar that is the most accurate in the world and astronomical insights into cycles that are now incorporated in western astronomy today. We have seen examples of how the star patterns themselves have changed from sources in Europe and how the Egyptians mimicked the constellation of Orion in their pyramid complex. So it is not unreasonable to say that the temple built by Solomon also contained clues to the sky and the workings of nature. Newton was not misguided, but actually was an early expression of archeology and paleontology, forms of scientific research held in high regard today due to world wide incredible findings.
This research thus leads us to his interest in astrology that was integral to almost every ancient society, particularly the megalithic builders including Solomon. Many say that he said almost nothing on astrology, but within his library books on all subjects were found including on astrology. We know that Newton was very much involved with Biblical studies including Bible chronology, prophetic questions and an obsession with Solomon's temple. We also know that there is much in the Bible by way of supportive astrological comment. This is found throughout the Bible, such as in the Psalms, the sayings of Jesus, in Ecclesiastes, the book of Daniel and in the Revelation, all of which Newton studied. This is another one of these secrets that if revealed, could land him in deep trouble with the church authorities of the day. Newton did not write much on astrology, but did not condemn it either, rather criticized a contemporary who did condemn it. Newton told him he had studied the matter and that his contemporary had not. A modern day recapitulation was seen when Carl Sagan refused to go along with other astronomers who sought to condemn astrology.
Perhaps the most noteworthy resource on Biblical astrology, was written by Joseph Seiss in Philadelphia during 1882, who wrote “Gospel of the Stars”. Therein he details the Biblical story of the savior as told in the constellations. We conclude with a sampling of Biblical references on astrology that Newton would have been intimately familiar with due to his in depth Biblical studies.
Astrology in short is “The science which defines the action of the celestial bodies upon mundane affairs, and claims to foretell future events from the position of the stars. Its antiquity is such as to place it among the very earliest records of human learning. It remained for long ages, a secret science in the East...The Egyptians and the Chaldeans were among its most ancient votaries, though their methods differ” greatly from those of the present day. As to the origin of Astrology, Thebes claimed the honour of its invention, on the other hand it has been claimed that Chaldea gave it origin. “Thebes antedates considerably not only ‘Ur of the Chaldees,’ but also Nipur, where Bel was first worshipped, Sin his son (the Moon), being the presiding deity of Ur and the land of the nativity of Terah, the Sabean and astrolater and of Abraham, his son, the great astrologer of Biblical tradition.” Astrology originated in Egypt. It fell into disrepute in Rome as it had become a money making project beyond the pale of the Sacred Science of the Mysteries, which the ignorant did not understand. Adherents to astrology are found among the most intellectual and scientific minds. Later votaries need not blush for even in its present distorted and imperfect form, it is very great. To quote from Isis Unveiled (Vol 1, pp 259): “ Astrology is to exact astronomy what psychology is to exact physiology. In astrology and psychology, one has to step beyond the visible world of matter and enter the domain of transcendent spirit.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handiwork Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes." Psalm 19:1 - 8
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:25
This particular statement was made manifest in 2010 with a grand cross of the outer planets occurring in sync with the massive number of protests and great natural disasters of the same year.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” Ecclesiastes 3;
“Children in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azatiah” Daniel 1:4 - 6
“There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;” Daniel 5:11
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” Isaiah 45:5-7
“That ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45-48
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2,3
Newton on the Bible
The actual dates that Newton considered were 2034 and 2060.
This is by the author of "Chaos, the Making of a New Science". As his seminal work was excellent, there is little doubt that this one is also excellent for the scientific side of Newton.