Sir Isaac Newton's prediction on when the world would come to an end from way back in the year 1704 is causing people to fear the legendary scientist may have been right.
One of the most famous British personalities of all time, the mathematician, astronomer and physicist among other things, prophesied that the world could could face doomsday in the year 2060, reports the Daily Star.
Newton's history-making discoveries in the field of science, most notably the laws of gravity, have some thinking he could not make the same unsubstantiated end-of-the-world forecasts that modern TikTok 'time travellers' and soothsayers have with little basis.
That would put the end of humanity just under forty years away, with recent statistics claiming one in seven people feel the world could end in their own lifetime.
Newton's prediction came from studying the Bible and other religious works to calculate when planet Earth would be replaced with a 'Kingdom of Heaven'. He believed that the second coming would occur in the 21st century and that Christ would rule for a millennium.
He wrote in antique English: “So then the time times half a time are 42 months or 1260 days or three years and an half, reckoning twelve months to a year and 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,” Newton wrote, “but I see no reason for its ending sooner”.
An expert in Newton, Stephen D. Snobelen, claims this forecast was well known by academics and scholars but has only been more widely dug recently.
He wrote: “For many, the revelation that Newton was a passionate believer who took biblical prophecy seriously came as something of a shock.
“Curiously a couple months after the 2060 story broke, Sir Martin Reese, one of today’s leading scientists, published a book entitled Our Final Hour ( titled Our Final Century in the UK) in which he argues that the human race has only a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the 21st century”.