March 2008 Newsletter
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Sir Isaac Newton
ï»¿In Genesis 12:3, God says, “I will bless those who bless and curse those who curse the Jews, Abraham’s descendants.” Newton’s Riddle by Neill Russell is a gripping supernatural thriller based upon this everlasting promise of God.
Before his death in 1727, Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist, concealed a prophetic script in one of his journals.
This mysteriously coded script detailed crucial future events involving Israel and the return of Jesus. Incorporating Sir Isaac Newton’s extensive research, Bible prophecy, and the bond that exists between America and Israel during the final days of planet earth, Newton’s Riddle is a captivating, suspenseful tale ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.
For starters, in this prophetic novel, the President of the United States is a woman, and the theme is a two-state solution to bring peace to the Middle East!
Dr. Ezra Schroeder, one of the main characters, is a National Security Administration codebreaker. During a trip to England to visit an old friend, Dr. Schroeder happens upon the cryptic contents of Newton’s final work. With each passing day, as the political clouds around the United States and Israel grow increasingly ominous, Ezra knows what he must do. With this vital knowledge in hand, he must become a modern-day Moses and implore the reluctant President of the United States to come to the aid of the Jewish state of Israel—which is on the brink of total annihilation.
In the following excerpts, Dr. Schroeder explains Sir Isaac Newton’s view of end-time prophecy, including his estimate of when the Messiah would return! (Newton’s research convinced him that the Messiah would return before 2060. Based on his study of Newton’s findings, author Neill Russell comes up with a date of 2016. Remember this is a fictional book—no one knows the day or hour of Messiah’s return. But we can know the season!
ï»¿“Sir Isaac Newton was one of the foremost scientific intellects of all time. But most people do not know that he was also a formidable biblical scholar. Surprisingly, only 12% of Newton’s vast library contained books on the subjects of mathematics, physics and astronomy, the disciplines on which his scientific fame rests. This may shock some people, but the vast majority of the books in Newton’s library were on the subject of theology. He believed that the Bible is literally true in every respect. Throughout his life, he continually tested biblical truth against the physical truths of experimental and theoretical science. He never observed a contradiction. In fact, he viewed his own scientific work as a method by which to reinforce belief in biblical truth.
“Newton looked at the entire universe and all that is in it as a cryptogram set by the Almighty. A riddle that could be read simply by applying pure thought to certain evidence and clues that God had hidden throughout the universe. Newton sincerely believed that all would be revealed to him if only he could persevere to the end, uninterrupted, voyaging through God’s ocean of thought alone.
“Newton had one final obsession—solving Bible prophecy. Newton assumed that by the same powers of his introspective imagination, he could solve the riddles of past and future events that he believed God encoded in the Bible, specifically in the books of Daniel and Revelation. To Newton’s mind, it was clear that some prophecies would not be understood until the end of history.…
“The greatest physicist who ever lived, who worked out the mechanics of the solar system and the universe, spent the greater part of his lifetime attempting to treat the Bible as a source of scientific data. He truly believed that before he died, God would reveal to him the secrets of prophecy that were locked inside the Bible.”
Our Blessed Hope
Newton’s revelations were recorded—in code—in a black book called Our Blessed Hope. In this excerpt, we read an amazing email from Dr. Schroeder to Harry Andrews, a professor friend in England:
I am attaching the entire text of Newton’s journal with this email. As you might recall, before I left England I had
just finished deciphering the original text from its coded form into Hebrew. The attachment I am now sending contains the original text, its Hebrew translation, and most importantly, the translation back into English. Once you have thoroughly examined the pages of this document, I believe you and the entire Cambridge staff will come to the same conclusion as I did: that what we have in our possession could possibly be one of the greatest finds in the history of mankind!
I am now going to give you my interpretation of what I believe to be Newton’s final message. Once I was able to decipher the entire original text into Hebrew,
“Newton sincerely believed that all would be revealed to him if only he could persevere to the end, uninterrupted, voyaging through God’s ocean of thought alone.”
I saw before me what appeared to be a tangled web of prophetic Scripture verses starting first with the book of Daniel. I then discovered that putting verses from the books of Daniel, Genesis, Psalms, Ezekiel, and Zechariah together in Newton’s sequence produced a logical message….
Newton sincerely believed that God had rewarded his lifetime of unwavering faithfulness by selecting him to be one of the chosen few mentioned in Daniel Chapter 12 to receive God’s prophetic insight. Newton started his message by quoting one of the most familiar verses found in Scriptures, Genesis Chapter 12 verse 3. It is here that God swore a solemn oath to bless any people or nation who blesses Abraham’s chosen descendants, the Jewish people, and to curse any people or nation who do harm or evil in any way to the Jewish people.
He then returns to the book of Daniel where things get really interesting. Newton understood from reading Daniel that there would come a future time when the Jews would return from their worldwide dispersion to the land promised to them by the God of Abraham. He also accepted the argument that each of the prophetic weeks described in Daniel Chapter 9 was numerically equivalent to seven-year periods. But Newton vehemently disagreed with the scholars when it came to the interpretation of the two separate periods of weeks quoted in Daniel Chapter 9 verse 25, “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; Jerusalem will be built again, with a plaza and moat, even in times of distress.”
The vast majority of biblical scholars interpret this verse by simply adding the seven sevens and the sixty-two sevens to come up with 483 years, the timing of Messiah’s first coming. Sir Isaac differed completely with this logic. He concluded that the first seven weeks of years or the forty-nine years prophesied by Daniel were entirely separate from the remaining sixty-two weeks of years. Newton calculated that the prophetic time clock of Messiah’s second coming would take place the moment Jerusalem was once again in the hands of the Jews. Messiah’s return would take place forty-nine years after this future event. Newton also stressed that none of these events could ever take place by the hands of the Jews alone, but only through the assistance and protection of a friendly nation.
Next in Newton’s timeline, the Archangel Michael arises to do battle against the enemies of God’s chosen people. These enemies of Israel are all listed in both Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. Along with two evil northern empires named in Ezekiel 38 as Gog and Magog, the entire confederation conspires together to carry out an evil plan to utterly destroy Israel and the Jewish people. At that time, the Jewish nation will find herself totally alienated and hopeless. They will at last cry out in dire desperation to their one and only true Messiah, Jesus, and at last they will see their redemption.
Harry, I consider you to be one of my dearest and most cherished friends. You and I both share a burning passion in quest for truth. You also know me to be a man of sound mind. In closing, I would like to share with you my personal thoughts concerning Newton’s message. It is my firm conviction that God truly did reveal His end-times plan to Newton. I also believe that we are presently living in those predicted times. According to Newton’s interpretation, the hands of God’s prophetic clock started ticking the moment Israel’s army recaptured the city of Jerusalem in June of 1967. If you add the forty-nine years predicted in Daniel Chapter 9 verse 25 to that date, then Messiah’s possible return to Earth will be on or before the year 2016.
I also believe that Newton’s friendly nation called to support and protect Israel is none other than the United States and as long as this strategic relationship lasts, Israel will remain safe. I find it extremely interesting that Newton included direct quotes from Genesis 12 verse 3 twice in his message, once at the very beginning and once at the end. “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.” This was purposely inserted as a warning to any nation that they would suffer severe consequences if they were to abandon Israel in her time of need or attack her when she was vulnerable. In spite of this warning, the Scriptures make it perfectly clear that on some future date, all nations, including the United States, will desert Israel. When that day arrives, the devil himself will lead the final charge to totally destroy what God has called the ‘apple of His eye.’
I will close now with what I call Newton’s ultimate riddle. I have to confess, Newton ends his message with a line that even I have yet to solve: “Always remember to never forsake the words of this prophecy, for concealed within these very lines, the wise shall know the end of times.”
Later in the book, Dr. Schroeder does go on to solve Newton’s ultimate riddle—which turns out to be a key to Israel’s survival and America’s future!
Kathryn Kuhlman interviewing Sid Roth on television
ï»¿When I was a young Jewish believer, I was invited to share my testimony on Kathryn Kuhlman’s television show
(see picture at right). At that time, when I saw this “old” (much younger than I am now) woman do four television shows in one day, I thought that was a great miracle. Today at 67, I do eight to ten television shows in one day!
But perhaps the greatest sign of God’s favor has been His financial provision. I do not raise money on television. Why? Because it is a huge turn off for unsaved people. Many have come to believe this is the only reason for television ministry.
There are those who tell me it is impossible for a mass media ministry designed to reach the unsaved to exist with only seven appeal letters per year. But God has been faithful to meet our needs with our simple, childlike strategy for thirty-one years!
We finished 2007 debt-free thanks to your generosity and obedience. This year I plan to add three new television networks, create a new website for unsaved Jewish viewers, build a television studio/office and advertise on billboards, buses and in newspapers to increase our unsaved audience.
I thought you would like to see a recent picture of my family as well as a picture from a TV interview I conducted in 1980, fifteen years before we started It’s Supernatural!
As I flew into Brunswick last night, I sat next to a Jewish woman from New York
who was about 35 years old. She attends a conservative synagogue. She was so “tolerant” she said every religion was right. In fact, she celebrates Christian and Jewish holidays. My heart went out to this woman who was so lost. She promised to watch my TV show! After this encounter, I felt like Paul in Romans 9:3: “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from [Messiah] for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh.”
This is God’s moment to reach the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Look at the following email and believe God for hundreds of thousands like it:
“I just wanted you to know that I have been witnessing and praying for my Jewish best friend for 7 years. It was not until I sent her Sid Roth’s book, They Thought for Themselves, that she claimed her eyes were ‘opened’ and she ‘saw clearly’ who Messiah is. She gave her heart to Yeshua yesterday!” —C.S.
Your partnership with me to reach Israel makes God smile. Thank you.
Shalom and Love,
Sid Israel Roth
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