This book, Observations of Daniel, and St. John is a biblical interpretation, by Sir Isaac Newton. It is meant to be read during Senior Year of high school.
Isaac Newton: Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John
Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information and historical content of the book. All of the research has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.
The Pictures from Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John
Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.
There were very few illustrations available for Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John.
All were taken from the Internet Archive version of Observations of Daniel, and St. John, found here.
The art for this edition of Daniel, and St. John was presumably made by the printer, J. DARBY and T. BROWNE in Bartholomew-Close.
I’d like to thank Brigham Young University and the Harold B. Lee Library for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.
To see the illustrations found for this book, go here.
All other pictures were produced by Amazon as links to copies available for purchase.
About Isaac Newton and Religion
Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John was written by Isaac Newton the theologian.
The author is the same as the famous scientist and creator of calculus.
Many are unaware of Newton’s Christian beliefs and how they fueled his scientific study.
He even predicted the Apocalypse; though, he probably didn’t mean to do so in such a public manner.
If that piqued your interest, you can view even more of Isaac Newton’s religious writing, made available by The Newton Project.
Subjects Covered in Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Isaac Newton
There are two subjects covered by Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John.
These subjects are Good Citizenship and Theology/Bible.
Keep in mind that this is a historicist viewpoint and may not coincide with your own religious beliefs.
However, if you prefer to turn this into a 17th Century World History/Science project, Nicki Truesdell has some neat ideas.
Reading Level of Isaac Newton’s Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and St. John
Isaac Newton’s Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, is appropriate for High School and adults.
This means that it can be read from approximately 12th grade into adulthood; or at around 17 years of age.
This book is compiled from the personal notes of Isaac Newton; expect it to be fairly advanced reading.
Isaac Newton’s Placement In the MiniMize Book List
Daniel and St. John, by Isaac Newton, is book number 298 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.
This places it in the High School Level.
The book is the 21st book to be read during Year 12 of school.
It is the third from last book until high school graduation.
Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John is Sir Isaac Newton’s religious beliefs.
It is evidence of Newton’s conduction of scientific research into the Bible.
This book should give the student a personal glimpse into the mind of the author.
Remember that Newton’s religious beliefs were kept hidden, as they were considered heretic and unlawful at the time.
However, his research into the order of nature and into theology comes together in this book
Chapters – Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Isaac Newton
Newton’s Daniel and St. John contains 17 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:
Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel.
CHAP. I. Introduction concerning, the Compilers of the Books of the Old Testament.
CHAP. II. Of the Prophetic Language.
CHAP. III. Of the vision of the Image composed of four Metals.
CHAP. IV. Of the vision of the four Beasts.
CHAP. V. Of the Kingdoms represented by the feet of the Image composed of iron and clay.
CHAP. VI. Of the ten Kingdoms represented by the ten horns of the fourth Beast.
CHAP. VII. Of the eleventh horn of Daniel’s fourth Beast.
CHAP. VIII. Of the power of the eleventh horn of Daniel’s fourth Beast, to change times and laws.
CHAP. IX. Of the Kingdoms represented in Daniel by the Ram and He-Goat.
CHAP. X. Of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.
CHAP. XI. Of the Times of the Birth and Passion of Christ.
CHAP. XII. Of the Prophecy of the Scripture of Truth.
CHAP. XIII. Of the King who did according to his will, and magnified himself above every God, and honoured Mahuzzims, and regarded not the desire of women.
CHAP. XIV. Of the Mahuzzims, honoured by the King who doth according to his will.
Observations upon the Apocalypse of St. John.
CHAP. I. Introduction, concerning the time when the Apocalypse was written.
CHAP. II. Of the relation which the Apocalypse of John hath to the Book of the Law of Moses, and to the worship of God in the Temple.
CHAP. III. Of the relation which the Prophecy of John hath to those of Daniel; and of the Subject of the Prophecy.
ACTIVITIES FOR UPON THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL, AND ST. JOHN, BY ISAAC NEWTON
There are very, very few existing activities to pair with this book.
We tried numerous combinations of words in search of a test, quiz or project to go along with it.
Unfortunately, we only found unit studies on Sir Isaac Newton, himself.
Above, we included a link to the only one that actually mentions this book.
However, even this is not truly an activity to study Newton’s observations on Daniel and St. John.
A MiniMize Quiz for Isaac Newton’s Book
There is hope, though.
The MiniMize Life is creating a Quiz for Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John.
This quiz will contain 3 pages with 17 days of activities and a total of 17 questions in all.
An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.
How the Quiz Works
This quiz will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to answer a question.
The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.
Next, they will find the answer and write it on the lines provided.
Instructions on the MiniMize Quiz for Observations of Daniel, and St. John, by Isaac Newton, state the following.
Number 1, below, is a question for Chapter 1, number 2 for Chapter 2, etc. Read Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, then answer the following questions.
Where Can I Get the MiniMize Quiz?
The MiniMize Quiz described above is currently in production.
The quiz has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.
When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the quiz and make it available here.
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Read Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Isaac Newton
If you just can’t wait to read Newton’s Observations upon Daniel and St. John, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!
Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.
We all LOVE free stuff!
Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John. While free isn’t always better, we want to make sure that you can homeschool no matter what your financial situation might be.
Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.
You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.
This version of The Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.
The FREE e-book from Gutenberg can be found here.
A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This was done on purpose to allow anyone with any operating system to use the book.
*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.
The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.
Keep an eye out for missing pages, though. While we try to avoid this issue, sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.
You can read a FREE scanned copy of Isaac Newton’s book at Internet Archive, here.
If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.
You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books in two parts.
The University of Cambridge Digital Library
Want the coolest way to view Isaac Newton’s writing on the Prophecies of Daniel and Apocalypse of St. John?
Visit the University of Cambridge Digital Library and view a scanned image of Sir Isaac Newton’s handwritten work.
They’ve even provided us with a way to see it here! How cool!!
I gasped when I saw this, so be prepared (click to page 9 to see what I’m talking about).
Want an audio version of the book?
They’re especially helpful on long car rides!
Check out the following source.
Go to YouTube to find another FREE resource for Newton’s Daniel and St. John.
Free Public Domain Audiobooks has offered a digital recording.
You can listen down here.
This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction.
Also, it is a very robotic recording and not a human voice,
But it was the only audiobook option available at the moment.
Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?
That’s what Amazon’s for!
If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.
To buy Daniel and St. John already bound and printed, go here.
We love our Kindles. Amazon just makes it so easy to read.
Plus, it lets us be lazy; and who doesn’t aspire to lounge around reading all day?
If you’re like us and want the easy solution, get this book on Kindle, here.
Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Isaac Newton
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