Thank you for taking the time to actually look. Chapter II is very important actually because he shows how he interprets things. It is very methodical, he walks through a bunch of examples. Visions he attributes to nations because the Book of Daniel tells him to. It tells the reader that the first empire is the Babylonian Empire, by telling the king that he is the head of gold (Daniel 2:38). It also tells us about Persia and Greece (Daniel 8:20-21). Newton recognizes that all the visions are referring to the same sequence of empires. I don't think, after reading his work, it is arguable that he is wrong about the interpretations. The real argument comes with the date the Book of Daniel was written. I can understand if it is outside the realm of possibility to accept it may have been written prior to events. However, this is why I find more recent Biblical prophecy completion to be very interesting. If you just open-mindedly read into recent events, such as in 1948 Jews return to Israel, their plan to rebuild the Temple, the way of the world, many many examples of very legitimate explanations for how prophecy is being literally fulfilled, it is very interesting. Some other interesting facts: The Bible says the last empire will have a thousand thousands serve him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stand attending him (Daniel 7:10). There are approximately 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, and approximately one million workers for the Roman Catholic Church. Daniel 7:23-27 talks about the fourth beast, and how it is replaced by another that is different from the former ones, and shall subdue three kings. Pope Stephen II did precisely this by being the first pope to crown a civil ruler in 754AD and then subsequently getting King Desiderius of the Lombards to submit to him as well as Emperor Constantine. Newton was trying to date the beginning of the Pope's supremacy. What is quite interesting to me is my theory of everything (see alternative theories forum, "Theory of everything", post #1, 78, 79), which is based in observational evidence, explains how all levels of the universe operate the same, simply at different rates due to orbital rate of revolution. My theory is based on Newton's work (gravity, laws of motion) entirely; mass is infinitely divisible (why would there be an elementary particle philosophically? I have evidence of this in my paper--specifically Firstenberg et al., Attractive Photons in a Quantum Non-linear Medium, Nature 502, 71-75 (2013) who show that photons HAVE MASS by causing it to interact with highly reactive particles in a near vacuum, which allows for the observation of photon mass, is one example of evidence), such that the universe is infinitely large AND infinitely small. The Milky Way I show in the other thread to orbit a center of mass (the Great Attractor), and this produces the all distant redshifted galaxies by gravitational lensing (light is trapped in a Figure-8 which represents precisely the magnetic field of the Great Attractor). This made me recognize the true genius of Newton because he was so, so RIGHT about the universe. At this point, my model was infinitely divisible mass+infinite volume+gravity=universe. Knowing this, gravity is shown to MANIPULATE the material world such that the universe is CREATED. Without gravity, nothing exists. Therefore, I felt this was proof positive of a "creator", not by any means an interactive God. But because I felt this way, I ventured into Newton's prophetic works with an open-mind. Newton was interested in the Philosopher's Stone. This is a result of alchemy, which I have come to believe is solely an attempt to manipulate the material world mentally, which is described very much in detail in the Kybalion, a hermetic teaching that was released (in all of their secrecy) in 1912. Notice the year, which was when we still were not sure what galaxies WERE. So, let me quote the Kybalion to you: "Then all particles of Matter are in circular movement, from corpuscle to suns. The planets revolve around suns, and many of them turn on their axes. The suns move around greater central points, and these are believed to move around still greater, and so on, ad infinitum. " In other words, my theory of the universe precisely is described in a hermetic teaching of 1912. In fact, galaxies are talked about with great confidence. This isn't to be taken lightly, we didn't know for certain that galaxies WERE galaxies in 1912, if they were wrong the entire text would have been discredited. However, they were oh so right. Only now are we discovering they were right about the "ad infinitum" part. "Suns spring into being, and then their height of power being reached, the process of retrogression begins, and after æons they become dead masses of matter, awaiting another impulse which starts again their inner energies into activity and a new solar life cycle is begun. And thus it is with all the worlds; they are born, grow and die; only to be reborn. " Again, precisely how an eternal universe that is constantly fluxing and creating anew operates. "As above, so below." The most important four words ever uttered. Let me give you a scientific example. All levels MUST CORRESPOND if I am correct. So, do they? Lets look at solar systems. Are they GALAXIES???? Well, what do we observe about galaxies? They comprise: 1) center of mass, 2) orbiting masses, 3) arm structures, and 4) galactic halo. Let's look at our solar system. 1) Center of mass: Sun. Easy enough... 2) Orbiting masses: planets, asteroid belt, Kuiper belt. Sounds like a disc structure to me... 3) Arm structures: Heliospheric current sheet. Google it, you will see how this immediately provides evidence for arm structures in the galactic shape. 4) Galactic halo: Oort cloud (at least in part). How about planets? 1) Center of mass: Earth. 2) Orbiting masses: Inner and outer Van Allen belts. Now, the other two are tougher to detect as we observe smaller and smaller. So, instead, I will compare Earth to the sun for further evidence. The sun observably has sunspots and flares etc that exist at the edge of the sun's photosphere. Does Earth have such structures? The airglow of the ionosphere represents the photosphere. Sprites and ELVES represent solar flares and sunspots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(lightning)#mediaviewer/File:Upperatmoslight1.jpg The ELVES form at the edge of the airglow of the ionosphere. The only difference is time dilation and relative sizes. Hermeticism is the means by which the Philosopher's Stone is obtained. Because they knew the structure of the universe so specifically in 1912, I am certain they were right across all facets of how the universe operates both physically and mentally. Why? Because it explains so much. By understanding the mental operation of the universe, we can obtain the Philosopher's Stone. By obtaining the Philosopher's Stone, we can perform deeds such as those in the Bible that are deemed impossible. For example, the simple act of living to the ages the Bible cites. This is due to a hermetic understanding of God. The Bible loves to talk about the worship of gold, silver, etc. and condemn it. This is because it is a worship of the MATERIAL world, which is the OPPOSITE direction necessary for understanding God because God is mental, infinitely large vibrations and material worship is of the infinitely small vibrations. All things come back to the seven principles of the Kybalion. I know I sound insane, but I do hope you take the time to think on this. Remember Occam's Razor; the Big Bang is illogical because it ADDS to science--expansion of space, dark energy, a finite lifespan of the universe. This CANNOT BE philosophically. The universe must be SIMPLE and ELEGANT. My theory shows it is precisely that: infinitely divisible mass being manipulated by gravity. This is why I find Newton's work so interesting; 1260 years ago just so happened to be the first known crowning of a civil ruler by a pope. That could have happened any other year, but it happened 1260 years ago--the period that Newton shows to be disclosed in the Bible between the rise to power of the Catholic Church and the year when the world knows it as the Antichrist, which there is evidence to support at this point.