When will the world end? It's a question that humans have asked since the beginning of time, and we have yet to get the right answer.
Over the years, there have been dozens of predictions for doomsday, many of which have obviously been proven to be false.
Some were sure Harold Camping was right when he said the inevitable would happen in 1994, others were convinced the Mayan Calendar ending on December 21, 2012 meant that the apocalypse would follow.
Even the late Stephen Hawking provided a date by which the Earth will cease to exist, citing overpopulation as the cause.
"This exponential growth cannot continue into the next millennium," he said, according to GeekWire. "By the year 2060, the world's population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot."
Now, academics have discovered some documents that suggest that the world may end much earlier than expected.
A newly discovered set of writings by the renowned Sir Issac Newton revealed that he predicted the world will end with Jesus Christ's second coming, and even provided the exact year.
Newton was not only an accomplished scientist, but also a theologian who wrote under the alias Jehovah Sanctus Unus.
Many of his religious writings, including the aforementioned prediction, were based on the Bible. In the recently found writings, he claimed that the Earth would "reset" in 2060 and turn into "the Kingdom of God."
“It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner,” wrote Newton, who believed that all future events are "already ordained by God."
The "Father of Gravity's" prediction is detailed in Florian Freistetter's new book Isaac Newton: The A**hole Who Reinvented The Universe.
"For him, 2060 [would be] a new beginning; maybe accompanied by war and catastrophes but ultimately the start of a new divine era," Freistetter wrote.
While there's no way of verifying the accuracy of Newton's prediction, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that he was on to something.
If you ask certain members of the scientific community, they'll tell you that a man-made global catastrophe is very likely and that could potentially put an end to earth as we know it.
In January, the doomsday clock, which was set up by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, moved closer to midnight.
The scientists blamed climate change, global political instability, and nuclear war threat as reasons for the three-second move.
[S/T: The Daily Star]