Traveling at 40 Miles an Hour

by | Jun 3, 1999 | Bible, Holy Spirit, Omniscient

“The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.” – Nahum 2:4

Isaac Newton was born in 1642 in Lincolnshire, England. He entered Cambridge University in 1661. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 1667 and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in 1669. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, Newton is best remembered for his theory of universal gravitation.

In later life, Newton abandoned math and physics and became a student of the Bible.

In his “Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John”, that were posthumously published, Newton’s aim was to show that the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments had so far been fulfilled.

After studying Daniel 12:4 and Nahum 2:4, Newton made a prediction based on these verses saying: “Man will some day be able to travel at the tremendous speed of 40 miles an hour.”

Voltaire, the French humanist and atheist, replied: “See what a fool Christianity makes of an otherwise brilliant man, such as Sir Isaac Newton! Doesn’t he know that if man traveled 40 miles an hour, he would suffocate and his heart would stop?”

Though Newton couldn’t explain how man would travel so fast and he had no concept of the modern automobile, he knew God’s Word could be trusted.

We cannot understand everything in God’s Word. But we can trust everything in it because the Lord has said it. Is there portion of scripture you are wrestling with? Today in prayer, come to Christ’s throne of grace and give thanks to the Lord that you can trust His Word.

“Only the supernatural mind can have prior knowledge to the natural mind. If then the Bible has foreknowledge, historical and scientific, beyond the permutation of chance it truly bears the fingerprint of God.” – G.B. Hardy

God’s Word: “But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” – Daniel 12:4

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2001, Devotional E-Mail


Traveling at 40 Miles an Hour