I should know better by now, opening up cans of worms... First, "the Rapture" is decidedly Catholic and English (including Colonial English America) in origin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture Second, Sir Newton had rather unconventional views when it came to the Bible and Christianity, with some saying his views aligned more with Arianism and Deism. Considering his association with the rather secretive society that promoted the discipline of Science, I would not disagree, though I am not conversantly familiar with the details. I have heard in the past that though he was ordained to minister, he was not allowed to take to the pulpit by his superiors. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Isaac_Newton I have long thought Thomas Jefferson and others in his circle (Benjamin Franklin?) looked up to and admired Newton, and were of a mind and sympathetic to and in a place in society to have access to explore Newton's more private views on the matter. That is not to say Newton and Jefferson agreed in totality (that the Jefferson Bible agrees in total), but I do think the two men shared a considerable amount of agreement.