Still this doesn't prove that Buddha didn't speak DN 26. This sutta is found in all 3 versions of Digha Nikayas and a prophecy about Metteya is found in all buddhists schools. What is more, there are more suttas, in SN for example, where Buddha speaks about huge life-span of people like 30.000, 60.000, so on.. So this is not the one and only sutta that has such a material. Again, there are numerous suttas from different Nikayas where Buddha speaks about Wheel-Turning Monarch (which is the major theme in DN 26).
Plus to that I find highly unlikely that the anceint Sangha (which had hundreds of arahants) would distort Dhamma so manifestly.
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