Is it possible to see into the future? Many believe that a man named Michel de Nostradamus could. His predictions of the future have mystified scholars for over four hundred years. Nostradamus made over one thousand predictions and historians say that over half of them have already come true. The most startling of his predictions deal with the coming of three anti-Christs.
Michel Nostradamus was a 16th century French physician and astrologer. His modern followers see him as a prophet. His prophecies have a magical quality for those who study them: they are muddled and obscure before the predicted event, but become crystal clear after the event has occurred.
This work on Nostradamus 's prophecies is served as a call to repentance as
one shall see that the coming global events are occurring according to the Divine
Design, not by chance or world politics. It is also served to honor Nostradamus
as one of the greatest prophets given particularly for our century alone.
Five hundred years ago, Nostradamus prophesied that World War III would occur on July 4th of 1999, the feast of the "eagle" or USA, with Russia and Iran launching nuclear and chemical assaults upon Western and Southern Europe. And China shall attack Russia and Asia around 2025 AD. American troops shall pay a heavy bloody price. This World War shall last about thirty years and one-thirds to two-thirds of mankind shall perish.
This work on Nostradamus which touches about three hundred quatrains is being organized into six chapters. Each chapter is consisted of many related quatrains of which each is described using Nostradamus 's original French text, an English translation, notes, and my own further interpretation.
" Quo de futuris non est determinata omnino veritas." ( For the future, none can be determined with an absolute truth ). Only time will tell whether my works are consisted of my own understandings or they are truly the knowledge given to me from above.
May God bless you in your understanding Nostradamus prophetic work and in preparation
for the difficulties ahead.
Nostradamus is said to have predicted his own death. When his assistant wished him goodnight on July 1, 1566, Nostradamus reputedly pronounced, "You will not find me alive at sunrise." He was found dead on July 2, 1566. Nostradamus was interred standing upright in the Church of the Cordeliers of Salon. However, his story does not end there; he was disinterred twice, once on purpose and once maliciously. In 1700, his body was moved by the city to a more prominent crypt. When a necklace was found on his skeleton bearing the date '1700', his body was hurriedly reinterred. During the French Revolution, in 1791, some drunken soldiers broke into his tomb. The mayor quickly placated the mob by describing how Nostradamus had predicted the revolution, and they replaced the bones in the crypt.
However, Nostradamus had the last laugh. In Century 9, Quatrain 7, he had written:
The man who opens the tomb when it is found
And who does not close it immediately,
Evil will come to him
That no one will be able to prove.
Reputedly, the soldiers who desecrated his tomb for the final time were ambushed on their way back to base and killed to the last man.
WORLD WAR III
King of Terror and next Millenium
The writings of Nostradamus have been credited with predicting many major historical events and figures: Napoleon, Hitler and the Kennedys among many others. Throughout Nostradamus' quatrains he speaks of three powerful and tyrannical leaders that he calls anti-Christs. He said they would lead their people through reigns of terror after first seducing them with promises of greatness (Guentte). Napoleon is thought to have been the first of these anti-Christs. Of Napoleon's rise to power and years as Emperor Nostradamus wrote:
An Emperor shall be born near Italy.
Who shall cost the Empire dear,
They shall say, with what people he keeps company
He shall be found less a Prince than a butcher.
All of the images describe Adolf Hitler. After seducing his people, Hitler ignored all treaties and began a massive invasion of Europe (Guentte). In the following verse, some experts say that Nostradamus actually referred to Hitler by name but missed by one letter.
Beasts wild with hunger will cross the rivers
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
Nostradamus predicts the war will begin shortly before the year 1999 (Roberts 191). He also tells us how long the war will last.
The war will last seven and twenty years. (Guentte)
Nostradamus says that the war will be so terrible that the world will come face to face with final annihilation. Here, he implies that the war might involve some kind of horrible weapon, possibly nuclear. Nostradamus tells what the first target will be.
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees.
Fire approaches the great new city.
Although Nostradamus 's predictions for our future sound frightening he does give us some hope by telling us how this third world war will end. He says it will end as a result of an unexpected alliance.
When those of the Northern Pole are united,
In the East will be great fear and dread...
One day the two great leaders will be friends;
Their great powers will be seen to grow.
The New Land will be at the height of its power:
To the man of blood the number is reported.
Was Nostradamus a fraud or a prophet? There are some who say that the seeming
accuracy of his quatrains are a result of their facile interpretations (Guentte).
Still, more than four hundred books and essays about his prophecies have been
published since his death in 1566, along with a great number of articles and
other commentaries, in numerous languages (Randi 5). Even skeptics pay careful
attention to Nostradamus' predictions of the three anti-Christs. If Nostradamus
truly predicted Napoleon and Hitler we should take heed of his words about the
future. Perhaps we can prevent the dismal fate Nostradamus has predicted (Guentte).
Note: It is not my intention to agree or disagree with the predictions of Nostradamus, but to provide a neutral explanation of his life and writings. The indented text in italics is taken from the actual English translation of Nostradamus' quatrains.
Guentte, Robert. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow. narrated by Orson Wells, 1981.
Randi, James. The Mask of Nostradamus. New York, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
Ward, Charles A. Oracles of Nostradamus. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
Roberts, Henry. The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus. Great Neck, New York: Nostradamus, Inc., 1972.