Who Was Nostradamus? Was He the Greatest Prophet of Modern Times?1
Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame) is the famous prophet from the 16th century. He is noted for having "predicted" the French Revolution, Napoleon, Adolph Hitler, the atomic bomb, 9-11 atrocity, JFK and RFK Assassinations, and just about everything else that has happened since the time of his predictions. This page will examine some of his predictions to show just how amazing they really are.
With the end of the world last December 21, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar, there was a lot of interest in the apocalypse that was supposed to have occurred near the end of 2012. Nostradamus predicted a great comet, Nibiru, or rogue planet, Planet X, would impact the Mediterranean on December 21, 2012, causing great destruction worldwide.2 Here is that great prediction:
The year 1999, seventh month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.
You say, "but that was supposed to happen back in July, 1999." Small details! Everybody knows that the calendar was changed from Julian to Gregorian in the year 1582, which accounts for the difference. Never mind that the differences in calendars was only 10 days, making it June or July, 1999. We know that Nostradamus meant it to be December 21, 2012!
Egyptians capture King of Persia
A great prediction of Nostradamus was the one in which he predicted that the Egyptians would capture the King of Persia in October, 1727:
The third climate included under Aries
The year 1727 in October,
The King of Persia captured by those of Egypt:
Conflict, death, loss: to the cross great shame. (3:77)
It turns out that the Shah of Persia (Ashraf Hotaki) was involved in a battle in 1727, which he won, forcing a peace treaty in September, 1727.3 However, there is speculation that a month later, the sneaky Egyptians (who were not involved in the war) crept over 1,000 miles into Hamadan, captured the King, and returned him before next morning, fulfilling the prediction of Nostradamus, while keeping their actions out of the history books. How else could the have prediction come true? We know that Nostradamus is always right!
Most evil man
Another remarkable prediction of Nostradamus was his prediction about the Roman clergy. He predicted that they would hold an election in 1609, issued from Campania, Italy that would produce the most evil man of all. And of course Nostradamus was right again, since Pope Paul V was elected in 16054 (yes, another calendar switch problem) and proved to be even more evil than Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung—combined! Never heard of him? Alas, your education is lacking (see Wikipedia article)! Here is the prediction of Nostradamus:
In the year 1609, Roman clergy,
At the beginning of the year you will hold an election:
Of one gray and black issued from Campania,
Never was there one so wicked as he. (10:91)
Catholic Church kicks out astrologers
Another super-accurate prophecy of Nostradamus was that the Roman Catholic Church was going to kick out the astrologers in the year 1607. Fortunately, Nostradamus (who as an astrologer) was dead by then, so he didn't have to worry about being kicked out of the church! Here is his prediction:
The number of astrologers will grow so great,
that they will be driven out, banned and their books censored.
In the year 1607 by sacred assemblies
so that none will be safe from the holy ones. (8:71)
For a long time, astrology had been part of the Roman Catholic Church—or at least tolerated by church hierarchy. However, this arrangement ended in 1781 (another calendar switch problem), when the church banned astrology and, of course, Nostradamus' prophetic writings. The most remarkable thing about the ban is that it took the Roman Catholic Church seventeen centuries to figure out that the Bible was 100% against astrology. However, Nostradamus was right again!
Of course, I have save the best for last. Nostradamus predicted that large numbers of people would get "carried away" in the year 1700:
Long before these happenings
the people of the East, influenced by the Moon,
in the year 1700 will cause many to be carried away,
and will almost subdue the Northern area. (1:49)
What we know is that this prophecy was definitely fulfilled within the last few years as the tabloids and check stand magazines made lots of people get carried away with the prophecies of Nostradamus. Although the prophecy was fulfilled a couple hundred years late, we know that this was also due to the calendar switch problem, so Nostradamus was right again! Amazing!
Nostradamus predictions quiz!
Of course, we haven't discussed any of the predictions that have truly made Nostradamus famous. That is because we want you to figure them out in our short quiz. The quiz lists the fulfillment and asks you to pick out the correct quatrain that predicts it. Six questions. Piece of cake. Right? Go for it. Take the Nostradamus Predictions Quiz. As you can see from the results (right), people aren't doing too well on the quiz (38% average). I wonder why that is so?
This page has shown how remarkably 'accurate' the prophecies of Nostradamus are. Aren't you glad you stopped by? Now you can go back to reading the tabloids!
"When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:22)
- Nostradamus Predictions Quiz
- The Real 2012 Prophecy: Mayans, Nostradamus Predictions, and Planet X, Oh My!
- Gospel in the Stars?- What Does the Bible Say About Astrology?
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ as Messiah
- Prophecies of Jesus Christ in the Rabbinical Writings
- In case you didn't get it, yes, this page is satire (my bad!). In reality, Nostradamus wrote his predictions just to make a quick buck. The prophecies of Nostradamus are a collection of unintelligible writings that were so vague, they could have predicted just about anything and everything. Many of the details contained within the quatrains have been ignored in order to make the prediction "come true." In reality, nobody has ever used the predictions to determine any future event, other than the 2012 "apocalypse," which was taken from the failed 1999 prediction. Since nobody except you ever read the footnotes, we can confident in our belief that the faith of millions of believers in Nostradamus are still intact as they follow his path to hell. However, since you actually read footnotes, maybe you would rather go to heaven.
Nostradamus Comet Planet 2012 AD
Revelation of Nostradamus Predictions for 2012
- PHI Persian Literature in Translation - The Literary History of Persia, Volume 4.
- Pope Paul V, Wikipedia.
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