Ah, the good old early to mid-1990′s: my infatuation with prophesies, predictions, and the anxiety of the End Times as described in Revelation that didn’t happen in 2000 or 2001 (or did it? heheheh). Yeah, I admit it- I was a sucker for Nostradamus prophesies; I still have the books in my storage closet.
According to Amazon book sales, however, it seems as if it is still a growing trends, so I figured I might as well post about how I wised up to it.
Nostradamus’ predictions are like the Sunday horoscope in your local newspaper- total crap. But since they were written in a particular French dialect in the 16th century, you can imagine the translation and interpretation nightmares, especially from our perspective in 2009 USA. Not only did he make a lot of money and power off his verses, but hundreds of authors and experts of the modern day did, as well.
The same people that promoted Nostradamus (especially in the 1970′s), are the same types of people who are “parapsychologists” who dig past life regression via hypnosis and angels piloting UFO’s into Atlantis.
Heck, Adolf Hitler even used a Nostradamus prophesy for propaganda in the 1930′s. Of course, I read that in the forward to a Nostradamus book, so that might be fake as well.
Take a look at all the different ways the “Hitler prophesy” has been published over the years:
In the year that is to come soon, and not far from Venus,
The two greatest ones of Asia and Africa,
Shall be said to come from the Rhine and Ister,
Crying and tears shall be at Malta and on the Italian Shore. (C4 Q68)
In the place very near not far from Venus,
The two greatest ones of Asia and of Africa,
From the Rhine and Lower Danube they will be said to have come,
Cries, tears at Malta and Ligurian side. (C4 Q68)
Anyway, similar to the Bible, many things are lost in translation with Nostradamus.”Ister” is a geographic region near the Danube. Apologists say that since baby Adolf was born near the Danube, that this prophesy “came true”.
“Who is the third anti-Christ?” “Who is MABUS?” Most websites out there are pro-Nostradamus because it sells, especially the anti-christ predictions, which so far have been attributed to Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein, George Bush, Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, Osama, and now Obama.
‘Mabus’ then will soon die, there will come
Of people and beasts a horrible rout:
Then suddenly one will see vengeance,
Hundred, hand, thirst, hunger when the comet will run.
The antichrist very soon annihilates the three,
twenty-seven years his war will last.
The unbelievers are dead, captive, exiled;
with blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.
Century VIII, Quatrain 77
Naval battle night will be overcome,
Fire in the ships to the West ruin:
New trick, the great ship colored,
Anger to the vanquished, and victory in a drizzle.
Century IX, Quatrain 100
Based on some Nostradamus criticism I’ve read, I’m certain none of these translations are accurate to begin with. Yet even if they are accurate translations- WTF? Any “meaning” is all based on your imagination and creativity. There is nothing solid here.
D’humain troupeau neuf seront mis à part,
De jugement & conseil separés:
Leur sort sera divisé en départ,
Kappa, Thita, Lambda mors bannis égarés.
From the human flock nine will be sent away,
Separated from judgment and counsel:
Their fate will be sealed on departure
Kappa, Thita, Lambda the banished dead err (I.81).
The above quatrain was used as proof Nostradamus predicted the Challenger disaster (after it happened, of course!). Before Challenger it was used to describe the U.S. Supreme Court. I noticed this trend when I bought older Nostradamus books- hundreds are like that. Do you see how useless it is to ask did Nostradamus’ prediction come true? What prediction?
I wonder if he took great joy in people trying to make sense of his words. I know I do.
For the record, no “predictions” like these have ever “come true”. The key to being a psychic scammer is to be as cryptic and general as possible PLUS say a LOT, so people will ignore the misses. There…you know the secret of Nostradamus now. Go make some money.