Nostradamus: Predictions For The Past, Present And Future
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 (Guentte). My paper will focus on these prophecies made by Michel de Nostradamus. If his predictions of the past are accurate, then his predictions for the future may also come true.
Nostradamus has been credited, for the most part in hindsight, with predicting numerous events in world history, from the Great Fire of London, and the rise of Napoleon and Adolf Hitler, the French Revolution, both world wars, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is also an evident consensus among popular authors that he predicted whatever major event had just happened at the time of each book’s publication, from the Apollo moon landings, through the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986,] to the events of 9/11: this ‘movable feast’ aspect appears to be characteristic of the genre.
Some of his Interpretations are:
World War II/Hitler
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 the Ligurian side.
From the depths of the West of Europe,
A young child will be born of poor people,
He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop;
His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.
These two verses may in fact describe World War II and Hitler … or not.
Was the most notable bit about Hitler his impoverished upbringing? What about the genocidal, megalomaniacal tendencies? Don’t those deserve something? Much of the talk of Nostradamus’ prophecy of Hitler may come from his use, in the original text, of the Latin word “Hister” to describe the Danube. Trust us, he was talking about a river, not a dictator: no self-respecting prophet would make such an egregious spelling error.
Near the gates and within two cities
There will be scourges the like of which was never seen,
Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
Crying to the great immortal God for relief.
OK, this one is hard to dispute.
Let’s face it. It’s an accurate description of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “Scourges the like of which was never seen,” people “crying to the great immortal God.”
With that said, this verse is accurate because it cheats a bit on the specifics. Critics charge that it’s so vague that it could also be used to describe a whole host of wartime atrocities during any of many wars that took place between Nostradamus’ time in the 16th century and today … or even the future.