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.
We are what we think.
- 04/26/2016 09:00 AM
The Insatiable Search for Peace and Rest
Human beings were made for God (Psalm 100:3, Acts 17:26–27), but something has gone deeply wrong. Sin has cut us off from our Creator and left us out-of-sync with each other and ourselves. Under the curse of sin, we both desire God and resist Him simultaneously (see Romans 1). The consequence of this spiritual tug-of-war is that we often turn…
- 04/19/2016 09:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Blaise Pascal
Did you know that the first digital calculator was invented by a seventeenth-century French mathematician? In his brief time on Earth, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) wore many hats and left an imprint on both modern science and Christian philosophy that lingers to this day. Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Blaise Pascal—and why he still matters today.…
- 04/12/2016 09:00 AM
5 Levels of Christian Faith
We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more carefully probe the distinctive features of the word “faith” from the perspective of historical Christianity. Faith is much more profound than simply recounting our personal conversion story. Rather, Christian faith…
- 04/05/2016 11:17 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on C. S. Lewis
In the last decade a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters and, though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of…
- 03/29/2016 09:00 AM
Risen and What Makes a Good Christian Film
Christian filmmakers are on a roll. The last several years have brought us an increasing number of religious films, many bordering on mainstream and featuring globally recognized stars. But among the miraculous true stories and positive message films, Risen, the tale of a skeptical Roman soldier Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) encountering the risen Christ (Cliff Curtis), is the one that caught…
- 03/22/2016 09:00 AM
Jesus’ Family and the Resurrection
People who doubt religion and the supernatural typically think believers lack skepticism. In the minds of most atheists, Christians cannot sufficiently think through a religious claim unless they begin with cynical disbelief. Atheists often assert that extraordinary claims—like the supernatural—require extraordinary evidence in order to be justifiably believable. One central leader of the early Christian church began his journey to…
- 03/15/2016 09:00 AM
How Intellectual Christians Can Fit in with the Evangelical Church
“It is man’s glory to be the only intellectual animal on earth. That imposes upon human beings the moral obligation to lead intellectual lives.”1 —Mortimer J. Adler The first article I wrote on the subject of intellectuals in the church received so much attention on social media that I decided to follow up with a second. All of the positive…
- 03/08/2016 09:00 AM
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine
I’ve heard it said that evangelical Christians don’t study our church history very deeply. As a fellow evangelical, I think there is, unfortunately, a lot of truth in this statement. Contemporary Christians can learn a great deal from the history of their faith. But where to start? This series, “Christian Thinkers 101,” provides a snapshot of some of the…
- 03/01/2016 09:00 AM
3 Timeless Books on Christianity
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food. —Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance scholar and theologian Reading books has been an obsession of mine since my conversion to Christianity as a college sophomore. I sensed my mind really mattered in serving the Lord; so I began a serious pursuit of…
- 02/23/2016 09:00 AM
Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True?
A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame. Prior to the recording, some of the Christians in the green room told me to be cautious about saying that Christianity is the exclusively true religion. When I inquired why, I was told that it is considered intolerant in Canadian society to claim…
Last updated March 29, 2013