Prophet or Charlatan?

@Anniedup (3652)
Richards Bay, South Africa
September 11, 2007 7:06am CST
To many interpreter's, the Centuries of Nostradamus are rife with prophesies of the violent and savage events of our own day - from the rise of Hitler to the assassinations of both President John.F. Kennedy and his younger brother, Robert. The supposed references to the third Reich were so widely believed in Germany, in fact that both England and the Nazis created counterfeit quatrains favorable to their side and dropped from planes as tools of propaganda. On the other hand, one of the authentic quatrains struck many as prefiguring the war itself: "Living fire and death hidden in globes will be loosed, horrible, terrible; by night enemy forces will reduce the city to powder"A flurry of renewed interest in the Renaissance seer came because of the climatic events in Iran when the ruling shah was forced off Peacock Throne by a populace devoted Ayatollah Khomeini, who had been exiled to France. According to one translation, Nostradamus had written: "Rain, famine, and war will not cease in Persia; too great a faith will betray the monarch. Those{actions} started in France will end there, a secret sign for one to be sparing." An accurate prediction or tortured interpretation?For the early 19th century, it seemed that Nostradamus had predicted that Napoleon would successfully invade England and rule Britannia long and serenely. In fact, of course, he died a prisoner of the victorious British. Controversial Celebrity One of France's greatest poets, Pierre de Ronsard, wrote: "Like an ancient oracle, he has for many years predicted the greatest part of our destiny" Clearly, the prophet delighted in the respect paid by royalty and the fame that continued to grow until his death in 1556. Inevitably, many remained highly skeptical of his work or, worse, considerate him nothing but a clever charlatan, preying on the credulous. Nostradamus also predicted the manner of his own death: "Close to the bench and bed will I be found dead." After announcing one evening that he would not survive the night, he succumbed to goat and was discovered dead the next morning alone in his bedroom, near his writing desk. Did Nostradamus Predict the 9/11 Attacks?"In the City of God there will be a great thunder,Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb",The third big war will begin when the big city is burning" - Nostradamus 1654 Nostradamus didn't write the passage. He died in 1566, nearly a hundred years before the date of attribution. The quatrain in question is nowhere to be found. Can it be that a Nostradamus -like passage can be so cryptically composed as to lend itself to myriad interpretations?
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• United States
12 Sep 07
I do not consider him to be a prophet at all. I believe that people can know about the future in ways that have nothing to do with the Bible. An example would be fortune tellers. They are not God's Phophet by any means. There are those who learn about the future through satan.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
13 Sep 07
Yessie your response reminds me of my Dad he always use to tell us, "take a beautiful flower the bee visits it and makes honey, the spider visits it and makes poison"
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• United States
13 Sep 07
Your dad has the right words....I love that!
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• Saudi Arabia
12 Sep 07
Hi there ... Well about Nostradamus, I guess it could be one of the two things: 1) Some said he did not write prphecies but he commented on events that were taking place during his time but he wrote them in a cryptic and symbolic way. But Nostradamus enthusiasts credited him with predicting huge events like Adolf Hitler and 9/11 attacks. 2) Another possiblity is that he based his predictions on astrology. Some believe that Nostradamus used some prophecies (mainly bible-based) and historical events then he projected those into future with the aid of horoscopes. Note that Nostradamus was familiar with latin printed editions of a range of esetoric writings. Anyhow, Nostradamus claimed in 1555 he burned all occult works in his library but no one can say what books were destroyed on fire. Very Nice Post xxxxxxx
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
13 Sep 07
Nice to see you hear my friend, sometimes when I post something on Nostradamus, it is almost like the old musicians, people love the mystery that surround them. He was one thing for sure, a very bright human being, thank you for your knowledgeable input as always. xx
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
19 Sep 07
it's amazing how many of his predictions are true, after the fact. Any time a new event happens, nostradamous predicted it. You can take any number of his writings and draw predictions of current events out of them. there are probably a few that predicted the O.J. saga, rosie o'donnel's fall from grace, and the cold i came down with yesterday.
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@flowerchilde (12538)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I think as a prophet or foreteller, he was both right and wrong.. some things being accurate (as accurate as his sayings can be!) and some were likely wrong.. I've heard the last one you listed, but didn't know it had such a late date on it! Thanks for the info!
@Zmugzy (773)
22 Jul 08
It's been a while since I read him, but like you say in your last sentence, his predictions can be interpreted in so many ways that in the end they predict nothing. They're still fun to read though.