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Michel de Nostredame, also known as '''Nostradamus''', lived from 1503 to 1566, was a [[France|Frenchman]] who was involved in [[occult]] practices and was supposedly known for his ability to predict the future in quatrains that he wrote. His [[prophecies]] were vague, and as a result, some people have interpreted them in ways that they believe correspond to future events. This has become a pop culture phenomenon. For example, in 2001, college student Neil Marshall invented a quatrain in the style of Nostradamus for a college essay to demonstrate possible interpretations of Nostradamus's writings predicting [[9/11]], and it was subsequently mistaken as genuine and spread around the Internet. <ref>http://urbanlegends.about.com/cs/historical/a/nostradamus.htm</ref>
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Michel de Nostredame, or '''Nostradamus''', (December 14, 1503 – July 1, 1566) was a [[France|French]] physician and author widely known for his prophecies. He recorded these predicitions in a four line rhyming verse called the quatrains, grouped in sets of 100 called centuries, 1000 quatrains in total. He wrote in his native French but to protect himself from witch hunters, he would confuse his verse with [[Latin]], Greek, [[Italian]] and anagrams.
  
Another famous quatrain of Nostradamus that has been interpreted relating to modern events is as follows:
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==Early Life==
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Nostradamus was born in the south of France, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a son of the village notary. They were a [[Jewish]] family that converted to [[Christianity]] during the times of the [[Inquisition]]. He was schooled in the Classics, Sciences and Astrology. At age fifeteen, he studied at University of Avignon. Nostradamus received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Montpellier. He married and had two children. His family would die in the plague that ravaged Europe at the time. Nostradamus would remarry and his new wife bore him six children. As a doctor, word would spread of his great healing abilities.
  
Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers,
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==Early Writings==
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
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Nostradamus began his writings and published his the first almanac in 1550. It was very successful and he would write two annually. He wrote at least two books on medical science. Under the aegis of Michel Chomarat, he would write manuscripts Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn,
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When the child of [[Germany]] observes nothing. <ref>http://people.howstuffworks.com/nostradamus4.htm</ref>
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This quatrain has been interpreted by many as referring to [[World War II]]. The claim is that "Hister", actually a term referring to a portion of the Danube River, is close to "[[Hitler]]". <ref>http://www.johnankerberg.org/Articles/theological-dictionary/TD1001W4.htm</ref>
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==Prophecies==
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Then came the quatrains, written in a book titled "Les Propheties" (The Prophecies). He received a mixed reaction to these with people calling him evil and insane. Others, notably the elite of the day, thought these were spiritual. To this very day, his works are still published and reactions have not changed much since. Many misquotes and hoaxes are attributed to Nostradamus. Many scholars point out that his prophesies of the future are retroactive clairvoyance, only compared after events have already taken place.
  
==References==
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Nostradamus was sought out by royalty of his day for his predictions. Some of his most intriging predictions were not in book form. One story has him at a banquent where the host tries to trick him. The host tells him he has a white pig and a black pig. He is asked to choose which one will be served. Upon knowing his answer- the black pig, the host instructs the cook to prepare the white pig. During the meal the host asks again which pig was chosen. Again he replied the black pig. Then the host brings in the chef to tell him which pig was cooked. The cook says the white pig fell from the table and was devoured by dogs and that the black pig was served.  His earliest known prediction was religious. In his youth he saw a young Fransican friar and paid homage by kneeling and kissing his robe. Asked why he was paying such duty to a lowly friar he responded "He must kiss the robes of his holiness the Pope." Many years after Nostradamus's death, the young friar became Pope Sixtus V. <ref>The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, 1981 documentary</ref> It is said that he would predict death and the day his tomb would be violated, May 1791.
  
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Many events four hundreds years later can be attributed to Nostradamus, such as the rise of [[Napolean]] and [[Hitler]]. His writings would be used as propaganda by the [[Nazi]]'s. Goebells used the quatrains showing the defeat of the French in [[World War II]]. His 21st visions include the rise of the third anti-Christ, from the Kingdom of Mohammed with worldwide death and destruction. Later, a universal peace of 1000 years. In a letter to his son, he would write of the end of the world would takes place in 3797. 
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==Conclusion==
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We are taught that only [[God]] knows the date of the end of the world. Many of Nostradamus's predictions have turned out to be wrong. He is known to be a strong believer in the Lord from his youth. His ways are considered to be of the occult. Even today, he is seen as a great prophet and a false prophet.
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Nostradamus was buried in the Franciscan chapel in Salon but later moved to the Collégiale Saint-Laurent.
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Revision as of 18:36, 22 April 2011

Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, (December 14, 1503 – July 1, 1566) was a French physician and author widely known for his prophecies. He recorded these predicitions in a four line rhyming verse called the quatrains, grouped in sets of 100 called centuries, 1000 quatrains in total. He wrote in his native French but to protect himself from witch hunters, he would confuse his verse with Latin, Greek, Italian and anagrams.

Early Life

Nostradamus was born in the south of France, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a son of the village notary. They were a Jewish family that converted to Christianity during the times of the Inquisition. He was schooled in the Classics, Sciences and Astrology. At age fifeteen, he studied at University of Avignon. Nostradamus received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Montpellier. He married and had two children. His family would die in the plague that ravaged Europe at the time. Nostradamus would remarry and his new wife bore him six children. As a doctor, word would spread of his great healing abilities.

Early Writings

Nostradamus began his writings and published his the first almanac in 1550. It was very successful and he would write two annually. He wrote at least two books on medical science. Under the aegis of Michel Chomarat, he would write manuscripts Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Prophecies

Then came the quatrains, written in a book titled "Les Propheties" (The Prophecies). He received a mixed reaction to these with people calling him evil and insane. Others, notably the elite of the day, thought these were spiritual. To this very day, his works are still published and reactions have not changed much since. Many misquotes and hoaxes are attributed to Nostradamus. Many scholars point out that his prophesies of the future are retroactive clairvoyance, only compared after events have already taken place.

Nostradamus was sought out by royalty of his day for his predictions. Some of his most intriging predictions were not in book form. One story has him at a banquent where the host tries to trick him. The host tells him he has a white pig and a black pig. He is asked to choose which one will be served. Upon knowing his answer- the black pig, the host instructs the cook to prepare the white pig. During the meal the host asks again which pig was chosen. Again he replied the black pig. Then the host brings in the chef to tell him which pig was cooked. The cook says the white pig fell from the table and was devoured by dogs and that the black pig was served. His earliest known prediction was religious. In his youth he saw a young Fransican friar and paid homage by kneeling and kissing his robe. Asked why he was paying such duty to a lowly friar he responded "He must kiss the robes of his holiness the Pope." Many years after Nostradamus's death, the young friar became Pope Sixtus V. [1] It is said that he would predict death and the day his tomb would be violated, May 1791.

Many events four hundreds years later can be attributed to Nostradamus, such as the rise of Napolean and Hitler. His writings would be used as propaganda by the Nazi's. Goebells used the quatrains showing the defeat of the French in World War II. His 21st visions include the rise of the third anti-Christ, from the Kingdom of Mohammed with worldwide death and destruction. Later, a universal peace of 1000 years. In a letter to his son, he would write of the end of the world would takes place in 3797.

Conclusion

We are taught that only God knows the date of the end of the world. Many of Nostradamus's predictions have turned out to be wrong. He is known to be a strong believer in the Lord from his youth. His ways are considered to be of the occult. Even today, he is seen as a great prophet and a false prophet.

Nostradamus was buried in the Franciscan chapel in Salon but later moved to the Collégiale Saint-Laurent.

References

  1. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, 1981 documentary