Nostradamus 2018 predictions foretell cataclysmic wars and natural disasters
Michel de Nostredame, a famed 16th century French prophet and apothecary, warned nearly 500 years ago that humanity is facing global doom.
But the world will not end in one swift cataclysm, and conspiracists instead believe that Earth will suffer great natural disasters, deadly asteroids as well as the horror and destruction of World War 3 – all three of which have alarming contemporary resonance.
The bulk of these spectacular claims come from Nostradamus’ masterpiece, Les Propheties, published in 1555.
In this bizarre compendium of quatrain verses, the prophet warned that the skies will open to fire, the seas and oceans will flood the lands and powerful tremors will split the Earth open.
One passage in particular has been interpreted to warn against intense solar radiation lashing the Earth with intense heat, through a hole in ozone layer.
The passage reads: “Kings steal forests, the sky will open, the fields will be burned by heat.”
Elsewhere Nostradamus predicted deadly tremors will shake the planet to its core when Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury align in the Taurus constellation in the month of May.
Nostradamus wrote: “The trembling so hard in the month of May,
“Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus:
“Venus also, Cancer, mars, in Virgo,
“Hail will fall larger than an egg.”
But far from the threat of natural disasters, the biggest cataclysm yet, could come at the hand of humanity itself.
Nostradamus has cryptically warned that a devastating conflict between two world powers will break out in the heart of France, consuming the world in the fires of war for 27 years.
The French seer foretold that the ensuing battle will be “long and terrifying for everyone”, before an era of peace is ushered in.
Conspiracy theorists have also set their eyes on the far East where the United States and North Korea have been caught up in a tense deadlock over the latter’s rogue nuclear arsenal.
Nostradamus 2018: Conspiracists believe the 16th century French prophet foretold the future
Nostradamus’ followers are expecting earthquakes, solar radiation and World War 3 to ravage Earth
Nostradamus predicted in 1555: “Twice put up and twice cast down,
“The East will also weaken the West.
Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways
“Its adversary after several battles chased by sea will fail at time of need.”
Other grim forecasts predict a global collapse of the economy where “the rich shall die many times over” as well as the rise of animals as “pigs will become a brother to man”.
Conspiracists who have followed Nostradamus for decades, credit him with accurately foretelling the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933, the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Death of Henry II of France in 1559.
But there are many sceptics and researchers who are not convinced by Nostradamus’ bizarre premonitions and passages.
Brian Dunning, science writer and creator of the Skeptoid Podcast, argued that Nostradamus’ quatrains has fallen foul to misinterpretations and mistranslations over the years and as such should be ignored.
He said on his podcast: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”
Nostradamus’ critics all agree that the vast majority of the apothecary’s enigmatic predictions have failed to pass, and those that have, require a strong dose of hindsight to find loose connections to historical events.