Is there any truth to the rumor that Nostradamus predicted
an alien invasion in the summer of 1999?
Much of the
information about Nostradamus is anecdotal, but there are
certain facts known to be true. Nostradamus was a French
physician of Jewish descent who was born in Provence on
December 14, 1503. Though born within the sphere of the
Catholic Church, his grandfathers instructed him in
classic languages, Hebrew, and astrology.
In 1522, he was sent to the University of Montpelier to begin his study
of medicine. After spending 3 years at this institution,
he graduated with a bachelor's degree. An outbreak of the
Plague earned him a reputation as a "healer of the
afflicted ones." His courage combined with his
unorthodox and successful treatments led to his initial
recognition. Using his own formulas, he was able to cure
may patients regarded as incurable.
Later he obtained his doctoral degree. His first
marriage ended in tragedy with the death of his young
wife and children due to a return of the Plague. He
remarried and lived until 1566.
In 1550, Nostradamus published his
first almanac of predictions for the coming year. The
predictions proved so popular that he began publishing
them yearly. Then he decided to expand this endeavor to
include predictions for the world. He spent two years
writing what he called the Centuries, which were a
complete set of prophecies from his time to the end of
the world in the year 3797.
Nostradamus wrote in 4 line verses
which were called quatrains. A century of quatrains
contained 100 verses. He deliberately wrote in an obscure
style so as not to be labeled a magician.
Quatrain 72 in Century X has received
considerable publicity as a doomsday prediction for this
coming July 1999. Much attention has been given to it.
Here is Century X, Quatrain 72 in the original French:
L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra un grand Roy d'effrayeur,
Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angolmois,
Avant apres, Mars regner par bon heur.
Here is Century X, Quatrain 72 translated to English according to author Henry C. Roberts:
In the year 1999 and seven months
From the skies shall come an alarmingly powerful king,
To raise again the great King of the Jacquerie,
Before and after, Mars shall reign at will.
According to Henry C. Roberts in his
book The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus, a
tremendous revolution is predicted to occur in July of
1999. Nostradamus ominously refers to the text that in
1999 when "from the skies shall come an invasion. .
. and Mars shall reign at will."
The author points out Nostradamus'
mystic knowledge of the great secret of the book of
Revelations by solving the identity of the "Beast of
the Apocalypse" and the time of his arrival which
John of Patmos (Rev. XIII:18) records, "Here is
wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number
of the Beast: for it is the number of a man; and his
number is 666." By simple reversal of the numbers
and turning 999 upside down we obtain 666.
Roy d'Angolmois is an anagram,
according to the book, for Roi de Mongulois, king of the
Mongolians. The threat of war, according to the author,
will come from the east, such as Eastern Russia, Tibet,
China or Mongolia.
While the author has interpreted this
quatrain as an invasion from the East, readers will ask,
what about the reference to the skies?
However, in conflict with the above,
Roberts point out that Nostradamus dated all events from
the Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325. This is on page 342. If
this is true, then computing any actual calendar year
requires the reader to add 325 years to the date stated
in the quatrain. In doing this with the above quatrain,
we find that the year 1999 + 325 = 2324. Perhaps the
correct year for this doomsday prediction is not this
July 1999, but rather the year 2324!