Around 500 years ago, French physician and alleged seer Nostradamus published a collection of prophecies that people still read and believe today. He is credited with being able to see into the future and some believe he has predicted many of the events that have taken place all over the world. From man walking on the moon to more recent events like a Donald Trump presidency, these are wild Nostradamus predictions that actually came true.
Seeing The Future
One of the biggest events of 2016 was Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Did Nostradamus know this was going to happen?
In one of his quatrains, it appears that he was absolutely aware of the controversial election results. In one of Nostradamus’ quatrains, he made an eery connection between Donald Trump and the potential economic imbalance caused by China.
Experts who have studied Nostradamus and his predictions believe the French seer knew Donald Trump was going to win the election because of the following quatrain: “The great shameless, audacious brawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.”
During his campaign, Trump accused China of manipulating their currency. Nostradamus thought China would try to dethrone the United States as the biggest superpower in the world and would stop the “economic imbalance” on earth. It is not clear how the Asian country would accomplish this enormous task.
Then there is this quatrain: “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.”
Nostradamus commonly used a play on words when writing his predictions. Some believe the false prophet (referred to as a “trumpet” in the quatrain) that Nostradamus is referring to is Donald Trump. And, the old world for trumpet is actually “trump.” Since Hillary Clinton beat Trump by two million popular votes, some don’t consider Trump to be their real President. For a lot of people, the former “Apprentice” host is a false prophet. However, the wording is open to interpretation.
Byzantium was an ancient Greek colony that became Constantinople and then Istanbul, Turkey. Some believe Nostradamus’ reference to the ancient colony is a commentary on the refugee crisis that is currently taking over Europe. Check out this part of the quatrain again: “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws.”
Some interpret this as a reference to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. He is in the process of drafting new travel bans targeting majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While the connection is not exactly 100 percent clear, you cannot deny that the prediction seems to have a ring of truth.
In another quatrain, Nostradamus appears to predict Donald Trump will be impeached. It also notes that Trump will expel all enemies. Is this referring to all the illegal immigrants that the President has been targeting? Not only is he preventing refugees from entering America, he’s also deporting those who are not citizens of the United States. Take a look and make your own judgment:
“The great Senate will ordain the triumphFor one who afterwards will be vanquished, driven out;at the sound of the trumpet of his adherents there will bePut up for sale their possessions, enemies expelled.”
World War III?
Russia’s possible involvement and intervention in the U.S. election has been a big topic of debate in the United States over the last couple of months. Nostradamus allegedly had some insight into Russia’s political status in 2017 involving its neighbor Ukraine. He predicted that the two countries would reach a peaceful agreement.
However, despite the promise of peace between the two countries, Nostradamus also hinted there may be a great war. One startling prediction mentions “Hot Wars” possibly involving biological warfare. Some are speculating the term “Hot Wars” may, in fact, be pointing to another great world war: World War III.
Mexican Border Wall
In another quatrain, Nostradamus mentions a “great city” that could be interpreted as Mexico, which was known as the Aztec city-state Tenochtitlan during Nostradamus’ time. Does the following quatrain refer to Donald Trump desire to build a wall around the U.S. and Mexican border? The quatrain mentions that the city will not want to “consent to the great severity.” Is this referring to Mexico’s refusal to build the wall?
“The republic of the great cityWill not want to consent to the great severity;King summoned by trumpet to go outThe ladder at the wall; the city will repent.”
A Broken Agreement
There’s another quatrain that mentions the “trumpet” who is very unsettled and is expected to break some type of agreement. Donald Trump has issues with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which eliminated most tariffs on goods traded between Mexico and Canada. It also included processes to eliminate regulatory and other barriers. Trump also wants to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. It’s unclear what the last line of the quatrain refers to.
“The trumpet shakes with great discord.An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven:the bloody mouth will swim with blood;
the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.”
People can’t help but try to find connections between Nostradamus’ predictions and Donald Trump. BuzzFeed found an individual on the Boing Boing forums who dissected a quatrain that may refer to David Duke, who used to lead the Ku Klux Klan and supported Trump during his election. “His don” may refer to Donald, who eventually disavowed Duke, thus “denying him the jug.”
“Father duke old in years and choked by thirst,On his last day his don denying him the jug:Into the well plunged alive he will come up dead,Senate to the thread death long and light.”
“The Great Royal One of Gold”
Nostradamus mentions “the great Royal” in another quatrain, which may refer to Donald Trump’s distant relative King Richard III. A YouTuber pointed out that Trump loves gold (and has a hotel made out of 24-carat gold) and he’s also very wealthy. The brass could refer to pennies, or “pence” as they are known in Britain. The U.S. vice president is Mike Pence. The quatrain also refers to a broken agreement and a bloody war.
“The great Royal one of gold, augmented by brass,The agreement broken, war opened by a young man:People afflicted because of a lamented chief, The land will be covered with barbarian blood.”
Trumps Assassination & Nuclear Apocalypse?
Some followers of Nostradamus believe that the seer predicted that a Trump presidency would lead to a nuclear apocalypse. This is not exactly a shock to many theorists who think Nostradamus’ book The Prophecies predicted three “antichrists.” Some experts believe the first two were Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. Is it possible that Donald Trump is the third antichrist?
Nostradamus famously referred to this third antichrist by the name of “Mabus” and predicted that their death would bring about something terrifying, which many have interpreted as a nuclear holocaust:
“Mabus will soon die, then will come,A horrible undoing of people and animals,At once one will see vengeance,One hundred powers, thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.”
Nostradamus Prophecies That Came True
While it may be interesting to speculate on Nostradamus’ prophecies, many of his predictions have been debunked. Leaders from Saddam Hussein to Barack Obama have been linked as the third antichrist. And, despite popular belief, Nostradamus did not write the quatrain that was widely attributed to him following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He did, however, predict the death of King Henry II of France.
“The young lion will overcome the older one,On the field of combat in a single battle;He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.”
The Great Fire of London
In 1666, a fire started at a bakery in London that spread across the city and burned for three days. Over 70,000 houses, 87 churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many other buildings were destroyed. While only six deaths were recorded, it’s possible the deaths of the poor and middle-class weren’t counted and many victims were cremated in the fire, so their deaths were not recorded.
“The blood of the just will be demanded of LondonBurnt by fire in the year ’66The ancient Lady will fall from her high placeAnd many of the same sect will be killed.”
The French Revolution
In 1789, the people of France revolted. They were hungry, poor, and angry with the monarchy, which had ruled the country for centuries. After the monarchy was overthrown, a republic was established. Revolutionaries were inspired by both liberal and radical ideas, leading to the worldwide decline of absolute monarchies and the rise of republics and liberal democracies. Old ideas were replaced by Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.
“From the enslaved populace, songs,Chants and demandsWhile princes and lords are held captive in prisons.These will in the future by headless idiotsBe received as divine prayers.”
One of Napoleon’s most famous prophecies almost directly named Napoleon Bonaparte. He mentions the letters “PAU, NAY, LORON,” which turn into “Napaulon Roy,” or Napoleon Bonaparte, when they are rearranged. Napoleon was one of the most famous French emperors. The quatrain notes his rise to power. It also points to Napoleon imprisoning the Popes Pius VI and Pius VII.
“PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood,To swim in praise, the great one to flee to the confluence.He will refuse entry to the Piuses,The depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned.”
French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur was born in 1822. He is most known for his scientific breakthroughs on the causes and prevention of several diseases. He helped prevent deaths from puerperal fever and developed the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax. Most people know him for inventing the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination (pasteurization). He is often referred to as the “father of microbiology.”
“The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries.Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure.This is when the moon completes her great cycle,But by other rumors he shall be dishonored.”
Rise of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler and the German army, crossing over to capture France are referenced as “beasts” in another one of Nostradamus’ predictions. Hitler was dictator of the German Reich. He launched World War II and was responsible for the Holocaust.
“From the depths of the West of Europe,A young child will be born of poor people,He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop;His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers:The greater one will cause it to be dragged in an iron cageWhen the Germany child will observe nothing.”
During World War II, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. An estimated 70,000 people died in Hiroshima. Approximately 70 percent of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed. Around 35,000 people were killed in Nagasaki. The Nagasaki bombing was the second and, to date, the last time a nuclear weapon was used in combat. It was also the second detonation of a plutonium bomb.
“Near the gates and within two citiesThere will be scourges the like of which was never seen,Famine within plague, people put out by steel,Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
Death of the Kennedy Brothers
Nostradamus also reportedly predicted the deaths of two famous Kennedys. U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot (“struck down in the day by a thunderbolt”) on Nov. 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m.. His brother Robert Kennedy was shot at 1 a.m. (“another falls at night time”) five years later. In 1963, student riots took place in London and Paris. Five years later, Florence experienced huge flooding (“a pestilence in Tuscany”).
“The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,An evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition.Another falls at nighttime.Conflict at Reins, London, and a pestilence in Tuscany.”
Some experts believe that Nostradamus predicted the 1969 mission to the moon. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin traveled on Apollo 11 to reach the surface of the moon. The two astronauts spent less than two-and-a-half hours on the astronomical body. Armstrong said famously in the broadcast back to earth: “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
“He will come to travel to the corner of Luna,Where he will be captured and put in a strange land,The unripe fruits to be subject of great scandal,Great blame, to one, great praise.”
September 11th Attack
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Breaking down Nostradamus’ quatrains even further, many believe he predicted the September 11th terrorist attack in the United States. He references “New City” and “two great rocks.” Coincidence? On that fateful day, two terrorist planes flew into the Twin Towers in New York, toppling them to the horror of everyone watching.
“Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth
Will cause tremors around the New City.
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
Then Arethusa will redden a new river.”
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While this prediction hasn’t quite panned out yet, the Center for Disease Control has taken steps for preparedness just in case. In 2016, the CDC published the pamphlet “Preparedness 101 Zombie Pandemic” which proposed what the best action to take was. Just in case.
Nostradamus’ prediction specifically said that in the year of the seventh number the dead would rise and overtake the living. The apocalypse didn’t happen in 2007, so we appear to be safe. For now.
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The world is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and exponential rates. By 2050, some scientists believe North America will be in a mega-drought, an outcome that would be shockingly close to a prediction about 40 years of droughts by Nostradamus.
The prophet said that there would be 40 days of flooding preceded by 40 years of droughts. If that were to happen, which is a strong possibility, the human race would have a hard time surviving with a population in the billions.
King Phillip II’s Reign
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King Phillip II took ruling control of Spain in 1556, and for the next seven years, the nation prospered. In 1587, however, he ended his alliance with England, and one year later tried to invade the country unsuccessfully.
Nostradamus’ prediction about King Phillip II was eerily accurate. About it, he wrote, “For seven years Phillip’s fortunes will prosper… Then, halfway through, things will perplexedly turn against him.”
The Rise Of Charles De Gaulle
Charles De Gaulle had a historic rise to the Presidency in France in 1959. He started his political career as the leader of the Free French Forces in London during WWII. After the war, he became the country’s provisional Prime Minister. Years later, he became the President of the French Fifth Republic.
About him, Nostradamus wrote, “A man named De Gaulle is a three-time leader… He will be renowned above all monarchs.” And as it was written, so he was.
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Before experts began fancying the idea that Donald Trump was Nostradamus’ third anti-Christ, they thought it was Saddam Hussein. The line “Mabus will soon die, then will come, a horrible undoing of man and beast” could easily describe how tense the situation in Iraq was after Saddam was removed from power.
What do you think? Is Mabus Saddam Hussein or Donald Trump? Either way it’s easy to see how connections can be made that help “prove” the prophecies of Nostradamus correct.
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As terrifying as that may sound, Nostradamus once wrote, “The cities of Tours, Orleans, Blois, Reims, and Nantes are troubled by sudden change… Rivers, darts at Rennes, shaking of land and sea.” While not everything fits perfectly, there’s enough for people to believe this refers to Hurricane Katrina.
Before the land and sea was shaken in New Orleans, analysts believed this prediction was referring to France. Perhaps it still is, but the evidence suggests it’s linked to one of America’s greatest natural disasters.
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This one might feel like a little bit of a stretch, but Nostradamus may have predicted the end of Princess Diana. Using her name directly, he wrote, “The penultimate of the surname of prophet will take Diana for his day and rest.” Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, died in a car crash in 1997.
Another name Dodi Fayed went by was Mohamed, which translates to “prophet.” That means that when Diana was lost to the world, she was with the man whose name meant prophet. If you ask us, that’s pretty eerie!
The Challenger Explosion
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In 1986, seven people died on board the Challenger space shuttle when it blew up 73 seconds after take off. The crash was caused by a defective O-ring that was made by a company named Thiokol. Believers in this prediction say that Nostradamus called out this company by name.
He wrote, “From the human flock nine will be sent away, separated from judgment and counsel: their fate will be seals on departure Kappa, Thita, Lambda the banished dead err.” During the actual mission only seven people passed away, but that hasn’t stopped believers of this prediction.
Another Great Earthquake
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This prediction hasn’t come true yet, but there’s a good chance it will in the near future. The lines, “The sloping park, great calamity, through the Lands of the West and Lombardy.” California is overdue for it’s next big quake, and there is a famous street in San Francisco named Lombard.
Even though this prediction is yet to happen, it’s easy to read figure out what exactly Nostradamus was predicting. Then again, maybe he was just predicting the making of the movie San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson.
China’s Rise To World Prominence
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Make no mistake, China has always been one of the world’s great powers. In recent years, though, it has not been known as the top super power in the world. That honor belongs to the United States. If Nostradamus is correct, China’s time is coming up just around the river bend.
The United States still beats China as an economic power, but China’s standard of living is slowly improving. The increased living standard should strengthen the country, giving the United a literal run for its money.
World War II Air Combat
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Nothing Nostradamus ever wrote was meant to be taken literally. He almost always wrote in more vague terms, leaving his prophecies up for debate. Take this one, arguably predicting World War II aerial combat, “They will think they have seen the Sun at night, When they will see the half-pig half-man.”
The “half-pig half-man” can be interpreted as fighter pilots wearing their oxygen masks. In the time of Nostradamus, this would make them look disfigured and like the “brute beasts” he describes.
He Predicted A Pope
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Nostradamus was a devoutly religious man. Historians believe he used religion to justify his work in the dark arts. Knowing this, it’s pretty creepy to learn that at one point in his life Nostradamus randomly bowed to another man at the Vatican. That man ended up becoming pope.
This prophecy was not written, and there is no real proof that this incident took place, but the fact that people believe the story shows just how influential Nostradamus was. And if you think that’s creepy, just wait until you hear the next story!
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True believers in the power of Nostradamus believe that he predicted his own death. Not only that, but he was buried upright with a medallion that read the year of his death. This medallion was his body was exumed for historical purposes. If this story is true, that’s pretty incredible.
People who doubt the story point out a few faults in its logic. First, they argue that there is no evidence he was buried upright or with a medallion. Second, they say he was off on his death prediction by one year. Finally, they claim his prediction was re-written by his secretary after his death. What do you believe?
The Conquering Of The Balkan Peninsular
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The quatrain “Very much before such intrigues those of the East by virtue of the Moon: the year 1700 they will cause great one to be carried off, almost subjugating the Aquilon corner” is said to predict the taking of the Balkan Peninsular by the Turkish army.
The moon, in this case, is a reference to the Crescent Moon of Islam. Aquilon is a reference to the North Wind. The only flaw with theory is the geography of the Balkan Peninsular to Turkey.
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It has been widely debated whether Nostradamus predicted the ride of Oliver Cromwell to the English throne or not. He refers the man takes over England as “More of a butcher than a king,” a reference to Cromwell’s humble upbringing. He also describes the king as a “Coward without faith.”
While plenty of historian agree that Oliver Cromwell was a coward, he was not faithless, and did not come from humble beginnings. Described as a minor noble, Cromwell was also devoutly religious; he was Protestant.
King Henry II
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As we told you earlier, Nostradamus correctly predicted the death of King Henry II of France. He said that a younger man would take down the king in single combat on the field. That’s not exactly how it happened, but it’s incredibly peace.
King Henry was stabbed through the eye by a lance during a celebration for peace. He was playing, and a horrible accident happened when his young opponent missed his body with the lance. This prediction, it is said, is what made Nostradamus famous.
The next few predictions were so wrong they nearly discredited the great predictor.
The Capturing Of A King
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For every prediction Nostradamus got right, there was another handful he go wrong. This is why most of his quatrains were left vague, “The year 1727 n October, the King of Persia captured by those of Egypt.” Nothing happened that year or month. Both countries were living in peace, as they had been for centuries.
This prediction was written in 1555, and unfortunately, could not be more wrong. That’s not the only time Nostradamus got burned by being specific. Just wait until you read about the next one!
A Giant Terror
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In 1999, there was supposed to be a great terror that would fall from the sky, followed by the rise of the Mongol King. Was an asteroid supposed to hit the Earth? Perhaps a meteor or a military attack from the East? We’ll never know, because this prediction was not even close to correct.
Those who follow Nostradamus have actually changed this prediction to be about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. These theorists claim that 1999 is somehow supposed to be 09/11/01. We couldn’t figure it out either.
The Great War Of 2002
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We know what you’re thinking, “what great war of 2002?” It never happened. Nostradamus called for a “A calamitous war under cancer” referring to 2002, when “Mars and the scepter will be in conjunction.” He also claimed that after the war a new king would rise who would bring a long period of peace on earth.
Out of the ashes springs hope? There was no war, and the world is yet to find peace. No great king has arisen either. When is the next time “Mars and the scepter will be in conjunction?” There must still be time for this one to pan out.