Nostradamus prophecies and predictions about the End of the World rings out a great concern for many people. Millions of people believe that Nostradamus (1503-1566) was a genuine prophet who foretold the future in sometimes amazing detail. Other people point out, however, that he did not make any claim to be a prophet in the Biblical sense of the word and that his “prophecies” (quatrains of rhymes) were often deliberately obscure, allowing them to be “fulfilled” by a wide range of competing historical events. Of particular concern to many Christians is Nostradamus’ dependence on astrology when making his predictions, which is condemned as useless by the Bible (See Isaiah 47:12-14).
Too many people, whether Nostradamus sometimes made accurate predictions or not is beside the point, since even the slave-girl whom the apostle Paul encountered in Philippi (Acts 16:16-18) made accurate prophecies-yet she did so possessed by a fortune-telling spirit, and when Paul cast the spirit out of her, her “gift” vanished, along with her owner’s profits. So was Nostradamus under the influence of an evil spirit or was he, as many of his adherents insist, a genuine believing Catholic who simply used astrology in the astronomical sense-that is, to predict dates based upon the future position of the planets?
Or are these questions even relevant? Do any of Nostradamus’ rhymes have any bearing on our study of eschatology? The answer is no. Despite the claims that Nostradamus made numerous prophecies about the End Time and the Antichrist, he tells us nothing new. The following quatrain for example-Century 10, Quatrain 74-is often cited, since it speaks about the End Time judgments and catastrophic wars, the last Seven Years of world history, the coming Millennium and the resurrection at the end of time:
The year the great seventh number is fulfilled,
Appearing at the time of the games of slaughter,
Not far from the age of the great millennium,
When the dead will come out of their graves.
All of these Bible facts, however, were well-known among Catholics in Nostradamus’ day. He has merely rearranged known Bible statements in poetic form without adding anything to our understanding. The same is true for what he writes in Century 8, Quatrain 77:
The Antichrist very soon annihilates three,
The blood of his war will last twenty-seven years.
Unbelievers are dead, captives, and exiled;
With blood, corpses, water and red hail covering the earth.
Again, all of the above was widely known in the 1500s. Daniel 7:24 declares that the Antichrist will conquer three world rulers and John in the book of Revelation warns of freak storms of blood and hail and describes vast multitudes of the world’s population dying as a result of God’s judgment. Nostradamus does add that “the blood of his war will last twenty-seven years”-but this contradicts the Bible itself, which declares in both Daniel and Revelation that the Antichrist will rule the Earth for only seven years (Daniel 9:27)-in which period of time he engages in several battles (Daniel 11:29-30; 40-45; Revelation 16:12-16; 19:19).
And then of course, there was Nostradamus’ failed prediction in Century 10, Quatrain 72 in which he boldly declared that a “great King of Terror” would rise on the world stage in 1999. Many Nostradamus enthusiasts fully expected this to be the Antichrist and were bitterly disappointed when nothing happened. This prophecy was quietly swept under the rug and forgotten.
In summary, I have not discovered any prediction by Nostradamus in any way clarifying my knowledge of the End Time and the Antichrist. He is therefore irrelevant to the subject. To know what will happen is the Last Days on the Earth, we must understand what the Scriptures have to say, and I explore these in my book, Secrets of the Apocalypse – Revealed.