Nostradamus and the Antichrist
According to both Erika Cheetham and John Hogue, the following quatrains could very well refer to the "Third Antichrist." Cheetham sees connections between Nostradamus' use of the word Brodde and translates it as meaning either black or dark brown or decadent. Hogue senses great meaning in the enigmatic Mabus in terms of the Antichrist. The future Antichrist would be the third; the first two were Napoleon and Hitler.
Erika Cheetham writes, "...seven great disasters have to accumulate and come together to give warning of its [the prophesied "Millennium" of Nostradamus] actual coming and of the Third Antichrist. Phenomena such as showers of blood, Saturn in a bad aspect, and war together with some great evil affecting the Vatican and the Papacy and a naval war are all portents. Nostradamus intended for the reader to take note of these events and to try to halt them, but the way the world is going this tragically seems unlikely." Check out Nostradamus' Signs of the End for more information.
Remember that these are opinions and that your own educated impressions could well be more accurate than those that follow.
Century 1, Quatrain 50
From the three water signs will be born a man
who will celebrate Thursday as his feast day.
His renown, praise, rule and power will grow
on land and sea, bringing trouble to the East.
Cheetham: Describes a person born with the signs of Aries, Cancer, and Aquarius; presumably not a member of any of the modern religions of today; takes Thursday as a holy day. [Several visitors have pointed out that the three water signs actually are: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Thanks to all who responded. -- Morgana]
Century 2, Quatrain 30
One who the infernal gods of Hannibal
Will cause to be reborn, terror of all mankind
Never more horror nor the newspapers tell of worse in the past,
Than will come to the Romans through Babel (Iraq).
Cheetham: Eternal gods of Hannibal means North Africa or the Middle East; there comes forth a man who will bring trouble to the whole world; the last line may refer to the collapse of the Catholic Church.
Hogue: Nostradamus may be hinting that the Third Antichrist [The first was Napoleon; the second was Hitler.] comes from a modern day region in North Africa or the Middle East; the concept of newspapers was unheard of in the time of Nostradamus; perhaps it refers to terrorism in the headlines.
Century 2, Quatrain 62
Mabus then will soon die, there will come
A horrible slaughter of people and animals:
At once vengeance is revealed coming from a hundred hands,
Thirst and hunger when the comet will run.
Cheetham: Is "Mabus" an anagram for the Antichrist?
Hogue: "Mabus" is one of Nostradamus' most famous prophetic enigmas; may provide a clue to the name and identity of the third and final Antichrist; it may already be too late to decode and prevent "its" terrible destiny; the final line dates the beginning of his legacy of terror around the time of the appearance of a comet. [Halley? Hale-Bopp? Both Hogue and Cheetham use Halley's Comet as THE signpost; however, at the time that they were writing, they had no knowledge of the splendor of the Hale-Bopp Comet, which appeared in 1996-1997. -- Morgana]
[The following quatrains are presented here without "professional" interpretation except for minor adjustments to the translations. They are often interpreted as referring to the Antichrist or the time of the Third Antichrist.]
Century 2, Quatrain 89
One day the two great leaders will become friends (and/or "halved, split"),
Their great power will be seen to increase:
The new land will be at the height of its power (America),
To the bloody one the numbers are reported.
Century 4, Quatrain 95
The rule will be left to two; they will hold it for a very short time.
Three years and seven months passed, they will go to war:
Their two vassals rebel against them,
The victor is born on Armenian (?) soil.
Century 8, Quatrain 77
The Antichrist very soon annihilates the three,
Twenty-seven years the blood of his war will last.
The unbelievers are dead, captive, exiled;
With blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.
Century 10, Quatrain 66
The chief of London through the realm of America,
The Isle of Scotland will be tried by frost:
King and "Reb" will face an Antichrist so false, [or "Roy Reb" or "Reb the King"]
That he will place them all into the conflict.
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