I randomly decided I wanted to learn more about Nostradamus and his alleged predictions for the end of the world. Why not? Between increasing tensions in the Middle East, the crazy worldwide financial crisis, and hurricanes increasing in strength and destruction each year, I figured it would at least be interesting.
So I popped open a web search for “Nostradamus predictions”, and the 2nd hit looked intriguing:
In May 2005, the Italian National Library in Rome made an amazing discovery. Buried in their archives was an unknown manuscript written by the famed prophet Michel de Nostradame, or Nostradamus (1503-1566). This manuscript was handed down to his son and later donated to Pope Urban VIII. It did not surface again until now, almost four hundred years later.
Next, I wanted to see if the book was available on Amazon. It is, and it got some fairly horrible reviews – several even alleging plagiarism of other authors!
A bit more searching on Amazon.com turned up this gem:
In 1994 members of the Italian National Library in Rome found buried in their archives an unknown and unpublished manuscript consisting of 80 mysterious paintings by the famed prophet Michel de Nostradamus (1503-1566). This manuscript, handed down to the prophet's son and later donated by him to Pope Urban VIII, confirms the hidden chronology of Nostradamus's quatrains discovered by the well-known Nostradamus scholar Ottavio Cesare Ramotti.
In both the paintings and accompanying quatrains within, Nostradamus correctly predicts such key events as the Nazi Blitzkrieg, the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, the burning of the oil wells of Kuwait by Iraq, and Boris Yeltsin's rise to power. Knowing the power that his prophecies contained, and wary of this power falling into the wrong hands, Nostradamus scrambled both the meaning and the order of his quatrains so that humanity would not be able to use them until it had become sophisticated enough to decode them. That time is now. Using a software program he created, Ramotti has finally cracked the code and produced a book that is required reading for those who want to know what the next millennium has in store.
Notice a strange similarity between the descriptions?
So which is it? Did the Italian National Library discover this manuscript in 1994 or 2005? Is Boris Yeltsin the great Russian trouble-maker, or is it perhaps Putin? It’s pretty easy to read whatever you want into the quatrains depending on the current times. For example, several books interpreted that “Mabus” (supposedly Mr. Bush) would meet an untimely end in 2007, and we know that didn’t happen.
It’s too bad this whole Nostradamus thing reeks of Vegas-like levels fakery and deception. It’s even worse that the whole rigmarole is recycled every couple of decades. Worse yet, apparently some of us fall for it.