Was Nostradamus right? Our investigation will startle you
Is Donald Trump the Antichrist that Nostradamus predicted, and are we now in the ‘End Times’? You could be forgiven for thinking that the end of the world was upon us, with R.E.M.’s song sounding ever more apt on the radio, some American Christians calling President Trump The Second Coming, and new Bible-scale catastrophes every day. Including actual plagues of locusts in East Africa. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t all so tragic. So what we’ve done is bring together some parts of the Book of Revelation from the Bible and some Nostradamus verses to see if these really are apocalyptic times. What can we learn from the stories of the past? Read on…
And they worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’Revelation, The Bible
Who is the Antichrist?
So, who is the Antichrist? The Bible goes into some detail in the Book of Revelation, which is way too confusing to read as a whole, but good for quotes. And that is a good quote for the worshippers of the beast/Antichrist: ‘Who is like the beast and who can fight against it?’ Many of us do feel helpless in the face of relentless lies, hypocrisies and distractions.
Because we are reminded of ourselves? Maybe.
Because it’s easier to binge-watch box sets, to just hide away from the chaos? Definitely.
It’s good to be the King (of Terror)
Nostradamus was born into a Jewish family that had converted to Catholicism before he was born. He wrote in the 1500s, in plague-ridden central France. Dark times. The 100 Years War wasn’t long ended. Joan of Arc had just been burned at the stake, and her legend was growing. France was an absolute monarchy and people believed in astrology. Belief in astrology was forgivable, given the plague, the filthy horror of the average peasant’s life, and the absolute nothingness that the future represented for most. The printing press was a recent technological revolution, so Nostradamus published popular books on plague cures, general medicine, cosmetics and food recipes. It was his book Les Prophéties, published in 1555 and containing 942 prophetic verses, that made him rich and famous. It’s easy to see how Nostradamus’s prophetic visions appealed to the masses as escapist fiction in the grim Dark Ages. But the book has never been out of print and continues to amuse and intrigue us to this day, in the shiny 21st century.
The year 1999, the seventh month,
From the sky shall descend a great King of Terror,
To revive the great King of the East,
Before and after, Mars shall reign for the good cause.
Fascinatingly, Donald Trump first mentioned running for President in July 1999. Could a bit of late-90s media buzz, about Trump’s ambition, carried on TV signals constitute his descent from the sky? Maybe. The King of the East could be an ally, perhaps an oil-rich business partner? Mars typically denotes war, and the late 90s were certainly bookended by major conflicts.
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
– Revelation 13:1-18, Bible
If Donald Trump isn’t the undisputed world leader at uttering haughty and blasphemous words, then we may as well all give up right now. A forty-two-month reign would keep President Trump in office to June 2020, so that’s when things could kick off.
From the Orient shall come the treacherous one,
To strike at Italy (Heirs of Romulus) from the Adriatic sea,
With his Libyan fleet,
The inhabitants of Malta and of the nearby islands shall tremble.
The Orient could be anywhere beyond Greece. Libya is on the radar today, with a complex civil war which could explode at any time. The UN-approved Government is under attack from General Haftar’s opposition, which has air support from Egypt and UAE and, ominously, Russian mercenaries on the front lines. As of June 2020, the Russian air force is now active in Libya. Haftar is also supported by France and Saudi Arabia. The Government is supported by Turkey, Qatar and Italy. The US position is unclear. The whole thing’s a mess, and could easily spawn…
FAQ: Who is the Antichrist?
The Antichrist is a character from the Old Testament of the Bible, which is a holy book in Judaism and Christianity. Nostradamus wrote about the Antichrist in his predictions.
Who’s to say? We were very lucky that he didn’t start World War 3 while in office. But he’s not finished yet.
While everything Nostradamus wrote is open to multiple interpretations, many readers say that the first two Antichrists were Napoleon and Hitler, and the Third Antichrist is of our time now. Trump, Putin, any of a dozen despots in the Middle East. Take your pick.
Maybe. Nostradamus wrote: “The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.” This could be used to describe Trump. Or a thousand others.
Interesting question. Nobody says the Antichrist can’t be a woman. Could Marjorie Taylor Greene run for the US Presidency? Could she win? What would she do with the power?
The King of the East, the Antichrist’s ally
A Libyan head of state recognized by the west as being very powerful,
Shall inflame the hearts of many Arab nations against the French,
Then a man of letters, will consent,
To translate Arabic into the French language.
So if the current Libyan civil war spawns a hero, who could be from any of the countries involved in the conflict. Could he unite Muslims against Europe, targeting France, and resulting in a 27-year war into which the Beast/Antichrist is drawn?
The third Antichrist, the third to come, gets annihilated,
His war shall last for twenty seven years,
The heretics are all dead; all of the prisoners are now exiled,
His body (the Antichrist) has reddened the waters, and the earth has been scorched.
The good news is that the Antichrist that Nostradamus predicted, possibly Trump, is defeated. The bad news is that it takes 27 years of war.
Scarlet woman alert!
The Bible was written by dozens, if not hundreds, of Jewish men around 2,500 years ago. They hated women, that’s clear. They also thought slavery was fine. The casting of the female of the species as lesser than the male comes to a head in this Book of Revelation verse which is here purely for your pleasure. You won’t get this one in Sunday school! Or maybe you will.
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”
– Revelation 17:1-18, Bible
Wow, those Bible writers were so judgy!
The coming end of the world, quick recap. Coronavirus! Plagues! Fires! Locusts! Wars! Human floods! Giant hailstones!
Okay, so by cobbling together some bits from the Bible, and some decidedly sketchy verses by Nostradamus, here’s how we see the end of the world panning out:
- In 2020, Trump stops being US President*. This could be because of another impeachment. Or the Russians might have no more use for him. Or he loses the November 2020 election. Or he may just throw his toys out of the pram and quit.
- Trump retires to Saudi Arabia, to hang out with his best pals, who have the same good taste as he does.
- Emboldened, the Saudis throw cash at a Libyan warlord, the King of the East, who takes over Libya.
- The Muslim nations of North Africa and the Middle East, with Trump their Antichrist mascot and Russian military support, unite and attack Europe. There is a war that lasts 27 years, but Europe wins in the end.
- Roll on 2047!
Did Nostradamus predict that Trump would lose the 2020 US presidential election, and the Covid-19 pandemic?
Our analysis of the Bible and Nostradamus concluded that Trump would lose office in 2020. Key to an understanding of the predictions of Nostradamus is whether we see Trump as the Antichrist, or simply an enabler of the King of the East. And, as has been suggested in the comments below, the King of the East could be the coronavirus. Corona is Latin for crown, and the battles that we imagine from the Nostradamus verses could simply be metaphors for our deadly conflict with an unseen enemy, the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. Worryingly, could this mean that we will struggle with the virus for 27 years?
Why do you think what you think about Trump, Nostradamus and the Bible?
What makes current event conspiracy theories more credible when linked to nonsensical ancient writings from our unknowable past? Why do we do this? A lot of our irrational behaviours can be explained by cognitive biases. These are things that our brain does in order to ensure our survival within small tribes on the plains of Africa. Which is how humans existed for about 50,000* years before the first civilisations appeared in Iraq and Egypt around 5,000 years ago. Our cognitive biases are manipulated by politicians, by big tech and by religions to keep us on our knees, buying shit we don’t need and fighting amongst ourselves. The best way for humanity to create a better future is for each of us to ask of ourselves every day: Why do I think this?
*Nobody really knows how long humans have been around. It’s a fascinating puzzle. Exciting discoveries are still to come, and they may shake the foundations of everything that we currently believe.
It’s all too easy to point the finger at Donald Trump as the Antichrist who has brought calamity to the entire world. One of his first acts as US president was to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Treaty. This was Trump saying: “All humanity and all the creatures of the earth can burn.” Then he proceeded to align himself with all the despots and dictators of the world, from the Saudi regime, which is responsible for the climate crisis more than any other single entity, to Putin, who is a comic book megalomaniac, just not funny or entertaining in any way.
So, is Donald Trump the Antichrist that Nostradamus predicted?
Yes, you could say that Trump is the Antichrist, as predicted by the Bible and Nostradamus. But to call Trump the Antichrist means accepting that the Bible, from where the term originated, and on which Nostradamus leaned for his fantasy fiction, is something more than a fictional story that was designed by a Jewish cult, thousands of years ago, to keep its self-appointed male elite in power. And we should not be asking ‘Are the predictions of Nostradamus true?’, but ‘Why do want to believe the prophecies of Nostradamus?’
These are powerful, but fictional, stories. Stories that are kept alive to serve the ancient fantasies that remain the foundation myths of modern power structures. You can be the Beast. Or you can be the God. You are the story and you make the future.
We believe that everybody deserves a future to look forward to. Join us as we dismantle the ancient lies and build a better, fairer world.
News.com.au: Donald Trump launched bid for President in 90s.
Wikipedia: Nostradamus in popular culture.
Al Jazeera: Who’s who in the Libya conflict.
Visual Capitalist: 50 cognitive biases.
17 August, 2020: Donald Trump is still US President when Nostradamus ‘predicted’ he would lose office in July. But maybe he did lose office in July 2020, by losing the trust of the people? That month saw record coronavirus cases and deaths, the Mount Rushmore fiasco and the Rose Garden shambles.
Nostradamus: By César de Notre-Dame – English Wikipedia. Uploaded there by en:User:Sasha I, 14:24, 9 August 2006, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1049386
Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the 2017 Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia By The White House from Washington, DC – President Trump’s Trip Abroad, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59241897 By The White House from Washington, DC – President Trump Unveils a Plan for a Comprehensive Peace Agreement Between Israel and the Palestinians, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86400072
Woman in red from The Matrix, The Wachowskis, 1999 – Used under artistic license.
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