I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, May 30, 2009

False Prophets-- Nostradamus

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

Satan has done everything possible to create a 'parallel' to true Christianity-- a fake-- a counterfeit-- of the authentic God-led path. The Bible contains prophecies that point to Jesus Christ as the Messiah who would come to earth to save mankind, and who would be crucified, resurrected, and who would return to take true disciples to live with Him forever.

What about some of the 'false prophets'-- those who deceive with their prophecies? I intend to take a look at a few of them over the next few blogs.

When I was a young woman I had a job as a sorter in the Vancouver Post Office.
The work was monotonous, to say the least, but the company of my co-workers was mostly enjoyable. We chatted and got to know each other quite well during those windowless nighttime shifts. One fellow told me about Nostradamus. He was convinced that we would all be well-advised to listen to the prophecies of this particular 16th Century 'seer'.

Here is a thumbnail sketch adapted from the Teaching Hearts website.

Michel de Nostredame (1503-66), later known as Nostradamus,
was a French alchemist, physician, linguist, and astrologist. He divined the future with his magical equipment: astrolabe, magic mirrors, divining rods, and a brass bowl and tripod, designed after the type used by the great Delphic oracles. In the dark evening he would go to his study where he would sit before the tripod with a brass bowl bubbling with water and herbs.

In 1550, he published his first almanac of prophecies
- twelve four-line poems called "quatrains." Each poem gave a general prophecy for the coming year. The excited reception for this almanac encouraged Nostradamus to create an almanac every year for the rest of his life. His most famous work, The Centuries, was begun in 1554 and consisted of ten volumes of 100 quatrains each. These prophecies have been printed continuously for over 400 years.

In his own time as is true today,
Nostradamus' quatrains have received mixed reviews by readers. The combination of French, Greek, Latin, and Italian written as riddles, puns, anagrams, and epigrams are extremely complex and demand that the reader have knowledge in a wide range of subjects. Some quatrains could fit descriptions of just about any time in the world, while others are more exact.

According to the Bible, Nostradamus is a false prophet. The prophecies that seem to be true have the effect of deceive because there is a tendancy for his adherents to want to ignore the prophecies that are not accurate. Nostradamus does what God asks us not to do: he consults the stars. Additionally, many of his predictions did not actually come about.

1 comment:

  1. I think before we dismiss Nostradamus completely, we must recognize that the fault of inaccuracy or deception may not lie with the originator but with those of us that try to give meanings to his sayings of which he had absolutely no intention. As the old adage expresses, "let us not hold (shoot) the messenger responsible for the message." Did Nostradamus have certain abilities; most likely, but more so in the way of an Ezekiel rather than an Isaiah. Nostradamus may have seen images and were they as we have interpreted them? Probably not. The act of prophecy in the bible was generally of the short term as in Elijah or Jeremiah giving advice to the reigning monarchs and perhaps seeing a few years at best. Most people that claim to have the ability to foresee the future also claim that their powers of observation are limited to the short term. Nostradamus's predictions in the most part are vague and do not clearly provide a timeline to their actual occurrence, so why are we so insistent that they extended 500 years in to the future. Let's examine another, more likely scenario; accused as a Judaizer, opponent frequently to the Church, protected by the aristocracy so that excommunication papers could not be upheld, a donator of 1 Mark to the church that built him a fabulous tomb, of course Rome would want its payback, even after his death. In order to exact that revenge, they could inflict their punishment upon his son Caesar. But Nostradamus was aware they would do this, so he provided Caesar with all his predictions, especially the ones referring to the Redhats in order that his son had protection via blackmail. But fearing this was not enough, Michel de Nostradame made certain that he left behind enough quatrains to protect Caesar when certain events would lead to Pope Sixtus trying to take everything from his son. When examined in light of the events that Caesar had to face, the outcome that resulted, and the protection that Caesar achieved (he was even made magistrate of his town) the quatrains make perfect sense and you can be awed by Nostradamus’s ability to see very clearly at least thirty years into the future. These quatrains are explained in the book Shadows of Trinity available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. See http://www.eloquentbooks.com/ShadowsOfTrinity.html . The clarity of the quatrains is only evident when placed into their proper historical context. That's where we fail today and it is more a case of false interpretation rather than false prophet.