Nostradamus: Prophet, Seer, or Fake?

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  1. YO-ELEVEN-11

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    It is widely known that Nostradamus wrote 942 quatrains.

    According to some, these quatrains are said to predict events that take place throughout history up to the present day.

    These quatrains also are also said to predict the end of the world as we know it.

    These quatrains have been the issue of debate as long as I can remember.

    (I'm only in my 30's though) :)

    Here is a execerpt of a few of his quatrains translated into english:

    Century 1, Quatrain 24
    The new city contemplating a condemnation,
    The bird of prey offers itself to the heavens.
    After victory pardon to the captives,
    Cremona and Mantua will have suffered great evils.

    Century 1, Quatrain 87
    Earth-shaking fire from the center of the earth.
    Will cause the towers around the New City to shake,
    Two great rocks for a long time will make war,
    And then Arethusa will color a new river red.

    Century 6, Quatrain 97
    At forty-five degrees, the sky will burn,
    Fire approaches the great new city,
    Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
    When they want to have verification from the Normans.

    Century 9, Quatrain 92
    The king will want to enter the new city,
    Through its enemies they will come to subdue it
    Captives liberated to speak and act falsely,
    King to be outside, he will keep far from the enemy.

    Century 10, Quatrain 49
    Garden of the world near the new city,
    In the path of the hollow mountains,
    It will be seized and plunged into the Vat,
    Drinking by force the waters poisoned by sulfur.

    Some say that these quatrains are supposed predict current events and on into the future. One quatrain in particular is supposed to have predicted the 9/11 tragedy. It reads as follows:

    Century 10, Quatrain 72
    The year 1999, seventh month,
    From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
    To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
    Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.

    One can debate these quatrains for years and not agree on thier meaning.

    The question here is if at least one of his quatrains is percise in predicting any historical event, does that make him a prophet?

    Also if not a prophet, then could he be calssified as a seer of some sort,
    or could it be deemed as pure luck?

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Kindest Regards, Yo-eleven!
    Hoo-boy! You got that right.

    OK, in my limited understanding, I seem to recall somewhere buried deep in the Old Testament that if a prophet had *any* wrong predictions, he was not to be considered a prophet of G-d. (and was to be stoned to death)

    With Nostradamus, this becomes problematic in that, the guy is already long dead. He did, however, have a number of predictions that seem to be remarkably accurate, such as one I vaguely recall about a king who was injured in a joust, who died a horribly painful death a few days later. I seem to recall another that mentioned "pig faced men," which in context sounded remarkably like a jet fighter pilot. I like Nostradamus, but my jury is out on calling him a prophet in the Biblical sense. Of course, this thinking could conceivably raise doubts on Biblical prophets like Isaiah and John, but they have enough going for them that I don't seriously entertain that problem.

    Another interesting character is Edgar Cayce. I can't put a finger on why, but I don't care as much for his work as for Nostradamus. Even so, my opinions notwithstanding, the guy has some interesting stuff to consider. I'm not sure I would call him a prophet though.

    Seer? Hmmm, is there much difference? Is it one of nuance? Perhaps a prophet has a positive "of G-d" nuance, whereas a seer...doesn't? Or is a seer a degree of prophet, like a prophet in training or something? I don't know the difference, other than semantic.

    Pure luck? The stories of both men I have read, both were very actively pursuing and developing their talents. Whether they had a natural knack, I can't say. I suppose it is not *just anybody* who has prescient visions, and even fewer who have prescient visions regarding mankind in totality, and yet fewer still with visions that reach across centuries and millenia.
     
  3. YO-ELEVEN-11

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    Kindest Regards Juantoo3

    Wow, talk about a tough crowd. sheesh. :)


    WoW, I always thought Prophecy or Prophets were not confined to the bible, in that G!D sends his word through his "Prophets" The bible gives us a good sense of what to look for when someone claims to be a Prophet, but it never says that no else beyond the bible could not be a prophet.
    I could be wrong though.
    :confused:

    I have never heard of this guy, but I intend to read up on him.


    The main difference between them seems to be just what you suggested.

    1. Seer - A person with unusual powers of foresight

    2.Prophet- Someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God

    I have to agree here, but the incidents of people seeing things to come is on the rise worldwide.

    (IMHO)
    The differerence here is that a "Prophet" has the G!Dly insight and nuturing to see events and help people prepare for those events, as compared to a "seer" who just plains see events, but can not nutuer you on how to prepare for them.
     
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    Kindest Regards, Yo-eleven!
    I suppose it depends who you ask.

    Well, maybe you are on to something.

    It will be interesting to see what others have to say.
     
  5. jiii

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    I would say, no. After all, I'm sure that if you or I wrote down 942 short suggestive paragraphs, at least one of them would be bound to coincide in at least some way with some event that happens hundreds of years down the road. I mean, its not that you or I are prophets...it's just that a whole ton of things happen in this world.

    So far as the definition you've given for a seer, I would say that he might be considered such...in some vague way. In a certain respect, since he isn't summarily discounted and entirely forgotten as some trivial kook of antiquity, he may have already achieved this title.

    You know, so far as seers and seeing...it's all in the eye of the beholder.;)

    -jiii
     
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    Jiii, It is ture that if you or me could write about things of the future and that you or me are bound to get somethings right, but, you got to admit that some of the quatrains are kinda "spooky" in their accuracy.
    :)
     
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    Nostradamus was defo a Seer! Not quite a prophet and not quite your average folk. He didn't deliver a message from God, but used higher abilities to foretell the future.

    I think Prophet and Seer there's no kind of heavenly rank granted to someone, we just look back on the way they lived and decide what they accomplished and how seriously we should take them. Nostradamus was no one of significance to the masses but had mystical abilities out of the ordinary view of Christianity. So defo a Seer.

    He also had the ability to cure people of illness, also accurately predicted his own death.
     
  8. iBrian

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    What's interesting about Nostramdamus is that his prophecies are apparently only prophecies *after* the event has taken place.

    I don't believe I've seen any readings of Nostradamus predicting anything in the modern day era that has come to pass. Except with hindsight.

    Would have thought prophecy could do better than that?
     
  9. inhumility

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    I don't know much of Nosotradamus.I don't think he ever claimed that he was Chosen by God as a prophet of God or Messenger of God for guidance of the people, at least not to my knowledge. Bible , to me , only gives this edict for those who claim prophet-hood in the sense mentioned above.The reason being since the prophets calim to have been sent by God , if they are untrue then they must incur wrath of God.
    Otherwise people could have developed ESPs (Extra-Sensory Perceptions) and predict in future naturally,that is not punishable.In a way that is useful also,one could know as a proof that future is predictable if God so desires or humans improve their faculties.God knows better.
    Thanks
     
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    I think I heard something on a Discovery channel Nostradamus special (that is, I heard/read it somewhere, and I think that's where), that Nostradamus was forced to write so cryptically because at the time, prophets/seers were enemies of the church and an enemy of the church didn't live very long. So that's the other side to the very believable idea that if you write 900-and-whatever short paragraphs, a one or two of them will very accurately fit some event over the millenia. Which is true? I don't know.

    Another note, Edgar Cayce commented about his own psychic predictions that humanity has free will and that nothing is set in stone. For those of you not familiar with him, he's mainly noted as a psychic healer/diagnostician and he did do amazing things (curing cancer, arthritis, etc. and that's nothing) with that, all heavily documented and some of his techniques 'discovered' by modern science years after the fact. I can get carried away on that topic, I'm sorry.

    To get back to my point, in addition to the health things, he did 'give readings' on philosophical matters and future events. Literally, one can build a comprehensive philosophy on his work and the free will thing is an aspect of that. He said that there are tendencies that people have, courses of action and destinies that very likely will happen, but that nothing is stronger than free will, given by God.

    For a well known example, world wide cataclysm has been prophesied by many different groups and prophets and let's say for the moment that they are all right and it is slated to happen. Cayce says that change in the consciousness of humanity could avert it. So, a 'prophet' maybe could be 100% right and still say things that never come true.

    Sarah
     
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    He was not a prophet. A true one. I dont beleive he even labaled himself as such. Perhaps that was the enquirer.
     
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    But what is the definition of a 'true one'? That's part of what I was contesting. If one recognizes that God gave us free will, which I think many do, that means that actions are subject to change. And if that's true, what prophet can ever be 100% accurate? What may be true according to how things are going at the time may not be true because of how people have willed changes in themselves in say, a thousand years.

    And I am not saying that the Bible is wrong about the true prophet quote, just that there may be many interpretations and contexts in which to place it, which could greatly affect the meaning.

    Prophet maybe he wasn't, but he was certainly psychic and he certainly made predictions, some of which have come true and some of which haven't, and I do know that that does not make the high percent of amazing things he did less valid.

    As a side note, I do not consider Edgar Cayce to have been a prophet either, but I enjoy playing the devil's advocate and in addition to that, my definition of a prophet (which is maybe not the topic at hand) is likely not yours and I think that terms have to be defined and agreed upon before debated upon. I'm willing to go with any definition that has good reason behind it, I think.


    Sarah
     
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    Well, it's an interesting point, but that opens the door for a whole lot of further speculation as to exactly what a prophet would be then, you know? Then, one is left wondering what percentage of accuracy is required for a true prophet? How vague can the 'fit' get before a vision goes from a prophecy to a spurious correlation?

    Furthermore, if prophets are to be given leeway on account of free will, then do they really differ that much, verifiably, from somebody that is just very skilled at making predictions?

    That is correct (not the Enquirer part;)). Although his work in question was known as Les Propheties which, not surprisingly, translates to 'The Prophecies', Nostradamus outright denied that he was prophet on numerous occasions. Although little is concretely known about exactly how he made his predictions, he did not attribute their arising to messages from God or any deity. I suppose one could argue that he received these messages and didn't know it himself, but that's a stretch that's beyond being reasonable. As far as Nostradamus goes, he is probably most accurately thought of as a 'diviner'...making predictions that, if correct, he might have attributed to supernatural powers of clairvoyance, but not to God. It is largely believed that he transposed historical events, including Biblical ones, into the future using various methods of astrology.

    Of course, he denied being a prophet because, in his day, the title "prophet" tended to refer specifically to somebody that was given visions by God. These days, the term "prophet" doesn't always seem to carry this prerequisite.
     
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    Yup. That's definitely an issue.

    Sarah
     
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    Century 10, Quatrain 72
    The year 1999, seventh month,
    From the sky will come a great King of Terror:
    To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
    Before and after Mars to reign by good luck.

    One can debate these quatrains for years and not agree on thier meaning.

    The question here is if at least one of his quatrains is percise in predicting any historical event, does that make him a prophet?

    Also if not a prophet, then could he be calssified as a seer of some sort,
    or could it be deemed as pure luck?

    Any thoughts?[/quote]
    yes that makes him a prophet
    if not, yes he is a seer
    it wouldnt be peer luck, it would be the enlightened holder of the holy grail or power of god or knowledge
    well thats what i think
    i think nostradamus had a secret that not many others had
     
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    sorry *PURE* not peer
     
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    I was happy to see a forum on the realities that true seerers, are able to describe the events they see. I am able to have glimpses into the spiritual paranormal world but have never read of anyone having similar visions, and since the spirits have never actually said anything to me, the visions create for me more questions than answers, however I have contributed substancially to the new world of advanced instrumentation, and have come to believe the actual discoveries were a spiritual intervention, and the words christ is reported to have said the night before his death, regarding the comforter, or the spirit of truth, have taken on a new meaning for me, especially since I discovered the unpublished " Book of Mary " where she states gesu is said to have told her the mind rests between the spirit and the soul, which helps me to understand the pathway to my mind is through my spirit which may well explain how I am able to see these complex visions. I have become a very private spiritual person, in a dedicated search for truth and real understanding. The one book, no profit ever predicted, is changing the world allowing, intervention, into areas where before the internet, time itself would have vastly limited the opportunity for affecting change. Now one can discover and affect change and live the life of a ghost, It gives me renewed hope for the world, in a world where the children have an unbiased teacher, and contains mostly the cumlative knowledge of man, in a world where in truth, education comes from interest, and is the key to new instrumentation, and our instrumentation defines who we are, as our instrumentation changes we change with it. I believe our advances, increasing on an increasing scale, is devine internention. Imagine an entiety of a magnitude so great as to design and assemble the celebration of nature itself, of which we are a part of. there is so little truth we have acheived, in a universe/world awaiting discovery---In the spirit of truth
     
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    Interesting.
    Oh and welcome.
     
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    Hi Sara. Hi Jackie. Welcome to the forum!


    The thing about it is that both Nostradamus and Cayce completely fail to relate anything about the intangible. They are all about the tangible, which is changeable.

    Commenting upon what Jackie said:
    This is interesting, however this may be saying something simpler than what it sounds. It is in words from another age, a little bit alien to us. It is possibly not different from saying the mind rests somewhere between 'G!d and the physical'. For someone with no previous education on the subject of G!d, this comparison might have been given for their sakes, to make the idea of G!d more acceptable. The description outlines the mental mixture physical/non-physical conception and then asks you to take that to the n'th level just beyond what you can comprehend. Beyond that gate stands G!d, that which is completely spiritual, the unchanging perfection. The description really is progressing from the physical to the mental to the spiritual, and it seems to be a genuine missionary artifact. People naturally understand already that what takes place in imagination is physical yet intangible, so the stretch is imagining there could be anything of import that's beyond that (sort of like Math) completely intangible and unthinkable by us yet important. Nostradamus & Cayce flopped in this department. Instead they were about making our physical reality a part of the spiritual.
     
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    The obvious problem with Nostradamus is that he isn't being used to predict events, he's being used to describe events that have already taken place.

    I'd ask anybody who believes that he is a prophet or seer to put a prediction of a future event here in this thread so we can put those claims to the test.
     

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