Note: Michel de Nostredame, also known by his Latinized name Nostradamus, was famous because of his 16th century prophetic book entitled “Centuries.” Nostradamus has been reputed by many as a divine seer due to the high rates of fulfilment associated with his prophecies in the book. Unfortunately, his one prediction concerning the end of the world “failed” unexpectedly. On one hand this surprise “failure” lowers people’s confidence level as far as prophecies are concerned. On the other hand it adds to people’s confusion about the end of the world. The following paragraphs are taken from Chapter 3 of our soon-to-be-released book “Waking Up at the Midnight Cry”:
This prophetic poem, known as Quatrain 72 of Century 10, goes like this:
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.
I choose not to discuss this quatrain’s detailed contents, knowing that people have already considered the date Nostradamus predicted to have “failed” to materialize and no one cares to dig further. I simply want to point out that, even though the date, July of 1999, has passed, it does not mean that Nostradamus had said it wrongly. There is another possibility, i.e. those who read his words may have misunderstood what he really wanted to say. This kind of thing does happen and it often happens to persons who are presumptuous.
In fact, according to its original French version of the poem, “seventh month” after 1999 may be a wrong translation as it could mean the plural “7 months.” In addition, between 1999 and “7 months” there is not a single marking whatsoever. In other words, you might read it as “19997 months” rather than “the seventh month of 1999.” Therefore, if we convert 19997 months into years by taking 12 months in a year, we have this:
19997 ÷ 12 = 1666.41666…
A quick visual glance of the result will tell you that it has the number 666 both before and after the decimal point. The number 666 happens to refer to, according to the book of Revelation, numerous persons who will actively play major roles on the historical platform of mankind during the Great Tribulation years that last for 42 months.
Even more surprising, if we remove all the 666’s in this number and add the number 1 before the decimal point to the number 41 after the decimal point, then we have 42, the exact number of months that are associated with the length of the Great Tribulation period.
Let us continue on. The number 1666 before the decimal point can be simplified this way: 1 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 19. Likewise, the number 41666 after the decimal point can be simplified this way: 4+ 1 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 23. Do you still remember the two ends 2019 and 2023 for the Great Tribulation period? Aren’t 19 and 23 considered the short forms of the years 2019 and 2023?
Now you see that even this prophecy of Nostradamus may not aim at a specific point in time, but give us a hidden segment of time that lasts for 42 months and falls between the years 2019 and 2023. This happens to agree with the second leg of the full end time interval, 2016–2019–2023, that I have been discussing so far.
If Nostradamus’ original purpose was to plant a hint foreshadowing later developments of the event he had predicted, then we could not simply say that he was wrong. Moreover, we must see that, God not only uses tacit agreement of Bible verses but He uses different people at different times to continuously provide various evidences in testifying about the year 2023.