Sunday, March 29, 2020

As A Christian What Should Be My Response To Nostradamus Prophecy?










Can We Believe Nostradamus Prophecy Or Should Reject It As A Sham? Did Nostradamus Predict the Corona Virus Coming From China And Affecting Italy?


Question: Somebody shared in our Christian group the picture of Nostradamus by interpreting the following writing of his to mean the exact foretelling of what has happened to Italy through Conrona Virus now in the present time, they wrote the following in the Pic they shared, "Nostradamus wrote the following in the year 1551 this! There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (Corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (Virus) in the darkness of night, on a country with 7 hills (Italy) and will transform the twilight of men in to dust (death), to destroy and ruin the world. It will be the end of world economy as you know it." What is your take on the veracity of it? Can we believe Nostradamus prophecy or should reject it as a sham? As a Christian what should be my response to Nostradamus Prophecy?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

First of all before understanding whether to believe or reject the prophecy of Nostradamus we must know what belief he had in his life and how he had lived his life on earth. That is what Jesus meant when He said,
"15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matt 7:15-20). In other words, a false prophet will not look like false prophet until you really scrutinize about what He believed regarding Jesus Christ and the Word of God in his own life, with which we can know whether he is a false prophet or a true prophet of God sent by him (1 Cor 12:3; 2 John 7). A false prophet cannot be know unless you see his personal character outside of the anointing that he carries which he uses for himself and the world without a least bit of repentance for all the evil and misdeeds (3 John 9-11; 1 John 2:19; 2 Peter 2:12-17).

The devil has a plan for this world, and God has purpose through which He reveals his plan to us all. The Devil along with his cruel subordinates come to us for nothing, except to steal, kill and destroy things that God has given to us
(John 10:10). You cannot change Satan or his minions forever because they have taken by their own choice of rebellion to act against God as the role of a adversary against humans whom He loves (Eccl 1:15), the one who contends against the children of God and against the whole humanity as a whole in which as a sadist he constantly tries to mislead them away from God and to keep them in dark lies to accompany him in hell fire along with his demonic cohorts (1 John 5:19; 2 Cor 4:4), the place which has been prepared for him and his one third of rebellious angels (Matt 25:41, 46; Rev 12:3-4).

Satan from the beginning has been trying to usurp the authroity of God and His Word through lying to people about God's seriousness in judging sin and disobedience, and instead wants to feed them with the lies of his own to misguide them from the beginning of time from the Garden of Eden itself
(Gen 3:1-5).

Adam our forefather sinned against God in disobedience by breaking his one and only law in the Garden of Eden
(Gen 2:16-17), and from that time onwards all humans have been under the sway and deception of Satan through him working within us through our sin nature to make us stay away from the truth and light of God (Rom 5:12). To do his work of lies and to keep the fallen humans in bondage to his lies, through using God's power to do evil work against people of his dark kingdom through tempting them to sin makes him keep himself as a dominant power on earth, for this to happen constantly he makes himself to be as a angel of light and also he sends his servants disguised as the angel of light in order to deceive the world to stay in darkness and also pull away if possible the saved person from devotion and service to God, so that the plans of God might be prevented from being fulfilled (1 Peter 2:11-12; 4:1-5; 5:5-9).

The devils will is whatever is opposite to the revealed will of God in His word
(John 8:44; 2 Cor 11:3). The devil's will includes the constant work of sinning against God without any restraint to anger him and make him destroy the humans who were created in his image and likeness because of his love for them (Gen 1:26-27; Jam 3:9, 12; 1 John 3:8).

Every human who does not keep His Word because of unsaved heart condition and walks in disobedience is a bad tree, and every humans who keeps the Word of God because of the saved condition of his heart and obeys to keep it is a good tree. The character and works that follow a believing human will be good works of righteousness. The character and works that follow a unbelieving human will be bad works of sin and all unrighteousness. When a human remains unsaved, he does fulfill the plans of his master some times knowingly and at other times unknowingly. When a human gets saved, he does strive to fulfill the will of God, even though sometimes knowingly and at other times unknowingly because of self confidence miss the will of God many times by lack of faith and fear.

So who was Nostradamus, when did he live and where was he born and what was his belief?

Nostradamus was Born on December 1503 at the place Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France and died on July 1566 at Salon, France. He was a French astrologer, physician, and author. Nostradamus was a physician (doctor) and astrologer (someone who believes that the future can be learned by studying the stars and planets). Today Nostradamus is remembered chiefly for the predictions he made of future events.


The Encyclopedia of World Biography says,

"Early years



Michel de Notredame, commonly called Nostradamus, was born in December 1503 in the south of France. His family was of Jewish heritage but had converted to Catholicism during a period of religious intolerance (unwillingness to give freedom to people who have different beliefs) and prejudice (hostility aimed at a person or group of people based on their beliefs, looks, or habits). Both of his grandfathers were scholars and instructed Nostradamus themselves when he was young. One grandfather was a physician. The other taught him classical languages.

At the age of fourteen Nostradamus left his family to study in Avignon, France, a major ecclesiastical (church related) and academic center. In class he often voiced dissension (disagreement) with the teachings of the Catholic priests. Nostradamus later attended the University of Montpellier, where he studied both medicine and astrology. It was common to study both at that time. He graduated in 1522 and began calling himself Nostradamus, a Latin version of his name. This was a common practice of university graduates.

The first several years of Nostradamus's career as a doctor were spent traveling in France. Many towns and villages were being destroyed by the bubonic plague (a widespread destructive disease). It was called "Le Charbon" ("coal" or "carbon") because of the black sores it left on its victim's body. The epidemic (a disease that affects a large number of people or regions) had no cure. Doctors commonly "bled" (letting blood out) their patients, thinking it would take the disease with it. They knew nothing of how to prevent further infection or how unclean conditions helped spread the disease.

Nostradamus prescribed fresh air and water for the afflicted. He also recommended a low-fat diet and clean bedding. He often administered an herbal remedy made from rosehips, later discovered to be rich in vitamin C. Entire towns recovered under his care. Nostradamus's herbal remedies were common to the era. His beliefs about infection control, however, were contrary to the practices of his time. Such beliefs could have resulted in charges of heresy (opinions that are against church teachings) and a sentence of death.



Personal tragedies


Word of Nostradamus's healing powers made him a celebrated figure. He wrote a book listing the doctors and pharmacists he had met in southern Europe, translated anatomical texts, developed recipes for gourmet foods, and received his doctorate in 1529 from the University of Montpellier. He also taught at the university for three years, but left when his radical ideas about disease were criticized.

Nostradamus married and settled in the town of Agen, France, with his wife. They had two children. Unfortunately, Le Charbon came again. While Nostradamus was trying to heal others, his wife and two young children died of the plague. Citizens looked upon him with scorn because he could not save his own family. His in-laws sued for the return of his wife's dowry (the goods she brought to her husband when they were married). His patron (sponsor) also broke ties with him.



Visions



For the next several years Nostradamus traveled through southern Europe. By 1544 heavy rains were again helping to spread the plague to southern France. With his medicinal practices, Nostradamus managed to halt the spread of disease in one town. He was again celebrated for his skills.

Nostradamus moved to the town of Salon, France, set up a medical practice, remarried, and began a new family. Outwardly, Nostradamus was a devoted practicing Catholic. However, at night he spent the hours in his study meditating in front of a brass bowl filled with water and herbs. Meditation would bring on a trance. In such trances visions would come to him.

Nostradamus began writing about his visions when he wrote the first of his almanacs. It contained predictions of things to come in the next year. The almanacs appeared each year from 1550 to 1565. They were very popular with the public. The Almanacs spoke of astrological phases of the coming year and contained quatrains, or rhymed four-line verse, offering hints of upcoming events. The published works served to spread his fame across France to an even greater degree.

Nostradamus's visions had become such an important part of his studies that he decided to gather them into one massive work for future generations. He called this book Centuries. He planned that there would be ten volumes, each containing one hundred predictions in quatrain form. In it, the next two thousand years of humanity would be forecast—through the year 3797.



Prophecies brought fame and fortune


Nostradamus began working on Centuries in 1554. The first seven volumes were published the following year. He completed the other volumes soon after, but would not allow them to be published until after his death. The reception of the initial works made Nostradamus a celebrated figure.

Nostradamus's writings attracted the interest of France's royal family. He was invited to the Paris court of Henry II (1519–1559) and his wife, Catherine de' Medici (1519–1589). The Medicis were known for their Europe-wide political ambitions. The queen hoped that Nostradamus could give her guidance regarding her seven children. Nostradamus arrived in Paris in August of 1556.

Nostradamus explained that one of his quatrains referred to the king. It read: "The young lion will overcome the older one/On the field of combat in single battle/He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage/Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death." Nostradamus cautioned King Henry against attending any ceremonial jousting during his forty-first year, which the regent's own astrologer had also asserted.

The physician spent the next few years in the luxury of the royal court. He heard that Catholic authorities were again becoming suspicious of his soothsaying (making prophecies) and were about to investigate him. He returned to his hometown of Salon and his wife and children.

On June 28, 1559, when he was forty-one years old, Henry II was injured in a jousting tournament celebrating two marriages in his family. With thousands watching, his opponent's lance "pierced the King's golden visor, entered his head behind the eye, both blinding him and penetrating deep into his brain. He held onto life for ten agonizing days," wrote John Hogue in Nostradamus and the Millennium.



Later years



Already a celebrated individual in France, Nostradamus now became a figure inspiring both awe and fright among the populace. His other prophecies regarding France's royal line were consulted, and most seemed to predict only death and tragedy. Henry's surviving widow, now Queen Regent Catherine de' Medici, visited him in Salon during her royal tour of 1564. He again told her (as he had when he drew up their astrology charts) that all four of her sons would become kings. All did, but all died young.

Nostradamus died in Salon, France, in 1566. Many translations of his Centuries and treatises on their significance appeared in the generations following his death. They remain popular to the present day. Some critics point out that the verses are vague and can be read in many ways. Other interpreters claim Nostradamus predicted Adolf Hitler's (1889–1945) rise to power, the explosion of the U.S. space shuttle Challenger in 1986, and many other events."

So we know from the life of Nostradamas certain important things that we could take notice so that we can in a crystal clear way, know whether to believe such prophecies or reject it completely.

First of all Nostradamas was not a born again, sin repented and Jesus believing follower of His Word. So he was a unbeliever. He was a physician
(doctor) and astrologer (someone who believes that the future can be learned by studying the stars and planets), which clearly shows that even though he was a help to save the life of many people from the plagues of his times as a physician with wisdom for the sick to recover from death, the truth of it which Jesus Himself accepted (Mark 2:17), yet he did not come to the spiritual doctor Jesus to find the one and only solution and relief for the spiritual disease of sin which when healed can only give every humans a new eternal and abundant life which they can enjoy and be a blessing to others (John 3:16; 10:10). Was he a good physician of his times? Ofcourse that is why he has healed so many people in many villages through cleanliness and social isolation and herbal cure that they welcomed him and accepted him as one among their own. Truly he has done a very good social service and has been a good physician.

But after this, he was a astrologer, which means he was someone who believed that the future can be learned by studying the stars and planets as stated above. What does God say about astrologers in His Word? What does the Bible say about those who consult with astrologers and use astrology as guidance for their lives? It's in the Bible,
Isaiah 47:13-15 NIV. "All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you."

In the above verse we see that God challenges all the counsel of astrologers, stargazers and predictors of the future of people and mankind, saying can their prediction save them in the day of their death and destruction that comes on earth? Infact, as the end of end times are approaching fast upon our generation, there are a umpteen number of false prophets who are ever increasing even with signs and wonders in our generation like never before to deceive humankind just as Jesus in the Scripture predicted about it. All the counsel of astrologers, stargazers and predictors of the future of people and mankind will wear those people who believe them all out according to God, because it will not come exactly true as they had predicted. The times we live is a very dangerous time for all the astrologers and their friends and followers because God in His anger has promised in His word that "The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered..." (Isa 24:3). He has further told all humankind that the "Great and Dreadful day of the Lord is coming." (Mal 4:1-6). It has almost come in our generations as we see the destruction that are apocalyptic happening in all the world. Many people will stand in long line waiting for comfort from the fear and destruction of the earth through wine, but when they see the reality of the apocalypse their joy will be darkened, the mirth of the land will be gone (Isa 24:11), and therefore will find none and nothing to comfort them on earth except to look upon God and humbly cry for mercies to be shown to them so that they might be saved. Those who continue to live in sin without repentance, their bodies will lay dead on the street and stench shall rise from their corpses with no one to bury them (Isa 34:3). So the complete earth will be laid waste. In these end of end times, can the astrologers, stargazers and predictors of the future of people and mankind save you? By no means as the fury of God will be revealed through all the unexpected happening that will lay the earth bare all over the planet. Each human will come to realize that none can save in these end of end times except the Savior of the world Jesus Christ! Those who continue in their error of rebellion, they cannot save themselves from the flame of hell fire and also the unexpected death that will come upon them through God's judgment upon humankind for sin. Just like garbage that is burned up and stubble is cleared after the harvest through fire that burns it completely, so will be the life of those who trust not the Bible the Word of God, and instead believe in the false prophets predictions like Nostradamus who has never been saved in his life.

Catholics have been the religious mystery Babylon which has deceived the saints, through money, false doctrine, idolatry, name, fame and all kinds of religious rituals, which usually makes people to come to it to receive it all, without genuine salvation which can only save them and make them live for the Glory of God and help them enter heaven to be with God after they leave this earth. From what we know, Nostradamus and his family have converted from Judaism to Catholicism to stay protected and enrich their lives from religious intolerance and prejudice which was working against them. Catholicism has always thrust itself and its belief upon people by force and have kept them under their tyranny through fear and their constant manipulation and nexus with political rulers and politicians.

When Nostradamus have heard the Gospel, it was a calling and a lifeline given by God to save himself from sin and deception and darkness through the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. But when he had neglected his calling upon his life, the devil had plans to use him as the angel of light and become a father of lies just like him in his kingdom for his own glory (John 8:44). Nostradamus could have become like a lighthouse to many just like the physician Luke in the Bible who wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts of the Apostle to be a blessing to the whole world (Acts 1:1-3), instead he chose to fulfill the plans of the devil which gave him name, fame and fortune in this world. Thus if we see the tragedies that happened in his life, it was a clarion call of God to him to turn and trust the Savior Jesus and leave the deception and darkness which has ruled his life the most at that point of time. But once he denied the Holy Spirit in to his life and have chosen to disregard his call to get saved, deception took control in the form of visions and medications to mislead himself and the people who followed him away from the wisdom of God which is hidden in the Bible the Word of God. Still today if someone begins to trust the prophecies of Nostradamus, they get misled away from the Word of God, that is why we should stay away from such deception that is rearing its head again in these end of end times.

Prophecies that bring fame and fortune are always without doubt are false prophecies and it will only be given by false prophets, while the true prophets even when they predict the future, it will happen and it will make people to repent and return to God their Savior (Isa 45:22).

The source of any prophecy can be self (Jer 23:16), demonic (Jer 23:13) or the lies of their own mouth (Jer 14:14). Thus as a learned man and a phycisian, Nostradamus prophecy was in all three category. Especially the demonic visions took over his life, and thus the spirit of fortune telling (i.e. divination) has taken over his life (Acts 16:16). As far as this dark spirit is concerned, any lies that it tells, when people believe it, they will become controlled by fear and exactly the demonic spirits under Satan will fulfill the exact evil that which has been foretold by it (John 10:10). Though it might seem to people that the things that has been told by false prophets like Nostradamus have happened just like it has been said, this spirit of divination which works by fear has the potential to deceive even the elect and take them away from the truth of the Word of God and the pure devotion to the Lord, if they are not watchful and prayerful in their lives by acting and working as a angel of light and ministers of righteousness (Matt 24:4, 24, 26, 44; Luke 21:36; 2 Cor 11:13-14, 15).

Most of the times, the foretold divined lies of the devil will be fulfilled along with destruction or death or something stolen which was given by the Lord or killing of someone or something that had life of God in it. The above fulfillment of the divination that Nostradamus has told have all of the above ingredients in it and therefore Satan has operated through his "fear", and it is all an "abomination to the Lord God Almighty" (Deut 18:9-12) and therefore because of it they who believe such divination will be judged by the Lord's anger which will drive them out of the Land of the living in his appointed time. Satan operates through fear, God operates through faith. We should never let Satan in our lives and this is a abomination to the Lord and it will make the people of God unclean and will drive out the holy Presence of God to prevent Him from operating in their lives for the Glory of God (Lev 19:31). It is absolute evil in the sight of the Lord and God's anger will burn against those involved in it (2 Kings 21:6).

We know that the verses of Nostradamus are vague and can be read in many ways according to whatever we read in to the written manuscript and poems like phrases that has been written by him. Also as I have already pointed out that it is Satan's plan and Script that he had written for the humankind to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), surely the evil plans of Hitler's genocide, (1889–1945) rise to power, the explosion of the U.S. space shuttle Challenger in 1986, and many other events including the 911, Corona virus may be revealed through it symbolically to deceive humankind as he is a false prophet. But always these things can be understood after such things take place and not before it (Isa 8:19), unlike the Scriptures of the Bible which can be understood before a event takes place and therefore make people repent to avoid and turn away from evil towards the Lord to live a righteous God fearing life which is pleasing to the Lord (Matt 24:32-44; Isa 48:3, 5, 6-7; 44:6-8). And always those who believe the Bible and follow the Sciprtural prophecy are favored by God to live life abundantly and eternally without death with God on earth now and in the hereafter in the times to come (John 10:10; 3:16; Rom 16;26; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17). Praise the Lord!


Did Nostradamus Predict the Corona Virus Coming From China And Affecting Italy?

The following is what has been told as the Corono Virus prophecy from Nostradamus enthusiasts, "There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (virus) in the darkness of night, on a country with 7 hills (Italy) and will transform the twilight of men into dust (death), to destroy and ruin the world. It will be the end of the world economy as you know it."

The above first of all has been a modern hoax created by people, as they have read in to the writings of Nostradamus with whatever they wanted it to say which for sure, as it seems to be very near to the present situation. We can make a particular phrase to say whatever we want it to say with slight adjustment of words and phrases.

Above all such writings must have been brought out before the event has happened or started as with a banner of COVID-19, to really have some real meaning to people. Even if an astrologer has predicted an event and it comes to pass, it is the Lord our God who might be testing the believers whether we will stand on the truth, or we will believe a lie which will lead us to be drawn away from God through deception and stay away from Him to cause His displeasure (Deut 13:1-11; 2 Thess 2:9-12).

I heard of this lady's name in a video and wanted to reveal about her because her life is very similar to outworking of Nostradamus life. Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova of Bulgaria who was born on 3 October 1911 – died on 11 August 1996, commonly known as Baba Vanga was a blind Bulgarian mystic, clairvoyant, and herbalist, who spent most of her life in the Rupite area in the Kozhuh mountains in Bulgaria. During war time later in her life, she dealt with people in the area of herbal healing and soothsaying – and a number of people it seems had visited her, hoping to get a hint about whether their relatives were alive, or seeking for the place where they died. She continued to be visited by dignitaries and commoners. After the Second World War, Bulgarian politicians and leaders from different Soviet Republics, including Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, sought her counsel; in the 1990s, a church was built in Rupite by Bogdan Tomalevski with money left by her visitors. Vanga died on 11 August 1996 from breast cancer. Her funeral attracted large crowds, including many dignitaries. She is also in the category of the abomination of the Lord described in the Word of the Lord in the Bible, and therefore such people who have operated in their life by the spirit of divination and soothsaying spirit should be completely rejected by the believers. She is just like Nostradamus who have the same type of outworking in his life, as she was also called by people as Nostradamus of the Balkans. 

Some people took seriously Sylvia Brown the Psychic's Book titled 'End of Days' which has been New York's Bestseller in the days gone by, which was written as predictions and prophecies for the end of the world, as something which has foretold the coming of Corona virus, but it was a demonic writing of divination as she was a psychic and not a woman of God. These are the end of end times and latter days before the coming of the Lord Jesus, so a divined work can be a plan of Satan which could have been foretold, but in reality it takes us away from the Word of God and away from God Himself and therefore this becomes a test to the people of God and also to unbelievers, whom they will believe, either Satanic works or the works of God from the one and only Word of God revealed through the Bible. Evil people can take such works of Psychic's and novel writers as their guide to world power and have the chance to let loose whatever has been predicted as the real deal and take people's mind away from the evil work that has been let loose upon them as a whole.


They themselves may even promote such work after letting loose the chaos in the world to distract people from what has happened to them and the world around them. They do these things, with a hidden motive of taking in to their hands the power, money and control over the lives of people by force and fear, then blame it on scape goat of a dead psychic's words of yesteryears which releases them out of the accountability to the world around them and instead point to the event as a bad time which is out of their own control or that which they are not responsible for. China has the ability to promote such lies easily to cover their own evil work of letting loose the CCP (Chinese Communist Party's) Virus which has been made intentionally and let loose by them in to the world to take dominance and control over it and destroy the other nations like United States Of America and European Union's name and fame.

So what is the bottom line, we cannot and should not take any news from the world to believe it to have been foretold in any other book except the Bible which prophesies our past, tells about what is happening in the present, and also what will happen to us and the world around us in the future. This is the only good thing that can keep us away from the end of end times deception, this is the last few minutes before the end of the world will take place. until the end takes place we ought to have a repentant attitude to turn away from sin towards God, and obey His word revealed in the Bible to completely keep ourselves from deception of our times and be watchful enough to be a part of the Rapture of the Church which will take place very soon before the Tribulation of the end will take place in all the world.

I see a lot of Christians and fellow social media friends unknowingly sharing the above unbelievers so called prophecy and materials, and sad to know that some even call these and believe these deceptive people to be great prophets of God, instead of understanding and rejecting them and their prophecies as false completely. This is the kind of ignorance that is there inspite of the google and the information that is available to find which is what and seperate the true from the false. I believe that as we are in a critical time before the GREAT TRIBULATION will come upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10), we are not supposed to be deceived as Jesus has empowered us through the Word of God, but as a resposible believer we ought to daily open up the Bible and meditate upon the word of God and pray to the Lord to give us understanding regarding the times we live (1 Chron 12:32), so that we can live to overcome the world and be RAPTURED for the GLORY OF GOD! Hallelujah!

Maranatha! Our Lord Jesus come!

Much Blessings.....









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