Bible Prophecy Research
Misc Study: Nostradamus
Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: April, 1999
April 7, 1999
For the past couple of months people have been asking
me/referring to Nostradamus and wondering whether or not he was a man of God. I,
personally, don't believe so.
[Taken from "FAQ: the Prophecies of Nostradamus, Part
c. How did Nostradamus do it?
"The D.Cannon books [Conversations with Nostradamus
by Dolores Cannon] I-III contain a great deal of information on Nostradamus' techniques,
which came from a variety of sources. First, he acknowledges he was born with an inner
'sixth sense', i.e. a strong intuition and great psychic abilities. Secondly he had
enormous drive to develop it. His grandfather apparently passed him books on witchcraft
that allowed him to experiment with some rituals. He also had access to 'lost' manuscripts
handed down outside of the libraries of the time. He talks about guides from the astral
plane and from other worlds who helped him. Some pointed him in the direction of esoteric
plant recipes and mind-enhancing drugs (but he emphasized they only enhanced his powers
and were not the source of them). One apparently bestowed on him a mirror during one of
his meditations. The mirror was especially important to his predictions.
"Nostradamus also talked of using different crystals
to focus on various telepathic frequencies. Occasionally he refers to staring at fire or
water (such as in a bowl on a tripod) as a way of focusing his mind. He had access to some
lost works of mysticism from his travels (apparently to some Moslem lands). He
communicated with other expert astrologers and mystical teachers. However it is possible
that some of his notes about and explanations of his techniques were a means of throwing
the Inquisition off track.
"One of the most amazing possibilities explored in
various places in the D.Cannon books was that in a sort of 'twist of time' Nostradamus was
tapping into the subconscious of the people from the future who contacted him. D.Cannon
talks about this in the introduction of II.
"Some have wondered about Nostradamus' healing
capabilities. He talks about a sort of holistic approach to health and reveals that he was
skillful in avoiding the shock that was induced in many patients of surgeons at the time
using psychic approaches. He talked about the importance of the 'aura' of the person in
determining the health of the patient and criticized the practice of treating symptoms. He
said that a patient will find some other way to make themselves sick if their critical
mental attitude is awry. He talked about cancer being caused by deeply ingrained
self-sabotaging thoughts. Nostradamus also confirmed what many have speculated, that he
was able to see future approaches to treating the diseases he encountered (such as the
plague) and adopt key aspects of the techniques."
This faq isn't the only place where his methods are
described and it all comes down to occult practices with a "medium" (the most
popular being water in a brass bowl perched on a tripod).
Saul consulted a witch in 1 Samuel 28. [She was the witch
from En-dor and I read somewhere that Endora on "Bewitched" was named for
her...hmmm, you find references to the Bible in the strangest places.]
"Saul was overwhelmed at the sight of the Philistine
army. Instead of turning to God, however, he turned to the occult.
"God had strictly forbidden the Israelites to have
anything to do with black magic, fortune tellers, witches, wizards, or anyone who claimed
to bring forth spirits from the dead (Deut 18:9-14).
[When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God
giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There
shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through
the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all
that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations
the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD
thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times,
and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to
"In fact, sorcerers were to be put to death (Exo
22:18) [Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.]. Occult practices were carried on in the
name of pagan gods, and people turned to the occult for answers that God would not give.
"Practitioners of the occult have Satan and demons as
the source of their information..."
(Life Application Bible, Comments on 18:11,12, 18:15-18)
But, you say, some of his "quatrains" have come
true. Maybe, maybe not. Let's take the best case scenario and say that yes, some of them
have come true. It makes me think of the magicians and sorcerers of Egypt who could make
their rods become serpents just like Moses and Aaron could. I don't know how it was done,
but it was possible--and it didn't make them godly men.
[And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Show a miracle for you: then thou shalt say
unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And
Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron
cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then
Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also
did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they
became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.--Exodus 7:8-12]
These are a few things that came to mind while I was
trying to figure it out for myself. There are other areas that could be touched on, but I
think the above is just about it for now. It's settled in my mind and I hope this helps
someone else who has had the same questions.
Nostradamus' first two quatrains of his first
"century" are devoted to his divination methods. According to Erika Cheetham in The
Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Prophecies of Nostradamus, they read as follows:
"1. Sitting alone at night in secret study; it is
placed on the brass tripod. A slight flame comes out of the emptiness and makes successful
that which should not be believed in vain.
"...Nostradamus used the methods of the 4th Century
neo-Platonist Iamblichus, a reprint of whose book De Mysteriis Egyptorum was
published at Lyons in 1547 and almost certainly read by Nostradamus...All the ingredients
for magical practices are in this quatrain. It is night. Nostradamus is alone in his study
reading the secret forbidden books which inspire his prophecies; the brass tripod is a
method used by Iamblichus--on it was placed a bowl of water into which the seer gazed
until the water became cloudy and pictures of the future were revealed...
"2. The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of
the tripod's legs. With water he sprinkles both the hem of his garment and his foot. A
voice, fear; he trembles in his robes. Divine splendour; the god sits nearby.
"Nostradamus continues to explain his method. He
touches the middle of the tripod with his wand, and then moistens his robe and his feet
with the water placed on it. This is the same method as was used to obtain inspiration by
the Apollonian prophetess at the oracles of Branchus in Classical times. Nostradamus is
afraid of the power he evokes when it comes to him; he hears it, as well as sees it; it
appears to speak to him and he writes down the prophecies..."
The mysteries of Egypt and Apollo
are the basis for his prophecies. In some cases he quotes line for line the contents of De
Mysteriis Egyptorum. Besides these, he was also influenced by Jewish occult
literature. Finally, his use of rituals to invoke his prophecies raise the question
whether he was manipulating unknown forces for his own benefit through his own will as
opposed to them being a Divine gift granted to the seer for a godly purpose.
"According to the 'Prieure documents,' the Guises and
the Lorraines found an ally in a Jew named Nostradamus (1503-1566)...There is abundant
evidence to suggest that Nostradamus was indeed a secret agent working for Francois de
Guise and Charles, cardinal of Lorraine.
[The House of Lorraine, of the Merovingian dynasty, was
one of three royal families fighting for dominance during France's Religious Wars of the
1500's. The Catholic House of Guise was the military branch of the House of Lorraine. They
worked together to topple the Catholic House of Valois, the most powerful ruling house at
the time. The House of Guise, desiring the French throne for themselves, set out to weaken
the House of Valois through civil war between the Protestants and the Catholics.]
"The House of Valois, in ignorance, hired Nostradamus
as court physician and astrologer. Not surprisingly, one of his first prophecies was that
the Valois dynasty would soon be extinct...
"Before embarking on his career as a prophet to the
French throne, however, Nostradamus spent considerable time in Lorraine where he was
initiated into some protentious secret. An arcane book on which to base his prophecies was
supposedly presented to him at the Abbey of Orval, the same Abbey where the Priory of Sion
got its start in 1070...
"...'Many of Nostradamus' prophecies ... may not have
been prophecies at all. They may have been cryptic messages, ciphers, schedules,
timetables, instructions, blueprints for actions.'"
(Daniel, John. Scarlet and the Beast, Vol. I, pp.