Michel de Nostradame is arguably the world’s most well-recognised prophet and supposed-mystic
who followers claim prophesied the future with eerie accuracy.
Although Nostradamus’ cryptic quatrain passages do not contain detailed timestamps and specifics,
supporters believe a number of his prophecies are yet to come true.
And with the new year finally in full swing, many are wondering what these
16th-century prophecies are and whether they will come true in 2019.
Craig Hamilton-Parker, a British psychic and medium who runs Psychics.co.uk,
has now revealed Nostradamus predicted a particularly violent year ahead for US President Donald Trump.
According to the psychic expert, Nostradamus warned of an assassination attempt on Mr Trump,
armed conflict in the Middle East and renewed relations with his Russian counterpart between 2019 and 2020.
Mr Hamilton-Parker told Express.co.uk: “I feel Trump will have a second term but Nostradamus’s
predicted an assassination attempt will be in the second term.
“Nostradamus also predicted a war in the Middle East.
“I feel that we will get the first rumbles of this in 2019 but it will not be full out war.”
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The psychic then said Mr Trump will work out some sort of deal or treaty with President Vladimir Putin.
This deal will supposedly mirror President Trump’s pact with North Korea, signed at the June 2018 North Korea–United States summit.
One thing Nostradamus did not predict, however, is the result or the effects of the Brexit vote.
Mr Hamilton-Parker himself foresaw a no-deal hard Brexit in the pipeline which is why
he said he was surprised to see Brexit omitted from Nostradamus’s prophecies.
According to the Psychic, who claims to have predicted these events as early as September 2017,
Prime Minister Theresa May will try to cling onto power until Britain leaves the European Union.
But a rapid leadership change in the Conservative Party will see a new face lead the Government.
The psychic said: “What is most strange about the Nostradamus predictions is that they do not appear to have any references to Brexit.
“I foresee a hard Brexit with May in power to the last minute when there will be a leadership challenge.
“There will then be a leadership challenge with David Davis and Boris Johnson as the front runners – Johnson gets the crown.
“We will also see the advent of a new party as I predicted in the Daily Express before. But could I be wrong?
“Why did the western world’s greatest visionary miss this out?
“Maybe Nostradamus did not mention this monumental event for Britain, France and Europe because it will never happen?”
Nostradamus’ detractors, however, are unconvinced by his supposed mystic powers and question whether the
French apothecary could genuinely predict the future.
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His followers believe Nostradamus correctly predicted the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the rise of Adolf Hitler to power.
But critics claim Nostradamus’ published prophecies are too vague to be considered
genuine and require a strong dose of hindsight to draw conclusions.
Brian Dunning, the author of the Skeptoid podcast, said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings,
fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong,
and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”
What were Nostradamus’ correct predictions?
One of Nostradamus’ most shocking predictions is that of the death of King Henry II of France.
The French monarch died on July 10, 1559, just four years after Nostradamus prophecies his death in his 1555 magnum opus Les Propheties.
Nostradamus is also believed to have correctly predicted the Great Fire of London in 1666 when he wrote of London
“burning up in the fire of ’66”.
The French mystic is also said to have foretold the 1789 French revolution when he wrote:
“Songs, chants, and demands will come from the enslaved.
“Held captive by the nobility in their prisons. At a later date, brainless idiots will take these as divine utterances.”
Some conspiracists also claim Nostradamus predicted the horrors of Adolf Hitler’s reign over Europe.
Nostradamus wrote: “From the depths of the West of Europe, A young child will be born of poor people,
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“He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.”
Nostradamus is also credited with correctly predicting the assassination of US President John F Kennedy in 1963.
Nostradamus wrote: “The ancient task will be completed, From on high, evil will fall on the great man.
“A dead innocent will be accused of the deed, The guilty on will remain in the mist.”
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, when he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Another cryptic passage attributed to Nostradamus is said to have forewarned of the devastating US nuclear attack
on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1954.
The quatrain in question reads: “Near the gates and within two cities, there will be scourges like of which was never seen.
“Famine within plague, people put out by steel, crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
Should you believe Nostradamus’ predictions?
Peter Lemesurier, a linguist and author of 10 books on Nostradamus, has argued Nostradamus’ quatrains were not mystic in origin.
Instead, the Nostradamus expert argued the French apothecary believed history constantly repeats itself and future vents would mirror those of the past.
In his book Nostradamus, Bibliomancer: The Man, The Myth, The Truth, he wrote: “No quatrain, as far as I am aware,
has ever been used in advance to predict in terms any event that was not probably in the offing anyway.”
And according to Brian Dunning, science writer and head of the Skeptoid podcast,
people who interpret messages from Nostradamus’ quatrains do the writer a great disservice.
Mr Dunning said on episode 66 of his science podcast there is no evidence to support the claim the 15th century apothecary had any mystic powers.
Instead, he said there is more evidence to suggest it takes a great deal of hindsight to connect Nostradamus’ prophecies to actual world events.
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He said: “Michel de Nostredame was truly one of the brilliant lights of his day,
but to subscribe to false stories and urban legends is to disrespect who the man actually was.
“Appreciate his contributions to medicine and Renaissance literature,
and don’t trivialise his good works in favour of a pretended history of paranormal magical powers.”
Nostradamus’ supposedly mystic powers were also questioned by evangelical preacher pastor Paul Begley from West Lafayette in Indiana, US.
The Christian preacher argued try prophecy and predictions of the future can only come from the Bible and God himself.
The preacher said: “Nostradamus’ prophecies are open to interpretation because he wrote in four stanza riddles.
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“You know, look, he predicted the London Fire, he predicted the rise of Hitler, the Holocaust, he predicted the JFK assassination,
he predicted World War Two – man, I could of the top of my head a bunch of them.
“But he also missed a bunch. His accuracy is around 70 percent, so no, I do not call them prophecies.
“Prophecies are 100 percent accurate. Predictions can vary ok?
“But it is fascinating to look at and people always want to know what it says and it’s ok because sometimes,
some of those predictions do match Bible prophecy.
“Not always, but some of them do and so we take look at it because of folks who are curious. People are curious.”
What do Nostradamus’ supporters have to say?
According to Rahn Heart, author of Nostradamus Sees the End Times,
the French mystic’s cryptic passages foretold global catastrophes and destruction, much like the Christian Bible.
He wrote: “He was a master of the ancient forms of numerology and astrology.
“He had an excessive knowledge of the historical conflicts around the Mediterranean Sea as well as the roles of the ancient Gods of Greece and Rome.
“He used all of these references in his writings.
“A tremendous amount of information is contained in the four lines of each quatrain.
“They have to be analysed word by word, line by line and then in the context of the complex verse.
“Volumes of books would be required to explain detail contained in Centuries.”