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"Nostradamus" (an article from the Christian Research Newsletter,

Volume 1: Number 3, 1988) by Elliot Miller and Craig Hawkins.

The editor of the Christian Research Newsletter is Ron


From the RESEARCH NOTES column:


In recent weeks, a French seer has become a very common name

in American households. This is primarily a result of an

earthquake that he supposedly predicted to occur in California

during the month of May. But what is the story behind the man who

is sending Californians running for cover?

Michel Nostradamus was a sixteenth century French astrologer

and physician. His Centuries (an assortment of brief rhymed

prophecies call quatrains), have been interpreted as predictions

of the French Revolution, the Second World War, and many other

events ranging over half a millennium. Nostradamus is perhaps the

most respected occult prophet of all time.

In Italy, Nostradamus reportedly predicted that Felix Paretti,

a young swine herder who had become a monk, would one day be

Pope. Two years after Nostradamus's death Paretti became Pope

Sixtus V. Many other accurate predictions of events in his own

era are attributed to Nostradamus.

Nostradamus's more astonishing prophecies, however, are those

that seem to foretell major European events that occurred 200-400

years after his death. It must be admitted that some of his

predictions do seem to fit certain events well, such as the

flight of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette from Paris,

their capture in Varennes, and their ultimate execution. However,

most of his predictions are vague and open-ended. As it is

observed in _Man, Myth and Magic - An Illustrated Encyclopedia of

the Supernatural:_ "Generation after generation of Nostradamus

enthusiasts have supposed that the quatrains, no mater how

obscure their contents, must be regarded as genuine prophetic

messages. It is conceivable, however, that Nostradamus composed

them with tongue in cheek, and that he was well aware that there

is an enduring market for prophecies and particularly for veiled

ones." (Vol.15, p.2017).

The prediction of a giant earthquake to occur in California

actually gets its base from a film about Nostradamus. In the

Orson Welles narrated film "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow," the

details about the prediction are made.

Nostradamus bases his predictions on the alignment of planets

and constellations particularly Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter,

Mercury in Taurus, Venus, Cancer, and Virgo. Unfortunately for

his prognostitions, the planets are not lined up according to how

they were predicted to be.

The possibility of an earthquake occurring in California

around the time of Nostradamus's prediction is likely. The

primary reason though is that California is earthquake country.

Particularly over the past several months, earthquakes have been

happening on a regular basis.

Nostradamus was a Roman Catholic of Jewish descent, but it is

clear that he did not foretell events through the biblical gift

of prophecy (I Cor. 12:10). He relied heavily upon horoscopes and

other occult methods of divination and so we must say if any

supernatural power was responsible for his accuracy, that power

was not of God (Deut. 18:9-14).

The Bible does not teach that Satan has a full knowledge of

the future. However, it is conceivable that through his superior

intelligence he could accurately predict certain events, or, for

that matter, exert his power over man to cause previously

predicted events to come to pass. This could serve Satan's

purposes by leading some people to embrace occultism because it

_appears_ to really "work."

End of document, CRN0002A.TXT (original CRI file name),


release A, March 9, 1993

R. Poll, CRI

(A special note of thanks to Bob and Pat Hunter for their help in

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