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Advent of the AntichristBirth of a King of Terror as Foreshadowed by Nostradamus and Revelation
By K. L. Brady
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Chapter OneAstronomy Position of Nostradamus
Much has been written about Nostradamus and his times and as this is not the focus of this book, I am only writing of my conclusions and what I believe. Also, there is much debate about the source of his visions and the nature of his prophecies. In this, I am only giving my conjecture.
The reality is that the movement of the sun, moon and stars can only be used to date an occasion or event. As in the case of the birth of Christ, it was marked in the heavens by the star of Bethlehem. But just the sighting of this star gives no indication of what is to take place. One would have to have knowledge of a great event to take place as was predicted by the prophets in the Bible. This knowledge then gives a meaning to the event of the sighting of the star. In Genesis 1:14 – And God said "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years," (NIV) this is indicated.
Did Nostradamus receive his visions thru mysticism, occult or arcane knowledge or was he a true prophet? That is the debate. A true measure of a prophet is his accuracy, but in this he made it difficult to discern. He used arcane knowledge known to only a select few in his quatrains to confuse those that would try to interpret what was to take place by his estimation.
By Nostradamus' own admission, he did not want his prophecies to be understood until after they took place so as not to influence history. In his Preface to the Centuries, in which he is writing to his son Cesar - who was born to him late in life - he indicates that his visions of the future are divine, coming from God and not from the magic arts. He quotes the Bible and of its prohibition of using magic arts for divination. He confirms this with C6-Q100, where he warns against those that would use this for wrong purposes. In this, was he being a true Christian or being clever to avoid persecution? As a Catholic and a Jew, he had to be concerned of how he would be perceived and the danger of the Inquisition might have influenced his writings. Only time will confirm or deny his role as a prophet of God. As a Jew, he would lay claim to his lineage and to the knowledge that the writers of the Bible were Hebrew.
LUKE 21:10-11 - Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven."
LUKE 21:25-27 - "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." (NIV)
Chapter TwoSign of the Advent of the Antichrist
Century X Quatrain 72
The year one thousand nine hundreds ninety nine seven month (July) From the sky (heavens) will come a great King of terror To bring back (to life) the great King of Angolmois Before after Mars to reign by good fortune L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy deffraieur Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angolmois Auant apres Mars regner par bon heur
Nostradamus gave importance to this quatrain by giving it the date of July 1999. July, 1999 marks the birth, or coming into this world of the one who will be known as the Antichrist. Just as with the birth of Christ, the birth of the Antichrist will be marked with a sign in the sky of a great event that will take place. Nostradamus wrote that he will be a great King of terror. Today he would be called a terrorist leader reigning in war. Just as the star of Bethlehem was a sign of the birth of Jesus, the King of the Jews, there is a celestial event to mark the birth of the Antichrist. It can be expected though that the sign will not be a bright and shining star, but one of a dark nature, a portent of darkness, not of light.
The sign of the Antichrist is this, the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. How does this align with July, 1999? In Nostradamus's day, the Julian calendar was in use. Today we use the Gregorian calendar. Thus, August 11, 1999 on the Gregorian calendar is July 29, 1999 on Nostradamus' Julian calendar. Even if this is not the actual date of his birth but an approximation of it, it still points to the importance of July 1999 as a sign of the advent to come of this great King of terror. Nostradamus in his Epistle to Henry II wrote that his visions came to him by night then calculated them by day, using what was available to him at the time which was the Julian calendar and astrology. Nostradamus is writing that July 1999 marks a time surrounding an important event, the celestial omen that heralds the birth of the great King of terror, the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999.
It needs to be noted that Nostradamus used "sept mois" in his French writing to give the year 1999 a month. "Sept" is the number seven or seventh month, July being the seventh month on the calendar. However, he may have had another reason for using the term "sept mois" instead of using the name of the month as he had done in other quatrains. It is written in this way to align July with the fifth sign of Leo on the zodiacal constellation. Leo on the Gregorian calendar is from July 23 to August 22, placing August 11 within this sign. (From Nostradamus-King of Terror, Marshall Masters, 24-September-01)
The sign of the solar eclipse is a dark omen for Europe. This was the land that was overshadowed by the eclipse of the sun on August 11, 1999. The path of the eclipse marks the area that will come under attack by the army of the Antichrist as he seeks to plunge the Christian nations of Europe into darkness. This is why the world will call him Antichrist, for he will be against Christ and His church.
Nostradamus writes of this in his Epistle to Henry II. "Then the great empire of the Antichrist will begin where once was Attila's (empire) and Xerxes descended in numbers great and countless, so many that the coming of the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the 48th degree, will make a transmigration, driving out the abomination of the Antichrist, making war against the royal who will be the great vicar of Jesus Christ, and against his church, and his reign for a time and to the end of time, and this will be preceded by a solar eclipse more obscure and more dark, than any since the creation of the world, except for the death and passion of Jesus Christ, and from that time till now, and will be in the month of October that the great translation (shift) will be made, and it will be such that one will think the gravity of the earth has lost its natural movement, and that it will be plunged into the abyss of perpetual darkness." Nostradamus is making a comparison of the great empire to come of the Antichrist to the great empires of Attila and of Xerxes.
Attila at the height of his fearsome power was a great general and warrior like Hannibal and a king of kings of his people and of the Roman world. As a king of terror, he reigned for around 20 years after uniting his people and various tribes under his rule, something that did not happen before or after him. He alone possessed the power, authority and great respect to unite a diverse and nomadic people who were in disarray due to in-fighting and the lack of a common goal in their conquests.
To his enemies, he was a wild and savage proud barbarian. To his people, he was the greatest of all warriors, a noble king and divine leader, a man of destiny, feared by all and the one chosen by God to wield the Sword of Mars (the sword of the war god). Claiming that he was given the divine right to rule the world in a dream, the divine sword became a symbol of Attila's right to rule and of his military might. He was called the Scourge of God, believing that he was the Hand of God.
Attila and his formidable army were so fearsome that they terrorized the civilized world of the Romans, attacking and sacking the cities of the Eastern Roman Empire forcing tribute to be paid. He then marched on the Western Roman Empire going as far as France (Gaul) before being stopped, to retreat strategically. Undeterred, he came against Italy (Rome), burning cities and crushing defenses forcing the Emperor to send the bishop of Rome (Pope Leo I) to negotiate a treaty of peace to prevent the sacking of the city of Rome. It can be argued that he brought about the fall of the weakened Roman Empire by his conquests.
Much has been written and expounded on concerning Xerxes' war on Greece: the 300 at Thermopylae, the size of his army and ships, the fall of Athens and the burning of the temples of the Acropolis. What I believe that Nostradamus is pointing to is where the Persians war on Greece began, in Asia Minor modern day Turkey. They descended on Greece in numbers great and countless. What is also of interest concerning Xerxes is that his magicians foreshadowed a great victory for him. On Oct. 2, 480 B.C.E., a total solar eclipse referred to as Xerxes Eclipse occurred. The eclipse occurred as Xerxes and his Persian armies were marching to destroy the Greeks.
What this alludes to is a war on the Greco-Roman empire, which today is Christian Europe and Western civilization, by an empire headed up by the Antichrist from the East, which today refers to the Middle East, Iran and Islamic nations. The size of this army will be so great and overpowering, that it will take a supernatural event to turn back his invading horde. The 48th degree could be a reference to Russia entering the fray on the side of Christendom. The Antichrist, like Attila before him, will be a Scourge of God, making war on Rome. He will come against the royal who will be the great vicar of Jesus Christ - the Pope, and against the Roman Catholic Church, and the Antichrist will reign for a time of 7 years and to the end of time or until the time of wrath is completed. His war will change the times and the seasons.
DANIEL 9:27 – "He (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." (NIV)
DANIEL 11:36-37 - "The king (Antichrist) will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers (ancient) or for the one desired by women (messiah), nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all."
This war of the Antichrist will be preceded by a solar eclipse that is similar to the solar eclipse that was a sign to Xerxes at the time of his war on Greece. However, Nostradamus says that this solar eclipse will be more obscure and dark, than any since the creation of the world, except for the time of the death and passion of Jesus Christ, and from his death until now.
LUKE 23:44-45 – "It was now about the sixth hour (12:00 noon), and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.), for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two."
Nostradamus is linking the time of the death of Jesus Christ and the darkness that came over the land, to the time of the war of the Antichrist and the darkness that will come over the land. These two events are of great importance to the world for the death of Jesus brought the Resurrection and the birth of the Church while the war of the Antichrist will be to end the Church and will bring the second advent of Christ.
LUKE 21:27 – "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
By writing that the solar eclipse will be more obscure (ambiguous) and tenebrous (dark, gloomy) and his linking of it to the darkness that fell upon the land at the time of Jesus' death brings into question whether this is a celestial solar eclipse or the eclipse of the sun by some other event. He continues with the timing of the month of October (a possible link to the Xerxes Eclipse of October 2, 450 B.C.E.), that a great event will take place. He uses the word translation which in physics can mean motion or movement but it can also mean change or shift, a transformation or transfiguration. I believe that he is speaking of a physical event or a natural disaster on such a scale that it impacts the entire globe. Such a calamitous translation would be the striking of the earth by a meteor or comet, which could change the natural movement or cause one to believe that the natural order of life has been transformed. This could cause an eclipse of the sun, moon and stars so that one will believe that the earth has been plunged into everlasting darkness.
MATTHEW 24:29 – "Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'" (NIV)
Chapter ThreeEnlightenment of the Sun King
The year 1999, July is an important date in history as it is the birth of the one who will be known as the Antichrist. The sign of his coming into the world is the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999 (July 29 on the Julian calendar) It is a portent of darkness that will come upon the land. The Antichrist will be a great King of terror; a leader of terrorism for today's world. He will be known as a man of war, not peace. He will be a terrorist, the greatest of all the terrorist leaders today, the King of terrorism. His advent is given a sign in the sky or heavens in a similar way to the birth or advent of Jesus Christ.
LUKE 1:32-33 – "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
MATTHEW 2:1-2 – "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." (NIV)
The advent of the king of terror will cause a second advent, that of the King of Angolmois. A timeline is not indicated, only that the coming of a great King, will cause the second coming of the great King, Jesus Christ, King of the Jews.
A key to the understanding of this line in the quatrain is Nostradamus' use of words that he changes in a system of word play. These can be thought of as word puzzles for many different reasons. As noted earlier, Nostradamus had many reasons for obscuring his prophecies. By doing this, he could compact words or phrases much like texting today, he could mislead or deceive to hide a meaning or to make clear his intent. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, so word play can tell a story. I believe that Nostradamus had more than one motivation for his etymologies and obscure language, more than just trying to hide the meaning of his prophecies. He was in many ways an artist with his prophecies being his canvas. He used the tools of language that were in play during his lifetime in the sixteenth century and like most artists, he built on what went before him and also personalized it to make it his own.
The question can then be raised did Nostradamus come from a point of view of enlightenment or to be mischievous? This is ultimately for each individual to discern. I believe that he came from a sincere desire to enlighten the world around him. Being a Roman Catholic in his day meant that the church was the Light of the World- this then would have influenced his writings and his writing style. This could be the reason that he changed his name from the French Nostredame (Our Lady) to the Latin Nostradamus, to reflect this light and to align himself with the church language of his day - Latin.
He wrote of this in his Epistle to Henry II "There are some who would attribute to me that which is not mine at all. The eternal God alone, who is the thorough searcher of human hearts, pious, just and merciful, is the true judge and it is to him I pray to defend me from the calumny (slander) of evil men."
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