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   Nostradamus was a Hebrew physician born in the 1500s who claimed to possess the ability to see into the future.  The world still marvels at his famous predictions concerning Louis Pasteur's discovery of the microbe, and General Franco's military takeover of Spain.  Nostradamus' prediction of the terrorist attacks on New York City are still a subject of great controversy today.  He was born Michel de Nostredame in Saint Remy, Provence, France on December 14, 1503 (Old Calendar) and was the eldest of five sons.  His family had earlier converted from Judaism to Catholicism to avoid persecution by Church authorities.  Nostradamus was descended from a Jewish family of doctors who served the court of King Rene of Provence.

   Nostradamus received much of his early primary education in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and the Celestial Sciences from his grandfather Jean, but when Jean passed away, it was his other grandfather, Pierre, who took over his education.  Nostradamus was sent off to study at Avignon, and the medical university at Montpellier, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree, and later earned a PHD.  He went out into the community to help in the treatment of plague victims, and eventually became famous for his effective treatments of this disease using his famous elixer derived from Rose hips.

   Nostradamus then traveled to Agen where he was married (Adriete de Loubejac?) who bore him two children.  But in 1538, a local epidemic of the pneumonic plague killed his entire family and he wandered the cities of Europe for many years tending to the needs of the sick and the destitute.  Nostradamus eventually decided to settle down in Salon, and he married a well-to-do widow by the name of Anne Gemelle.  In was while living in Salon that Nostradamus composed his great book of prophecy known as "The Centuries."

   In the year 1555, Nostradamus published the first 7 Chapters of his book, which quickly became the rage of the Royal Court of France.  The Queen, Catherine de Medici, sent for Nostradamus to serve as religious advisor to the King.  Nostradamus served in this capacity for many years, but his prophecies eventually brought him trouble in the form of a conflict with the Catholic Church, and when French king Henry II died in a jousting match exactly as Nostradamus had predicted in a prophecy written approximately four years earlier, Nostradamus was forced to disappear from public view.  Appointed by the Queen as "Physician in Ordinaire," Nostradamus remained a consultant to the crown, and was provided with his title and small public salary.

   The first hand written edition of Nostradamus' famous book in 1555, contained only 7 chapters of 100 prophecies each.  The last few pages of this original publication were badly damaged, and only 48 of the original 100 quatrains from Chapter 7 still remain for reference today.  Later editions of the Centuries added three more complete chapters and portions of two additional chapters.  Of the original 1200 quatrains, only 961 are still in existence today.

   The 961 remaining Nostradamus quatrains are not recorded in any distinguishable chronological order so dating them is very difficult.  Nostradamus also cleverly disguised his quatrains to prevent the unenlightened from interpreting them.  Nostradamus' quatrains were handwritten in Old French, and are thus very difficult to read and translate.  He was also known to play wordgames with certain names in order to further disguise them and sometimes included a "punch" line in his quatrains which, when correctly translated, revealed the meaning of the poem.  Through these clever deceptions Nostradamus was able to keep his predictions successfully veiled for many centuries.

   The prophecies of Nostradamus still generate much controversy today concerning his ability to see into the future.  The world's foremost scientists all agree that it is impossible for man to pierce the bonds of time to foretell future events.  The prophecies of Nostradamus however, have caused people all over the world to sit up and take notice of his incredibly accurate descriptions of many modern-day events.  Nostradamus' prophecies also demonstrate a similarity to certain Bible prophecies and in many cases seem to further clarify them.

   There are some people who think Nostradamus might actually be one of the 500-year Hebrew prophets sent by God to warn His people about future events.  Most people however, do not believe it is possible to see into the future and thus consider Nostradamus to be nothing but a very clever fraud.  The Hebrew prophets tell us that most people will never understand the word of the prophets.  If you'd like to learn more about the spritual aspect of life, please click on the link below to order a copy of Edward Oliver's 350-page book, "Prophets and Frauds."





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