Nostradamus’ works have earned him a cult following and his books have been in constant print since his death in 1556.
Most of Nostradamus’ cryptic messages seem to predict death and destruction.
According to his prophecies, a devastating 27-year-long war will break out between the world’s two great superpowers after the rise of a third Antichrist.
The prophecy said: “The False Trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.
Twice put up and twice cast down, the East will also weaken the West
“The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.”
Some followers believe that the “trumpet” could be a reference to Donald Trump. Here are three cryptic passages that mention war and refer to the East “weakening” the West:
A weakened West: “Twice put up and twice cast down, the East will also weaken the West. Its adversary after several battles chased by sea will fail at time of need.”
Thunder and conflict: “The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt. An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.”
Wars start up again: “Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller, for a long time the lands will be inhabited peacefully. People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas: then wars will start up again.”
Nostradamus’ critics are quick to point out that his four-lined quatrains are too cryptic to be full understood and always remain open to interpretation.
Following the 9/11 attacks, a spoof Nostradamus prediction was circulated around the internet, as one of his predictions.
It was later revealed to have been written in a Canadian student’s research paper on prophecies.
Professor Jean-Claude Pecker, of the Collège de France in Paris, even argued that Nostradamus did not write predictions of the future but rather wrote about past events.
The U.S. government of President Donald Trump is demanding that Japan and other countries impose a total embargo on crude oil imports from Iran as part of sanctions on Tehran.
The move appears to be aimed at depriving Iran of its key source of funds and achieving a stricter nuclear deal.
If implemented, financial institutions dealing in Iranian crude oil, including Japanese organizations, could be shut out of the U.S. financial market.
The nuclear deal is still maintained by Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia even after the United States unilaterally pulled out of it in May. If Washington were to be using its huge influence on the global financial market to forcibly try to cause the deal to collapse, the country would deserve criticism that it is too autocratic.
The previous administration of President Barack Obama imposed the embargo on crude oil produced in Iran in 2012, and the EU also implemented a similar measure.
Japan should reject this embargo request.