THE END OF THE WORLD as we know it is looming on the horizon for 2018, according to shock predictions from the man who foretold the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Michel de Nostredame, a famed 16th-century French prophet and apothecary, warned nearly 500 years ago that humanity is facing global doom.
But the world will not end in one swift cataclysm, and conspiracists instead believe that Earth will suffer great natural disasters, deadly asteroids as well as the horror and destruction of World War 3 – all three of which have alarming contemporary resonance.
The bulk of these spectacular claims come from Nostradamus’ masterpiece, Les Propheties, published in 1555.
In this bizarre compendium of quatrain verses, the prophet warned that the skies will open to fire, the seas and oceans will flood the lands and powerful tremors will split the Earth open.
One passage, in particular, has been interpreted to warn against intense solar radiation lashing the Earth with intense heat, through a hole in ozone layer.
The passage reads: “Kings steal forests, the sky will open, the fields will be burned by the heat.”
Elsewhere Nostradamus predicted deadly tremors will shake the planet to its core when Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury align in the Taurus constellation in the month of May.
Nostradamus wrote: “The trembling so hard in the month of May,
“Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter, Mercury in Taurus:
“Venus also, Cancer, Mars, in Virgo,
“Hail will fall larger than an egg.”
Conspiracy theorists have also set their eyes on the far East where the United States and North Korea have been caught up in a tense deadlock over the latter’s rogue nuclear arsenal.
Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways
But there are many skeptics and researchers who are not convinced by Nostradamus’ bizarre premonitions and passages.
“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.”
Nostradamus’ critics all agree that the vast majority of the apothecary’s enigmatic predictions have failed to pass, and those that have, require a strong dose of hindsight to find loose connections to historical events.