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The End of the World According to Nostradamus

Updated on December 07, 2015
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There are almost as many beliefs about how the world will end as there are prophets, sects and religions. But many predictions are rather hazy on how it is going to take place, let alone when it will happen.

The 16th century prophet Michel de Nostradame, or Nostradamus, seemed to know how the end of the world was going to come to pass. Although he published many predictive almanacs and prophesies about future events, he actually wrote about the end of times in a letter to his newborn son named Cesar.

His Prediction

In his letter, he predicts that the world will undergo great floods after which total destruction will take place when a comet storm reaches the Earth.

His description is short and almost businesslike. He does not write anything about what will happen after this disaster, which may lead us to the conclusion that there won’t be anything afterwards, that this is the end and there will be no survivors.

Read the English text of the letter below (the original French is at the end of this article). Its text has been simplified since the language he used was quite flowery.

Worldwide Floods

(Lettre à César, l'édition Lyonnaise Macé Bonhomme de 1555. Letter to Cesar no. 30):

(30) But my Son… I tell you, that I have seen it thus: there will be floods of such nature that no place on this world will not be affected and for a long time everything will be beneath the surface of water and everything will be destroyed, with the exception of the weather and space.

Comet Storms

(Lettre à César, l'édition Lyonnaise Macé Bonhomme de 1555. Part no. 31)

After those floods, such a great amount fire of glowing stones will fall from the sky that nothing (or nobody) will be able to escape this last destructive fire storm.

When Will This Happen?

When decoding his indications, Nostradamus seems to imply that the apocalypse will take place 7000 after he wrote the letter. This would make it the year 8555.

Why Did He Write the Letter?

Nostradamus probably wrote the letter to convince the strict church authorities of his Christian attitude towards life. His family consisted of Jews that had been forcefully converted to Christianity and he always remained under scrutiny, especially when he started to make prophesies in his almanacs and centuries, which were collections of prophesies.

He is not totally able to hide his knowledge of the future in this letter.

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The Original French

If you're curious, here's the original French text of the parts of the letter discussed above. Here's the full text of the letter (in English).

(Lettre à César, l'édition Lyonnaise Macé Bonhomme de 1555. Parts 30 and 31.)

30 ... Mais, mon fils, afin de ne pas digresser trop amplement pour la capacité future de ta raison et parce qu'il y aura tant de commentaires préjudiciables (sur mes écrits), (je the dis) que je vois advenir tant de déluges et d'inondations avant la conflagration universelle qu'il n'y aura guère de terroir qui ne soit inondé, et pendant si longtemps, que tout sera presque détruit, à l'exception du temps et de l'espace.

31. ... aussi avant telles & apres inundations, en plusieurs contrées les pluies seront si exigues, & tombera du ciel si grande abondance de feu, & de pierres candentes, que n'y demourra rien qu'il ne soit consummé : & ceci avenir, & en brief, & avant la derniere conflagration.

Other Predictions About the World's End

There are almost as many ideas about "the end of times" as there are religions and all religions seem to differ about its definition. Here are just a couple.

Mayan

As the Mayan calendar seemed to end in December 2012, quite a lot of people were inclined to say that the world was also going to end then. It might have been a relief for them to see that this did not happen.

My own opinion on the matter has always been that the Mayan calendar would start a new cycle, where it started all those years ago. Why? Because in my research about the end of times, I found out that most religions might speak about it, but the end of times doesn't seem to indicate the end of the world. Instead, it indicates the end of an era.

Thus, the Mayan calendar only indicated the end of one era and the beginning of another.

Christian

The book Revelations in the New Testament, written by John of Patmos, describes some kind of apocalypse though it does not give any indication about when the events will come to pass.

John's revelations describe the final judgment and the return of Jesus Christ on Earth, who will then form a reign of peace. It is impossible to explain that as the end of the world, since it's clear that time does continue in John's vision.

The Bible does not give any information about when this will happen or signs that it will happen, except that after a short peace, Satan will attack the world. John 1:2 v.18-22 and John II 1-7 indicate a great battle between the people of the world on the battlefield of Armageddon.

This implies that, according to the Bible, the end of times will take place because of a battle. This is contrary to the popular belief that the world will end because of natural disaster.

Muslim

There are hardly any references in the Koran about the end of times. There are some remarks about it in the Hadith, a collection of teachings about Islam, but they differ from each other and are sometimes contrary.

The signs of the arrival of the end of times are "wars," "Muslims fighting Muslims," "greed," etc. However, these things have happened all throughout history and don’t enable us to pinpoint a specific moment in time when the big one will happen.

Ragnarok and Norwegian

In Norwegian mythology, Ragnarock means 'the fate of the reigning powers,’ but historically this has been reduced to "the doom and destruction of the gods (and the world) in which the giant Surt destroys the world with his flaming sword." One can deduce from this story that the world will be destroyed by the power of fire.

Ragnarok, however, does not tell what the signs are when this situation is approaching, only that it will happen.

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Nostradamus wrote thousands of prophesies. Try your hand at guessing which ones have come to pass and what's going to happen.

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      Afanasiya Lukina 3 years ago

      I hope your Nostradamus is right. 7000 years? Comet storms can come anytime. Reassuring.

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      louw erasmus 2 years ago

      Read your bible. It says nobody will know when the LORD will come to visit us. Be ready for that.

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      Das Anudas Rohtas 22 months ago

      It may be possible in Future

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      james 22 months ago

      I think that the Melting of north and south pole would cause the flood to happen, maybe that's what he's talking about.

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      Mohamed shahin ali 22 months ago

      Hi guys I am shahin ali,I am from bangladesh it's in Asia near India by the way I have read all those comments as well those predictions of very intelligent persons

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      Chin 21 months ago

      Almost similar to some Buddhist prophecies, about scorching comets to burn up earth. Before that, Maitreyya(Jesus'Return?) would have taught Mankind of peace and global Administration to bring Mankind to level of planetary civilization. This is "eternal life" for human species perpetuating itself within infinite Universe, no longer facing annihilation by staying on earth.

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      lorddanielossy 20 months ago

      hello friends i am back the end of time will be around 2050 read my hub and subscribe it also includes nostradamus prophecies.check link below http://hubpages.com/hubtool/edit/4661771

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      tanmay 19 months ago

      Frndz I think that Nostradamus had got a good sense of humour:-)

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      kevin lee john 19 months ago

      I have watched Nostradamus's documentaries and almost everything he predicted has come to pass. His end of time prediction,? Could be true. Thumbs up. Voted up.

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      Brook 17 months ago

      No one should worry about the world ending because it won't happen for a long time like they said it would in 2012 to 2013

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      cherry 16 months ago

      According to.the bible and the qur'an, no one except God knows when the end of the world would be.. and it doesnt matter how God will do it.. We're still gonna die anyway so stop arguing and live your lives..

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      ravi 16 months ago

      May Jesus Christ be not martyred! There is a third world war fast approaching. A comet ( mentioned in the Book of Revelations) is making fast approach and will destroy one third of the land in January 2037. It will impact Europe and will cause a famine. This famine will become gradually global. The Mahdi of Greater Arabia will launch a deceptive peace program and will get his hands on nuclear missiles. Islamic prophecies mention that Islamic invaders will be successful in invading Italy. It is also mentioned in the St. Malachy prophecies that Peter the Roman will preside over the destruction of the Church. after the asteroid ( hits the sea in June 2040 will destroy one third of the fishes and ships ) hostilities will break out paving the war in 2041 lasting 23 Years. Moreover 200 million soldiers mentioned in the Revelations book will kill 3 billion people about one third of the humanity. However the Christian prophecies and Indian prophecies mention about Kalki the last reincarnation of Vishnu who will restore order.

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      Anne 13 months ago

      The one about ragnarok isn't true. There will be signs. When Loke is released from his chains Ragnarok will begin.

      The days will be shorter (than normal), there shall be cold cold winter (the Fimbullwinter) that will cover the earth with snow from all corners of the world - and the winter will last for 3 years without any summer between. Then the final battle will stand!

      And then the earth will fall in the ocean after fire - but a new one will rise with some surviving gods and one surviving human couple.

      Other signs is brother will fight brother, siblings will break the covenant of the blood (they'll have sex with each other) and the order of society will break.

      So there will be signs that the world is about to end!

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      marina viviers 10 months ago

      When the end of world will be is when the tree of fighs bot that is what the bible says and that is what i believe

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      Kiel Bur 9 months ago

      Maybe it's a vision of Nostradamus, but as a christian I believe that no one can ever predict what would happen, Jesus is the only one who knows when will be the end of the world. I guess World war three will come because according to article I have read, the people or antichrist people will spread the 666 sign that represents as a Demon or Evil, but the other countries won't allow them so there will be conflict in different countries. All we have to do is to pray everyday, so that God will guide and protect us, we have to put God first, and let him in into our hearts and minds, let him clean our souls, Just have faith in him and don't ever let demon convince you to be with them. Because god is our only savior and Protector. He is our creator and he is our GOD!.

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      sam 7 months ago

      as moon around earth

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      RAHUL 6 months ago

      GOD FATHER THE SUPREME SOUL HAS ALREADY INCARNATED IN INDIA ,HE ESTABLISHED AN ORGANISATION BY NAME PRAJAPITA BRAHMAKUMARIS GODLY UNIVERSITY IN MT.ABU RAJASTHAN AND HAS MANY BRANCHES ALL OVER THE WORLD. GOD FATHER HAS COME TO CHANGE OLD DIRTY WORLD TO NEW DIVINE WORLD WITH HIS SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE AND DIVINE POWER , HIS KNOWLEDGE IS ABOUT SELF REALISATION AND TRANSFORMATION FROM BODY CONSCIOUS TO SOUL CONSCIOUS ,THOSE WHO WILL BRING THIS TRANSFORMATION IN THEIR PRESENT LIFE WILL HELP GOD FATHER TO BRING GOLDEN ERA BACK ON EARTH AND THOSE PEOPLE WILL RULE THE WORLD WITH FULL OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS FOR COMING 2500 YEARS.

      THE PRESENT WORLD IS GOING TO TRANSFORM VERY SOON WITH HELP OF NATURAL CALAMITIES , WORLD WAR AND CIVIL WAR.

      THE ONE WHO RECOGANISE SELF , GODFATHER AND TRY TO FOLLOWS IS TEACHINGS WILL SURE HAVE THE CLAIM FOR THE GOD FATHERS PROPERTY OF PARADISE ON THIS EARTH FOR MANY THOUSAND YEARS WITH OUT PARTING A SINGLE PENNY.

      NOW IS THE CHANCE OR NEVER.

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      Iffan 5 months ago

      Just to make fools for using this article .......how can any human predict about the end of world.......totally fake.if he was sure About this then why he can,t give exact date.These articles r only for those people who suffer to mental disease like schizophrenia type.....every time imagination not creation is going in their mind.these mental disease people like this........

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      Animes Sana 3 months ago

      Be prepare yourself by reading words of God, prayer & preaching gospel, as you don't know about Jesus' s second coming.

      Praise the Lord. Halelluiya

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      jan 3 months ago

      God said he would never again flood the whole earth..Hence the rainbow which is a reminder of his promise..So while the World may come to an end..it will not be by flooding...

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      maus11@arcor.de 3 months ago

      The end of the world is in 2023.

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      derk 2 months ago

      According to NASA this asteroid has been round before about 800-1000 yrs ago in our time (not gods time) so obviously it did not destroy the earth it simply BLOTTED everything out as said in Genesis. There must have been survivors(chosen ones) otherwise we would not be here today. It could or will completely change everything again on the face of the earth by affecting gravity and changing the earths polar axis and balance like the tick/tock timing balancing wheel cog mechanism in a clock, which will create sudden movement (releasing energy) producing a drag affect on the oceans causing a rapid sea level rise and a tidal wave which will wash all over the earths mountains and valleys and so the Biblical great flood will happen again. The ancients knew of this moment in time because they MEASURED out the earth and solar system and new its cycles and created/compiled a program to observe. Its all about the great clock in the universe and gods program which they measured out using geometry and there knowledge of the pyramids. All over the earth there is evidence of this flood where everything was washed away and covered in silt both on land or at the bottom of the sea, a sudden rapid change accrued. A temperature rise and simple change in the axis of the earth 3 degrees is all it needs and its going to happen again. Rulers in the past could do nothing about it or warn everyone even though they new about it but some must have recorded it for us to read about, do you think our leaders will warn everyone in the present day, i don't think so, they will make and build a safe place for themselves "ark" and keep everyone guessing and wondering just like they did in the past exactly as wrote in the Bible. Remember the winners record history as they choose to write it and the losers pay the cost for it with there lives like in any battle.

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