In March 1998, without realizing it, I completed the creation of a monster: the precursor to this book. After six long years of research and numerous revisions, I had unwittingly produced a thing that would be impervious to any form of radical revision. The wheel, as it were, could no longer be reinvented.
The book you are now reading can be updated, but the format can never be altered without weakening the over-all impact of the message.
Because a portion of this book deals with speculation concerning current events, it will always appear "dated." That is because current events are constantly changing in this period of flux. At the time work on this book was first begun, April 1992, and for the next three years, this was not a problem. Current events, the "big picture" such as it was, did not change much.
However, between May 1995 and March 1998 a flurry of updates became necessary. This was due, in part, to radical changes in the status quo.
Intended to be published and marketed by late 1998 or early 1999, this mammoth work just barely missed achieving that objective. Due largely to its size, the manuscript was turned down by a succession of publishers some of who were seriously considering signing me to a contract but "changed their minds."
It has never been the opinion of this author that the world would end in 1999, 2000, or even 2001. Indeed, part of the purpose of writing this book was to assuage the fears of those who believed such a catastrophe would occur by demonstrating how far ahead the future stretches. Still, although not the "the end," other dire events were correctly forecast. Unfortunately, 1999, 2000, and 2001 are now history and 2002 is well on its way.
As a result, nearly all top-selling books concerning the subject of prophecies, including those of Nostradamus, are dated. With few exceptions, nearly all such books had a vested interest in convincing the book-buying public that some sort of Armageddon would arrive at the millennium. Catering to morbid fascinations and the need of the fearful to be further frightened became a big business in the 1980s and 1990s. Now what does the buying public have left to find on their bookshelves but a large compilation of books that have erroneously anticipated Doomsday at the conclusion of the 20th Century?
My predictions for the immediate future aside, the major contribution this book has to offer still lies in the discovery I made back in 1992: a long, expansive, and detailed future history of the world as Nostradamus actually foresaw it. A future history that I can assure you has never seen the light of publication. This part of the book will likely never undergo revision: there will be no need. My theories concerning it will either prove to be correct, incorrect, or partly correct and there is a good ten to sixteen years to go before they will even begin to be tested.
What is Nostradamus and the Final Age?
As the new millennium begins are you hopeful or fearful? Do images of the Antichrist and worldwide Armageddon fill you with a sense of doom and resignation? or are you waiting in eager anticipation for a glorious new era of peace and harmony?
This book may challenge your fears and beliefs. According to the famed French prophet Nostradamus, the true beginning of the next millennium won't arrive for another 240 years!
But before breathing easier, one note of caution: a crisis of global proportions is in the making. A third World War, or something like it, is only one of a number of hurdles humanity will have to face in the many years ahead. However, the next few centuries will also bring periods of unprecedented peace, prosperity, spiritual revival, amazing breakthroughs in science and technology, and the solutions to many ancient mysteries.
Nostradamus and the Final Age is both an examination of the current issues which will affect us in the years immediately ahead and a detailed exploration into previously unknown chapters of our remote future. It is the first book ever to present Nostradamus' quatrains (four-line prophetic verses) and prose predictions as a comprehensive historical encyclopedia covering a period of 240 years. As an added bonus, an additional chapter is devoted to events which will occur during the two millennia following "the Final Age."
This is also the first book to establish a direct link between Nostradamus' Epistle to Henry II and the Old Testament prophet Daniel's chronicle of the "latter days." There are many other supporting predictions included by oracles throughout history such as Jeane Dixon, Edgar Cayce, Paracelsus, Ursula Southiel, the Brahan Seer, Merlin, Johannes Trithemius, the biblical prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and St. John, the unknown author of the Liber Vaticinationem, and many others.
Along with being one of the largest books ever written on the subject of Nostradamus, no other work has ever approached the number of pages devoted to the in-depth, chronological presentation of future history which makes up the second half of this book. It is truly two books in one.
Major Points of Value
Books on Nostradamus usually fall into three general categories: conventional interpretation, contemporary interpretation, and chronological interpretation.
The vast majority of books about Nostradamus and his prophecies have been interpreted conventionally (the commentator begins with Quatrain 1.1 and finishes with Quatrain 10.100, sometimes including the Preface to Cesar, the Epistle to Henry II, almanac presages, the quatrains, and sometimes sixains that many authorities consider to be spurious). Most conventional commentators are interested in demonstrating Nostradamus' historical accuracy, allowing their imaginations to run free when discussing those predictions yet to be fulfilled.
Contemporary interpretation is essentially a platform for Nostradamus experts to discuss recent and current events in the light of prophecy and project warnings for the immediate future.
Chronological interpretation is when the writer attempts to assemble Nostradamus' scrambled predictions into a consecutive time sequence. Most "chronologies" concern a pending third World War and the immediate aftermath.
What makes Nostradamus and the Final Age unique is that it is both contemporary and chronological, but does not focus exclusively on a possible third World War like most books do. There are also some elements of conventional (historical) interpretation involved.
Of the twenty volumes I have read on the subject of Nostradamus and his prophecies, nearly all of which were written in this century, I have found only four which chronicle future events in a detailed, sequential manner: Nostradamus Predicts the End of the World by Rene Noorbergen (1981), Nostradamus: The Voice That Echoes Through Time by Maurice LaCasse (1992), Nostradamus: The Next 50 Years by Peter Lemesurier (1993), and Nostradamus 1999 by Stephan Paulus (1996). There may be several more such books, but if there are I have not read them.
Two of the books listed above discuss a central theme in depth before proceeding to the chronology; for the other two the chronology constitutes the entire book. All four books are only between 200 and 300 book pages in length.
The principal focus of Noorbergen's chronology is the Third World War, commencing "sometime before 1995, and concluding a short time after 2002. LaCasse discusses a central theme, Saddam Hussein, before proceeding to his chronology: a third World War which ends in the year 2007. Lemesurier's chronicle is mostly concerned with a protracted third World War which begins "by the year 2000," ends around the year 2048, and is followed by a mere 46 quatrains dealing with the 2050s and the remote future. Paulus's well-developed central theme deals with a daytime comet carrying an asteroid in its tail which would wreak havoc with the earth on September 23, 1999, setting the stage for a third World War beginning sometime in the year 2001 or 2002. The war ends sometime between 2025 and 2038.
Each of these books ends pretty much the same way: the world is restored during the reigns of two kings named Henry and his successor Ogmios, then the course of future events trails off into oblivion.
The reason the authors give or suggest: Nostradamus had little more to write about after World War III.
A preposterous assertion, that!
In contrast, my book's chronology, which is over 150,000 words in length, covers a broad range of human events from 2001 to 2243, including five world wars and two major eras of peace. The preceding 100,000 words discuss contemporary issues, Nostradamus' life, methods, and beliefs, and important predictions fulfilled prior to and early in the 20th Century; challenge arguments made by Nostradamus' principal modern skeptic and detractor, James Randi (AKA "the Amazing Randi); present the evidence and method by which I arrive at my chronology; and interpret quatrains I believe have been fulfilled between 1978 and 1999.
This most recent revision of my book was completed a few weeks before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that began on September 28, 2000. Developments which have occurred since that time in no way have changed the relevance of what I am about to relate. Indeed, the horrific terrorist attack on NYC and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, the war on terrorism that has followed, along with last month's "axis of evil" speech by President Bush have, if anything, vindicated my projections that major wars and crises in the Middle East, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and the Pacific will begin in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
This book also alleges that the Nostradamian hero "Chiren" is either French President Jacques Chirac or an as-of-yet unknown future "Henry V." This view will not change irrespective of who wins the French presidential election in May 2002. Chirac still remains my personal choice for future emperor of Europe. Should Lionel Jospin win the election, he will be unseated later by Chirac or "Henry V" (by public acclaim) after France is plunged into the darkness of war.
The only significant change that has taken place regarding my views since September 2000 is the role of Russia. I believe Russia will play a much larger role as an aggressor nation during World War III than I have discussed in Chapter One or Chapter Seven. This is because I have been introduced to the prophecies of Alois Irlmaier and certain other central European prophets. In the near future I may update this book to further promote this outlook.
A catastrophic, Velikovsky-like encounter with a monstrous comet named Wormwood in 2026 is also discussed in this book, but only recently have I been informed about a coming "approach" of Planet X, Nibiru. Despite these new theories and projections for a close encounter in May 2003, I remain unconvinced.
Still, a book, after all, is not a 24-hour-a-day news service. Also, while current events have an important part to play in this book, the main focus deals with events that will occur years, decades, and centuries from now.
But enough. The document, completed on September 12, 2000, and reformatted and compiled for e-book publication early last year, is now at your fingertips. It is time to move on
28 Feb 2002
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