Nostradamus, a "seer" and French physician, well known for his large and famous collection of prophecies, is now believed by many to have predicted the rise to power of Donald Trump, along with his surprise victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But sit tight. Because it's not just a seat in the Oval Office for Trump that Nostradamus has predicted. He has also indicated that this could all end very badly for us indeed. How bad, you ask? Bad enough that it could trigger The End - World War III and a catastrophic nuclear holocaust.
So, where does Nostradamus make his bold predictions for the years 2016 and 2017? The Express reports that his followers claim that Donald Trump's presidency is foretold in Quatrain 81, over 400 years ago.
"The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear."Does this sound like Trump? Many people believe that it does, and that his frequent attacks on Twitter, where he can often be found on ranting crusades, are extremely similar to the character described in Quatrain 81. This, along with his elaborately exuberant and loud boasting style, all serve to make Nostradamus's descriptions eerily accurate.
Donald Trump's victory was predicted by Nostradamus who said it would bring about the end of the world https://t.co/MibYhxCbFJ pic.twitter.com/w3Y7iqOMG3With regard to Nostradamus's bold prediction for a fiery and apocalyptic World War III, he doesn't mince words when he predicts the demise of human civilization in the year 2017.
— The Sun (@TheSun) November 11, 2016
"The moment of great violence will coincide with the appearance of a comet in the sky. Nuclear combat and natural disasters shall strike our planet when a giant planet approaches Earth."Nostradamus goes on to proclaim that an economic collapse will be forthcoming after Donald Trump's election in Century 1, 40.
"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 From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards."Trumpet, of course, is said to be referencing Donald Trump. And Byzantium, which later became Constantinople and is now Istanbul, may no longer be the center of the world now, but is thought by Nostradamus's followers that Byzantium was actually meant to be a reference to the United States, which has now become what Byzantium once was. Furthermore, in Quatrain 50 it states that "the false trumpet" will engage in military adventures which will, in turn, lead to World War III.
Byzantium was also, interestingly, a mecca for immigrants who would come from far and wide in order to settle in this new land and the United States could very easily be compared with it in this respect. We also know that Donald Trump is very keen to implement new approaches to immigration and has said that he will deport all illegal immigrants, and followers of Nostradamus point to this as being more proof of the reliability of Nostradamus's predictions.Did Nostradamus predict Donald Trump's win? Here he is at the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016. [Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images]
Whether you believe in Nostradamus's predictions or think they're just another bunch of conspiracy theories started by people perched at their computers wearing tinfoil hats, the internet is going into overdrive right now debating on this topic in political forums, messageboards and Facebook users all chiming in on the matter.
"Nostradamus predicted this outcome. Nostradamus predicted after the trumpet wins, there will be a Great War! He predicted this 400 yrs ago! His prediction have all come true! I'm afraid America is going fall, compare us to Roma, we have to much debt, and we import more than we export, we are in serious trouble."Skeptics, on the other hand, have weighed in on this matter, as YourNewsWire states, and say that words can always be twisted to provide "proof" and that Nostradamus predicted "everything and nothing." Furthermore, it can also be said that nobody that lived over 400 years ago would even know what a nuclear war was.
There are even some who say that Hillary Clinton was predicted to to win in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to words written in Quatrain 67 of Century II. "The blonde" was meant to defeat the "fork-nosed one." And in Century VIII, Quatrain 15, a "masculine woman" was meant to "exert herself in the north," allegedly describing Clinton's purported future win and her affinity for pantsuits.
Whatever the case, it seems likely that the debate over Nostradamus's predictions for 2016 and 2017 won't be ending anytime soon.[Featured Image by Hulton Archive/Getty Images]