It is obvious that Montaigne’s timing was off on his prediction of a third world war in 2002, which is fortunate to say the least. But could it be that he misinterpreted Nostradamus’ quatrains? Is it possible that this seer really did see WW III but as usual, we would not fully realize it until after it occurred? Here is what he wrote:
When those of the arctic pole are united together,
In the East great dread and fear:
Newly elected, supporting the great trembling,
Rhodes, Byzantium with Barbarian blood stained.
Some people believe this quatrain predicts a time of intense air, water and land battles with nuclear weapons and other weapons that have never been seen before that will cause great panic around the world. It is also said that the Antichrist will unleash biological weapons that will result in deadly plagues, hunger and more on a massive scale.
The gods will make it appear to the humans,
That they will be the authors of a great conflict:
Sword and lance before heaven is observed as serene,
So that on the left hand there will be great affliction.
This is a most interesting quatrain in that Nostradamus predicted that the gods of old would reveal themselves to mankind. According to the Bible Code, the words “Our Gods are Aliens” is revealed, “that build and created us; we look just like them.” The code also notes that the aliens would cause a “great conflict “here comes the Battle of Armageddon.” Yes, this sounds very strange and totally futuristic but according to the Bible, this apocalyptic event will begin in Israel.
Apocalypse by the way, means to reveal something that has been kept secret. Could it mean that disclosure about UFOs and aliens is a part of the war plan?
Too much the heavens weep for the Androgyne procreation,
Near the heavens human blood shed:
Because of death too late a great people re-created,
Late and soon comes the awaited help
Some believe that this quatrain means we will learn of strange creatures causing war in the heavens and no one will be prepared for it. Nostradamus went on to say that there would be a “a rain of blood and milk,” that corpses would be everywhere and the earth would “cry out in pain.”
When the eclipse of the Sun will then be,
The monster (divine omen) will be seen in plain daylight:
Quite otherwise will one interpret it,
High price unguarded: none will have provided for it.
The trembling of the earth at Mortara,
The tin islands of St. George half sunk;
Drowsy with peace, war will arise,
At Easter in the temple abysses opened.
Mortara is a city in Italy and St. George was a Roman soldier who came from “Syria Palaestina.” The Catholic Church and some others recognize him as a military saint.
When the lamp burning with an inextinguishable fire,
Will be found in the temple of the Vestals,
Infant found fire, water passing through the sieve,
Nimes, Toulouse perish [in] water, the market to collapse.
The Vestals or “Vestal Virgins” were priestesses of Vesta, an ancient Roman religion. Vestals undertook a vow of chastity, did not marry or have children. They devoted their time to studying the rituals of the religion. This was in the time of King Numa Pompilius (717-673 B.C.) and the Vestals were paid out of the public treasury.
Their job was to keep the sacred fire burning, to collect water from “a sacred spring, to prepare food for rituals and overseeing the care of “sacred objects in the temple’s sanctuary.” These Vestals were held in high esteem and were believed to possess magical powers. In fact, the chief of the Vestals was included in the College of Pontiffs, a great honor for sure.
Northern wind will cause the siege to be raised,
Over the walls to throw ashes, lime chalk and dust,
Through rain afterwards, which will do them much harm,
Meanest assistance against their frontier.
Some scholars believe this quatrain predicts Russia’s entry into the Great War. However, Quatrain #74 is most unnerving.
The year the great seventh number is accomplished,
Appearing at the time of the great games of slaughter:
Not far from the age of the great millennium,
When the dead will come out of their graves.
Is the “great millennium” the year 2000? Some believe so. However, it is difficult to interpret the meaning of "the great seventh number" and "the great games of slaughter." There is really so much that will still do not understand about Nostradamus' cryptic quatrains.