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Nostradamus is the Latin form of Nostradame. Michel De Notradame was born in 1503 in Saint Remi in Southern France, and died in Salon in 1566. He was raised a Roman Catholic. He studied medicine in Montpellier, and started his medical practice in 1529 in Agen, and then moved to Salon in 1544. He became well known as a gifted healer because of his innovative treatments during the outbreak of the plague in Aix and Lyon in 1546-7. He began making prophecies in 1547. In 1555 his prophecies were published in a book entitled The Centuries. His prophecies are in poetic rhyme grouped into 100 lines called "century." These are subdivided into four lines called "quatrains." An enlarged second edition was published in 1558, and dedicated to the King. The Queen of France, Catherine de Medicis requested him to figure out the horoscopes for her husband, King Henry II, and their children. In 1560 Nostradamus was appointed the court physician by King Charles IX.
Nostradamus prophecies are very vague as horoscopes are today. Many different meanings have been read into them (See Randi, James. The Mask of Nostradamus : the prophecies of the world's most famous seer, Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1993). There is a letter to his son in his preface to his book The Centuries where he clearly predicts a great reduction in population by 1732. This clearly did not happen (Robert Newman, IBRI; see his excellent web page: Nostradamus and the Bible).
On one web site, Nostradamus, it states: Five hundred years ago, Nostradamus prophesied that World War III would occur on July 4th of 1999, the feast of the "eagle" or USA, with Russia and Iran launching nuclear and chemical assaults upon Western and Southern Europe. I know I had a busy summer, but I can not recall World War III in July.
In the early 1980s there was a TV program about Nostradamus predicting the end of the world that week. That night at work some where concerned that the world was going to end at midnight. I told them it would not happen because the Bible says that no one knows the day or the hour when the world would end (Acts 1:7).
It should be noted that Nostradamus prophecies were condemned in 1781 by the Congregation of the Index of the Roman Catholic Church (Britannica 1986, 8:803).