In the past, I have posted my thoughts and feeling about those who condemn Nostradamus as a “false prophet.” I have read several web posting that explain the reasoning behind that label placed on the head of someone who died in 1566. That was well before the creation of many of the present-day sects of Christianity. Such an onerous distinction as “false prophet” would demand that someone actually know what Nostradamus wrote; and then it would demand that one also know what Nostradamus predicted that was proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be false. Certainly, logical examples would follow, in support of those claims of falseness.
It is amazing how those individuals, all claiming to be Christians, scatter-shot most of their condemnations against general trends and philosophies, such as Freemasonry, the Mayans, and Witchcraft (et al). But they suddenly get personal by naming Nostradamus specifically as a “false prophet.” It presumes their weak brains cannot name another example of a “false prophet,” while knowing no names of rank in the other areas.
The reality is, as I read their reasons for badmouthing Nostradamus, they all begin with a flawed premise. Such an erroneous beginning can only lead to a false conclusion. Regardless, IF Nostradamus were indeed a “false prophet,” when one makes a flawed opinion as the premise the whole argument can be summed up as biased garbage, proving nothing. IF Nostradamus were truly a “false prophet,” all bias and preconception needs to vanish, so only the facts prove the validity of such a claim.
Yesterday, an Old Testament example came to me. It gave me insight into what these people who condemn Nostradamus really are. It also acts to show how one who claims to be Christian should truly stand up to a real “false prophet.” The example comes from the Book of Daniel. Whereas part of that book tells of how one should have true faith in God for protection against all threats (the story of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego – chapter 3), the story I focused one is the test of faith found in Daniel in the lions den (chapter 6).
In the story of Daniel in the lions den, several characters, or players in the act, have to be seen as symbolic. Through allegory, Biblical stories can be found continuously representative of a life of faith, throughout all times. In this particular story, there is Daniel, King Darius (the Persian ruler overBabylon), the administrators and satraps to the king (regional rulers), and (of course) the lions. There is also an angel of God, which plays a spiritual role.
When you take this story and wrap it around the issue of Nostradamus being a “false prophet,” I see Nostradamus in the role played by Daniel. Both are able to prophesy, due to a connection with God, based on their faith. The faith of Nostradamus is strongly evident through his letters explaining The Prophecies, where he repeatedly terms God as immortal or eternal, and the source of his words.
Because those who condemn Nostradamus are jealous of his faith, by showing disbelief in his faith, those who write and post public condemnations on the Internet are represented by the administrators and satraps to Darius. It was them who “could find no corruption in (Daniel),” or facts that could uphold their condemnations with valid logical argument (truths). It was due to that lack of proof that their jealousy made them contrive a plot against Daniel. This is just as Nostradamus’ naysayers plot against him, unjustly. Nostradamus seems like a threat to their business of explaining Scripture.
King Darius, as the one who followed the urging of his administrators and satraps, is tricked into issuing a decree that no one pray to anyone, other than Darius, for thirty days. Anyone caught doing otherwise would face a penalty. That punishment would be administered by being thrown into the lions den, full of hungry lions.
Since there are no longer any kings about who could make demands for self-deifying worship, with a harsh penalty for non-compliance, let’s see Darius as now representing the “court of public opinion.” This means that everyone who has heard the name Nostradamus in the media is misinformed and confused. Some think, “Maybe there is something to Nostradamus,” but others hear, “Nostradamus is a false prophet who preys upon the ignorance and innocence of the public.”
Doubt prevails over belief. The public wants a test. They want to know the truth. Is Nostradamus a false prophet? Or, is his God the true God? Inquiring minds want to know.
This makes the lions den the test of all prophets. Certainly, more excitement is generated when the blood and guts of false prophets is the result of punishing tests. Sure, anyone can make up stuff and try to pass it off as a prophecy simply by saying “God told me,” but woe be it to those who lie. The test will tear you limb from limb, if you lie.
The administrators and satraps to the king made up a lie, which would put Daniel to the test in the lions den. Those people did not think Daniel would pass the test, but he did. The result was they were then tested too, just as Darius had been – thrown to the lions. Poor things, they were eaten before they hit the den floor.
This makes the lions symbolic of the test of logic, where the strength of one’s argument is the only test. I have proven Nostradamus through such a tests of strength, and the lions’ teeth and claws do not harm Nostradamus. However, those who proclaim to be seers, who can spot a false prophet from 460 years away, their arguments do not even make it to the floor of debate. They are nothing but false, biased, self-serving opinions. They die quickly.
The angel of God who is sent to calm the lions and keep them from harming Daniel is no less than the Holy Spirit. When the angel holds the mouths of lions, the lion becomes the source of truth. From the mouths of lions the truth be told. In this regard, one needs to consider the link between a lion symbol and Christ.
Many are familiar with the Lion of C. S. Lewis books, and its link to Christianity. Still, there is reasoning for that comparison. The Lion is the symbol for the astrological sign Leo (Latin, meaning Lion). The Sun is the ruling orb of that sign. The Sun is the giver of life to the world; and the Sun, the only direct light represented in astrology, represents that which illuminates within each of us. As the Sun god, Apollo (Roman name) was known as the god of truth, with that same trait found in Jesus. Jesus is the light (Sun), who always spoke the truth (“verily I say”). Thus, the lions are the truth of prophecy, which reaches prophets via the Holy Spirit. This means that true prophets will never be harmed by tests of truth and validity. False prophets, on the other hand, will be torn to shreds by such tests.
When one thinks about it, ANYONE who says they have a message for EVERYONE to know, saying it is truth coming from God, ALL who say they have something so important MUST be tested by the lions den of logic. Logic is the tool brought to the tester by the angel of God (the Holy Spirit), allowing one to open up the truth so that the lion of Christ can be known. One needs to realize that IF one has true faith in God, false prophet lions will never harm one. They will be exposed through the knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and those prophecies will become moot. All knowledge allowing this exposure will be credited to the source (God), and not proclaimed publicly, as, “Look at me! I know it all, just like God. I have the power to declare publicly who is or is not a false prophet!”
It is very important to keep in mind the words of Jesus, who said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) Think about that for a minute, and think about it as “giving up his life” being a test as to whether or not a shepherd is false or true. Daniel offered up his life by willfully going into the lions den. He tested true. Nostradamus has been tested for almost 458 years now, and no one has proven him false, as evidence being he is still alive and hanging around with The Prophecies. Can you name all those who have claimed him to be a false prophet? No? Were they consumed by the test of time, making their prophecies false?
One must also remember that when Jesus made his statement about the good shepherd, he did so in front of the Pharisees. The Pharisees did not want to believe Jesus was telling the truth. They wanted to stone him to death. Jesus was making them seem less important, especially when he asked them questions they could not answer.
That is the how those who are saying they are Christian, but who are only wearing sheep’s clothing, are wolves. Wolves want to treat Nostradamus as poorly as the Pharisees wanted to hurt Jesus. It is easy to see someone who is professing not to be Christian and call them false prophets when they prophesy. It is easy to get people to believe non-Christians are false believers, because they believe differently. Sheep Christians follow the claims of the self-proclaimed Christian shepherds, and hate on others due to a sheep’s faith in the shepherd.
The worry is not those who are clearly not Christian, but those who say they are. A false prophet would quickly strike fear in sheep Christians, causing them to run away, if one came at them looking like a wolf. False prophets want to gain the trust of believers in Christ, so they will speak in terms Christians understand and believe. However, Nostradamus did not speak in understandable terms that a normal Christian could make sense of; and the Pharisees (and disciples too) did not understand what Jesus was saying (until after he was gone).
In that regard, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”? (John 10:34) If he called them (prophets) gods, to whom the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be broken, (John 10:35) do you say of me, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming”? (John 10:36a) The Pharisees called Jesus a “false prophet.”
Jesus then said the test of himself was, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; (John 10:37) but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:38) Jesus said, “Test me for the truth, and believe what the truth may be.”
All of this can be wrapped around Nostradamus, IF one takes the time to see the works of Nostradamus (i.e.: his writing, The Prophecies). Most importantly, it is his letters explaining how The Prophecies are divine, and what they mean. That meaning comes when one is filled with the Holy Spirit and when one can see how the letters instruct one how to read everything for understanding (with the help of the Holy Spirit).
People understand less of the letters than they understand about the quatrains (4-line verses). They cherry pick here and there, to make it appear they know what they are talking about. They know the majority of people, the poor lost shee,p know nothing at all about Nostradamus. Their errors of logic (of which “cherry picking” is one), which naysayers of Nostradamus use, are the same fallacious arguments used by the naysayers of religion (in particular Christianity). A false premise always leads to an invalid conclusion, unless one wants to draw a false conclusion.
Nothing about what Nostradamus wrote in his letters breaks with Scripture. He quoted Scripture, in Latin, in his letters concerning The Prophecies. If you do not believe that Nostradamus is a true prophet, how can you deny him, or anyone who says he or she prophesies ONLY because the Father is in he or she and he or she in Him?
You do not deny. You investigate. You test from a strength of faith, knowing God will lead you to the right answer and true understanding. True understanding is only possible through the Holy Spirit, the angel sent by God to protect each of us.
Declaring Nostradamus as a false prophet is to say, “You are gods.” To claim you do not know how to read Nostradamus is the truth. All that says is that you do not have complete faith to test any prophet, true or false. It says you are afraid of the lions den. Plenty of Jews did not have the faith of Daniel, or that of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego. However, after being led to deeper faith by those of true faith, they were able to develop that faith. The good shepherds protected the flock, despite the efforts of the bad shepherds.
Could your faith save you if thrown in the arena to fight for your life?
Copyright by Robert Tippett