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Did Nostradamus predict the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York?

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Portrait of Nostradamus. Courtesy of Films for Christ.
Michel Nostradamus (born Michel de Nostredame), a 16th Century French astrologer and physician

Shortly after the ghastly terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City September 11th, 2001 a supposed prophecy of Nostradamus (the 16th century French soothsayer) began circulating the Internet and news media.

Look at Nostradamus' words that have been reported by the news media:

In the year of the new century and nine months,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror…
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees.
Fire approaches the great new city…

In the city of York there will be a great collapse,
two twin brothers torn apart by chaos
while the fortress falls the great leader will succumb
third big war will begin when the big city is burning

An even more detailed prophecy flooded the Internet:

It has been foreseen that exactly three hundred and fifty years into the future,
Silver phoenixes shall strike down the twin brothers of oppression
That carried the king's nation, which shall bring upon the apocalypse.
In the City of God there will be a great thunder, two brothers torn apart by chaos

Did Nostradamus predict the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York? Not quite. Look at his actual prophecies:

  • They don't say "In the year of the new century and nine months," but "In the year 1999 and seven months, from the skies shall come an alarming powerful king" (Century 10:72).

  • Neither is there a mention of “twin brothers” being “torn apart.” The “prophecy” actually says, "Two royal brothers shall war so much one against the other" (Century 3:97).

  • As for collapsing in the city of York and the sky burning, this is as close as he gets:

    The heaven shall burn at five and forty degrees,
    The fire shall come near the great new city…
    when they shall make a trial of the Normans (Century 6;97).

Nostradamus never even mentioned the words “fortress” or “big war.” Nostradamus is a billion dollar industry, and a little addition here and there to his rambling words helps business.

According to the BBC News, "Books about Nostradamus, the apocalyptic prophet, have entered the bestseller list on the online retailer site Amazon since the terrorist attacks in the U.S." Following the attack, Nostradamus was on the Internet's fifty most popular search words so many times that he even displaced “sex” from the top-fifty list.


  • Nostradamus quotes from, "The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus", by Robert Lawrence (Crown Publishers).

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BookNostradamus: Attack on New York and other Amazing Prophecies by Ray Comfort. Published by Bridge-Logos Publishers. Release date Nov. 2001.

Author: Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications. Edited by Films for Christ. Web page Copyright © 2001, Living Waters Publications, All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page.

Ray Comfort, Living Waters Publications

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