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Nostradamus and Chinese Prophets Had Startlingly Similar Predictions

By Tracy Xu

The prophecies Nostradamus made in the 16th century have drawn much attention and interest in the Western world. Many in the West may be unfamiliar, however, with the famed Chinese book of prophecy, “Tui Bei Tu”.

Some of the predictions in “Tui Bei Tu” match almost perfectly with those of Nostradamus, particularly one that specifies the year 1999.

We’ll start with brief descriptions of “Tui Bei Tu” and the prophecies of Nostradamus, then we’ll look at the passage in each that refers to 1999 and what it might mean. 

‘Tui Bei Tu’: Drawings and Poems of Prophecy through Many Dynasties

“Tui Bei Tu” was written by Li Chunfeng and Yuan Tiangang and has been widely spread in Chinese society since the Tang Dynasty (627–649 A.D.).

The atheist, materialist communist regime in China has banned Tui Bei Tu, outlawing the book as “superstition.” But it is well known in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan today.

With a series of 60 surreal drawings, the book is said to contain clues to China’s and the world’s history and future. Each drawing is accompanied by an equally obscure poem describing an event in history. All are arranged in chronological order.

The first 40 drawings depict historical changes through various dynasties. Drawings No. 2 to 9 show major historical events in the Tang Dynasty. Drawings 10 to 14 are predictions concerning the Five Dynasties, a period of about 50 years between the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty during which five would-be successors each took control briefly. Drawings 15 to 20 relate to the Northern Song Dynasty, while 21 to 24 relate to the Southern Song Dynasty. Only two drawings relate to the Yuan Dynasty (No. 25 and 26). The 27th drawing kicks off the Ming Dynasty, and No. 32 wraps it up. No. 33 to 37 are for the Qing Dynasty.

In the last 20 poems, the interval between the events depicted becomes increasingly shorter. Sometimes several poems depict the same events from different angles. It’s like a marathon runner who speeds up as he approaches the final stretch.

Some have said that as many as 55 of the 60 prophecies have been fulfilled. As with Nostradamus’s work, the interpretations of “Tui Bei Tu” are largely dependent on individual perspectives. Some scholars have compared different versions of “Tui Bei Tu” and found the book has been rewritten many times with some variations. 

Prophecies of Nostradamus: From the Death of a 16th Century King to the Atomic Bomb

Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, was a French apothecary who lived from 1503 to 1566. He won fame in southern France for fighting outbreaks of the plague, though he was better known as an astrologer and prophet. Between the years of 1555 and 1558, he published a total of almost 1,000 prophetic quatrains.

He divided his quatrains into groups of 100, with each group comprising a chapter called a “century.” Century VII is the exception; it has 42 quatrains instead of 100. The quatrains are written in an obscure style, in ancient French, Latin, and Greek.

Quatrain 35 in Century I seemingly came true on June 28, 1559. The quatrains predicted that a young lion would kill an older lion on the battlefield. This is said to allude to the death of King Henry II of France in a jousting tournament. Nostradamus wrote: “The young lion will overcome the older one, on the field of combat in a single battle; He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage, two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.”

A nobleman six years younger than King Henry splintered his lance into two pieces upon hitting the king. One part pierced the king’s eye through his visor and the other drove into his temple. The king suffered for more than a week before dying. Some have said the king and nobleman both had lions on their shields, though that point is uncertain.

Nostradamus’s other predictions have been similarly said to come true in major 20th century events, including the rise of Adolf Hitler, the founding of the United States and its eagle symbol, Napoleon’s impact on history, the French and Russian revolutions, the world wars, and the creation of the atomic bomb. 

Where Nostradamus and ‘Tui Bei Tu’ Meet Despite Vast Distances in Geography and Time

Nostradamus and the authors of “Tui Bei Tu,” living 1,000 years apart and in vastly different geographical regions and cultural backgrounds, managed to come up with some startling matches in predictions.

Here is one particularly strong point of intersection between the famous prophecies of the East and West. 

The King of Terror Strikes in the Year 1999

The year 1999 was specifically mentioned in Nostradamus’s Century X, quatrain 72. It was also specifically mentioned in the “Tui Bei Tu” poem accompanying drawing 41.

“Tui Bei Tu” consists of two parts. The first part ends at drawing 40. Drawing 41 ushers in a new era, starting with 1999. The rest of the book depicts events from 1999 up to today, and some perhaps yet to come.  

English translation of No. 41:

Heaven and earth enter into darkness, while grass and brush are rampant

The yin and yang run the opposite course; sun and Earth are upside down.

The cap is always worn, with no head.

When will the game of manipulating the universe stop?

In the year 1999, a big mistake is made.

Qin county is the only place suitable for claiming the throne.

Nostradamus mentions 1999 in similar terms in quatrain 72 of century X. This quatrain stands out from his other quatrains in that it is uncharacteristically direct.

It seems to be a custom or characteristic inherent to prophecy that it be given only in ambiguous terms, shrouding any truths it may contain from direct scrutiny. This quatrain, however, gives an exact month of an exact year.

English translation of century X, quatrain 72:

In the year 1999, seventh month,

From the sky will come a great King of Terror,

In order to bring back to life the great king of Angolmois,

Before and after Mars reigns in the name of bringing people happiness.

If the prophet broke some sort of rule of ambiguity and gave a precise date to issue a genuine warning, it worked. This particular quatrain has aroused curiosity and drawn much attention for centuries. Nostradamus himself stated that his quatrains would not be fully understood until 500 years after they were written.

Some believe the prophecy refers to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This view is based on the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar to arrive at the month of September instead of July. The numbers of 1999 are reversed to arrive at 9-11-1 (September 11, 2001). Others say Angolmois refers to a county in France.

Through a comparison of “Tui Bei Tu,” the prophecy of Nostradamus, and major events that took place in July of 1999, we’ll look at what the prophecies may have referred to if we take the date as actually referring to July.

Two major, tragic events occurred in this month.

On July 16th, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Massachusetts near Martha’s Vineyard. There doesn’t seem to be much in this event that would relate to a “King of Terror,” or to the monumental shift discussed in “Tui Bei Tu.”  

On July 20th, 1999, the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) began in China. It was led by a few key people in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after a census found that some 100 million people were practicing Falun Dafa. The practice involves meditation and improving one’s mind and heart according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

The crack-down campaign began in July 1999, and since this time state-run media has published false information to defame Falun Dafa as well as imprisoned, killed, and tortured thousands of practitioners. Amnesty International and other rights groups, as well as elected officials all over the world, have decried the human rights abuses against Falun Dafa practitioners in China.

If this is the event to which the prophecies referred, the last line of Nostradamus’s quatrain,  ”Before and after Mars reigns in the name of bringing people happiness,” could refer to the reign of Karl Marx’s communist principles.

Featured image: Predictions de Nostradamus à Catherine de Médicis. Credit: art-mine.com

The article ‘ Nostradamus and Chinese Prophets Had Startlingly Similar Predictions’ was original published on Epoch Times and has been republished with permission.

Comments

Personally I found Nostradamus vague and misty and very difficult to apply to current events.
The books written about the predictions are messy and difficult to follow, chronologically.

Even the most ardent will eventually give up in attempting to make valued meaning.

I feel that he has done Astrology an injustice.

Then read the books by Dolores Cannon. Conversations with Nostradamus I, II and III.

Thanks for sharing!!

The Medici's made a point of collecting many Chinese manuscripts - many of which influenced da Vinci's thoughts and 'inventions.' I wonder if Nostradamus eventually had access to these Chinese predictions and based his own upon them?

I'm not quite yet sure we can foresee the future. For example, let's take a look at the first world war. Technology had improved the arms, but people were giving an old fashioned ''marching'' war. The outcome was millions of casualties but nil territorial advance. Nothing but tears.
I believe that history is written by minor details and coincidence. It was easier for Napoleon to catch a fever and die while a child, than become who we know and form the history that still affects us. In his place would be somebody else, who would drive history in a totally different course. As for me, what I now am, is because of what happened to me in the past. If I studied in a different town, I would meet a different woman and had different children.
After the above, I believe that the best we can do, is foresee the pattern/concept/footprint of the future, but not events themselves. If we are well aware of the past and human behaviour, and take into account today's tendencies; we'll be able to picture the background of the tomorrow world. Not those starring in it. Unless of course, God doesn't throw the dice, but marked the path for each and everyone of us.

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