(King James)

Two priests blowing trumpets1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Historically scholars have not tried to establish correspondence between the quatrains of Nostradamus and Bible prophecy; some of his prophetic verses have been criticised as being too general or too enigmatic.

One such verse is quatrain 56 of Centurie Four:

IV-56  Apres victoire de rabieuse langue
           L'espirit tempte en tranquil et repose:
           Victeur sanguin par conflict faict harangue,
           Roustir la langue et la chair et les os.

           After the victory of the babbling tongue
           The spirit tempted by Tranquility and Rest:
           The victor bloody by conflict makes a speech,
           To roast the language and the flesh and the bones.

One of the primary motivations for writing the book [NOSTRADAMUS - Secrets of Prophecy] was to expand on the next marvelous prophetic event about to take place. That wonder is referred to in Zephaniah 3:9 & 13 -
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent.
The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

This prophetic event is also referred to in Isaiah 11:9 & 15 -

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea.....

After the victory of the babbling tongue refers to the time when Zephaniah's pure tongue [detailed in the book manuscript in the chapter EUPHRASIA] will be usurped by the tongue of the Egyptian sea. It is the author's opinion that the most likely way for this evil victory to succeed is that THOSE SPEAKING GOD'S PURE TONGUE WILL BE RAPTURED out of this material world, thus PRECIPITATING THE GREAT TRIBULATION period and the ministry of the two witnesses.

The word rabieuse is an oblique reference to BABEL. For the events just outlined to take place, THE WORK OF BABEL MUST BE UNDONE; thus the whole world will return to one tongue - the tongue of the Egyptian sea - so that they may 'come together' in one accord to 'worship the beast.'

Tempte is rendered tempre in other editions. Tempre - to temper (as with metals) - basically means the same as 'tempted' in a spiritual sense: to try those who lack faith.

Tranquil and Repose translate into Hebrew as Shiloh and Noah, and denote the spirits of the two witnesses, just as John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah. Shiloh is an ambiguous word used in Genesis 49:10. where Jacob is prophesying about the twelve tribes of Israel in the end-time. Verse 10 says, 'The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.' The word lawgiver denotes Moses, who gathered the people out of Egypt and led them to the promised land. Although there is no firm consensus on the matter, Shiloh is taken to mean 'peace' or 'tranquil' by the scholars of Strong's Concordance and Hebrew Lexicon [and is considered a reference to Messiah], but is taken by the author to also mean the Sent [John 9:7], a reference to Moses as an archetype of Messiah, and the lawgiver, [which Messiah is not.]

The Hebrew word Noah means rest, quiet or repose.

Overlooking Jerusalem

Line three reads The victor is bloody Par - Par being explained in the text of the manuscript as a reference to Ba'al, or Ba'al Pe'or [Par] - the god worshipped by Israel at the foot of Sinai by the fashioning of the golden calf. [What goes around comes around.] Language, tongue and harangue all refer to the new language of Babel.

Conflict in Hebrew would be HAMAH - a reference to a primary identity of the antichrist. This obtains because - while the line of Messiah descends from Shem - the line of the antichrist descends from HAM.

Blood in the Hebrew is dam, a word related to damah - to resemble or devise [as in the IMAGE of the beast] - and dummah - desolate [the abomination that maketh desolate.] Dama' means to weep sorely [tribulation].

To roast in the Hebrew is qalah - to shrink with heat or toast [thus loathsome.] These terms may be attributed to both the tribulation period and the 'beast'.

[It is possible that the strange character in Nostradamus - OGMIOS - is referred to in the previous paragraph. The name - as rendered by the French seer - actually refers to a dimunuitive person, or gnome, and hints strongly at the 'beast' after his 'mortal wound' (Rev. 13:14).]

Flesh and bone likely refers to Israel, as in II Samuel 5:1 where Israel comes to David and says, 'we are thy bone and thy flesh.'

A final note regarding Revelation chapter 11 -- verse 8 reads:

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Jerusalem as the worldly center of Judaism is Sodom - or Egypt; as the throne of Messiah it becomes ZION, the mountaintop that Babel only pretended to be. It is noteworthy that the bodies lie in the street where also our Lord was crucified. This event should help clear up the true location of Calvary. The end of chapter 11 also says the Ark [of the Covenant] will be seen in the Temple about this time; it is the author's opinion that the Ark resides below this point where Jesus was cruciufied, where the two witnesses lie in the street, and where Abraham took Isaac to be sacrificed.

II-28  Le penultiesme du surnom du prophete,
          Prendra Diane pour son jour et repos:
          Loing vaguera par frenetique teste,
          Et delivrant un grand peuple d'impos.

          The penultimate of the surname of the prophet,
          Will take Diana for his day and repose;
          (He) will wander far because of a frenzied head (leader),
          And delivering a great people from servitude.

This is another quatrain left unregarded by almost all commentators. It is described as so vague and generalised as to be unattributable. In the context we have started above, however, the meaning of the verse can easily be discerned.

The word repos calls the verse to our attention; could it refer to Noah? Line one holds the answer.

The word penultimate means the next to the last, especially the next to the last syllable. The prophet's surname is Nostradamus - or Notre Dame. The second to the last syllable of Notre is No, a reference to repose - Noah.

Wander in line three is nua' in Hebrew, a word close to the Hebrew for Noah. Another word for wander far is rachaq, a word associated with the Elijah spirit that must come before [Mal. 4:5]...but that is the subject of another tract.

Presumably the day of Diana is Moon-day, or Monday. The day of rest would be the sabbath, or, more likely, the seventh day of the age - the Millennium of Peace. The reference to Monday is not clear. There are many references to Noah in the New Testsament in regard to this end-of-the-age period.

Frenetic or raving (as in 'mad' or 'insane') in Hebrew is HAMAH, a reference to HAMATH - an identity of the antichrist. The line could thus read: (Noah) will wander far because of the Hamathian leader. Once again par occurs in juxtaposition to Hamah.

When Nostradamus uses the term great he usually means Israel.

Impos is derived from the Latin and means under a burden, taxed or in the bonds of servitude. Servitude in Hebrew is a'abdon, a clear reference to ABADDON, the demon prince mentioned in Revelation 9:11. The root word of this name is abad - to wander away. Abaddon means total destruction.

Abaddon - angel of the bottomless pit

Angel of the bottomless pit.

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VII-17   Le prince rare de pitié et clemence,
                  Viendra changer par mort grand cognoissance:
                  Par grand repos le regne travaillé,
                  Lors que le grand tost sera estrillé.

                  The Prince rare of pity and mercy.
                 Viendra to change by (par) death great knowledge;
                  By (Par) great Repose the kingdom travailed,
                  Then soon the great ones will be fleeced.

Something is absolutely wrong with the above verse, simply because the normal A.B.A.B. rhyme is interrupted. Yet all the earlier editions give it in this form. To understand this verse it is necessary to refer to a variation which occurs in the 1605 edition, although where the variant came from is nowhere stated.

3edition comparison VII-17
     1605    Le Prince rare de pitié et clemence,
                 Apres avoir la paix aux siens baillé:
                 Viendra changer par mort grand cognoissance,
                 Par grand repos le regne travaillé.

This provides the normal A.B.A.B. rhyme and all the elements we have touched upon so far.

                The Prince (Elijah) rare of pity and mercy,
                After having carried Shiloh to his own (following),
                Viendra to change through death great knowledge;
                By great Noah the kingdom travailed,
                Then soon the great ones will be fleeced.

The French word bailler means to carry or to give, and derives from the Old Italian word for water-bearer or water vessel. The name Moses means drawn from water. Of course Noah is exceedingly associated with water.

Viendra - come - is an element constantly intruding into this period. In general it seems to connect with Par, mentioned above.

The change, probably connected with the new language, may also be connected to the RAPTURE of the church; line five hints at this possibility. The Hebrew word for soon could be moreh, and morah means shearing with a razor - fleeced.

In the mystical tradition kingdom usually denotes the material earth - mankind.

Siens - line two [1605] - could well be pointing at Zion [see above.]

     V-69   Plus ne sera le grand en faux sommeil,
                L'inquietude viendra prendre repoz:
                Dresser phalange d'or, azur, et vermeil,
                Subjuger Affrique la ronger jusques oz.

                The great one will no longer be in false sleep,
                Restlessness will come to fetch Repos;
                To raise up the phalanx of gold, blue and vermeil,
                To subjugate Africa, gnawing it down to the bone.

False in Hebrew is chamaç - which contains the name HAM [ChAM].

Inquietude is hamah in the Hebrew, which also means 'tumult'; disquietness is nehamah. Matthew 24:6 says: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 'Rumors' means 'noise' in the context.

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