The ANTICHRIST: The End Of The Present Age
From the point of view of the Bible book of Genesis, four patriarchs survived the Noahic flood: Noah himself, and his three sons Shem, Japheth and Ham.
Shem is demonstrably the father of Messiah; the Bible is at great pains to preserve the whole lineage from Shem, through Abram [Abraham], to David - and in the New Testament the line traces exactly down from David to Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
The Old Testament prophets identified Messiah as establishing the throne of David - without end. It would seem incontrovertible that Shem is the seed of Messiah [Greek: Christ - the anointed], through the throne of David.
However, if the three sons of Noah are the 'fathers' of all mankind, where shall we look for the seed of the false Messiah: the anti-Messiah, or antichrist?
The Bible does not indicate such a clear path as the line of Messiah, but there are indications that point strongly in a specific direction, and history bears out this analysis.
In Genesis Chapter 9 verse 22 we are told: Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backwards, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, 'Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. (KJV) Flavius Josephus, an ancient Jewish historian contemporary with Jesus, elaborated somewhat in his Antiquities of the Jews, Book I, Chapter VI (sect. 3): ...when Noah was made sensible of what had been done, he prayed for prosperity to his other sons; but for Ham, he did not curse him, by reason of his nearness in blood, but cursed his posterity.
Now the sons of Japheth are given in Chapter 10 as Gomer and Magog, and five others; but Ham begat Cush, and Cush begat Nimrod. [See Euphrasia: The Search For Babel.] Canaan begat Sidon, his firstborn, as well as the 'Amorite' ... and the 'Hamathite': and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. For our purposes, we will find that - in general terms - Amorite equates to HAMorite, an indication of the evolution of the name of Ham, especially after Babel. In other words, in early Semitic languages, there are no true vowels in the alphabet. The character 'H' in the name Ham is transliterated into English as 'Ch' - i.e.: Cham technically; the writers of the King James Bible chose the Anglocised form: Ham.
Other sons of Ham are identified in Genesis, Chapter 10 as Cush [or Cus], Mizraim and Phut [or Put]. Josephus again: The children of Ham possessed the land from Syria and Amanus [HAManus], and the mountains of Libanus [Lebanon presumably], seizing upon all that was on its seacoasts and as far as the ocean [Atlantic?], and keeping it as their own. Some, indeed, of its names are utterly vanished away; others of them being changed, and another sound given them [Babel], are hardly to be discovered. Josephus identifies Ethiopia with Cush, Egypt with Mizraim [the ancient name for Egyptians in Judea being Mestrians], Libyia with Phut. All the children of Mizraim [or Mesraim] possessed the country from Gaza to Egypt - says Josephus - though it retained the name of only one, the Philistim, ``for the Greeks call that part of that country Palestine.''
HAMATH will prove most fruitful in our search. Josephus identifies the ancient city of Hamath as Amathus, ``which is even now called Amathe by the inhabitants, although the Macedonians [Alexander the Great and his Seleucid generals] named it Epiphania, from one of his posterity.'' This will prove one of the most telling bits of evidence presently.
Canaan, of course, is another generic term for Palestine; Sidon was a sea port city on the Mediterranean coast, near Tyre. [See Euphrasia: The Search For Babel.] The Amorites - mountaineers - dwelt on the elevated portions of Palestine, as contrasted with the Canaanites, who dwelt in the lowlands. [Josephus explains in his Antiquities of the Jews that many were loathe to come down from the heights following the flood of Noah, against God's wishes. See Euphrasia... linked earlier in this paragraph.]
It is necessary to outline briefly some history of the name Ham and it's derivatives in order to establish the identity of the antichrist. For example, the prophecies of Daniel are basically repeated in the New Testament [Mat.: 24:15], implying that the apostasy of 170 B.C. is instructive in analysing the apostasy predicted by Jesus and John the Revelator for the end of this age. Also, the image that emerges from an historical perspective is a spiritual image, an image of the spirit of Ham working down through history to try to cut off the line of Messiah. In Hebrew Ham - Cham - means hot, or even black, as charred. Hamah - Chamah - [a Chaldean word] means fury, or hot anger or passion.
The names of Ham, Cham, 'Am and other more obscure derivatives are prevalent all over the ancient near-eastern world. The name appears in names of local gods of the early Bible times: Chemosh [deity of the Moabites and the (H)Ammonites]; and Amon [Gr.: Ammon] [an Eyptian deity also known as Amon-Ra; pharaohs such as the line of Amenhotep incorporated the tradition into their name; one enigmatic mention not understood by Egyptologists is the city of No-Amon; it is possible, in our context, that No is a reference to Noah].
Numerous tribes and 'nations' of Asia Minor bear the appelation; the Hamathites occupied a city on the Orontes River in Syria, which we will soon revisit; the Amalekites, presumably derived from Amalek, a grandson of Esau [this also becomes a point that must be revisited]; the Ammonites, descended from Lot; and the Amorites, already mentioned.
Concerning the root name of Ham, it must be pointed out that there is another 'ham' in the ancient Hebrew - evident in the name Abraham; this word ham means 'peoples' or 'nations'; it never begins a name, because the letter heh, also written in English as 'h' [the same as cheyth, or 'Ch'], when written at the beginning of a word, indicates the article 'the' [i.e.: ha'shamayim - the heavens.] For this reason it is not possible to establish a hard and fast rule regarding the name Ham as it appears throughout history; but it is possible to use it as a gauge to evaluate individual figures and events.
One of the first prominent figures to emerge in the Bible that was trying to cut off Israel - and thus the line of Messiah - appears in the Book of Esther: Haman. Josephus and the Hebrew Targums relate Haman, the Agagite, to the Amalekites. In Esther he is identified as a chief minister, or vizier, to the Medo-Persian court. Haman determined to entrap the Jews that were in captivity in Persia into offending the king, and then passed an edict to have the whole race exterminated. He ended up dying on his own gallows. We have pointed out that the Amalekites are descended from Esau, who is a Shemite, not a Hamite. But it must be remembered that Esau married into the 'heathen' populace, and allowed Jacob to steal the birthright from him. His kingdom became known as Edom. Here we see two spiritual 'principalities' merging to avenge the loss of the favored right: Ham, the forerunner of the Canaanite tribes that Esau married into, and Esau himself, angered over losing his natural birthright. This Hamitic connection will re-emerge in the New Testament trying to cut off the line of Messiah once again.
Of course, long before Haman was born, Israel was suppressed into bondage in Egypt. That Hamitic connection has already been elaborated. The Pharaoh, taken to be a Rameses by many scholars, hardened his heart and would not free the Israelites, thus keeping the line of Messiah under his control. He is also presumed to have perished - in the Exodus.
Saul, the first king of Israel, tried to kill David after he slew the giant Goliath. David is, of course, the king that replaced Saul upon his death, and whose throne the Messiah will establish without end. It is presumed that Saul became insane. No apparent connection emerges with Ham, although the possiblilty of intermarriage with 'heathen' women always intrudes. Saul's father was Kish; could this allude to an earlier 'Cushite' marrying into the family?
Of all these Hamitic associations intruding into the line of Messiah, Antiochus Epiphanes stands out more than even Haman. He ruled Syria - or Clo-Syria, and assumed the throne as Antiochus IV, but took the name Epiphanes. This area was known as the Seleucid Empire, derived from the the name of some of Alexander's generals. As Alexander's empire began to break down and fractionalise, the Seleucids of Syria were ever at war with another Alexandrian faction, the Ptolemys of Egypt.
In one of their many wars, Antiochus Epiphanes failed in his campaign in Egypt against the Ptolemys, and stinging from a bad defeat, his army fell back on Jerusalem and destroyed it, sacking the Temple in 170 B.C. and sacrificing a pig on the altar and erecting an idol in the Holy of Holies to Jupiter Olympus. Much could be said about how badly the Seleucids had corrupted Israel up to this point, how they sold the position of High Priest to the highest bidder, how they forced Jews to assume Greek names, how contemptuously they held the Jewish religious beliefs. But, like the Romans in a later period, rulers were generally careful not to suppress the Jewish religion, because they understood the passion for revolt amongst the Jews when their sacraments were threatened. Antiochus' madness cost him his empire eventually, and caused the Maccabean revolt to restore the sacrament. It can be said that if Antiochus had not totally corrupted the holy sacrament, causing the revolt, the Hellenic influence would have so diluted the Jewish religion that there would have been no temple for Jesus to come and preach to a century and a half later.
Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled almost all of the prophecies of the Book of Daniel; he defiled the temple, he desecrated the altar, and placed the abomination which maketh desolate (Dan. 11:31) in the Holy of Holies. Antiochus took Hamath as his capitol city, renaming it Epiphaneia. We have already mentioned that Josephus [Antiquities, Book I, Chapter VI] states that Antiochus, who renamed the city Epiphaneia, was of the posterity of Amathus.
Referring to the map on the left, the author has underlined Hamath and Jerusalem. Also underlined is Megiddo; it is of special note that the line running from Hamath southwest - known today as the Baqaa Valley, between the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges - ends at the hill of Megiddo, or Har Megiddo - Armageddon. This site is associated in Revelation 16:16 with a pyric battle at the end of this age.
In the top center of the map, on the upper Euphrates, is Carchemish, which contains the name of Ham [Chem]. Also of note on the map, east of the Jordan, is Ammon, which today is the location of Amman, Jordan.
The last great thrust of Ham to cut off the line of Messiah in Biblical times involved Herod the Great. Herod was a rather brutal man who charmed the Romans into appointing him 'King of Judea', as well as tetrarch of Clo-Syria. It is told reliably of Herod that upon his death bed, he called many of the nobles of his court to his bedside; they didn't know that he had left orders that they all be killed upon his death so that there would truly be widespread mourning. Herod had his good side; he was a tireless builder, and not only built gracious Greco-Roman theaters and palaces, and the port of Cæsarea, but he also rebuilt the Temple at Jerusalem. It was said by many that its splendour exceeded the temple of Solomon.
Herod ostensibly embraced Judaism as his religious faith; his rebuilding of the Temple surely endeared him to many of the Jews. But Herod was not of Jewish blood. The Bible says he was Idumean. The name is a Hellenised version of Edom, the kingdom of Esau, already analysed above. In Edom we have the spiritual melding of Ham with Esau, the rejected heir to the blessing of the line of Messiah.
The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2, tells us that wise men came from the east, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Herod heard of this and was 'troubled', seeing the prophecy as a threat to his power. He called scholars of the Scriptures and enquired of them where the King of the Jews was prophesied to be born, to which they replied, In Bethlehem of Judea. Herod recruited the wise men to help him locate the baby that would be crowned 'King of the Jews' - that I might come and worship him also; but when they had found the baby Jesus, they decided to depart to their own countries and did not notify Herod of their find.
Verse 16 says, Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Once again we find these ancient spirits striving to cut off the perceived line of Messiah.
Even into modern times we find many instances of the spirit of Ham working to block the coming of Messiah. One somewhat amusing example concerns The Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine dedicated to Mohammed that presumably occupies the same site as the ancient Temple of Herod. It is reported that the Muslims have placed a cemetery east of the mosque, because the Jews say that it is unlawful to enter the Temple from a burial place of the dead, and Messiah is predicted to arrive at the Temple site from the east.
THE END OF THIS AGE
One verse in THE CENTURIES of Nostradamus most regularly associated with the antichrist at the end of this age is verse 9 of Centurie 10:
| X-9 De Castillon figuieres jour de brune,
| De femme infame naistra souverain prince
| Surnom de chausses perhume lui posthume,
| Onc Roi ne feut si pire en sa province.
| From Castillon figuieras
a cloudy day,
| Of an infamous woman will be born a sovereign prince.
| Surname of Chausses by earth to him posthumous,
| A king never was so awful in his province.
Castille is an Old French word meaning debate or debated; figuier means fig tree. Perhaps it is an obscure reference to 'the debatable part of the fig tree' - i.e. a gentile nation [in the sense of Israel being the 'chosen' nation, and, in New Testament terms, the Christian church being grafted in.]
At any rate, Castillion obviously is a reference to Spain - Castille; figuires becomes the town of Figueras, in the Pyrenees Mountains near the French border and the Mediterranean Sea; note pire in line four, hinting at the Pyrenees.
The cloudy day is clearly defined in Ezekiel 30:3, ...the day is near, even the day of the Lord, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen (gentile). The word used for cloudy in the Hebrew Scriptures is 'anan, which also means a sorcerer or enchanter. The Schofield Bible scholars define the 'Day of the Lord' as the great tribulation and all that follows, through the Millennium of Peace and Gog and Magog, unto the end of prophecy - 8000 Julian [see The Universal Calendar]; the 'great tribulation' marks the final period at the end of our present age. A cloudy day is a day without sunshine, and could indicate that there is a solar tragedy in the offing that will lead people to return to sun worship. There are various references in Nostradamus - outlined in this author's book - to a sun pillar during the closing moments of this age.
An infamous woman is an adulteress, or a prostitute; words in Hebrew that mean adultery - such as zanah - also mean idolatry. the 'idolatrous woman' is probably the apostate church. Both meanings could be implied.
Surname is a term encountered occasionally in THE CENTURIES. The hebrew word is kanah - to address by an additional name [Chausses and Hamath], to give flattering titles, to eulogise.
Chausses means breeches or leggings by an uncertain route from the Popular Latin calcea - shoe. [When the Romans, who wore robes, came to Gaul (France), they were taken by 'pants' or 'breeches', which they had apparently never seen before.] Chaussée means a road or way; both words derive from the Latin calco -are: to tread upon, to trample underfoot. Chaussée also refers to an embankment or causeway. The intention is a well-trodden path such as a causeway, when there is no alternate way to go.
The reference is almost surely to the Hebrew derek - a road, as trodden, a course of life; it derives from darak - to tread under, march, thresh. In Matthew 7:13 Jesus says, Enter ye in at the straight gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. The broad way, the well-traveled road, is Derek.
The author identifies the birth name of the antichrist as Derek, the birthplace as Figueras, Spain, and the birth year as 1948 [modern calendar].
Perhume and posthume are certainly problematical. It is possible that 'hume' in both words is an oblique pointing at Ham. Posthumous of course means post [after] burial; the posthumous child in the Bible is Ashur, son of Hezron [Ezrom in Mt. 1:3], son of Pharez and grandson of the patriarch, Judah. The name is actually spelled Ashchur in Hebrew and means black. The line may imply a resurrection, not unlikely since we know the antichrist will appear to be killed and brought back to life.
His province may mean 'my province' - the home of Nostradamus, Provençe.
IX-93 Les ennemis du fort bien eslongnez,
Par chariots conduict le bastion,
Par sur les murs de Bourges esgrongnez,
Quand Hercules battra l'Haemathion.
very far from the fort,
The fortress conducted by chariots,
The walls of Bourges crumbled 'for sure',
When Hercules will strike the Hamathian.
Here Nostradamus confirms our on-going analysis regarding Hamath. The Hebrew word - Chamath - means walled, but derives from a root that means hot, swarthy or black. The connection in Hebrew between hot and walls is a bit obscure.
A walled city is a fortress [lines one and two].
Enemies and walls have a common word in Hebrew - shur - which here is also a reference to Sur, an ancient name for the city of Tyre, a city on the Mediterranean coast situated between Hamath and Megiddo. Note sur in line three.
Par occurs twice in the verse, capitalised both times. In Hebrew par is a wild bullock, calf or beast. In the book manuscript, the author is at pains to develop the word as an ancient sun god, evident in names such as Ba'al Peor and events such as the fashioning of the golden calf by Aaron at the foot of Sinai [Exodus]. Par is an element that occurs constantly in THE CENTURIES connected with this period at the end of the age.
Bourges would appear to be a town in France, a well-known walled fortress. In the present context, however, it likely refers to the Base Latin burgus, a walled city or castle.
Esgrongnez is rendered égrenés in other editions. Égrenés means to fall from a stalk, relating to grain, or to unstring. The spelling, even in Old french, must surely imply grogner - to grunt [like a pig], and égruger - to grind in a mortar, to crush [the great tribulation].
In Haemathion Nostradamus has offered a fertile field of search. We have already translated the word as Hamathian. It offers an angram of Anathema, another name for antichrist. Emathia was a district of Macedonia [see Alexander, above], and the Romans called the inhabitants Emathians. Ovid used the word Emathides to indicate the Muses [seers]. Perhaps more pointedly, in classical mythology, Emathion, the son of Eos, ruled over Arabia and was killed by Hercules. In the context of this page, all seem to bear upon the matter at hand.
Still, it is difficult to ascribe Hercules to anyone in this saga. Traditional interpretation of the term in Nostradamus attributes the name to Ogmios [which see], a Celtic character that mirrored the Greco-Roman hero somewhat. In analysing this figure, the author never clearly identified his role.
IX-64 L'Æmathion passer montz Pyrenees,
En Mars Narbon ne fera resistance,
Par mer et terra fera si grand menee,
Cap. n'ayant terre seure pour demeurance.
The Æmathian to cross the Pyrenees Mountains,
Samarobrin will not make resistance,
By sea and land will be so great a conspiracy,
Cap. not having land secure for rest.
Many of the elements already discussed appear in this verse. Anathema is a term used directly only once in the King James New Testament as Anathema Maranatha. I Corinthians 16:22 says, If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The meaning is given as accursed: our Lord cometh. The two words oppose one another... they are each an angram of the other, like two sides of the same coin. One correlation to Æmathian in Hebrew might be the word aimah - an horror, terror or an idol.
En Mars Narbon is explained [or not explained] on the web page dealing with Samarobrin.
Note once again Par in line three.
Cap. is anyone's guess; cap in French means head or point of land. In Hebrew we find kaphar - a village protected by walls, which is in keeping with the theme of this page, but really does not advance our understanding much.
In Hebrew the word for conspiracy is qesher or qashar.
It is perhaps worth noting that the seer used the word demeurance for rest and not repose, a reference to one of the two witnesses in Revelation Chapter 11.
There are various other verses in THE CENTURIES naming the Æmathian, Hercules and Samarobrin. Let the present discussion suffice to introduce the subject. The Bible and Nostradamus offer a wealth of material for those interested in eschatology.
One of the curious events that end the present age will be the binding of Satan. Revelation 20:1 says, And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season.
That Satan should be loosed after being bound is the Mystery of Iniquity, which no man can explain. Nostradamus does tell us a bit about how these events come to pass.
VIII-95 Le seducteur sera mis en la fosse,
El estaché jusques à quelque temps,
Le clerc uni le chef avec sa crosse
Picante droite attraira les contens.
The seducer will be put in the ditch,
And bound for quite some time;
The cleric joins the chief with his crosier,
The sharp right will attract the satisfied ones.
This is one of the verses that critics love to attack, saying that it is too general and says nothing but generalities. It is a bit surprising that no one in 400 years has compared the verse with the Scripture quoted above, as they obviously complement each other.
The Seducer is Satan, and his disciple the beast - the antichrist. Sera is supplied most likely to reinforce its occurrence in many of the verses connected with this period, much like Par. The author's opinion is that, generally, Sera is an anagram for Ares, another name for Mars, the ancient god of War. The Hebrew word for seducer is nakal - deceiver; nachal means divide, as an inheritance. The Book of Genesis is a story of dividing [losing] the inheritance: the birthright. Cain lost it to Seth, Ishmael lost it to Isaac, Esau lost it to Jacob, and Zarah lost it to Pharez. In fact, Satan lost his high position as the 'covering cherub' when he fell from heaven to earth.
The cleric is certainly the false prophet, the apostate high priest, and the chief with his bent cross is the beast, the antichrist.
Piquant comes from the Popular Latin piccare - a rapid movement followed by a sharp noise; it denotes a sudden change. In Hebrew the word is charuts - sharp, also a trench or wall; choresh is a bough or a shroud. The reference is to Genesis, Chapter 49:22 - Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well [ditch]; whose branches run over the wall [Hamath]. The implication is that the spirit of Joseph will guard the pit and its captive for the thousand years.
The right, as always, is the favorable side, the side of mercy and grace. Jesus said to the thief crucified upon His right hand, Today you will be with me in paradise.
Whoever the contented ones are, they are not mindful of the things of this world, because it is the nature of flesh to not be satisfied with whatever it has acquired.
X-15 Pere duc vieux d'ans et de soif chargé,
Au jour extreme filz desniant les guiere [variant: l'aiguiere - jug]
Dedans le puis vif mort viendra plongé, [variant: puits - a well or pit]
Senat au fil la mort longue et legiere.
duke old with years and burdened with thirst,
At the last day the Son denying the jug,
In the pit alive, death Viendra submerged,
Satan by the thread, the death long and easy.
In Hebrew duk means to beat in a mortar, to crumble into pieces; da'ak means to be dried up [thirst]; daq is a dwarf [see Ogmios]; hadak is to crush under foot, tread down [Derek]; doq is a thin curtain [veil].
A Duke, while powerful in his own right, is subservient to a king.
Thirst in Hebrew is tsama; tsammah means veil, an instrument of hiding or deception; sum means to charge.
The last day is also a reference to the number of the verse; ten is the number of perfection and completion in the esoteric tradition, and 6 [1+5=6] meaning the end of the sixth day of creation [see The Universal Calendar]. This naturally makes the Son [line two] Jesus Christ.
Jug in Hebrew is chemeth, the same word as Hamath. Another Hebrew word for jug or pitcher is nebel; nabel means wickedness, and nebelah means something dead, an idol.
Thread in Hebrew is chuwt; chuwts means to separate by a wall [see the prophecy of Joseph above.]
The French puits comes from the Latin puteus; putare means to cleanse, and of tree boughs, to prune, and putere means to stink, referring to the abomination that maketh desolate. [Greek abomination: bdelugma; the root is bdeo - to stink.]
These, then, are the identities of the antichrist and his operations:
Hamath [Arabic: Hamas]
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It is generally agreed that Nostradamus identifies three antichrists. While the author agrees, it would not be the usual choices that seem in vogue - such as Hitler, Napoleon, Henry Kissinger, the Catholic Church, the United Nations and on and on.
Historically there is one antichrist already passed on, Nero, the one at the end of this age, Hamath, and one following the Millennium of Peace [and before Gog and Magog] - a woman named Tiers [or Teresa?]
These three vex the church and kill the faithful. Before the Common Era the line of Ham worked to cut off the line of Messiah. Now the spirit of Ham is bent on cutting off the church.
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