Epistle to Henry II
...All these figures are applied correctly, by the Holy
The investigation on which Nostradamus,
astrology and the Bible is
based, showed that for Nostradamus the Bible had five functions while
composing the Prophecies.
The major part of information about the nature of these functions can be
read in the letter to Henry II, but also a few passages in the letter to
César reveal how Nostradamus used the Bible.
functions of the Bible
1. Source of historic calculations
For Nostradamus, the Bible was a source for historic time
calculations regarding the years of existence of the world. In the
letter to Henry II, he describes two time tables regarding the time
span, covered by the Old Testament. The second time table is based on
data, available in Genesis, Exodus, 1 Kings and Revelations.
A couple of times, Nostradamus uses bible verses to phrase
predictions. In the letter to Henry II, it reads: O quelle
calamiteuse affliction sera par lors aux femmes enceintes This is
a paraphrase of Matthew 24,19. Nostradamus also writes: Ut audiret
gemitus compenditorum, ut solveret filios interemptorum. This
is a paraphrasing of Psalm 102,21.
As for the quatrains, quatrain 10-74 is the most striking example of
using the Bible for phrasing predictions:
At the turn of the great seventh number
It will appear at the time of the games of slaughter
Not far from the great millennial age
When those who entered, will go out from their tombs.
this quatrain, the transition is described of the seventh millennium
into the eighth. The "games of slaughter" in the second line
is the war in which the beast, the false prophet and their followers are
killed. This war is described in Revelations 19 and takes place before
the beginning of the kingdom of one thousand years, which is mentioned
in the third line. The fourth line refers to the "First
Resurrection" as described in Revelations 20, the resurrection of the
martyrs who died because of their testimony of Jesus.
The gift of prophecy
Nostradamus uses the Bible to show that God gave to him the gift
of prophecy. In the letter to Henry II, he quotes a part of one of the
most explicit bible verses, which is Joel 3,1: I will pour my spirit
over all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy.
The verse continues with: your aged ones will have
dreams and your young men will have visions.
It is very likely that Nostradamus has drawn this verse to himself. The
investigation on which Nostradamus,
astrology and the Bible is
based, showed that he got visions from October 16, 1524. This was short
before his 21st birthday.
Quatrain 01-48 is an autobiographical quatrain, in which Nostradamus
connects twenty years of his life with 7.000 years reign of Satan:
Twenty years of the reign of the Moon have passed
Seven thousand years another will hold his monarchy
When the Sun will reach its tired days
Then my prophecy is accomplished and finished
the investigation on which Nostradamus,
astrology and the Bible is
based, it is assumed that the twenty years in the first line refer to
the first twenty years of the "imagination period", the period
which runs from October 16, 1524, to February 27, 1554, in which
Nostradamus had the imaginations (visions) on which he based the
quatrains. These twenty years could also refer to Nostradamus' age of 20
when he got his first vision on October 16, 1524. But such an assumption
lacks further evidence.
Roots in the past
In especially the letter to Cesar, Nostradamus tries to
demonstrate by means of bible verses that the contents of the
revelations he got, corresponds with the contents of the revelations
which for example the old prophets got. When he writes: visitabo in
virga ferrea iniquitates eorum, et in verberibus percutiam eos ,he
paraphrases Psalm 89,33. He also refers to Amos 3,7 and/or Revelations
10,7, in which it reads that God, before executing his secret decisions,
will always reveal them to his servants, the prophets.
Legitimation of the practice of judiciary astrology
Nostradamus, founding himself on Deuteronomium 18,10-12, writes
that God permitted the practice of judiciary astrology. In this verse,
each kind of occultism is forbidden; astrology however is not mentioned
concretely. Further, Nostradamus interprets Hebrews 4,13, in which it
reads that everything is "naked and open", in the sense that
everything which goes on in the world, can be explained by means of
The biblical backgrounds and fundaments of the Prophecies
can be listed as follows:
3,7 and/or Revelations 10,7: God reveals his decisions to the
Jeremiah 13,14: God destroys ruthless, without mercy.
Acts 1,7: It is not to ordinary people to know the day or the
hour which God by his eternal power determined.
Joel 3,1: God promises that people will receive visions and the
gift of prophecy.
Matthew 11,25 and/or Luke 10,21: Regarding the future of the
world, God hides the facts for the wise and powerful and reveals them to
the humble ones.
Deuteronomium 18,10-12: God condemns all kinds of occult
practices, with the exception of judiciary astrology.
Hebrews 4,13: Everything is naked and open. Nostradamus reads the
causes of history from the cycles of the stars.
Psalm 89,33: The disasters, predicted by Nostradamus, are the
same as the ones God announced in the past.
Matthew 7,6: The world is not susceptible for the message of
Nostradamus, as the world has not been susceptible for the message of
Revelations 19 and 20: the biblical kingdom of one thousand years
will come, in which Satan will be locked up and God will rule the world,
together with the risen martyrs. At the end of the one thousand years,
Satan will fight the heavenly armies for the last time. Then, the Last
Judgment will take place; heaven and earth will vanish and there will be
a new heaven and a new earth.
The titles, places and
year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.
the page: Epistle
to Henry II: the second biblical chronology.[text]
the "Willibrord translation", a catholic bible
translation, the number of this verse is 3,1. In the
NBG-translation, a protestant bible translation, the number of
this verse is 2,28. In the "Willibrord translation",
the book of Joel contains four chapters; the number of chapters
in the NBG-translation is three. The verses 3,1 to 3,5 in the
"Willibrord translation" are numbered as 2,28 to 2,32
in the NBG-translation. The verses 4,1 and next in the
"Willibrord translation" are numbered as 3,1 and next
in the NBG-translation. [text]