Quatrain 03-97: the end of Babylon
- T.W.M. van Berkel -

Nederlandse versie

Comment by Van Berkel

Source text: 2000-Chomarat-facsimile
Nouuelle loy terre neufue occuper,
Vers la Syrie Iudee,& Palestine:
Le grand empire barbare corruer,
Auant que Phebés son siecle determine.

Translation (Van Berkel, 2002)
New law to occupy the new land
Towards Syria, Judea and Palestine.
The great barbarian empire to decay
Before Phebes completes its cycle.

Van Berkel categorizes this quatrain as a millennium quatrain.
The third line. The "great barbarian empire" is the Babylon empire, which decay is described in Revelations 16-18. This decay precedes the beginning of the biblical kingdom of one thousand years.
The fourth line. The name "Phebes" is an abbreviation of "Foibos Apollo", one of the names of the Sun. Here, Nostradamus writes about the Sun as being the ruler of the seventh millennium.
The third and fourth line indicate that this quatrain will be fulfilled shortly before 2827, the year of transition of the seventh millennium into the eighth.


Comment by Brind'Amour

Source text: 1555-Bonhomme-edition
Nouvelle loy terre neufve occuper,
Vers la Syrie, Judée,& Palestine:
Le grand empire barbare corruer,
Auant que Phebe son cycle determine.

Brind'Amour thinks that the fourth line refers to the end of the rulership of the Sun over an era of 354 years and 4 months, which started in 1533 AD and ended in 1887 AD. He supposes that 1887 AD is the year of fulfilment.[1] Such eras are described by amongst others Richard Roussat in Livre de l'estat et mutation de temps. According to Brind'Amour, this book is the source of a number of quatrains and parts of the Letter to Cesar.


Comment by Wöllner


Source text: Le Pelletier, 1867
Nouuelle loy terre neuuue occuper,
Vers la Syrie, Iudée,& Palestine:
Le grand empire barbare corruer,
Auant que Phebés son siecle determine.

Translation (Wöllner, 1926)
Neues Gesetz nimmt neue Erde ein.
Gegen Syrien, Judäa und Palestina
bricht das grosse barbarische Reich zusammen,
bevor Phoebus seine Zeitherschafft festsetzt.

Wöllner thinks that the fourth line refers to a cycle of the Sun of 36 years, and therefore to the end of the period 1576 - 1612 AD.[2] One of the series of cycles, used by Wöllner, consists of planetary rulerships during 36 years. This series of cycles begins in 4220 BC. The sequence of the planetary rulers: Sun - Saturn - Venus - Jupiter - Mercury - Mars - Moon.[3]


De Meern, the Netherlands, February 15, 2004
T.W.M. van Berkel


The titles, places and year of issue of the mentioned authors are listed in the bibliography.

  1. Brind'Amour 1996, p.460-461.  [text]

  2. Wöllner, p.41.  [text]

  3. Wöllner, p.5-6.  [text]


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