One vein of the occult that has popped frequently into my view as of late is prophecies by man, mainly Nostradamus. This one bothers me because the world has free access to this book called the Holy Bible that contains prophecies that have been fulfilled and are still awaiting fulfillment, yet people ignore it. But, if you you say, “Well, I read that Nostradamus prophesied that a man in a blue turban was going to take over the world,” everyone stops and wants to hear more. From what I’ve read and seen most of Nostradamus’ seeings were nothing more than vagueries easily applicable to any time period. It could be said that he shot so many arrows in different directions that he was bound to be right in something. This would explain why only 70 of his 946 prophecies have had any kind of fulfillment in even a small way. You have to consider too that in his day his profession was taking advantage of the superstitions of the masses. He made money off their ignorance and addiction to the magical arts. He claims to be inspired of God, but in many of his predictions he conflicts with God’s inspired writings. Take this quote into consideration before giving any pertinance to Nostradamus writings,
“It becomes obvious that Nostradamus cared little for the Bible, but he used it to suit his own purposes. Although Nostradamus gave token allegiance to the Catholic Church, the following description of him, given by Charles Ward, sums up not only the man himself but the source of influence behind his predictions:
“What is Nostradamus? . . . a riddler, riddling of the fate of men; a man at once bold and timid; simple, yet who can plumb his depth? A superficial Christian, a Pagan perhaps at heart.””
Can one who apostatizes from Bible truth and becomes a servile prophet of demons accurately predict future events? Apparently so, but we are given a stern warning against listening to the demonically inspired words. Deutoronomy 13:1-5 says, “. . .“In case a prophet or a dreamer of a dream arises in your midst and does give you a sign or a portent, 2 and the sign or the portent does come true of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us walk after other gods, whom you have not known, and let us serve them,’ 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or to the dreamer of that dream, because Jehovah YOUR God is testing YOU to know whether YOU are loving Jehovah YOUR God with all YOUR heart and all YOUR soul. 4 After Jehovah YOUR God YOU should walk, and him YOU should fear, and his commandments YOU should keep, and to his voice YOU should listen, and him YOU should serve, and to him YOU should cling. 5 And that prophet or that dreamer of the dream should be put to death, because he has spoken of revolt against Jehovah YOUR God, who has brought YOU out of the land of Egypt and has redeemed you from the house of slaves, to turn you from the way in which Jehovah your God has commanded you to walk; and you must clear out what is evil from your midst.”
Consider also that demonic forces are able to blind or manipulate the minds of submissive humans. Satan and his demons have been able to use trickery in all manners through the generations to scheme revolt against God and harm the humans of this earth. Satan even showed he manipulated whole political systems when he offered to give over all the kingdoms of the earth to Jesus in exchange for one act of worship. He even used scriptures to try to tempt and mislead Jesus. You can’t offer what isn’t yours and Jesus didn’t deny the kingdoms were Satans to give (Matthew chapter 4). Keep in mind that “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19), prognosticators, aka Nostradamus, included.