Reuters says that Internet chat rooms are abuzz with talk that 16th century French astrologer Nostradamus foresaw the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York.
Thousands of people have received e-mails containing this prophecy, often with a second part forecasting that the attack on the twin towers will mark the beginning of World War III.
Several versions are doing the rounds. This is one of them:
"In the year of the new century and nine months From the sky will come a great King of Terror The sky will burn at forty-five degrees Fire approaches the new city."
The text corresponds roughly to a verse in Nostradamus’s Century (section) Six, Quatrain 97. Several books on Nostradamus have speculated that this quatrain’s first line refers to September 2001, the ninth month in the first year of the new century, while the 45 degrees is interpreted as the latitude of the city of New York.
But New York lies just below 41 degrees latitude and Nostradamus’s verse does not mention a great war, contrary to what several e-mails say. Some say that 40.5 which is the latitude of New York was represented as “5 and 40” in the original text. In many e-mails, the verse comes with a second part, which seems harder to link to Nostradamus:
"In the city of York there will be a great collapse Two twin brothers torn apart by chaos While the fortress falls the great leader will succumb Third big war will begin when the big city is burning".
“(This second quatrain) is NOT by Nostradamus,” read a statement on www.nostradamus-repository.org, a website for Nostradamus study.
Hoax or not, various versions of the verse are being forwarded by the thousands every day.
Without judging on Nostradamus’ life, one can say that he was involved in the occult, thus his ‘prophecies’ may be incorrect as a result.
On the other hand one can see that the warning given by Mystic Maria Esperanza (click here to read it) back in January 2001 was quite accurate. Also as seen in the same link, the visionary Josyp Terelya had a vision of tanks along the Amur River dividing Russa and China. Both Maria and Josyp are catholics who are reporting messages which they receive from God and Our Lady.