Nostradamus and the Mabus Comet

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Who is Mabus, the Third and Final Antichrist foreseen by Nostradamus?

“Disaster” is a word derived from the Old French desastre meaning “from an ill-favored star.” It used to describe “bearded stars” or comets as portends heralding the death of great leaders and kings, such as Julius Caesar, the fall of empires–such as the great comet of 1812 that signified to many Napoleon’s “disastrous” decision to invade Russia later that year. The great 16th-century prophet Nostradamus believed the appearance of comets were stellar torches shining prescient light upon coming great changes in history. In particular, he believed a comet could portend the fall of a tyrant whose death would mark or even could trigger in some way the next world war.

A comet sighting in our times is key to identifying the third of three Antichrists foreseen by the prophet. In each case, Nostradamus provided clues that reverberated in similar phrases in a number of quatrains scattered throughout his book of prophecies for the fleet sooth-sleuth-sayer to decant for debate and discussion. He introduced the first Antichrist in bold letters in the opening quatrain poem of Century (volume) 8 of his book of prophecy as PAUNAYLORON. Le Peletier, chief among the 19th century’s finest Nostradamus scholars, decoded in hindsight this anagram to mean Napaulon Roy (King Napoleon). In the 1920s, the German Nostradamian, Von Loog, identified with clever foresight the second antichrist–Hister–as none other than Adolf “Hitler.” Though Napoleon’s anagram only came up once, hints in the same prophecy identify character and life details unique to him as a leader of France. Nostradamus is more generous with his mention of “Hister.” This code name for the second antichrist appears five times in the prophecies with numerous hints that it is Adolf Hitler. For instance, “Hister” is the ancient name for the River Danube. Hitler grew up in Linz, Austria, “on” the Danube.

Nostradamus’ third antichrist called “Mabus” is only mentioned once in the prophecies by code name in (Century) 2 Quatrain 62. An echo of that prophecy elaborating further details is indexed under 8 Q77. Some believes it qualifies Mabus as “the Third Antichrist.” Whether Mabus is the Third Antichrist or his victim is a subject of hot debate among Nostradamians. In either case, both Mabus as Third Antichrist or as separate entities, do not see the disastrous end of the new world war. They are killed at the beginning.

Nostradamus predicts the war of the Third Antichrist will be the longest of the three. Napoleon’s war, as Nostradamus accurately predicted in 7 Q13, lasted 14 years (1799–1814), followed by another famous time prediction in 10 Q90 for Napoleon’s escape from exile on Elba in 1815 to lead France for a hundred days until his final defeat at Waterloo. Nostradamus did not tag a specific length to Hitler’s war but he left powerful clues accurately framing the war in time. In his Epistle prophecies he earmarked the years “(19)37”, “(19)41” and “(19)45” as the beginning, middle and end of the conflict. He was only slightly off on the beginning year–it was 1939–but 1941 did see the turning of the tide with the Second Antichrist’s disastrous invasion of Russia, started on the same day of the 129 year anniversary of the First Antichrist’s invasion, no less. Hitler’s war did end in 1945.

Nostradamus gives two predictions for the length of the war of the Third Antichrist. In a passage written in 1558 about the three Antichrists in his Epistle to Henry II, he said the following:

“Finally the third [Antichrist] will cause an inundation of human blood, and one will not find Mars [the God of War] fasting for a long time… After that, the Antichrist will be the infernal prince again for the (third and) last time. All the Kingdoms of Christianity, and even those of the infidels [Muslims], will tremble for the space of twenty-five years…”

He wrote the Epistle dedicating a serialization of the final three Centuries (volumes 8, 9 and 10) of his book of prophecies to the king of France after setting down with his pen the following well-known prophecy giving what appears to be a longer timeline:

8 Q77
The Third Antichrist very soon annihilated,
Twenty-seven years his bloody war will last…

The play of the two timelines, as we will soon see, could be another clue to exactly who Nostradamus intended to be “Mabus.” He is either the Third Antichrist himself, or a key figure killed by the Third Antichrist. His death marks the beginning of the Third Antichrist’s war.

Here is the complete Mabus prophecy in original French and translated into English:

2 Q62
Mabus puis tost alors mourra, viendra,
De gens & bestes vne horrible defaite:
Puis tout à coup la vengeance on verra,
Cent, main, soif, faim, quand courra la comete.


Mabus will soon die, then will come,
A horrible undoing of people and animals,
At once one will see vengeance,
One hundred hands [powers], thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.


Mabus soon dies when a comet will pass. What then follows is expressed in a Renaissance French euphemism: horrible defaite–in other words, the most terrible undoing imaginable, a destruction and mass killing that spares neither animals or people. Already the war in Iraq and rumors of war planned by the US and Israel against Iran has led to leaks suggesting that both have considered factoring in weapons of mass destruction powerful enough to bore into subterranean Iranian nuclear facilities. Israeli and US sources have already drawn up plans for hypothetical air strikes on Iranian nuclear installations with tactical nuclear weapons. Iran in turn has threatened to use any weapons it possesses in a counterstrike including regional ballistic missiles possibly tipped with chemical or biological weapons falling from the sky on US bases in Iraq, the Gulf States and Israeli cities.

A “horrible undoing of people and animals” sounds ever more like something that could happen in the next war in the Middle East, and perhaps soon, because Mabus may have quickly died, falling through a trap door on a long rope that snapped his neck, when a comet did pass, just a few weeks later.

Nostradamus could have framed the emergence, the death of Mabus and the war of the Third Antichrist with a comet sighting. The challenge left to prophecy scholars is to accurately anticipate which comet Nostradamus intended. Over the years I have received hundreds of letters asking if this comet or that appearing around the time of what was considered prophetically linked current events was the “Mabus comet.” I have replied regularly that nothing short of a massive and bright comet easily viewed by the naked eye would suffice, because Nostradamus, without means of a telescope only factored truly large and easily seen comets into his prophecies. A potential “advent” dating for the Third Antichrist appears in 10 Q72. It says that “1999 and September month” (a code for 9-11-1 September month) will see a “great king of terror” descend from the skies. The timeframe therefore reduces the “Mabus” comet candidates to three: Comet Hyakutake in 1996, Hale-Bopp in 1997 and the brightest and most dramatic of them all, the sudden flare up of Comet McNaught in mid-January 2007.

Many of you already know that for 20 years in counting I have declared Saddam Hussein to be my personal choice as the man who would be Nostradamus’ Mabus. In brief, for the uninitiated, the reason being that the law of anagram allows one to reverse in lower case the name “mabus” into “subam.” You can reverse again any letters, such as getting “d” out of “b” and get “sudam.” Phonetics play in the rules. If a similar vowel can be derived, for instance changing “u” to the long, Arabic “a”–sounding like “uhh” or “awh”= (Suh’dam, Sawh’dam) you get “Sadam.” In anagramming, you can add or subtract redundant letters. In this case, add a “d” and you get: “Saddam.”

Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging at dawn of 30 December (Iraqi Time) 2006. Roughly a week later, Comet McNaught passing close to the sun, suddenly and unexpectedly began bursting into a brightness that by the middle of January 2007 competed with the sunset’s afterglow. The comet core and tail rivaled the brightness of the planet Venus. I bear personal witness to its brightness, as I had the opportunity to see it, on 11 January, on a rare clear winter evening in the Pacific Northwest floating above a stand of pine trees. It rivaled the afterglow of sunset behind my house. A few days later it appeared over evening skies of the Southern Hemisphere stretching an arched, hoary rooster comet tail millions of miles into space that drew a line in the sky of comet gas and dust reminiscent of a ghostly ribbon of aurora lights.

The synchronicity of Saddam’s death and the emerging comet engendered an avalanche of letters from all over the world asking if this comet augured Saddam Hussein as “Mabus.” Moreover, did his death and the comet’s transit mean we were about the endure a widening war in the Middle East, if not the onset of the 25 or 27 year conflict of the Third Antichrist in just a few short days or months.

I can say this. Never in over three decades of prophecy watching have I seen a better heavenly portend match the death of a key figure–a prime candidate for the Third Antichrist–as catalyst for the next world war.

At the time of this writing, this comet stands as the best candidate. It would take a stellar visitation of singularly rare and vast proportions to better it. I do not rule that out. Still, Comet McNaught captures the subtleties of Nostradamus’ language like no other before it. Consider the last phrase of the prophecy: “when the comet will pass”–or, “will run.” The French word courra also means, “will run quickly.” McNaught did just that. Although the Australian astronomer Robert McNaught had discovered it in August 2006, no one at that time expected it would blossom from a modest smudge only seen by telescope and binoculars to a sudden brilliance in our skies around dawn or sunset of the new year when it passed close around the Sun. Indeed, from 12 to 16 January 2007, a little more than two weeks after the death of Saddam Hussein, it flared bright enough to be seen in broad daylight as the third brightest object in the skies behind only the Sun and the Moon. Those who could block out the sun and gaze about a fist’s width on an outstretched arm to the left of the sun’s position could see it without binoculars.

Comet McNaught’s passing was quick and dramatic. It flared to full magnitude while running around the sun within the orbit of Mercury in less than a fortnight. It became three times brighter than the next candidate for the Mabus Comet, Hale-Bopp in 1997. It is only bested by the 20th century’s most luminous comet, Ikeya-Seki, appearing 42 years ago in 1965.

It is highly likely that Saddam is Nostradamus’ Mabus and McNaught is the comet running at the end of the Mabus prophecy.

The death of Saddam Hussein followed by the days of the comet may unravel a mystery. Why did Nostradamus give two time lines for the war of his third and final antichrist. Thanks to your letters it has come to my attention that if you count the years Saddam Hussein became dictator of Iraq in 1979 to the year of his death (the end of 2006) you get 27 years–the same count of years in 8 Q77’s prophecy about the Third Antichrist:

8 Q77
The Third Antichrist very soon annihilated,
Twenty-seven years his bloody war will last.
The heretics (are) dead, captives exiled,
Blood-soaked human bodies, and a reddened, icy hail covering the earth.

Perhaps now we can at least theorize why Nostradamus talked about a war lasting 27 years in this prophecy and later in the Epistle wrote about a 25-year war. They could be subsequent events. One follows the other.

In the above prophecy, he may be describing Saddam Hussein’s 27-year rule as a war. Not an unfair assessment. Saddam Hussein as vice president of Iraq took power in a bloodless coup 16 July 1979. A little over one year and two months later, he launched a war with Iran that lasted from 22 September 1980 to August 1988. Barely a respite passed when exactly two short years later he invaded Kuwait in August 1990. That led to the military buildup of a US-Coalition alliance and the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait in early 1991. Forthwith, Saddam’s surviving Republican Guard divisions suppressed a large uprising inside his borders of ethnic Iraqi Kurds and Shia in 1991 costing the lives of at least 350,000 Iraqis. Isolated by sanctions, a no-fly zone, Saddam continued to play cat and mouse games with weapons inspectors under the jet and missile shadows of coalition air forces waging a low grade air war up to the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Saddam fell from power by May 2003, just when the current and destabilizing Iraqi insurrection began. He groveled in a spider hole until caught by US forces in December 2003 and “very soon” was “annihilated” by hanging three years later to the month in 2006–the year the escalating insurrection turned into a civil war poised to break up what only kings and dictators could sustain–a nation called “Iraq.”

Twenty-four violent years of dictatorship plus three more years as prisoner during an insurrection and civil war that has effectively put a wrecking ball to his statues, the political and military institutions of his police state equals Saddam’s 27-year war. The heretics “are” dead, if you count Saddam and his henchmen along with al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq, like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on the list. Many more Iraqi Baathists and Saddam sympathizers are “captives”–some internally “exiled” at Abu Ghraib prison and other Iraqi Gulags. The final line of the above prophecy could describe a vision of thousands of Iranian soldiers gassed during phases of Saddam’s 27 year war with his neighbors, or the Kurdish corpses of civilians stained red and spotty white, sprayed by chemical weapons Saddam used to gas 5,000 civilians in the town of Halabja in 1988.

Saddam’s 27-year war may be a precursor to the beginning of a world war of the Third Antichrist, lasting another 25 years.

Nostradamus in the Epistle warns of much worse to come in the new war. The wording may pose that Mabus is not an Antichrist, but a victim of such:

“After that the Antichrist will be the infernal prince again for the [third and] last time. All the Kingdoms of Christianity, and even those of the infidels [Muslims], will tremble for the space of twenty-five years… so many evils shall be committed by the means of, Satan, the infernal Prince, that almost the entire world will be found undone and desolate.”

I predict that in the coming nine months, perhaps even much sooner, we will know for sure if Comet McNaught should be renamed Comet Mabus. Events soon to be set in motion will most likely confirm this desastre portend from the stars as the sign of death for the Third Antichrist and the onset of a Third World War.

Much more will be revealed to you about the true nature of the Antichrist and his war in my forthcoming eBook: Mabus. If events do not overwhelm my workload–such as the coming attack on Iran–I may have Mabus Code ready for you to read by the end of February.

John Hogue
(30 January 2007)

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  1. Pranesh M Desai
    Posted 2 November 2015 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    What if Mabus is “Ray Mabus” who is Secretary of US Navy (SECNAV), may be he will travel somewhere in the SOUTH CHINA SEA when China considers the SCS as their Dominion. They might Fire a Missile at the USS Lassen or some other Naval Ship which will drown the Ship and then War between China, Russia and US and Europe will happen which will inundate all “WORLD AS WE KNOW IT” …

    Thanks for the imaginative interpretation, Pranesh. Except for the name, Raymond Mabus doesn’t fit the other clues in your Chinese crisis scenario, because he clearly indicates if something was going to happen to this “Mabus” it would be in the Middle Eastern region.

    • Pranesh M Desai
      Posted 15 November 2015 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      Now with More Involvement of RUSSIA and now FRANCE (due to unfortunate Paris Attack), I strongly feel, its “Ray Mabus” who can be the tipping point of NO RETURN …

      Now I’m saying this because of the Nostradamus previous references to People namely “HISTER” for HITLER and “NEPOLEONWA” for NEPOLEAN … If my fears are correct then we are very near to an extremely BAD SITUATION … Because it was said that the WORLD WAR III could very well be on the threshold …

      Nevertheless, we are slipping into an Abyss of Hatred and Destruction …

      May GOD Be With All of US.

  2. Kelly Gilbert
    Posted 21 October 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    What if, mabus isn’t a person but rather a code for the American dollar which is sure to fall in value very soon.
    “E plurBUS unuM”. Anything can be flipped around to suit our desired interpretation of predictions and unfolding events.
    If the American dollar falls we could most certainly see the fall of our economy, the government (again) and life as we know it. I wouldn’t disclaim Saddam as someone who couldn’t be considered an antiChrist but it seems that the real antiChrist could be the United States Government. Just making comment to offset some of the ridiculous statements people are posting on your site. Look forward to seeing your reply back.
    Please make your reply to my email vs. this posting. I’ll be sure to see it faster. Thanks Kelly

  3. Posted 6 August 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Comet ison is the one l think he talked about, dreamed of it as a kid myself ,after the comet in my dream l saw hundreds of UFO,s in the sky but some were like holagrams ,l was about 12 yo at the time am 46 now, looking at things now l think it will all be the n.w.o fake crap to sucker people in ‘project blue beam ,most don’t know much about it worth looken at

  4. HU
    Posted 8 July 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Mabus = Ubam(s)a?

    Yes, that is one possibility that I introduced back in 2008 before he was elected. Obama if pronounced correctly is Oubama or Ubama. Rearrange the letters to get maabu. The laws of Nostradamian anagram allow you to drop the reduntant “a” = mabu and you are allowed to replace that letter with only one other. In this case, replace “a” with “s” and you get “Mabus.” Read more about my book on the subject of Mabus by copying and pasting this link:

    • Tinson
      Posted 13 May 2015 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

      since both napolean and hitler were born during chinese astrology sign earth ox , would the next antichrist be born 2009 the earth ox?? maybe even born into the chaos that suddams trial left iraq in

  5. Gary Taylor
    Posted 4 June 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I guess Third AntiChrist will reveal himself or herself in 2031?

  6. Posted 12 April 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Saddam doesn’t meet the criteria for an Antichrist and there’s no reason to believe that Mabus is a negative person. Perhaps he is your protection and, when he dies, you will lose your protection. It would appear to me that this is the year of the comet. The year 2013. Hail to Mabus. World Enlightenment

    Where your views are unsubstantiated, mine are made after 25 years of detective work, articles and a 70,000 word eBook presenting my findings. If you had read it, Marcus, you would know I covered the positive angle too. Like privacy, “merit” behind opinions is being lost in our times.

  7. Posted 25 February 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Comet Ison – November 28 1013 –

    Naw… That was the last time ISON came around. 🙂

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