On this, the ninth anniversary of the 11 September terror attacks on New York and Washington DC, I present passages from Chapter 7, Jihad Messiah, of my book Nostradamus and the Antichrist (click on Mabus).
L’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois, Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy d’effrayeur…
In the year 1999 [reverse of 9.11.1) September month,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror…
Effrayeur is a dreadful word.
In French it means: to frighten, to alarm, to terrify. It lunges from the Latin formido: dread, terror. It is sudden, throat grabbing fright, unexpected and disturbing to the core. It soars on the wings of an airline jet roaring through soft blue autumnal skies over the narrow valley streets and manmade canyons of New York -- an outrage of noise that guides one to look upwards and see its source devoured by the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Violence! Instantly rejected in the vomit of hot acid fuel spittle, fireballs, thunder and the after note of human shock and horror declared in ten thousand expletives of disbelief from those who witnessed it.
Effrayeur is Lord of the Skies the moment perception is raped by accident becoming terrible intent. It comes casting its lengthening swift shadow over towns and valleys of the Garden State, soaring across green waters of the Hudson, accelerating.
The Lord of Terror comes down from the skies, heralded by ovations of disbelief as now millions of New Yorkers and hundreds of millions of people around the world, in tight lipped or gaping horror before television screens, beat bewildered and unbelieving hearts. Terror charges in, turning slowly on the wings of infamy, engines screaming at full thrust to perform a macabre disappearance into the South Tower of the World Trade Center as if solid steel and glass were a vertical surface of water and a 767 Boeing passenger jet was an Olympic diver entering that surface in a perfect dive with nary a splash. In an instant the perversion of physics is erased by fireballs and the disbelieving screams of millions, in public, standing upon balconies and streets around New York, or viewed on televisions in private homes, bars, restaurants, TV shops and offices. In that moment of outrage and alarm, terror, set free of hijacked planes, seized hearts in public and private places across half the planet as all in that moment understood these planes crashing into buildings were no accident but a brazen attack on the United States.
The first leg of following effrayeur-linking words to other quatrains brings us before Nostradamus' most famous dated prophecy:
L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy d'effrayeur.
Resusciter le grand Roy d'Angolmois.
Auant apres Mars regner par bon heur.
In the year 1999 seven months,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror.
Bringing back the Khan of the Mongols.
Before, after: Mars (i.e. Magus-Mabus) rules happily.
Specific dates are rare in Nostradamus but often accurate. This is the most specific he would ever write for our times. That makes it the most important to understand, to crack its code if there is one. It intends to mark a protean shift in human history proceeding from an act of terror coming from the sky. The King of Terror will bring back Genghis Khan, the King (Khan) of the Mongols. This is a metaphor used to frame something in the time of 1999 or thereabouts to a historical trauma still haunting the memory of 16th-century Europeans. Irresistible Mongol hordes had galloped out of Asia three centuries before Nostradamus wrote this prophecy. No European army of knights or siege walls could check them. The Mongols would have overrun Europe altogether had it not been for the opportune death of Genghis Khan's heir, Ögedei Khan (d.1241), compelling them to turn their bridles eastward towards Mongolia to parlay for a successor. Nostradamus uses a metaphor of "yellow peril" brought back to challenge the West in 1999. What connection this danger has to the King of Terror lies obscure.
Nostradamus ends the prophecy with one last riddle. Mars is symbolic of war thriving happily. The higher aspect of Mars, however, is the Magus – the enlightened master and forger of new consciousness, new enterprises and explorations. Nostradamus may be using this noble title in a negative context, or to obscure allies and perpetrators of the King of Terror.
Let's delve into more classical allusions.
The term Magus was originally applied to high priests of ancient Persia; are we thereby to consider this a classical allusion to the modern Islamic Republic of Iran "ruling happily" through wars of the Third Antichrist? If we are, then the renascent Mongol king is a current Iranian ally, a new "Khan" among totalitarian rulers of the awakening capitalist-communist hybrid superpower, The People's Republic of China.
Then there's the anagram tie-in to the Mabus quatrains. Take the g of Magus, turn it over and you have b for Mabus.
A deeper classical understanding of Baal Hammon-Thurbo Majus connects it to the "King of Terror" descending from the skies. The Carthaginians and Phoenicians worshipped an all-powerful "Baal" or "Lord" God. The extent of Baal worship stretched from North Africa across lands currently called Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria and Iraq. Each region gave him a personalized name. What Nostradamus in 2 Q30 called the infernal god of Hannibal, Baal Hammon, was Lord patron deity of Carthage. When angered, Baal – any Baal – would retaliate bringing down storm and thunder as a "Lord of Terror coming from the skies." The conduit of biblical and classical meaning has Baal Hammon, then, under the Romanized name Thurbo Majus, hiding Nostradamus' Mabus as the King of Terror descending from the sky, resurrecting Mongol power in the emergent superpower China, allied to an emergent regional Middle Eastern superpower, Iran – China's primary source of crude oil.
Nostradamus and the Antichrist, Code Named: MABUS
Part two will examine the prophetic significance of the following quatrains believed to detail the attack on the World Trade Center nine years ago for us, yet for Nostradamus in the 1550s, it is, a future over 440 years ahead:
At forty-five degrees latitude, the sky will burn,
Fire approaches the great new city.
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up,
When they want verification from the Normans [the French].
Garden of the world near the new city.
In the path of the hollow mountains:
It will be seized and plunged into a boiling cauldron,
Drinking by force the waters poisoned by sulfur.
Lone wolf terror attacks will mark the autumn of 2010. Read more about what kind, where and when these attacks could happen in Predictions for 2010.
(11 September 2010)
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