Nostradamus and Seven Billion People

Here is perhaps the most important milestone of the year 2011 that the media has almost completely – and perhaps purposefully – overlooked. Yet, in my almanac of prophecies published at the end of last year, I marked this milestone of the human population bursting beyond the 7 billionth mark as one of this year’s alarm bells sounding an unsustainable future:

In the year 2011, have ears to hear the first random chimes of the unsustainable before the bell toll quickens, multiply, gathering chimes in number down a decade of denial until it rings in constant, cacophonous alarm.

The year 2011 marks the crying advent of the seven-billionth child. The time the mainstream world will begin to experience the first inklings of a supersystem collapse to come in the 2020s.

Predictions for 2011

I have wanted to write about this most significant milestone since it was estimated we passed the 7-billion mark sometime this summer. I was waiting for the news agencies around the world to report it. This soul passing out of the suffering vaginal curtains of some mother, somewhere in the developing world punctuating the fact that another billion people have been uploaded on the back of our overstressed Earth since 1998.

Nothing of significance came out of the media. Our dark little secret that we are breeding ourselves to civilization’s death is something, like our genitalia and sexual proclivities. We do not expose or mention these in public. Sexuality is the root of our life force and unless we bring it into the light to explore and understand this root of life force, the path “from sex to superconsciousness” – as Osho would define it – will never get off base energy ground.

The summer of the seven-billionth child’s advent is passing away with little fatal fanfare for what that means for the future of humanity. I have waited long enough for the media as has my readers. Just today one of them asked that it may be a good time to review a four-line quatrain verse from the 16th-century king of prophets, Nostradamus concerning the importance of the great number seven being reported. Does this perhaps indicate Nostradamus at least wished to report on our overpopulation over four centuries before it happened?

Century 10 Quatrain 74 reads first in its original 16th-century French with my translation:

An reuolu du grand nombre septiesme,
Apparoistra au temps ieux d’Hecatombe:
Non esloigné du grand eage milliesme,
Que les entrés sortiront de leur tombe.

The year the great seventh number is passed,
Appearing at the time of the games of slaughter:
Not far from the age of the great millennium (2000),
When the dead will come out of their graves.

Back in the mid nineteen-nineties, I recorded this interpretation for Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies:

“During the Second Gulf War US pilots talked about airstrikes as if they were plays in an American football game. In a quatrain set for a future time when people treat the ultimate human tragedy of war with new lows of banality, it is a promise of hope that mankind will transcend its ancient tomb of fossilized traditions that have sustained endless cycles of war and rape, and be reborn into a new millennium of peace.

“The seventh number is the seventh millennium, the source of much contention and confusion amongst Nostradamus scholars, because the prophet counts us down to the date of doomsday or bloomsday with different starting dates. Either it comes in this millennium or a.d. 3242 — or even a.d. 3826.

“If before the year 2000 man can reject political power games in favor of a new awakening, the world may survive into the next millennium.”

Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies (1997), pp. 801-802.

We are on the other side of that millennium-turning cycle of centuries and as often is the case, these quatrains of Nostradamus may reveal more subtle and complicated layers of presaging hint to what this quatrain is dating when the milestone of great number seven is reuvolu (an old French word meaning accomplished, completed, finished or passed).

I would say that the millennium passing and the world population reaching seven billion 11 years later frame a date pinpointing a time when humanity’s stresses upon itself and the world will require we enter a period of apocalypse out of which may arise human childhood’s end.

We have passed the great millennium in 2000 and the great seventh number, the seventh billion, has been passed. The days of tribulation leading potentially to transformation of the human race begins now. The alarm bells ring in 2011 sounding an unsustainable future for “Stupid”. Time to awaken from our superstitious religions, our ignorance-based faiths. Time to redefine what it is to be human, tame our population explosion rather than keep taming and raping our Mother Earth.

I would say Nostradamus uses the biblical metaphor in the final line as a message to awaken, to see humanity reborn. Let us rise from the graves of our unconscious habit and fossilized dogmas. Let us be renewed.

This is the time to understand what the true meaning of Apocalypse is and become that Apocalypse.



The word conjures visions of divine revenge and the Earth splitting open, welcoming sinners to Satan’s reception. It threatens the final moment when destiny’s back is against the wall and history’s excuses have run out. It is a spiritual foreclosure. A time to pull a mantle of mountains over one’s head and hide from St. John’s acid trip of angels with swords for tongues, who hang on every bleat and low of a lamb with seven eyes. And why? Because Captain Karma (a.k.a. God Almighty) is looking in the Book of Life and your name isn’t there. The Judgment Day has come!


Words by themselves have no life except that which we invest in them. They pass down the centuries, taking on new psychological charges like stories whispered down a queue. The Greeks never intended this world to be a noun of doom. Apocalypse literally means “to uncover” or “to expose” the truth. There is a naked truth here, hiding beneath the changing fashions of syntax. However, the price of truth revealed might be a degree of change one is not ready to risk. Why else, then, do we react with such hopelessness and fear to a word that signifies the real hiding behind the false? Can we see only catastrophe in the revelation of truth?

The Millennium Book of Prophecy
777 Visions and Predictions
from Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Gurdjieff, Tamo-san, Madame Blavatsky, the Old and New Testament Prophets and 89 others.


Truth is a catastrophe to lies and illusions. The only catastrophe I wish to enable is the end of “Stupid” in myself, my civilization and my world. Meditation is my way to end a dumb destiny. I invite you to ask. I will share my meditations with you and we can do this work together. Contact me.

John Hogue
(17 September 2011)

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  1. Chick1
    Posted 28 October 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    The 7 billionth child is set to be born THIS Monday, Oct 31st.

    My article posted 26 October 2011 addresses that “trick or treat” on Terra.

  2. Kira
    Posted 21 September 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Off the subject, yet still on the subject …

    When I was in high school in the 80’s, somehow without the internets and without a main library branch, I did a bunch of serious research about the next antichrist, according to the book of Revelation (I could not make heads or tales from my Nostradamus readings). I remember that somewhere in the bible it says that the antichrist’s name would be the same as christ’s real name. Somehow I came up with “Abu Abbas”. I vaguely recall getting penpals from the middle east and learning as much arabic as I could to come up with this solution. I was quite convinced of this possible correlation, to the extent that whenever I head the name Abbas my ears perk up. It is possible the name “Abbas” is as common in the middle east as “Jones” is here, I have no idea, although a good friend of mine has that last name. She is from India or Pakistan. Anyhow, I write all this out because I keep hearing about Pakistani leader Abbas on the news lately, and it always seems louder to my ears than any of the other news. Anyhow, I just needed to get that off my chest, even if it doesn’t hold water.

    • Kira
      Posted 21 September 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      I mean Palestinian leader, Abbas.

  3. Rocker
    Posted 21 September 2011 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    It would be interesting to know if there are any economists who would argue that 7 billion is sustainable. I think probably not many…to your point, the problem is nobody is even talking about it. This may be simple avoidance, but I think another contributing factor is that forty-five years ago there were those who sounded the alarm and said we’d be collapsing due to overpopulation by 1990. Obviously, that didn’t happen. This may have desensitized some – but just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it won’t.

    Exactly. The much ballyhooed “Population Bomb” of Ehrlich did not go off. Human beings have a remarkable ability, like cockroaches, to adapt to uncomfortable changes. There’s another possibility. Lester Brown’s Worldwatch Institute did a study on sustainability. At the current US model for high energy fossil fuel use and high waste from consumption, you could have a planet living this “American dream (Nightmare for the ecosystem) with a population of 2.5 billion. You could also sustain a population of 8 to 9 billion if we all lived like Indian construction laborers and untouchables. So, if most of the world is ready to live like the lowest of the low in India, we could live with these swelling numbers. It would be the life of a cockroach, not human beings, though.

    • Rocker
      Posted 21 September 2011 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      And besides the total population bomb, we also have to contend with a demographic bomb. Even if we did somehow wake up and slow/stop population growth, we’d then be left with the issue of too many old people vs. young/working age. The developed nations are starting to confront this now, it’s looming about 20 years down the road in a HUGE way for China, and the rest of the world too if they do stop growth. Maybe there’s a way to thread the needle, but would we manage that (politically) even if it were identified? For the future of the earth and the future of the human race, we have to bite the bullet, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves that there are any silver bullets at this point. Even in the best case scenario, the next 70 years are going to be tough.

  4. Allan Collison
    Posted 18 September 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Great Awareness . Mother Earth giving Water,Fire , Wind and Earthquakes . As you said , Renew Thanks

  5. Isaac George
    Posted 17 September 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Great post!

    Thank you, Issac. Do you still do blog-radio shows?

  6. leis
    Posted 17 September 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Mark Goodman …I would like to share my advice to you for your son’s. My advice would be to continue being the best person they can be. Always be willing but not blind when it comes to his offerings for others. Don’t get caught up in the rat race of who’s better, who’s got more, money hoarding etc. One day your son’s will have to how to live off the land as Adam & Eve did. In their day there was mother nature, common sense for survival, trading of goods and foods etc. Everyone worked together to make things work not against one another as our society does today. Being strong is more than just a muscle its willpower, strength to do what is right and the knowledge to survival! Make use of God’s glorious planet and man’s brains to empower yourself and your family with love, faith, prayer and his word. With all of these on your side, God will not let your family be swallowed up in the end. Angels shall protect all who love Him! Blessings.

  7. leis
    Posted 17 September 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you once again for a good read before bed. I like what you have to say and is a helpful tool in my own meditations. Enjoyable.

  8. Mark Goodman
    Posted 17 September 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    John, thanx for all of your valuable insight. I was hoping you could give me some of your own personal advice/insight on the following: I have a son who is 22 years and a son that is 19 years young. If these were your sons, what advice would you give them to invest in their futures to insure that they had security in the future which right now, I feel, is so uncertain. Thank You in advance.. Mark

    • Kira
      Posted 21 September 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      This should be interesting….

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