Updated: Jan 28
Like John Hogue, I believe Nostradamus wrote the truth. Unlike John Hogue, I know Nostradamus wrote the truth differently than John Hogue sees it. John Hogue sees the truth as sensationalism that the History Channel (at least the documentarians who sell products to them) loves to pay for. The two truths are as different as valid reliability and bald faced lie. Nostradamus wrote 943 quatrains (maybe add five more), which are 4-line verses of poetry, rhyming in an ABAB scheme. The way John Hogue approaches those is to present (at most) fifty quatrains that he has interpreted as being about something specifically known, leaving the impression that everything else is equally accurate. As far as statistical research goes, fifty out of 943 equates to .053% (a little more than five percent, or one out of twenty). A valid and reliable statistic would need to be .60% (sixty percent, or six out of ten), meaning John comes up almost 516 accurately interpreted predictions [quatrains] short. He would need to become very imaginative for that to happen; and the History Channel would have to invest in a year’s worth of non-stop programming to show it all, or begin the new Nostradamus Channel (let Hogue be the producer). This is the way I see Nostradamus these days. He is like David, who wrote one hundred fifty psalms. The Psalms of David are also poems, just more than four verses and not rhyming (in English). But, if all the Psalms were divided into ten groups of 15 Psalms each, and those were each divided into one hundred sets of verses, the result would still be 150 Psalms of David, just cut up into pieces. As long as the order of everything was maintained, so someone could say, “Here. Read this” and the result would be, “Okay. That is the Psalms of David,” then that exercise would still make the Psalms of David as understandable as they are today. If that reproduction of David’s Psalms was then tossed up into the air and let to fall into some new, unmarked order and stacked up and separated into ten groups of one hundred, the exact same poems would become very difficult to get meaning from. Certainly four verses (or so) of a David poem would have meaning, based on the meaning of written words; but the context would be missing, so different views could arise, with the poetic license of metaphor no longer recognized. That is precisely what Nostradamus wrote: a thousand-(thereabouts)-quatrain story (similar to Goethe’s Faust – auf Deutsch), which initially read like an epic poem. Then he was instructed by God to make it beyond the comprehension of “the wise and intelligent,” so everything made no sense at all. Since it was first published (1555 – the first edition), no one has been able to solve the mystery that was intentionally created. However, today John Hogue is picking up bits and pieces and pretending he knows the context of one scattered piece after another. That makes John Hogue be like Carnac the Magnificent.
The only way to not make a History Channel production about Nostradamus and it not come off as a comedy skit is to spend three hours delving into explaining what the Preface to Les Propheties says. That letter is Nostradamus explaining what all the quatrains will be found to tell stories about, before one begins to blindly pretend to clearly understand what the most enigmatic use of Old French says [the old French couldn’t even understand what Nostradamus meant!]. The Preface (which was how he titled it when his first edition came out) was like the disclaimer or instructions that say, “Read this first, before attempting to put anything together.” We all know how reading the instructions always comes after many failed attempts of trying to go it alone. Don’t we?
After one has read those instruction, one realizes that Nostradamus said none of what he wrote was his doings [nope, not a ‘professional futurist’ – whatever that is]. He had not created poetry through the ‘magic’ of his being a marvelous astrologer or secret ‘scrying’ mystic [the Church would have had him killed for that!]. He said clearly that everything came from God. All Nostradamus did was write it down what God dictated it to him [in the voice of Jesus Christ]. That helps explain the title as being THE Prophecies … not a bunch of brain teasing “predictions,” like Eastern guru worshipping [oh so Soso Soho Ohso Osho?] John Hogue likes to make believe … as a book with the writings from a true prophet, not some idiot staring into a bowl of water or a crystal ball.
If the History Channel ever got the balls to do a special only on the Preface, then they could devote a year to a continuing series called, “What the heck do you think Nostradamus’ letter to King Henry of France means?” The Preface is understandable; but, people miss the point of “a preface” and think it is just a letter penned by Nostradamus for his infant son, Cesar, to read. [One year olds do not read!] Since nothing in the Preface appears to say, “Quatrain II-24 means this …,” everyone just tosses the Preface aside. The King of France (Henry II, the one who jousted his eye out and then died) demanded that Nostradamus come explain what Les Propheties meant. He made that demand as an intelligent royal, who also had intelligent scholars in his court to advise him further; none of them could figure it out, but sales were going through the roof! Knowing the king’s demand for an audience, Nostradamus also knew that being surrounded by all the king’s men was not a good place to be [in gay Paris, near the Bastille]. Knowing that was a dangerous place to go, Nostradamus wrote a letter to the king explaining everything. That letter [aka The Epistle to Henry] was like the epic poem, also cut up into pieces and scattered, then rewritten in that random order, creating the most insane thing ever written to a king. Symbolically, Nostradamus explained The Prophecies without any need to make sense of the letter at first glance. As a result of that crazy letter sent, everyone then left Nostradamus alone, thinking he had drunk some bad kool aid. Still, that letter, like the quatrains, can be made intelligible by looking at how to put Humpty Dumpty back together again!
The History Channel could make millions selling advertising for a never ending theme. Call it “My letter to Henry” and make it a live call-in show, where anyone can call in and ask, “Am I on the air?”
Trying to make sense of that letter is like trying to watch John Hogue make up bullshit on television without bursting out laughing. The “Epistle to Henry” is a set of detailed instructions about what the quatrains can be found to mean. Of course, to understand those instructions, one had to be alive five-to-six hundred years later. No one could even begin to understand what a smartphone would be, back then. Today, we know what a smartphone is, but no one can decipher the Epistle to Henry; so that sends everything back to the Preface. The only problem there is no one today worships God, which makes it hard to see the profession of Nostradamus, as an Apostle channeling Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit, as viable to a society of heathens.
Still, I know people who read this blog are trying to be the first in the history of the world to solve Nostradamus – and someone did find the million dollars hidden in the Rockies, so miracles do happen – so I’ll tell you what it all means. It means God prophesied the end of the world because of a complete lack of faith in God and a complete lack of righteousness in the world (not enough to cause anything good overall). You are living in a self-fulfilling prophecy that is all your fault [along with all the others like you]. Every one of the quatrains are able to be repeated: for example Hitler repeated Napoleon’s mistake of getting caught in a Russian winter unprepared. Even though that has happened twice before, pretty much in the same steps, the world will repeat that again. So, everything John Hogue says is only half true. Anything that gets a heathen to understand the power of God speaks the truth, with the truth saying some nasty, hard, terrible shit is coming to all who do not change (see the story of Jonah prophesying to the Ninevites as how to avoid it all – temporarily), the half-truth of John Hogue is meant to get people to fear the end of the world and return to God [Yahweh]. Only fools want to see the end of the world come, EXACTLY as Nostradamus wrote, in order to believe: Hey, that guy was right on!
Since that will not happen (blame it on the History Channel), all of the quatrains will be understood when they are happening and knowing what was “predicted” will be too late to avoid all the terrible things happening. (Fools rush in where angels fear to tread!) It will be too late then to blame anyone other than yourself. So, it all means one of two things: 1.) You are going to die and go to Heaven [from becoming righteous before that time comes]; or 2.) You are going to die and come back to a burning inferno called Earth, unable to leave the hellhole you helped create.
The choice is yours; but the History Channel and John Hogue hope you choose door #2, because IF television still is a money maker as the world is ending, they can still make money keeping you up to date on what new “prediction” just came true!