Theories on Disasters and Armageddon

1. Asteroid Impact - An asteroid roughly 2 miles in size would be possibly equivalent to 30,000 atom bombs. What's this mean? Well if it hit land an area the size of the state of Texas would be wiped off the map and the earth would go threw major changes such as earthquakes. Changes that could cause dust, particles, rocks, to be thrown into the air causing a nuclear winter which generally crops would die and eventually most if not all humans. The other theory is that if it hit the ocean there would be tidal wave 5000 feet high and everything on land would be washed away as the first one would hit traveling 3000 mph it would be followed by many smaller waves and tsunamis destroying all coastal cities and probably sweep over most countries such as Europe.

2. Virus & Deadly Diseases - New strings of bacteria always arise and so do viruses that did not exist years ago. Medical science may not be able to cure these in time and we can be wiped out in a matter of days if one arose. They could be man made and happen to spread, alien virus from other worlds, a meteor could have bacteria. The plague killed 1000s before we were able to find a cure and the same with dozens of other diseases that exist today. But what if we could not stop a virus then what would we do?

3. Super Volcanoes - Only a few volcanoes like this have ever erupted scientist say and its possible this contributed to the extinction of most of the dinosaurs. Some volcanoes can erupt for months if not years but imagine having a few of these happen at the same time. One volcano that went off covered almost half of the world with ash and smoke if for months a series of these occurred yes nuclear winter would happen we would starve, freeze and most would perish.

The volcano Krakatoa is located on Rakata, an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, Indonesia. Its eruption in 1883 was one of the most catastrophic ever witnessed in recorded history. Until recently, its only known previous eruption was a moderate one in 1680. On the afternoon of Aug. 26, 1883, the first of a series of increasingly violent explosions occurred. A black cloud of ash rose 17 miles (27 kilometers) above Krakatoa. On the morning of the next day, tremendous explosions were heard 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) away in Australia. Ash was propelled to a height of 50 miles (80 kilometers), blocking the sun and plunging the surrounding region into darkness for two and a half days.

The drifting dust caused spectacular red sunsets throughout the following year. Pressure waves in the atmosphere were recorded around the Earth, and tsunamis, or tidal waves, reached as far away as Hawaii and South America. The greatest wave reached a height of 120 feet (36 meters) and took 36,000 lives in the coastal towns of nearby Java and Sumatra. Near the volcano masses of floating pumice produced from lava cooled in the sea were thick enough to halt traveling ships. Everything on the nearby islands was buried under a thick layer of sterile ash. Plant and animal life did not begin to re-establish itself to any degree for five years. The volcano was quiet until 1927, when sporadic weaker eruptions began. These tremors have continued into the 1990s.

4. Pole Shift - This is a simple concept the earths axis get thrown off. If this would occur oceans would shift, tremors would happen, land would move, rise up. The North Pole could end up being the equator. This is said to happen every so many 1000 or million years and it has been proven it could occur. What can cause it? The planets aligning or something in earths orbit like our moon, a disaster that cause the earths weight to shift perhaps a asteroid impact. Many planets shift poles it could be a slow change or sudden there is many earth changes to show that this may be already happening. 

5. Solar Flare -  We are talking about a mega flare one that could swallow earth in heat and fire beyond living temperatures. Back in august 2001 we had a large explosion or flare occur although it did not turn out to be as extreme as scientist thought this flare would be but some minor changes did occur and the effects that occurred on closer planets to the sun did face some disaster on the surface.

6. Large Scale War - What I mean by this is man destroying himself by simply misusing weapons in war such as a nuclear war which if misused could radiate our water supply, eliminate cities, cause nuclear storms traveling in the atmosphere. Scientist I have read somewhere now have an atom bomb that could possible wipe out a state. Super neutron bombs. Also lets not forget bio weapons. There is enough cyanide and nerve gas to kill the world and all the people in it if it was unleashed.

7. Alien Invasion - At anytime far advanced species from other galaxies, worlds, planets could invade earth. Why because they might need nourishment, resources, perhaps they seek power. This is possible with many abductions and UFOS sightings we are not alone out there and we must wonder if ever an invasion will take place to wipe mankind off the earth. 

8. Death Of The Sun - Even though we got millions of years before this occurs our sun is more then halfway through its life span. Before it burns out though it will become a red giant this definitely would consume earth and even mars. All of earth would burn up.

9. Moon Collision - Although signs show the moon is not going anywhere but rather pulling away if the moon were to collide with our planet it probably would cause earth to drift far off into space or even into our sun. The moon is only 239,000 miles away which is equivalent to 80 times the length of the United States.

10. Poles Melting - If all the ice melted in the world more then half of the world would be under water except for the highest mountains. Global warming is starting to be a concern. No ice means rise in oceans and just a little bit of ice can cause water levels to rise 20 feet that's a lot considering Florida would be under water.

12. Over population And Use of Resources - If we are over populated we will consume all our natural resources and food quicker then we can produce it eventually this will lead to famine, disease, high crime, death etc.

14. Loss of Atmosphere- If were to lose our atmosphere that protects us the sun could be deadly and of course it also would not trap the suns heat at night and we would either cook or freeze. The atmosphere is starting to lose its elements this could be caused by all the factories, chemtrails in the skies or use of chemicals over the years.

15.Higher Power - A new and unseen force perhaps and old one such as god that can create and destroy perhaps there is a god that can do this and perhaps one day he shall see fit to end mankind and start anew and this does not have to do with religion or aliens but rather a power we believe or do not believe in without warning.

16. Massive landslides - If a continent were to sink it would cause tidal waves that could be 100s if not 1000s of feet in height. Something that large scale would kill anything in its path.

No 54, 7 October 2000

We're not sure if or when it will happen, but we've a good idea what the consequences will be. A giant wave will sweep across the Atlantic at the speed of a jet airliner and a mighty wall of water 50 metres high will hit the coast of North America, surging up to 20 kilometres inland and engulfing everything in its path. Simon Day of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London has discovered that a huge chunk of the volcano Cumbre Vieja, which forms the southern part of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, is unstable. Day predicts that if half a trillion tonnes of rock slides into the ocean it will create a tsunami wave far larger than any seen in history. The good news is that Cumbre Vieja will not collapse spontaneously. It would take an eruption to increase the likelihood of this happening. The bad news is that once every few decades, the volcano erupts...

17. New Species Take Over - Not aliens but perhaps beings that live underground might be preparing to wage war and take back there planet or the planet. If a race has high technology they can do almost anything invade, take, enslave or kill us.

A “chimera”—originally the fabulous Greek mythological creature with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail—has come to mean any hybrid of two or more creatures.

Nowadays the use of genetic engineering raises a number of concerns. By far, the greatest public concern is over the mixing of human and animal genes. After all, both cell fusion and recombinant DNA techniques allow species barriers to be readily overcome.

Human beings are changing the world at an ever-increasing pace. New crops appear almost every day. It is certain that we will be using genetic manipulation to change life forms themselves in the coming decades. Of course, we should be more alarmed about manipulation of animals than of vegetation and microorganisms.

There is a threshold of cross-species research that must never be stepped over, lest we walk into a minefield. We must not create situations where humans make life or death decisions without reference to God. We must be cautious not to create interspecies chimeras that would be able to replace or destroy Homo sapiens.


18. Time Travel - If we were to learn the ability of time travel which has been done only a few cases but if one thing were changed we say this could cause mankind to be wiped off. Such as lets say Joe goes back in time to kill a scientist that has the cure for a disease. So the scientist dies which is a setback to finding the cure by then its to late many die and therefore you or I do not exist.

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19. Gas  Explosions - Under the earths crust there is gas the pressure builds up and it could ignite possibly and if lets say all if it ignited at once earth would be a ball of fire. Its believed the incident in Russia with Tesla that this is what occurred some said it was a meteor impact others say there are signs that the explosion seemed to come from the ground and up.

20. Evil Rayne's On Earth - There are demons good versus evil what if evil won what if demons were unleashed on earth, great evils do you think they would let us live and be merry? The earth could plunge into darkness anytime if the balance of good is off. 

21. Mega Nova - Lets say a star explodes close by for what reason perhaps its about to super nova what would be the effects here on earth. Would it block out the suns rays, destroy our atmosphere, etc?


There is no work in all literature that has been more misunderstood, prostituted, exploited and abused than the Bible's final book, titled simply in the Greek, "Apocalypse of John." The phenomenon is evidenced daily in the quite incredible fascination of our culture just now with "end times" and apocalyptic scenarios of every kind.

A recent Time Magazine/CNN poll found that 59 per cent of Americans actually believe the "end-of-the-world prophecies" in the Book of Revelation will come true. About 25 per cent believe the attacks of Sept.11, 2001, were predicted in the Bible. About 17 per cent believe the world will "end" in their lifetime.

The signs of the apocalypse depend on your religious bent, but you might be in the apocalypse if you notice one or more of the following:

  • Fire (whether nuclear or otherwise)
  • Floods
  • Pestilience (i.e., plague, anthrax, SARS, etc.)
  • Wars
  • Rumors of wars
  • Strange lights in the skies
  • The Second Coming (of whomever you happen to be expecting) 
  • A virgin birth
  • The birth of the Antichrist
  • Also a spree of false Christs and/or Messiahs
  • Cloning
  • Identifying marks being placed on the population at large
  • Famine
  • Earthquakes
  • The Rapture


Roger Sandell

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the heyday of prophecy. Popular chapbooks told of the amazing abilities of figures like Mother Shipton, and quoted after the event verses which appeared to foretell events such as the Spanish Armada and the Civil War. Real historical figures like Roger Bacon might be invoked, and prophecies allegedly discovered hundreds of years after their death would turn out to be relevant to the news of the day.

The writings of Nostradamus are the only survivors of this literature that continue to be republished and evoke a response in public consciousness. To some extent it is easy to see why. Alone among the alleged authors of the prophecies of his era, Nostradamus was a real person rather than a legendary figure, who published the prophecies himself. However, the reputation of Nostradamus remains a semi-underground one, with many who have never read a single book on the subject vaguely believing "there must be something in it", or aware that Nostradamus is credited with seeing World War II or future nuclear devastation.

The reception of Jean Charles de Fontbrune's book Nostradamus [1] has been the most remarkable recent manifestation of belief in Nostradamus. Its first appearance in France in 1980 was the subject of major news stories in the popular press of several European countries, and even inspired cover stories in journals such as Der Spiegel and Die Ziet. An opinion poll in France shortly after its publication revealed astonishingly that 75% of the French population were aware of this book, and 25% believed its forecasts of the future.

To a large extent this book has now discredited itself. It is now 1985 and there is no sign of the Soviet-Arab invasion of Europe, which should already have taken place, according to de Fontbrume's readings. And while sudden surprises do occur in the political world, there seems little reason to expect the restoration of the French monarchy by 1986, his final date for these events. These facts however did not prevent Hutchinsons bringing out the British edition in 1983, when some predictions had already been falsified, and Corgi from reprinting it last year. An eloquent testimony to the scant regard publishers have for their own books on occultism and their low opinion of the intelligence of potential readers. However, since this is unlikely to be the last Nostradamus book, it is worth examining de Fontbrune's methods in some detail.

To vindicate the prophet's previous record, the author translates Nostradamus's sixteenth century verses into modern English (or French, in the books original edition) and compares them with later events from the sixteenth century to the present. A wide variety of events are claimed as fulfilling Nostradamus's predictions, including the careers of Louis XIV and Napoleon, the Russian revolution and the World Wars. To a casual reader the results may seem impressive. However it does not take very detailed examination to arouse great doubts, not only about Nostradamus, but also about de Fontbrune. First there are some cases in which the prophecy manifestly bears no relation to the event de Fontbrune claims fulfilled it. Take for example the prophecy

L'anne Royal sur coursier voligeant
Picquer viendra si rudiment courir,
Gueule lipée pied dans l'estrein pleignant
Traine tire, horriblement mourir.

The king's eldest son, on a runaway horse, will suddenly fall headfirst in its rush, the horse's mouth being injured in the lip, with the rider's foot caught, groaning, dragged and pulled, he will die horribly." [All translations are de Fontbrune's]

This specifically describes a riding accident in which a rider falls with his foot rapped in the stirrup and is dragged by the horse. De Fontbrune is obviously unable to find any royal heir who has died in this manner, so he claims this relates to the death in 1842 of the eldest son of Louis Phillipe of France who died, as the book itself makes clear, by being thrown out of a coach pulled by a bolting horse.

A very different matter.

Other prophecies bear more relation to their alleged fulfillment, but are too vague to be taken seriously. For example, de Fontbrune solemnly claims the failure of East-West disarmament talks is indicated by the prophecy:

Plusieurs viendrant et parleront de paix
Entre monarques et seigneurs bien puissant
Mais ne sera accordé de si pres
Que ne se rendent plus qu'autres obeissant

There will be talk of peace between powerful heads of state but peace will not be agreed for the heads of state will be no wiser than any other.

Surely it would be tedious to list the number of failed peace conferences since the sixteenth century that could be claimed to fulfill this prophecy.

The game of finding alternative interpretations of Nostradamus can be carried on indefinitely. Thus de Fontbrune claims that the Jewish settlement of Palestine is foretold by:

Nouveax venus lieu basty sans défence
Occuper la place par lors inhabitable
Prez, maison, champs, villes, prendre a plaisance
Faim, peste, guerre, arpen long labourable

Newcomers will build town without defence and occupy hitherto uninhabitable places. They will take with pleasure fields, houses lands and towns. Then famine sickness and war shall be on the land tilled for a long time.

In fact these words could equally apply to the opening of the American west, followed by the civil War and the Indian Wars, or to the British settlement of the Falkland Islands and the war with Argentina.

Even when specific placenames are given, plenty of ambiguity remains. De Fontbrune relates the lines:

Par vie et mort changé regne d'Ongrie
La loy sera plus aspre que service ...

Power will be changed by life and death in Hungary. The law will be more pitiless than customs.

to the Hungarian uprising of 1956 but they fit equally the Communist revolt of 1919 or the nationalist rising of 1848. Indeed, it would be hard to think of a country that, since the time of Nostradamus, has not had some kind of revolution to which these words apply.

There are other serious objections to Fontbrune. The most serious is that like most modern commentators, he makes no attempt to put Nostradamus in the context of his own time, and analyze what his language and references meant to his original audience. As anyone who has ever read any commentaries to Shakespeare will know, this is a job which, as with any writer of the past, calles for a great deal of knowledge. With someone like Nostradamus, who deliberately cloaked his words in obscurity, it is doubly difficult.

De Fontbrune refers to this problem in his introduction, and at times makes great play of deciphering Nostradamus's obscure classical references. However at other times he chooses to ignore the plain meaning that the prophecies would have conveyed to their original audiences. Thus he takes references to les rouges as meaning 'Reds' in the modern sense, whereas in the sixteenth century it would have been understood as referring to Roman Catholic cardinals. One particular blatant example is his interpretation of the verse that states:

Du Lac leman les sermons fascheront
Des jours seront reduits par les semaines
Puis mois, puis an puis tous défailleront
Les magistrats damneront lers lois vaines

The speeches at the Lake of Geneva will cause ferment; days will be followed by weeks then months, then years, then everything will collapse an legislators will curse their vain laws.

This is taken to refer to Geneva's modern role as a centre for international conferences, and the neglect of the Geneva Convention in modern warfare. But it would have been obvious to any reader of Nostradamus's time that this was simply a prediction of the fall of Calvinist Geneva, which was known throughout Europe for its long sermons and harsh laws.

When one attempts to look at Nostradamus in this light, many apparently impressive hits start to fade away. Like many writers, de Fontbrune is impressed by one verse that contains the names of two twentieth-century Spanish leaders: Rivera and Franco (in 'Castelfranco'). However, Rivera and Castelfranco are both towns in northern Italy, where many wars were fought in the sixteenth century. There is a similar explanation for the repeated claim (not however to be found in de Fontbrune's book) that Nostradamus's mentions of 'Hister' are prophecies of the life of Hitler. Although this is perhaps the best known of Nostradamus's 'hits' in fact Hister is simply the Latin name for the Danube, and it is clear from the contexts in which this name appears that that he is writing of a river, not a person.

Worse is to come. There are places where de Fontbrune's translations into modern language are gravely misleading. For some reason he seems to be determined to conceal from his readers that astrology is central to the prophet's writings. In one instance he translates the line Satur au boef,
Iove en l'eau, Mars an fleiche, as "When the time comes for violence and revolution, wars will spread". It clearly means nothing of the kind, and is an astrological reference to Saturn in Taurus, Jupiter in Aquarius and Mars in Sagittarius. On other occasions he misrepresents the original to make it appear that a prophecy has been fulfilled. When we are told that Nostradamus wrote:

The leader who will have lead the immortal people far from its own sky will end his life in the middle of the sea on a rocky island with a population of five thousand whose language and customs are different.

It seems a convincing of Napoleon's exile on St Helena, but on turning to the original one finds:

Le chef qu'aura conduict people infiny
Loing de son cil, de meurs et langue estrange
Cinq mil en Crete et tessalie finy.

Crete and Thessaly have become "a rocky island". There are many similar examples. Le sainct empire viendra en Germanie becomes "The Russians will come into Afghanistan". We are told that Russia is le sainct empire because of its traditional name of Holy Russia, but there is little explanation of how Germanie has become 'Afghanistan'.

Can misrepresentation go further? Indeed it can. The whole context of the prophecies is misrepresented. The majority of them come from the Centuries, Nostradamus's main collection of prophetic verses, but some of them are reprinted from another of his works, the Presages. However, the reader is not informed that the Presages were a sort of almanac with predictions attached, very unsuccessfully, to specific months in the near future. De Fontbrune ignores this and links verses from the Presages to events centuries after Nostradamus.

He also suppresses the introduction Nostradamus wrote to his original Centuries in which he gives a prose outline of his predictions for the future of Europe, which bear no resemblance to anything that has really happened. For example, he predicts a revival of the venetian Empire so that by the end of the eighteenth century it would be as powerful as Rome. The compiler quotes merely half a sentence from this introduction, and does it in a way that makes his deliberate misrepresentation clear. Nostradamus foretells that the eighteenth century will see a major persecution of the Church which will last to 1792. De Fontbrune takes only the second half of this sentence and quotes it as "It [the French monarchy] will last until 1792".

From the past, de Fontbrune moves on to depict an immediate future (when the book was written) in which Europe is invaded by Soviet and Arab armies, liberated by Anglo-American forces. A restored French monarch, King Henry, completes the rout of the invaders. Apart from the presence of Russians and Americans, all these themes do in fact correspond to important elements in the prophecies of Nostradamus, but her again they must be taken within the context of their times.

Most of the prophecies relate to what Nostradamus expected for his near-future. He states in his introduction that he cloaks his prophecies in obscure language to protect himself from the authorities, a procedure that would be pointless if he really thought they related to events centuries hence which would be meaningless to his contemporaries.. There are certainly many verses that indicate he expected a major war between Christendom and Islam in the future, but this would hardly be surprising in an era when the Turks still threatened Vienna and Arab pirates raided all over the Mediterranean.

Similarly, the lines de Fontbrune interprets as referring to an Anglo-American landing in France against the invaders do indicate that Nostradamus expected to see another era when the English occupied much of France as they did in the Middle Ages. Once again, with the English expelled from Calais only in 1555, the year he published his Centuries, and English kings still formally claiming the French throne, this would not have seemed surprising to his contemporaries. As for the all-conquoring Henry, all the evidence is that Nostradamus expected his contemporary, King Henry II of France to fulfill this role, in accordance with the conventions of the prophetic literature of the period. This frequently proclaimed that some contemporary ruler would prove to be a messianic figure who would unite Europe, reconcile the churches and regain Jerusalem. Oliver Cromwell, Edward VI of England and Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden were all candidates in different writings. [2]

Much interesting background to Nostradamus is to be found in the book by David Pitt Francis [3], who unlike de Fontbrune, makes a serious attempt to present Nostradamus in the context of his times and as a result comes to largely sceptical conclusions. However in the process he does resort to some dubious arguments. His attempt to compile a statistical analysis of Nostradamus does not seem convincing to me, in view of the difficulty of properly quantifying much of the data. Neither does there seem to be much real evidence for his suggestion that some later rulers may have deliberately undertaken certain acts to make it look as if Nostradamus predicted their actions.

It is not clear until the final section that the author is an evangelical Christian who believes that some of Nostradamus's successes may have come from his knowledge of the prophetic books of the Bible. I find this suggestion neither necessary nor convincing, although like most other authors of the prophetic literature of the period, Nostradamus was probably influenced by the apocalyptic sections of the Bible.

The revival of interest in Nostradamus at the present time is an interesting phenomenon. De Fontbrune was probably fortunate in that his book, which touched much of the interest off, first appeared in 1980 at a time when international tension was growing and fears of a nuclear war were reaching public consciousness. Although there is no real reason to believe that Nostradamus foresaw any of this, the revival of interest in centuries-old apocalyptic works is a very real sign of the times.

It might be thought that after the noticeable non-appearance of the end of the world and the 'Great King of Terror' in 1999, Nostradamus's stock would be at an all-time low as the new millennium took off fairly uneventfully. Not so. Already various prophesies have been manipulated and invented to show that Nostradamus 'prophesied' the World Trade Center attacks in September 2001.



1. Jean-Charles de Fontbrune. Nostradamus; Countdown to Apocalypse. Hutchinson, 1983; Corgi, 1984.
2. Keith Thomas. Religion and the decline of Magic, Weidenfeld, 1971.
3. David Pitt Francis. Nostradamus; prophecies of present times? Aquarian Press, 1984