Nostradamus and the Fifth Seal 1999

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The Fifth Seal has to do with the persecution of the saints.  Persecution and Christian martyrdom has indeed been at an all time high in the last 30 years with 330,000 new martyrs per year predicted by 2000. 

In the midst of global persecution, the Sixth Seal is broken, and it has to do with atmospheric and geological phenomena, which we have tradionally interpreted politically -- that leaders would rise and fall and nations would be shaken.  But let us look at the sixth seal again in light of latter-day events.

Rev 6:{12} When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, {13} and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale; {14} the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. {15} Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, {16} calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; {17} for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?"

As such, we wonder if the heavenly events, which occurred in August and September of 1999 were harbingers of the day of wrath or merely coincidence.


Total Eclipse


August 11th, 1999 - Total Eclipse for 2 minutes 23 seconds over modern-day Turkey, home of the seven ancient churches of Revelation 2 - 3.  The sun became as black as sackcloth and the moon indeed red as dried blood.  Literally millions if not billions of people witnessed the eclipse via satellite, even though it was a phenomenon primarily localized in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the very geography with which the Revelation deals.  "The sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood."




Codex Sinaiticus

New Testament:

from the famed discovery


The earliest, oldest New Testament text has finally been released to the public.  You may read the Codex Sinaiticus online - but only if you know Greek!  To read it inCodex Sinaiticus New Testament H T Anderson English English, you need the only English translation we know.  The H. T. Anderson English Translation of the Codex Sinaiticus, with the three extra early New Testament books and the Sonnini Manuscript of Acts 29 included, and the original absences of certain verses (put in there later by the 'church') is now available only at here.  

THIS IS NOT A CHEAP, SCANNED-IN FACSIMILE. This is a first edition of the text published in easy-to-read Georgia font with plenty of room between verses for your notes.2 points between verses, hard or soft cover.


The Nazarene Acts
of the Apostles

Also known as
The Recognitions of Clement

Ever wonder why PAUL and not PETER received the mission to the lost tribes?  Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the "church" was to be built?  In this new translation of the Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).  Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein recorded.  This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.  Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?





August 17 -- A monumental earthquake hit Turkey just northeast of the triangle of the seven churches.  It registered 7.4+ on the Richter scale with aftershocks in the vicinity of 4.5.  Over 100,000 are estimated dead with plagues of cholera and typhoid rampant.  In compensation for the tectonic shift on one side of the world, another earthquake measuring 6.7 hit the very next day on the other side, in Costa Rica.  "There was a great earthquake."  1999 has been dubbed "the year of the earthquake," with 6 serious quakes so far and loss of life in the hundreds of thousands.


Signs in the Heavens and Hurricanes on the Earth


August 22 - September 6 -- Comet Lee and the Conjunction of Planets:  Since this August 22, there has been a parade of devastating hurricanes on our side of the world.  The reason has to do with the conjunction of several planets, unusually strong solar radiation (sun spots), and a rogue comet named 'Lee.'  Have you heard of Comet Lee?  Probably not.  Nobody has.  The astrophysical community is keeping this one quiet, says a respected astronomer:

There is a strong planetary alignment between Earth, Venus, Moon, Uranus, and the Sun in the August 22, 26 range which is within the window of an ecliptic crossing for Comet Lee, along with what astrologers call a "Grand Square"; that is, an alignment at ninety degrees to the Earth-Sun line of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. And August/September are known months of high Sun activity along with being the peak hurricane season in the Caribbean. And if that weren't enough Earth's orbit position will be smack in the middle of the Sun's tail at that time.

All of this has the potential of increasing the electromagnetic reaction between the Solar Capacitor, Comet Lee, the other planets, and Earth. ... if things charge up over this comet then we could expect a very bad hurricane season indeed; which may turn out to be the least of our concerns.  We have about as much chance as a snowball in hell of getting any kind of cooperation from ... JPL/NASA. These guys would literally rather die than have their precious "dirty snowball" comet theory be disproved.... The fact that lives might potentially be saved with this information will have no effect whatsoever on the NASA/NSA/NSC bunch.  (Earl L. Crockett,

For instance, in just the last couple months, three separate hurricanes have devastated the Carolinas, with more on the way.  Yet we are still blaming La Nina.  We have never even heard of Comet Lee, the Grand Square or the sun's tail!


Preview to the Millennium Bug


September 9, 1999.  This day was hyped as the beginning of the Y2K disaster, since 99/99/99 as the contents of a data field in old Cobol database records was the end-of-file marker.  I vividly remember all the nines at the end of the lists we used to pull off the computer at the bank in the 70s.  But because nothing happened with banking 9/9/99, most now believe that Y2K 2000 - 2002 will be a non-event, and therefore have ceased to prepare. This may be a mistake.  9/9/99 may have been a deception of 'peace and safety.'

Here's another version from David M. Bresnahan's column, October 14th 1999 (as reported at

John F. Mauldin, investment analyst for ProFutures Fund Management and author of a book on Y2K investment strategies, is expecting a major recession in the U.S. and a depression in many other countries. He goes so far as to predict 20 percent unemployment in the U.S. after the first of the year and a drop of 50 percent in the stock market. Companies in many foreign countries are building large inventories of parts and supplies in anticipation of Y2K computer bug-related shortages at the start of the new year. The impact of laying in those inventories may cause layoffs, a recession in the U.S. and a depression in other parts of the world. The economic prosperity bubble is very fragile and doesn't need much pressure to pop.

(As I edit this text at the dawning of the year 2001, I can testify that the power grid on the West Coast is extremely unstable – now brownouts and extended blackouts is a part of the way of life in the most affluent portions of the world, just as they always have been in third world countries.)


Days of Awe Year 6000


September 11 -- Feast of Trumpets and New year.  The Feast is the beginning of the Holy Days, or 'Days of Awe' culminating in the Day of Atonement.  The Feast of Trumpets, also known as 'The Day of Judgment,' is traditionally thought to be the day the final trumpet sounds and the books of judgment are open.  (It is also believed to be the actual birthday of Jesus by many, including this author.)  And September 11, 1999 is the first day of the 7th millennium of Bible time -- the Millennium of the Messiah!  Although it is the first day of the first month on the secular calendar, it is also the first day of the seventh month on the sacred calendar and on the Roman calendar.

This bit of information diverts us from the sixth seal to the fifth trumpet and the notoriously famous prophecy Nostradamus for the 7th month of 1999.


The "King of Terror" Passed Us By or On the Way?


"Nostradamus" is one of the most celebrate prophets of all time.  Although he lived nearly 500 years ago, he is purported to have predicted world-changing events from Napoleon's empire to the assassination of the Kennedy brothers to the invention of the light bulb.  It is said that he even predicted the date and place of his death, and fulfilled that prophecy to the minute.

Nostradamus (1506 - 1566) was a medical doctor of French-Jewish extraction.  His family converted to Catholicism and took the family name he is known by, which means "Our Lady" in Latin.  After his wife and children died in the black plague, Nostradamus was determined to find a cure, and may have done so.  He was appointed court physician to Charles IX.  He became known as a prophet around 1547. Until the end of his life he wrote his predictions in hundreds of rhymed quatrains, which he published in a volume entitled Centuries.   Although his predictions were expressed in obscure and enigmatical terms, several apparently came to pass in his lifetime and brought him a great reputation.

Were his prophecies inspired by the Deity?  I do not presume to judge, except to comment that Nostradamus certainly was looking forward into the future for the return of Jesus Christ, his judgment, and the Millennial Kingdom on earth.  One of his most celebrated prophecies is dated to 1999, seventh month, which is here and past.  The quatrain I mean does indeed seem to make reference to events that have made headlines in the last few months of 1999.  Here is the quatrain in

old French, followed by my own translation:

L'an mil neuf cent nonante neuf sept mois,

Du ciel viendra un grand Roy d'Effrayeur

Ressusciter le grand Roy d'Angoulmois,

Avant apres Mars regner par bonheur.


The year 1999 seventh month,

From the heaven (sky) will come a great King of Terror

To resurrect the great King of Angoulmois,

Before and after, Mars will rule with good fortune.

This prophecy is making a stir all over the world. In Japan, it has touched off doomsday fever, resulting in booming sales of anything that has to do with the end of the world.  According to Reuters News Service, a poll taken in Japan revealed  that "…a 'King of Terror' will descend from the skies this July, heralding a great war."

I was reminded of this prophecy for 1999 when it was received on a fax machine where I worked, and several who read it wondered. Perhaps you have heard talk about it, too.  What does it mean?  Let me give you a biblical interpretation.

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Of course, the seventh month is July.  But on the Julian calendar (which Nostradamus may be referring to), September is the seventh month.  (The sept in September means seven in French. And the seventh Jewish month Tishrei begins September 11. )  So this prophecy could be for either July or September (or October) 1999 but probably September. 

The prophecy refers to Revelation 9, the blowing of the fifth trumpet, the decending of the angel from the sky, and the loosing of the troops of scorpions (Titans or Gibborim) from out of the pit.  These monsters are equipped for battle.  The Bible calls the king of these demonic troops Abaddon or Apollyon - "destroyer."  But Nostradamus calls him the King of Angoulmois, which is either a small town on the west coast of France, or an anagram for 'mongolois' -- Chinese / Japanese / Korean.  If this were the case, then Nostradamus, Jack van

Impe and Hal Lindsey all have one thing in common -- the belief that Chinese tanks are on the way toward the HHoly Land via the Euphrates River.  On thing is for sure, there has been a significant build up of weapons in China in preparation for expansion, and alignment between the communist governments of North Korea and China with the terrorist nations of Islam like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Lately (December 2000) I read about the foolishness of thinking that the Chinese could attack.  One commentator was right when he expressed his feeling that “the Chinese are already here,” having had eight years to thoroughly infiltrate the nation.  All they would have to do is rise up.

Nostradamus could also have been talking about the Anglican King when he writes of Angoulmois, for all we really know.  Maybe Prince William is the antichrist, as some have speculated (!!).

This means war!  Mars, the Roman god of war, will have good fortune, for Rome will be there, too, say the pundits of Armageddon. 

But this is only the first woe!

Has the sixth seal been broken in 1999?  Or is this evidence (and much more that is not described here) merely coincidence?  Does anybody discern the signs of the times?  Does anybody really care?  The answer is, “Well, whatever.”

Jackson Snyder, 12/3/99