Artists rendering showing Nostradamus and a fire in the background.

3 Terrifying Predictions Nostradamus Got Right and 3 That May Still Come True

"...The third big war will begin when the big city is burning..."

Nostradamus is said to have accurately predicted many important–somewhat terrifying–events in the history of mankind.

There are two types of people on Earth; those who believe that there are people on this planet with abilities and talents beyond the natural, and there are those who believe that although everyone is different, no human on Earth has supernatural abilities.

Foreseeing the future is certainly one supernatural ability.

Is it really possible that there are people on Earth who have clairvoyant capabilities? Can someone really possess the ability to close their eyes and see what the future of mankind holds?

According to millions of people around the globe, the answer is yes, and one of the greatest prophets to “foresee” the future is a man called Michel de Nostredame who is best known for his book Les Prophéties.

Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinized as Nostradamus, wrote in his book a series of 942 poetic quatrains which are said to predict some of the most important events in human history.

Since the publication of this book in 1555, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has captivated an enthusiastic following who, along with the general press, credit him with foretelling some of the most important events in the history of the human race.

3 terrifying predictions he supposedly got right

Although the French seer is believed to have predicted a series of important events in human history, we have singled out three alleged–terrifying–predictions that Nostradamus is though to have accurately foreseen.

Embedded within his cryptic writing, the poems penned down by Nostradamus foretell terrible events.

One such event was the Great Fire of London.


The blood of the just will commit a fault at London, Burnt through lightning of twenty threes the six: The ancient lady will fall from her high place, Several of the same sect will be killed.

This cryptic quatrain is linked by many with the devastating fire that devoured London. Here’s why: Twenty times three is sixty. Plus six is sixty-six. The London fire started on September 2, 1666.

The rise of Adolf Hitler.


From the depths of the West of Europe, A young child will be born of poor people, He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East.

Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers, The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister. Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn, When the child of Germany observes nothing.

The two quatrains above seem to make reference to Adolf Hitler, born on April 20, 1889, in Austria, a country in Western Europe. Hitler rose to power in large thanks to his oratory abilities and started World War II after ordering Poland to be invaded.

In addition to the above, Nostradamus is thought to have accurately predicted the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Near the gates and within two cities There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.

The United States of America dropped on August 1945 two atomic weapons on Japan, on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed, and people that survived the horrific attack suffered from radiation poisoning.

An artists illustration of Nostradamus with clouds in the background. Shutterstock.

3 terrifying predictions of the future

Although the above are predictions many people believe Nostradamus accurately predicted, he penned down a great deal more.

Here are three supposed predictions of the future that Nostradamus may still get right.

War in the Middle East.


Weapons of war will scem in the sky That same year even holy men will become enemies They will unfairly attempt to suppress the sacred law The believers will die by war and shock.

Weapons of war in the sky sound pretty much like missiles being fired. Tensions in the middle east are high and many people claim that Iran and the US may soon go to war, destabilizing “even holy men” or Muslim countries in the region.

World War III?


In the city of God, there will be a great thunder. Two brothers torn apart by Chaos while the fortress endures. The great leader will succumb. The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.

The above quatrain, written by Nostradamus, supposedly speaks of a global conflict which many people say is undoubtedly World War III (“…the third big war will begin…”)

This quatrain Nostradamus may have gotten right.

It supposedly foretells the catastrophic fires that struck Australia.

Through secret fires, a great place blazing from burning heat, Little rain, warm wind, wars, incursions.

People argue that the great place blazing from burning heat is a reference to Australia, a country and a continent itself. Little rain was present before the fires and warm winds carried the heat causing nearly 4 million acres of land to burn.

But are all of the above quatrains just misinterpretations of Nostradamus’ writings?

According to skeptics, Nostradamus never had the ability to peer into the future and add that his entire book has been exploited in fallacious ways. Skeptics argue that the prophecies written by Nostradamus are nothing more than mere reinterpretations of events that were fittingly and accordingly adjusted to fit a specific historical event.

You can check out the quatrains penned down by Nostradamus, translated to English by visiting this Wikisource link.

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