People are less inclined to know past then absorb present but much interested in knowing future. Humans have always yearned to know what the future has in store for us. Everyone wants a glimpse of the cosmic plan to see where the destiny lies. Predictions, fortune telling and prophesy all have much grasp to take attention. All clairvoyants, fortune-tellers, mediums or people reading tarots and signs are in the same category (prophetic divine prophesies are an exception). Methods including water divining, astrology, numerology, fortune telling, interpretation of dreams, and many other forms of divination, have been used for millennia to attempt to predict the future. These means of prediction have not been proven by scientific experiments. Either it is prediction in sports or changes in world (geopolitical, political, cultural, economical, and scientific etc) or individual’s personal life, all have great attraction and much interest to be known.
Predicting the outcome of sporting events is a business which has grown in popularity in recent years. Handicappers predict the outcome of games using a variety of mathematical formulas or qualitative analysis. Information ranged from personal issues, such as gambling or drinking; anything that may affect the performance of a player on the field. Today social media and many TV channels are gaining popularity by creating interest in sports predictions. Mostly are not true. Such predictions lead towards betting and gambling too. Should sports betting be legal? Majority consider it illegal. I ask if all this is invalid then what the outcome of predictions is.
People who claim knowledge of the unseen and the future known by various names use various methods and mediums from which they claim to extract their information as reading tea-leaves, drawing lines, writing numbers, palm-reading, casting horoscopes, crystal ball gazing, rattling bones, throwing sticks, etc. All these claim to reveal the unseen and predict the future. They often make calculated general guesses. Some of their guesses, due to their generality, may come true. Most people tend to remember the few predictions that come true and quickly forget the many which do not. This has also become common practice to publish or discuss on TV Channels, at the beginning of each year, the various predictions of famous fortune-tellers. But all these fortune-telling tools do not work and it’s not a difficult question to test. Fortune-tellers failed to predict the September 11, 2001 attacks, continuing tensions in the Middle East, the Japanese tsunami and countless other important world events that would have saved innocent lives if they’d been accurately predicted.
“The War with Iran” by John Hogue the bestselling author predictions for 2013-2014 based on Nostradamus predictions got much popularity. Nostradamus who claimed to be a converted Christian had been persecuted to some degree for his cryptic writings about the future, reportedly derived through a use of a crystal ball. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (“The Prophecies”), the first edition of which appeared in 1555.Nostradamus’s life and writings continue to be a subject of media interest. Most interpreters say he accurately predicted two world wars, the war with Napoleon, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the rise and the fall of Hitler, and even the assassination of John F.
Kennedy. While Nostradamus’s quatrains (the four-line verses in which he wrote his prophecies) are so cryptic that they can be interpreted in any number of ways.
Historian David Montaigne (author of End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019) says that he has extensively researched many sources of prophecy. His book ” Nostradamus, World War III, 2002″ clearly explains his prophecies relevant to a Third World War starting in 2002 published after the September 11 attacks to exclusively address Nostradamus’ predictions about WWIII. Now it is 2015 and we don’t see World War III. This war against terrorism cannot be called world war 3. Montaigne interprets Nostradamus to say that even Israel will be defeated in this war led by bin Laden and later Saddam Hussein, both of whom, he says, are the Antichrist. But these two leaders are no more in this world; so either predictions or interpretations are not true.
Nostradamus claims that a “King of Terror”, wearing a blue turban, described as “the terror of mankind”, would rise to power from Greater Arabia during the late 1990s, wage war around the world and spread the influence of Islamic fundamentalism, along with the decreasing influence of Christianity and would form an alliance with Russia. According to Nostradamus, the “King of Terror” and Russia would wage World War III against the Western world .Nostradamus claims that World War III would last about 27 years, and the war would destroy cities and kill millions. The “King of Terror” would be defeated. Interpreters claim that this king is Osama bin Ladin. But had Bin Ladin an alliance with Russia? Is this World War III? So again invalid.
“I have no crystal ball”, George Friedman writes in the opening author’s note of his bestselling book ‘The Next 100 Years’. He defines how the world will work in the future in broad sense. He is right he has no Crystal Ball like Nostradamus but he looks influenced by Nostradamus’ Predictions. In Ch 11 of this book he gives a scenario of World War when the destruction of three Battle Stars will be planned for November 24,2050 .In the same way, John Hogue, author of “Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies” agrees that Nostradamus writings indicate that next world war will probably begin sometime within the next decade. The time period for world war is the same here. Year 2050 will also pass as the year 2012 has gone without world war. Again these predictions will be called Invalid. Time will reveal the
truth. In the CH 12 Dr Friedman predicts the 2060s ‘a golden age’ as Nostradamus predicts a long period of peace after the world war. Friedman predicts that the United States will remain the dominant global superpower throughout the 21st century, and that the history of the 21st century will consist mainly of attempts by other world powers to challenge American dominance. All the predictions in this book have attraction for the Americans but not for the other nations. Indian writers feel that Author Dr Freidman underestimated Indian Navy. Same can be the feelings of other countries especially China which is predicted as fragmented country in future by Dr Friedman.
Predictions’ validity and invalidity is a different question but this is true without exaggeration that they exploit human feelings.
BY Mrs Aisha Noor