NOSTRADAMUS was a visionary who wrote cryptic quatrains ( 4 line verses) of his predictions. Among other things, devotees believe that he foretold the periscope, the submarine, the airplane and atomic warfare.
NOSTRADAMUS is interpreted by many to have predicted Armageddon arriving in July of 1999. A great king of terror was supposed to descend from the sky to damage or destroy the New City. But which city is that? New York? New Orleans? Los Angeles, as it is younger and therefore newer? Is it even a city in the U.S.? Nobody knew for sure and no cities were destroyed.
In the year 1999 (and) seven months,
From the sky will come a great King of Terror
He will resurrect the great King of Angelmois
Before and afterwards Mars rules happily.
Implications for us: Nostradamus wrote almost exclusively about the royalty of France, England and Europe. Most of Nostradamus's predictions have already been fulfilled over the last 432 years since he died in 1566. He seems to have made only a few predictions about America. In truth, America wasn't even known by that name in Nostradamus's time.
Even if the terror had occurred somewhere in July of 1999, Nostradamus also says that the forces of good ultimately will triumph over evil. The next 1000 years will then be one of peace for those who survive. Nostradamus also predicted that in 2002 a great spiritual king would be anointed (recognized). This seems to be good news for our near future!
Nostradamus does predict that the earth will be wiped out...but not until 3755 when asteroids hit Earth and fire storms consume the surface. Then in 3797 the Earth will be consumed by an expanding sun and cease to exist. You don't have to worry about that unless you plan to live for over 1700 more years!
*NEW* Another interpretation of Nostradamus's predictions in light of the New York bombing - from author John Hogue:
"This is some of what I understand is in the prophecies of Nostradamus concerning present and near future events. He spoke of a new type of world war to come; one using surprise and ambush. A rogue leader from the Mideast will trigger it. He is a terrorist, code named in the prophecies as "Mabus" or the "Third Antichrist." This man will be one of the first to fall in his war. He could become a symbolic martyr for terrorists who will soak the world with blood for 27 years. Nostradamus spoke of the great new city made of high "hollow mountains" near the garden of the world. The state of New Jersey, from whose shore one can view the great hollow mountains of New York City, is known as “The Garden State.” In two of Nostradamus’ prophecies a thing his 16-century mind can only call “it” cuts a path to these hollow mountains. They are then seized and boiled in a cauldron...Over four centuries ago, Nostradamus may have seen those great hollow mountains hit by a huge, "scattered flame." He implied that the flame could not be put out and the smoke and debris would rise and ferment in boiling clouds, as if they were “plunged in a vat.” What is next for us? If my interpretations are correct we will soon know who the perpetrator — this Third Antichrist — is. If “Mabus” stands as an anagram for Saddam Hussein or Usama Bin Laden or someone we have yet to uncover, look for his death very soon in a retaliatory attack. If a more balanced American foreign policy in Mideast affairs is not forthcoming after the Antichrist falls, then the war is only beginning. America and her allies will endure almost thirty years of terror bombings and catastrophic loss of life... I would like to add that there are a number of spurious and bogus prophecies of Nostradamus surfacing concerning “York’s” destruction, etc. These frauds are mixing lines out of context from several authentic Nostradamus quatrains with phrases that are complete fabrications. Do not believe them. A bulletin on the REAL quatrains that might concern the New York and Pentagon attack will be forthcoming."