“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.”
― St. Malachy O’Morgair
It’s well known that Nostradamus scrambled the order of the stanzas in his Centuries. To truly comprehend the prognoses of the Provençal physician, therefore, we must seek to restore the lost order of the Quatrains. My own preferred approach to this task is to “track” a specific theme through the Centuries, picking up on those Quatrains that appear to refer to related events. We can then assume that these related verses were grouped together in the prophet’s original rendering.
Let’s try to apply this technique to the theme of St. Peter’s tomb. Before we get into our initial scan of the ostensibly relevant Quatrains, however, we should first attempt to understand why Nostradamus took such a manifestly avid interest in this subject. First off, we must recognize that he composed his prophecies during the period known as the Wars of Religion in 16th Century France. As is true of most prophets, Nostradamus often peered into the future through the prism of the past, discerning the shapes of things to come in the patterns of current events of his own time. In the French Wars of Religion, he found a presentiment of the great Religious War to be fought at the end of the Sixth Millennium ― the last and most destructive war of human history.
16th Century Wars of Religion pitted the entrenched Catholics of
France against the rising tide of the Protestant Huguenots. The ultimate prize of this bloody, ruthless
struggle was the throne of
the central issue of theological contention between the Catholic Church and the
insurgent Protestants of the 16th Century was the bona fides of the Pope’s claim to be the
legitimate successor of St. Peter. Then as now, the historical basis of the
claim of papal primacy has rested upon the supposed martyrdom and burial of the
Apostle Simon Peter on Vatican Hill during the reign of Nero in 64AD.
On the other hand, Protestant theologians have pointed to the absence of
historical evidence that the sainted Fisherman ever resided in
on the historical record, therefore, it’s quite likely that St. Peter’s interment beneath the main
alter of the Roman basilica that bears his name is a fraud ― a
fabrication out of the same whole cloth as the so-called “Donation of
Constantine”, and probably of the same
vintage. As the fiction of
Nostradamus’ vision of an abrupt, unexpected disintegration of the Holy See in our times is consistent with the 12th Century prophecy of St. Malachy. The latter, we recall, predicts that Pope John Paul II will have only two successors, and that one of those will be an Antipope. Later, in the 19th and 20th Century, the same warning of an impending “eclipse” of the Catholic Church was repeated in ecstatic apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, the most notable of which occurred in La Salette, France, in 1846, and Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. What’s particularly intriguing about Malachy’s prophecy, especially in the context of our discussion, is his reference to the last Pope as “Peter the Roman”. This designation implies that the 21st Century Pope Peter will be distinguishable from his First Century counterpart because the former will truly be a Roman, while the latter was not. In this regard, Malachy’s vision points to a much needed renewal of the Catholic priesthood, based upon the genuine martyrdom of “Peter the Roman” rather than the spurious tradition of Simon the Fisherman.
speaking, therefore, the Basilica of St. Peter now stands as an edifice of lies. Such edifices have the distinctive trait of
appearing to be unshakeable right up to the moment when they begin to collapse ―
and then they collapse virtually overnight.
We have the contemporary example of the precipitous collapse of Soviet
Communism, another edifice of monolithic falsehood. In fact, the bitter enmity that existed
human nature being what it is ― and what God apparently intended it to be
― people are just not capable of consistently resisting the lure of sex
and wealth. Consequently, any hierarchy
which is premised on its members resisting these temptations must, of
necessity, impose a heavy blanket of secrecy over its internal business, lest
it become known that the rule of self-denial is honored more often in the
breach than in the observance. In this
figure of the Apostle Simon Peter makes an apt symbol for the widening crisis
in Roman Catholicism for several reasons.
First, Peter embodies the historical contradictions of the Church’s
position on clerical celibacy, since three of the four Gospels attest that the
great Fisherman had a wife. It simply untenable for the Church to justify
an exclusively male priesthood because the Apostles were men, and yet insist on
the practice of celibacy contrary to the Apostolic model. In fact, clerical celibacy was not at all the
norm in early Christianity, and even in the
this background, let’s turn now to consider how the theme of St. Peter’s supposed
At the foundation of the new sect,
The bones of the great Roman will be found,
A sepulcher covered in marble will appear,
Earthquake in April, buried evil.
original St. Peter’s Basilica was constructed by
the Roman Emperor Constantine early in the 4th Century. It was built on the site of an a First
Century pagan necropolis on Vatican Hill, where stood a pair of marble columns
flanking a sepulcher reputed to be the burial place of St. Peter. The Emperor had the sepulcher enclosed in a
massive cubical mausoleum made of marble and porphyry. This, then, would appear to be the “sepulcher
covered in marble” to which Quatrain 6.66 is referring. The pagan necropolis was rediscovered below
the present-day Basilica in February 1939, when
far, all the pieces seem to fit nicely.
But several nagging question still remain. Who was the “great Roman” whose bones were
The bones of the Triumvir will be found,
Searching deep for an enigmatic treasure:
The peace of those around this cavity of marble
and metallic lead will be disturbed.
verses quite eerily describe a truly enigmatic series of excavations initiated
by Pope Pius XII in 1939 soon after the death of his
predecessor Pius XI. According to
one is willing to endure a lot of
was the “enigmatic treasure” that the Nazis were looking for, and why should
Pius XII have been helping them? In their excavations in
for the role of Pius XII in all of this, it was an outgrowth of his
complicity in the rise of the Nazis to power in
he were to cooperate in the establishment of a papal dictatorship over the
national Churches, however, Hitler expected the
Pacelli’s cynical collaboration with
Nazism would continue later in 1933, when the Vatican-Nazi Concordat was
signed. He allowed Hitler to characterize the Concordat as a moral
endorsement of his regime by the Church, requiring that German Catholics, in
the Führer’s own words, “put
themselves without reservation at the service of the new National Socialist
state”. As Nazi persecution of religious and ethnic minorities
proceeded apace in the ensuing years, however, Pacelli’s boss Pope Pius XI became increasingly alarmed. Perhaps the aging Pontiff had begun to regret
his own implicit endorsement of fascism by entering into the Lateran Treaty with Mussolini in 1927. Be that as it may, in 1938 Pius XI commissioned a Jesuit scholar to write for him a papal encyclical
emphatically condemning all forms of fascism and anti-Semitism. Although the text of the encyclical was
drafted in September 1938, the
the encyclical finally reached him in January 1939, Pius XI immediately began to make secret plans to
stage a dramatic release of the anti-fascist document at a special synod of
Italian bishops on February 11th.
That date, the Pope felt, was certain to underscore the importance of
the new encyclical, since it was the anniversary both of the signing of the
Lateran Treaty and his own papal coronation.
fact that Pius XI was assassinated, and that his subsequent
burial precipitated the
When the sepulcher of the great Roman is found,
The day after a new Pontiff will be elected:
Scarcely will the Conclave have approved the new Pope
[His predecessor] poisoned, his blood in the sacred chalice.
It’s rather obvious that the “sepulcher of the great Roman” in Quatrain 3.65 is the same as the marble sepulcher in which the “bones of the great Roman” are said to be found in Quatrain 6.66. It’s also quite plausible that the “sacred chalice” envisioned here refers to the Holy Grail, which was the “enigmatic treasure” alluded to in Quatrain 5.7. We might speculate further that the murder of Pius XI ― a murder enacted in the interests of fascism and with the apparent complicity of Vatican insiders ― relates to the “buried evil” spoken of in Quatrain 6.66.
Because Pius XI was assassinated on the anniversary of his papal coronation, his reign lasted exactly 17 years. It happens that the number 17 has a particular relevance to the theme of St. Peter. In the last chapter of John’s gospel, the resurrected Christ appoints Simon Peter to shepherd his flock until his return. Before doing this, however, Jesus instructs the Fisherman to cast his net for a prodigious catch of fish, numbering 153. Adding up the numbers from 1 to 17, we find the sum is 153.
The prophetic significance of the number 153 apparently relates to the succession of Popes who trace their authority to St. Peter. In that context, the 153rd Pontiff was Leo IX (1049-1054), who initiated the so-called “Reform Papacy” of the 11th Century. While the Reform movement was ostensibly aimed at rooting out corruption within the Church, its principal thrust was the concentration of power in the hands of the Pope and his circle of Cardinals. As we mentioned earlier, this was the era in which the dogma of a celibate priesthood was imposed. It was also the period during which the Papacy took on the trappings of a temporal monarchy, including the appropriation of the imperial purple vestments worn by the Roman Caesars. In this regard, critics of the Vatican’s absolutism have frequently invoked the image of the purple-arrayed harlot of Babylon in Chapter 17 of the book of Revelation ― another instance in which the number 17 strangely prefigures the Papacy’s approaching apocalyptic crisis.
ominous import to the
After the see has been held for seventeen years,
It will change hands five times in a comparable period of time:
Then one will be elected at the same time [as another],
Who will not be too much in conformity with the Romans.
Pope Pius XI held the Keys of St. Peter for exactly seventeen years from February 11, 1922 to February 11, 1939. During the two decades beginning with the last year of his successor's reign, there were five occupants of the Papal throne, beginning with Pius XII, who died in October 1958, followed by John XXIII (1958 - 1963), Paul VI (1963 - 1978), John Paul I (Aug.-Sept.1978), and finally John Paul II, elected on October 16, 1978. The latter, being the first non-Italian Pope in over four-and-a-half centuries, is often identified by Nostradamus’ modern interpreters as the one who is “not too much in conformity with the Romans”. But a more careful reading of this stanza suggests that the French Prophet is instead referring to the Pope who will be elected after the reign of Polish Pontiff. Interpreted in this manner, this Quatrain also conforms to St. Malachy’s prediction that John Paul II would have a pair of successors, both elected “at the same time”, one of whom would be an Antipope.
Historically, Antipopes have been associated with disputed papal elections in which two candidates both claim victory. Thus, the last true Pope, Malachy’s “Peter the Roman”, will be elected “at the same time” as another candidate, an Antipope who will also claim the papal throne. St. Malachy calls this Antipope “the Glory of the Olive Tree”. Since the Olive Tree typically appears in Scripture as a symbol of the Jewish people, Malachy’s prophecy clearly suggests that the Antipope will be a Jew who has converted to Catholicism. In this sense, he will be the diabolical mirror-image of Peter the Roman, who ― despite his epithet ― will be break sharply with the conformity of the Roman priesthood by seeking to restore it to its Jewish roots.
It appears, therefore, that the next ― and last ― genuine Pope will take the name Peter. Since the Roman Pontificate was supposedly initiated by the Apostle Peter, one might expect that the name Peter would have been chosen by many previous Popes. But it’s a curious fact that not one of the 260-odd Catholic Pontiffs elected to date has opted to honor the great Fisherman by assuming his name. Why? St. Malachy’s prediction that Peter would be the last Pope doesn’t explain it, since more than 160 Popes had shunned the name of the great Apostle before Malachy ever received his vision in 1140 AD. Moreover, Malachy’s list of future Popes was kept hidden in the Vatican archives until its first publication in 1559 (in time, by the way, for Nostradamus to have read them while he was completing his own prophecies). So why should all of the 220 Popes enthroned before the publication of Malachy’s list have avoided using the name of the alleged founder of their line? Given the consistency of this pattern, one would have to assume that this unwritten taboo is deeply ingrained in the Church hierarchy. One might also interpret this odd aversion for Peter’s name as an implicit acknowledgment of the spurious character of the Papacy’s Petrine legacy.
that as it may, the choice of the name Peter by a newly elected Pope would
constitute nothing short of an act of outright rebellion against the
mountain of lies appears symbolically in the last of the three visions revealed
by the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917.
In that vision, a future Pope is seen ascending a steep mountain,
followed by a priesthood consisting of both men and women. At the top of the
mountain, they are fired upon by soldiers surrounding a large Cross made of the
trunks of oak trees.
Mountaintop oak groves are, of course, notorious in the Jewish
Scriptures as sites of idolatrous worship of such abominations as Baal and
significant is the fact that the soldiers in the
of the keys to the symbolism of this vision, which accompanied the
as-yet-undisclosed Third Secret of Fatima, lies in the two Angels who
stand beneath the Cross on the mountaintop.
These are the same two Angels who were sent by God to destroy the city
even though the
surprisingly, the aspersed blood of purification which figures so prominently
The one whose face is sprinkled with blood
Of the victim recently sacrificed:
Jupiter in Leo, foreseeing through an omen:
[One] put to death then for the sake of the Bride.
Catholic theology, the Church is the Bride of Christ. So here we have another prophetic rendering
of the passion of a martyred Pope, who will lay down his life to restore the
virtue of this “Bride”. By doing so, he
will forever dissolve the absolute monarchy of the Holy See and establish himself as the founding “St. Peter” of a cleansed Church. Our Provençal astrologer predicts that these
events will begin to unfold when the planet Jupiter is found in the constellation Leo. Jupiter was passing through the constellation
of the Lion during the period from late September 2003 to mid-August 2004. The good Doctor’s scenario for the martyrdom
of Pope Peter is remarkably similar to Sister Lucy’s vision of a modern day sack
All around the great city,
Soldiers will be lodged throughout the fields and towns:
to launch the assault,
Then the Pontificate will be subjected to a great pillage.
sack of Rome will occur in the context of a great Schism in the Church, during which a French Antipope will violently seize the Vatican and inflict
slaughter upon the loyalists of Pope Peter. In the stanza preceding this one, Nostradamus describes the military leader who will
black, proud, villainous, unjust man will occupy it [
When the dispute over the papacy unfolds,
the manner of Hitler, [he will establish] a fascist
third Quatrain in this series envisions the “shipwreck” of the Pontificate in the
aftermath of Antichrist’s pillaging the
By the Attic land, center of wisdom,
Which is at present the rose of the world:
Pontificate ruined, and its great preeminence
Submerged, a shipwreck amidst the waves.
Chapter One, we discussed this stanza with reference another Quatrain which
speaks of papal bloodshed at a time “when the rose will flourish”. We mentioned that the “Attic land”
represents the source of Western secular philosophy, which derives from ancient
of the principal esoteric symbols of Gnostic mysticism was and is the “rose”. To the Gnostics, the rose stands for the
inner reality, or “microcosm”, which generates the outward reality of everyday
experience. Through various magical and
occult arts, the Gnostics believe that this inner realm can be manipulated
so as to transform physical reality.
Alchemy, which claims the ability to transmute base metals into gold, is
an example of Gnosticism. Another is the Rosicrucian movement ― originally a secret society
dedicated to subverting the Church of Rome ― which mysteriously
The rose upon the middle of the great world,
For new deeds public bloodshed:
Those who speak the truth will be silenced,
Then, if need be, the awaited one will come late.
When we revisit the “Rosy Cross” of Gnosticism in Chapter Seven, the identity of the “awaited one” mentioned in the last verse above will become clear. For now, suffice it to say that the appearance of this False Messiah will coincide with the martyrdom of Pope Peter and terrible bloodletting among those who remain faithful to the true Church. It’s also apparent that the creed of the “awaited one” and his followers will be some variety of Gnosticism ― the “rose upon the middle of the great world”.
Elsewhere in his Centuries, Nostradamus envisions an apocalyptic crisis involving the Roman Catholic clergy. The crisis that he prophesies appears to bear all the earmarks of the one now emerging in our times. If that’s so, then the good Doctor’s prognosis clearly points toward a bloody reckoning:
The blood of the Church people will be poured out,
In as great abundance as water:
And for a long time it will not be stanched,
Woe, woe to the clergy, ruin and complaints.
the prophet “shuffled the deck” pretty thoroughly, even the best shuffle leaves
some “cards” in their original order.
Consequently, we find a few instances in which two sequential Quatrains
are obviously meant to be read together.
And this is one of them. If we go
on to the next Quatrain, we encounter a further elaboration of the outcome of
As a consequence of the power of the three temporal Kings,
The Holy See will be relocated to another place:
Where the reality of the spirit endowed with a physical body
Will be restored and recognized as the true See.
as Nostradamus foresees the restored Church relocating its
seat away from
the first line of the foregoing Quatrain, it’s apparent that this watershed event
in Church history is to be precipitated by the pressure of three political
rulers, the “three temporal Kings”.
Nostradamus explains more about these three Kings in one
of the two prose sections of his prophecies, the Epistle to King Henry II. In the Epistle, he
outlines a future scenario in which the priesthood will descend into “whoring
and lechery”. The Church hierarchy will
split into three factions, each one backed by one of the three competing
temporal rulers. One of these factions ―
the one which will ultimately become dominant in
For the clergy there will be utter desolation from the warlords who
will usurp power in
Mediterranean islands of
with the scenario laid out in the Epistle,
we read of a series of world events that will coincide with the deepening
crisis in Catholicism. Among these
events is a military assault on the “habitation of Abraham”, which corresponds to the modern city of
the intervention of the secular authorities in the internal affairs of the
Church will come not only the plundering of the
It will seem that God has loosed Satan from his infernal prison to give birth to the great Dog and Doham, who will make such an abominable schism within the Church that the cardinals and bishops will find themselves blinded and impotent, not knowing what to make of it all, and they will be stripped of their power. Then will commence a persecution of the Church the like of which has never been seen before.
Nostradamus often uses a French term for “dog” to allude to the Third Antichrist. The first two Antichrists were Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, both of whom are described with incredible prescience in the Centuries. For all their crimes and atrocities, however, Napoleon and Hitler were but the prototypes for the consummate villainy of the Third Antichrist, who is now waiting in the wings, about to stride onto the stage of human history. Nostradamus’ prophecy of the great Antichrist dovetails with that of the 13th Chapter of Revelation, in which the Antichrist is depicted as a False Messiah abetted by a False Prophet. Logically, therefore, they are the pair described as “Dog and Doham” in this passage. While the Provençal Prophet was a master of many languages, he seldom used English words like “dog” except when it served his purpose in setting up an anagram. Among the words one can create by rearranging the letters of “Dog and Doham” is “Dogma” ― perhaps a reference to the rigid dogmatism that will characterize Antichrist’s ecclesiastical accomplice. It should be obvious that this dogmatic prelate is one and the same as the prophesied Antipope of whom we’ve been speaking.
Later the Epistle, Nostradamus reveals that the Antipope will be an adherent to a religious “sect” which will be promoted by the Triumvirate of temporal rulers and will spread throughout the World. Initially, therefore, the Third Antichrist will not be a solitary tyrant, but will rule the World jointly with two other “Triumvirs”. Not coincidentally, the pattern of the Triumvirate also characterized the rise to power of both Napoleon and Hitler. Before becoming Emperor of France, Bonaparte was one of a triumvirate of Consuls. Similarly, in the formative years of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler shared power in a triumvirate with Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering.
Consequently, the Antichrist of the Apocalypse may be characterized as a “Triumvir” is two senses. First, as we have just said, he will initially share power as one of the Triumvirate of the “three temporal Kings” foreseen by Nostradamus. Second, he will be the “third” in the line of historical Antichrists, the rightful heir to the odious legacies of Bonaparte and Hitler. Nostradamus speaks of this “third one”, who will nonetheless rank “first” in perpetrating atrocities:
The third one ranks first, doing worse than Nero,
The valiant finished off, so much human blood to flow:
He will cause the ovens to be rebuilt,
Golden age dead, new King, great scandal.
this is the 17th Quatrain of Century IX, we again find the number 17
associated with the fall of the Papacy and the rise of the Antichrist. Moreover, it’s possible that Nostradamus intentionally positioned this stanza as
Quatrain 9.17 as an allusion to the year 1917, when the Third Secret of Fatima was revealed.
In the last line, we see a reference to the “great scandal” engulfing
the Catholic hierarchy ― the widening sexual scandal that is destined to
bring an end to the “golden age” of the
Nero was, of course, the Emperor who supposedly
ordered the execution of St. Peter. According to one version of the story, Nero sought revenge on Peter because he had brought
disgrace on the Emperor’s favorite magician, Simon Magus. If Nero was the original prototype of the Beast, then it must be said that
Simon Magus was the original prototype of the False Prophet who serves as the Beast’s spiritual accomplice. Although the pejorative “Magus” epithet ―
meaning ”magician” ― was later attached to his name by Christian writers,
he was actually known in Rome as Simon Magnus,
or Simon the Great. And, while the
historical presence of Simon the Apostle in
Gnosticism was subsequently branded a heresy by the
official Church, the fact that the original Christian community in
being the case, it’s likely that the victim of the execution decreed by Nero on Vatican Hill in 64 AD was not Simon Peter,
but Simon Magus. The fact that Simon Magus had at one time
been the one of the Emperor’s favorites does not at all argue against this
scenario, since Nero was notorious for disposing of such people
once they fell into disfavor. Apparently
Simon had exceeded the limits of his magical powers in an effort to please the
crowds who assembled for the diversions offered by Nero at his
Under the oak tree
Not far there, the treasure is hidden:
He who for long centuries had been gathered in,
Found dead, the eye gouged out by ambition.
we encounter the theme of the hidden, enigmatic treasure mentioned in Quatrain
5.7 in connection with the discovery of the “bones of the Triumvir”. We have seen that this treasure, the
legendary Holy Grail, is possibly buried under St.
Peter’s Basilica or in southern
France. The mention of the oak tree in the first line also invokes the Fatima vision of the martyred Pope Peter slain beneath an idolatrous Cross of oak tree
trunks. Interestingly, the apocryphal
stories of Peter’s execution in
During the appearance of the bearded star [comet],
The three great princes will become enemies:
Struck from the sky, peace earth trembling,
Chapter Two we mentioned that the city of
Putting all these clues together, we are being drawn toward a rather bizarre and startling conclusion. If Simon Magus was the man actually crucified on Vatican Hill by Nero Caesar, then his was the tomb marked by the First Century burial monument that was later encased by Constantine’s marble sepulcher in the original St. Peter’s Basilica. In that case, Simon the Great is the “great Roman”, the discovery of whose bones was prophesied by Nostradamus. Assuming that the Roman Church later appropriated the story of Simon Magus’ death and applied it to St. Peter, then Simon must have been crucified head downwards, in the manner that the Apostle supposedly was. While orthodox Church historians have never satisfactorily explained why the Fisherman would have requested to be crucified that way, its symbolism is readily understandable from the standpoint of the Gnostic creed espoused by Simon Magus.
Since Gnosticism is a form of dualism, it views the material World as entirely corrupt and morally inverted. To achieve salvation, therefore, the Gnostic seeks to reverse all of the accepted norms of this World, to figuratively turn temporal reality “on its head”. The Gnostic symbolism of the inverted crucifixion is confirmed by the earliest Christian account of St. Peter’s execution, which appears in the apocryphal scripture known as the Acts of Peter. In that rendering, St. Peter, while hanging inverted on the cross, delivers a brief speech explaining to his disciples why he requested that mode of crucifixion. In his speech Peter quotes a passage from the Gospel of Thomas, a principal source of Gnostic teachings:
“You must know the mystery of all nature… For the first man, whose likeness I have in my appearance, in falling head downwards, showed a manner of birth that was not so before … He therefore … established the whole of this cosmic system … in which he showed what is on the right hand as on the left, and changed all the signs of their nature, so as to consider fair those things that were not fair, and take those things that were really evil to be good. Concerning this, the Lord says in a mystery: ‘Unless you make what is on the right hand as what is on the left and what is on the left hand as what is on the right and what is above as what is below and what is behind as what is before, you will not recognize the Kingdom.’ This conception, then, I have declared to you, and the form in which you see me hanging is a representation of that man who first came to birth.”
Thus, the symbolism of the inverted crucifixion is directly linked to Gnostic teaching regarding the irredeemable corruption of the material universe. The pictorial representation of that teaching survives today in the image of the Hanged Man appearing in the deck of Tarot cards, which were originally used as teaching aids by medieval Gnostics, such as the Cathars of southern France. One of the philosophical consequences of viewing mundane reality as essentially demonic is the belief that reality can manipulated by the invocation of demons. For that reason, there has always been a strong nexus between occultism and dualistic creeds, such as Gnosticism. In fact, the storied feats of Simon Magus were attributed to his skill in manipulating the power of demons. For that reason, Simon served as the model for Goethe’s demon-invoking character Faust. One of the most memorable scenes in Goethe’s tragedy involves Faust’s participation in Walpurgis Night ― a sort of annual orgy of demons and their occult worshipers. Traditionally, Walpurgis Night is the eve of May Day, the last night of the month of April. Nostradamus seems to be referring to that date in one of his most enigmatic stanzas:
The tenth day of April by Gothic reckoning
Revived again by devilish people:
The fire extinguished, diabolic assembly
Searching for the bones of the Demon of Psellus.
“Gothic reckoning” pertains to one of the ancient calendar systems that were replaced by the current Gregorian calendar late in the 16th Century. One of the characteristics of the old calendar systems, such as the Julian calendar, is that the same date occurs later than it does in our modern calendar. Hence, by “Gothic reckoning”, the tenth of April would fall at the end of our month of April. Of particular interest, in terms of our inquiry, is the mention in the last line of “the bones of the Demon of Psellus”. Michael Psellus was an 11th Century Byzantine writer who authored one of the earliest treatises on demonology, entitled De Daemonibus. In his prose Preface to the Centuries, Nostradamus relates how he burned several centuries-old volumes of “occult Philosophy”, fearing the malevolent uses they might be put to after his death. Psellus’ book is thought to have been among those that the good Doctor consigned to the flames. Addressing his son and heir César, Nostradamus explains the evil he sought to avert by destroying Psellus’ occult manual:
Thus, so that you might not be led astray in the future in a search for the perfect transformation of silver, or of gold, or of incorruptible metals under the earth, or hidden in the sea, I have reduced them to ashes.
This passage implies that the demonic manipulation of physical reality, as explained in books like Psellus’, aims at the “alchemists’ dream” of transmuting base metals into gold and silver. It’s not coincidental, moreover, that the legendary Holy Grail was said to have the miraculous power to transform ordinary matter into precious objects. While the Grail is typically represented as a golden Chalice, the latter is simply an emblem for the occult knowledge which the Grail embodies. As we’ve already seen, Nostradamus’ prophecies indicate that the search for the Grail is somehow tied in with search for the bones of “St. Peter”, aka Simon Magus. We’ve also learned that the number 17 and its expanded derivative 153 furnish important “clues” in this search. Pursuing this lead to Quatrain 1.53, we read the following:
Alas! the people will see a great one tormented
And the holy law in utter ruin,
[Replaced by] other laws throughout Christendom,
When a new source of gold and silver is found.
description, in the first two lines, of a “great one tormented” and the “holy
law in ruin” fits neatly into the scenario of a martyred Pontiff and the
installation of a “dark, counterfeit Church” in
is a semi-precious stone which, because of its imperial purple color, became a
architectural emblem of the Roman Caesars.
When the Papacy of the 11th Century appropriated the imperial
trappings of the Caesars, they donned purple vestments and erected porphyry columns.
But, ironically, the porphyry column also had a specific relevance to St.
Peter in early Christian iconography. It should be remembered that the Apostle
Peter who is portrayed in the Gospels is not a
wholly “good” individual. He has a
distinct “dark side” which surfaces on a few occasions. On one of these occasions, Christ even
addresses him as “Satan”. His most infamous lapse into the dark side of
his persona occurs when he deserts Jesus and denies knowing him on the night of
his arrest. The third and last of his
denials is followed by the crowing of a cock ― as prophesied hours before
by Christ ― which fills Peter with shame and causes him to revert to his
”good” self. According to early
Christian lore, the cock that crowed at St. Peter was standing on a column of
porphyry. In fact, the original porphyry column was said to have been removed from
It was a longstanding traditional belief that
the crowing of a cock at dawn dispelled the demons and evil spirits who go
abroad at nighttime. In a manner of speaking, therefore, the
crowing of the cock drove the Christ-denying demon out of St. Peter. The porphyry pillar on which the cock stood thus becomes a
reminder that there is a “dark side” to the great Fisherman. It’s conceivable that this symbolism also
relates to the two columns of marble and porphyry that frame the supposed burial
we mentioned earlier, porphyry and marble were the materials used in the
The King exposed will complete the slaughter,
After having found his origin:
Rush to open the tomb of marble and lead,
Of the great Roman with a Medusine insignia.
in the first line, we have the prediction that the Antichrist will resume the genocidal Holocaust initiated
by Adolf Hitler. The demonic spirit that will invest the Beast has its origins in the “buried evil”
associated with the tomb of the “great Roman”, Simon Magnus. In the pagan mystery religions of the ancient
with the First Century burial monument,
no human skeleton was found either in neither the sepulcher nor the graffiti wall,
the story might have ended there, with the search for St. Peter’s bones having been in
vain. But instead, the story takes a
strange twist which makes it all the more puzzling. It seems that Pope Pius XII did not entirely trust the German
archaeologists who were conducting the excavations beneath St. Peter’s
Basilica. He therefore assigned his most
trusted associate, Monsignor Ludwig Kaas, to “monitor” their
activities. Kaas, we remember, was the German
priest who had headed the German Center Party when it cast the crucial votes in
the Bundestag to confer dictatorial
powers on Chancellor Hitler. Kass, it seems, had been instructed by Pius
to remove the bones from the cavity in the graffiti wall before the German
scientists could find and examine them.
Kaas then kept these bones locked up in his
can only surmise that Pius XII feared the conclusions that might have been
reached by the Germans had they analyzed the bones that Kaas removed from the graffiti wall. It was not until the reign of Pope Paul VI that the bones where “rediscovered”, at which
bones taken by Kaas from the graffiti wall were found wrapped in a
gold-embroidered purple cape. This
circumstance was cited by the
Whatever the exact details of the “Devil’s bargain” entered into by Pope Paul VI over the accursed bones, the dolorous consequences for the Roman Catholic Church soon began to become evident. The prestige and revitalization which the Church had enjoyed after the reign of the saintly Pope John XXIII and his Second Vatican Council was soon completely dissipated. Before the end of Paul’s fifteen-year reign, the seeds of the current demoralization of the Catholic priesthood had already taken root, and the aging Pontiff despaired to observe the “smoke of Satan” rising within the walls of the Vatican itself.
prophecies of Nostradamus clearly warn us, however, that there remains
an unwritten chapter to this story. The
demonic powers that lay entombed for centuries with the bones of Simon Magus have been set loose within the walls of the
Up to this point, we have examined visions of events leading to the rise of Antichrist and his domination of the Roman Catholic Church. The next logical next stop in this spiritual journey of ours should take us into a study of prophecies concerning the identity of the Beast. And indeed it will ― in part. But to deal with Antichrist only as an individual man is to fall into his cloud of deception, because we thereby fail to see ourselves as already part of his abominable body. This embodiment of mankind’s collective false identity corresponds to an ancient idol known as Moloch, which will be the theme of the next chapter.
Chapter Four: The Bones of the Triumvir
. As one respected Church historian has observed: “the fact is that we have no reliable accounts either of Peter’s later life or of the manner or place of his death.” Eamon Duffy, Saints & Sinners, A History of the Popes, p.1 (Yale Univ. Press, 1997)
. D.W. O’Connor, Peter
. While Lorenzo Valla, a papal aide, proved the Donation of Constantine to be a forgery in 1440, the book disclosing his findings was not published until 1517. See Peter DeRosa, Vicars of Christ, p.42 (Crown Publishers, 1988)
. Matthew 8:14, Mark 1:30, and Luke 4:38
. Duffy, op. cit., p.89
. Robert J. Hutchinson, When in Rome, p.92 and 98 (Doubleday, 1998)
. Robert A. Hutchinson, Their Kingdom Come, op. cit., p.83
. John Cornwell, Hitler’s Pope, the Secret History of Pius XII (Viking, 1999)
. Nino LoBello, The
Vatican Papers, p.20-24 (New English Library, 1982); National Catholic Reporter,
. LoBello, op. cit., p.67-70
. C3Q65. My reader will recall that in Chapter One we applied this same Quatrain to the assassination of Pope John Paul I. Several of Nostradamus’ prophecies refer to multiple events which share a common thread.
. Duffy, op. cit., 89-101
. Ernst Kantorowicz, Laudes Regiae, p.138 (Univ. of California Press, 1958)
. St. Malachy’s prophecies were first published by the Benedictine historian Arnold Wion in his book Lignum Vitae, published in 1559.
. E.g., Psalms 11:1-2 and 64:2-4
. Exodus 29:21; Leviticus 9:30
. C5Q29. The
last line may refer to the fact that, after the fall of Mussolini at the end of
the Second World War, Hitler set up a puppet
government in northern
. Chapter One, “The Fall of Papacy”, fn.88, quoting from C2Q97
. Yves DuPont, Catholic Prophecy, p.60-71 (TAN Books, 1970)
. Epistle ¶ 28-37
. Epistle ¶ 33
. In fact, the principal P2 architect of
the take-over of the Vatican Bank was a prominent
Knight of Malta named Umberto Ortolani.
Ortolani was a
. As reported by the Associated Press (July 10, 2000), the Pope’s assailant Mehmet Ali Agca now contends that his mission on May 17, 1981, was to wound the Pope at the behest of a faction within the Vatican itself.
. Epistle ¶ 33
. World Tribune,
. Epistle ¶ 34-35. These passages refer to the desecration of a venerated sepulcher in the city of “Achem”, which is a variation on the name “Shechem”.
. News Telegraph
. Epistle ¶ 32-33
. See C2Q41, C10Q29 and Epistle ¶ 28
. Epistle ¶ 37
. According to the apocryphal “Acts of the Holy
Apostles Peter and Paul”, Peter struck Simon Magus down while the
magician was in flight over
. Encylopedia Biblica, “Simon Magus”
. “Acts of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul”
. C2Q43 and 56
. “The Acts of Peter”, The Other Bible, Willis Barnstone, ed., p.443 (Harper SanFrancisco 1984)
. Preface ¶16
. C1Q43, C9Q32 and C10Q93
. Rev. S. Baring-Gould, The Lives of the Saints, v.12, p.470 (
. See e.g., Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act I, scene i, lines 147-164.
. The facts regarding the archaeological investigations here and in the ensuing text are taken from LoBello, op.cit., p.9-15, and R.J. Hutchinson, op.cit., p.93-99.
. U.S. News and
. Pope Paul VI,