|Nostradamus, Century 10 quatrain 72 (1568 edition)
by John McDonnell
L'an mil neuf cens
nonante neuf sept mois
The year thousand nine hundred ninety nine seven months
In Peter Lemesurier's 1997 "The Nostradamus Encyclopedia" on page 140 is a discussion on word meanings in Century 10 quatrain 72. In his comments about "resusciter" he notes that "the original Latin word was made up of three elements (re+sub+citare), which meant something like 'to bring into rapid movement again from below' ...". This comment, has suggested to me a comparison with Revelation 9:1, which speaks of a bottomless pit being opened.
The King James Version of Revelation 9:1 states: "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." This makes it unclear whether the key was given to the angel or to the star. Joseph Smith, Jr., in his revision of the King James Version, available from the RLDS church, has the key going to the angel: "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth; and to the angel was given the key of the bottomless pit." However, the New International Version has the key going to the star: "The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss." I think the key goes to the angel, since in Revelation 20:1, KJV, we read: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand."
Now if the great King defrayer "brings into rapid movement again from below" the great King of Angolmois, that does sound similar to the releasing from below of a king mentioned in Revelation 9:11: "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
Joseph Smith, Jr.'s revision of I Peter 3:18-20 states: "For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, that he might bring us to God. For which cause also, he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Some of whom were disobedient in the days of Noah, while the long-suffering of God waited, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." Then, in RLDS Doctrine and Covenants 76:6c, we read: "Behold, these are they who died without law; and also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it." Thus, the preaching of Christ to those in the bottomless pit would have caused a great division among those spirits. Those obedient to Christ would want to help His cause on their release from the pit, while those still opposed to Christ would want to reinforce the powers of evil under Satan's leadership.
"Loose the four angels which are bound in the great
river Euphrates" of Revelation 9:14 was revised by Joseph Smith, Jr. to read:
"Loose the four angels which are bound in the bottomless pit." This confirms
that evil spirits are held back when the bottomless pit is first opened. Notice that the
first woe (fifth
The results of this comparison are that perhaps the great King of Angolmois is a spiritual being now in the bottomless pit soon to be released for his divine calling to be an agent of God's judgments on those who have turned away from salvation through Christ the great King redeemer. Abaddon's mission is not to destroy life but to destroy the selfish pride of those who have rebelled against their divine callings like he did before Christ preached to him in the bottomless pit.
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