Michel de Nostredame, also known by his Latinised name, Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician, and quite possibly, the most famous end-of-the-world predictor of all time.
Nostradamus, born in 1503, worked as a healer by trade, fighting outbreaks of the plague across his native France. His true passion, however, was in various occult practices, despite the fact that he was a devout Roman Catholic.
He began writing out prophecies, writing an almanac in 1550 and going on to create over six thousand predictions. Despite some thinking him evil or insane, the nobility took a liking to his work, and the wife of King Henry II of France became one of this chief admirers.
His predictions are notably clear, and his vision of the apocalypse follows this tradition. In a letter to his newborn son, Cesar, he describes the end in a brief, businesslike fashion, beginning with descriptions of a great flood.
“After those floods, such a great amount fire of glowing stones will fall from the sky that nothing will be able to escape this last destructive fire storm.”
Immediately, we can see similarities to the Biblical account—it is that same fiery mountain from the sky described in Revelation 8. But the difference here is that Nostradamus suggests not only the way the world will end, but gives a date, as well.
That year is 8555.
Has Nostradamus given us the long-awaited missing piece of the puzzle? Only time will tell.