Born in 1503, Michel de Nostredame was a French physician and seer who is credited with predicting several major world events.
In 1555 Nostradamus published his best known book Les Propheties, which some claim predicted disasters such as the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Most of Nostradamus' cryptic messages seem to predict death and destruction.
According to his prophecies, a devastating 27-year-long war will break out between the world's two great superpowers after the rise of a third Antichrist, the Express reports.
The prophecy said: "The False Trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.
"The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground."
Some followers believe that the "trumpet” could be a reference to Donald Trump. Here are three cryptic passages that mention war and refer to the East "weakening" the West:
A weakened West: "Twice put up and twice cast down, the East will also weaken the West. Its adversary after several battles chased by sea will fail at time of need."
Thunder and conflict: "The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt. An evil deed, foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany."
Wars start up again: "Pestilences extinguished, the world becomes smaller, for a long time the lands will be inhabited peacefully. People will travel safely through the sky (over) land and seas: then wars will start up again."
Nostradamus' critics are quick to point out that his four-lined quatrains are too cryptic to be full understood and always remain open to interpretation.
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