This quatrain predicts that organized religions will be destroyed by words of truth spoken by the "friend"

John Hogue, Nostradamus: The New Revelations
"Gautama, the Buddha, taught that the Wheel of Dharma — the teaching of truth, is like a great wheel which, 2,500 years from its first revolution, runs out of momentum. The next world teacher, who is given the name 'Maitreya' meaning 'friend,' would appear around the year A.D. 2000 and will restore momentum and power to all those seeking after religious truth.

Nostradamus corresponds to this prophecy with the Quatrain 24 Century 4. This quatrain predicts that organized religions will be destroyed by words of truth spoken by the 'friend' through the 'human flame' of a new religion.”

John Hogue, Nostradamus: The New Revelations,
Element Books, Inc., 1994, p. 243.

By clearing predicting the flowering of a new religion, Nostradamus discounts all the familiar established faiths.

"Almost all the publications on Nostradamus' work which have appeared this century focus exclusively on the negative aspects of his predictions, making him, in the popular mind, a prophet solely of destruction and disaster, plague and nuclear war.

But are we inevitably doomed to a future world of natural and ecological disaster, plague and nuclear war? Is our future destiny, as foreseen by Nostradamus, immutable, or will we be given an opportunity to improve our chances of survival?

Throughout the prophet's visions of apocalypse the theme of a new religious consciousness occurs again and again. It will flourish, he says, before the end of the 20th century ...

In their present state the established religions show little signs of an ability to bring peace on earth. On the contrary, most of the wars of history have been fought over differences of faith and different definitions of the nature of 'truth.' By clearing predicting the flowering of a new religion, Nostradamus discounts all the familiar established faiths. What is the nature of this new religion? Is it already developing, or yet to be born?”

John Hogue, Nostradamus: The New Revelations
Element Books, Inc., 1994, p. 225.

Shri Mataji, the incarnation of the Great Holy Spirit
Shri Mataji
“Such heartless people, who abuse the innocence of children by doing such heinous things, are not described in any predictions, so the West does not have any faith in any Indian predictions. They feel very strongly that the ancient Indian astrologers had no clear insights. What about Nostradamus? It is as if those ancient seers could not bear to relate such stark horrors that no one would have believed until this time, the lowest point of Kali Yuga.”

The Paraclete Shri Mataji

"I want to tell you, as a Mother, that you all should depend on Paramchaitanya. That's very important to depend on Paramchaitanya... That's so important because at this juncture of the time people think that something great is going to happen. I don't know. 2,000 years according to them would be something great but I don't know because it's all man-made. All this 2,000 year and 3,000 year is man-made. But I Myself feel, as predicted by many, that possibly because of your understanding and your wisdom, I am sure something great may happen in this world, and things may be brought to a proper level of understanding of spirituality because this is the Last Judgment. And in this Last Judgment you have to play a very vital role which I am sure you can do it, if you decide to achieve something for the future. May God bless you.”

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Navaratri Puja,
Cabella, Italy, 27 September, 1998

Walter Mercado, Beyond The Horizon
Walter Mercado: "But before it comes, the old must be purged.”

"That major religions would be facing such challenges to their basic structures and doctrines is reflective of the increasing energy of the New Age affecting their flocks. The New Millennium opens an era of renewed and individual spirituality, in which we will no longer seek interpretations of the scriptures from others, but will connect directly with the universal spirit and understand the meaning of the holy works ourselves.

But we must first pass through the final days of the dying era, which, as all eras before it, will burst forth in a concentration of negative energy, some of which we are already witnessing.

In the Book of Revelation, the Bible speaks in apocalyptic terms of blood, pestilence, suffering, and violence—all the horrors to be rained down on humanity before the chosen stand beside God in the millennium of peace that reigns thereafter. Many interpret this to mean the end of the world. But it is not the end of the world, it is the end of the past. These are not contradictory concepts. In the symbolism of the Bible verses, the world as we know comes to an end and all humanity unites in peace to bring the way of Christ to all the Earth, to bring the spirit of Christianity out of the Book and into our lives. This is the very spirit of the New Age, of compassion and caring for our fellows on Earth, of fraternity and unity and peace. But before it comes, the old must be purged. The only way it will be purged is through a washing away of the sins of the past and thinking of the past, to open the way for what is to be. And as many devout believers in scripture say, those times are already upon us.

In the Age of Aquarius, we break from the past to invent the future we desire in our society and in our person. The answers we find will be wholly new ones, totally original ones, but they require a thorough examination of what has been and what we wish to come. All our institutions as we know them must adapt to this new reality.

The time is not just for the integration of humanity, but for the integration of all its codes, canons, and concepts. We are not just reinventing ourselves, but all of our systems of society. The rules that bind, the laws that chain, the edicts that keep us in constant conflict with ourselves, all come crashing down.

The Bible speaks of the Second Coming of Christ, of a millennium of peace that comes when Jesus returns anew and all of us join together universally. The time is at hand. Christ is coming, but not physically, spiritually. The Bible spoke in many metaphors. The Spirit of Christ is what comes now in our souls, in our awakened spirituality. The cosmic inner Christ is coming. It is time to realize that we are all the 'children of God,' and that the 'Son of God' came to show us the way to unite with that divine universal spirit.

It is Christ's message now that is awakened and becomes a reality. We do unto others and have compassion for all. Now is the time to put Christ's message and Buddha's message of love into practice, to take them from the level of mere words and turn them into action. Too many people make a show of going to church. They go not seeking, but to be seen. They go to church but the Church does not go in them. They make an act of presence, repeating rituals mechanically, without feeling, failing to grasp the meaning. Or they go begging. Ungrateful for what they have, wishing it were more, they go asking for more. That is not the way, nor the purpose of religion. Aquarius is an age of gratefulness. We must get up every morning thankful for yet another day of light, of love, of opportunities and possibilities. The affirmation of every day should be, 'I feel good. I feel loved by nature, by the wind, by the universe and everything in it.'

What is important now is to seek the true meaning of the message of the masters. For two thousand years, those messages have been exploited, used by preachers, pastors and priests to build gleaming castles, to build treasure troves of riches while the poor starved. They served as salesmen of paradise and perdition to build palaces. But few put the message of the masters, the message of love, into practice. Often, it was just the opposite. Too many have been killed in the name of God. The Crusades sent army after army to wage war in the Holy Land. Inquisitors and pious prosecutors sent too many so- called heretics and witches to their deaths. Now we must renounce all the venom of the past, release the centuries of anger, and breathe the peace and love of the Age of Aquarius. We must stop being beggars seeking salvation or praying for prosperity and become grateful participants in the order of the universe, in harmony with it...

But there will be many who will resist the truth of the new era. They may try at first by playing upon the sense of self-doubt that lies within each of us. Self-doubt exists only because we have allowed others to define our reality for so long that we no longer know what is real anymore. When we look inside and catch the first sight of what is real and it does not concur with what those around us have said and are saying at the moment, we discard it. We doubt ourselves because we have allowed others to tell us what truth is. But as we reach deeper into the New Age, we will reach deeper inside ourselves for the truth. And as we learn the truth, we will no longer need or want others to interpret it for us. This will cause friction with those who defend the institutions they feel comfortable with, the institutions they cling to like a security blanket in a world they really aren't comfortable with at all. Those who cannot, or do not dare, to look inside themselves for the truth will be the ones who will resist the rest of us the most. They will be the ones who challenge the rest of us the most. They will be the ones who try to make the rest of us think that we are wrong because they want desperately to believe that they are right, and they know that once their faith is shaken, they have nothing left to cling to. But be wary of anyone who demands that you have blind faith in what they are saying. If they will not allow scrutiny, it is possibly because their beliefs cannot stand up to scrutiny. And when those who hide within the institutions because they do not dare to look inside themselves feel that they are losing their grip on the rest of us, they will fight.”

Walter Mercado, Beyond The Horizon: Visions of a New Millennium,
A Time Warner Company, 1997, p. 71-251.

Au revolu du grand nombre septiesme,
The year seven of the great number being past,
Apparoistra au temps ieux d'Hecatombe,
There shall be seen the sports of the ghostly sacrifice,
Non esloingne du grand age milliesme,
Not far from the great age of the millennium,
Que les entrez sortiront de leur tombe.
That the buried shall come out of their graves.”

Henry C. Roberts, The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus,
1994, p. 336.

World Scripture, International Religious Foundation
"Some ambiguity plagues the descriptions of heaven and hell in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which can be interpreted either to describe the state of the soul upon death or what will be after the future Resurrection ... Most Muslims, therefore, regard the dead to be sleeping in the grave awaiting that momentous event. Yet other passages, such as the hadith describing Muhammad's Night Journey, point to the present reality of Heaven as the dwelling place for the souls of the righteous. The biblical vision of Heaven from the Revelation and the passage from the same book about the lake of fire are visions of a future recompense after the tribulations of the Last Judgment. Those Christians who hold to a literal interpretation of these verses concur with their Muslim brothers and sisters that the souls of the dead are asleep in the grave, awaiting the future opening of Heaven and hell. But another strand of the Christian tradition, supported by biblical descriptions of the Sheol in Job 3.17-19, the heavenly Jerusalem in Hebrews 12.22-24, and the story of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16.19-31, teaches that upon death each person immediately enters his appointed place in Heaven or hell. The visions in Revelation are often interpreted in this way, and have spawned such classic descriptions as Dante's Divine Comedy. The concept of the World to Come in Rabbinic Jewish writings is similarly ambiguous: the World to Come may be a present Heaven or describe a future redemption on earth.”

World Scripture, International Religious Foundation

Shri Mataji, the incarnation of the Great Holy Spirit
Shri Mataji
"But these are special time, the Blossom Time. They call it the Last Judgment, you can call it the Resurrection Time, you can call it the Qiyamah, they call it in Koran. It is said that people will come out of their graves and will get their Resurrection. I mean what is left to the graves is nothing but a few stones and a few bones. No. All these souls which are dead will take their birth, take human body and take their Realization in these special times. This is a sensible thing to say and is also happening.

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Moscow, Russia, November 12, 1993

"There are lots of myths in the Bible and one of them is that at the Time of Resurrection your bodies will come out of the graves. This is not only for Christians, but also for the Muslims and Jews. Think of this — What remains in the grave after many years? Only a few bones. And if these bones came out how can you give them Realization? Think of it. It is a big myth. Not possible logically.

In Nal Damyanti Akhyan they have clearly given that when the Kalyug will come, all these seekers who are seeking in the hills and mountains will be born again, and they will be given their Self-Realization! Their Kundalinis will be awakened and that is logical, because that is what we are doing today.”

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Christmas Puja, Ganapatipule, India — December 25, 1993

"But you are on the side of Dharma and if you fight for Dharma then, even if you die, you will be saved. But this is stretched too far in many scriptures also, which is very absurd; like saying that if you die and bury yourself, then after 500 years your body will come out and you will be saved. After 500 years what will remain of the body? Such absurd ideas there are in these religions — Christians, Jews and Muslims. That's why they bury people...

Christ was resurrected within three days. He died on Friday and resurrected on Sunday morning. But if you keep some body for 500 years, who is not even Christ, what will come out of it?”

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Paris, France, July 13, 1994

"You are arriving at that point where your destruction is sure because you have to become the spirit. You have to rise in spiritual life and if your movement is downward who can help you? This is a very interesting time as I have told you is the Time of Judgment and at this Time we have to be careful that we are our own judges.”

The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Navaratri Puja, Cabella, Italy — October 5, 1997

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