From “non-psychic” people, both famous and ordinary
Nostradamus… Edgar Cayce… Mother Shipton… Jeanne Dixon… we’ve heard time and again of their remarkable prophecies and predictions. Yet prophecies aren’t restricted to the prophets and psychics. Astonishing and eerily accurate predictions have also come from unexpected sources – famous and ordinary people alike.
As evidenced by these fascinating examples, in the right time and place, under the correct circumstances, even those who previously have demonstrated no psychic ability are somehow able to tap into the mysterious dimension of time to see the future.
The Farmhand Prophet
One unlikely seer was a young man by the name of Robert Nixon, who worked as a plowboy in the county of Cheshire, England in the late 15th century. Because he rarely spoke, and usually babbled incomprehensibly when he did, Nixon was thought to be mentally retarded. When he seemed to predict the ascension of Henry VII to the throne, he was brought before the new king, who was impressed by this simple farm worker’s apparent clairvoyance. Most astonishing, however, was Nixon’s prediction of his own death: he prophesied that he would starve to death in the royal palace. The king thought this absurd, as he was able to provide great banquets to the lad, and ordered that Nixon could eat anything, anytime he desired.
There came a day when King Henry had to travel and left Nixon in the care of a trusted officer. Feeling responsible for this unusual young man’s protection, the officer locked him in the king’s closet. As it would happen, this officer was also called away from London, forgetting to leave instructions for caring for Nixon… as well as the key to the closet. Nixon starved to death.
Cyrano: The Nose Knows
The name of Cyrano de Bergerac is known today as the long-nosed, sword-wielding 17th century character of books, plays and film. He was indeed a real person, a French writer and scholar who also made some remarkable predictions about future technology, including:
voyages to the moon
travel by rocket propulsion
houses that could be moved to follow seasonable weather (today’s RVs)
machines that could record and play back the human voice
One more idea of de Bergerac’s, which has yet to be verified, is recognizable to those who are familiar with such writers of today as Erich von Däniken, Zecharia Sitchin and others: that the gods of myth and legend were actually extraterrestrials.
Mark Twain’s Prophetic Dream
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known better by his pen name Mark Twain, is still considered one of the greatest American writers. And although many of his writings and famed quotations poke fun at the folly of men, he seemed to have a mystical side as well. It is well known, for example, that he predicted the circumstances of his own death: he was born in 1835 when Halley’s Comet was visible and said that he came in with Halley and would go out with Halley. Sure enough, he died in 1910 when the comet was again visible.
Lesser known, however, is a dream that he had in the late 1850s, which came true in acute detail. He experienced an unusually vivid dream in which he saw the body of his brother Henry lying dead in a metal coffin in his sister’s sitting room. The coffin was supported by two chairs, and upon his brother’s still chest was a bouquet of flowers with one red rose in its center.
It was just a few weeks later that Henry died as the result of injuries sustained in a boat accident. Appearing at the wake, Twain found his brother’s body just as he had seen it in the dream: in a metal coffin supported by two chairs. Missing only were the flowers. Just then, a woman entered the room and placed on Henry’s chest a bouquet – with a single red rose in the center.
The Scottish Earthquake
Earthquakes of any notable magnitude are quite rare in Great Britain, so it’s unlikely that Edward Pearson would have been taken seriously by anyone. Pearson was traveling by train from Iverness to Perth in Scotland, the first leg of his trip to London. He was going there, he told authorities, to warn the Prime Minister of a devastating earthquake that he knew was going to strike Glasgow.
But Pearson never got any further than Perth, as he was arrested on the train for not having a ticket. Although a local newspaper reported the story of this “unemployed Welsh prophet,” who would have really listened to him? Three weeks later, the earthquake struck, damaging buildings in Glasgow and other regions of Scotland.
Jaime Castell was killed in a freak automobile accident. The Spanish hotel executive was driving home one evening when a car speeding in the opposite direction swerved off the road, jumped over the median barrier, flipped over and landed upside-down on top of Castell’s car, killing him instantly. The insurance company readily and without question paid the $100,000 policy to Castell’s pregnant wife.
The freak nature of Castell’s death gave the insurance company no cause to question that it was an accident, even though Castell had suddenly purchased the policy just a few weeks earlier. The reason? A voice in a dream told him that he would never see his unborn child, and he was convinced that he would soon die.