Background on the "49 Years Plus Pattern"
In 2012 I postulated that every forty-nine years, plus what appeared to be a predictable incrementing of months and weeks, an assassination or military defeat of a powerful figure whose death changes history and eras would occur in 2013. And so the historical linkages bear testimony: from "the shot heard round the world" at Lexington at the start of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1765 (where no powerful figure died, but history was certainly changed forever) to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815 and exile-till-death on October 16, 1815 to Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865 at the close of The Civil War to Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination on June 28, 1914 which triggered World War I to US President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963 at a dangerous nuclear crossroads for US-Soviet relations and the cusp of Vietnam and the greatest social revolution in the United States since either The Revolutionary War or The Civil War. Following the pattern of months and weeks added to the 49 years since Kennedy's death, June 21, 2013 or August 21, 2013 emerged as the next period a major figure would likely be murdered by an assassin.
In early June 2013, Nelson Mandela fell ill for what appeared to be the last time. With his obituary already being prepared by the mass media, it occurred to me that his death, even though by old age and natural causes, might coincide with events that would trigger World War III. The South African prophet Siener van Rensburg warned of a war in East Asia and revolutions and civil wars in Africa and in Europe occurring during a long period of mourning for an important black leader many have believed would be none other than Nelson Mandela. Might these events spark a global war? June 21 was approaching but there was little sign of anything else happening other than the ongoing civil war in Syria. But that could easily change overnight. Then came the news of President Barack Obama's plan to visit South Africa later in June. Van Rensburg also described what appeared to be a violent death, not a natural one, because the statue of the great black leader would be toppled. Might that mean a confusion by Van Rensburg between Mandela and Obama, both dying around the same time, one through natural causes and the other through violence? Would it be Obama who would be assassinated while visiting South Africa? Then the news came: Obama had departed for his African trip: it was June 21, 2013.
Mandela recovered for what would be the last time. As it turned out, nothing happened to either he or Obama during the June trip.
Mandela would later die on December 5, 2013, finally igniting the many concerns raised by the Boer Prophet. Despite a revolution in Ukraine and what appeared to be another brewing in Italy, as well as the heating up of tensions in the East China Sea over an islands dispute between China and Japan, Van Rensburg's prophecy failed to be fulfilled. Three revolutions (not two) that would boil over rapidly in Europe and WAR (not threats) in the East casting out weapons of fire in all directions were supposed to occur by the conclusion of the time of mourning.
Although these aspects of the prophecy appeared to be moving in that direction, the momentum of the events fizzled ... and remains fizzled well after Mandela's burial.
Therefore, nothing prophesied by Van Rensburg happened as a consequence, unless he intended those things to happen a good time after Mandela's funeral ... but that is not how his prophecy reads.
In addition, 1) a major strike and civil war in South Africa, with a possible larger war in southern Africa, and 2) another US war in Iraq, both failed to materialize in any way (although the US is supplying arms, but not troops, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad's war against ISIS).
I suppose it is possible we can say Van Rensburg's prophecy had some close calls and may yet be fulfilled, albeit long after Nelson Mandela's death, mourning, and burial.
Following the last Mandela health scare and Obama trip, July 2013 brought angst concerning the third person I was concerned might be killed by an assassin: Pope Francis. There was much speculation that during his visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (River of January), he would be attacked and murdered by gunmen at the gigantic Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking the city atop a small mountain. However, the Pope did not visit the site and the trip to Rio passed without incident.
My concern is that Francis may be the pope prophesied by Nostradamus to be assassinated either in a land or city "watered by two rivers" or else after visiting a city half-destroyed by war, where he prays over and blesses the bodies of the dead lying on its streets as related in The Third Secret of Fatima.
Over the years, I have tended to link these two prophecies together. However, it becomes clear reading Nostradamus that at least two future popes will be assassinated. Thus, the two prophecies might not be different views of the same event but two completely different scenarios ... then again they might be linked.
As both Nostradamus and the Third Secret of Fatima deal with mass assassinations of the Pope along with his Clergy men and women in a foreign place, it would be highly dangerous to ignore the warnings found in both. To summarize: Nostradamus' Quatrain 2.97 warns the Pope against travel during the months of May or June "when the roses bloom" and of approaching a place "watered by two rivers"; Fatima warns the Pope will bless the dead on the streets of a city half-destroyed and then will be killed climbing a nearby holy mountain with a cross at the top.
Then again, what happens if some truly awful terrorist or military attack occurs in nearby Iraq ("the land between two rivers"), something unprecedented? Let us say it is so bad that half of Baghdad or some other Iraqi city is destroyed while Pope Francis is visiting Amman. This "Bishop dressed in White" may feel he needs to go to this city and bless the bodies of the dead and then decides afterwards to pay a pilgrimage to a nearby holy mountain from Byzantine times (of which there are many in northern Iraq) with a hewn corkwood cross at the top.
The Church may be trying hard to push the idea that Francis is the final pope Malachy named Petrus Romanus, but other prophecies concerning a long-awaited "great Pontiff" from France who will help "the great Monarch" (also from France) restore peace and order after the end of World War III make it clear that there has to be at least one more pope to come. Also, if a pope is assassinated in the Middle East, prophecies state that another will die in southern France during a military attack. Also, there must be a pope who reigns for only seven months and is killed during a major schism in the Church and when Rome is being tried in some manner by Albanians. Upon his death another reigns in his place for yet another seven months before stepping down (like Benedict did) or dying.
Here is an algebraic equation dealing in coincidence beyond normal coincidence: Lincoln / Kennedy = Archduke Ferdinand / X.
If anyone recalls the Kennedy assassination, a number of coincidences were noted afterwards, one of them being that Abraham Lincoln had a personal secretary named Kennedy who warned him not to go to Ford's Theatre, and that John F. Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln (d. May 13, 1995) who warned him not to go to Dallas. There are some who insist the secretary named "Kennedy" is an urban myth, but Lincoln had so many people working under him, it would be difficult to research it to prove a negative thoroughly. After all, "Kennedy" might not have been a secretary at all, but could have held some other position in the White House or Capitol Hill. Be that as it may, both Lincoln and Kennedy were succeeded by men with the last name Johnson: Andrew Johnson (b. 1808) and Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908). And of course both Lincoln and Kennedy were compared and eulogized by the media after Kennedy's assassination and also linked together in a song by Dion in 1968.
Now let us look at Archduke Ferdinand. His full name was FRANZ Ferdinand. "Franz" is a German cognate for FRANCIS!
Thus, X = Francis: Pope Francis.
Given these circumstances, an assassination of Pope Francis and his entourage during a papal trip to the Middle East could well trigger World War III just as surely as Franz Ferdinand's assassination in the Balkans triggered the First World War.