We as humans are curious creatures not only in terms of technology and innovation to the point that we launched some of us into space millions of miles away to see what actual rocks were on that moon above us. More than that, we also felt like wanting to know what lies ahead. The idea of time machines was born and time travel claims began to sprout like mushrooms in the forest. Others were said to be good at predicting the future, called prophets, seers, fortune tellers or whatever they have been called through time. There were arguments about whether these people were really gifted or just making things out of thin air, or maybe stories were just made up or misinterpreted by generations after them.
Here are some of those historic events that should have happened.
Brahan’s seer predicting the Battle of Culloden
Kenneth Mackenzie lived around the same time as the famous and legendary Nostradamus. He was a farm laborer who may have been born near Uig on the Isle of Lewis towards the end of the 17th century. His ability to see the future, called “second sight”, was said to come from a small blue and black stone with a hole in the center. Mackenzie was also known as Coinneach Odhar (Dark Kenneth), and he traveled to an area near Strathpeffer where he worked on the Brahan estates, which were the residence of the influential Seaforth MacKenzies. There he gained a reputation as a local seer that he was soon hired as a resident prophet by the lords of the Brahan domain on the Scottish mainland near Dingwall.
In 1630, Mackenzie was said to have passed through Drumrossie Moor, where Charles Edwar Stuart’s Jacobite army would be decisively defeated by British forces under Prince William Augustus over a century later, when he suddenly cried,
“Oh! Drumrossie, your bleak moor will, before many generations have passed, be stained with the best blood of the Highlands. Glad I shall not see the light of day! Heads will be cut off by the score and no mercy will be shown.
And so the Battle of Culloden actually took place there. Until that date, many people in that area of Scotland still hold to his other predictions.
Jacques Cazotte foreseeing the French Revolution
Jacques Cazotte was a French intellectual and occultist author. He was a frequent guest at the salon, the great institution of 18th century France where he always dined with other intellectual acquaintances and members of high society. During one of their dinners in Paris in 1788, the people discussed the possibility of a revolution which seemed inevitable at that time. Everyone was giving their opinion until Cazotte spoke and expressed his frightening predictions,
You, Monsieur de Condorcet, you will die flat on your stomach on the pavement of a dungeon. You will perish from a poison you took to deceive the executioner. And you, Monsieur de Chamfort, you’re going to cut your veins twenty-two times with a razor, and yet you won’t die until a few months later. As for you, Monsieur de Nicolai, you will die on the scaffold. And you, Monsieur Bailly, also on the scaffold.
Your sex, ladies, will offer you no protection in this bloodbath. You, Madame la Duchess, and many others will be taken to the scaffold in the executioner’s cart, your hands tied behind your back like vulgar criminals… No one will be spared. Not even the King and Queen of France!
It is true that in May 1789, the French Revolution broke out and the nobles lost their heads as expected. King Louis XIV was however spared until January 1793, when he was publicly guillotined in central Paris. As for Cazotte, he too was executed in the same way in September 1792 after being denounced as a royalist. Whether he saw it coming or not, no one really knew.
Wolf Messing’s Prophecy of Hitler’s Russian Campaign
Wolf Messing was a hypnotist, clairvoyant, and medium born to a Jewish family in Poland in 1874. His parents sent him to a seminary to become a rabbi, but Messing didn’t like the idea and decided to go away. escape. Soon, he finds himself traveling the world during his teenage years, giving public performances of his psychic abilities.
Once in a packed theater in Warsaw, he made his prediction about Hitler:
If Hitler goes to war against the East, his death awaits him.
He was also challenged by Stalin to show him his abilities by entering his private room and going through all the security. That’s exactly what he did by telling the guards that he was Commissioner General of Beria State Security. He also predicted when the war would begin, missing only a month. He also told Stalin about his vision of Soviet tanks entering Berlin.
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