Presidential Prophecies and Political Posturing Series
Part 1 of this series explored the background of conservative Christians’ strong support for the election of Donald Trump to President of the US. Key to this support is that many Christians believe there were specific prophecies given that Trump would be elected and would be used by God to further their political positions.
Part 2 will focus on a handful of non-Christian sources that made predictions about the Trump Presidency.
In the References below is a selected list of some of the most interesting predictions made by a broad range of perspectives, including religious and secular sources.
Non-Christian and Secular Predictions
Simpsons Cartoon Series
Putting the prediction game in proper perspective, consider the most humorous example – the Simpson’s animated cartoon series, which predicted Trump would be President (within 30 years) back in 2000.    According to show writers, this was intended as a warning to America, and Trump was the most ridiculous character they could think of at the time who might become President.
Others had predicted that an authoritarian leader would arise in response to a predictable chain of events then taking shape in the country.
Political Columnist / Adviser
One prognosticator was columnist Samuel Francis (a Pat Buchanan supporter) who wrote a 1996 essay, “From Household to Nation,” in Chronicles magazine . This is how The Week magazine  described the prediction (advice) to Buchanan:
To simplify Francis’ theory: There are a number of Americans who are losers from a process of economic globalization that enriches a transnational global elite. These Middle Americans see jobs disappearing to Asia and increased competition from immigrants. Most of them feel threatened by cultural liberalism, at least the type that sees Middle Americans as loathsome white bigots. But they are also threatened by conservatives who would take away their Medicare, hand their Social Security earnings to fund-managers in Connecticut, and cut off their unemployment too.
Similar dire predictions admonitions were made by many of the founding fathers, based on their knowledge of history that illustrated weaknesses of many forms of governance, as well seeing first-hand the corruption of government by the international corporations.  They realized that even from democracy, the bands of tyranny might arise.
Benjamin Franklin warned that the demands of misguided (“corrupted”) populism would lead to despotism.
“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults,” Franklin said, adding that it “can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.… Much of the strength and efficiency of any government, in procuring and securing happiness to the people, depends… on the general opinion of the goodness of that government, as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its governors.”
John Adams wrote:
“Obsta principiis, nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour.
As the world has discovered time and again, strongmen are always in the wings, waiting for their chance to rule the lives of others.
Some of the non-Christian predictions come from well-known fore-tellers such as Nostradamus, Baba Vanga (a Bulgarian prophetess) and religious scholars of Muslim and Jewish prophecies. Like most prophecies, there is room for sophisticated and scholarly interpretation of any of these, though some seem uncannily accurate even if taken literally.
Here are some notable predictions from these sources:
Nostradamus (Mystic of the 16th Century)
Nostradamus’ prophecies are written in poetic form as quatrains, and often in metaphors and vague language that can have multiple interpretations, which are subject to continuing debate by those who follow them. The poems are not especially helpful to predict details of future events, but rather are considered accurate after a prediction was thought to have been fulfilled. In retrospect, many seem to have had remarkable correlation to actual events, thus many continue to study his work for insights into future events. (See article 11 in references below for online version of his complete works.)
There are a number of predictions that are expected to be fulfilled in 2017 according to reference articles #10-13. The most commonly cited as applicable to Donald Trump are these:
Century III, Quatrain 81
The great shameless, audacious bawler.
He will be elected governor of the army:
The boldness of his contention.
The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.
Century I: 40
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 first quatrain could easily describe Trump’s temperament, as well as the outcome of the election to become Commander-in-Chief. The first few weeks of his administration have certainly been contentious; causing great splits in the country and waves of fear among immigrants and minority groups.
In Century I:40, if “trumpet” is shortened to the alternate spelling “trump”, the second quatrain seems to apply very literally to this President. The remainder is unclear at the moment, but given the conflicts in the middle east, it is certainly easy to imagine some great upheaval as a result of Trump’s actions.
Additionally, there are other verses that supposedly predict events to occur during, as the ending, or as the aftermath of the Trump administration. Article #13 in the References list does a run-down of these with possible interpretations.
Century I: 57
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.
Century III: 50
The republic of the great city
Will not want to consent to the great severity:
King summoned by trumpet to go out,
The ladder at the wall, the city will repent.
Century X: 76
The great Senate will ordain the triumph
For one who afterwards will be vanquished, driven out:
At the sound of the trumpet of his adherents there will be
Put up for sale their possessions, enemies expelled.
These could be interpreted as applying to current events, or with only a little imagination, to possible foreseeable events as well. This illustrates how believers find proof of accuracy in vague predictions while skeptics find little or none.
Baba Vanga (Blind Bulgarian prophetess)
According to some interpretations of her spoken visions, she predicted that:
- The 44th President would be a black man.
- He would be the last president of the United States.
- He would enter office in time of economic crisis.
- “Everyone will put their hopes in him to end it, but the opposite will happen.”
- He will “bring the country down and conflicts between north and south states will escalate.”
These seem to be generally accurate, but depending on one’s opinion of Obama as President, the last two are questionable.
It is true that many Democrats, progressives and centrists were disappointed that the major changes they hoped for under Obama did not seem to materialize. But from a factual review of his accomplishments, Obama has been a remarkably productive President. This is especially remarkable considering the extreme opposition from Republicans and right wing groups who were far more damaging to the state of the nation than the President.
It is also true that tensions within the US increased, but not specifically between the geographic north and south, but between right wing and left wing or conservatives and liberals. If you prefer to think about this in very stark historical terms, the agrarian US south has been suspicious about and hostile toward northerners who they refer to as “Yankees”. Since this attitude has prevailed at least since the Civil War, predicting this animosity would continue is not much of a stretch.
Another fact to keep in mind is that the propaganda and smear campaigns against Democrats, liberals, intellectuals, media stars, bankers, large corporations, crony capitalists and government in general, has been underway by right wing political groups, anarchists and social agitators for at least the last century. Most of the messaging from Donald Trump is consistent with libertarian think tanks and conspiracy theorists (many of which originated as off-shoots from the John Birch Society and anti-communist groups) that have been operating since at least the 1950’s. The views from these groups, at least to some degree, evolved from the anti-labor media campaigns funded by wealth industrialist and capitalists in the early 1900’s. So the Trump rhetoric that took advantage of economic and social unrest was not new at all, and might have been quickly embraced by many older whites (especially in the South and rural areas) because it sounds so familiar to them.
Time will have to reveal the accuracy of these prophecies over the long haul.
It is said that the Quran speaks of a man who is a “mean swearer, a backbiter, slanderer, forbidder of good, transgressor and sinful” which seems to be an accurate description of the man Donald Trump. Some of the rest of the evidence given  is specific enough to be uncanny. As detailed in this extensive excerpt from the referenced article:
Having described his nasty character, the Quran further describes him as possessing “riches and many children.” What follows is a clear prophecy about him: “We will brand him on the trump.” This sentence in particular seems to identify The Donald, clearly, when we look at the word “trump” carefully.
In Arabic, words can have multiple meanings through their root letters. The Quranic word “Khartoum,” translated as “snout” or “trunk” — which is actually a derivative of “trump,” from “trumpet” — is from the quadrilateral root kh-r-t-m, and has other very significant meanings too. It also means “the leader of a people or a party” and “leader of the military.” Another meaning is “unfermented wine.”
These meanings to “Khartoum” describe The Donald with astonishing accuracy, given his positions as president of his people, leader of the Republican Party and commander in chief.
In fact, even his ancestry is detailed. How so? The surname “Trump” is an Anglicized version of the German surname “Drumpf.” The Drumpfs were winegrowers in Germany. Indeed, Trump’s own paternal grandfather, Friedrich, left the German village of Kallstadt for America, as he did not want to work in the family vineyard.
That the verse speaks of “branding” him, signifying his becoming a byword in history, is remarkable, since The Donald has made his millions through promotion of his name-brand, the Trump logo, which is plastered across buildings, golf courses, universities, food and clothing. It seems that God has a sense of irony, too.
These Quranic verses don’t just match The Donald’s character, his wealth, many children, ancestry and role as president and commander in chief, but also the policies he is now pursuing.
The Quran describes how God would try this man and his people with a beautiful garden, full of fruit. It speaks of this individual’s determination to gather the fruit early in the morning, and to prevent any poor person from benefiting from it:
“So they called to one another at the break of dawn, Saying, ‘Go forth early in the morning to your field, if you would gather the fruit.’ And they set out, talking to one another in low tones, Saying, ‘Let no poor man today enter it against you.’ And they went forth early in the morning, determined to achieve their purpose.” (The Pen 68:22-26)
These verses epitomize Trump’s attitude and policies to a T, especially his controversial border wall and immigration/refugee ban. At their heart, both are mean-spirited policies, appealing to the worst of human characteristics: selfishness and stinginess.
The border wall is designed to keep out the poor of Mexico from benefiting from the wealth of the United States.
Further, when we consider that individuals of Saudi, Chechen and Pakistani origin perpetrated the attacks of 9/11, the Boston bombing and San Bernardino respectively, yet citizens of these countries are free to enter the U.S., we see Trump’s claim that national security underpins his immigration/refugee ban for what it is: unvarnished bigotry. Indeed, no terrorist attack has been committed on U.S. soil in recent history by any individual from any of these seven countries.
Some writers and activists have suggested that Trump’s ban deliberately avoids any countries with which he has business ties in the region.
The ban against these Muslim-majority countries is made even more perverse when we consider that the United States has created or contributed to the immigration/refugee crisis in every country’s case.
Some, such as Iraq and Libya, were directly invaded and occupied, while the rest (Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Iran) have suffered from the U.S. arming terrorists in their country, prolonging civil war; suffered ongoing drone strikes that have a civilian casualty rate of 15 percent to 25 percent; or suffered crippling economic sanctions as a result of U.S. policies.
The individual described in the Quran did not meet a good end. The result of his cheap, mean-spirited ways was that God destroyed his garden overnight, and when he and his workers came to it in the morning they lamented: “nay we have been deprived of everything.”
The only silver lining the Quran offers is that they, after witnessing the result of their evils, realized the error of their ways, reproached one another, turned to God and repented of their past injustices.
Like many other ancient prophecies, assuming these are interpreted accurately by modern scholars, the future might be predicted in astonishing detail by supernatural revelations in ancient sacred texts.
Jewish prophetic writings 
Although there are other Jewish interpretations that use selected Old Testament sources, this article (References #2) is the only one cited for the Jewish predictions due to the fascinating range of interpretive means that were used.
Based on a number of signs, including Old Testament prophecies, Jewish numerology and astrology, a great leader is expected to usher in the time leading up to the appearance of the Messiah. Part of the prophetic message is based on known astronomical events (signs in the heavens), such as the merging of a binary star system resulting in a bright “red nova”. Some of the predictions about the Donald Trump victory are based on reinterpretation of the word “star” as a heavenly body into a great leader, and even a TV reality show “star”. But there is also a belief that Trump will be a great ally and defender of Israel and will assist in punishing her enemies throughout the world. This will enable Israel to achieve world domination, as predicted by messianic prophecies.
Perhaps predictably, these same types of beliefs are held by many modern Christians, except they believe that Israel will also embrace Jesus of Nazareth as the true Messiah upon His second coming. Upon the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, then converted Jews and Christians will be united in ruling the world under the Lord Jesus Christ.
Due to the similarities between Jewish and Christian interpretation, the next article in the series will probably be a better context for examination of the other Jewish prophecy resources.
Predictions and prophecies seem to be one of the most common fascinations of mankind across time and place. These examples illustrate that the interest is still strong in modern society, especially when knowledge of future events might give comfort, guidance or advantage in living. When the President of the United States can have such a dramatic impact on our daily lives, not only in this country but around the world, foreknowledge of his actions and the consequences become not just interesting, but gravely important. Yet, even with the help of the ancient prophets and modern professional prognosticators, the future is uncertain, so despite all our best efforts, fate and the plans of the Higher Powers will always have the final say.
Links to other articles in this series:
- Presidential Prophecies and Political Posturing (Part 1)
- Presidential Prophecies and Political Posturing (Part 3 – Christian Prophecies) (Pending)
(Links to other posts in the series to be added when completed.)
References to Trump Election in 2016
Non-Christian and Secular Prophecies
- Is Trump fulfilling Quranic prophecy? <http://religionnews.com/2017/01/31/is-trump-fulfilling-quranic-prophesy/>
- Jewish prophecy: Will Nova KIC 9832227 in 2022 herald the arrival of the messiah?
- 2017 Predictions: Nostradamus’ Prophecy for The Donald Trump Assassination, World War 3, and The Bible’S Antichrist End Times
- How an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996 <http://theweek.com/articles/599577/how-obscure-adviser-pat-buchanan-predicted-wild-trump-campaign-1996>
- “From Household to Nation,” in Chronicles magazine <http://www.unz.org/Pub/Chronicles-1996mar-00012>
- Simpsons writer says President Trump episode was ‘warning to US’ <https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/17/simpsons-president-trump-prediction-was-meant-as-warning-to-us>
- People Think “The Simpsons” Predicted Trump’s Win But It’s Not True <https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/simpsons-trump-prediction?utm_term=.wnj7mOdDb#.een7pJKZy> (Partial debunking of Simpsons 2000 prediction.)
- The Simpsons writer: ‘Why I predicted Donald Trump would become President of the United States’
- America’s Founding Fathers Warned Us About Men Like Donald Trump
- Nostradamus Prophecies for 2017 to 2020! <http://www.alamongordo.com/nostradamus-prophecies-2017-2020/>
- CENTURI I – The Nostradamus Quatrains <http://www.alamongordo.com/centuri-i-the-nostradamus-quatrains/>
- Don’t Freak Out, But People Are Saying Nostradamus Predicted Donald Trump <https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisrodley/dont-freak-out-but-nostradamus-predicted-donald-1j3p8?utm_term=.fqpRDgMyN#.kkyLpQJyr>
- 2017 Predictions: Nostradamus’ Prophecy for the Donald Trump Assassination, World War 3, and The Bible’s Antichrist End Times <http://www.inquisitr.com/3736619/2017-predictions-nostradamus-prophecy-for-the-donald-trump-assassination-world-war-3-ww3-bible-antichrist-end-times-conspiracy-theory/>