We, as humans, are curious creatures not only in terms of technology and innovation to the point that we launched some of us into outer space some million miles away to see what actual rocks were on that moon above us. More than that, we also had a taste of wanting to know what lies ahead. The idea of time machines was born, and claims of time-traveling started to sprout like mushrooms in the forest. Some others were said to be gifted in predicting the future, called prophets, seers, fortune tellers, or whatever else they were called through time. There were arguments about whether these people were truly gifted or just fabricating things from thin air, or perhaps stories were just made up or misinterpreted by the generations after them.

Here are some of those historical events that were said to be predicted to happen.

The Brahan Seer Predicting The Battle of Culloden

Kenneth Mackenzie lived around the same time as the well-known and legendary Nostradamus. He was a farm laborer who was possibly born near Uig on the Isle of Lewis towards the end of the 17th century. It was said that his ability to see the future, called “second sight,” came 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 made a reputation as a local seer that he was soon taken on as a resident prophet by the lords of the Brahan estate on the Scottish mainland near Dingwall.

Kenneth Mackenzie
Kenneth Mackenzie. (Attributed to John Michael Wright (1617–1694), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

In 1630, Mackenzie was said to be walking across Drumrossie Moor, where the Jacobite army of Charles Edwar Stuart would decisively be defeated by the British forces under Prince William Augustus more than a century later, when he suddenly cried,

“Oh! Drumrossie, thy bleak moor shall, ere many generations have passed away, be stained with the best blood of the Highlands. Glad I am that I will not see the day! Heads will be lopped off by the score, and no mercy shall be shown.”

And so the Battle of Culloden indeed happened on that spot. Up to this date, many of the locals of this area of Scotland still hold to his other predictions.

Jacques Cazotte Foreseeing the French Revolution

Portrait of Jacques Cazotte. (Jean-Baptiste Perronneau , Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Jacques Cazotte was an intellectual French author and occultist. He was a frequent guest at the salon, the great institution of 18th century France where he would always dine with other intellectual acquaintances and members of high societies. During one of their dinner parties in Paris in the year 1788, the people were discussing the possibility of a revolution that seemed to be inevitable at that time. Everyone was giving out their opinions until Cazotte spoke and voiced his chilling predictions,

You, Monsieur de Condorcet, you will die prone on the stone floor of a prison cell. You will perish of a poison you have taken to cheat the executioner. And you, Monsieur de Chamfort, will cut your veins twenty-two times with a razor, and still, you will not die—until some 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 Duchesse, and many others will be taken to the scaffold in the executioner’s cart, with your hands tied behind your backs like common criminals… No one will be spared. Not even the king and queen of France!

True enough, in May 1789, the French Revolution broke out, and the nobles lost their heads as predicted. King Louis XIV, however, was spared until January 1793, when he was publicly guillotined in the center of Paris. As for Cazotte, he, too, was executed the same way in September 1792 after being denounced as a royalist. Whether he had seen that coming or not, no one really knew.

Wolf Messing’s Prophecy on Hitler’s Russian Campaign

Wolf Messing.
Wolf Messing. (Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Wolf Messing was a hypnotist, seer, and psychic who was born in a Jewish family in Poland in 1874. His parents sent him to a seminary to be a rabbi, but Messing didn’t like the idea and decided to escape. Soon, he found himself traveling the world during his teenage years, giving public performances of his psychic abilities.

Once in a packed Warsaw theatre, 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 ability by entering his private room and passing through all the security. He did just that by telling the guards that he was Commissioner General of State Security Beria. He also predicted when the war would begin, only missing by a month. He also told Stalin about his vision of Soviet tanks entering Berlin.

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