Talking about the future the thing we all like doing perhaps because it is thrilling to know something beforehand. Though, we strive to make and change our future for the better, there are chances when something perceived turns out true, maybe to our chagrin. There have been many famous futurists whose predictions turned accurate over time. Listed below are top 10 accurate predictions of all time that still baffle people who otherwise do not believe in prophecies.
10. Prophecy from Book of Revelation 11:9:
When communication and transportation was carried out by men and horses, respectively, it was in the 90 A.D. that a prediction was made about many nations having the same vision together or in within the span of a few minutes. The prophecy can be considered true in an era when billions of people around the world can simultaneously view the same happening or event through tools of mass communication, or can travel to the place of happening almost instantly.
9. Prophecy in Ezekiel 26:4-5:
Sometime in the Biblical period, when Tyre was the capital of Phoenicia and the island fortress had not even been built, Ezekiel predicted that the walls of Tyre and her towers will be destroyed and it will be left like barren rock, all abandoned. Some two hundred years later in 332 B.C., Alexander the Great conquered the island fortress of Tyre and scrapped away everything in the region leaving back bare rock. So true was Ezekiel!
8. Moore’s Law:
Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore, in his prediction on the history of computing hardware, had stated that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years (quoted as 18 months). The prediction was dubbed as ‘Moore’s Law’ in 1965. Anyone aware of computing hardware and its history knows how true Moore was with his prediction.
7. The Atomic bomb:
Most are aware of Nostradamus and his popular predictions. While most of them are just for the sake of it, there are few which can be related with world events and have come true. Case in point is Nostradamus’ prediction of a scourge on two cities “like never seen before”, where people would cry to God for relief. This can be related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, though people criticize the prediction to be vague, which can be related to many wartime cities.
6. Nuclear arms race and cold war:
Robert Heinlein, a science fiction author of 1940s, in his short story, ‘Solution Unsatisfactory’, predicted that United States would be the first to develop a nuclear weapon and become a superpower. This is true with the nuclear arms race and cold war that unfolded after the US used atomic bombs (first time in world history) against Japan in 1945.
5. India wins the World Cup:
Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma rocked the world with his early prediction of Team India winning the World Cup in 2011. The prediction made by Dr. Sharma was carried by all major TV news channels and newspapers in India. The prediction turned accurate when India – for the second time in world cricket history – lifted the trophy defeating Sri Lanka in the finals.
4. Paul, the Octopus:
Paul, the octopus, was some sort of an oracle who predicted results of Germany’s matches in 2010 Soccer World Cup. Octopus Paul became a world sensation with his 85 percent correct prediction. Paul predicted Spain’s win over Germany in the semi finals and then Spain’s victory over Netherlands in the World Cup finals, both accurate.
3. The rise of Hitler:
Nostradamus, in one of his quatrains, wrote: “From the deepest part of Western Europe, A young child will be born to poor people, Who will by his speech seduce a great multitude, His reputation will increase in the Kingdom of the East.” This quatrain is believed to describe Hitler, a boy born to poor people, who with his charisma and leadership qualities seduced the Germans to carry out an alliance with Japan in the East. It is believed that Nostradamus misspelled Hitler’s name as “Hister” in one of his quatrains.
2. John Elfreth Watkins’ prediction of mobile phones:
Watkins, a civil engineer by profession, wasn’t at all a bad futurist. He in the early 1900s, some 15 years before Alexander Bell made the first phone call, Watkins had made a prediction of wireless telephony suggesting that “wireless telephones and telegraphs will span the world”, and people will be able to make call from just about anywhere to any part of the world. If you’re reading this on the mobile device, you sure know how true Watkins was back then.
1. Death of Henry II:
Nostradamus was on the money with his prediction about the death of King Henry II of France. Nostradamus had predicted that “young lion” will overcome the older in combat by piercing the eye through the golden cage to leave the older lion two wounds to die a cruel death. Henry II, despite the warnings, went to a jousting tournament against Comte de Montgomery (six years younger to Henry II). Both had shields embossed with engravings of lions. In the battle Montgomery’s lance shattered and splinters ventured through king’s visor and pierced his eye and head, two wounds that resulted in Henry II’s death after 10 days.