A BLIND mystic who reportedly foretold 9/11, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear spill and the birth of ISIS also made dire predictions for 2016 and beyond.
Bulgaria-born Prophetess Baba Vanga, who died in 1996 aged 85, was known as â€œNostradamus from the Balkansâ€ thanks to a purported 85 per cent success rate and has long been revered in Russia and Europe as a kind of supernatural saint.
Of the hundreds of predictions Vanga made over her 50-year career as a celebrated clairvoyant, a large number alluded to natural and climate change-related disasters. She warned of melting polar ice caps and rising sea temperatures back in the 1950s, decades before anyone had heard of global warming.
Her followers believe her vivid description of a â€œhuge waveâ€ that would descend on a â€œbig coast, covering people and towns and (causing) everything to disappear under the waterâ€ was a reference to the 2004 tsunami and earthquake which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the Pacific Rim.
But itâ€™s Vangaâ€™s preoccupation with a â€œgreat Muslim warâ€ that has sent believers, conspiracy theorists and Islamophobics into a doomsday frenzy in recent months as the world struggles to contain the escalating threat from Islamic State and its affiliates.
The chilling prophecies warn of a 2016 invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists, a conflict she predicted would begin with the Arab Spring in 2010, play out in Syria where â€œMuslims would use chemical warfare against Europeansâ€, and culminate in the establishment of a caliphate by 2043 with Rome at its epicentre.
According to Vanga, Europe as we know it will â€œcease to existâ€ by the end of next year following the systematic elimination of entire populations, leaving the continent â€œalmost emptyâ€, a â€œwasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of lifeâ€.
If that sounds dramatic, consider the developments of the past year, which has seen ISIS edge perilously close to Europe with the taking of Sirte, a key Libyan city overlooking the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the late dictator Gaddafi.
Sirte is now an Islamic State colony operating under Sharia Law. The new regime reportedly cemented its authority by staging a series of public executions, during which an unknown number of people were crucified and beheaded.
And ISIS continues to gain ground in Syria, despite a massive bombing campaign by allied forces in the wake of the Paris attacks. To devotees and others consumed by fear of an impending apocalypse, itâ€™s as if Vangaâ€™s deadly prophecies are unfolding before their very eyes.
An apocalyptic-looking poster advertising a documentary based on Vangaâ€™s life
Thereâ€™s no shortage of images like these on the internet, particularly on Russian websites
FROM â€˜ILLITERATEâ€™ VILLAGE GIRL TO APOCALYPTIC ANGEL
Baba Vanga was born Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova in Strumica, a village located at the foot of a volcanic mountain range in what was then the Ottoman Empire.
According to folklore, she led an ordinary life up until the age of 12, when she mysteriously lost her eyesight during a massive storm â€” described by some as a freak tornado. According to folklore, the youngster was flung into the air and then dashed to the ground by a powerful gust of wind.
What happened next is murky but her family reportedly found her in a terrible state several days later, her injured eyes sealed shut and encrusted with a thick layer of dust and dirt. Too poor to afford specialist care, she was relegated to a life of blindness.
Vanga later stated that she had experienced her first vision during the days she was missing and believed she had been instilled with the ability to heal people and predict the future. She was able to convince others of her paranormal powers and quickly developed a cult following. She became the go-to psychic for the rich and powerful and admirers, among them heads of state, scientists and historians, would come from all over the world for a few minutes in her company.
She later served as an adviser to Bulgarian Communist Party leaders, some of whom allegedly exploited her gift to further their own agendas. She was reportedly kept under surveillance by the countryâ€™s secret service and her home, the scene of countless meetings with visiting foreign politician and businessmen, reported bugged.
A younger Baba Vanga in an undated photograph (left) and as she looked in the last years of her life
A woman stands in front of the ruins of her Banda Aceh home in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami
THE MOST FAMOUS BABA VANGA PROPHECIES TO â€˜COME TRUEâ€™
Predicted in the 1950s: Global warming and the 2004 Tsunami.
â€œCold regions will become warm â€¦ and volcanoes will awaken. A huge wave will cover a big coast covered with people and towns, and everything will disappear beneath the water.â€
â€œEverything will melt, just like ice.â€
Predicted in 1989: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New Yorkâ€™s Twin Towers.
â€œHorror, horror! The American brethren (believed to be a reference to the two â€˜brotherâ€™ towers) will fall after being attacked by the steel birds (thought to be the two hijacked passenger planes). â€œThe wolves will be howling in a bush (believed to be a reference to then US president George Bush) and innocent blood will gush.â€
Predicted in 1980: The sinking of Russian nuclear submarine the Kursk in 2000.
It saw the crew die horrible deaths over several days while international rescue crews tried in vain to retrieve the vessel from the depths of the ocean. Until the tragedy, people assumed the â€œKurskâ€ Vanga referred to was the Russian city the Kursk was named for.
â€œAt the turn of the century, in August of 1999 or 2000, Kursk will be covered with water, and the whole world will be weeping over it.â€
The election of Barack Obama.
Vanga reportedly correctly predicted that the 44th president of the United States would be African American. However, she also stated that he would be the â€œlast US presidentâ€. Weâ€™ll have to wait and see how that pans out.
Vangaâ€™s prophecies mention the emergence of a Muslim group in Syria in 2013 which will wage chemical warfare on Europe. Many believe this is a reference to ISIS, which also came on the scene in 2013
Vangaâ€™s 9/11 prophecy talks of â€œAmerican brethrenâ€ coming under attack â€œby steel birdsâ€
Inside the raised wreckage of doomed Russian nuclear submarine, the Kursk.
APOCALYPSE SOON: VANGAâ€™S MAJOR PROPHECIES FROM 2016 ONWARDS
2016:Â â€œMuslimsâ€ will invade Europe, which will â€œcease to existâ€ as we know it. The ensuing campaign of destruction will last years, driving out populations and leaving the entire continent â€œalmost emptyâ€.
2023:Â The Earthâ€™s orbit will change (nobody really knows what this means).
2025:Â The population of Europe will reach almost zero.
2028:Â Mankind will fly to Venus, in hope of finding new sources of energy.
2033:Â World water levels will rise as the polar ice caps melt (this is already happening).
2043:Â Europeâ€™s transformation into an Islamic caliphate is complete. Rome is named the capital. The worldâ€™s economy thrives under Muslim rule.
2066:Â America will use a new climate change weapon for the first time in a bid to retake Rome and bring back Christianity.
2076:Â Communism will return to Europe and the rest of the world.
2084:Â Nature is reborn (nobody is really sure what this means).
2100:Â Man-made sun illuminates the dark side of the planet (This is already in the pipeline â€” since 2008, scientists have been working on creating an artificial sun using nuclear fusion technology).
2130:Â With the help of the aliens, civilisations will live underwater.
2170:Â Major global drought.
2187:Â Two large volcanic eruptions will be successfully stopped.
2201:Â Temperatures drop as the sunâ€™s thermonuclear processes slow down.
2262:Â Planets will slowly change orbits. Mars will be threatened by a comet.
2354:Â An accident on the artificial sun will result in more drought.
2480:Â Two artificial suns will collide and leave the Earth in the dark.
3005:Â A war on Mars will change the trajectory of the planet.
3010:Â A comet will hit the moon. The Earth will be surrounded by a ring of rock and ash.
3797:Â By this time, everything on Earth will die. However, human civilisation will be advanced enough to move to a new star system.