by Tim Hobbs
following is an account of a little known Serbian
Prophet that I had found uploaded on the
alt.prophecies.nostradamus newsgroup. Permission to
reprint was obtained through Jura Sever, editor of an
upcoming book on the prophet's life and prophecies. Go
here for information on the status of the book.
Mitar Tarabich (1829-1899), an illiterate peasant from a small
Serbian village called Kremna, had experienced occasional prophetic
visions. Being a religious person and having a local Serbian
orthodox priest for a godfather, he told this priest about his
episodes of "seeing into the future". The priest, Zaharije Zaharich
(1836-1918), wrote down everything in a small notebook, which was
damaged by fire in 1943 when his family house was destroyed by the
occupying Bulgarian army. This text is now in the possession of the
family of Zaharich's great-grandson, Mr. Dejan Malenkovich.
Tarabich's best-known prophecy has to do with a series of political
events in 19th century Serbia. Without getting into details, I'll
tell you that he predicted a sequence of events (spanning a course
of decades) that eventually led to the removal of the ruling Obrenovich family from the Serbian royal throne. This prophecy came
to be known in the region as the "black prophecy", and it did play
out as predicted. It culminated in 1903 with the assassination of Alexandar Obrenovich and his wife
Draga, who were killed by their
I will now give you a series of quotations from Tarabich, starting
with events that followed the assassination of the Serbian King and
[NOTE: I am
currently editing a book about Tarabich, which was written by a
friend of mine; the quotes come from that text. You should note
that Tarabich's words are actually translated from
Serbo-Croatian, and that the translation is not necessarily in
its final form (ie. I may slightly change some of the phrasing
before the book is finally published). You may notice that some
of the phrasing in the quotes is awkward and rough... this is an
accurate reflection of his rural accent. Tarabich's words come
from conversations with his godfather Zaharich - so you should
be aware that any references to "you" or "your descendants"
relate to Zaharich specifically. When Tarabich says "us", he
means the Serbs; but he does not distinguish between Croats,
Serbs, Slovenians, etc... to him, anyone who spoke his language
was a Serb. Perhaps it is also important to note that we don't
really know how much of Tarabich's prophecy was influenced by
his own opinion; what I mean is that some of the adjectives used
to describe the people and events he saw could be a reflection
of his "peasant-like" interpretation of those events (example:
"intelligent", "brave", "honest", "horrible", "calamity",
OK, here we go:
EVENTS UP TO THE END OF WORLD WAR I
assassination of the King and Queen [Alexandar and
Obrenovich] the Karageorgevichs will come to power. Then we will
again start a war with the Turks. Four Christian states will
attack Turkey, and our border will be on the river Lim. Then we
shall finally conquer and avenge Kosovo..."
1903 - Alexandar and Draga Obrenovich are assassinated by
their own guards, and Petar Karageorgevich becomes the ruler of
1912 - War erupts between Serbia and Turkey. With the help of
Greece, Bulgaria, and Montenegro (three other Christian states),
Serbia soon wins, moving its borders up to the river Lim.
"Soon after this war another war will start... The Big War in
which a lot of blood will be spilled. If that blood were a
river, a huge stone of 300 kg would roll in its current easily.
A mighty army from across a river, three times bigger than ours,
will attack us... They will destroy everything on their way.
They penetrate deep into our land... Hard times will come upon
us... Our army will almost give up, but than suddenly an
intelligent man on a black stallion will take the command and
cry out: "Forward to victory, my people! Forward brother
Serbs!!" Our army springs to life. Its fighting spirit wakes up
and the enemy is chased away across the river... Then an even
greater army will come from the north and run over us. Our land
will be devastated. We will be dying of hunger and sickness in
great numbers. For three years Serbia will live in total
darkness. During that time our wounded army will be abroad. They
will stay in a place surrounded by the sea, and will be fed and
nursed by friends from over the seas. Then, their wounds healed,
they will come back home in ships. They will free Serbia and all
of the territories where our brothers live."
1914 - The Austro-Hungarian Empire starts a war against
Serbia, after a Serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princip kills
Austrian Prince Ferdinand in Sarajevo. This regional war soon
develops into the First World War. In the beginning, Austria
conquers the northern and central part of Serbia easily, but
when General Alexandar Mishich ("the man on a black stallion")
takes command, the inspired Serbian army pushes the Austrians
back across the river Drina. Soon after, the Germans attack from
the north and the Serb army is forced to retreat through Albania
to the Greek island of Kerkira. There they regroup, and after a
full recovery sail for Salonika, where they form a new front
with other allied armies. After a lot of heavy fighting, Serbia
is finally free and reunited with the other southern Slav
nations (Croats and Slovenians), whose territories had been part
of the Astro-Hungarian empire for a long time. During the German
occupation, a very large number of people in Serbia died of
hunger and sickness.
"I will tell you one more thing father, the invading army will
come to Kremna exactly on your baptismal day, stay for 3 years,
and go away on the same day they came - St.Luke`s day. But you
will not see the end of the war. In the last year of the world's
big carnage you will die. Both these wars, the one with the
Turks and the big one when the whole world will be at war, will
take away two of your grand-children... one before, and the
other after your death."
The Germans entered Kremna on St.Luke's day, and the village
was liberated on the exactly the same date 3 years later.
Zaharije Zaharic died in 1918, the last year of the first "great
carnage", which also took the lives of his two beloved
grand-children: one before, and one after his death.
PREDICTIONS & EVENTS
UP TO THE END OF WORLD WAR II
"Listen to me, my
good father, after the first Big War Austria will disappear, and
Serbia will be as big as a real kingdom. We will live together
with our northern brothers.
For some years we shall live in peace, love and prosperity. But
it will not last for long. A venomous hatred will come into our
people... Blood is spilled... horrible! I do not know when nor
why, but it is probably because of this hatred."
1918 - The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves, and the
Kingdom of Yugoslavia is formed. The new country is riddled with
constant economic, social and political problems caused mostly
by conflicts between various nationalistic political parties.
1928 - During a particularly fiery question period, a Parliament
Member of the Serbian Radical party pulls out a hand gun and
kills 3 deputies from Croatia (3 others are also wounded). Soon
after this spilling of blood, a military dictatorship is
"Then the one who sits on the throne of our kingdom is killed.
He will leave behind a widow and orphans. A relative of his will
replace him on the throne, and he will try to rule justly and
take good care of his cousin's children. But people do not love
him, and he is accused of being an unjust ruler. He is dethroned
and imprisoned by his army. His life will be saved by England's
King and Queen. Then on the empty throne, our killed King's boy
sits. But he will rule only for a few days. He will be taken by
his soldiers over the seas because our kingdom is again invaded
by a foreign, evil army. All of Europe is under the rule of the
While visiting Marseilles (in France), King Alexandar
Karageorgevich is killed by a Croatian nationalist. Prince Pavle
Karageorgevich, his cousin, becomes the provisional ruler
because the King's son Petar is still a minor. Because of his
growing unpopularity, Pavle is ousted by his army and is exiled
to England. Young Prince Petar becomes the King, but soon flees
Yugoslavia before the invading Nazi hordes.
1941 - Yugoslavia is occupied by the Germans. The ominous shadow
of the Nazi swastika covers most of Europe.
"In the beginning Russia will not wage war, but when attacked by
the evil army, they will fight back. There is a red Czar on the
Here, men with stars on their foreheads will appear. They will
rule Uzice and this region for exactly 73 days, and then fleeing
their enemies, they will go over the river Drina. These are
times of hunger and great evil... Serbs will fight and butcher
each other. The invading enemy looks upon Serbian evil hatred
and laughs at us. A man with blue eyes on a white horse appears
among our people. A star shines on his forehead. The evil enemy
will hunt him all over our country, in the woods, over rivers
and upon the sea, but in vain. The man will gather a mighty army
and free occupied Belgrade. He will chase away the enemy from
our country, and our kingdom will be bigger than ever. Russia
will make an alliance with other great kingdoms over the seas,
and they will burn down the crooked anti-cross and free all the
enslaved people of Europe."
[NOTE: Zaharich did not
always write down Tarabich's predictions at the time they occurred.
Sometimes, he would write about conversations that had taken place
several weeks before... this may explain some of the repetition and
out-of-sequence quotations that appear in his writing.
in the preceding paragraph it would seem that the first two
sentences are better suited to be in the middle of the passage
(after the introduction of the "man with blue eyes"), because it is
his army that takes and holds Uzice for 73 days.]
1941 - After being attacked by Nazi Germany, Russia enters
the war. They are led by their Communist "red Czar", Stalin.
In Yugoslavia the communist party led by Josip Broz Tito, the
man with blue eyes on a white horse, starts the resistance
against the Germans and Italians, as well as against the Serbian
and Croat national extremists who are butchering each other. The
symbol of Tito`s partisans is a red star, which they proudly
wear on their hats.
The first territory liberated by the partisans is the region
around the city of Uzice. They hold it against a superior force
for exactly 73 days... then the partisans are forced to flee
over the river Drina to Bosnia. The guerilla war was fought all
over Yugoslavia for 4 long years... in the woods, over rivers
and upon the sea.
1945 - Yugoslavia is liberated. Tito enters Belgrade on a white
horse and makes the Royal Palace his life-long residence.
Communist Yugoslavia is formed, and gains more territory from
the neighbouring state of Italy. The Allies free Europe. The
Nazi swastika is crushed, and the the Second World War is over.
[This is Zarahic now,
"Mitar told me that
the man with blue eyes and the star upon his forehead, would
break the long-lasting love with our Christian Orthodox
brothers, the Russians. He would not be grateful to them for the
fact that he was sitting on our throne because they had put him
there in the first place. A great hatred would erupt between us
and the Russians. Blood would be spilled among our people. These
wounds would be quickly healed and we would again be friends
with the Russians, but never sincerely, only formally,
pretending for the sake of others not to understand how we cheat
and lie to each other."
1948 - Tito does not want Yugoslavia to become one of
Russia's "puppet states". He abruptly severs all political ties
with Stalin, the man who formed him politically in the early
1920`s and sent him back to Yugoslavia to organize an effective
communist party. Tito purges his party of all members who oppose
this decision, spilling a lot of blood in the process.
1954 - The year following Stalin's death, political and economic
relations with Russia are re-established, but "never
PREDICTIONS & EVENTS
FOLLOWING THE END OF WORLD WAR II
"After the Great War
peace will reign all over the world. Many new states will
appear... black, white, red and yellow. An international court
is formed, which does not allow countries to fight each other.
This Court will be above all kings. Where a war starts, the
Court will judge justly, trying to transform hatred and butchery
into love and peace. The lucky ones who live to see these times
will be more than happy.
After a while some great kings, as well as some small ones, will
start to fake their respect for the Court, while doing whatever
they please... Many small wars will begin because of this...
thousands upon thousands will die, but there will be no big
There will be a few wars around the kingdom of Israel, but
sooner or later the peace will come even there.
In these wars brothers fight brothers; then they make peace and
kiss each other, but their hatred remains...
All these small wars are initiated by the great kingdoms,
because of their wickedness and malice; those who fight and
butcher each other do it because of their blind stupidity."
"In our country, the time of peace and prosperity will last for
a long time. Many a generation will be born to live and die in
peace, knowing about war only through wise books, words and
different strange apparitions. [These "different strange
apparitions" might be TVs and radios.]
Our kingdom will be strong and well-loved and respected by
everybody. People will eat only "white" bread, and whole wheat
just when they want to. Everybody will ride around in carts with
no oxen. People will travel in the sky, looking down upon our
land as if they had climbed on the doubled Tara mountain.
Down in Uzice, and all around these mountains, many factories
will be built, and people will leave the land and come to work
in them. For a long time they will love it, but then they will
remember their land and go back to it.
Serbia will prosper best while the man with blue eyes on a white
horse governs, one who will come to Serbia bringing some kind of
new religion. He will ascend our throne, and will be strong and
healthy, living a long life close to one hundred years. He will
very much like to hunt, and one time while hunting he will
accidentally fall from his white horse and thus lose his leg. From
this wound he will die, not because of his great age."
Very simply and accurately, this vision of Tarabich's
describes life in post-WWII Yugoslavia up to Tito's death in
1981. Tito "came" to Serbia from Croatia, and had really brought
with him a "new religion": Communism. He did not have the
hunting accident described by Tarabich (although he was a
passionate horseman and hunter), but nevertheless the real cause
of his death was the amputation of his leg, caused by his
aggravated diabetes. After his death a "commission", called the
Collective Presidency, ruled the country until its collapse in
[I think the following
passage could refer to the current crisis in the Balkans:]
"After him our land
will be governed by some kind of commission, but it will never
be as it was.
Even though the people in our kingdom will forget about misery
and hunger and will live in great wealth, brother will start to
hate and think evil of brother.
On our borders and over them a new nation will appear. They will
grow like grass after a deluge, they will be good and honest,
and they will answer our hatred with reason. They will take care
of each other like brothers. And we, because of our madness we
shall think that we know everything and that we can do anything,
and we shall baptize them with some new fate of ours, but all
that will be in vain. Because they will believe only in
themselves and in nobody else. Big trouble will become of it,
because this nation will be brave.
Many summers this trouble will last, and nobody will be able to
stop it, because that nation will grow like grass. One who will
be born many summers after you [Note: he is speaking to the
priest Zaharic here], will be honest and intelligent, he will
deal with them in peace.
We shall live in peace - they there, us here and there."
[When Tarabich says
"they there, us here and there", he might well be referring to the
current situation in the region of Krajina (in Croatia). If you take
the "them" to be the Croatians, then he's saying that Croatians will
live only in Croatia, while Serbs will live both in Serbia and
"You see my
god-father, when the world starts to live in peace and abundance
after the Second Big War, all of that will be just a bitter
illusion, because many will forget God, and they will worship
only their own human intelligence...
And do you know my god-father, what is human intelligence
compared to God's will and knowledge? Not even a single drop in
Men will build a box and within will be some kind of gadget with
images, but they will not be able to communicate with me already
dead, even though this image-gadget will be as close to this
other world as hairs on the human scalp are close to each
[The following is a note
from the author of the book am I editing:
'Friday September 9,
1994, the day when I had been translating these last sentences from
Serbian into English (puzzled greatly by their meaning), I watched
the CTV Montreal late night news on television, as usual.
Fridays, CTV usually has a little segment at the end of the news
where they report about weird, funny, or simply unusual happenings
during the past week. That night's bizarre report was entitled
"Haunted television sets".
Two families in U.S. had reported that
when they had developed their family photos taken in their
living-room with TV sets in the background, it had been plainly
visible that there was a human face on the TV screen, even though
the set was turned off.']
"With the help of
this image-gadget man will be able to see everything that is
happening all over the world.
People will drill wells deep in the ground and dig out gold
[another name for crude oil is "black gold"], which will give
them light, speed and power, and the earth will shed tears of
sorrow, because there will be much more gold and light on its
surface than in its interior. The earth will suffer because of
these open wounds.
Instead of working in the fields, people will dig everywhere, in
right and wrong places, but the real power will be all around
them, not being able to tell them: "Come on, take me, don't you
see that I am here, all around you." Only after many a summer,
people will remember this real power, and then they will realize
how stupid it was to dig all those holes. This power will also
be present in people but it will take a long time before they
discover it and use it.
Thus man will live for a long, long time, not being able to know
himself. There will be many learned men who will think through
their books that they know and can do everything. They will be
the great obstacle for this realization [self-knowledge], but
once men get this knowledge, then people will see what kind of
delusion it was when they listened to their learned men. When
that happens, people will be so sorry that they didn't discover
it before, because this knowledge is so simple.
People will do many stupid things, thinking that they know and
can do everything, not knowing anything.
Wise men will appear in the Orient and their wisdom will cross
all seas and frontiers, but people will not trust this wisdom
for long time, and this real truth they will proclaim for a lie.
Their souls will not be possessed by the Devil, but by something
much worse. They will believe that their illusion is the real
truth, although there will be no truth in their heads.
Here at home it will be the same as all over the world. People
will start to hate clean air and this divine freshness and all
divine beauty and will hide in rankness. Nobody will force them
to do that, but they will do it of their own free will.
Here in Kremna many a field will become a meadow, and many a
home will be abandoned, but then those who have left will come
back to heal themselves by breathing fresh air.
In Serbia it will not be possible to distinguish a man from a
woman. Everybody will dress the same. This calamity will come to
us from abroad but it will stay with us the longest. A groom
will take a bride, but nobody will know who is who.
People will be lost and more and more senseless day by day. Men
will be born not knowing who was their grand-father and great
grand-father. People will think that they know everything, but
not a thing they will know.
The Serbs will separate from each other, and they will say: "I
am not a Serb, I am not a Serb." The unholy one will infiltrate
this nation and bed with Serbian sisters, mothers and wives. He
will sire such children that among the Serbs, since the
beginning of the world, these will be the worst of offspring.
Only weaklings will be born, and nobody will be strong enough to
give a birth to a real hero."
[This last paragraph
might also be a reference to the current situation in the Balkans.
If you assume that Tarabich made no distinction between Serbs,
Croats, Slovenians, etc., then it is quite possible that by saying
"I am not a Serb, I am not a Serb", he means to indicate all those
that have distanced themselves from the former Yugoslavia. On the
other hand, he might also be referring to a situation that has not
"At one time we
shall disappear from this land of ours. We shall go to the
north, and then realising our stupid deed we shall return. When
we come back, we shall wise up and chase away the unholy one,
not to see him, in God's name, ever again.
The whole world will be plagued by a strange disease and nobody
will be able to find a cure; everybody will say I know, I know,
because I am learned and smart, but nobody will know anything.
People will think and think, but they will not be able to find
the right cure, which will be with God's help, all around them
and in themselves.
Man will travel to other worlds to find lifeless deserts there,
and still, God forgive him, he will think that he knows better
than God himself. There, except the eternal peace of God, he
will see nothing, but he will sense with his heart and soul all
of God's beauty and power. People will drive in rigs upon the
moon and stars. They will look for life, but life similar to
ours they will not find. It will be there, but they will not be
able to understand it and see that it is life.
One who goes there, God forgive him, not believing in God as it
is proper for an honourable and decent person, when he comes
back he will say: "Oh, you people, who mention God's name with
doubt, go there where I was, than you will see what is God's
mind and power."
The more people will know, the less they will love and care for
each other. Hatred will be so great between them that they will
care more for their different gadgets than for their relatives.
Man will trust his gadget more than his first neighbour...
Among people of a nation far in the north a little man will
appear who will teach men about love and compassion, but there
will be many Judas and hypocrites around him so that he will
have many ups and downs. Not one of these hypocrites will want
to know what is real human grace, but his wise books will
remain, and all the words he will say [tape recordings?], and
then then people will see how self-deceived they were.
Those who will read and write different books with numbers will
think that they know the most. These learned men will let their
lives be led by their calculations, and they will do and live
exactly how these numbers tell them. Among these learned men
there will be good and evil men. The evil ones will do evil
deeds. They will poison air and water and spread pestilence over
the seas, rivers and earth, and people will start to die
suddenly of various ailments. Those good and wise will see that
all this effort and hard work is not worth a penny and that it
leads to the destruction of the world, and instead of looking
for wisdom in numbers, they will start to seek it in meditation.
When they start to meditate more, they will be closer to God's
wisdom, but it will be too late, because the evil ones will
already ravage the whole earth and men will start to die in
great numbers. Then people will run away from cities to the
country and look for the mountains with three crosses, and
there, inside, they will be able to breathe and drink water.
Those who will escape will save themselves and their families,
but not for long, because a great famine will appear. There will
be plenty of food in towns and villages, but it will be
poisoned. Many will eat because of hunger and die immediately.
Those who will fast to the end will survive, because the Holy
Ghost will save them and they will be close to God.
[I think the "mountains with three crosses" could be referring
to nuclear shelters. If you look at the door of one of these
shelters, you might see three turn-handles, used for unlocking
and opening it... Tarabich might well have interpreted these
handles as "three crosses".]
Web Author's Note
I think they are more likely to be associated with the three
divisions of the New Religious Order prophesied by St. Francis de
Paul, namely Military Knights, Solitary Priests and
Most Pious Hospitalers as mentioned in his prophecy.
to begin this order is also said to fight a great war against "all
The greatest and the
angriest will strike against the mightiest and the most furious!
When this horrible war starts woe to those armies that fly over
skies, better off will be those who fight on ground and water.
People waging this war will have their scientists who will
invent different and strange cannon-balls. When they explode,
these cannon-balls, instead of killing, will cast a spell over
all that lives; people, armies and live stock. This spell will
make them sleep, and sleep they will instead of fighting, and
after they will come back to their senses.
We [Serbia] will not fight in this war, but others will do
battle over our heads. Burning people will fall from the sky
over Pozega [a town in Serbia].
Only one country at the end of the world, surrounded by great
seas, as big as our Europe, will live in peace, without any
troubles... Upon it or over it not a single canon-ball will
[I would say this last
paragraph is a reference to Australia.]
Those who will run
and hide in the mountains with three crosses will find shelter
and will be saved to live after in abundance, happiness and
love, because there will be no more wars..."