Editing and Commentary
Extracted from Nexus
Volume 13, Number 1
December 2005 -
Nineteenth-century Serbian peasant Mitar Tarabich
made some uncannily accurate predictions for the 19th
and 20th centuries, so only time will judge how his
prophecies play out for the 21st century.
Neo, the originator of this article, advises that
all credit should go to Mitar Tarabich,
Zaharije Zaharich and the person who translated
these prophecies from Serbian to English. Note that we
have retained his anglicized spellings of Serbian names.
Readers may wish to refer to an earlier article, "The
Prophetic Visions of Mitar Tarabich", which
we published in
NEXUS vol. 3, no. 3
Mitar Tarabich (1829–1899), an illiterate peasant from the
small Serbian village of Kremna, 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
home 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 prophecies were literally very
straightforward, unlike the prophecies of Nostradamus (1503–1566)
that seem to be encrypted with the latest 1,024-bit encryption
Tarabich’s best-known prophecy has to do with a series of political
events in 19th-century Serbia. 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 Balkan region as "the Black
Prophecy", and it played out as predicted.
You should note that Tarabich’s words are translated from
Serbo-Croatian and that the translation is not necessarily in its
final form. You may notice that some of the phrasing in the quotes
is awkward and rough; this is an accurate reflection of his rural
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 (the priest) 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 prophecies was influenced by his own opinion.
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 (examples: intelligent, brave, honest, horrible, calamity,
and Events up to the End of World War I (1903–1918)
assassination of the king and queen [Alexander and Draga
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 –
Alexander and Draga Obrenovich were assassinated by their
own guards, and Petar Karageorgevich became the ruler of
• 1912 – The First Balkan War erupted between the Balkan
Alliance (Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria and Montenegro) and
Turkey (Ottoman Empire). The Balkan Alliance won, and Serbia
moved its border up to the River Lim. Serbia gained Kosovo
from the Turks.
"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 kilograms 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
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
• 1914 – The
Austro-Hungarian Empire started a war against Serbia after a
Serb nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, assassinated the heir to
the Austrian throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and his
wife in Sarajevo. This regional war soon developed into
World War I (with 32 nations involved). In the beginning,
Austria conquered the northern and central parts of Serbia
easily but when General Alexandar Mishich—the man on a black
stallion—took command, the Serbian armies were able to repel
the Austrian invaders back across the River Drina until
"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."
• The Germans started their attack from the north and by
December 1915 had defeated the Serbs. The Serbian Army and
Government fled to the Greek island of Kérkira (Corfu) in
1916. There they regrouped, and after a full recovery they
sailed for Salonika where they formed a new front with other
allied armies. After much heavy fighting, Serbia was finally
free and reunited with the other southern Slav nations
(Croats and Slovenians), whose territories had been part of
the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During the German occupation, a
large number of people in Serbia died of hunger and
"I will tell you
one more thing, father: the invading army will come to
Kremna exactly on your baptismal day, stay for three 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 grandchildren—one before,
and the other after your death."
• The Germans entered Kremna on St Luke’s Day, and the
village was liberated on exactly the same date three years
later. Zaharije Zaharich died in 1918, the last year of
World War I, which also took the lives of two of his
grandchildren—one before, and one after his death.
Events up to the End of World War II (1918–1945)
"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."
• 1918 – The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved. In
December 1918 a new State, officially titled the Kingdom of
the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, was proclaimed. It was
constantly riddled with economic, social and political
problems caused mostly by conflicts between various
nationalistic political parties.
"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 or
why, but it is probably because of this hatred."
• Serbian domination of the government and a
multiplicity of political parties, and denial of autonomy to
the Croats, Slovenes and other minority groups, engendered
intense political strife in the kingdom. Under the guidance
of Stjepan Radich, the Croats and their allies
systematically struggled against the centralist system and
leadership. The first phase of the struggle ended when, in
June 1928, a Montenegrin deputy in the national Parliament
fatally shot Radich and two of his parliamentary colleagues.
In retaliation, the Croats withdrew from the Parliament and
organised a separatist regime, with headquarters in Zagreb.
Civil war seemed imminent, but in January 1929 King
Alexander (the Serbian king) suspended the 1921
constitution, dissolved Parliament and all political parties
and assumed dictatorial control of the government. The king,
thus hoping to impose national unity, subsequently abolished
the traditional provinces and changed the name of the State
to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia ("Land of the South Slavs").
"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 crooked
• On 9 October 1934, a Macedonian terrorist connected
with Croatian separatist groups assassinated King Alexander,
then in France on a diplomatic mission. The king’s son,
still a youth, succeeded to the throne of Yugoslavia as
Petar II. Control of the government was vested in a
tripartite Regency Council headed by Prince Pavle
Karageorgevich, a cousin of the late king. Because of his
growing unpopularity, Pavle was ousted by his army and
exiled to England. World War II started in 1939. The German
Army invaded Yugoslavia in April 1941, but young King Petar
fled Yugoslavia with the government ahead of the invading
Nazi hordes. Most of Europe fell under Nazi occupation.
beginning, Russia will not wage war; but when attacked by
the evil army, they will fight back. There is a red czar on
the Russian throne."
• When Nazi Germany started World War II, the USSR
(Russia) remained neutral. On 22 June 1941, more than three
million German troops invaded the USSR. Under Communist
Party leader Joseph Stalin, the USSR fought back.
"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
• In Yugoslavia the Communist Party, led by Croatian
communist Josip Broz Tito—the man with blue eyes on a white
horse—started the resistance against the Germans and
Italians as well as against the Serb and Croat nationalist
extremists who were waging war against each other. The
symbol of Tito’s Communist Party was a red star, which they
wore on their hats.
• The first territory liberated by Tito and his army was the
region around the city of Uzice. They held it against German
and Italian forces for exactly 73 days, and then Tito and
his army were forced to flee over the River Drina to Bosnia.
Guerrilla war was fought all over Yugoslavia.
• By May 1945, the Germans were defeated by the alliance of
the USSR, USA, UK and France, and by the end of the year
Yugoslavia was united. Tito entered Belgrade on a white
horse and made the Royal Palace his residence. Communist
Yugoslavia was formed, and gained more territories from the
neighbouring state of Italy.
Events following the End of World War II (1946 to present)
note: Unlike the previous writings, the priest Zaharich is now
speaking directly in his diary about his conversations with Mitar
"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
• In 1948, Tito refused to accept orders from USSR
leader Joseph Stalin—the man who formed him politically in
the early 1920s and sent him back to Yugoslavia to organise
a communist party. The USSR denounced Tito, accusing him of
major deviations from orthodox communist policy. Tito purged
and executed members of his party who opposed this decision.
Cordial relations with communist USSR resumed after Stalin’s
death in 1953. Yugoslavia’s relationship with the democratic
capitalist countries caused mistrust with the USSR.
"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."
• In December 1945, the United Nations (UN) was
established. Articles 33–38 of the charter authorize the
Security Council to encourage disputing nations to settle
their differences through peaceful means including
negotiations, inquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration
and judicial settlement.
• From 1946 to 1970, dozens of countries from Asia, Africa,
the Middle East and South America achieved independence.
"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
• Korean War (1950–1953), Vietnam War (1959–1975),
Afghanistan War (1979–1988), Nicaragua and the Iran–Contra
scandal (1979–1989), etc.
"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 1947, the State of Israel was founded in the Middle
East. In 1967, a war—known as the Six-Day War—broke out
between Israel and its Arab neighbours. In 1975, civil war
broke out in Lebanon, with involvement of the Iranians,
Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis.
• Other wars included the Iraq–Iran War (1980–1988), the
Iraq–Kuwait War (1991), etc.
"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."
• In 1965 and 1966, economic reforms in Yugoslavia
produced what has been called an economic revolution. Total
industrial production in 1957 increased by 70 per cent over
that of 1953, and by 1966 it was more than double the 1957
figure. By 1967, prices had been stabilized, savings were
increasing steadily and labour productivity had risen by
about seven per cent.
• TV and radio enjoyed a great boom in the 1950s and 1960s.
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."
• There was economic prosperity, coupled with the
introduction of the car, bus, van and air transportation
(Yugoslavia started its own airline company).
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
• Tito’s leadership brought economic prosperity and
communism to Yugoslavia. Tito lived until 87 years of age
(1892–1980). He did not have a hunting accident but he
enjoyed horse-riding and hunting. The real cause of his
death was diabetes, which caused his leg to be amputated.
"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
• After Tito’s death, Yugoslavia was ruled by
"collective presidency" until 1991. In the 1980s, tensions
ran high in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, which
had become autonomous in 1968 after riots protesting against
Serbian control. Seeking more independence and calling for a
separate republic, the majority population of ethnic
Albanians clashed with Serbians and Montenegrins throughout
"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,
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 come
of it, because this nation will be brave."
• After the parliaments of Croatia and Slovenia passed
declarations of independence on 25 June 1991, the
Yugoslavian Federal Government ordered the Serb-dominated
army to suppress the secessionists. A 10-day war was fought
in Slovenia, but ended with a Serb defeat. The war in
Croatia lasted seven months, ending in January 1992. These
secessions and the declaration of independence by the
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in September 1991 marked the
end of the de facto existence of Yugoslavia. The similar
declaration by Bosnia and Herzegovina in March 1992, and the
ensuing fighting, marked the outbreak of the
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 will be honest and intelligent;
he will deal with them in peace. We shall live in peace—they
there, us here and there."
• The Bosnian–Croatian–Serbian War lasted for five years
(1991–1995). One of the major aspects of the conflict was
international involvement, both diplomatic and military (by
NATO). The international community took a series of limited
measures including peace initiatives and peace plans. "They
there, us here and there": after the war, ethnic Croatians
lived only in Croatia while ethnic Serbs lived in both
Serbia and Croatia.
"You see, my
godfather, 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 godfather, what is human intelligence compared to
God’s will and knowledge? Not even a single drop in the
• With the increase in scientific knowledge and the
consequent scientific explanation of phenomena formerly
considered supernatural, atheism became a more natural and
less despised philosophical trend.
"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
other. With the help of this image gadget, man will be able
to see everything that is happening all over the world."
• Invention of television and the computer.
• Influence of the Internet, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, CCTV,
• Searching Google with the search words "Ghost" and
"Detector" takes us to this entry:
Detectors. EMF detectors were designed to detect
electromagnetic emissions from microwave ovens and
high-tension electrical wires. EMF detectors alert
investigators to the presence of ghosts by measuring
electromagnetic distortion in the two to seven
milligauss range. The models that come most highly
recommended by paranormal investigators are the TriField
EMF Detector and the TriField Natural EM."
drill wells deep in the ground and dig out 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."
• Oil (petroleum), also known as "black gold", powers
the car, electric generator, plane, etc. Exploration to find
oilfields is an economically risky task, but in the 1980s
the oil exploration technique was perfected, although the
risks of discovering economically non-viable oilfields still
existed. Oil experts have estimated that by 2050, world oil
reserves will run dry.
"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 a 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
"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 grandfather and
great-grandfather. People will think that they know
everything, but not a thing they will know."
• As has been happening all over the world, people are
leaving rural areas to seek jobs in the big cities. More
women are having their hair cut short and are wearing
trousers, as compared to the time of Tarabich. Children born
out of wedlock has become commonplace.
"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 birth to a real hero."
• After the split of Yugoslavia into Serbia, Croatia,
Bosnia and Kosovo, UN peacekeeping forces were stationed in
the Balkan states. Most of them were male, so there was the
possibility of their bedding Serbian females. Or this may
refer to the widespread, systematic rapes during the Balkan
• The Serbs view those peacekeeping forces as foreign
invaders that sided with Croatian, Bosnian and Albanian
Muslims in Kosovo.
"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."
• By the time the Balkan War ended in 1995, the Serbian,
Croatian and Bosnian economies were ruined and there was
widespread unemployment. Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian
people have to go to Germany, Denmark, Belgium, etc. in the
north to work. In Kosovo, Serbs have become refugees.
• As of June 2004, there were 200,000 Serb refugees from
Kosovo, and only 80,000 Serbs remained in Kosovo. As of
March 2004, KFOR in Kosovo had 19,000 troops from a peak of
50,000; and as of June 2004, SFOR in Bosnia had 7,000 troops
from the peak of 60,000.
• As of June 2004, there was news from Kosovo that ethnic
Albanians were chasing ethnic Serbs from Kosovo, using mob
riots to destroy churches and houses belonging to the Serbs,
while KFOR troops were behaving like lame ducks.
"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 for 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; then 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
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, and 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."
Events during World War III (2050–2100)
"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.
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.
this war will have their scientists who will invent
different and strange cannonballs. When they explode, these
cannonballs instead of killing will cast a spell over all
that lives—people, armies and livestock. This spell will
make them sleep, and sleep they will instead of fighting,
and after this they will come back to their senses.
"We 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 [Australia?],
will live in peace, without any troubles... Upon it or over
it, not a single cannonball will explode! 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..."