Mitar Tarabich, Serbian Prophet
(The author of this report is unknown.)
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 details here,
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 own guards.
[Ed: I've omitted all text preceding the end of WWII. Predictions
from WWI through WWII were quite accurate, and the author followed
them up with now historical facts.]: You should note that Tarabich's
words are actually 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 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 (examples: intelligent, brave,
honest, horrible, calamity, etc.).]
"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 wars."
"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
"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."
"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."
"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
"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 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 ocean.
"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."
"People will 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. 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 grandfather and great-grandfather.
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."
"At one time we shall disappear from this land of
ours. We shall go to the north, and then realizing 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
"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 honorable 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
"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 [tape recordings?], 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.
"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."
"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,
[Australia?] will live in peace, without any troubles... Upon
it or over it not a single cannon-ball 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
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