One generation ago, to every school child, Columbus was high on their hero list. Today’s revisionist educators are portraying him as conqueror and villain and are only concentrating on a very small portion of his story. He was not like the infamous conquistadors who would soon follow his voyages. You can not overlook the culture he lived in which tended to be violent especially when searching for treasures in unexplored new lands. No one is perfect and all have sinned. There are facts blatantly being ignored today that would paint a different picture. Today instead of teaching about the good, bad and ugly, the revisionist leaves out the good. I am going to expose the good that Columbus was known for and should be remembered for.
Christopher Columbus was an expert map maker and had learned the art of global navigation. In addition, he was one of the few people of his day to believe the world was not flat.
Was Christopher Columbus a Jew?
There is strong evidence supporting that Christopher Columbus may have been a Jew, however it is not 100% conclusive.
The first clue pointing to his Jewish heritage is that before going to Spain to find financial backers for his proposed exploration in search of the elusive trade route to the Asia, he lived in Genoa Italy. He spoke Spanish as did the rest of his family. There was a large population of Jews living in Genoa which was the destination of Spanish-speaking Jews fleeing the Inquisition.
The second clue was his name. He adapted the Jewish name “Colón” as the Spanish equivalent of his last name. He did not choose to more common names “Colom,’ or “Colombo.” Colón was the common Jewish variation of the name.
The last clue is his mother’s name of Suzanna a Jewish name. Jewish tradition states that the offspring in the family are to take on the mother’s heritage.
The day Columbus set out from Spain was not a date chosen by him. He sailed on August 3, 1492 by edict signed by the government. He originally scheduled his voyage for later in 1492 before the government proclaimed earlier that all Jews are to expulsed from Spain or face the inquisition. It was a very dangerous time period, even for highly favored Jews. Ironically that day of the expulsion was Tisha B’Av which means “the ninth (day) of the Jewish month of Av. That day usually occurs August and sometimes July and it was called “the day of mourning.” Soon August 3rd, Columbus and along with over 300,000 other Jewish people fled Spain.
Tisha B’Av is by no means a day for celebrating or joy. Throughout Jewish history on Tisha B’Av, the Jews suffered some of the worst atrocities. The following list is a sample of other Jewish events occurring on or near Tisha B’Av:
- In Numbers 13-14 the 12 spies returned from spying on the Promised Land. Ten gave a bad report, and two gave a positive report. The Jews decided not to enter the Promised Land because of fear, disobeying God’s will. All Jews older than 20 years old were not to enter the Promised Land.
- The destruction of Solomon’s Temple by Babylon.
- The destruction of the second temple by the Romans.
- The Romans crushed Bar Kokhba’s revolt in the city of Betar, July 8, 132ce.
- Expelled from Spain August 3, 1492 which is in the Jewish calendar: Av 9, 5252
- World War I began, August 1, 1914.
- On July 23, 1942, the eve of Tisha B’Av, the Germans emptied the Warsaw ghetto and they sent all Jews to the concentration camps.
- July 18, 1994, Bueno Ares, Argentina, Hezbollah terrorists bombed the Jewish community killing over 85.
So it is a very possible that Columbus was Jewish. If he was, he would certainly have been a Messianic Jew.
Christopher Columbus’ Book of Prophesy
Columbus had a sense of destiny, that he was chosen for a mission, perhaps confirmed by his name, Christopher ("Christ-bearer"). He was motivated by prophecy as much as a longing for discovery. His Book of Prophecies, has recently been translated giving more insight in the mind of Columbus. You need to go to the original source to discover the motivations of Columbus. Not some modern progressive text book that tells you what the secularists want you to know.
On p. 21 from the original collection of Columbus’s handwritten Book of Prophesies:
“I have seen and put in study to look into all the Scriptures . . . which our Lord opened to my understanding (I could sense His hand upon me), so that it became clear to me that it was feasible to navigate from here to the Indies, and He gave me the will to execute the idea.”
He filled his Book of Prophesies with passages from the Bible which had inspired him to plan his voyage:
- Proverbs 8:27, which speaks of the earth's surface as being curved.
- Isaiah 40:22, the spherical earth.
- Isaiah 43:16, speaks of the ocean currents.
- Isaiah 24:15, He would later describe his discovery of the New World as "the fulfillment of what Isaiah prophesied."
- Isaiah 60:9 describes the "Isles beyond the sea."
- Psalm 97:1 The LORD reigneth, let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
- Isaiah 42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
- Isaiah 49:1 Coastland, listen to me; distant people, pay attention. The Lord called me before I was born. He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.
- Isaiah 51:5 Listen, O isles, unto Me; and hearken, ye people from far.
- Matthew 28:19, 20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
- Isaiah 61:1 I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not; I said, Behold Me, behold Me, unto a nation that was not called by My name.
- Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
His journal of sorts conveys the medieval notions that in order for the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus Christ to occur, certain events must first be enacted.
First, the spread of Christianity throughout the world must occur. He believed he was following the Great Commission with his voyages to the New World.
Second, the Garden of Eden needed to be found. It was common belief in the Middle ages that the biblical Garden of Eden, in order to survive the Flood must have been on the top of a crag or mountaintop. Upon arriving in Venezuela in 1498, Columbus may have mistakenly thought that the Verdant Crags of Venezuela bore the garden of the Old Testament of the Bible.
Thirdly, a last Crusade must take back the Holy Land from the Ottoman Empire of the Muslims. It was also believed that when Christ comes, He would return to the place he lived and died—Jerusalem.
Lastly, the last World Emperor must be chosen. Columbus has thought, at least in his mind, that the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, would fulfill this position due to the vast imperial power and religious conviction the Spanish monarchs claimed. A last world emperor would be necessary to lead the aforementioned Crusade against the Muslims and to greet Christ at Jerusalem once the previous steps had been completed.
On page 24 of his Book of Prophesies, in a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, the sponsors of his voyage, he informed them:
All those who heard about my enterprise rejected it with laughter, scoffing at me. . . . Who doubts that this illumination was from the Holy Spirit? I attest that He with marvelous rays of light, consoled me through the Holy and Sacred Scriptures—a string and clear testimonies, with forty-four books of the Old Testament, and four Gospels with twenty-three Epistles of those blessed Apostles encouraging me to proceed [Bibles in that age included the intertestamental book of the Apocrypha]. . . . No one should be afraid to take on any enterprise in the name of Savior if it is right and if the purpose is purely for His holy service. . . . I stated above that some of the prophesies remained yet to be fulfilled, and I say that they are great things in the world. And I say that the sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end of the world is the preaching of the Gospel recently in so many lands.
These Medieval notions of prophesy were not new in the period of Columbus. Medieval monastic writers such as Joachim of Fiore made similar claims and heavily influenced the apocalyptical writings and beliefs of Christopher Columbus.
When he first stepped on the shores of the New World, He planted the cross, called for God’s blessing and named the island, San Salvador which translated in Spanish is “Holy Savior.”
Unfortunately, today he is under attack from the secularists and progressive educators. He is human and may have been flawed, nevertheless he was a tool of God that changed history. No one can argue that his discoveries set the path of change in the Americas whether some think it was for the good or bad. I believe it was for the good, in the long run.