Christopher Columbus was an Explorer and a Missionary. Who says so?
Before that question is answered, another question must be addressed, i.e., if, and because Columbus was a missionary according to documentation given below, why has that information been censored? Do most Americans really, really know the work the Lord has done in and for America, such as giving Columbus a heart to share the Gospel and to assist in the Gospel’s westward movement? No, and one of the major reasons for this lack of knowledge is revision of our history textbooks! Revisionists started in the early 1900s rewriting our history textbooks and censoring God from our history. Is there a detrimental consequence of this lack of knowledge which is another cause for God’s judgment on America? Absolutely!
The Bible makes it clear, especially in Judges 2:7-15, what happens when a generation arises which does not know God nor the work He has done for their nation:
So the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel. Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died when he was one hundred and ten years old. …. When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers… and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them;… And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for calamity, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed. Judges 2:7-15
Surely, it is obvious from this Scripture that Americans need to learn and teach all generations (since this information has been censored in public education and society for decades) what God has done in and for America. This, of course, means learning more about God’s involvement with Christopher Columbus being a missionary, as well as an explorer, then passing the info onto family members, church members, email contacts, etc., especially on Columbus Day.
Many know the fact that on October 12, 1492 land was first sighted from the Columbus’ ship Pinta. But how many know or need reminding of this info: The land was soon named San Salvador, which means Holy Savior. Columbus’ first name, “Christopher”, means “light bearer.”
He kept journals and one, written in 1505, was named Book of Prophecies because he quoted so many prophecies. It was translated into English in 1991 by Kay Brigham, Ft. Lauderdale , FL giving us the language to read Columbus’ words from his journal:
It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) to sail to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures. For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah prophesied… the signs are that the Lord is hastening the end. The fact that [the] gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time…this is what convinces me.
In answer to the question asked at the beginning of this article as to who said Columbus was a missionary, He did!
(For more info on his mission work, click here.
Here’s another thought about God’s Providence in preparing Columbus’ heart for mission work and his voyage to “sail the ocean blue in 14 hundred 92”: Johann Gutenberg had invented the movable-type printing press in Mainz, Germany in the mid-1400s. He produced the first book ever to be printed in 1455 and that was the Gutenberg Bible. By this invention, large quantities of Bibles and books could be produced in a short time. Surely, this provided a way for Columbus to respond to God’s call on his life, to take the Gospel to the world and to lay the foundation for future missionaries. Some may say the timing of the Gutenberg Bible was random chance, but the real reason was God’s purpose and design, which included providing a way to give Columbus the real reason for taking his voyage to what he thought would be the Indies.
Hopefully, Columbus Day will be remembered the way it should be: Columbus will be honored and this info will be passed onto others who need to know or be reminded of work the Lord has done in and for America!
Take time on this holiday to thank the Lord for Columbus’ work.