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You probably learned a bit about Christopher Columbus at school, but one documented historical fact that you probably overlooked is that Columbus believed his discovery of the New World was necessary to fulfil an ancient prophecy!
What exactly did Christopher Columbus mean when, circa 1500 AD, he wrote about America in one of his famous letters: "God made me the messenger of the new heaven and the new earth of which he spoke in the Apocalypse of St John after having spoken of it through the mouth of Isaiah; and he showed me the spot where to find it."
Christopher Columbus produced a famous book, "Book of Prophecies", containing over 200 biblical and patristic passages which he compiled, but how many people realise why?
When Columbus made his case to win support from the Vatican and the Spanish monarchy, at the centre of his manifesto was a millennial prophecy about the destiny of the land that he would discover. A "New World" was to arise in the West to wage one last Crusade against the Arab powers of the Middle East.
A war across such a vast distance, over thousands of miles of sea and land, would have seemed unlikely at the time. Yet, as the new Millennium dawned, soon after the Year 2000 AD, events were set in motion that would fulfil the prophecy.
How does Jerusalem begin to figure into Columbus' discovery of the New World?
Well, Columbus felt that he was able to go around the world to get to Jerusalem, and that going around the world to get to Jerusalem would allow and facilitate the conquest of Jerusalem by a Spanish Last World Emperor. The way to Jerusalem had been blocked by the Turks and others. But the gold that he felt he would discover in the Indies was the money that would be needed to mount the military expedition that would reconquer Jerusalem and, as I said, issue in a universal messianic rule in which Christianity would triumph under the leadership of a Spanish last monarch. ...
now this is a slant i havent read before and i didnt know was out there. thnx for pointing this out.
I'd also have to wonder at how much of that was actual beleif and how much was pandering to his patrons.
However him writting a book that is a collection of propheties from the bible and RC Church Fathers does seem like something a 'true beleiver' (rather than a cynic looking for a financier) would do.
Really fascinating, as an historical object though, I can't see it as having much to do with what is going on today. Why would Columbus be a divinely inspired or authority on prophecy, for example? And, why the USA, which isn't run by the papacy? Columbus' america has more to do with Latin America than the US or Canada. I don't think a guy in the late 1400's was thinking much about the Millenium either.
Really interesting information though.
Originally posted by beforebc
Hello Rren and all,
bc] Rren, you've stumbled onto something extremely rare - so don't be swayed by any nay sayers.
Originally posted by valkeryie
Christopher Columbus (1492) can believe all he wants though... He didn't discover America. That was done by a boatload of Vikings led by Bjarni Herjolfsson in the year 986 clearly 500 years before Columbus. A later expedition was led by Leif Eriksson. They settled for 20 years or so and decided they couldn't live with the locals in peace and departed.
Heavily break the waters extending over the plains. They cover the land in low places where there are obstructions and whirlpools strike the earth with water. The water spreads on all that lives and moves sediments give way submerged is the land of Mu.
The peaks only appear over the water .. whirlpools blow around by little and little until comes cold air before where existed valleys. Now abysses frozen tanks in circular places.
Clay formed a mouth, open vapors come forth and volcanic sediments.
And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land. (1 Nephi 13:12)
I'm not aware of any prophecies that one could attribute to Christopher Columbus.