the history of the Bible, we find the nation of Israel either doing
according to the Word of God or living the way, in which they preferred,
out from under God's Word. In every occasion that Israel wanted to live
without God's Word ruling them, God's judgment would fall upon them. Any
nation whether it be Israel or not should realize that it is a dangerous
thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.
Historians have documented stories of our forefathers landing in
America, and the first thing they did as their feet touched the ground
was to get on their knees and thank Almighty God for their safe arrival.
Most, if not all, came here seeking religious freedom.
nations from which they came insisted on conducting religion in a way
they could not accept. This new land called America gave each an
opportunity to worship God in the way they thought best. So they came,
first by the tens, then by the hundreds, and then by the thousands. This
nation was formed by God fearing men and women who for the most part
knew that without God and His divine protection they had nothing. These
people knew that if they did not serve God in the way He desired, they
would not have that divine protection. Catholics, Quakers, and
Protestants alike were able to carry out their religious beliefs without
is fitting that we start with Christopher Columbus since he is the one
who discovered the New World. His belief in Jesus was very strong, and
it showed in his speech and actions.
(1451 - 1506), after seven years of trying to convince the monarchs of
Europe to finance his expedition, won the support of Queen Isabella of
Castille and King Ferinand of Aragon. Columbus set sail on August 3,
1492, and after the longest voyage ever made out of sight of land,
discovered the New World on October 12, 1492. Columbus wrote:
a very early age I began to sail upon the ocean. For more than forty
years, I have sailed everywhere that people go.
prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart's great desire, and He
gave me the spirit and the intelligence for the task: seafaring,
astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, skill in drafting spherical maps and
placing correctly the cities, rivers, mountains and ports. I also
studied cosmology, history, chronology and philosophy.
was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the
fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who
heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me.
There was no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit,
because he comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the
Holy Scriptures, a strong and clear testimony from the 44 books of the
Old Testament, from the four Gospels, and from the 23 Epistles of the
blessed Apostles, encouraging me continually to press forward, and
without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me to make haste.
Lord Jesus desired to perform a very obvious miracle in the voyage to
the Indies, to comfort me and the whole people of God. I spent seven
years in the royal court, discussing the matter with many persons of
great reputation and wisdom in all the arts; and in the end they
concluded that it was all foolishness, so they gave up.
since things generally came to pass that were predicted by our Savior
Jesus Christ, we should also believe that this particular prophecy will
come to pass. In support of this, I offer the gospel text, Matt. 24:25,
(actually Matt. 24:35) in which Jesus said that all things would pass
away, but not his marvelous Word. He affirmed that it was necessary that
all things be fulfilled that were prophesied by himself and by the
said that I would state my reasons: I hold alone to the sacred and Holy
Scriptures, and to the interpretations of prophecy given by certain
is possible that those who see this book will accuse me of being
unlearned in literature, of being a layman and a sailor. I reply with
the words of Matt. 11:25: "Lord, because thou hast hid these things from
the wise and prudent, and hath revealed them unto babes."
Holy Scriptures testifies in the Old Testament by our Redeemer Jesus
Christ, that the world must come to an end. The signs of when this must
happen are given by Matthew, Mark and Luke. The prophets also predicted
many things about it.
Redeemer Jesus Christ said that before the end of the world, all things
must come to pass that had been written by the prophets.
prophets wrote in various ways. Isaiah is one of the most praised by
Jerome, Augustine, and by the other theologians. They all say that
Isaiah was not only a prophet, but an evangelist as well. Isaiah goes
into great detail in describing future events and in calling all people
to our holy catholic faith. Most of the prophecies of Holy Scripture
have been fulfilled already ...
am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace
and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the
sweetest consolations since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His
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 had prophesied. All this is what I desired to write down for you
in this book.
one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it
is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working
out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it
all happens according to His sovereign will even though He gives advice.
lacks nothing that it is in the power of men to give him. Oh what a
gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those
things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night moment by
moment, everyone should express to Him their most devoted gratitude.
said that some of the prophecies remained yet to be fulfilled. These are
great and wonderful things for the earth, and 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
can easily see that the Lord was very much a part of Christopher
Columbus's life. Even the commission that was given to him by Queen
Isabella acknowledged God when she said:
is hoped that by God's assistance some of the continents and islands in
the ocean will be discovered ... for the glory of God.
Columbus christened the first island he landed on San Salvador, meaning
Holy Saviour, and while kneeling, he prayed:
Lord, Almighty and everlasting God, by Thy holy Word Thou hast created
the heaven, and the earth, and the sea; blessed and glorified be Thy
Name, and praise be Thy Majesty, which hath deigned to use us, Thy
humble servants, that Thy holy Name may be proclaimed in this second
part of the earth.
every island that they stopped, Columbus had his men erect a large
a token of Jesus Christ our Lord, and in honor of the Christian faith.
According to Columbus' personal log, his purpose in seeking
"undiscovered worlds" was to:
"...bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens."
"...bring the Word of God to unknown coastlands."
hand of God was undoubtedly upon Christopher Columbus; his discovery of
the New World was not by accident. Columbus said that it was by the
grace and mercy of God that covered him, not intelligence, that founded
the New World. As we can see, he acknowledged that the Lord was in
everything he did.
need to take special note that even from this beginning, Jesus was at
the very core of reasoning for the journey to discover this part of the
world. It was not some drunken sailor who happened on to the New World
by chance. It was God's divine will that it was a man who placed Him at
the head of all things.
Luther is another man who is very important to American history. His
importance is different from that of Columbus, but by no means less
Luther (1483-1546), who led the Protestant Reformation in Germany,
was renowned for his enduring literary contribution of translating the
Bible into the German language. He received his Doctor of Divinity and
was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wittenberg,
where he was promoted to the position of District V2icar. Among Luther's
many works, he wrote:
am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell
unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures,
engraving them in the hearts of youth.
advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign
paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied
with the Word of God must become corrupt.
true these words have turned out to be in the generation that we now
live. Men such as Martin Luther had insight to what was right, and even
more importantly, what would cause all that they had labored toward to
vanish. We now are teaching our first graders that it is all right for
mommy to have another woman living with them as mommy's lover. Or if it
is daddy, it is all right if he has a man as his lover. This is what
people such as Luther were talking about. If the Bible had been taught
the way it used to be taught in our schools, we would not have these
abominations going on in our public schools. Martin Luther was right; by
not teaching our children the scriptures in the classroom we have opened
the gates of hell for them. If children do not know right from wrong,
they will become a product of what only seems to be right according to
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