He wrote of America in 1500 AD: "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 was an avid student of Biblical prophecy. He studied them very carefully and put together his own book entitled Book of Prophecies, which he used to sell his voyage to Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. This book is a compilation of an entire range of prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments as well as more modern prophesies of the day. He particularly liked one of the prophecies from the early 14th century which said that there would be a final world emperor, a Spanish ruler who would conquer Jerusalem.
The gold Columbus would find in the West Indies was to be used to mount the military expeditions that would reconquer Jerusalem and issue in a universal messianic rule in which Christianity would triumph under the leadership of a Spanish monarch.
Columbus's Book of Prophesies was written between 1501 and 1505 and aspires to the belief that in order for the world to end and Jesus to return, these events must take place:
- Christianity must be spread throughout the world
- The Garden of Eden must be found. It was thought to be hidden atop some mountain where it had been safe from Noah's flood.
- A Last Crusade must take back the Holy Land from the Muslims - It was also believed that when Christ comes, he will come back in the place he lived and died; Jerusalem.
- A Last World Emperor must be chosen - Columbus had chosen, 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.
As we all know Columbus died without seeing any of his prophecies come to fruition.