The Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria! When I was a kid, Columbus was a hero, honored with his own day (somehow associated with White Sales). In school we learned of this man who resisted the conventional wisdom of his day and boldly ventured out into the unknown! The great explorer and discoverer acclaimed by both the Italians and the Spanish! A great lighthouse, El Faro al Colon', stands to honor him in Santo Domingo.
But in these days, he is villified as an intruder who spoiled Paradise, the very symbol of greed and exploitation. Like he came uninvited to the Western Hemisphere and ruined all the beauty, harmony, and innocence of the native cultures.But why hate on Columbus? Why not mention Pizarro, Cortez, De Leon and the others? It's always Columbus they bash & trash.
Though there is no prophecy specifically about him, Christopher Columbus helped to bring about the fulfillment of two separate prophesies in the Bible. The first is a tiny little prediction tucked away in Genesis as Noah foretells the destinies of his sons' descendants. The second concerns the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the End Times!
The first prophecy in Genesis 9:27 is only four little words: "God shall enlarge Japheth". After the flood, Japheth's children settled what is now Europe. In Acts 17:26, Paul informs the men of Athens that God "has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation." According to the Amplified Bible, "...having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes)."
So, God decided long ago who was going to live where and when! Well, the day came to make good on the promise to enlarge Japheth (beyond Europe), and thanks to Columbus' discovery, the road was cleared for the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese to colonize the New World. Now the Devil would be perfectly happy if everyone believed Noah was just a myth, but since Noah's prophecy came true.....!
Yet there is a far more important prophecy which Columbus' voyage made possible, namely that the Gospel, and the church of Jesus Christ, would reach unto the uttermost parts of the earth, touching every nation, tribe, and tongue. Passages include Psalm 2:8, Matthew 24:14, Acts 1:8, Romans 9:25-26, and of course, Revelation 5:9. Without Columbus' arrival on the land of the Taino people (present day Haiti/Domincan Republic), millions would have continued in the darkness of life without Christ.
Why does the world hate Columbus? Because God made him "...a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6) And the world loves darkness.