God appeared to Jacob Israel in a dream and revealed to him the destiny of his descendants. In Genesis 28:14 He said, “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed”. America is an Israel nation and each year Americans from coast to coast celebrate Christopher Columbus’ voyage of discovery in 1492, which what was then known as “The New World”. Like most, I accepted this view but during my first speaking tour to America in 1984, I was exposed to a different view, one I was told was suppressed to a great extent. But, it caught my curiosity and I began to devour books on the subject, four of which were Harvard Professor Barry Fell’s “Saga America” and “America BC”; Cyrus Gordon’s “Before Columbus” and Charles Boreland’s “They All Discovered America”.

I also conducted some library study and perused additional literature. And I visited the site at Los Lunas, near Albuquerque to see the famous rock. “Known as the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone, it is a large boulder on the side of Hidden Mountain, near Los Lunas, New Mexico, about 35 miles (56 km) south of Albuquerque, and it bears a very regular inscription carved into a flat panel. The stone is also known as the Los Lunas Mystery Stone or Commandment Rock. The inscription is interpreted to be an abridged version of the Decalogue or Ten Commandments, in a form of Paleo-Hebrew.” (Courtesy Wikipedia)

As a result of my research, I couldn’t help but come to a conclusion that indeed, Israelites were in America before Columbus.
Let me record pre-Columbus explorations by Israelites.

The Phoenicians came to America

The term Phoenician is a general one, which covers not only the seafaring peoples based in the ancient cities of Tyre and Sidon (on the coast of modern Lebanon) but also the sea-roving Israelite tribes of Dan, Asher and Zebulon, whose tribal territories in Canaan were adjacent to these city states on the East Mediterranean coastline. These peoples planted trading posts and mercantile colonies along the shores of North Africa and Spain, and they engaged in a flourishing tin trade in the southwest corner of the British Isles, their ships passing through the Straits of Gibraltar, then known as the Pillars of Hercules.

As long ago as 1913, author T.C. Johnston in his book ‘Did the Phoenicians Discover America,’ claimed that the American continent was discovered and settled by Phoenicians and Hebrews who kept in contact with the Middle East for some three hundred years. He claimed that North America was the Biblical Ophir, visited by the fleets of King Solomon, and he outlined some twenty-six points of comparison between the civilization of the Eastern Mediterranean homelands of the Phoenicians and Hebrews and the Mayan, Inca and Aztec civilizations in the New World.

Subsequent research by Professor Barry Fell points to Punic or Phoenician inscriptions found in New England, Ohio and West Virginia, and also the discovery of coinage and trade goods in the United States which had come from the Phoenician city of Carthage in North Africa.

Ancient Celts came to America

The name Celts was the designation given to those peoples who emerged from the same geographical location the so-called Lost Tribes of Israel had disappeared from at an earlier stage of world history. These people migrated across Europe to settle in the British Isles and the coasts of France and Spain. They were a well-organized sea power at the time when Julius Caesar and his Roman legions invaded Britain in 55 B.C.; and he, in fact, makes reference to their ocean-going vessels. Professor Fell identified the megalithic structures at Mystery Hill, New Hampshire, as a type of temple/observatory dedicated to the ancient Celtic sun-god Bel (it was for worshipping this same Baal that their Israelite ancestors had been cast out of Palestine). He claims that other sites dedicated to this same deity and to other Celtic gods and goddesses have been located in Vermont, together with Celtic burial urns and other artifacts.

The Irish and Welsh were in America before Columbus

It has been rightly said that when the Norsemen/Scandinavians arrived in North America in the Tenth Century, they found that the Irish had got there before them. Although skeptics have ridiculed the legends of the Irish monk Brendan and his journey to America in a hide covered boat known as a coracle, yet, a reconstruction of the voyage in recent times has demonstrated that the route described in the legends from Ireland to Newfoundland, and on to Florida by way of the Bahamas is indeed accurate. It also seems likely that Culdees from the ancient Celtic Church in Ireland, fleeing the sea raids of the still-pagan Vikings, followed Brendan’s route, seeking refuge first in Iceland, then Greenland, Newfoundland and finally, deep into North America, where they disappear, perhaps giving rise to the traditions common to the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas, of visits by bearded white men.

Legends and traditions also persist that a Welsh Prince named Madog, and his followers, fleeing from violence and bloodshed in Wales, escaped by ship and, using ancient Celtic maps and charts, crossed the Atlantic and landed on American soil at Mobile Bay in 1170 A.D. Moving inland, they built fortified settlements in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, giving rise to later claims of discovery of ‘Welsh Indians” between the mid-1500’s and early 1800’s. George Catlin believed that he had traced the descendants of these Welsh settlers among the Mandan Indians, many of whom were blue-eyed and whose language contained elements of Welsh.

The Scandinavians preceded Columbus by 500 years

Less open to question or dispute, than any of the other groups I have mentioned, is the coming of the Norse or Scandinavian explorers and settlers, whose activities in North America lasted from before 1000 A. D. to the late 1300’s. The names which will immediately spring to mind are those of Bjarni Herjulfon, Eric the Red and his son Leif Ericsson. These Viking settlers traveled from Greenland to New England, which Leif called Vinland because of the abundance of wild grapes found there. At least one building, the Newport Church Tower, still stands as evidence of these pre-Columbian Norse settlements.

Conclusion

In light of these few brief facts which I have outlined, it is now obvious that the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did indeed “spread abroad to the West” as Al­mighty God had promised. They had in fact discovered, traded with, and even for a time made settlements in North America, long before Columbus reached the West Indies in 1492.

By all means let us pay tribute to the achievements Columbus made, but let it not be turned into a vehicle for Hispanic propaganda. Let us, as Christian Israelites, do our best to bring before our people the increasing evidence of the pre-Columbian history of America, which clearly shows God’s Covenant people staking claim to their New Promised Land from the very earliest times.