Three ships played unique roles in Bible history. God selected Noah's Ark, Jonah and Paul's storm-tossed crafts as special vessels appointed to His plans and purposes. Likewise, among America's ships of destiny are three vessels: Columbus' Santa Maria, the Pilgrim's Mayflower, and NASA's lunar lander Eagle. While the former pair navigated Earth's oceans, the latter sailed the ocean of space. Each was God's instrument of a new beginning for America. New beginnings in scripture identify with the number 8. God created Earth and man in six days. He rested on the seventh day. On the eighth day, it all began. Abraham circumcised his son of promise on the eighth day that began Isaac's consecrated life.
With regard to Columbus's journey, the locus of his route to and from the Old World was a figure 8. None of his remaining voyages scribed such a path. The Spirit of God linked Columbus's journey to Neil Armstrong's. Armstrong's command ship had the name Columbia. Likewise, the Columbia's path to the new celestial world in space formed a figure 8. The name Columbia is derived from the word columba meaning the dove, a type of the Holy Spirit. The scripture affirms that the Holy Spirit is a guide. Additionally, God linked an admiral of space exploration with Columbus's journey. Christopher Columbus Kraft founded flight operations and mission control. His flight controller's bunk room lock had the combination 1492, the year Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.
Each of the ships experienced the promise of Deuteronomy 32:11,12. "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttered over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead..." God's providence established the Eagle as the name of the first ship to land on the Moon. The Pilgrim's Mayflower set sail for the New World from a place called the Spread Eagle. A spread eagle became the emblem of the nation they birthed. The bird's image graced the coinage of Spain that sponsored Columbus's discovery. The eagle represents God's Son and His saints. Launched by Obadiah's prophecy of an "eagle setting its nest among the stars" (Obadiah 1:4), the eagle soared with Columbus and the Pilgrim fathers before nesting the first men on the Moon.
God shows His plans and purposes through names He assigns His agents. The first men on the Moon had names derived from the root word alder. He not only related Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in this fashion but also the voyage of the Mayflower. Alder means elder in the sense of a fore-bearer or founder. Aldrin is a derivative of the name alder. Armstrong's middle name, Alden, is also derived from alder. Those who sailed the Mayflower to America established the first governing document, a godly agreement known as the MAYFLOWER COMPACT. The first signer was a man named Alden, Armstrong's middle name. John Alden, like Armstrong and Aldrin, found favor with God in behalf of America. The three men contributed to the ordained beginnings of America.