The Presidents Code – Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
In the Presidents Code, Andrew Johnson‘s Presidency pictures the days of Isaac. His name meaning is speaking of the Promised Seed of Abraham. Literally this is speaking of his son Isaac, but ultimately is pointing to Christ Jesus. Isaac was a shadow picture of Messiah which is most prominently seen in his binding spoken of in Genesis 22. This was a clear picture of the crucifixion of Messiah.
Andrew comes from the Greek word ανηρ ‘aner’ which means man.
Johnson means son of John. Son of the grace of Yah. As mentioned previously, this is speaking of the Promised Seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent and deliver mankind from the bondage to sin and death.
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
On April 14th, 1865, Vice President Andrew Johnson met President Abraham Lincoln for the first time since they were inaugurated. On that night, Lincoln was shot at Ford’s theater leading to his death and the accession to the Presidency of Johnson. As Johnson was a Democrat he was highly unpopular with the Republican controlled Congress throughout his time as President, ultimately leading to his impeachment and inability to run for election to stay in the White House in 1868.
Andrew Johnson became the first President to be impeached. The impeachment was led by Radical Republicans who opposed his moderate views in regards to the South. Johnson removed Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, without approval of the Senate which violated the Tenure of Office Act passed by Congress which was enacted to keep Presidents from obtaining too much Executive power. This act by Johnson gave the Congress the means necessary to impeach. However, he was acquitted by a single vote.
This impeachment of Johnson is a strong connection of Genesis 22 and the shadow of which it points to, the crucifixion of Messiah. The word impeach comes from the Anglo French word ’empecher’ which means to hinder or prevent. This traces back further to the Latin word ‘impedicare’ which means to fetter or entangle. Literally, the shackling of the feet. This points to the binding of Isaac seen in Genesis chapter 22. Just as Johnson escaped impeachment by a single vote, so too Isaac escaped death by a narrow margin (Genesis 22:10-12).
The binding of Isaac is an amazing picture of the crucifixion of Messiah. It displayed the offering of the only beloved son of the Father (Genesis 22:2; John 3:16; Romans 8:32; 1 John 4:9-10) who willingly gave his life in obedience (Genesis 22:8; John 10:18).
To impeach is also related to the Latin word ‘impetere’ which means to attack or accuse. This traces back to the Hebrew word שטן ‘satan’ which literally means to accuse, and is the source of the name ‘Satan.’ Here we see the fulfillment of the war of the two seeds in Genesis 3:15.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The bruising of the heel of the Seed of the woman occurred at the crucifixion of Messiah, at the same time crushing the head of the serpent.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Further connecting the impeachment of Andrew Johnson to the binding of Isaac and the crucifixion of Messiah is Edwin Stanton, who as mentioned previously, was the cause of Johnson’s impeachment. Stanton’s name meaning fits perfectly into the picture being displayed by the Almighty in Johnson’s Presidency.
Edwin means a blessed friend from the Old English ‘ead’ meaning blessed and ‘wine’ meaning friend. This points to Isaac, Abraham’s ‘only son’ whom he loved (Genesis 22:2) and to Messiah, the beloved Son of the Father, His companion (Zechariah 13:7).
McMasters means son of the Master, or lord. This of course is a clear picture to Messiah (Mark 1:1).
Stanton means stony ground. This is pointing to the curse decreed upon man in the beginning (Genesis 3:17-19), the ultimate fulfillment of which is death. This curse of death is overcome by Messiah through His death and resurrection.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
As mentioned before, the word impeach means to hinder or withhold. This further links to Genesis 22 as this is what the Angel of the Lord did when Abraham was about to slay his son (Genesis 22:12, 16).
Due to Andrew Johnson’s unpopularity and near conviction for impeachment, he was not able to rally enough support from the Democratic party to gain the nomination for President in 1868. This led to Horatio Seymour being nominated who was handedly defeated by Ulysses S. Grant keeping the Presidency in the hands of the Republican party. The inability of Johnson to win the support of his own party corresponds with the time period of Jacob and Esau wrestling in the womb of Rebekah (Genesis 25:22-23).
Benjamin Wade was a part of the Radical Republicans of that day who were adamantly opposed to slavery and wished to see ex-Confederates harshly punished after the Civil War. Wade was considered one of the most radical politicians of that group. His strong advocacy for the 14th Amendment led to him becoming the President Pro Tempore after Lafayette Foster left the seat vacant when he was defeated in his re-election bid for the Senate in 1866.
In the Spring of 1867, the Congress voted to impeach President Johnson which led to the trial going to the Senate of which Wade presided over. Had Johnson of become impeached, Wade would have become President as he was next in line of succession. It is believed that the Republicans in the Senate who voted against Johnson’s impeachment did so because they feared having a Radical Republican such as Benjamin Wade in the White House.
Wade was also instrumental in the passing of the Homestead Act of 1862 which as mentioned before points to the life of Isaac and the blessings which he received as a farmer in the land of Gerar (Genesis 26:12). His name meaning is pointing to Isaac’s dwellings from the south country to Beersheba (Genesis 26:1-33).
Benjamin comes from the Hebrew name בִּנְיָמִין ‘Binyamin’ which means son of the right hand or son of the south. This name is pointing to Isaac who was the son of Abraham’s right hand (Genesis 22:2) who dwelt in the south country (Genesis 24:62; 25:11).
Franklin comes from the Middle English word ‘frankelin’ which means freeman. As mentioned before, the Hebrew concept of freedom is associated with broad places. This points to Isaac dwelling in the land of Gerar after the famine in the south country (Genesis 26:1, 6) and ended living on a piece of land where he dug a well called Rehoboth (Genesis 26:22). Rehoboth literally means liberty or freedom from the Hebrew word רחב ‘rachab’ which means an enlarged place or freedom.
Wade comes from the Old English name ‘Wada’ which means one who travels, literally one who “goes”. This word sums up Genesis 26 and the travels of Isaac. First Isaac left the south country to dwell in Gerar due to a famine (Genesis 26:1-6) then had to leave this land because he became too prosperous (Genesis 26:13-17) only to have to travel to three different parcels of land due to fights over wells with the peoples of that area ending up in Beersheba (Genesis 26:18-23).