Shadows of Messiah – Declaration of Independence

Shadows of Messiah – The Declaration of Independence

 

 

 

In the Presidents Code it is revealed that the Declaration of Independence is a parable of God’s Word.  The Declaration of Independence was the document which gave birth to the United States, in correspondence with the Word of God which brought forth creation (Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:10; Hebrews 1:2-3, 10; 11:3).  The Declaration itself refers back to creation proclaiming that the rights of man come forth from the Creator who created all men equal.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world….


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”

 

The men who signed the Declaration put their faith in God to support their new government..

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

 

John Hancock

 

“Gentlemen, Altho it is not possible to forsee the consequences of human actions, yet it is nevertheless a duty we owe ourselves and posterity in all our public councils to decide in the best manner we are able and to trust the event to That Being who governs both causes and events, so as to bring about his own determinations.


Impressed with this sentiment, and at the same time fully convinced that our affairs will take a more favorable turn, The Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free and independent States as you will perceive by the enclosed Declaration, which I am directed to transmit to you.” {John Hancock’s Cover letter attached to the Declaration of Independence, sent to British authorities}

 

The Declaration of Independence came about, at least in part, as a means to preserve religious liberty and continue the ability of the colonists to live in the Word.

 

“The measure was urged as necessary to insure permanency to the civil and religious institutions of the colonies, as essential to their material prosperity, in order to secure fair scope for the industrial energies of the land, as vital to the expansion of American ideas over the continent, and to the creation of an opening for the spread of the Gospel, as the only escape from tyranny, and the only guaranty of that government which is ‘an ordinance of Heaven to restrain the usurpation of wicked men, to secure to all the enjoyment of their natural rights, and to promote the highest political interests and happiness of society.’  It was urged that independence ‘was the path of empire, glory, liberty, and peace,’ and that labor in such a cause was labor on the side of Providence.  ‘The Almighty’, said Chief Justice Dayton, of South Carolina, from the bench, ‘created America to be independent of Great Britain: to refuse our labors in this divine work is to refuse to be a great, a free, a pious, and a happy people.’” {Rise of the Republic – Richard Frothingham}

 

The patriarchs of the United States believed they were ‘God’s American Israel,’ a vine planted in the wilderness spoken of by the Prophets (Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 2:21)

Psa 80:15  And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

In 1630, prior to the departure of the ship Abrella for America with Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop and his fellow Puritans aboard, the young Puritan minister John Cotton preached a stirring farewell message taken from 2 Samuel 7:10:

I  will appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed….

Go forth … with a publick spirit … have a tender care … to your children, that they doe not degenerate as the Israelites did….

In 1630 historian Edward Johnson, writing of those early Puritan and Pilgrim settlers, often made reference to them as being Israel:

…the Lambe is preparing his Bride … yee the ancient Beloved of Christ, whom he of old led by hand from Egypt to Canaan through that great and terrible Wildernesse.

…you the Seed of Israel both lesse and more, the rattling of your dead bones is at hand, Sinewes, Flesh and Life: at the Word of Christ it comes.

…you  People of Israel gather together as one Man, and together as one Tree. Ezekiel 37 and 23.31

Then judge all you … whether these poore New England People, be not the forerunners of Christ’s Army, and the marvelous providences which you shall now heare, be not the very Finger of God, and whether the Lord hath not sent this people to Preach in this Wildernesse, and to proclaime to all Nations, the neere approach of the most wonderful workes that ever the Sonnes of men saw. Will not you believe that a Nation can be borne in a day [Isa. 66:8 – a Scripture that can only be fulfilled in Israel]?”

“That especially the seed of Abraham his servant, and the children of Jacob his chosen, may remember his marvelous works (Psal. 105.5-6.) in the beginning and progress of the planting of New England, his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth; how that God brought a vine into this wilderness; that he cast out the heathen and planted it; and he also made room for it, and he caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land; so that it hath sent forth its boughs to the sea, and its branches to the river. (Psal. 80.8-9.) And not only so, but also that He hath guided his people by his strength to his holy habitation, and planted them in the mountain of his inheritance, (Exod. 15.13.) in respect of precious gospel-enjoyments. So that we may not only look back to former experiences of God’s goodness to our predecessors, (though many years before) and so have our faith strengthened in the mercies of God for our times.” {Nathaniel Morton -New England’s Memorial}

During the foundation of the United States, the most prominent preacher of the period, Ezra Stiles said the following.

… I have assumed the text only as introductory to a discourse upon the political welfare of God’s American Israel, and as allusively prophetic of the future prosperity and splendor of the United States.”

“Already does the new constellation of the United States begin to realize this glory. It has already risen to an acknowledged sovereignty among the republics and kingdoms of the world. And we have reason to hope, and, I believe, to expect, that God has still greater blessings in store for this vine which his own right hand hath planted, to make us high among the nations in praise, and in name, and in honor. The reasons are very numerous, weighty, and conclusive…” 

Our degree of population is such as to give us reason to expect that this will become a great people…. This will be a great, a very great nation…. Should this prove a future fact, how applicable would be the text, when the Lord shall have made his American Israel high above all nations which he has made, in numbers, and in praise, and in name, and in honor!”  {Ezra Stiles – The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor}

The Lord Jesus applied these prophecies to a nation that would come forth bearing the fruits of Kingdom of God.


Mat 21:33  Hear another parable: There was a certain man, a house master, who planted a vineyard and placed a hedge around it; and he dug a winepress in it, and built a tower. And he rented it to vinedressers and left the country.Isa. 5:1, 2

Mat 21:34  And when the season of the fruits came, he sent his slaves to the vinedressers to receive his fruits.

Mat 21:35  And the vinedressers, taking his slaves, they beat this one, and they killed one, and they stoned another.

Mat 21:36  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first. And they did the same to them.

Mat 21:37  And at last he sent his son to them, saying, They will respect my son.

Mat 21:38  But seeing the son, the vinedressers said among themselves, This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and possess his inheritance.

Mat 21:39  And taking him, they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Mat 21:40  Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?

Mat 21:41  They said to Him, Bad men! He will miserably destroy them, and he will rent out the vineyard to other vinedressers who will give to him the fruits in their seasons.

Mat 21:42  Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures, “A Stone which the builders rejected, this One became the Head of the Corner? This was from the Lord, and it is a wonder in our eyes?” Psalm 118:22, 23 {Keep this verse in mind as it has a deeper connection to 7/4/1776.  More on this below}

Mat 21:43  Because of this I say to you, The kingdom of God will be taken from you, and it will be given to a nation producing the fruits of it.

 

The men who founded this country believed they were, at least in part, a fulfillment of these words.  Men such as Ezra Stiles, who was the most influential preacher during the time period of the Founders spoke of the United States as “God’s American Israel” and referred to them specifically as the vine which God’s right hand hath planted in direct reference back to Psalm 80. Stiles was reiterating the belief of earlier preachers such as John Cotton, Nathaniel Morton and Cotton Mather who referred to the men who left Europe to seek religious freedom in America as God’s vineyard in the wilderness.

 

This belief was not relegated only to preachers however.  Jonathan Trumbull, for example, spoke of the God of the Armies of Israel showering down His blessings upon George Washington. Thomas Jefferson stated upon Washington’s death “verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel.”

 

Further displaying the belief of the Founders that they were Israel, or at least like unto Israel, is the original seal of the United States which depicted the War for Independence with the imagery Moses leading Israel across the Red Sea as Pharaoh was drowned.  More on this below.

 

 

Bringing forth the fruits of Kingdom of God is the role that America was/is to fulfill.  No single nation has spread the Gospel more than the USA.

 

Samuel Adams, the “Father of the American Revolution”, spoke of this idea in the State House in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776.

 

“He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all… Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.”

 

The problem is that when believers fled from Europe to escape religious persecution, there was also those from the side of darkness that came along with them to escape that same religious intolerance.  There has always been this power struggle in this country between those who wish to worship the LORD according to the dictates of their hearts versus those who hate Him and wish to bring about a new world of antichrist.

 

This dichotomy is further seen in the etymology of the word America.  It is interesting to note that the word ‘America’ traces back to the Hebrew word עמל ‘amal’ which means to work, a laborer.  This word has various translations from labor, toil and being weary to pain, misery and perverseness/wickedness.  Such is this nation.  From the beginning there were those who desired to use this nation as a conduit to the ‘new order of the ages’ and the kingdom of the beast versus those who wished to use this country as a conduit to share the Gospel and lead man unto the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

עמל ‘amal’ comes from the root על ‘al’ which means to be yoked.  Who are we going to be yoked with?  Messiah or the beast?  The Word or lawlessness?  The Constitution or dictates of tyrants?  Liberty IN God or liberty FROM God?  What message do we wish to share with the world?  Amazingly the word for shoe/sandal/being shod with the Gospel/message (Ephesians 6:15) is נעל ‘na’al’ which comes from על ‘al.’

 

The fruits of the Kingdom only come forth from the Vine, Jesus Christ (John 15:1-10) revealing God’s love.  Love is the foundation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, documents based on the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31) of treating others as you want to be treated.  The Lord Jesus said that the “Golden Rule” is the encapsulation of the Word of God which is love (Matthew 22:35-40).  It was Jesus who the Founders proclaimed as King of the United States.

 

The Declaration of Independence & the Word

This Bible is for the government of  the people, by the people, for the people.” John Wycliffe

The Government of the Patriots is based upon the Word of God.

J. Wingate Thornton, in his book ‘The Pulpit of the American Revolution,’ declared that the Bible was the ‘political text-book of the patriots.’

 

“Whence, then, did the ideas basic to American government originally emanate, and to what source must we look for a simple clarification of its original purpose?  To ask these questions should be to answer them.  The New Testament is the wellspring from which our political thought derives and the idealistic goal of that thinking was a political and social system actively conductive to Christian practise.  As the contemporary historian of Plymouth Plantation wrote, the motive of those who sailed on the Mayflower was their ‘great hope and inward zeal…for propagating and advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world.’” {J. Wingate Thornton quoted in The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America – Verna M. Hall pg VIII}

 

In 1854, Congress passed a resolution declaring that the teachings of Messiah were the most important element of our governmental system.

 

“Christianity must be considered as the foundation upon which the whole structure rests. Laws will not have not permanence or power without the sanction of religious sentiment, without a firm belief that there is a Power above us that will reward our virtues and punish our vices. In this age there will be no substitute for Christianity: that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the Republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. There is a great and very prevalent error on this subject in the opinion that those who organized this Government did not legislate on religion.” {House Judiciary Report quoted in William Joseph Federer’s “America God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations”}

 

 

In 1983, this belief was made an official law in the United States through Public Law 97-280 as Congress declared 1983 as the Year of the Bible.

 

Joint Congressional Resolutions Declaring 1983 as the Year of the Bible

Public Law 97-280

October 4, 1982

 

“This Nation was settled by immigrants seeking religious freedom. Our Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States embraced concepts of civil government inspired by the Holy Scriptures. As a nation we have been led by great leaders—among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—who personally knew and paid tribute to the surpassing influence that the Bible is, in the words of the President Jackson, “the rock on which our Republic rests.”


“Our joint resolution—introduced on a bipartisan basis—is straightforward. The joint resolution notes the surpassing influence the Bible has had in the formation of this Nation, and its roots in our early settlement and our form of civil government. The joint resolution requests the President to designate 1983 as the Year of the Bible “in recognition of the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and of our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.”

 

The Declaration of Independence and the King of Kings

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed to the world that the only King of America was the Lord Jesus.

 

The basis of the Declaration of Independence and the freedom/liberty of man is the concept of walking as servants of Jesus the Messiah.

 

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

 

Joh 8:32  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

It is only through Jesus Christ that man can be truly free where he can walk in love and liberty amongst his fellow man (2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Peter 2:16).

Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only usenot liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Galatians 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, evenin this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

John Adams

 

“We have no King but Jesus”John Adams

 

“We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient.  He reigns in heaven and..from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come.” {Samuel Adams speaking to the Continental Congress 7/4/1776}

 

“In declaring their independence from earthly power and authority, our Founding Fathers declared their dependence upon Almighty God: ‘with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  Like the Pilgrims before them, they fully expected God to keep His side of the covenant as they obeyed His Word and followed His Spirit.” {Under God – Toby Mac and Michael Tait pg 18}

 

John Adams, in a letter written to his wife Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress, said:

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”


“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”


“It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Christian Idea of Man

The Colonists envisioned a country founded on ‘The Christian idea of Man.’

 

“The Declaration embodied the doctrine of the fundamental equality of the race, and thus clothed abstract truth with vitalizing power.  Its mighty sentences aver as self-evident ‘that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as shall to them seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’


“This American theory, expressed, ‘in words the memory of which can never die.’  It includes far more than it expresses; for by recognizing human equality and brotherhood, and the individual as the unit of society, it accepts the Christian idea of man as the basis of political institutions.” {The Rise of the Republic – Richard Frothingham}

 

The inspiration for the Declaration of Independence came from Samuel Adams who was considered to be the “Father of the American Revolution” in his speech the “Rights of the Colonists as Christians” which he wrote in 1772 elaborating upon this concept of the Christian idea of man.

 

“The rights of the colonists as Christian:

These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

“Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty, in matters spiritual and temporal, is a thing that all men are clearly entitled to by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the law of nations and all well-grounded municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former.”

“In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists as Christians}

 

Thomas Jefferson credited Samuel Adams with ‘steering’ America towards Independence.

 

“If there was any Palinurus to the Revolution, Samuel Adams was the man.”  Palinurus was the helmsman of Aeneas’s ship in Virgil’s ‘Aeneid.’” {The Life of Thomas Jefferson – Henry Stephens Randall pg 182}

 

Jefferson also declared Samuel Adams as “truly the Man of the Revolution.” {Old Revolutionaries – Maier Pauline pg 5}

 

John Locke

 

“Locke, in particular, was the authority to whom the Patriots paid greatest deference.” {C. Edward Mosheim – A History of American Political Theories}

 

Thomas Jefferson relied heavily upon John Locke’s ‘Second Essay of Government’ in his writing of the Declaration of Independence.

 

“As Men we have God for our King, and are under the Law of Reason: as Christians, we have Jesus the Messiah for our King, and are under the Law reveal’d by him in the Gospel.” {John Locke – The Reasonableness of Christianity}

 

“And Reason, which is that Law, teaches all Mankind, who will be consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his Life, Health, Liberty, or Possessions.  For Men being all the Workmanship of one Omnipotent, and infinitely wise Maker: All the Servants of one Sovereign Master, sent into the World by his Order, and about his Business, they are his Property, whose Workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s Pleasure.”  {John Locke – Of Civil Government}

 

Locke wrote that all men are naturally in a ‘state of perfect freedom’ and ‘a State also of Equality.’  He defined this liberty by the ‘Golden Rule of ‘do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.’  As all men are equal and in a state of liberty, so we must treat one another with love if we wish to receive the same.  Jesus declared that this ‘Golden Rule’ is the summation of the Word of God (Matthew 7:12).

 

Locke equated the Law of Nature with the Law of God written in the Holy Scriptures, specifically referring to verses such as Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:19-20 and Deuteronomy 19:21.  Locke spoke of the Natural Law, or the Law of Reason as the Law of God in which man was given from the beginning.

 

“The Law, that was to govern Adam, was the same, that was to govern all his Posterity, the Law of Reason.

Adam was created a perfect Man, his Body and Mind in full possession of their Strength and Reason, and so was capable, from the first Instant of his Being to provide for his own Support and Preservation, and govern his Actions according to the Dictates of the Law of Reason which God had implanted in him.” {John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 6}

 

Yet another connection between the Natural Law of which the Declaration of Independence is based upon and the Word of God is John Locke’s definition of the Natural Law as the Will of God.  The Holy Scriptures define the will of God as His Word (Psalm 40:8; Matthew 12:50; Luke 8:21).

 

“Thus the Law of Nature stands as and Eternal Rule to all Men, Legislators as well as others.  The rules that they make for other Men’s Actions, must, as well as their own, and other Men’s Actions, be conformable to the Law of Nature, i.e. to the Will of God, of which that is a Declaration, and the fundamental Law of Nature being the preservation of Mankind, no Human Sanction can be good, or valid against it.” {John Locke – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 17}

In the previous study on the flag it is seen that as believers, our citizenship is in Heaven.  Our King is Messiah Jesus.  This is what the founders of the United States believed as well.  This is why they made the Constitution, to keep power from being centralized and tyranny from forming over the people where their King would continue to be Messiah Jesus and not a man.  All men, regardless of race, creed or government position, would be ruled by one law, just as all men are under one Heavenly Law.

 

Samuel Adams

 

As mentioned before Samuel Adams, the ‘Father of the Revolution’ borrowed from John Locke’s concept’s of the Christian Idea of Man.  In Adams’ “Rights of the Colonists as Christians” he spoke of John Locke in specific as the authority on the concept of the Christian idea of man.

 

“…The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty…’The Rights of the Colonists as Christians’…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”


“Among the natural Rights of the Colonists are these First, a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to Support and defend them in the best manner they can…All positive and civil laws should conform, as far as possible, to the law of natural reason and equity.


“Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty in matters spiritual and temporal, is a thing that All Men are clearly entitled to, by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the law of Nations, & all well grounded municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists}

 

“The essence of our now weakened Christianity is self-discipline, as preached and practised by Christ Jesus.  Those who can thus govern themselves have little need of managerial government.  So, when American gloried in being a Chrstian people, it was possible to replace the domination of the British monarcy by a system in which the greater part of all governmental activities were localied.  The ‘determination’, in Madison’s memorable words, was ‘to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’”  {The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America – Verna M. Hall pg  IX}


“When Americans are Biblically educated and practising the two great commandments of our Lord, love for God, and love for man (Matt. 22:36-39), then our constitutional form of government works.  It will not function correctly without this education.  It is dependent upon Christian self-government with union in all phases of human experience. {The Bible and The Constitution of the United States of America – Verna M. Hall & Rosalie J. Slater pg 10}

 

“It was in the churches of the first century of Christianity that we identify local self-government.  These were voluntary gatherings of men, women and childred united ‘not by external bonds, but by the vital force of distinctive ideas and principles’…In every place the society of believers was a little republic.” {The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self Government – Verna Hall pg 16}

 

“American Federalism, the practice of self-government at every level of society and government, could not have been learned apart from the study of the Bible.  Therefore the history of the Bible and the history of American liberty are inseparable.”  {The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self Government – Verna Hall pg 22}

Declaration of Independence & the Gospel

John Quincy Adams

 

John Quincy Adams linked the Declaration of Independence to the Gospel.

 

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?” “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” (John Quincy Adams – Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts 1837}

 

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”  {John Quincy Adams on July 4, 1821}

 

In May 1854, the Congress of the United States of America passed a resolution declaring:

“The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

 

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

We Hold These Truths…

When Thomas Jefferson penned the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” he was declaring the government of this country to be founded in the rights declared in the Holy Scriptures.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Scriptures define Jesus Christ as our Life.

 

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus is our Liberty.

 

Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Messiah is our Happiness.  The Hebrew word for happy is אשר ‘asher.’

 

Psa 72:17  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed {אשר ‘asher’}.

 

Jefferson borrowed the phrase ‘pursuit of happiness’ from John Locke who defined it as the foundation of liberty.

 

“The necessity of pursuing happiness [is] the foundation of liberty.  As therefore the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness; so the care of ourselves, that we mistake not imaginary for real happiness, is the necessary foundation of our liberty. The stronger ties we have to an unalterable pursuit of happiness in general, which is our greatest good, and which, as such, our desires always follow, the more are we free from any necessary determination of our will to any particular action, and from a necessary compliance with our desire, set upon any particular, and then appearing preferable good, till we have duly examined whether it has a tendency to, or be inconsistent with, our real happiness: and therefore, till we are as much informed upon this inquiry as the weight of the matter, and the nature of the case demands, we are, by the necessity of preferring and pursuing true happiness as our greatest good, obliged to suspend the satisfaction of our desires in particular cases.” {John Locke – Concerning Human Understanding}

 

In an Election Sermon given in 1778, Phillips Payson connected this pursuit of happiness with Heavenly Jerusalem whose citizenship is given through Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:13).

 

“…Next to liberty of heaven is that which the sons of God, the heirs of glory, possess in this life, in which they are freed from the bondage of corruption, the tyranny of evil lusts and passions, described by the apostle ‘by being made free from sin, and becoming the servants of God.’…therefore all good men, all true believers, in a special sense are children of the free woman, heirs of the promise.  This religious or spiritual liberty must be accounted the greatest happiness of man, considered in a private capacity…Hence a people formed upon the morals and principles of the gospel are capacitated to enjoy the highest degree of civil liberty, and will really enjoy it, unless prevented by force or fraud…” {Election Sermon – Phillips Payson 5/27/1778 on Galatians 4:26, 31}

 

Gal 4:26  but the Jerusalem from above is free, who is the mother of us all;

Gal 4:31  Then, brothers, we are not children of a slave woman but of the free woman.

George Washington


George Washington defined the concept of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ as walking in the footsteps of Messiah.

 

“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another…and finally that he would most gracioiusly be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.  {Under God pg 155}

 

Washington, like a number of his contemporaries, associated the pursuit of happiness with virtue.

 

“There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” {George Washington – First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789}

 

Thomas Jefferson

 

Thomas Jefferson also defined the pursuit of happiness as virtue.

 

“The order of nature [is] that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.” {Thomas Jefferson to M. Correa de Serra 1814}

 

“Without virtue, happiness cannot be.” {Thomas Jefferson to Amos J. Cook, 1816}

 

John Adams spoke in similar terms.

 

“Statesmen…may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand…. The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”

 

In his Inaugural address, Adams stated that virtue can only come from the Creator.

 

“And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.”

 

We are set free to serve the LORD God.

 

1Pe 2:16  as free, and not having freedom as a cover of evil, but as slaves of God;

The English word ‘free’ traces back to two different Hebrew words.  פרע ‘para’ which means to break free and be unrestrained.  This is the word used in reference to Israel when they ‘broke free’ from the commands of the LORD and made a golden calf (Exodus 32:25).  The Apostle Paul said that this ‘freedom’ in reality brought slavery (Galatians 4:24).

 

The other Hebrew word which the English word ‘free’ traces back to is פרק ‘paraq’ which means to be freed or saved from a yoke of slavery (Daniel 4:27).

 

We are delivered from the yoke of slavery to serve God and be yoked with Him.

 

Lev 26:13  I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

John Winthrop


John Winthrop spoke of this concept of liberty/freedom in God versus liberty from God in 1645.  Winthrop is famous for his vision of America being a “city upon a hill” shining the light of the Gospel to the world.

“There is a twofold liberty, natural (I mean as our nature is now corrupt) and civil or federal.  The first is common to man with beasts and other creatures.  By this, man as he stands in relation to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists: it is a liberty to evil as well as to good.  This liberty is incompatible and inconsistent with authority, and cannot endure the least restraint of the most just authority.  The exercise and maintaining of this liberty makes men grow more evil, and in time to be worse than brute beasts: omnes sumus licentia deteriores. This is that great enemy of truth and peace, that wild beast, which all the ordinances of God are bent against, to restrain or subdue it.

The other kind of liberty I call civil or federal; it may also be termed moral, in reference to the covenant between God and man, in the moral law, and the politic covenants and constitutions, amongst men themselves.  This liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is a liberty to that only which is good, just, and honest.  This liberty you are to stand for, with the hazard (not only of your goods, but) of your lives, if need be.  Whatsoever crosseth this is not authority, but a distemper thereof.  This liberty is maintained and exercised in a way of subjection to authority; it is of the same kind of liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free...” {John Winthrop – Little Speech on Liberty 1645}


The Founders believed they were being led by the Almighty in declaring liberty from Great Britain.

 

“And so it was that out of rare public virtue grew our great republican government…It was said to a people trained under Christian influences, who habitually looked upward in every form of supplication, that the spirit which actuated the United Colonies ‘was as much from God as the descent of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, and was introductory to something great and good to mankind.’” {Richard Frothingham – The Rise of the Republic}

 

Pentecost occurs in the third month of the Biblical calendar so it is no surprise that the Declaration of Independence occurs during this same month.

 

The Committee of Five

John Trumbull’s painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.

The Committee of Five consisted of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration.  He brought the draft to these other four men and they helped edit it.

 

In the Presidents Code, it is seen that the name meanings of the Presidents of the United States tells the story of the Bible from Genesis to the Gospels.  So too the names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence tells a story.  Their name meanings point to the Garden of Eden which stands to reason as George Washington’s name is pointing to the time period of the planting of this Paradise.  Amazingly, the Hebrew word  אדן ‘eden’ is used 56 times in the Bible corresponding to the number of signers of the Declaration.

 

The number five (as in the committee of five) in Hebrew is the number of grace.  The Hebrew word for grace is חן ‘chen’ which literally means the camp of the righteous.  חינם ‘chiynam’ is a cognate of חן ‘chen’ and is translated as liberty or freedom.

 

In Hebrew, grace literally means the camp of the family. In ancient times, men such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would dwell in tents (Hebrews 11:9) which were configured in a circular or rectangular configuration forming one continuous wall. The camp is the definition of grace as it was a place of beauty, compassion and love of one’s family.

 

Grace 2

 

Israel in the wilderness, dwelling in camps with the Glory of the LORD in their midst is the perfect portrayal of this Hebrew definition of Grace.

Here is a portrayal of Israel’s dwellings in the wilderness:

large-map-israel-wilderness-camp-after-leaving-egypt

 

The camp of Israel consisted of 12 tribes with the Levites as the ’13th’ in the middle.  This corresponds to the 13 Colonies.

 

 

The Kingdom of Heaven is set up according to this camp of Israel, foursquare (Revelation 21:10-14).  The Hebrew word for ‘foursquare’ רביעי ‘revi’iy’ is used 56 times in Scripture, corresponding to the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Recall Phillips Payson’s Election Sermon in 1778 which spoke of the freedom which Americans enjoyed as a type of Heavenly Jerusalem?

Continuing with this theme of the number 56 is the Hebrew word for redemption, פּדה ‘padah’ which is used 56 times in Scripture. This redemption is portrayed in God delivering Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh and Egypt.

Psalm 106:7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

Psalm 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.

Psalm 106:9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.

Psalm 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 106:11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

 

Recall that America’s battle for Independence against King George was likened to Israel being delivered from bondage to Pharoah. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin proposed that the seal of the United States be a portrayal of this deliverance with the pillar of fire in the center of the seal dividing Israel from Egypt, or light from darkness.

Amazingly, the numerical value of the Genesis 1:4 which speaks of God dividing light from darkness in the beginning of creation is 1776 corresponding to the year in which Americans declared their independence from Britain. For those not familiar with Hebrew, each letter has a numerical value which makes leads to each word having a numerical value. This is true in the Greek language as well which is the origin of the infamous 666 of Revelation consisting of three Greek letters.

 

Another fascinating connection between America’s independence and the numbers 56 and 1776 are seen in the Greek word λίθος ΄’lithos’ which means a stone and is used 56 times in the Bible. Scripture speaks of Jesus as the Stone upon which His church is built. Jesus spoke of Himself as this stone and then immediately refers to the prophecy in Isaiah 5 of Israel in the wilderness which the Founders of this country applied to themselves.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Isaiah speaks of this Stone as the foundation of Zion, the holy city of God.

 

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

 

Interestingly, the phrase “and they shall call thee, the city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel” from Isaiah 60:14 has the numerical value of 1776. This is the rock/stone upon which the United States is founded.

 

That book, Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests.” {Andrew Jackson}

 

Jesus’ declared Himself to be the Stone comes forth from Psalm 118.

 

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Psalm 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118 declares this Stone as the Lord’s Right Hand. This points back to the days of Exodus and the Song of Moses which speaks of the Lord’s Right Hand delivering Israel from Pharaoh (Exodus 15:1-6). Amazingly, the Greek word for ‘right hand,’ δεξιός ‘dexios’ is also used 56 times in Scripture.

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

The word ‘large place’ in verse 5 is מרחבmerchav’ which is a cognate of רחבrachav’ which is the Hebrew word for freedom or liberty.

 

Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Psalm 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

Psalm 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

Psalm 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

 

The Hebrew word for salvation in the above verses is ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’ which is the source of the name Jesus.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

The Hebrew word for day, יוםyom,’ has the numerical equivalent of 56, pointing to the signers of the Declaration whose declaration is remembered on the day the Lord made, July 4th.

Indeed, in the words of John Adams, July 4th “ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty”.

There are a few more fascinating connections to the number 56 seen in the Scriptures.

 

The word אלוהּ ‘Eloah’ which means God is used 56 times.  Jehoiada {יוידע} is used 56 times. Jehoiada means ‘know God.’  Knowing God comes through Messiah.

 

2Co 4:6  Because it is God who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine,” who shone in our hearts to give the brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Isa. 42:6, 7, 16

Joh 17:3  And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

Interestingly, Genesis 1:4 (where light shined out of darkness) has the numerical equivalent of 1776.

 

Gen 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

The word for redemption, פּדה ‘padah,’ is used 56 times in Scripture.

 

Psa 106:7  Our fathers did not ponder Your wonders in Egypt; they did not remember Your many mercies, and they rebelled at the sea, at the Sea of Reeds.

Psa 106:8  But He saved them for His name’s sake, to make known His might.

Psa 106:9  And He rebuked the Sea of Reeds; and it dried up; and He made them go through the depths as through the wilderness.

Psa 106:10  And He saved them from the hand of the one hating, and ransomed him from the hand of the enemy;

This is the imagery that Jefferson, Adams and Franklin proposed for the seal of the United States.

 

“Resolved, That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America.” – July 4, 1776, Journals of Continental Congress

Benjamin Franklin proposed

 

“Moses standing on the Shore, and extending his Hand over the Sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his Head and a Sword in his Hand. Rays from a Pillar of Fire in the Clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by Command of the Deity.   “Motto, Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

 

Thomas Jefferson also suggested allegorical scenes. For the front of the seal: children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

 

 

The Greek word λίθος ΄’lithos’ is used 56 times in the Scriptures as well.  This word is translated as stone, in specific the Stone who is Messiah.

 

Mat 21:42  Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures, “A Stone which the builders rejected, this One became the Head of the Corner? This was from the Lord, and it is a wonder in our eyes?” Psalm 118:22, 23

 

Isa 28:16  So, the Lord Jehovah says this: Behold, I place in Zion a Stone for a foundation, a tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone, a sure Foundation; he who believes shall not hasten.

 

Interestingly, the phrase “and they shall call thee, the city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel” from Isaiah 60:14 has the numerical value of 1776.  This is the rock/stone upon which the United States is founded.

 

That book, Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests.” Andrew Jackson

 


Psa 118:22  The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Head of the Corner.

Psa 118:23  This is from Jehovah, it is marvelous in our eyes.

Psa 118:24  This is the day Jehovah has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118 declares this Stone as His Right Hand, pointing back to the days of Exodus and the Song of Moses.

 

Psa 118:1  Give thanks to Jehovah, for He is good; because His mercy endures forever.

Psa 118:2  Let Israel say now that His mercy endures forever.

Psa 118:3  Let the house of Aaron say now that His mercy endures forever.

Psa 118:4  Let those who fear Jehovah say now that His mercy endures forever.

Psa 118:5  I called Jehovah from the distress; He answered me in the large place of Jehovah.

 

The word ‘large place’ in verse 5 is מרחב ‘merchav’ a cognate of רחב ‘rachav’ which is the Hebrew word for freedom or liberty.

 

Psa 118:14  Jehovah is my strength and my song; and He is my salvation.

Psa 118:15  The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of Jehovah works mightily.

Psa 118:16  The right hand of Jehovah is exalted; the right hand of Jehovah acts mightily.

Amazingly, the Greek word for ‘right hand,’ δεξιός ‘dexios’ is also used 56 times in Scripture.

 

Psa 118:21  I will thank You, for You answered me, and You are my salvation.

Psa 118:22  The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Head of the Corner.

Psa 118:23  This is from Jehovah, it is marvelous in our eyes.

Psa 118:24  This is the day Jehovah has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Hebrew word for salvation in the above verses is ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’ which is the source of the name the name Jesus.

Psalm 118:14 is a direct reference to Exodus 15, the ‘song of Moses.’

 

Exo 15:1  Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to Jehovah, and spoke, saying, I will sing to Jehovah, for He is highly exalted. He has thrown the horse and his rider into the sea.

Exo 15:2  My strength and song is Jehovah, and it happened, He was to me salvation; this is my God and I will glorify Him; the God of my father, and I will exalt Him.

Exo 15:3  Jehovah is a Man of war; Jehovah is His name.

Exo 15:4  He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army in the sea; and the choice ones of his officers are drowned in the Sea of Reeds,

Exo 15:5  the depths cover them; they have dropped into the depths like a stone.

Exo 15:6  Your right hand, O Jehovah, is glorious in power; O Jehovah, Your right hand dashes the enemy to pieces.

Yet another connection to this song of Moses and the number 56 is the Greek word δίκαιος ‘dikaios’ which has the numerical equivalent of 56 and means just or righteous.  This word is used in Revelation 15:3 speaking of the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.

 

Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the slave of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty, righteous and true are Your ways, King of the saints.

The Hebrew words יום ‘yom’ which means day and ליהוה ‘to Yahweh’ also have the numerical value of 56.

 

Psa 118:1  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa 118:24  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Declaration of Independence consists of 1348 words which is equal to the numerical value of Psalm 107:43.

 

Psa 107:43  Whoever is wise and will observe these things, they shall discern the mercies of Jehovah.

I encourage the reader to go over this entire chapter as it is all about the deliverance that the LORD gives His people and the thanks we owe unto Him.  Indeed, in the words of John Adams, July 4th ‘ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.’

 

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