The Presidents Code – 1796 Election

The Presidents Code – 1796 Election

1796 election

After George Washington refused a third term as President, the first Presidential election took place in 1796 in which multiple men attempted to be elected. In a close decision, John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson by 3 electoral votes and roughly 4,000 popular votes to become the second President of the United States.

Due to the rules of the time period, the person with the second most electoral votes became Vice President.  This election led to the 12th Amendment being passed which gave electors one vote which would be given to both the President and Vice President on the same ‘ticket’ as opposed to this manner in which electors would have two votes, one for President and one for Vice President. This was done to avoid having men from opposing parties sit as President and Vice President as was seen in this election.

This was the first Presidential election with established competing parties but due to the fact that the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates didn’t run together there was no effect on the Presidents code parable.  John Adams was the leader of the Federalist party and Thomas Jefferson the leader of the Republicans (now called Democratic-Republicans to avoid confusion with the current Republican party which came about later in history).

John Adams won the election and the parable picked up from Washington’s storyline of God planting the Garden of Eden to the theme of Adam in the Garden of Eden.  If Thomas Jefferson would have won this first contest against Adams its hard to say with certainty if the same theme as Adams would have been displayed or not as Jefferson’s name has multiple facets.  The people who would have served as leadership with him would have been important in the picture.

The purpose of examining these Presidential elections in light of this Presidents Code is to display that regardless of who is put into office and which direction the country takes, God is in control (Psalm 22:28; 75:7; Daniel 2:21; John 3:27; 19:11).  After examining the 57 elections that have taken place in our nation’s history and the name meanings of the candidates who lost it is seen that the “code” would have continued if they would have won, albeit with variations on how the the Biblical narrative would have been brought forth.

For the purpose of showing how this was played out in this election let us examine Thomas Jefferson’s name meaning and its various meanings in the “code” according to the time period he was involved.

There are three different parables brought forth by Jefferson’s name in the code.  The first is his seen in his role as author of the Declaration of Independence, the second his position as Vice President and third his Presidency.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence

Jefferson is best known for being the primary author of the Declaration of Independence which pictures the Word of God.  This role put him in the position of representing the Almighty as He is the Author of the Word (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 68:11; Hebrews 12:2).

In the code, this declaration that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness point to the creation of the universe by the Word of God.  The United States was founded upon this document, just as all of creation was founded upon the Word of God (Psalm 33:6; 119:52, 89; 1 John 2:17; 2 John 1:5-6).  Here then we see Jefferson displaying the role of God in parable form.

The name Thomas, means ‘twin.’  This points to God the Father and His Son who is in His Image (Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:3), from whom creation came forth (Colossians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:26; 3:22; Isaiah 6:8; John 3:11-12; 8:13-19 ).  The last name Jefferson has controversial origins.  Most believe it traces back to Geoffrey which will be addressed later.  Others trace the name back to ‘Godafrid’ which means God of Peace. This name would be referring to the Creator (Romans 15:33; 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20).

Further displaying the connection between Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence and the Word of God are the writings of John Locke.  In writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson borrowed heavily from John Locke’s Second Essay of Government.

John 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.’  Jesus declared that this ‘Golden Rule’ is the summation of the Word of God (Matthew 7:12).

“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 – Second Treatise of Civil Government: Chapter 2}

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}

Samuel Adams, who was called the ‘Father of the American Revolution,’ further elaborated on John Locke’s writings.

“…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.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists}

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}

Here we see Jefferson being greatly influenced by John Locke and Samuel Adams who declared that the unalienable rights of the Creator are the essence of the ‘Natural Law’ which is in reality, the Law of God.  The connections between the Declaration of Independence and the Word of God are discussed in more detail in the article Shadows of Messiah – The Declaration of Independence.

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Vice President Thomas Jefferson

Thomas comes from the Hebrew word תָּאוֹמָא ‘ta’oma’ which means a twin in Hebrew but also means to be full. This is a picture of the creation of Eve, the ‘twin’ of Adam who was brought to man and made him ‘full’ or ‘complete’ (Genesis 2:23-24).


The Hebrew word for twin תאם ‘taam’ comes from the root word תם ‘tam’ which means complete or whole. This is related to the Hebrew word כל ‘kol’ which also means complete or whole. The Hebrew word for bride is כללה ‘kallah’ which comes from this root word כל ‘kol’ because a bride is one added to a man to make him complete.


Jefferson means son of Geoffrey. Geoffrey is a Germanic word consisting of ‘gawia’ meaning territory, ‘walah’ meaning stranger, ‘gisil’ meaning hostage or captured and ‘frid’ meaning peace. This is a picture pointing to man leaving father and mother and cleaving to his wife (Genesis 2:24). Man leaves his former territory, and ‘captures’ in peace his bride.


In Genesis 2:18, the phrase ‘help meet’ is used which comes from the Hebrew phrase עזר כנגדו ‘ezer kenegdo.’ This literally means ‘the one who is opposite who helps.’ This would describe the above word ‘walah’ meaning a stranger.


The Hebrew word for marry is לקח ‘leqach’ which means to take, and can be used in the sense of taking hostage as seen in the above word ‘gisil.’ This is also the word for ‘taking’ one in marriage (Genesis 24:3; Deuteronomy 7:3).


The Hebrew word for peace is שלום ‘shalom’ which comes from the root word של ‘shel’ meaning to draw out or in. Here the concept of cleaving to one another, or drawing in together as one is displayed.


Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Genesis 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Genesis 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


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President Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson’s presidency is a picture of the serpent who deceived Eve by bringing doubt to the Word of God (Genesis 3:1-5). Thomas comes from the Hebrew word תָּאוֹמָא ‘ta’oma’ which means a twin in Hebrew and is linked to doubt in Scripture (John 20:27). Doubt is the tool that the adversary used to deceived Eve, “hath God said?”

As Vice President, it was seen that Jefferson’s name described the picture of Adam and Eve joining together in marriage but in this chapter his name depicts the adversary and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This connection is seen in the relationship between Eve and the serpent who are inextricably linked in the Scriptures as it was Eve who was beguiled by the serpent leading to the fall of man (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14).

Jefferson was the Vice President under John Adams whose name displays Adam in the Garden.  As President, Jefferson is now the head of the country and displays the serpent entering into the Garden to lead mankind astray.  It was through the serpent’s infiltration of the Garden the serpent would take dominion from man (Luke 4:6; John 12:31).

Jefferson means son of Geoffrey.  Geoffrey is a Germanic word consisting of ‘gawia’ meaning territory, ‘walah’ meaning stranger, ‘gisil’ meaning hostage and ‘frid’ meaning peace.  Here in this name is a depiction of a stranger who enters a territory and takes peace hostage.  This is what the serpent did when he entered the Garden of Eden and led Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit which they were commanded not to eat (Matthew 13:25, 39).  This sin took peace from mankind leading to continuous warfare and conflict throughout man’s history (James 4:1; 3:14-18; Genesis 3:15).

Thomas Jefferson’s character and the character of his presidency falls in line with his name meaning.  Jefferson believed in the God of the Bible (James 2:19), but doubted the Word.  So too with the serpent of old (Genesis 3:1; James 2:19).  Jefferson was a Unitarian which is a belief system that proclaims belief in one God but denies the divinity of Jesus.  Unitarians admit that Jesus was a great man and prophet of God and perhaps even a supernatural being but not one with God as Scripture proclaims (John 10:30).

Jesus proclaiming that He was the Son of God was a proclamation that He is one with God (John 19:7; 10:30-38; Luke 22:69-71; Proverbs 30:4).  This denial by the Unitarian Jefferson puts Jesus on the same level as other men.  This denial of the Word and lowering of Jesus Christ is in similar form to what the serpent deceived Adam and Eve with (2 Corinthians 11:3).  The serpent corrupted God’s Word and lowered Him to something that man could attain unto (Genesis 3:5).

Jefferson portraying this parable will be discussed in more detail in the article dealing with Jefferson’s Presidency.

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