The Presidents Code – Andrew Jackson

The Presidents Code – Andrew Jackson

Name Meanings of the Jackson Presidency in story form:

Man is given the promise of the Seed of the woman who would bring God’s grace. He would show the way back to the living waters of God’s heavenly city. This Seed would overcome the piercing of the serpent to become King of Kings. God will hear all those who call upon this Seed and set them free from the slavery of sin and death. Adam was cast out of the garden where he would be a pilgrim working the cursed earth. Man’s heart was defiled with sin through the fruit of the tree of knowledge which led to Cain murdering his brother. After murdering his brother, Cain became a vagabond living in cities. Yet, in His grace, God keeps His promise of sending a Redeemer who would be victorious in the war between His Seed and the serpent’s seed. He will bring forth God’s grace and protection. The war would culminate on a hill called Calvary where Jesus would reveal God’s glory. Through His piercing, the Good Shepherd would lead His people to the Heavenly city and green pastures. Mankind is given the hope of the Promised Seed, who would come in the image of His Father and be crowned King of Kings.

President Andrew Jackson Democrat 3/4/1829-3/4/1837
President Andrew Jackson
Democrat 3/4/1829-3/4/1837

In the 1828 election, Andrew Jackson defeated incumbent John Quincy Adams handedly after campaigning for four years on the “corrupt bargain” of Adams and Henry Clay which prevented him from becoming President in 1824 despite obtaining the most popular and electoral votes of that election. This election brought about an era of ‘Jacksonian democracy’ which would dominate the 2nd Party System.

 

Jacksonian democracy was a continuation of the ideals of Jeffersonian democracy which was a philosophy of small federal government with most government power residing at the state level. The main difference between the two philosophies is that Jacksonians believed in a strong executive branch of the Federal government who would seek to implement the will of the people. The Jacksonians opposed the Whigs during this era who wanted a strong national government with Congress being the most powerful entity in Washington.

 

Andrew Jackson’s name meaning is speaking of the Promised Seed and the hope of Adam/mankind to overcome the devil along with the power he held of death due to sin (Hebrews 2:14).

 

Andrew comes from the Greek word ανηρ ‘aner’ which means man.

 

Jackson means son of Jack which is a diminutive of John.  John means the grace of Yah. Jackson’s name depicts the Son or Seed, who would bring the grace of God.

 

Here, in the code, we see two consecutive Presidents whose names bring forth the message of the Promise of the Seed of the woman. As mentioned before, repetition is used in the Bible to bring emphasis upon a point. The Promise of the Seed of the woman is at the foundation of the whole Biblical narrative.

 

After Adam and Eve were given the promise of the Seed of the woman who would defeat their enemy the serpent, they immediately started looking for its fulfillment. Adam and Eve thought Cain would be this Seed, but in reality he turned out to be of the wicked one (1 John 3:12). After Abel was murdered, Seth would become the son through whom the Promised Seed would come (Genesis 4:25).

 

This theme of the two seeds, one good the other evil, is exemplified in Andrew Jackson’s life. He was a man that did not live a holy life yet, in the end repented and turned to the Most High.  So too we see in Scripture that it was not the first seed of Adam that would defeat the serpent, but the Last Adam that would (1 Corinthians 15:45).

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Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and aggressive personality. Throughout his life he fought in many duels of which some were fatal to his opponents. John Quincy Adams said he earned his nickname because he was ‘as tough as hickory wood.’ This is the state of unregenerate man. In the Scriptures this would be called ‘stiffnecked’ (Exodus 32:9; Deuteronomy 9:6-7; 31:27; Ezekiel 2:3-4).

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Andrew Jackson was the personification of a warrior. Jackson served in the War for Independence at the age of thirteen where he was captured by the British and nearly starved to death. Later, he would rise to national fame in the War of 1812 leading a commanding victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans. It is interesting to note that the word for warrior in Hebrew is קשת ‘qeshet’ which comes from the root קשה ‘qasheh’ which means stiff or hard as in stiffnecked.

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The Democratic party formed in support of Andrew Jackson. In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson received the most popular votes as well as the most electoral votes but didn’t gain the Presidency because he didn’t have the majority in the electoral college. The vote went to the House of Representatives where Speaker of the House Henry Clay helped John Quincy Adams gain the Presidency. As a result, supporters of Jackson would form the Democratic Party which would dominate American politics for the next generation.

 

The word Democrat traces back to the Hebrew phrase אדמה ערץ ‘adamah eretz’ which means ‘man of the earth.’ Jackson considered himself a representative of this concept as he thought of himself as a man who represented the people and even wanted to get rid of the delegate process of voting and set up a purely democratic voting system.

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It is interesting to note that the word for tyrant is related to democracy as well. The word for a tyrant in Hebrew is עריץ ‘ariyts’ from the root ערץ ‘erets’ which is the origin of the word Democrat. Jackson’s opponents considered him to be more of a tyrant than a man of the people calling him ‘King Mob.’ The people began to turn away from the Republican principles which this nation was founded upon, and began to look upon their government system as a democracy. Even today, most people speak of the government of the United States as a democracy but this is in error.

A republic is a government which is of the people, by the people and for the people. Politicians are elected to serve the people and administer their wishes according to the law of the land. A democracy is one in which the majority rules. Right or wrong, politicians are to administer what the majority of the people of the land desire. In the Scriptures, the majority is not to be followed if it is in the wrong (Exodus 23:2). Government officials are to be of the people and administer the law of the land. They are not to follow the majority to do evil.

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The democratic view of government led to one of Jackson’s worst actions as President as he followed the majority view in the South in regards to Native Americans and their removal from that area. The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Jackson at the behest of the Southern States which resulted in the forcible removal of Native Americans from the South which came to be known as the Trail of Tears. Thousands of Native Americans would die due to starvation, disease and exposure to the elements. The Second Seminole War would begin as well due to this legislation which would last until 1842. The brutality seen by both sides during this war displays the time period in the Scriptures known as the days of Noah in which violence filled the earth (Genesis 6:11-13).

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During his Presidential bids, Jackson’s opponents referred to him as a “jackass”. Jackson liked the name and used the jackass as a symbol for a while, but it died out. However, it later became the symbol for the Democratic Party when cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized it.

 

A jackass is associated with battles and fighting in Scripture of which Andrew Jackson epitomized. This is seen in Genesis 16:12. The jackass is a picture of unregenerate man (Job 11:12). Jackson was indeed a man of many battles, made famous by his heroics at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and especially known for dueling as mentioned before. It is said that he had so many bullets in his body that he ‘rattled like a bag of marbles.’

 

Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is ערד ‘arad’ which comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which means to spread out. This is also the root of the word רדה ‘radah’ which means a ruler, as one who walks among the people, in the sense of spreading out rather than ruling on the throne alone. This is yet another connection to the Jacksonian concept of Democracy.

 

It is interesting to note that the English word ‘raid’ also comes from this root רד ‘rad.’ A raid is an attack for pillage and looting where the raiders traverse the land. A corruption of democracy is socialism where the people are ‘raided’ and the ‘aristocrats’ or those in positions of power obtain the wealth. Interestingly, the etymology of aristocrat comes from the same Hebrew origin as the word democrat. The persecution of the Native Americans during Jackson’s Presidency is a perfect display of this etymological connection.

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Andrew Jackson is also well known for his battle against the National Bank. He spoke of them as a den of vipers and thieves in the hands of aristocrats.

 

“I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.”

 

Jackson’s battle with the bank portrays the battle between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out.”

By the grace of the Eternal God, THE Son of His Grace was sent to defeat the serpent. It is interesting to note that it is recorded that Jackson said to his second Vice President Martin Van Buren:

 

“The Bank is trying to kill me, but I will kill it.”

 

Again, the concept of the enmity between the seeds. The serpent would try to defeat the Seed of the woman, but the Seed of the woman would prevail.

 

The National Bank was first established in 1791 during George Washington‘s Presidency, strongly pushed by Alexander Hamilton.  In the code, Washington’s Presidency was a picture of God planting a Garden in Eden. The establishment of the National Bank displayed the tree of knowledge of good and evil being placed in the Garden in the beginning, with command by God to Adam not to partake of its fruit (Genesis 2:9, 17).

 

The Bank’s Charter expired in 1811 but in 1816 the Second Bank of the United States was re-instituted by James Madison with a new charter which would last until 1836. Andrew Jackson became President in 1832 and was able to gain enough support to veto the recharter bill and “destroy” the bank by 1833, diverting all revenue into private banks. It is interesting to note that political cartoons which supported Jackson portrayed the bank as a serpent with the devil as its president. This fits in line with the bank being a portrayal of the tree of knowledge.

 

Debt is associated with the serpent. This is seen in the Hebrew word לוה ‘lavah’ which means to be ‘joined’ as the borrower is joined to the lender. לוה is also the root of the word ‘leviathan’ or the dragon spoken of in Scripture (Isaiah 27:1). This is also seen in another Hebrew word for debt which is נשא ‘nasha’ which means both ‘debt’ and ‘deceive.’ The connection here to the serpent in Genesis 3 is clear.

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In January 1835, Jackson paid off the entire national debt, the only time in U.S. history that has been accomplished. As Jackson’s name is ultimately pointing to the coming of the Seed of the woman who would defeat the serpent through His death, it is interesting to note that this victory is associated with the payment of the debt of a nation. In the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel, the angel Gabriel tells Daniel that the reconciliation for iniquity is associated with a people and nation.

 

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

The Hebrew word for reconciliation used in this portion of Scripture is כפר ‘kaphar’ which is commonly translated as atonement, but also has the meaning of ransom as in a monetary covering. Jesus paid the price for mankind to be reconciled to God (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23; 1 Peter 1:18-19). The ‘national debt’ was paid off.

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Andrew Jackson was raised in a Presbyterian home and acknowledged God throughout his life but an examination of his fruit reveals that this was just ‘head knowledge’ and not indicative of a true relationship with the Almighty. This is pointing to Cain. While he knew of God, Scripture does not portray him as one that truly knew Him.

 

On March 4, 1837, President Jackson delivered his Farewell Address and spoke of America’s unique destiny in world history. America’s role to preserve freedom is interweaved with God’s call of man to overcome sin.

 

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”

“You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed and enable you, with pure hearts and pure hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time the great charge He has committed to your keeping.” {Andrew Jackson’s Farewell Address 3/4/1837}

 

These quotes bear a striking resemblance to the warning that God gave Cain when Cain became angry that his sacrifice was not accepted, but his brother Abel’s was.

 

Genesis 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

 

Sin is crouching at the door. So too is tyranny. Vigilance must be applied to one’s life to prevent sin from gaining control. So too, vigilance must be applied to a Republic, lest power hungry men destroy the freedoms upon which it is based.

 

In the grander picture of the Biblical narrative, this eternal vigilance is spoken of by the Apostle Peter as a guide in our walks as followers of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

 

Although Andrew Jackson believed in God throughout his life, it wasn’t until the end of his life that Andrew Jackson truly turned to the Most High and became a follower of Jesus.

 

The evening of his stormy life had come. The remains of his much loved wife were resting in the humble graveyard near the house. At last thoughts of eternity were forced upon him. After attending a series of religious meetings Jackson became greatly convicted of his sin. He passed the night walking in his chamber in anguish and prayer. In the morning he announced to his family his full conviction that he had repented of his sins, and, through faith in Jesus Christ, had obtained forgiveness. Family prayer was immediately established… he was privileged to read through the Bible twice.” {Quotes and Quaint Stories of Great Americans – Ray Chamberlin – pg 36}

On May 29, 1845, only a few weeks before his death, Jackson declared:

“Sir, I am in the hands of a merciful God. I have full confidence in his goodness and mercy…. The Bible is true… Upon that sacred volume I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” {America’s God and Country – William Federer pg 312}

 

“Before his death, Andrew Jackson made a last appeal for America to build her future on the blessed Word of God. ‘That book, Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests.'” {America’s God and Country – William Federer pg 311 }

 

Here we see in the life and Presidency of Andrew Jackson the storyline of Cain through Seth. Though Cain murdered Abel, God appointed Adam another seed that the Promised Seed could come. Though Andrew Jackson lived most of his life as a carnal, unregenerate man, yet in the end his repentance led to his salvation.

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During Jackson’s Presidency a controversy over states’ rights occurred which came to be called the Nullification Crisis. The state of South Carolina declared the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 unconstitutional and therefore null and void. Andrew Jackson’s Vice President John Calhoun was a strong supporter of nullification but was strongly opposed by Jackson.

Jackson said that nullification of federal law by an individual state was unconstitutional and a threat to the Union. Jackson got Congress to pass a “Force Bill” which gave him authorization to use military force to enforce federal law, leading to Jackson ordering federal forces into South Carolina with threats to hang John Calhoun. Violence was averted with the Compromise Tariff of 1833 but Calhoun would resign from the office of Vice President as a result of the crisis.

 

Nullification comes from the Latin word ‘nullifcare’ which means to lightly esteem, despise or make of no effect. This word corresponds with the Hebrew word for curse, קלל‘qalal,’ which has the same connotation. This nullification issue points back to the Biblical narrative of Adam and his descendants dwelling outside of the Garden on cursed land (Genesis 8:21).

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