The Presidents Code – James Madison

The Presidents Code – James Madison

Name meanings in story form of the Madison Presidency:

Due to the deception of the serpent in the Garden and the disobedience of Adam and Eve in heeding his words, warfare was decreed by God between the Seed of the woman and the serpent. Death and the curse entered the world where Adam would have to work the ground by the sweat of his brow for food and later return to that ground when he died. The promise of freedom from the serpent in reality turned into the chains of slavery to sin and death and led to Adam’s exile out of Paradise. In His grace, God promised to Adam and Eve a deliverer. Yet, He still cast them out of the Garden and placed Cherubim at the entrance to keep Adam from re-entering.

In exile from the Garden, Adam and Eve would hope in the Father’s grace and rejoice in His promise of the Seed of the woman who would defeat the serpent. Cherubim guarded the way back to the Tree of Life, preventing Adam and Eve from partaking thereof. God did not want man to live forever in the chains of sin. Man needed to be separated from the fruit of the Tree of Life because he the devil led him to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge which brings death. The way back to the Tree of Life would come through the Promised Seed of the woman who would come to earth while mankind dwelt in exile from the Garden.

President James Madison Democratic-Republican 3/4/1809-3/4/1817
President James Madison
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James Madison easily defeated Charles Pinckney in the election of 1808 to become the 4th President of the United States. Madison was Thomas Jefferson‘s Secretary of State and along with Jefferson was considered a founder of the Democratic-Republican party. His popularity diminished during his Presidency however, due in large part to opposition of the War of 1812. Despite having less support in 1812, Madison was re-elected to the Presidency by defeating Rufus King in the closest contest to that point in history.
Madison’s name is a picture of the battle between the Seed of the woman and the Seed of the serpent spoken of in Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

James comes from the Hebrew name יעקב ‘yaakov’ or Jacob which means the one who grabs the heel.  This word is related to battle in the sense of a conflict between two parties. יעקב ‘yaakov’ comes from the root word עקב ‘aqav’ which means heel as in the heel of the Seed of the woman which would be bruised by the serpent (Genesis 3:15) and is also translated as ‘subtlety’ as seen in 2 Kings 10:19. Further linking to the war with the serpent is that עקב ‘aqav’ is associated with poisonous creatures which bite at men’s heels such as scorpions, serpents and spiders.

Madison means warrior from the Germanic name ‘Mathildis’ meaning strength in battle.  Here we see the picture of the warfare which commenced on earth when the serpent deceived Adam and Eve and the promise that the Seed of the woman would prevail over the serpent.

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 

Madison’s last name means warrior as mentioned previously, but also traces back to the name Matthew which comes from the Greek word MατθαῖοςMatthaios‘ which means ‘gift of Yah.’

The warfare between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent is won through the gift of Messiah (John 3:16; Colossians 2:15), whose death on the cross brings liberty to all those held captive to sin and death (Galatians 5:1). This war is depicted in the War of 1812 which occurred during the Presidency of James Madison and was dubbed the “Second War for Independence”.

 

The Founders likened the War for Independence to the redemption of Israel from Egypt during the days of Moses. In the Scripture, Pharaoh is likened to the beast (Ezekiel 32:2) and Satan (Psalm 74:13-14; Isaiah 27:1; 51:9-11). Here then is seen the seed of the woman, Israel, defeating the seed of the serpent (Revelation 12:1-6, 17).

Great Seal

A good example of this belief of the Founders is seen in the original seal of the United States which was originally designed to be a picture of Moses leading Israel through the Red Sea with Pharaoh and his chariots being drowned. The deliverance of Israel from the slavery of Pharaoh and Egypt is a foreshadowing of the deliverance of mankind from the slavery of sin and the serpent through Jesus Christ (John 1:29, 36; 1 Corinthians 5:7). Here it is seen in Madison’s name and life, a picture of the victory over the devil and sin through the Seed of the woman, Jesus Christ who brings redemption and freedom to mankind.

White house burned

During the War of 1812, the White House was burned by the British and had to be rebuilt. Madison would live in the “Octagon House”, owned by John Tayloe III, for the rest of his Presidency. As mentioned in article on President John Adams, the original White House that Washington “built” was a parable of Adam living in the Garden of Eden, the “house” that God built. This burning down of the White House and consequent rebuilding portrays the war between the serpent and Adam which resulted in Adam being cast out of the Garden to live in a new land or “remodeled” land. After man sinned, all of creation was “remodeled” and corrupted with sin and death (Romans 8:18-23).

James Madison constitution

 

Madison is best known as the Father of the Constitution, and the Father of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were written to insure freedom to the inhabitants of the United States and protect them from tyrannical government that the Colonies saw during King George’s rule. Just as Israel was delivered from bondage to Pharaoh to receive the law of freedom from heaven (Psalm 105:42-45), so too the Constitution was to be a ‘law of freedom’ in the natural realm, a ‘shadow’ of the law of heaven given after the War for Independence. For the true purpose of the law is to lead man into a life of freedom (Psalm 119:44-45; James 1:25; 2:10-12).  It is a schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24) to lead one to the Seed of the woman, Jesus Christ who brings true freedom (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1).

 

After the fall, Adam was kicked out of the Garden and the only pure ‘Libertarian’ society in history would be lost. In the Garden, sin did not exist and hence there was no need for government as man could properly rule himself without harming his neighbor. It is due to the sinful nature that man inherited after the Fall that government would be needed (Romans 13:1-4).

Man must rule over his sinful nature in one form or another. Either man governs himself or other men must do it for him. James Madison understood this Biblical view of human nature and spoke of the need for government to be based upon this concept.

 

“But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” {The Federalist Papers #51}

3 branches of gov

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches based upon Isaiah 33:22.  .  These three branches of government set up by the Constitution is a declaration that God is King and Savior.

 

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

 

Here it could be said that Madison and those who contributed to the writing of the Constitution sought a form of government where God would be the head of the country and elected officials would serve to administer His authority. Of course due to sinful human nature, Americans have never truly gotten to enjoy this type of government, but at the heart of the Constitution and Bill of Rights this is the idea that is proposed.  Madison understood this sinful nature of man and established a system of checks and balances to prevent power from being centralized into the hands of a few.  This three branch system was designed to keep the LORD as the Head of government, with His law of liberty at the foundation of the government (James 1:25; 2:12).

 

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” {James Madison to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia 1778}

The foundation of the government of the United States is this Golden Rule,  the Law of Love (Matthew 22:35-40; John 14:15, 21; 15:10; 1 John 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6).  The purpose of the Constitution and the government established therein is to preserve this love between man.  This has always been the role of government, to preserve God’s law of love and to prevent men from harming each other (Romans 13:1-10).

Madison and the Founders understood that the only way for this system of government to work would be if the people of the United States lived according to the law of God which is summed up in one word, love (Matthew 22:35-40; 1 John 5:3).

It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.” {The Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates, Held at the Capitol in the City of Williamsburg, in the Colony of Virginia 5/6/1776}

This Christian forbearance is in reference to toleration between other believers.

“Religion, or the duty we owe to our Creator, and manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, that all men should enjoy the fullest toleration in the exercise of religion according to the dictates of conscience, unpunished and unrestrained by the magistrate, unless under color of religion any man disturb the peace, the happiness, or safety of society, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity toward each other.” {James Madison  section 16 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights}

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.” {Letter by Madison to William Bradford [urging him to make sure of his own salvation] November 9, 1772}

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.”  {James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, circa June 20, 1785}

The first amendment to the Constitution came from a speech given by James Madison.

“The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.” {The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States 451, 1st Cong., 1st Session}

“We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.” {James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822}

 

Madison was in the habit of making notes in his personal Bible, wrote this in Acts, Chapter 19:

“Believers who are in a state of grace, have need of the Word of God for their edification and building up therefore implies a possibility of falling. v. 32.

In 1812, President Madison signed a federal bill which economically aided a Bible Society in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible.” {Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States 1325, 12th Congress, 2nd Session}

Madison also wrote in his Bible “It is not the talking but the walking and working person that is the true Christian.”  This is perhaps the best quote to understand Madison’s belief.  Many today misconstrue his writings about religious liberty as him be antipathetic to religion but his fruit does not match these claims.

This quote in Madison’s Bible is the essence of Christ’s teachings.  We are to be doers of His Word, not just hearers (James 1:22).  Thankfully, God raised up imperfect men such as Madison, who sought to be doers.

Mat 7:12  Therefore, all things, whatever you desire that men should do to you, so also you should do to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Mat 7:13  Go in through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are the ones entering in through it.
Mat 7:14  For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.
Mat 7:15  But beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are plundering wolves.
Mat 7:16  From their fruits you shall know them. Do they gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17  So every good tree produces good fruits, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruits.
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot produce evil fruits, nor a corrupt tree produce good fruits.
Mat 7:19  Every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and is thrown into fire.
Mat 7:20  Then surely from their fruits you shall know them.
Mat 7:21  Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?
Mat 7:23  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” Psa. 6:8
Mat 7:24  Then everyone who hears these Words from Me, and does them, I will compare him to a wise man who built his house on the rock;
Mat 7:25  and the rain came down, and the floods came up, and the winds blew, and fell against that house; but it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26  And everyone who hears these Words of Mine, and who does not do them, he shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand;
Mat 7:27  and the rain came down, and the floods came up, and the winds blew and beat against that house; and it fell, and great was the collapse of it.

Madison bill of rights

In Congress, Madison helped frame the Bill of Rights. And out of his opposition to Hamilton’s financial proposals came the development of the Republican, or Jeffersonian, Party.  He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights.

Prior to the Constitution, the thirteen states were bound together by the Articles of Confederation, which was essentially a military alliance among sovereign nations to fight the Revolutionary War. This arrangement did not work particularly well, and after the war was over, it was even less successful. Congress had no power to tax, and as a result was not paying the debts left over from the Revolution. Madison and other leaders, such as Washington and Benjamin Franklin, were very concerned about this. They feared a break-up of the union and national bankruptcy.

As Madison wrote, “a crisis had arrived which was to decide whether the American experiment was to be a blessing to the world, or to blast for ever the hopes which the republican cause had inspired.”

Partly at Madison’s instigation, a national convention was called in 1787. Madison was crucial in persuading George Washington to attend the convention, since he knew how important the president would be to the adoption of a constitution. As one of the first delegates to arrive, while waiting for the convention to begin, Madison wrote what became known as the Virginia Plan. The Virginia Plan was submitted at the opening of the convention, and the work of the convention quickly became to amend the Virginia Plan and to fill in the gaps.  Though the Virginia Plan was an outline rather than a draft of a possible constitution, and though it was extensively changed during the debate (especially by John Rutledge and James Wilson in the Committee of Detail), its use at the convention led many to call Madison the “Father of the Constitution”.

During the course of the Convention, he spoke over two hundred times, and his fellow delegates rated him highly. For example, William Pierce wrote that “…every Person seems to acknowledge his greatness. In the management of every great question he evidently took the lead in the Convention… he always comes forward as the best informed Man of any point in debate.” Madison recorded the unofficial minutes of the convention, and these have become the only comprehensive record of what occurred. The historian Clinton Rossiter regarded Madison’s performance as “a combination of learning, experience, purpose, and imagination that not even Adams or Jefferson could have equaled.” Years earlier he had pored over crates of books that Jefferson sent him from France on every form of government ever tried. The historian Douglas Adair called Madison’s work “probably the most fruitful piece of scholarly research ever carried out by an American.”

Federalist papers

Madison along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, who he later opposed, penned the Federalists Papers which were highly influential in getting the Constitution ratified. Historian Clinton Rossiter spoke of the Federalist Papers as the most important work in political science that has ever been written in the United States. Rossiter also said Madison’s leadership was a combination of learning, experience, purpose, and imagination that not even Adams or Jefferson could have equaled.”

The Constitution developed by the convention in Philadelphia had to be ratified. This would be done by special conventions called in each state to decide that sole question of ratification. Madison was a leader in the ratification effort. He, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers, a series of 85 newspaper articles published in New York to explain how the proposed Constitution would work, mainly by responding to criticisms from anti-federalists.

The historian Clinton Rossiter called the Federalist Papers “the most important work in political science that ever has been written, or is likely ever to be written, in the United States.”

Federalism comes from foedus, Latin for covenant. “The tribes of Israel shared a covenant that made them a nation. American federalism originated at least in part in the dissenting Protestants’ familiarity with the Bible.”  {The Origins of American Constitutionalism – Donald Lutz pg 43}

On June 8, 1789, Madison introduced his bill proposing amendments consisting of Nine Articles comprising up to 20 Amendments depending on how one counted. Madison initially proposed that the amendments would be incorporated into the body of the Constitution. Through an exhaustive campaign, he persuaded the House to pass most of his slate of amendments. The House rejected the idea of placing the amendments in the body of the Constitution and instead adopted Amendments to be attached separately and sent this bill to the Senate.

George Washington considered the Constitutional Convention and ratification a miracle of Providence.

“It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the Delegates from so many different States… should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well founded objections.” – Letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, February 7, 1788

Due to his influence in the writing and ratifying of the Constitution and passing of the Bill of Rights, Madison is considered one of the most important figures in American history. Some have said that if Americans believed the pen to be mightier than the sword, Washington D.C. would have been named in honor of Madison instead of Washington.

 

Despite the title of Father of the Constitution & Bill of Rights, Madison denied this moniker as it was the work of a body of men. Years later, when called the “Father of the Constitution,” Madison said that the document was not ‘the off-spring of a single brain,’ but ‘the work of many heads and many hands.’ {White House History  ›  The Presidents: James Madison}

 

There were fifty-five individuals directly involved in framing the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention, and an additional ninety in the first federal Congress that framed the First Amendment and Bill of Rights. Allowing for the overlap of nineteen individuals who were both at the Constitutional Convention and a part of the first Congress, there were one hundred and twenty-six individual participants in the framing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” {James Madison and Religion in Public – David Barton}

 

It is interesting to note that the number 126 is equivalent to the Hebrew word מאלהים ‘maylohim’ which means ‘from God.’ There are many other examples which display the correlation between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to the Word of God. These are elaborated upon in more detail in the following articles:

Shadows of Messiah – The Declaration of Independence

Shadows of Messiah – The Constitution

“George F. Will once wrote that if we truly believed that the pen is mightier than the sword, our nation’s capital would have been called “Madison, D.C.”, instead of Washington, D.C.” {”Happy Birthday James Madison”}

Madison Jefferson

Further connecting Madison and the war between the seeds in Genesis 3 is his close relationship with Thomas Jefferson. Madison and Jefferson were good friends with Madison sitting as Jefferson’s Secretary of State and in many cases Madison’s wife Dolley served as Jefferson’s hostess as Jefferson was a widower throughout his Presidency. Both are considered to have been the Founders of the Democratic-Republican party and both are chiefly responsible for the documents upon which the government of the United States are based.

 

Just as Jefferson before him, Madison also struggled with debt after leaving the Presidency. Both men were associated with controversies over the National Bank as well. Both opposed the National Bank initially but after the War of 1812, Madison came to support the bank as he felt it was needed to keep a strong national defense. As mentioned in the article on President Jefferson, both the national bank controversy and debt points back to the tree of knowledge in the Garden and the serpent who led mankind astray.

Jefferson and Madison believed that the freedom of religion was the most important right of man. This is an important bedrock of American society and has been one of the greatest preventative measures against tyrannical government forming as most tyrannies form on the grounds of religious doctrine in one form or another. In the Presidents Code, this further connects to the narrative of Genesis 3 as freedom of religion corresponds with the knowledge of good and evil and man having the ability to choose what to believe or not to believe.

 

The need for freedom of religion in a free society is indicative of the sin of Adam in the Garden. Carnal man can only see spiritual truth through a “glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). It is not until the reformation of all things that the truth of God will be revealed openly to mankind (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 1:4). Until that time, man must walk in love towards his fellow man. Love does not persecute and force one’s beliefs upon another, love is patient and forbearing of others (1 Corinthians 13:4-13; 1 John 4:11-21; Colossians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 4:2). The freedom of religion is at the core of loving one’s neighbor. As a matter of fact, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution which protect this freedom are in reality founded upon the concept of loving one’s neighbor and respecting their rights.

Both Jefferson and Madison were strong proponents of religious freedom, which also displays the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Madison is primarily responsible for the 1st Amendment to the Constitution which prevents government from making laws in respect to religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

first amendment

“The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.” {Madison’s proposal for the first Amendment}

 

Madison’s proposal for the First Amendment was based upon earlier speeches he gave in the Virginia House of Burgesses and later Virginia General Assembly.

 

“That Religion or the duty we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, being under the direction of reason and conviction only, not of violence or compulsion, all men are equally entitled to the full and free exercise of it according to the dictates of Conscience.” {Amendments to the Virginia Declaration of Rights June 1776}

 

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth ‘that religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.’ The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and that it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.”

 

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.” {A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, addressed to the Virginia General Assembly 6/20/1785}

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