The Presidents Code – John Quincy Adams

The Presidents Code – John Quincy Adams

Name Meanings of the Adams’ Presidency in story form:

Adam was cast out of the Garden and ‘camped’ outside of Paradise. By the gift of grace of God, a return to Paradise was promised. His grace would be revealed by the Seed of the woman who would bring living waters to mankind, leading them back to God’s heavenly city. This Promised Seed would be pierced in order to bring forth God’s grace. Mankind is promised victory and joy through Him. God’s gift to mankind and the path back to the Paradise would come through this Redeemer. He would be crowned with thorns and pierced through with nails to bring God’s forgiveness to mankind. All who will call upon His name will be delivered from the curse of sin.

President John Quincy Adams Democratic-Republican/National Republican 3/4/1825-3/4/1829
President John Quincy Adams
Democratic-Republican/National Republican 3/4/1825-3/4/1829

The 1824 election saw four men from the Democratic-Republican party run for office. Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay were the candidates for President, all with varying views of government. Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and electoral vote but due to the four way division was not able to obtain the majority of electoral votes needed to become President.  Henry Clay used his influence as Speaker of the House to bring John Quincy Adams into the White House.


The Presidential election of 1824 was one of the most controversial and significant in history. This election began the 2nd Party System or 2nd Era in American history. James Monroe was the last of the Founders who served as President and the end of his Presidency ended this era in American history. John Quincy Adams was the son of Founder John Adams which displays the transition from the generation of the Founders to the next generation of Americans. This 2nd Era in American history corresponds with the 2nd Dispensation of the Bible where mankind would dwell outside of the Garden until the time of Abraham.


The main issues of this time period in American history were slavery and the expansion of the United States westward. These issues parallel the population boom spoken of in Scripture (Genesis 6:1) along with the issue of slavery to sin and death which began at the Fall of Adam and Eve and would not end until the coming of the Promised Savior. Details of this Promised Savior would not come to mankind during this time. It would not be until the Patriarch Abraham was called by God that more revelation of God’s Promise would come. This would begin the third era of the Biblical narrative which was displayed in the 3rd Party System of America beginning with the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln.


The Presidency of John Adams was a picture of Adam in the Garden, his son John Quincy Adams is a picture of man outside of the Garden. John means the camp of Yah and Adams means man.


Quincy comes from the Latin word ‘quintus’ which means five. The word for five in Hebrew is חמש ‘chamesh’ which means grabbing of a tool by the hand as the hand consists of five fingers. This can be in reference to the tools of agriculture that Adam would now need to take up (Genesis 3:18-19) but also weapons of war.


Here it is seen that Adams’ Presidency would be a continuation on the theme of warfare between the seeds and the curse that came upon the earth due to sin (Genesis 3:15-19). However, the main theme of the name meanings in John Quincy Adams’ Presidency is speaking of the promise of victory over sin and death through the Seed of the woman. This is further seen in the meaning of John Quincy Adams’ name as John means not only the camp of God, but also the grace of God. Quincy is the number five which is well known amongst Biblical scholars as the number of grace.


Both warfare and grace are associated with the number five. This is because the warfare that began in the Garden is ended by the Messiah (Job 14:14; 40:2), the gift of grace to mankind (Titus 2:11; 2 Timothy 2:1; 1 Corinthians 1:4). Even the word Christ depicts this number five as this word is used 555 times in the Bible.

The implements of agriculture and or war in the hands of man are also related to the number five through the Hebrew word for bread which is לחם ‘lechem.’ לחם ‘lechem’ means bread, but also to fight. The picture here is of the flour and water being kneaded in the hands of the bread maker as a depiction of conflict or fighting. This connection between warfare and strife and bread is a part of the punishment Adam was given in the Garden after partaking of the tree of knowledge.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.


Further elaborating upon this warfare-grace theme and the number five is the Hebrew letter ה ‘heh’ which is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This letter in its ancient pictograph form was of a man standing with his arms outstretched. This is a picture of Jesus on the cross, where He brought victory over death and the curse (Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:14-15).


Continuing with the connection between war and grace is the character of Adams himself.

John Quincy Adams was known as “Old Man Eloquent.”  This connects to the theme of grace displayed by his name and the Promised Seed, who is the bringer of this grace.

Psa 45:2  Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

The word eloquent traces back to the Hebrew word קול ‘qol.’  קול ‘qol’ is most commonly translated as ‘voice’ but literally pictures a shepherd whose voice the sheep run to.  This points to the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18), the Seed of the woman to whom the whole earth flocks (Matthew 12:21; Isaiah 11:10; Colossians 1:27).

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Adams was the author of the Monroe doctrine when he was Secretary of State during James Monroe‘s Presidency. In the ‘code,’ the Monroe doctrine portrayed the war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.

The Monroe doctrine declared that the United States would not intermeddle in the concerns of European nations but at the same time would not tolerate their intermeddling with our affairs. This displays the conflict between man and the serpent as Europe was named after the Greek goddess Europa. Europa is depicted as a woman riding a beast. This is the imagery displayed in the Book of Revelation in relation to the Whore of Babylon, the enemy of true believers throughout history (Revelation 17:3-6).

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John Quincy Adams is known as one of the greatest diplomats in American history. The function of a diplomat is to take the message of his government to another people. Here is a connection to grace, as the message of the Gospel of Christ is brought forth in the same manner (Romans 10:14-15).

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As President, Adams sought to promote education and science. Education is yet another form of sharing the Gospel, which in its primitive form was the promise of the Lord to Adam that the Seed of the woman would defeat the serpent (Genesis 3:15).

In Biblical times, education was performed by parents. The duty of parents was to teach and raise up their children according to the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:7). John Quincy Adams was a perfect example of this as his parents raised him up on the teaching of the Bible. This education was a firm foundation for Adams. As an Ambassador in Russia he wrote to his son that his custom was to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising from bed.


“It is essential, my son, in order that you may go through life with comfort to yourself, and usefulness to your fellow-creatures, that you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper…It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and from the Bible how to practice them. Those duties are to God, to your fellow-creatures, and to your self. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments, Jesus Christ expressly says, ‘hang all the law and prophets’; that is to say, the whole purpose of Divine Revelation is to inculcate them efficaciously upon the minds of men.”

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It was said that John Quincy Adams lived in depression most of his life due to what he felt were high expectations of him by his parents. He was especially bothered by his physical appearance. This is an interesting fact of Adams’ nature as depression in Hebrew is the word ענה ‘anah’ which means to be brought low. This is what occurred to Adam when he sinned in the Garden. Due to his disobedience he lost his elevated status of walking with God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8) and having dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28). His physical appearance changed from being naked and unashamed to needing to be clothed with skins to cover his shame.

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John Quincy Adams was a staunch opponent of slavery, especially in his post presidency. After the serving as President, Adams would be elected to the House of Representatives in which he would serve from 1831 to his death in 1848. He was the first President to return to politics after his presidency and has been joined only by Andrew Johnson in this distinction. As a Congressman, Adams was perhaps the most outspoken opponent of slavery in the halls of Congress.

Slavery is a perfect picture of the theme of John Quincy Adams’ name of war and grace. Slavery is a result of sin (John 8:34) which can only be overcome by the grace of God through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:1-8). Adams’ revulsion to slavery came from his Biblical education and understanding that the Founders based their beliefs upon the words of Scripture.


“They [the Founders] spoke of the law of nature, and in the name of nature’s God; and by that sacred adjuration they pledged us, their children, to labor with united and concerted energy, from the cradle to the grave, to purge the earth of all slavery; to restore the race of man to full enjoyment of those rights which the God of nature had bestowed upon him at his birth; to disenthrall his limbs from chains, to break the fetters from his feet and the manacles from his hands, and set him free for the use of all his physical powers for the improvement of his own condition.


The God in whose name they spoke had taught them, in the revelation of the Gospel, that the only way in which man can discharge his duty to Him is by loving his neighbor as himself, and doing with him as he would be done by; respecting his rights while enjoying his own, and applying all his emancipated powers of body and mind to self-improvement and the improvement of his race.” {An Oration delivered before the Cincinnati Astronomical Society on the occasion of laying the cornerstone 11/10/1843}


Adams predicted that if civil war broke out, the President could abolish slavery by using his war powers. He also predicted that the Union would be dissolved because of the slave issue. This ‘prophecy’ of Adams is fascinating as it was over thirty years later that this very thing came to pass during Abraham Lincoln‘s Presidency. Abraham Lincoln is a picture of the days of the Patriarch Abraham, who was chosen by God to be the father of the Promised Seed of the woman spoken of in Genesis 3 which would end the slavery of mankind to sin (Galatians 3:13-16).

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In 1828, the Anti-Masonic party would form behind John Quincy Adams. This was the first major third party in the nation’s history. They were formed around opposition to Freemasonry which was seen as a dangerous secret society which was trying to rule the country.

According to Albert Pike, who is considered the foremost authority on Masonry, Freemasonry is based upon the teachings of the Mystery Religions. These Mysteries trace back to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adams’ opposition to this doctrine further illustrates the war between the Seed of the woman who would follow the Word of God versus the seed of the serpent who would follow the doctrine of the Mysteries.


The United States of America brings forth a great example of this war between the seeds. There are two views on the founding and role of this nation. One view is that this country was founded upon the faith of the Bible declaring God as the Lord and was created in order for the Gospel to propagate throughout the world. The other view is that this nation was founded upon a Deistic viewpoint or even upon the doctrines of the Enlightenment which deny the authority of God and His Word and put the destiny of the nation into the hands of man. John Quincy Adams was an adherent to the former interpretation.

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.” {Adams’ address as Secretary of State to the U.S. House of Representatives 7/4/1821 Congressional Record Volume 132 pg 20223}

On July 4th 1837, John Quincy Adams gave a speech in remembrance of the Declaration of Independence in which he spoke upon the themes of which his Presidency portrays in this “Presidents Code“. Adams declared that the foundation of the United States was the Word of God and uses this principle to chastise and admonish the American people for the continuation of the institution of slavery which is an abject revulsion of this Declaration.


“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? – And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birth-day of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birth-day of the nation?


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 corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

And, by this paper, this One People did notify the world of mankind that they thereby did assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station, to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitled them.


This was indeed a great and solemn event. The sublimest of the prophets of antiquity with the voice of inspiration had exclaimed, “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?”. In the two thousand five hundred years, that had elapsed since the days of that prophecy, no such event had occurred. It had never been seen before. In the annals of the human race, then, for the first time, did one People announce themselves as a member of that great community of the powers of the earth, acknowledging the obligations and claiming the rights of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. The earth was made to bring forth in one day! A nation was born at once!”


Adams based his opposition to slavery on the belief that the Declaration of Independence proclaimed all men as equal and endowed with the same rights from their Creator. On this basis he admonished the people of the United States to end this institution as it defies both the Declaration of Independence upon which the nation was founded as well as the Word of God upon which this Declaration stands.


“It has, indeed, presented itself in its most malignant form in that portion of the Union, the civil institutions of which are most infected with the gangrene of slavery. The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence, was seen and lamented by all the southern patriots of the Revolution; by no one with deeper and more unalterable conviction, than by the author of the Declaration himself. No charge of insincerity or hypocrisy can be fairly laid to their charge. Never from their lips was heard one syllable of attempt to justify the institution of slavery. They universally considered it as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural stepmother country, and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence, slavery, in common with every other mode of oppression, was destined sooner or later to be banished from the earth. Such was the undoubting conviction of Jefferson to his dying day. In the Memoir of his Life, written at the age of seventy-seven, he gave to his countrymen the solemn and emphatic warning, that the day was not distant when they must hear and adopt the general emancipation of their slaves. “Nothing is more certainly written,” said he, “in the book of fate, then that these people are to be free.” My countrymen! It is written in a better volume than the book of fate; it is written in the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”


“Friends and fellow citizens! I speak to you with the voice as of one risen from the dead. Were I now, as I shortly must be, cold in my grave, and could the sepulchre unbar its gates, and open to me a passage to this desk, devoted to the worship of almighty God, I would repeat the question with which this discourse was introduced: – “Why are you assembled in this place”? – And one of you would answer me for all, – Because the Declaration of Independence, with the voice of an angel from heaven, “put to his mouth the sounding alchemy,” and proclaimed universal emancipation upon earth! It is not the separation of your forefathers from their kindred race beyond the Atlantic tide. It is not the union of thirteen British Colonies into one People and the entrance of that People upon the theatre, where kingdoms, and empires, and nations are the persons of the drama. It is not that this is the birthday of the North American Union, the last and noblest offspring of time. It is that the first words uttered by the Genius of our country, in announcing his existence to the world of mankind, was, – Freedom to the slave! Liberty to the captives! Redemption! Redemption forever to the race of man, from the yoke of oppression! It is not the work of a day; it is not the labor of an age; it is not the consummation of a century, that we are assembled to commemorate. It is the emancipation of our race. It is the emancipation of man from the thralldom of man!”


“And is this the language of enthusiasm? The dream of a distempered fancy? Is it not rather the voice of inspiration? The language of holy writ? Why is it that the Scriptures, both of the old and new Covenants, teach you upon every page to look forward to the time, when the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid? Why is it that six hundred years before the birth of the Redeemer, the sublimest of prophets, with lips touched by the hallowed fire from the hand of God, spake and said, – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound?” And why is it, that, at the first dawn of the fulfillment of this prophecy, – at the birth-day of the Savior in the lowest condition of human existence, – the angle of the Lord came in a flood of supernatural light upon the shepherds, witnesses of the scene and said, – Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people? Why is it, that there was suddenly with that angle, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, – good will toward men?


What are the good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people? The prophet had told you six hundred years before, – liberty to the captives, – the opening of the prison to them that are bound. – The multitude of the heavenly host pronounced the conclusion, to be shouted hereafter by the universal choir of all intelligent created beings, – Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace, – good will toward men.”


“But of all the events tending to the blessed accomplishment of the prophesy so often repeated in the book of Isaiah, and re-proclaimed by the multitude of the heavenly host at the birth of the Savior, there is not one that can claim, since the propagation of the Christian faith, a tenth, nay a hundredth part of the influence of the resolution, adopted on the second day of July, 1776, and promulgated to the world, in the Declaration of Independence, on the fourth of that month, of which this is the sixty-first anniversary. And to prove this has been the theme of my discourse.


And now, friends and fellow citizens, what are the duties thence resulting to yourselves? Need I remind you of them? You feel that they are not to waste in idle festivity the hours of this day, – to your fathers, when they issued their decree, the most solemn hours of their lives. It is because this day is consecrated to the cause of human liberty, that you are here assembled; and if the connection of that cause, with the fulfillment of those clear, specific predictions of the greatest of the Hebrew prophets, re-announced and repeated by the unnumbered voices of the heavenly host, at the birth of the Savior, has not heretofore been traced and exhibited in the celebrations of this day, may I not hope for your indulgence in presenting to you a new ray of glory in the halo that surrounds the memory of the day of your national independence? Yes, from that day forth shall the nations of the earth hereafter say, with the prophet, – “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!” “From that day forth shall they exclaim, Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains! for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted” From that day forth, to the question, – “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive be delivered?” – shall be returned the answer of the prophet, – “But thus saith the Lord, – Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contends with thee, and I will save thy children.” – “From that day forth, shall they say, commenced the opening of the last seal of prophetic felicity to the race of man upon earth, when the Lord God shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”. {An Oration delivered before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport, on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence 7/4/1837}

Here in Adams’ discourse is portrayed the theme of his life, the promise of the Seed of the woman who would come to earth to deliver mankind from the slavery of sin and death (John 8:32-36). This Seed of the woman is the Word of God, Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5. This Word is the foundation of the Declaration of Independence upon which this nation was founded, the Rock upon which this nation stands.

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John Quincy Adams was the only President to have known both the Founders and Abraham Lincoln as Lincoln served in Congress with Adams at the end of his life. Here in Adams is the link between the first and third eras in America’s history. He was the son of John Adams, a Founder of the United States whose Presidency portrays the life of Adam in the Garden. Abraham Lincoln portays the life of the Patriarch Abraham to whom the Promise of the Seed of the woman would be given who would be a blessing to all peoples of the earth (Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:16, 29).

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