The Presidents Code – John Tyler

The Presidents Code – John Tyler

Name Meanings of the Tyler Presidency in story form:

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord amidst a world full of wickedness. God commanded Noah to build an ark to escape the judgment that was to come by a flood. The Lord saved Noah because he was just and perfect before Him. The ark of Noah was covered in pitch, a picture of God’s grace and atonement given to those who believe in Jesus and who are baptized in Him just as the ark was baptized in the waters of the Flood. Noah was the religious leader of his days who was given protection from the wicked beings on the earth and escaped the judgment of the Flood while the wicked were destroyed. By the grace of God, Noah’s ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.

President John Tyler Whig/Independent 4/4/1841-3/4/1845
President John Tyler
Whig/Independent 4/4/1841-3/4/1845

John Tyler ascended to the Presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison. Tyler was the first Vice President to take upon the role of President due to the vacancy of the office. The Constitution at that time only said that the Vice President should assume the power and duties of the Presidency if there was a vacancy due to death or removal from office of the President. Men such as John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay argued that Tyler was not the President but merely an Acting President or ‘regent.’ Despite arguments as to what his official title and role would be, Tyler took the oath of office of President and gave an Inaugural Address proclaiming that he was indeed the President.

 

John Tyler’s name meaning is a picture of Noah finding grace in the eyes of the Lord amidst a world full of wickedness and the command of God to Noah for him to build an ark to escape the judgment to come by the Flood.

 

John means the grace of Yah.  Tyler is from an English surname meaning the ’tiler of roofs,’ or it could be said, one who covers the roof of a home which protects the dwellers therein from the elements.  This is referring to Noah and the building of an ark (Genesis 6:7-17).

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John Tyler’s Presidency bears numerous parallels to the Biblical account of the days of Noah. Tyler was was raised believing that the Constitution must be strictly construed. He never wavered from this conviction. So too, Noah never wavered from walking in the ways of the Lord.

 

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

2 Peter 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah the eighth, a herald of righteousness, bringing a flood on a world of ungodly ones;

There is not much evidence in regards to Tyler’s religious beliefs but it was said by one of his friends after his death:

“He was a firm believer in the atonement of the son of God, and in the efficacy of his blood to wash away every stain of mortal sin.” {God in America: The Presidents – John Tyler}

 

The Flood of Noah was a shadow picture of this washing away of sin by the blood of Messiah. The Apostle Peter speaks of this in his first Epistle:

 

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

 

Further connecting the account of Noah to atonement in Christ is seen in the building of the ark itself. The ark was to be covered in ‘pitch’ (Genesis 6:14). The Hebrew word for pitch is כפר ‘kafar’ which is the exact same Hebrew word for atonement. It literally means a covering.

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As with Noah (Genesis 6:8-12), Tyler stood against the “mainstream” throughout his life.

Tyler stood strongly for state’s rights, and later served in the Confederacy because of this reason. He stood against an overpowering national government, which Scripture likens to a beast (Revelation 17:1, 3, 15). Tyler had originally agreed with Democrats and Andrew Jackson on these issues but later switched to the Whig party which supported a strong national government. As President, Tyler returned to his old positions which enraged his party and led to him being expelled from the Whig Party.

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Tyler opposed his own Whig party in a number of their proposed legislation which resulted in him being dubbed ‘His Accidency’ and prevented him from running on the Whig ticket in the 1844 election. After Tyler vetoed a Whig supported national bank two times, Henry Clay influenced everyone in Tyler’s cabinet to resign with the exception of Daniel Webster. Clay’s plan was to force Tyler’s resignation and allow President Pro Tempore Samuel Southard to become President with Clay “pulling the strings”.

Henry Clay believed he was going to be the man in control of the William Henry Harrison Presidency and expected to continue in this role when Tyler became President upon Harrison’s death but was rejected. After Tyler’s vetoes of the national banking act, hundreds of assassination threats were sent to him by Whigs. This conflict portrays mankind rejecting Noah’s warnings of the impending flood in accordance with God’s command (2 Peter 2:5).

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Tyler vetoed these bills in accordance with his interpretation of the Constitution. He was attempting to walk according to the law of the land, just as Noah walked in obedience to God. Tyler was opposed by both the Democrats and the Whigs, just as all of mankind opposed Noah as he was the only man left who was righteous (Genesis 6:9). Violence and corruption had filled the earth (Genesis 6:5, 11-12) just as violence filled the hearts of Whigs who wanted to see Tyler assassinated.

 

The Congress sought to bring impeachment proceedings against Tyler which was the first time in history this occurred. They were not able to get enough votes to proceed however. The word impeach traces back to the Latin word ‘impedicare’ which means to fetter or entangle. This is what happened to those who did not take heed to Noah’s warnings (2 Peter 2:4-5).

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The Whig party ousted Tyler from their party so he ran as a third party candidate in the ‘National Democrat’ Party in the 1844 election but would drop out due to lack of national support. Tyler retired to his Virginia Plantation which he would name Sherwood Forest in reference to the legend of Robin Hood as Tyler had become an ‘outlaw’ to both the Democratic and Whig parties. This too is a connection back to Noah who was an ‘outlaw’ to the rest of the world being the only man who followed the one true God.

 

Factions within the country at this time were strong. These factions correspond with the violence and evil within the hearts of men during the days of Noah (Genesis 6:5, 11-12). John Tyler, in his inaugural address spoke of this “spirit of faction” as an opposition to patriotism which stood against his Presidency. It was this spirit of faction which led to John Tyler being ousted from the Whig party and serving out the remainder of his time in office as an independent, just as Noah was “independent” from the wicked men of his day.

Instead of the party system, Tyler would seek to walk according to the Constitution with guidance from God, just as Noah walked in righteousness with God (Genesis 6:9).
“The spirit of faction, which is directly opposed to the spirit of a lofty patriotism, may find in this occasion for assaults upon my Administration; and in succeeding, under circumstances so sudden and unexpected and to responsibilities so greatly augmented, to the administration of public affairs I shall place in the intelligence and patriotism of the people my only sure reliance. My earnest prayer shall be constantly addressed to the all-wise and all-powerful Being who made me, and by whose dispensation I am called to the high office of President of this Confederacy, understandingly to carry out the principles of that Constitution which I have sworn “to protect, preserve, and defend.”

 

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