The Presidents Code – Martin Van Buren

The Presidents Code – Martin Van Buren

Name Meanings of the Van Buren Presidency in story form:

The war between the Seed of the woman and seed of the serpent is displayed in Cain who was of the wicked one, the first builder of cities. Adam was appointed another seed after Cain killed Abel, a son given by God’s grace, Seth.  A foreshadowing of the victory of the Seed of the woman over the serpent is displayed in Abel’s death at the hands of Cain. The Seed of the woman would be the hope of mankind who would reign as King over all the earth. He would bring victory over the seed of the serpent, delivering mankind from the ‘hunter of souls.’

Democrat 3/4/1837-3/4/1841
President Martin Van Buren Democrat 3/4/1837-3/4/1841

With Andrew Jackson‘s backing, Vice President Martin Van Buren was able to obtain the necessary votes to be elected as the 8th President of the United States despite Whig attempts to run multiple candidates to prevent Van Buren from gaining the electoral majority needed.


Martin Van Buren’s name meaning is speaking of the state of man after the Fall and the exile out of the Garden. His Presidency displays the war between the Seed of the woman and seed of the serpent which began with Abel and Cain who was of the wicked one, the first builder of cities.


Martin traces back to the Roman name ‘Martinus’ which is a derivative of ‘Martis’ and the source of the name Mars.  This word is also related to the Latin word ‘mas’ which means a male.  In Roman mythology Mars is the god of war which began in the beginning with the first male Adam and his decision to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 


Van Buren means ‘of the city’ or ‘of neighbors.’  Here we see a picture of Cain, the first murderer or man of war who went and built a city (Genesis 4:8-17).


In the Hebrew language, cities are seen primarily as negative entities. The Hebrew word for city is ער ‘ar’ which also means darkness, or an enemy. This is why the Bible displays cities in a negative light for the most part. The word for city in Hebrew can also be spelled עיר ‘iyr’ which is also translated as a donkey depending upon the context of what is being said. This is because donkeys are of dark color.


The donkey was the symbol of Andrew Jackson, who for most of his life was an unregenerate, carnal man. Van Buren can also be displayed by the donkey as he was one of the primary men responsible for the organization of the Democratic Party which formed behind Jackson. He was so closely tied to Andrew Jackson that some historians describe his Presidency as the ‘third term of Jackson.’ Van Buren proclaimed that he would “follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor” and did so in many ways, even keeping most of Jackson’s cabinet.

The donkey symbol of Jackson and Van Buren and the Democratic party which ruled American politics during this time period brings forth a fascinating parable in the ‘code.’  This was discussed in the article on Andrew Jackson so I’ll bring forth some more aspects of the donkey picture in this article.

The donkey is associated with battles and fighting in Scripture (Genesis 16:12) and is a picture of unregenerate man (Job 11:12) which points back to the war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent in the beginning (Genesis 3:15).  Van Buren’s Presidency portrays this war with the focus on the conflict between Cain and Abel.

There are a number of Hebrew words for donkey but all have similar themes.  These themes trace back to the beginning and the conflict between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.

One Hebrew word for donkey is פרא ‘para’ which comes from the root word פר ‘par’ means fruit. A wild donkey is prolific in bringing forth fruit and is linked to freedom as in spreading forth. The English word freedom comes from the Indo-European root ‘pri’ which means love, the source of the prolific fruit (offspring) of the wild donkey.

Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is ערד ‘arad’ which comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which means to spread out. Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is פרד ‘parad’ which comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which means to spread out. Spreading out is yet another connection to freedom as one of  the words for freedom/liberty in Hebrew is רחב ‘rachab’ which literally means a wide open space.

In the beginning, the serpent offered Adam and Eve “freedom” but in reality led to them being cast out from the Garden into a “wide open space.”

There are two different types of freedom in the Hebrew language.  There is freedom within the confines of the family, and there is also freedom from family and masters (spreading out as wild donkeys).  We can choose to be free from our Lord and slaves to sin, or we can choose to be free from sin and death and servants/sons to our Lord.  Those who want to be free from the Word of God are free from righteousness, but slaves to sin (Romans 6:16-22).


The freedom of a wild donkey is seen in the Hebrew word חפש ‘chapash.’  It means freedom from a master.  This is the freedom that man has when they disregard the Word of God.  This is the freedom that unregenerate man wants.  They want freedom from the Master.

The English word ‘free’ traces back to two different Hebrew words.  פרע ‘para’ is the first which means to break free and be unrestrained.  This is the word used in reference to Israel when they ‘broke free’ from the commands of God and made a golden calf (Exodus 32:25).  The Apostle Paul said that this ‘freedom’ in reality brought slavery (Galatians 4:24).

The other Hebrew word which the English word ‘free’ traces back to is פרק ‘paraq’ which means to be freed or saved from a yoke of slavery (Daniel 4:27).

We are delivered from the yoke of slavery to serve God and be yoked with Him (Leviticus 26:13; Matthew 11:28-30).


Finally, tying all these concepts together is the Hebrew word אתון ‘eyton’ which means donkey and comes from the root word תן ‘tan.’  The Hebrew word for dragon/serpent is תנין ‘taniyn’ which was created on the 5th day of creation (Genesis 1:21). תנין ‘taniyn’ also comes from the root תן ‘tan.’

Salvation is associated with the defeat of the dragon.

Psa 74:12  For God is my King of old, working salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus} in the midst of the earth.
Psa 74:13  Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Psa 74:14  Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Psa 74:15  Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

Psa 91:13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Psa 91:14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Psa 91:15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Psa 91:16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Isa 27:1  In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The adversary held over mankind the fear of death until Messiah came.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Death is overcome by Christ who took sin upon Himself on the cross.  The last enemy is death of which we are not to fear for Messiah has overcome the world.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The crucifixion of the Messiah is likened unto the brazen serpent in the wilderness

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

Num 21:7  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8  And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Num 21:9  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.



Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (The cross).


Jesus Christ became sin/the curse in order to deliver mankind (Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

donkey cross

On the back of the donkey is the symbol of the cross which further connects the above concepts.

It is also interesting to note that the donkey is the only animal in the Scriptures which was to be purchased with the blood of a lamb other than man (Exodus 13:13), further pointing to the sacrifice of Christ.


Martin Van Buren has numerous parallels to the Biblical account of Cain. He was of the ‘next generation’ following the Founders. Van Buren described himself as being of a ‘later age.’ This is peculiar language but it fits the Biblical narrative perfectly as Cain was the next generation after Adam and Eve and was the beginning of a “later age” of mankind outside of the Garden of Eden.


“Unlike all who have preceded me, the Revolution that gave us existence as one people was achieved at the period of my birth; and whilst I contemplate with grateful reverence that memorable event, I feel that I belong to a later age and that I may not expect my countrymen to weigh my actions with the same kind and partial hand.”


Van Buren was the first President to be born as an American citizen. All those before him were born as Colonists of Great Britain. Here again we see Cain, who was the first person born outside of the Garden of Eden.

E. W. Clay Settin’ on a Rail Publisher: H. R. Robinson Lithograph 1837 Clay depicts President Martin Van Buren being pulled in different directions by opposing factions within the Democratic Party. The cartoon was published as policy makers attempted to decide how to respond to the economic upheavals known as the Panic of 1837.
E. W. Clay
Settin’ on a Rail
Publisher: H. R. Robinson
Clay depicts President Martin Van Buren being pulled in different directions by opposing factions within the Democratic Party. The cartoon was published as policy makers attempted to decide how to respond to the economic upheavals known as the Panic of 1837.

Van Buren’s Presidency was defined for the most part by the Panic of 1837 which led to a deep economic depression. Many economists say that the Panic of 1837 was on the same level as the Great Depression of the 1930s. As a result, he received the nickname Martin Van Ruin and was very unpopular. This links to Cain who punished to be a ‘vagabond’ on earth. This word vagabond comes from the Hebrew word נוד ‘nood’ which can also mean a ‘taunt.’ So we see that Cain also had to deal with an ‘unpopularity’ issue. After he had slain Abel this ‘unpopularity’ was manifested as he worried that he would be killed by others because of the murder of his brother (Genesis 4:15).

Economic depressions and recessions in American history link back to famines in the Bible. This can be seen in the life of Cain. As a result of Cain’s sin, he was cursed by God with the punishment that the earth would no longer yield its strength for him (Genesis 4:12).


Cain’s shedding of the blood of his brother is portrayed even further in the life of Martin Van Buren through the Trail of Tears. It was Van Buren who ‘oversaw’ the Trail of Tears in which thousands of Native Americans died on their way to being relocated to the West. Van Buren also continued the Second Seminole War which had begun while Jackson was in office.

As mentioned in the article on Andrew Jackson, the brutality between both sides which occurred during this time period displays the warfare which commenced in the Biblical narrative with Cain and culminated during the days of Noah. The Second Seminole War, which was considered the most brutal of all the American Indian conflicts, ended in 1842 during John Tyler‘s Presidency.


Interestingly, Tyler‘s Presidency represents the deliverance of Noah and his family from the Flood. It was this Flood that ended the violence on the earth which defined the days of Noah spoken of in Genesis 6. The Second Seminole War was the last of the great conflicts which occurred between the American Indians and the U.S., East of the Mississippi.

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