The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore James Barbour
James Barbour served as President Pro Tempore for the latter half of the 15th Congress and into the 16th Congress. He was instrumental in the passing of the Missouri Compromise which occurred during the 16th Congress. The Missouri Compromise was an agreement between the pro-slavery South and the anti-slavery North where slavery would be prohibited in the North and the Missouri Territory would be split into North and South. This bill was at the beginning of the discord between the North and South over slavery, ultimately leading to the Civil War. His name meaning is further depicting the account of Genesis 3 of the war between the seeds and Adam’s exile.
The issue of slavery is at the core of the war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Sin and death is the slavery which the serpent brought to mankind (John 8:34). Being set free from this slavery can only come from the Seed of the woman, Jesus Christ (John 8:31-36; Galatians 3:16, 22-27). Continuing with Barbour’s connection to warfare is Barbour’s appointment to Secretary of War in John Quincy Adams‘ administration. His name meaning depicts this very idea of warfare.
James comes from the Hebrew name יעקב ‘yaakov’ or Jacob which means the one who grabs the heel. יעקב ‘yaakov’ is related to battle in the sense of a conflict between two parties. יעקב ‘yaakov’ comes from the root word עקב ‘aqav’ which is also translated as ‘subtlety’ and is associated with poisonous creatures which bite at man’s heel such as scorpions, serpents and spiders.
Barbour is an occupational name from the Old French ‘barbeor’ meaning barber. The cutting of hair in Scripture is used in some cases of exile and punishment as in the cutting off of a person (Ezekiel 5:1-4). This continues the storyline of the war between seeds and Adam’s exile (Genesis 3:23).
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