The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore Stephen R. Bradley (2)
In December of 1808, Stephen Bradley became President Pro Tempore for the second time. He would remain in this role for a short period of 12 days. His name is speaking of the authority of the Garden.
Stephen comes from the Greek name Στεφανος ‘Stephanos’ which means a crown. This is pointing to authority which as this time belonged to Adam as he had been given dominion over all the earth by the Lord (Genesis 1:26, 28). After the fall of Adam and Eve, Adam lost his dominion and was cast out of the Garden by God (Genesis 3:22-24).
Row is a variant of Roe meaning a roe deer. The Hebrew word for a roe deer is צבי ‘tsevi’ which also means beautiful and glorious. This is referring to the Garden of Eden (Jeremiah 3:19; Daniel 8:9). The roe deer is also associated with roaming wild (2 Samuel 2:18) as Adam would have to do after being cast out of the Garden.
Bradley is a surname which originally came from a place name that meant ‘broad clearing’ in Old English. During Bradley’s first stint as President Pro Tempore this name pointed to the Garden as the land of liberty. Here, the context leads one to the false freedom the serpent offered to Adam and Eve which led to their enslavement to sin and death.
As mentioned previously, a broad clearing in Hebrew is רחב ‘rachav’ which also means freedom. In the Scriptures there are two different types of freedom. There is freedom within the confines of the family, and there is also freedom from family and masters. Bradley’s first term as President Pro Tempore displayed the former, his second displayed the latter as Adam and Eve had chosen to be ‘free’ from God and be their own gods as they decided to partake of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.
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