The Presidents Code – The Harry S. Truman Presidency

The Presidents Code – The Harry S. Truman Presidency

President Harry S. Truman 4/12/1945-1/20/1953
President Harry S. Truman 4/12/1945-1/20/1953

Harry Truman’s name meaning is speaking of the conflict between Moses and Pharaoh.


Harry is a diminutive of both Henry and Harold.   Henry means home power or ruler.  Harold comes from the Old English name ‘Hereweald’ meaning leader of the army.  ‘Here’ means army and ‘weald’ means leader or ruler.


S is Truman’s middle name, chosen to please both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.  Shipp is an occupational name of a boatbuilder or mariner. This is pointing to Moses, who began his days on a ‘ship’ (Exodus 2:3).


Solomon means peaceful in Hebrew. It is interesting to note that Truman began his Presidency in a prayer to God which Solomon prayed (1 Kings 3:9).


A day after the burial of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman addressed the Congress in a Joint Session, ending with these words.


“May we Americans all live up to our glorious heritage.


In that way, America may well lead the world to peace and prosperity.


At this moment, I have in my heart a prayer. As I have assumed my heavy duties, I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon:


“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”


I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people.”


The letter S comes from the Greek letter Σ‘sigma’ which traces back further to the Hebrew letter ס ‘samekh.’ ס ‘samekh’ is the picture of a thorn and is related to hate as mentioned above. This points to the Pharaoh who hated Israel (Exodus 1:10; Psalm 105:25).


Truman means a ‘trusty man’ in Middle English.  In Truman’s name we see Moses (Hebrews 3:2, 5), who was raised up during the days of the Pharaoh ‘who knew not Joseph,’ who hated Israel.  Moses was the faithful one in God’s house, whose life began on a boat (Exodus 2:3), destined to bring his people peace from the bondage of Pharaoh (Exodus 18:23; Acts 7:35).


Harry Truman’s Presidency is defined by the dropping of the Atom bomb and the victory of the Allied Forces in World War II. His Presidency is a picture of the days of Moses being sent by God to deliver Israel from bondage to Pharaoh. The plagues which were sent upon Egypt, Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea and Israel’s rebellion in the wilderness are all displayed in parable form in Truman’s term in office.

truman wwii

World War II was won during Truman’s Presidency. The Allied forces had virtually defeated the Axis Powers in Europe during FDR‘s administration but victory was not proclaimed until Truman’s days in office. However, in the Pacific, the Japanese were still fighting hard against the Allies. It was during this time that the Manhattan Project was transpiring in which the Atom Bomb was being formed.

truman atom bomb

Truman spoke of the Atom bomb as the ‘prophesied fire of destruction’ of the Lord (2 Peter 3:5-10).


We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.”


The atom bombs dropped upon Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki correspond to the last plague that the Lord sent upon Pharaoh (Exodus 11:1-10). This last plague was sent in culmination of the hard heart of Pharaoh who refused to let Israel go (Exodus 4:21; 7:13; 11:10; Romans 9:15-22).


The hard heart of Pharaoh connects with the unrepentant heart of man that leads to the day His wrath where fire burns up his enemies (Romans 2:4-11; 2 Peter 3:7). This hard heart was displayed by the leaders of Japan who refused to surrender.

The first test detonation of the atom bomb was given the code name, ‘Trinity.’ The name was said to be given by laboratory leader J. Robert Oppenheimer who referred to the bomb in reference to a poem by John Donne. “As West and East / In all flatt Maps—and I am one—are one, / So death doth touch the Resurrection.”


This poem links to Passover which brought death to Egypt but ‘resurrection’ to Israel (Exodus 13:15) where whosoever believed in the Lord were gathered together as one (Exodus 12:37-38). This is a foreshadowing of the death of Messiah, the Passover Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6, 12) who gathers all people together into one (John 10:16; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:10-22; 4:4-6).


It was also the atom bomb that gave the Allies the victory and led to the forming of the United Nations where all nations are to become ‘one.’


The Hebrew word for atom bomb is פרד ‘parad’ which literally means to separate, as in a seed separating from the parent plant. This word is used in reference to the dividing of the nations during the days of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10:5, 32) which were divided according to the number of the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:8). This connection between the nations of the world and Israel is further seen in Exodus 15:23-27 where Israel dwelt at Elim amidst 12 palm trees and 70 wells of water. The palm trees point to the number of tribes of Israel and the wells correspond to the 70 nations mentioned in Genesis 10.


Before Israel came to Elim, they had to cross the Red Sea which they did on dry ground (Exodus 14:16, 22). This crossing of the Red Sea connects to Harry Truman as well. Truman was Vice President for only a few uneventful months. The only news of note during this time was his attendance of the funeral of convicted criminal Tom Pendergast who was the man who got Truman into politics.

truman pendergast

The name meaning of Tom Pendergast depicts the Red Sea crossing. Tom is a diminutive of Thomas which means a twin but is also referring to doubt (John 20:27). This is pointing to the doubt and fear Israel had when they saw Pharaoh and his armies bearing down upon them at Pi-Hahiroth (Exodus 14:1-14). His middle name was Joseph which means to add or gather, speaking of the gathering together of Israel and the gathering together of the waters of the Red Sea into a heap (Exodus 15:8). Pendergast is a combination of ‘pender’ and ‘gast.’ The word ‘pender’ is speaking of the shutting up or enclosing of a flock of animals. This points to Israel being enclosed in the wilderness (Exodus 14:2-3) with no escape. The second part of his last name is ‘Gast’ which is a German nickname for a stranger or foreigner which describes Israel’s status in Egypt (Psalm 105:12).

truman approval

Harry Truman faced many challenges after the War on the domestic front as millions of soldiers came home to a deficiency of jobs and low wages. This led to numerous strikes and Truman becoming the most unpopular President in history. This corresponds to Moses delivering Israel from bondage to Egypt followed by trials and tests in the wilderness which led to Israel wanting to stone him (Exodus 17:4; Numbers 14:10). After Truman’s Presidency however, he came to be ranked among the better Presidents. This connects to Moses as well as after his death the following generations looked to him as the greatest of Prophets (Deuteronomy 34:10-12).

Victorious presidential candidate Pres. Harry Truman jubilantly displaying erroneous CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE w. headline DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN which overconfident Republican editors had rushed to print on election night, standing on his campaign train platform. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Victorious presidential candidate Pres. Harry Truman jubilantly displaying erroneous CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE w. headline DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN which overconfident Republican editors had rushed to print on election night, standing on his campaign train platform. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Truman’s unpopularity led to the belief that Thomas Dewey would win the 1948 election. The Chicago Tribune even printed off the headline that Dewey had defeated Truman before the surprise result was revealed the next day that Truman had in fact won the election. Thomas Dewey’s name has an interesting connection to the shadow picture of Truman’s Presidency. Thomas means twin, his middle name Edmund means the ‘blessed protector’ and Dewey is the Welsh form of David which means beloved. Here we see the two beloved protectors of Israel, Moses and Aaron (Psalm 77:20).

truman israel

Harry Truman recognized the establishment of the State of Israel despite the objections of his Secretary of State, George Marshall. This corresponds to the days of Moses where God promises to deliver Israel out of the bondage of Egypt to come into the land promised to their fathers (Exodus 3:7-8). This is but one of the numerous connections between Exodus 3 and the Truman Presidency.

truman fdr

The Axis powers were defeated by January 1945. At the time that Truman was the Vice President. During this time period, Truman met with FDR and was said to have feared that he might become President because of FDR’s ill health. This corresponds with the fear that Moses felt when he met the Lord at the burning bush (Exodus 3:6). Just as Moses felt he was inadequate for the job given (Exodus 3:11; 4:10-13), so too did Truman.


On April 12th 1945, Truman was informed of Roosevelt’s death while preparing to have a drink at Sam Rayburn’s office after the Senate had adjourned for the day. Rayburn’s name meaning is speaking of God hearing the cries of Israel and His sending of Moses to deliver them out of the iron furnace. Sam means God hears.  Taliaferro means an ironcutter in Italian. Iron is associated with slavery (Deuteronomy 28:48). Egypt is specifically referred to as the iron furnace (Deuteronomy 4:20).  Rayburn is of Old English origin meaning ‘roe-deer brook’ or ‘roebuck stream.’ Scripture links a deer by the rivers of waters with deliverance (Song of Songs 2:7-9; Psalm 42:1-2; 46:4-5). 

The word for stream in Hebrew is פלג ‘peleg’ which is speaking of a division or boundary marking out a clan or family. Here we see Israel, who was separated from Egypt for deliverance (Exodus 11:7).

This Sam Rayburn connection points back to Exodus 3 and the call of Moses (Exodus 3:7-10).


Moses was given the task of delivering Israel from Egypt. Truman was given the task of the Presidency in which he said to reporters after taking the oath of office that he felt like the ‘moon, the stars and all the planets’ had fallen upon him. This is interesting to note in that Israel is likened unto these heavenly bodies (Genesis 37:9). Moses also described delivering Israel as a burden that he had to carry (Numbers 11:11; Deuteronomy 1:10-12).

truman bess

Truman’s wife Bess abhorred life in the White House, spending much of her time at home in Independence, Missouri while Truman was left alone in Washington D.C. This links to Moses’ wife Zipporah, who stayed behind in Midian while Moses was in Egypt (Exodus 4:24-26; 18:2-4).

truman ike

In yet another connection to Exodus 3 is Dwight Eisenhower. In the ‘code,’ Dwight Eisenhower‘s name meaning is directly linked to Exodus 3 and the burning bush which was located at the Mountain of God. Eisenhower was set up by Franklin Roosevelt to lead the Allied forces to victory in Europe and later made commander of NATO by President Truman.

truman stalin

After World War II, the Cold War began as tensions grew between Truman and Joseph Stalin over postwar Europe. Harry Truman was adamant that the Soviet Union not be able to turn Eastern Europe to communism. This began what is now called the ‘Truman Doctrine.’ The Truman Doctrine was a policy that sought to contain Communism in the world and was continued throughout the Cold War. The Cold War displays the conflict between Israel and the Canaanite nations which began after Israel was delivered from Egypt. This conflict continued until the days of Solomon (1 Kings 4:21-25) which corresponds to the Presidency of George H.W. Bush when the Cold War also ended. The promise of victory over Canaan began during the days of Moses (Exodus 23:31; Deuteronomy 11:24) just as the beginning of the Cold War began during Truman’s days.

truman doctrine

The Truman doctrine has at its core, the conviction that the United States was founded upon the doctrines of the Bible. Truman warned that Americans needed to remember this lest the struggle between Democracy and Communism be won by the Communists.


The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!”


Truman spoke of the United States being a deeply religious nation from its inception.


“You will see, as you make your rounds, that this Nation was established by men who believed in God. You will see that our Founding Fathers believed that God created this Nation. And I believe it, too. They believed that God was our strength in time of peril and the source of all our blessings.


You will see the evidence of this deep religious faith on every hand.


If we go back to the Declaration of Independence, we notice that it was drawn up by men who believed that God the Creator had made all men equal and had given them certain rights which no man could take away from them. In beginning their great enterprise, the signers of the Declaration of Independence entrusted themselves to the protection of divine providence.


To our forefathers it seemed something of a miracle that this Nation was able to go through the agonies of the American Revolution and emerge triumphant. They saw, in our successful struggle for independence, the working of God’s hand. In his first inaugural address, George Washington said, ‘No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States’.”


The Founding Fathers saw their struggle for freedom against Great Britain as a replay of Israel being delivered from Egypt. This belief is displayed in the original proposal for the seal of the United States by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. They proposed the seal be an image of Moses leading Israel through the Red Sea while Pharaoh and his chariots were drowned. In the background was the pillar of fire representing God leading Israel through the wilderness. This was the imagery which the Pilgrims used as well.


No Christian community in history identified more with the People of the Book than did the early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who believed their own lives to be a literal reenactment of the Biblical drama of the Hebrew nation. They themselves were the children of Israel; America was their Promised Land; the Atlantic Ocean their Red Sea; the Kings of England were the Egyptian pharaohs; the American Indians the Canaanites; the pact of the Plymouth Rock was God’s holy Covenant; and the ordinances by which they lived were the Divine Law. Like the Huguenots and other Protestant victims of Old World oppression, these émigré Puritans dramatized their own situation as the righteous remnant of the Church corrupted by the ‘Babylonian woe,’ and saw themselves as instruments of Divine Providence, a people chosen to build their new commonwealth on the Covenant entered into at Mount Sinai.” {The Bible and Civilization – Gabriel Sivan pg 236}

truman radio

In an address to the nation via a radio broadcast called ‘Religion in American Life,’ Truman spoke of the importance of religion in the lives of Americans in relation to world peace, harkening back to the times of the men who founded this country.


“The United States has been a deeply religious Nation from its earliest beginnings. The need which the founders of our country felt–the need to be free to worship God, each man in his own way–was one of the strongest impulses that brought men from Europe to the New World. As the pioneers carved a civilization from the forest, they set a pattern which has lasted to our time. First, they built homes and then, knowing the need for religion in their daily lives, they built churches. When the United States was established, its coins bore witness to the American faith in a benevolent deity. The motto then was ‘In God We Trust.’ That is still our motto and we, as a people, still place our firm trust in God.


Building on this foundation of faith, the United States has grown from a small country in the wilderness to a position of great strength and great responsibility among the family of nations. Other countries look today to the United States for leadership in the ways of peace, and it is our task to meet that challenge.


I am convinced that we are strong enough to meet the challenge. We are strong enough because we have a profound religious faith. The basic source of our strength as a nation is spiritual. We believe in the dignity of man. We believe that he is created in the image of God, who is the Father of us all.


It is this faith that makes us determined that every citizen in our own land shall have an equal right and an equal opportunity to grow in wisdom and in stature, and to play his part in the affairs of our Nation.


It is this faith that makes us respect the right of men everywhere to worship as they please and to live their own lives free from the fear of tyranny and strife.


It is this faith that inspires us to work for a world in which life will be more worthwhile – a world of tolerance, unselfishness, and brotherhood – a world that lives according to the precepts of the Sermon on the Mount.


I believe that every problem in the world today could be solved if men would only live by the principles of the ancient prophets and the Sermon on the Mount.


Each one of us can do his part by a renewed devotion to his religion. If there is any danger to the religious life of our Nation, it lies in our taking our religious heritage too much for granted. Religion is not a static thing. It exists not in buildings, but in the minds and hearts of our people.


Religion is like freedom. We cannot take it for granted. Man – to be free – must work at it. And man – to be truly religious – must work at that, too. Unless men live by their faith, and practice that faith in their daily lives, religion cannot be a living force in the world today.


That is why each of us has a duty to participate – actively – in the religious life of his community and to support generously his own religious institutions.


Just as an active faith sustained and guided the pioneers in conquering the wilderness, so today an active faith will sustain and guide us as we work for a just peace, freedom for all, and a world where human life is truly held sacred.


Religious faith and religious work must be our reliance as we strive to fulfill our destiny in the world.”


Truman further displayed his belief that Communism could only be overcome by faith in God. It was only by faith in God that Israel was able to overcome their enemies as well (Deuteronomy 1:30; 9:3; 20:4; 31:3-6).


“It is only the people of religious faith throughout the world who have the power to overcome the force of tyranny. It is in their beliefs that the path can be found to justice and freedom. Their religious concepts are the only sure foundation of the democratic ideal.”

truman korea war

The Korean War, which was the first conflict of the Cold War, occurred during the Truman administration in 1950. North Korea invaded South Korea in which Truman called for the United Nations to intervene, thus involving the United States. The word Korea means ‘high serenity’ or ‘land of morning calm.’ The first conflict that Israel had with the Canaanite nations was with Amalek at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8). Rephidim has the same meaning as Korea, literally ‘resting place.’

truman macarthur

It was during the Korean War that President Truman dismissed General Douglas MacArthur which turned out to be his least popular act as President with some even calling for his impeachment. The name meaning of MacArthur connects to the land of Rephidim as well.

Douglas means ‘dark river’ and MacArthur means son of the ‘bear man.’ In Hebrew, the word for bear is דוב ‘dov’ which means slow moving as in one who is at rest or in sorrow. Here we see the account of Israel being given waters from the rock in the land of Rephidim (Exodus 17:1). Recall that Rephidim means a resting place, similar in meaning to the Hebrew word for bear. Here we see Israel in a sorrowful state at the land of rest (MacArthur) where they are given water from the rock (Douglas).

truman ridgeway

General MacArthur was replaced by General Matthew Ridgeway whose name meaning further connects to the land of Rephidim. Matthew means gift of Yah. His middle name Bunker means ‘good heart’ and his last name Ridgeway means a ‘road on the ridge.’ Here we see Joshua, the one with a ‘good heart,’ (Joshua 14:8) given victory over Amalek by the power of the Lord (Exodus 17:8-16) while Moses held the rod of God in his hand upon a hill/ridge (Exodus 17:9-12).

truman assassination

During this same time period, Puerto Rico nationalists made an assassination on Harry Truman but were unsuccessful.  Puerto Rico has the meaning of the ‘camp of saints.’ Here we see yet another connection to Rephidim where Israel ‘chided’ (Exodus 17:2) with Moses.

truman joseph mccarthy

Following the war with Amalek, Scripture gives an account of the wise counsel of Moses’ father in law, Jethro. This connects to the Joseph McCarthy whose name meaning means ‘the people gathered to the son of the loving one by wise counsel.’ This describes perfectly Exodus chapter 18 where the account of Jethro’s wise counsel is given. McCarthy rose up to accuse the Truman administration of harboring communists during the same time period of the Korean war leading to the Second Red Scare known as ‘McCarthyism.’

truman civil rights

The Civil Rights movement began with legislation proposed by Harry Truman. Truman based this upon his belief that all men are equal because they are created in the image of God. In his Inaugural Address he spoke of this belief:


“The American people stand firm in the faith which has inspired this Nation from the beginning. We believe that all men have a right to equal justice under law and equal opportunity to share in the common good. We believe that all men have the right to freedom of thought and expression. We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God. From this faith we will not be moved.”


Harry Truman presented a detailed ten-point agenda of civil rights reforms which became the foundation of the Civil Rights movement to desegregate the country. The word segregate comes from the Latin word ‘segregatus’ which means to separate or divide a flock. Here we see the account of Israel coming to Mt. Sinai as one, united nation (Exodus 19:6) to receive 10 commandments.

This time period flows into the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose name and Presidency points to this precise time period.

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