The Presidents Code – The Jimmy Carter Presidency

The Presidents Code – The Jimmy Carter Presidency

President Jimmy Carter 1/20/1977-1/20/1981
President Jimmy Carter 1/20/1977-1/20/1981

Jimmy Carter’s name meaning is speaking of King David, in particular the wars and conflicts which David experienced throughout his life.

 

James is the English form of the Latin name ‘Iacomus’ from the Greek Ιακωβος ‘Iakobos’ which comes from the Hebrew name יעקב ‘yaakov’ or Jacob. As seen throughout this book, the name James/Jacob is associated with conflict and war. This defines the time period of King David, the ‘man of war’ (1 Chronicles 28:3).

 

Earl comes from the Old English ‘eorl’ meaning a nobleman or warrior.

 

Carter is from an English surname meaning one who uses a cart.  A cart is a vehicle designed for transport. Here we see a warrior or nobleman of Jacob associated with a cart.  The only time the word ‘cart’ is used in Scripture is in reference to the cart used to transport the ark of the covenant back from the Philistines during the days of David, the noble warrior king of Israel (1Samuel 6:7-14; 2 Samuel 6:3; 1 Chronicles 13:7).  This was a defining aspect of King David’s rule, who overcame his enemies and gave power to Israel over the land.

 

Jimmy Carter’s Presidency is a picture of the days of King David, in particular the struggles which he experienced throughout his life. David was a man after the Lord’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) but experienced conflict throughout his days. So too, Jimmy Carter is a devout Christian whose actions reflect his profession as a follower of Christ, yet it seemed no matter what he did as President, success was not attained during his residency in the Oval office. However, many of the policies that he implemented were continued by succeeding Presidents with success even though he was not credited.

 

As a shepherd David fought wild beasts (1 Samuel 17:34) and giants (1 Samuel 17:40-51). He escaped the attempts on his life by the hands of King Saul (1 Samuel 18:8-15; 19:1, 19-10; 23:7-28; 24:1-22; 26:1-25). He was anointed king by the House of Judah while the rest of the nation rejected him (2 Samuel 2:1-9) but later gained their support (2 Samuel 3:36). His days as king were filled with war (1 Chronicles 28:3; 2 Samuel 5:17-25; 7:1-15; 10:1-19; 11:1). He had to overcome a coup d’état by his son (2 Samuel 15-18) followed by a rebellion by Sheba (2 Samuel 20:1-22), famine (2 Samuel 21:1) and pestilence (2 Samuel 24:15-25). However, in all these things David was successful through the help of the Lord (2 Samuel 22:1-3).

 

Jimmy Carter became President during a time of increasing distrust amongst Americans of their government due to the corruption of preceding Presidents. He inherited a weak economy where inflation and the energy crisis troubled him. He had to deal with a Soviet Union who invaded Afghanistan and the Iranian hostage crisis. He lost the faith of the American people and was deemed as a failure and too weak to address the issues of his day. His own party split and followed Ted Kennedy during his re-election campaign. After he lost the Presidency to Ronald Reagan, he went home to find that his peanut farm was over a million dollars in debt. However, Carter overcame all these conflicts to pursue his work for advancement in human rights and traveling around the world to conduct peace negotiations between nations, in service to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

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Jimmy Carter’s rise to the Presidency was perhaps the most surprising in history. He was an unknown peanut farmer turned Governor who ran as a political ‘outsider’ of Washington. He was an honest man of faith and virtue in contrast to the corrupt politicians that Americans had grown accustomed to, in particular in the Presidencies of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  So too, David was an unknown shepherd who rose to fame by killing Goliath.

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In the ‘code,’ this battle between David and Goliath was pictured by the 1976 Presidential campaign. David’s uprightness was in contrast to the wicked leaders of which Israel had grown accustomed to, in particular the sons of Eli and Saul.  These men were displayed, in parable form, in the Presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

 

Gerald Ford appointed Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President in 1974. Rockefeller’s name pictures Goliath.

Nelson means the son of Neil. Neil is from the Gaelic name ‘Niall’ which means a ‘champion’ or ‘cloud.’ This points to the ‘champion’ Goliath.

1 Samuel 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

Aldrich is a Germanic word meaning ‘old ruler.’ Goliath was of the Nephilim, the mighty men of old (Genesis 6:4).

Rockefeller comes from the German words ‘rocke’ meaning rye and ‘field’ meaning open country. Feller means a man. This points to Goliath, standing in the valley between the army of the Philistines and Israel (1 Samuel 17:3-4).

Röcke in German today means skirt. The English word ‘skirt’ traces back to the Hebrew word קצר ‘qatsar’ which means the border, or image of a thing. This is linked to the Hebrew word for garment סימלה ‘siymlah’ which literally means the image of the body, as a garment forms to the image of the one wearing it. Here we see a picture of Goliath. The champion, of the ‘old rulers,’ the Rephaim, standing in the open country challenging Israel and defying the Most High (1 Samuel 1:17:1-54). It is interesting to note that the Scriptures pay particular attention to the ‘garments’ of Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4-7).

However, during the 1976 election, Ford decided to replace Rockefeller as his Vice Presidential running mate with Bob Dole. Bob Dole was selected due to a rise in conservatism amongst Republicans during the 1976 campaign, led by Ronald Reagan.

In 1976, Reagan pictured Saul’s son Jonathan who befriended David and made a covenant with him, declaring that David would be the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 23:17-18). Jonathan declared that David would be king and he would be ‘next’ to him. This pictured Reagan being the ‘next’ President after Jimmy Carter. It is believed that Ronald Reagan’s push for the Republican nomination in ’76 was a large factor in Ford’s loss to Jimmy Carter.

 

Here we see a picture of David, personified at this period by Jimmy Carter, defeating Goliath pictured by the loss of the Vice Presidential office by Rockefeller. The fall of Goliath caused Israel to support David above Saul (1 Samuel 18:5-7). This is pictured by Ford choosing Bob Dole as his running mate and the eventual loss of the Presidency to Jimmy Carter. Bob Dole’s name meaning further links to Israel supporting David over Saul.

 

Bob is a diminutive of Robert which means ‘bright fame or name.’

 

Joseph means to gather together or join together.

 

Dole comes from the Middle English word ‘dole’ which means a portion of land.

 

After David slew Goliath, Jonathan’s soul was ‘knit’ or joined with the soul of David where they became close friends (1 Samuel 18:1-4). It was at this time that David rose to prominence in Israel (1 Samuel 18:5-7). David became famous after the defeat of Goliath with the people of the land gathering together in support of him, just as they gathered around Jimmy Carter in ’76.

 

1 Samuel 18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

1 Samuel 18:15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

1 Samuel 18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

 

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Jimmy Carter’s victory over Gerald Ford also portrayed 1 Samuel 24 where the Lord delivered Saul into the hand of David but David chose rather to show Saul mercy (1 Samuel 24:17-20). It was also this period in the Biblical narrative that Samuel died (1 Samuel 25:1), whose life was pictured in Ford’s Presidency.

 

1 Samuel 24:17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

1 Samuel 24:18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

1 Samuel 24:19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.

1 Samuel 24:20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

Jimmy Carter thanked Gerald Ford at the beginning of his Inaugural address to the nation. “For myself and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.” Carter further described Ford as “one of the most admirable public servants and human beings I have ever known.” He said that Ford “wisely chose the path of healing during a deeply divisive time in our nation’s history” and “frequently rose above politics by emphasizing the need for bipartisanship and seeking common ground on issues critical to our nation.”

 

This pictures David, who mourned and honored Saul at his death (2 Samuel 1:17-27).

carter inaugural walk

After Jimmy Carter was inaugurated, he became the first President to walk from the Capitol to the White House. Carter did this act as a gesture that he was ‘of the people.’ This corresponds to David who was accepted in the sight of all the people (1 Samuel 18:5).

 

1 Samuel 18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

carter foreign policy

After Saul attempted to kill David on multiple occasions, David decided to flee to the land of the Philistines to escape death (2 Samuel 27:1) where he dwelt amidst the enemy. This points to Jimmy Carter who met openly with foreign leaders. During his first year in office he met with 40 heads of state from different countries. He also gave back the Panama Canal to the Panamanians and signed the SALT II nuclear arms reduction treaty with the Soviets.

carter micah

Jimmy Carter based his foreign policy on his desire to walk in the footsteps of Christ, the Prince of Peace. Carter defined his Presidency as such by quoting in his Inaugural speech, the Prophet Micah as his vision of America’s role in the world.

 

“Here before me is the Bible used in the inauguration of our first President, in 1789, and I have just taken the oath of office on the Bible my mother gave me a few years ago, opened to a timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah:

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

 

This aspect of Carter’s character also links to David, who is likened to the Angel of the Lord (1 Samuel 29:9; 2 Samuel 14:17, 20; 19:27) who is Christ (Malachi 3:1; Galatians 4:14; John 8:56-58; Genesis 22:11, 14-16). David was for peace, but his enemies for war (Psalm 120:7).

 

Part of the reason David is likened to an angel is his wisdom (2 Samuel 14:20), his discernment between good and evil (2 Samuel 14:27). This links to Carter who had the highest IQ of any President and has dedicated his life as a ‘go-between’ or a discerner of good and evil. This is seen from his days as President and the agreement he brought forth between Israel and Egypt at the Camp David Accords to his Post-Presidency in which he has fought for human rights throughout the world and negotiated peace between many nations at the Carter Center.

carter human rights

Human rights was the fundamental tenant of Carter’s foreign policy. He likened this method of dealing with other nations to America being a ‘beacon on a hill’ (Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15; Isaiah 62:12). This aspect was continued by Ronald Reagan which ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union and victory in the Cold War by the U.S.

 

This part of Carter’s character portrays David, whose reign as king of Israel is likened to this beacon or light on a hill.

 

2 Samuel 21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

 

Human rights is the belief that all men have rights given to them by their Creator, in the ‘code,’ this is a picture of the law of God. The law of God is likened unto light (Proverbs 6:23; Psalm 119:105). It is this light that Carter and Reagan wished to shine forth to the world during their Presidencies. It is this light that David shined forth which gave him victory over the nations which surrounded him (Deuteronomy 4:1; 5:32-33; 6:1-3; 1 Chronicles 28:8; 22:12-13; Psalm 132:12; 1 Kings 2:3-4).

carter notre dame

Carter described his human rights based foreign policy at a commencement speech at Notre Dame on May 22nd 1977.

 

“First, we have reaffirmed America’s commitment to human rights as a fundamental tenet of our foreign policy. In ancestry, religion, color, place of origin, and cultural background, we Americans are as diverse a nation as the world has even seen. No common mystique of blood or soil unites us. What draws us together, perhaps more than anything else, is a belief in human freedom.”

 

“Let me conclude by summarizing: Our policy is based on an historical vision of America’s role. Our policy is derived from a larger view of global change. Our policy is rooted in our moral values, which never change. Our policy is reinforced by our material wealth and by our military power. Our policy is designed to serve mankind. And it is a policy that I hope will make you proud to be Americans.”

carter bert lance

While Carter ran for President as an outsider who was not corrupted by the system and promised to tell no lies to the American people, his Presidency was tarnished by a scandal involving Bert Lance. Bert Lance was an adviser to Jimmy Carter who acted as the director of the budget. He was accused of mismanagement and corruption which led to his resignation. Lance connects to David’s captain of the host, Joab.

Joab was involved in numerous ‘scandals’ during David’s reign as king. He killed Abner in revenge for the murder of his brother, which was seen as a heinous act during those days as Abner was in the process of making peace with David (2 Samuel 3:12-39). David used Joab to indirectly murder Uriah to cover up his affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-27). Joab helped reunite Abshalom and David which led to Abshalom’s ‘coup’ and David’s temporary exile (2 Samuel 14:1-33). David also used Joab to number Israel which brought about punishment from the Lord (2 Samuel 24:1-4).

carter playboy

As mentioned previously, David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). His greatest sin was seen in his lust for Bathsheba recorded in 2 Samuel 11 and Psalm 51. So too, Carter has acted in accordance with God’s heart as he has dedicated his life to human rights and helping the poor and downtrodden (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 6:10). The greatest sin of which Carter is known for is his lust for women in which he admitted during a Playboy interview in the 1976 Presidential Election.  At the time, this was a controversial issue and almost cost Carter the election.

 

“Christ said, ‘I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery.’ I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do—and I have done it—and God forgives me for it. But that doesn’t mean that I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock. Christ says, don’t consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women while the other guy is loyal to his wife. The guy who’s loyal to his wife ought not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness.”

carter cabinet

At the end of Jimmy Carter’s Presidency he fired numerous members of his cabinet and replaced them for the short period left in his term. This links with King David as well who replaced Joab with Amasa after he regained the throne from his son Abshalom (2 Samuel 19:8-15).

carter energy 2

Jimmy Carter’s Presidency was plagued with an energy crisis. He spoke of the energy crisis of his days as the ‘moral equivalent of war.’ The energy crisis lasted throughout his presidency, which links to David who was a man of war (1 Samuel 16:18; 1 Chronicles 28:3).

 

The energy crisis of Carter’s Presidency traced back to the actions of Richard Nixon. So too, the wars which David partook of, came from the days of the Philistines overcoming Israel during the reign of Eli and his wicked sons. In 1973, Nixon imposed price controls on domestic oil which led to shortages and caused the 1973 Oil Crisis. In the ‘code,’ the oil/energy crisis of Nixon’s days pointed to the wars between Israel and the Canaanite nations which led to the period of Judges up to the days of Samuel. The energy crisis in which Carter inherited pictures the wars which David inherited.

 

David was established as king (2 Samuel 5:12) and defeated the Philistines (2 Samuel 5:17-25; 8:1). So too, Carter ‘defeated’ the energy crisis although it was not seen in his presidency.

 

In 1979 Jimmy Carter signed an executive order which removed market controls from petroleum products by October of 1981 allowing prices to be determined by the free market. Ronald Reagan, who also pictures King David, continued this order which allowed the artificial scarcity of oil to end and prices to drop leading to the ‘oil glut’ of the 1980’s where oil was said to be in surplus. This points to David subduing the Philistines (1 Samuel 5:17-25) which led to the bringing of the Ark of the Covenant to the city of David on a new cart (1 Samuel 6:3) of which Carter’s name is associated with. A cart is a vehicle designed for transport which is linked with the energy crisis as the energy crisis was primarily over a lack of oil used for vehicles of transport.

 

Here we see a link between the Presidencies of Carter and Reagan who both display David’s reign as king. Carter’s policy in regards to the energy crisis was continued by Reagan which led to success. So too, it was Carter’s push for human rights of which Reagan implemented in the Cold War which led to victory as well. Both of these policies picture the wars between Israel and the nations around them in which Israel was victorious through David.

carter crisis of confidence

In 1979, Jimmy Carter gave a speech he entitled the ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in regards to the energy crisis which America saw during his presidency. Carter described this crisis of confidence of the American people as a much more dangerous threat than the energy crisis or inflation which plagued the nation during those days.

 

“But after listening to the American people, I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can’t fix what’s wrong with America. So, I want to speak to you first tonight about a subject even more serious than energy or inflation. I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy.

 

I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might.

 

The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways.

 

It is a crisis of confidence.

 

It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

 

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.”

 

“Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom; and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.

 

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

 

This corrupted view of satisfaction based upon material wealth was personified by the High Priest Eli’s sons, who were depicted by Richard Nixon‘s Presidency. Israel had ‘waxen fat’ and denied the Lord asking for a king (Deuteronomy 32:15; 1 Samuel 8:7; 10:19).

 

Carter goes on to further describe this time period as the source of America’s lack of confidence.

 

“We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the Presidency as a place of honor until the shock of Watergate.”

 

The crisis of which Carter spoke of of links to the conflicts of Israel during the days of Saul and David. There were constant wars with the Philistines and surrounding nations, famine and internal upheaval amongst the leaders of the land. These crises led David to pen the following words in Psalm 118.

 

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

 

Israel had left off on reliance upon the Almighty in asking for a king. Even Samuel’s warnings did not deter them from desiring a king like the nations around them (1 Samuel 8:6-22). So too, the energy crisis and high inflation which America saw in Carter’s days were inherited from the days of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, whose presidencies point to the aforementioned time period in the Biblical narrative. Carter even inherited the Iran hostage crisis by the actions of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower’s Presidency points back to the time period of Israel in the wilderness, who was in the same state of rebellion as the generation that asked for a king (Deuteronomy 9:24).

 

The Hebrew word for confidence is בטח ‘batach’ which means to trust, to dwell safely, to confidently cling to someone or something. Scripture declares that our trust is to be in God (Hebrews 3:6-14), it is only then that we will dwell confidently in peace (Ezekiel 28:25-26).

 

The ‘Crisis of Confidence’ speech of Jimmy Carter is reminiscent of the words of David as he warned the people not to harden their hearts as their fathers had done in the wilderness (Psalm 95:8). The Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Hebrews associated this hardening of the hearts with a lack of faith that prevented Israel from entering His rest (Hebrews 4:5-9). This rest is attained through confidence in God (Isaiah 30:15; Ezekiel 28:25-26). Paul further associated this hardening of the heart with a lack of confidence in the Lord (Hebrews 3:6-19).

 

What was Paul’s advice to overcome the ‘crisis of confidence’ amongst believers? Faith (Hebrews 3:12-19; 4:1-16). What was Jimmy Carter’s advice? Faith.

 

“What can we do? First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.”

carter camp david

After David conquered Zion, he felt that the Lord had established him as king of Israel (2 Samuel 5:6-12) and he went to war with the Philistines (2 Samuel 5:17-25). He then brought up the Ark of the Covenant to the city of David and placed it within the Tabernacle (2 Samuel 6:17). Seeing that the Lord had given him rest from his enemies (2 Samuel 7:1), David desired to build a house to the Lord (2 Samuel 7:1-28).

 

This period of David’s kingship links to Carter’s desire to bring about peace in the Middle East after he had established human rights as the pillar of his foreign policy. In 1978, at Camp David, Jimmy Carter brought Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together to discuss terms of peace between the two nations.

 

Interestingly, Camp David is known as ‘the mountain,’ linking to Mt. Zion where David set up the Ark of the Covenant. Camp David was created into a Presidential retreat by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who called it ‘Shangri-La’ which is euphemism for paradise. President Eisenhower renamed it Camp David after his father and grandson. This is interesting to note as the Scriptures link Mt. Zion to the Garden of Eden, calling both the ‘holy mountain’ (Psalm 48:1-2, 8; Isaiah 11:9; 14:13-14; 27:13; 57:13; 65:11; 66:20; Jeremiah 31:23; Ezekiel 20:40; Daniel 9:16, 20; Joel 2:1; 3:17; Zephaniah 3:11; Zechariah 8:3; 2 Peter 1:17-18; Revelation 21:10). Zion is also called the city of David (2 Samuel 5:7)

 

It is said that Jimmy Carter ‘single handedly’ wrote the proposal which was finally agreed upon by Egypt and Israel. So too, it was David who wrote the plans for the Temple (1 Chronicles 28:11-12, 19). David gave his plans to his son Solomon who was to build the Temple (2 Samuel 7:13). This is seen in Carter as well as Ronald Reagan who continued the policies of the Camp David Accords.

Reagan’s Presidency is a picture of the days of David as conquering king but transitions into the days of Solomon of whom the George H.W. Bush Presidency continues. It was David’s son Solomon who was decreed to build the House of the Lord, so too the peace agreement seen at Camp David between Israel and Egypt was more fully implemented in the Presidency of George H.W. Bush at the Madrid Peace Conference.

 

Later, Bill Clinton started up talks again, whose days picture the time period of the restorations of the Temple during the days of the Kings and then the building of the second temple during the days of Ezra. George W. Bush‘s Presidency also saw a continuation of the peace talks. Bush’s efforts towards peace in the Middle East point to the time period of the Maccabees rededicating the Temple and Herod’s ‘upgrade’ of the Temple.

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The Camp David accords were hailed as a monumental achievement of diplomacy. After the agreement, Carter gave a speech before a joint session of Congress in which he declared ‘blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be the children of God’ (Matthew 5:9). It was on a mountain that Jesus delivered these words, as it was on the mountain of Camp David in which Carter acted upon them. It is this same ‘sermon on the mount’ upon which Carter drew his belief of America as a ‘beacon on a hill’ mentioned previously.

 

This connection between peace negotiations for the Middle East and the Temple is further seen in Psalm 122 where believers are admonished to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ for the sake of His House (Psalm 122:6, 9).

carter iran hostage

The end of Carter’s Presidency saw the Iran hostage situation which pictures 2nd Samuel 8 and David’s wars against the Philistines, Moabites and Syrians. War with Hadedezer came as a result of these kings attempting to ‘take back’ his border. This points to Ayatollah Khomeini who rose to power in the 1979 Iranian Revolution where the Shah, who was set up by President Eisenhower through Operation Ajax, was overthrown.

 

Israel was victorious over the aforementioned nations, as was Carter in this conflict as the hostages were not killed and war, which could have escalated into World War III, was averted. Ultimately, this border land was taken over in totality by Israel during the days of Solomon, which is pictured by the Reagan Presidency. It is said that the Ayatollah released the Iran hostages one minute after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President.

 

Later, Israel saw more conflict with Hadedezer after the Lord rejected Solomon due to his rebellion (1 Kings 11:23-25). This links to the Iran-Contra affair which tarnished Ronald Reagan‘s Presidency.

carter soviets

Ronald Reagan is given credit for the defeat of the Soviets and the fall of Communism while Jimmy Carter is depicted as a weak President who allowed the Russians to gain power. However, Carter played a significant role in the fall of the Soviet Union. This seen in the Carter Doctrine which was a policy that proclaimed that the United States would use military force to protects its interests in the Middle East. This was in response to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979.

 

Jimmy Carter asked the Senate to postpone action on a nuclear weapons treaty with the Soviet Union and recalled the U.S. ambassador to Moscow. These actions sent a message that the age of ‘detente’ and the friendlier diplomatic and economic relations that were established between the United States and Soviet Union during President Richard Nixon‘s administration had ended.

 

During Carter’s Presidency, the United States began assisting the Afghans through covertly supporting the Mujahideen resistance which was led by Osama bin Laden. This conflict between Russia and Afghanistan played an important role in the fall of the USSR. Here we see a picture of David defeating the Canaanite nations but the period of peace was not fulfilled until the days of Solomon. This perfectly depicts the Carter, Reagan, Bush line of Presidencies. Carter began the escalation between the USSR and America, it grew exponentially during Reagan’s Presidency which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in the early days of George H.W. Bush’s Presidency, symbolizing the end of the Cold War. So too, Canaan was conquered by the efforts of David (2 Samuel 7:1) but victory was not fully seen until the days of Solomon who reigned in peace from ‘sea to sea’ (1 Kings 4:21-42; 5:4).

carter unpopular

Jimmy Carter began his Presidency with a high approval rating but due to the stagflation of the economy where inflation and unemployment was high as well as the Iran hostage crisis, Carter’s popularity sank to the levels of Richard Nixon when he resigned. Carter’s loss of support led to the rise of Ted Kennedy within the Democratic party who unsuccessfully challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination of 1980. This connects with Absalom who led a rebellion against David (2 Samuel 15-18) yet ultimately failed. Ted Kennedy was called the ‘lion of the Senate.’ Interestingly, David likened his enemies, such as Absalom, to lions (Psalm 7:2; 10:9; 17:12; 22:13,21). Absalom’s name means ‘father of peace.’ It was Carter’s desire to end the Iran hostage crisis through peaceful means which brought forth claims that he was weak and not an effective leader.

In retrospect, Carter said he could have been re-elected by “wiping Iran off the map” but this would have led to the loss of many innocent lives.
“Well, I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth.  But, I think I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages, and so I stood up against all that, er, all that advice, and then eventually my prayers were answered and every hostage came home safe and free. And so I think I made the right decision in retrospect, but it was not easy at the time.”   {Interview with Tania Bryer on Carter’s 90th birthday}

carter habitat for humanity

Jimmy Carter’s actions after his Presidency removes all doubt as to his sincere faith in Messiah. His efforts for Habitat for Humanity and working for human rights and peace amongst nations is what has defined his life. It is interesting to note that Carter’s work for the Habitat for Humanity where houses are built for the poor is a form of ‘building houses for the Lord.’ Jesus said that inasmuch as you do for least of his brethren, you do it unto Him (Matthew 25:40). This is fascinating as Carter’s Presidency is a parallel of the time of David and his desire to build a house for the Lord.

 

Jimmy Carter’s life will be defined more for his actions after his presidency in service for the Prince of Peace than for his perceived failures as President. So too, David’s reign as king is not as important as the promises given him of Messiah, the Prince of Peace that would come from his lineage (Psalm 72:1-17; 45:1-17; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15; Isaiah 9:7; 11:1-5; 40:10-11; Zechariah 9:9; Daniel 9:24; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:30; Hebrews 1:8-9).

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David is one of the primary figures in the Scriptures whose life portrayed the Messiah in shadow picture form. As a matter of fact, Scripture openly declares that the Lord set up David as a type of Messiah (1 Chronicles 17:17).

 

It is fascinating to note that Jimmy Carter’s Presidency has many parallels with the Presidency of Barack Obama whose days picture the time of Christ on earth. David was a foreshadow of Messiah, and so too, Jimmy Carter was a ‘foreshadowing’ of Barack Obama.

 

Jimmy Carter inherited a recession from Gerald Ford whose Chief of Staffs were Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Barack Obama inherited a recession from George W. Bush who had Cheney as a Vice President as Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, a position he also held under President Ford.

 

Jimmy Carter ran for President as an ‘outsider’ to Washington who was going to ‘change’ things for the better but was unsuccessful. The same can be said of Barack Obama. Both ran on this platform of ‘change’ riding on the wave of disgust of the American people due to the corruption of the previous administrations.

Carter reached out to foreign nations, seeking to build relations and form peaceful partnerships but this led to a perception of weakness.  Similarly, Obama reached out to foreign nations as well but ended up with similar results.

 

Carter saw the Three Mile Island accident which led him to banning transmutation of nuclear fuels which increased America’s reliance on foreign oil. Obama saw the ‘Deepwater Horizon’ accident which has led to offshore drilling being shutdown in several places causing a continuance of dependence on foreign oil.

 

Jimmy Carter’s ‘Crisis of Confidence’ speech was dubbed the ‘Malaise’ speech by political pundits and led to many Americans seeing him as placing the blame on them for the troubles of the times. So too, Barack Obama is being increasingly depicted as doing the same thing.

 

Both Carter and Obama have had to deal with a conflict with Iran. Carter with the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the hostage crisis, Obama with the issue of Iran’s nuclear program and the fear that Iran will use this technology to make nuclear weapons and use them against Israel.

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Lastly, both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson are the only two other Presidents to have been given this award. Roosevelt and Wilson are pictures of the patriarch Joseph, whose life was a major shadow picture of Messiah. Jimmy Carter depicts David who is the yet another strong shadow picture of Christ. Barack Obama’s Presidency pictures the days of Jesus Christ. Here we see four Presidents who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, all of whose Presidencies are incredible pictures of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

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