The Presidents Code – Vice President John C. Calhoun (continued)
In becoming Andrew Jackson‘s Vice President, John Calhoun joined George Clinton as the only other man to serve in this office under two different Presidents. Calhoun was an open opponent of the Adams administration and supported Andrew Jackson during those years. However as President, Calhoun would oppose Andrew Jackson over fiscal policies and the doctrine of nullification which led to a rift between the two men. This conflict between ‘brothers’ displays the time period in the Bible of Cain and Seth.
Calhoun and Jackson agreed on states’ rights but Calhoun supported the doctrine of nullification whereas Jackson believed that nullification was a threat to the Union. This issue would be brought to the forefront when South Carolina nullified federal tariffs. In response, Congress passed the ‘Force Bill’ which gave the President the ability to use military power to force states into obeying Federal law. Jackson sent the military to South Carolina and threatened to hang John Calhoun. Conflict was avoided when Henry Clay proposed the Compromise Tariff of 1833 which lowered the rate of tariffs which southerners had to pay.
Calhoun’s name meaning is a picture of the path back to Paradise where the living waters flow. The theme of Andrew Jackson‘s Presidency is also speaking of this path from death to life. Unregenerate, sinful mankind is appointed death but is given the path back to life through repentance and belief in the Promised Seed. Scripture will later reveal that this Promised Seed would be a descendant of Abraham. Abraham’s life is portrayed in the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln who served during the Civil War. It is interesting to note that John Calhoun’s doctrine of Nullification was at the foundation of the conflict between the South and the North and ultimately led to the Southern States seceding from the Union.
John comes from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן ‘Yochanan’ meaning the grace of Yah.
Caldwell comes from the Old English words ‘caeld’ which means cold and ‘welle’ which means a well. Cold waters are referring to the Living Waters associated with the redemption of mankind through Christ Jesus, the Promised Seed of the woman.
Psalm 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Psalm 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Psalm 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
It is interesting to note that in verse 8, the word for pleasure is עדן ‘eden,’ the same word used in reference to the Garden of Paradise in the beginning. The way back to this Paradise is through Jesus Christ, where man can drink of the Living Waters (Isaiah 55:1-2; Revelation 21:6; 22:1).
Calhoun derives from the Gaelic word ‘coil’ or ‘cuil’ meaning nook or corner. It is also related to the Scottish surname ‘Colquhoun’ which means narrow woods or forest. Woods or forest comes from the Hebrew word יער ‘yaar’ which is cognate of the word for a city, ער ‘ar.‘ Here we see a picture of the city from whence the cold waters or living waters flow. This of course is New Jerusalem, the return of Paradise to earth (Revelation 22:1-2, 14, 17; Isaiah 51:3, Ezekiel 47:1). The path to this city is described as narrow by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 7:14).
Yet another connection to the living waters and cities is Calhoun’s conflicts with the Presidents he served under. When Jesus spoke of being the living waters, He did so to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:10-15). Samaritans were the enemies of the Jews at this time period and considered devils (John 8:48). Literally, a devil is an enemy who is in opposition or conflict with another. In Hebrew, the word for city, ער ‘ar,’ also means enemy.
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