27 Jul John Quincy Adams, a Bible-Loving Believer in Jewish Statehood
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was an American diplomat, senator, congressman, and from 1825 to 1829 the sixth president of the USA. He was the son of John Adams, who was America’s second president.
He has been portrayed as a moral leader during an era of modernization. Historians have ranked Adams as one of the most successful US presidents and diplomats. It has also been suggested that he had the highest I.Q. of any US president.
In addition to his adamant opposition to the institution of slavery, Adams – a Bible-loving Christian – was a supporter of a Jewish state in the Holy Land, long before the Jews themselves had arisen to strive actively for a return to their ancient homeland. Adams, in his own words, wrote that he believed in the “rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.” This love for the people who brought the Bible to the world was nurtured in the Adams puritan household.
In the American Jewish Historical Quarterly from 1955, the editors noted the fervor Adams had for studying Scriptures and the importance he saw behind it. In an 1811 letter to his son, Adams wrote how happy he was to hear that his son was studying the Bible every evening.
“I advise you, my son, in whatever you read, and most of all in reading the Bible, to remember that it is for the purpose of making you wiser and more virtuous,” he said. “I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. I have always endeavored to read it with the same spirit and temper of mind, which I now recommend to you: that is, with the intention and desire that it may contribute to my advancement in wisdom and virtue.”
John Quincy Adams learned from his father that whoever reads the Bible can only come to the conclusion that God will fulfill his Word to the prophets and bring the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland.
“I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity,” he once proclaimed.
These beliefs and knowledge of the Bible that the American people have, continue to support the strong US-Israel ties until today.
On February 23, 1848, at the age of 80, John Quincy Adams died in Washington DC. He is remembered as one of the first leaders of the free world to announce his support for the fulfillment of God’s Word to the prophets through the creation of a Jewish state in the Holy Land.