Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
A noose is seen of the gallows that supporters of President Donald Trump constructed on the West side of the United States Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. That was the dreadful day when Trump’s supporters stormed a session of Congress while votes were being counted to certify Joe Biden as the next President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States.
Gallows were made especially for Vice President Mike Pence to be hanged for not doing what President Trump wanted him to do. Pence had no authority to overturn the decision of the Electoral College. He only worked in a ceremonial position when the votes were counted. Because Pence could not do what Trump asked him to do, Trump's supporters planned to make an example of him by hanging him on the wooden gallows high above the Capitol building for all the world to see. The crowd could be heard loud and clear, "Hang Mike Pence."
Fortunately, the life of Vice President Mike Pence's life was spared. Five people did lose their lives in the violence on January 6 including Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol police who was beaten with a fire extinguisher and died the next day in the hospital. The irony of Sicknick's death is that he was a devoted supporter of Trump. However, he was not working in that capacity when he was bludgeoned to death by other supporters.
At this writer's discretion, photos of the gallows and the noose that were waiting for Pence are deliberately not shown in this article even though they are seen in film clips and photos in other places online.
Where Was Vice President Mike Pence?
Vice President Mike Pence's family was with him during the four-hour siege on the Capitol. His wife, Karen (64), his daughter Charlotte (27), as well as his brother Representative of Indiana Greg Pence, were on lockdown along with members of Congress. CNN reported that the 61-year-old Vice President was frightened as the mob marched up and down the halls looking for him and shouting, "Where's Mike Pence?"
Even though Pence and his family went through an ordeal, President Donald Trump did not check on them, according to CNN.
What are Gallows?
Gallows (plural) are typically a wooden frame for large objects such as sacks of grains to be hung and weighed. Today the word is used to describe how gallows or scaffolds are used for an execution to take place by hanging. Other ways to hang a person could be from a tree, street light or a cross like Jesus was hanged and crucified.
There are other ways to put people to death, but there is a reason for hanging them. A hanging is out in the open for the public's view. It is done that way so there can be many witnesses to see the act and to make a statement to the public.
Gallows in the Bible
There are 12 mentions of gallows in the Bible. The gallows in the Book of Esther stand out more than the others especially since there is a custom and a twist.
It was a custom that the hatred you had for a person determined how high the gallows would be. Haman constructed gallows that were 50-cubit-high indicating just how much he hated Mordecai because he was jealous of him. King Ahasuerus found out the plot Haman had made against Mordecai and ordered Haman to be hanged on the tall 75-feet gallows he had built (Esther 7:10).
On other occasions in the Bible, people were put on gallows either before or after their death for the birds and scavengers could eat their flesh (Genesis 40:19). Sometimes after people died from hangings, their bodies were taken down and buried (Joshua 10:27).
According to Jewish law in the Bible, "Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree" (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).
This article contains no political opinions for or against the President of the United States or his supporters. The contents of this article are for informational purposes to explain what gallows are and how they were used on January 6 and how they were mentioned in the Bible. Also, it is a brief teaching about the significance of gallows in the Book of Esther.
- Gallows were in the open air for public viewing. So many could see the act.
- Gallows were constructed to the height of hatred for the person being hanged.
- In the Book of Esther, Haman was hanged on the tall gallows he had built for the person he hated.
- "Cursed is everyone hanged on a tree, according to Jewish law.
- Jesus was hanged on a cross, a form of gallows.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 13, 2021:
MG Singh emge, gallows were not symbolic. They were real to go along with the chant "Hang Mike Pence." The supporters took the time to bring their own lumber and construct the gallows. That means it was premeditated. I did not put a picture of the gallows in the article, but I did include a link to an article with a photo of the gallows. Take a look at it.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 13, 2021:
Interesting article. I didn't know any gallows were directed for Pence, I think they must've been just symbolic.