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he induced them by all the ways of deceit and violence to do homage to him, and submit themselves to his dominion ; Saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as wonld not worship theimage of the Beast, should be killed. This here is an admirable place. The Roman Church is an Empire. However, it is but an image of an Empire, an imaginary Empire, founded only on the deceived imagination of men. They need but fay NOT, to destroy this Empire. The reality of an Empire confifts in citadells , in fortresses , in armies. The Roman Church hath none of all this. For the little armies that the Pope might raise, is not that which secures his Em. pire. 'Tis not therfore a true Empire. The Convents of the Monks are his Citadels. The Monks are his Souldiers and Armies. The Priests are his Emissaries. The Bishops and Arch-Bishops are his Licvtenants. But all these are but images. Nevertheless this image of an Empire fpeaks, acts, makes decrees , railės all Europe, and causes all those to be killed, that will not pay it the like homage, which was render'd to the ancient
I both small and for in their
v. 16...And he canseth all , both small and great, &c.
to receive a mark in their right band', or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy, or fell, favehe that had the mark or the name of the Beaft. The Forehead is the seat of profession. Thence it came, that ancient Christians fignified their profession of Christianity by a sign of the Cross on the forehead. The Hand is the instrument of action. The inhabitants of the Earth can
aborefcore and it and his nimetat: for it is an.
ceis neither buy, nor fell, under the dominion of the
Papifm, that is to say, partake of its favours and
a Papift on their Farebead, and the actions of one on in their Hands. This is what is meant by the
Mark of the Beast, and not fome particular
Here is wisdom ; let him that hath understan- V. 18.
Roman Church, and of its Pope, have hit upon
his name ; that is to say, expreffely contained
what language most we count the numeral letters B, of the name of the Beast ? 'Tis easy to determin
that. The Prophecies must be explained according
languages of the Prophets, Hebrew and Greek. . Look for the name of the Roman Church in these
two languages. In Hebrew you will find Ranriyth,
Here I might stop with reference to the
number 666. And ’ris with some difficulty that I' enter upon the depths of the interpretation of those Authors, who would have this Numo ber 666. respect not the Name of the Beast, but of his Empire, They pretend, that as the
Number 144. is consecrated to signify the EmThe num. pire of 7. Christ, which appears by the 144. ber 144. thousand Sealed ones, pretty often mention'd in the whole the Revelation ; in like manner the Numbex Church, 666. mystically denotes the entire Empire of the becaule of twelve , Beast and its principal Characters. They obferve, its Square that the Number 144. hath for its square root 2007.
the Number, twelve. For twelve multiplied by it self, twelve times twelve makes 144. The Number of twelve is sacred, becaule of the twelve Patriarchs of the ancient Ifrael, and the twelve Apostles, that are the Patriarchs of the new Israel. So the Number 144. that mystically signifies the whole Church of 1. Christ, is founded on the Number twelve. That is to say, the whole Christian Church is founded on the Apostles, who make one divine Hierarchy. Wherfore the number twelve bears sway in all the parts of the description of the Jerusalem, which we read of in the 21. Chap. of the Revelation. She hath twelve Foundations, twelve Gates , iwelye angells, twelve Tribes, twelve thousand Furlongs. The Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the place, bears twelve Sorts of fruits every year; and lastly, the Wall is of 144. Cubits, i.e. twelve times twelve. So the Church, which hath her root in the number twelve, by the multiplication of this number twelve by it self, makes 144. a sacred Number. But the number 666. which is exorbitant, and which exceeds the number oftwelve, and hath not this number twelve for its root, **.!
is the emblem of the Antichristian Church,
christian Church hath no relation to the Christian i and Apostolical Church. .
An Engliss Divine , one Potter, hath carried Potter's i. this notion further than others have done, in an henum
express treatise , which he hath made about the ber 666.
of 666. by itself makes 625. with a remainder of 4 1. which makes 666.
This being supposed , that 25 is the Square root and the foundation of the Number 666, he pregends,, that as 144 founded upon 12 represents the
whole Charch, founded upon the holy Hierarchy of the 12 Apostles; in like manner 666 represents the whole Antichristian Empire of the Papirm, founded upon the Antichristian Hierarchy. And to make appear how exact the opposition to the Christian Hierarchy is, he shews, that as the Number 1 2. bears Iway in the whole composition of Jerusalem, which is the Church and the holy City, 12 Foundations, 12 Gates, 12 Angells, 12 thousand Furlongs , 12 sorts of Fruits ; in like
manner the number 25 bears sway in all the poo The num-'pib Hierarchy. I. In the number of the Cardia berzina nals, who according to their first institution, were in the l'a? 25 , wheras the Apostles were but 12. II. In pal Hie
e regard to the number of Churches into which RoLaachy. Come Christian was at first divided, which were
25. wheras the heavenly Jerusalem hath but 12
principall' Paftors, which are the 12 Apostles. '- VI. In the number of the Gates of Rome, which
were 27. wheras Jerusalem hath but 12. VII,
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