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the number to collect the name: (ver. 18.) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath underjlanding count the number the of beajl. It is not therefore a vain and ridiculous attempt to search into this mystery, but on the contrary is recommended to us upon the authority of an apostle. For it is the number of a man; it is a method of numbering practised among men; as the measure of' a man (XXI. 17.) is such a measure as men commonly make use of in measuring. It was a method practised among the ancients, to denote names by numbers; as the (9) name of Thouth or the Egyptian Mercury was signified by the number 1218; the name of Jupiter, as H Ap^« or the beginning of things, by the number 7173 and the name of the fun, as »u? good, or m the author of rain, by the number 608. St Barnabas, the companion of St. Paul, in his (1) epistle discovers in like manner the name of Jesus crucified in the number 318: and other instances might be produced, if there was occasion. It hath been the
(i) Vide S. Barnabæ Epist. I H the two first letters of the Cap. 9. Edit. Cotelerii & Cle- name, and T as the mark of rici. The name of Jesus was his cross, wrote thus abbieviated' 1 H T, . .
usual method in all Gods dispensations for the holy Spirit to accommodate his expressions to the customs, fashions, and manners of the several ages. Since then this art and mystery of numbers was so much used among the ancients, it is less wonderful that the beast also mould have his number, and bis number is Jix hundred and sixty Jix. Here only the number is specified j and from the number we must, as well as we can, collect the name. Several names possibly might be cited, which contain this number: but it is evident, that it must be some Greek or Hebrew name ; and with the name also the other qualities and properties of the beast must all agree. The name alone will not constitute an agreement* all other particulars must be perfectly applicable, and the name also must comprehend the precise number of 666. No name appears more proper and suitable than that famous one mentioned by Irenæus, who lived not long after St. John's time, and was the disciple of Polycarp, the disciple of John. He (2) faith, that 'the name Lateinos contains the number
(z) Sed et LATEINOS no- nant; fed non in hoc nos glomenhabetsexcentorurnsexagin- riabimur. Iren. Lib. 5. Cap. tasexnumerum : et valde veri- 3c. p. 449. Edit. Grabe. simile est, quoniam noviffimum (3) So Plautus Lib. VI. 26. regnum hoc habet vocabulum. Quorum virtutei bellei forti;Latini enim sunt qui nunc reg- na pepercit,
Horun. c of 666; and it is very likely, because the last 4 kingdom is so called, for they are Latins who 1 now reign: but in this we will not glory:' that is, as it becomes a modest and pious man in a point of such difficulty, he will not be too confident of his explication. Lateinos with ei is the true orthography, as the Greeks wrote the long i of the Latins, and as the Latins themselves (3) wrote in former times. No objection therefore can be drawn from the spelling of the name, and the thing agrees to admiration. For after the division of the empire, the Greeks and other orientalists called the people of the western church or church of Rome Latins: and as Dr. Henry Moore (4) expresseth it, they latam zc in every thing. Mass, prayers, hymns, litanies, canons, decretals, bulls are conceived in Latin. The papal councils speak Latin. Women themselves pray in Latin. Nor is the scripture read in any other language under popery, than Latin. Wherefore the council of Trent commanded the vulgar Latin to be the only authentic version. Nor do their doctors doubt to prefer it to the
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and there are infinite examples p. 500 &c. Missa, preces, hymbesides. ni, litaniæ, canones, decrcta,
bullæ, Latine concepts sunt, (4)More's Mystery of Iniqui- Concilia papalia LatineloquunR 4 tur. Hebrew and Greek text itself, which was written by the prophets and apostles. In short all things are Latin; the pope having communicated his language to the people under his dominion, as the mark and character of his empire. They themselves indeed choose rather to be called Romans, and more absurdly still Roman Catholics: and probably the apostle, as he hath made use of some Hebrew names in this book, as Abaddon (IX. u.) and Armageddon, (XVI. ,16.) so might in this place likewise allude to the name in the Hebrew language. Now Romiiih is the (5) Hebrew name for the Roman beajl'ox Roman kingdom: and this word, as well as the former word Lateinos; contains the iust and exact number of 666. It is really surprising that there mould be such a fatal coin^ cidence in both names in both languages. Mr. Pyle (6) asserts, and I believe he may assert very truly, that " no other word, in any lari
tnr. Ipsæ Mulierculæ prccan- arato. Dcnique sunt oninia tur L.itine. Nec alio sermone Latina; nempe Papa populis a sciipcnra legitur»sub papismo se subactis dcdit suam linguara, quamLatino. Quapropter Con- ut sui imperii notam et characciliiimTridentinum juffit so!am terera. versionem vulgatam Latinam . esse authenticam. Nec dubi- (5) W\ P.omi masc. sV'OVl tant doctores earn præferre ipsi Romiith sem. to agree with textui Hebraico et Græco, ab n»n beast or niD^E kingdom. jplis apostolis et prophetis ex
guage whatever, can be found to express both the fame number; and the fame thing."
CHAP. XIV. j A NDI looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they fung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song, but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins:
A ———— 30 "1 * 200
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N 50 n 400
2 200 "666
—— (6) See Pyle's Paraphrase.
666 p. 104.