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let him that hath a mind count the number of the beast:" for if these words be taken by themselves without any: reference to other passages in the Apocalypse, they may allude to either of the two Beasts; and, at the same time, it is evident that only one can be numbered, though both equally contain 666, because both are called by precisely the same name; for it is said “Let him that hath a mind count the number of the beast,” not of the Beasts ; consequently, though it is certain that the numbered Beast is the Latin empire; it is impossible from the mere name to say whether it is the Latin empire secular or spiritual. Hence the ne. cessity of determining which of the two Beasts God has computed. That it is the second Beast which is numbered is evident from three different passages in the Apocalypse. The first is in Rev. xiii. 17. where it is said " that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Here the name of the Beast is mentioned before the number of his name, which is a presumptive evidence that the name of the Beast refers to the first Beast, and the number of his name to the second. The second passage is in Rev. xv. 2. where mention is made of “them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name.” That, here styled The Beast, is evidently the secular Latin "empire ; for it was to this that the two-horned Beast made an image; consequently, there can be no doubt that “ the number of his name," or the numbered Latin empire, is the two-horned Beast, or false-prophet. Besides, the saints of God are represented as getting the victory over the Beast as well as over the number of his name, which is a demonstration that two distinct Antichristian ema pires are here spoken of, for otherwise it would be tautology. It is also well known that there are only two Beasts mentioned in the Revelation ; consequently, as it has been already shewn that the one here styled The Beast; is the sécular Latin .empire, it is impossible that “the number of his name” can be any other than thë false-prophet. Again, the saints of God are said to be victorious over:“ the number of his name,” or 666; that is, over the empire represented by this number; which number is declared to be contained in the name of the Beast for which an image was made: Consequently both Beasts have the same name, the number is found by summing up the values of the letters of this name; and 666 distinguishes one Beast from the other. We have, therefore, the fullest evidence, that the numbered Beast is the spiritual Latin empire. That the two-horned Beast is the one which is numbered, is farther evident from a comparison of this passage with Rev. xix. 20. In the latter passage the words are “ And the beast was taken, and with him the false-prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he de-. ceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with
brimstone.” Here nothing is said of the “ number of his name,” which is so particularly mentioned in Rev. xv, 2. And in Rev: xv. 2. nothing is mentioned of the false-prophet; the reason of which can only be that what is termed in one passage
the number of his name”, is in its parallel one called "the false-prophet:” Hence the two-horned Beast or false-prophet is also designated by the phrase “the number of his name," and, consequently, it is this Beast which is numbered. But what adds the last degree of certainty to this question is the passage in Rev. xii. 18. which immediately follows, the one which is now under consideration. “Here is wisdom: let him that hath a mind count the number of the Beast; for it is the number of a man : and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Here is a key by which the sacred mystery can alone be unlocked; wherefore' “ let. him that hath a mind count the number of the beast;" let a kingdom be found out which contains the precise number of 666 ; for this must be infallibly the name of the Beast. “H Aation Busineid, The Latin kingdom, has this number. But both Beasts are called by this name: which is, therefore, the one that is numbered? The text says, “ the number of the beast - is the number of a man ;' Consequently, the numbered Beast must be À MAN; that is to say, it must be represented elsewhere in the Revelation under this emblem, for in no other sense can an empire be denominated a man; therefore it is not the ten-horned Beast, for
this is uniformly styled The Beast in every part of the Apocalypse where there has been occasion to mention this power. It can, therefore, be no other than the two-horned Beast, or Romish hierarchy, which is likewise named THE FALSE-PROPHET. *
* See Rev. xvi. 13. xix. 20. and xx. 10.
Explanation of Danielis vision of the Ram and
AS in the preceding part of this work the twelfth, seventeenth, and thirteenth chapters of the Revelation have been considered at full length, and shewn to contain a prophecy of the various events that would take place in the Latin world, or western wing of the great Roman empire, it will be highly proper in this place to consider the predictions concerning the remaining part of the Roman world. That the eighth chapter of Daniel is a prophetic account of the Greek empire and Greek church will fully appear in the sequel.
“In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw in a vision ; (and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam;) and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns : and the two horns