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mulus; and was the first founder of Rome, either real or fictitous. Hence the ancient Romans were called Latins; and their language was denominated Latin. And this has been the noted appellation, by which the inhabitants of the south west of Europe have been known in the east, the Latins; particularly the Italians, French and Spaniards, have been so denominated. And the Papal Church is there known by the appellation of the Latin Church. And in this Church every thing indeed is latinized; mass, prayers, hymns, litanies, canons, decretals, Papal bulls, all have been in Latin. This was an essential point in their code. The results of the Papal councils, as well as all their proceedings, must be in this language. And in no other language might their scriptures be read.
And the name Lateinos contains the number 666, thus:
666 Also the Hebrew word Rumiit, which denoted the same Roman power, contains the same number 666 thus:
666 Thus the Latin Church, the Roman power, is shown to be that second Beast, in Rev, xïïi, il—; the num. ber of his name being found in the numerals, which
form Lateinos, in the Greek language, in which the New Testament was written; and also in the numerals, which form the word Rumiit, denoting the Roman nation, in the Hebrew, in which the Old Testament was written.
And with respect to the number of the Beast, the au. thor by the name of Stephens, before mentioned in Pool, has attempted to show, that A. D. 606, when the bishop of Rome was constituted universal bishop, was, according to the chronology in Daniel, the year 666; or was the year 666 from the time when the Ro. mans first captivated the people of God in Judea. This he states to have been, when Cicero and Antonius were consuls, 60 years before Christ. These 60 years ad. ded to A. D. 606, makes 666. The number of the Beast then, according to this author, is the number of years, from the time that the Church fell into the hands of the Romans, till that Beast arose A. D. 606. This may give the true solution. But I am not confi. dent of it. There is much enigma or darkness attend. ing this part of the subject, even while some informa. tion God has graciously given concerning it. It hence becomes man to be very cautious, and modest in his inquiries.
I conceive it to be very possible, after all, that the old opinion, of the Millennium's commencing about the year 2000, may prove correct.
Let the following scheme be examined.
The number of the Beast, 666, means the year of the Christian era 666;—the number of man;--the reckoning of time in Christendom. This mode of reckoning was so far unknown, when John had his vision, that it was sufficiently enigmatical for the language of prophecy. If the year 666 of the Christian era be the first year of the Papal Beast, and of course the commencement of the noted 1260 years of the wilderness state of the Church, then we are brought, by the addition of these two numbers, to A. D. 1925, for the battle of that great day of God. And the two additional numbers of 30 and 45, (making 75,) in the last chapter of Daniel, bring to the close of A. D. 2000 for the full rising of the millennial sun.
In this last chapter, Daniel was notified of the 1260 years of the depressed state of the church. He pleads for a further understanding relative to the end of that term. But he was informed, that "the words were closed up, and sealed, till the time of the end.” Some tokens of the arrival of that time of the end, are, however, ascertained to Daniel. "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
And "many shall be purified, and made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." These are noted, as striking tokens of that period, called the time of the end; till which time, the true sense of the words was sealed. The tokens given of the time of the end, were these;-a signal flight of missionaries; an increase of Christian light; the signal purifying of many; the trying of good people; and the peculiar perverseness and blindness of the wicked. It is added; “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination, that maketh desolate, set up, there shall be a thousand, two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." Here we find two numbers added to the first 1260 years, in verse 7, concerning which Daniel inquired; viz. 30 years, and 45 years. The events of these two additional periods, are not expressed. But it is implied, that they shall be signal and interesting. The commencement of these numbers, 1290, and 1335 years, must be the same with that of the 1260 years in verse 7. For this is the number, concerning which the inquiry, and the remarks were made. The commencement of these long periods is said to be, when the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate is set up. This cannot be the same with the taking away of the daily sacrifice, and the setting up of the desolaring abomination, by Antinchus, Dan. xi, 31, u hich was 168 years before Christ. Nor can it be the san.e with the causing of the sacrifice and oblation to
cease, and the overspreading of abomination that was to make desolate, by the Romans, in Dan. ix, 27; which was 40 years after Christ. For if it were the same with either of them, the whole chronology of the events of the chapter would be confounded; and nothing could be found, in either case, to answer to the fulfil. ment. The taking away the daily sacrifice, and setting up a desolating abomination, is a noted prophetic phrase, to import a new and dreadful attack of a notorious enemy, upon the professed people of God. And the phrase in this passage, Dan. xii, 11, must relate to the commencement of the noted 1260 years; the time of the invasion of the Church by the Papal and Mohainmedan impostures; and of the flight of the Church into her wilderness state. Hence the 1290 years must re. late to some signal additional event, 30 years after the battle of that great day of God, at the close of the 1260 years;—perhaps the gathering in of the remnant of the Jews and of Israel, who will not have been gath. ered before the battle of the great day; (Isa. xliii, 6.) And the following number of 1335 years, (giving another addition of 45 years,) may relate to the coming in of the fulness of the Gentile nations, that are to come in, after the full restoration of the Jews; Rom. xi, 12, 15, 25. "Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to this period.” Here he shall find the full morning sun of the Millennium, as risen upon the earth.
Now, it is curious to find, that these additional num. bers in Daniel, making 75 years, added to 1925, (the time for the battle of the great day, made by adding the 1260 years to A. D. 666,) bring to the end of the year 2000, for that period, to which "blessed is he that wait. eth and cometh." Add 1335 years to 666, allowing the last year of the latter for the first year of the former, as must be allowed, if the Beast be viewed as having risen in the year 666,) and we have 2000 years, under the Gospel, to prepare the way for the full introduction of the millennial Kingdom of Christ. This scheme affords a longer season for the accomplishment of the vast events, that must take place between this, and the Millennium. And this scheme scems well to accord with the analogy of the natural week; six days for labor; and the seventh for rest and devotion.
In favor of the preceding remarks, let the following things be also considered.
It is an old opinion, that the seventh thousand years of the world (which is the third thousand under the gospel) is to be the blessed Millennium. And that two thousand years under the gospel (or about two thousand) were to be occupied by the reign of sin. This long period appears to be divided by a number of subordinate periods; and among the rest by three signai periods and events called woes.
It would seem natural and striking, should we find the periods of these woes to accord with the three thirds of this long period, the two thousand years of the reign of sin. Let us see if this is not exactly or nearly the case. But here let it be noted, that each wo, instead of being placed at the beginning of its corresponding third of the two thousand years, is placed at or near the close of it. Let us inquire for the time of the commencement of the two first of the woes fulfilled; (as it is agreed) by the Mohammedan delusion, and ihe rise and ravages of the Turks. When inay the first of these be said to have commenced? Mohammed retired to his cave, to form his system of delusion, A. D. 606. In A. D. 622, he was driven from Mecca, (where he first propagated his delusion,) to Medina. Here the Mohammedan reckoning of time (the Hegira) begins. In A. D. 629, he mustered an army of 10,000 men, to propagate his religion by force. In A. D. 631 all Arabia were in subjection. In about 30 years more, all the dominions of the Greek emperor in Africa and Asia, as far as Persia, were overrun by these Saracenic locusts. A cessation of conquests then commenced, of about 50 years, in the contentions concerning the Mohammedan succession. Soon after the year 700, the western kingdoms of Europe were invaded by these armies. Spain was overrun. And an army of 400,000 men entered France. In A D. 734, Charles Martel vanquished them in battle. And in a few years they were wholly driven from France and Spain.