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as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Verse 16. " And he causeth all, both small and great,
poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead.
" And that no man might buy or fell, fave he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Verse 18. " Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is fix hundred three score and six.”
In Gibbons history, we read, that Clovis, the king of the Franks, the narrow limits of whose kingdom were confined to the Island of the Batavians, with the ancient dioceses of Tournay and Arras, conquered three kings, viz. * Syagrius, the King of the Alemanni, and Gundobald.
This agrees with the Prophecy of Daniel — "And he shall subdue three kings;" also with ver. II, “ And I beheld another beast coming up.” It is very remarkable that the extent of the dominions of the successors of Clovis, at the time the king* Gib. Vol. vi. p. 312, 315, 328.
dom was declared independent of the Roman Empire, in A. D. 536, was nearly the same as the dominions now subject to the Government of France. The original Government was Monarchical, out of which sprung two others, corresponding with Verse II, « And he had two horns,” viz.
« The lamb and the dragon.” The latter reprefents the evils committed in the different stages during the two æras. The former is an emblem of their professions that all their actions were for the happiness of mankind.
The mode of government adopted on the late Revolution in France, bears, certainly, a very striking likeness to that of Rome, at the period hereafter mentioned. The French have besides endeavoured to establish the same system universally. And moreover have fulfilled the prophecy in chap.
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xi. v. 7, by killing the witnesses: and the words of Daniel, in chap. vii, v. 25, “ And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the Saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: And they shall be given into his hand, until a time, and times, and the dividing of time.” And after committing the above atrocities, they formed a New Calendar, and have been for some time endeavouring to form a Constitution. Now to the declaration of Our Saviour in Matthew, chap. xxiv. verse 15, therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy Place.” which may be said to be fulfilled by the clamours of the French people, viz. *No more altars ! no more priests ! no other God but the Godof Nature !!! and by their request to the Convention that the church of Notre Dame be changed into a temple consecrated to reason and truth: and moreover by a grand † festival dedicated to Reason and Truth which was celebrated at the ci-devant cathedral at Paris. In the middle of this church was erected a mount, and on it a very plain temple, the facade of which bore the following inscription : “ A la Philosophie.” The torch of truth
* Talma. p: 152. O&tober 16, 1793. P. 157.
was on the summit of the mount, upon the altar of reason, spreading light. The Convention and all the constituted authorities affifted at the ceremony.
The number 666 is given, that we may be enabled to find out ift. The name of the empire. 2dly, The constitution of that empire, the image of which was to be adopted by the beast; and 3dly The name of the Empire in which this event was to take place. We shall therefore take Lateinos [Greek] the name of a man, who was king of the Latins, and from whom the founder of Rome was descended, which will give us 666 ; and the government of Rome from Romulus to its capture by the rebel Marius, A. R. 666; and we shall take Chlodovecbus or Chlodoveus, by flinging away the cht and read it Ludovicus, (the true latin) for Lewis.
+ Gib. Vol. 6, p. 310, For the ch. expreffes only the German aspiration; and the true name is not different from Luduin, or Lewis. (Mem de l'Acadamie des Inscriptions.
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