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we have seen established under the first article, is the impress of that name of the beast which is so enigmatically propounded to us. Therefore the name of the beast, agreeably to the proposition which constitutes our second article, is the name of blasphemy which was imprinted upon each of his seven heads.

We have seen, by our first article, that the name, of which we are in quest, is not the gentile or proper name of the beast, but a name that describes the peculiar nature of his religion. Now this name is, by our second article, determined to be the name of blasphemy. Therefore the name of blasphemy describes the peculiar nature of the beast's religion. But, even in the ordinary language of the Gospels, no less than in the prophetic language of the Apocalypse, blasphemy denotes apostasy" The name, therefore, of blasphemy is the name of apostasy: and, consequently, the name of apostasy describes the peculiar nature of the beast's religion.

Accordingly, apostasy is the appellation prophetically bestowed upon it by St. Paul: and he further teaches us, that the apostasy, which he predicted, should mainly consist in a revival of the old pagan worship of demons or of illustrious men canonised after their death

The name, then, of the beast, being the name of blasphemy or apostasy, must be a name descriptive of the apostatic worship foretold by St. Paul. Yet, while the name must eminently describe this precise apostatic worship, it must not describe it erclusively. The name of blasphemy is impressed upon etery one of the beast's seren heads. But five of those heads, having been always strictly pagan, Dever apostatised from pure Christianity in the manner foretold by St. Paul. Therefore the blasphery of those five heads must differ from the blasphemy of the other two heads in not being an apostasy from Christianity. Yet, as the same name equally describes the blasphemy of all the seven successive heads, the blasphemy of the five, no less than the blasphemy of the two must be an apostasy from that pure worship which alone is pleasing to God. Accordingly, the demonolatry of the ancient Romans was an apostasy from the genuine worship of primeval Patriarchism, just as the demonolatry of the modern Romans is an apostasy from the genuine worship of primitive Christianity. Nor yet are these two kindred forms of blasphemy or apostasy the only forms, which the name, impressed upon all the heads of the beast, must be viewed as indicating. Blasphemy or apostasy is a departure of any 'description from the sincere faith : hence it may greatly vary, both in kind, and in degree. But still, whatever may be the precise nature of this or that particular departure from the faith of God, the single word blasphemy or apostasy will equally describe every such departure.

1 See above book i. chap. i. & I. 14. ? 2 Thess. ii. 3. 1 Tim. iv. 1-3.

Agreeably to this view of the matter, the name of blasphemy, as impressed upon the short-lived

seventh head of the beast, sets forth, not only a demonolatrous apostasy, but likewise an infidel apostasy, from Christianity : just as the name of blasphemy, impressed upon the long-lived first head, sets forth, not only a modern demonolatrous apostasy from Christianity, but likewise an ancient demonolatrous apostasy from Patriarchism. . Yet the single name of blasphemy was impressed upon

all the seven heads: because, under one modification or another, all the seven heads were apostatic in regard to sincere religion. Such being the case, the name of the beast, or the name of blasphemy, must be a name generally descriptive of apostasy from the faith of God: and, as the Apostle wrote in Greek the ordinary language of the New Testament, the most natural presumption is, that the name in question must be sought in the Greek language.

Hence we may conclude, that the name of the beast, or the name expressive of blasphemy, must be some such Greek word as is equivalent in English to THE BLASPHEMER or THE APOSTATE. | 3. The name of the beast comprehends the number of the beast : and that number is declared to be 666.

From the second article we learned, that the descriptive name of the beast must be some Greek word, which denotes the blasphemer or the apostate : we now additionally learn from the third article, that the number 666 is the number produced by the arithmetical letters which compose the

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precise number 666'. Hence, provided only it can be made to correspond with the test which will

1 The word, when written 'Amosarns, produces, by its arithmetical letters, the exact sum of 666 : but, when written 'ATOOtárns, it produces the much larger sum of 1160.

It may be useful to notice, somewhat more at large, the remarkable circumstance, in the computation of the arith metical letters of the Greek word A postatès, which is bere referred to.

I. The prophet tells us, that to calculate the number of the beast requires a certain measure of wisdom or understanding.

This expression, though it has been but little attended to, is a singular one. We might, in the abstract, rather imagine, that wisdom would be required to discover the name itself, than merely to sum up its arithmetical letters when it should have been discovered: but St. John remarkably assures us, that the very calculation of the letters themselves, even after the discovery of the name upon those legitimate and fixed principles of development which he has so carefully laid down, would be an exercise of wisdom or understanding. Yet such we actually find to be the case in the arithmetical computation of the Greek word αποστάτης. .

1. If we take its amount, letter by letter, when it is written uncontractedly droorárns, it produces, not the number 666, but the number 1160. Hence, even after the true name had been discovered, it might easily have been thrown aside, as not answering to the numerical test, simply from a want of what the Apostle calls wisdom in computation.

2. But the two Greek letters sigma and tau, which separately express no less a number than 500, when combined together in the cypher or contraction s, express only the small number 6. This being the case, when the word is written with the cypher or contraction, instead of being written with the two successive letters each in a separate form, the exact number 666 will be produced. Thus únosárns is numerically equal to 666; while

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