« ZurückWeiter »
THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST—666.
(To the Editor of the Penny Operative.) Sir,-Now that Romanism is exerting all 3rd name. Paul V., God's Vicar, a its energies to gain its lost ascendancy, any- name recognised by the Pope, when so adthing on the subject must be productive of dressed by Bellarmine. lively interest.
4th name. Silvester Secundus—the Pope In the Apocalypse (chap. xiii., v. 18) we who first commenced the Crusades. read, “ Let him that hath understanding 5th name. Lateinos—the Greek word for count the number of the beast, for it is the Latin, the name borne by the corrupt number of a man; and his number is six Western church, and the language in which hundred threescore and six.” Let us look her superstitious and idolatrous services are for a moment at the names taken by the performed. Popes, and we shall arrive at an extraordi- 6th name. E Latine Basileia—the Greek nary result.
for Latin or Italian kingdom, which is the ist name. Vicar General of God upon Pope's territory, the seat of the beast. Earth-a name assumed by Pope Innocent 7th name. Benediktos--the Greek name III., who established the Inquisition, and for the Pope who generalized the monastic originated the crusade against heretics. life.
2nd name. Vicar of the Son of God—a 8th name. Romiith-the Hebrew word for name taken by several Popes,-Clements, Roman, in which Papists glory, as the disMartins, Bonifaces, and Juliuses, and in- tinctive name of that constitution they call a scribed over the doors of the Vatican. church, every soul out of which is cursed.
VI CARIVS FI L II D EI
BE N E Di k t 0 8
200 6 40 10 10 400 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 666 Many other names of Popes, &c., in He- her forehead was a name written, Mystery, brew, Greek and Latin, are coincident in Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, making out the number 666 ; and it is fur- and Abominations of the Earth.” ther remarkable, that until the time of the
I have the honour to be, Sir, Reformers the word “ mystery," mysterium, was inscribed upon the Pope's mitre, accord
Yours very respectfully, ing to the words of Scripture, “ And upon
A. V. A.
drink to refresh thee; if thou be sick, it is
a present remedy; if thou be weak, it is a God hath appointed good means to lead staff to lean unto; if thine enemy assault men to knowledge : he hath caused the thee, it is a sword to fight withal; if thou Scriptures to be written for our learning ; be in darkness, it is a lantern to guide thy without the knowledge whereof neither can feet; if thou be doubtful of the way, it is a kings bear rule, neither subjects obey and bright shining star to direct thee; if thou live in order as they should. Wherefore be in displeasure with God, it is the message Joshua was commanded not to lay aside the of reconciliation ; if thou study to save thy volume of the law at any time, night or day; soul, receive the word ingrafted, for that is the prophet David made it his continual able to do it. It is the word of life: whoso study; the wisest governors of Israel would not loveth salvation will love this word—love to enterprise any matter of weight till they had read it-love to hear it ; and such as will turned the leaves of this book, thence to neither read nor hear it, Christ saith plainly take advice for their better direction. This they are not of God. For the spouse gladly most precious jewel is to be preferred be- heareth the voice of the bridegroom; and fore all treasure. If thou be hungry, it is “my sheep, hear my voice," saith the meat to satisfy thee; if thou be thirsty, it is Prince of pastors.— Archbishop Sandys.
ELIZABETH was indirectly requested at her “Nor were they ashamed to confess, that we coronation to countenance a translation, the forced them to translate the Scriptures into Bible being presented to her in her proces- English against their wills." --- Preface by sion, which she accepted with great appear- King James's Translators. ance of gratitude and veneration; and the bishops were soon afterwards appointed to prepare a translation.
ON THE AGENCY EMPLOYED FOR * In 1560 the whole Bible, in quarto, was printed at Geneva, by Rowland Harte; some
THE OVERTHROW OF of the English refugees continuing in that
THE TRUTH. city solely for this purpose. An act of parliament was passed in Eng
AN ESSAY. land for a translation of the Bible into BY MR. R. H. BINDEN. Welch, of which the New Testament was printed in 1567; the whole Bible appeared from the earliest ages of the world's hisin 1588. In 1568 Archbishop Parker's tory, we find the existence of two opposing English translation appeared : this is called powers :-the one of God and the other of the Bishop's Bible.
Satan. The divine intentions of Almighty The Roman Catholic Rhemish Testament God, as he has revealed them in his holy was published in 1582. Their Douay Old word, the oracles of sacred and eternal truth, Testament appeared in two quarto volumes, are those of love, mercy, peace, goodness, the former in 1609, and the other in 1610. faithfulness, and truth, towards mankind.
The designs of Satan are of an opposite The Nazarenes sought his death, together character. He maketh war with God and with the Jews, but they failed in their purhis people, who constitute his church. Love pose, until all things were accomplished is a stranger to him: hatred, wrath, malice, which were written of Jesus. The agency bitterness, and falsehood, are his great dis- of Satan seemed for a time to prevail in the tinguishing marks. His throne is evil-his death of Christ; but by the overruling prokingdom darkness—and his end eternal per- vidence of God, the very triumph of Satan dition.
and his agents was turned as a sword to their Being without God, who is the author and own destruction, and a means of eternal salgiver of strength, he is of himself powerless yation to those that obey the truth. and weak. Having been conquered, cast - Since the personal ministry of the great down, and subdued, he cannot thwart or Redeemer on earth, Satan's agency has still overthrow the divine and gracious intentions been employed for the purposes he has in of God: but to effect his object, and carry view, and so often failed to accomplish. It out his devices, he seeks an agency for that will be our wisdom-if we feel an interest in purpose, the best adapted for the end, and his work of salvation,-his one perfect satisthat the most sure of success. This is ob- faction for sin, and his glorious triumph served in the first effort he made for the over the agency of Satan by his death,--his overthrow of God's truth in the minds of resurrection from the grave, for the justifiour first parents. Had he fully manifested cation of those who believe in him and the himself and his designs to them, they would gift of his spirit for the sanctification of his have been better prepared to resist him and people who are his body—to ascertain clearly his temptation : but he chose the agency of what have been, and are now, the agencies he the serpent to deceive the woman, and the has, and does now employ, and who are his agency of the woman to deceive the man; agents that he employs for the overthrow of and the sequel shews with what success the truth of God, as revealed in the sacred
If history is traced, from that period up scriptures, and by his spirit to the hearts of to the present time, it will be seen that his people. there always was an agency actively em- After the death of Jesus, his resurrection, ployed for the frustration of God's work and and ascension into heaven, the apostles man's temporal and eternal salvation. faithfully preached his gospel to all people;
The patriarch Job felt this sorely. The experiencing the fulfilment of the promise agents who were employed to overthrow his of Christ, that he would not leave them, but faith in God, were not his enemies, but his remain with them, and all faithful preachers friends, and his wife, who frequently required of his word, unto the ends of the world (and him to “curse God and die," so that Satan to none other); working with them, giving might triumph.
them power, and confirming their faithful “Israel was tempted in the desert, and preaching with signs and wonders ; so that overthrown in the wilderness,” for yielding the church (or believers in Jesus) multiplied to the agency employed against themselves daily. Against this church and people, and their faith in God's truth: false pro- every agency was at work that Satan could phets rose in Israel, and agents, like Jere- devise. boam, who caused them to sin.
The agency of persecution was employed The agency employed against our great to a fearful extent: the believers were worRedeemer himself, was frequent and of long ried like wild beasts; their lives were sacri. duration. Satan tried all the strength he ficed to the fury of the agents who carried could command to obtain the obedience of out this agency: driven from their homes, Jesus to his desires on the mount and on they worshipped God with a pure conscience the temple, and was completely discomfited. in caves and in the desert; but notwithHaving failed himself, he henceforth em- standing every agency of evil, and the mulployed agents to perform his purposes. titude of agents so employed, the number
These agents were often the Pharisees, of believers increased, and God's truth ra. Sadducees, priests, and people ; and more pidly spread, wherever the church by perse, frequently the Apostles themselves : hence cution had been driven. The blood of the the reproof of the Saviour to Peter, whom he martyrs proved the seed of the church. called Satan, with a desire that the secret The adversary of the truth of God, having and invisible designer should get behind found that all the efforts of his agents were him, as that which savoured not of the unavailing, ceased the agency of outward things of God. The work of the death of violence, and now employed an agency and Christ was left for an Apostle—the Judas! agents of a different form and character.
Having tried outward force, he now had re- The first agent for the supremacy was course to corrupting the simplicity of the John, Patriarch (as was called) of Constangospel of Christ, -by introducing paganism tinople, Bishop of the Eastern or Greek into christianity, — rites and ceremonies, church. His assumption was denounced by instead of the preached Gospel,by stirring Gregory, the Bishop of the Western or up a spirit of pride among the clergy and Romish church, as the forerunner or agent ministers, instigating them to exalt and lift of Antichrist, up themselves, the sacraments and ob- This subject having been once mooted, the servances of the sanctuary, to the eclip- successor of Gregory of the Roman church sing from the sinner's view the Saviour of sought to gratify his ambition and pride by the world; well knowing that if the simpli- taking to himself the title denounced by city of the gospel could be mystified, the his predecessor Gregory; and by the aid of people's hearts would then be divided, and the murderer, Emperor Phocas, obtained so Ġod robbed of his worship, and the sin- the supremacy, and was declared by Rome ner of his salvation.
as head of the church and universal bishop. Against this agency and those agents, the From this time it is manifest that the apostles, in their writings, forewarned the church of Rome did virtually cast off her church ;-the mystery of iniquity, as they allegiance to Christ, the Head of the church called it, then beginning to develope itself, (Col. i. 18), the universal Shepherd and and the workers of iniquity, as they termed Bishop of souls (1 Peter, ii. 25), by giving the agents, were even at that time lying in her bishop (now called Pope or Holy Fawait to deceive; who should bring in dam- ther) the pre-eminence. nable errors and doctrines of devils. Agents Satan's agency and agents having been were very easily found in the church even to successful at this period in establishing a personate the Saviour, the Holy Ghost (as system, from the christian church, diametriMontanus), and true prophets. The clergy cally opposed to christianity; having the was exalted in the place of God: they were form or appearance of a branch of Christ's called his vicars, or substitutes, vicegerents, church-being only in reality a synagogue patriarchs, &c. &c.; and indeed as though of Satan, a refuge of lies, and destined to be they were a superior class of men, to whom the abode of every unclean thing,-having homage and obedience were due, kings ho- now a head of its own, it cast off Christ ;noured them by bowing the head—the peo- having now oral tradition of its own, it ple sang hosannas to them, and their seat in throws aside as a useless thing the written the church was called the lofty throne-their revelation of God; having now merits of orders multiplied--ascetics were venerated its own, it has no need of the merits of as the elect of the elect of God-monasti- Christ; having a sacrifice of its own, it cism was introduced, and passed as a life of rejects the one perfect sacrifice of Christ ;merit and virtuem pilgrimages to a distance having many mediators of its own, it were undertaken to ensure eternal salvation, refuses to seek the one only Mediator beand superstition increased, while piety de- tween God and man, Christ Jesus ;-having creased—the use of lamps, incense, images, a clergy who it declares can absolve from pictures, divers washings of the hands and sin, it needs not the sanctification and parface, and reliques were very early brought into don by the Spirit of God ;-having an imathe church, and continued to multiply rather ginary place for souls of its own, it declares than decrease, appearing to have the sanc- its independence of the mansions in the tion of antiquity. The clergy being proud, kingdom of Christ ;-and having the Mother the people superstitious, and the practice of of the Creator as its patroness, it refuses to most of them being contrary to the letter receive the entire sanction, presence, and and spirit of the gospel, clearly indicates guidance of God, the Creator, Redeemer, that their preaching was in accordance with and Sanctifier of his people. Hence we now their living; and their writings being in ac- perceive the establishment of an opposing cordance with their preaching and practice, system to the church of God. Popery against could not and are not a safe or sure guide the truth - falsehood and a lying system to those seeking the truth of God.
of divination, against the eternal word and As this corrupting agency, and agents of revelation of God. The one the mystery of corrupt minds, was rapidly gaining strength iniquity, and the other the church of the in the church, so agents were being prepared Redeemer which he has purchased with his in the Eastern and Western churches, to own blood. aspire to and assume the office of universal head of the church, or universal bishop.
(To be continued.)
it (query might not such a contraction of Sunday's Well, Cork. muscles be the effect of kneeling for a long Nov. 23rd, 1842.
time on a marble floor?) Her sufferings SIR, -As a constant reader of your little
were so great that she left the convent and Magazine, I take the liberty of sending
returned home to Nice, where her cries filled a few lines on what appears to me a subject
the adjoining space, as report goes (I never of importance. I perceived in the number
heard them). The best medical advice was for November that a “ Protestant Con
called in, but to no effect; homeopathy was ference” is recommended to be held by the
tried to a great extent and no ease procured ; Branch Society. As a member of our Ope
the knee began to swell,- at last one of her rative Association here, I had the honour
dear friends, a German governess, I think, of proposing a similar plan here a short time?
recommended a neuvaine to some saint who before I saw it in your paper. My object
chient is just canonised (and report states that a in writing now is to mention that the follow
piece of his shirt was brought to her, and ing question has been discussed and is not she rolled it up and swallowed it); however yet concluded :-" Which is it better to as
as soon as the neuvaine was ended the goseek, the withdrawal of the grant from the
verness came and ordered her to rise and College of Maynooth, or an investigation
walk, on which she rose and walked, and was into its doctrines and operations ?" And restored to the use of her limb completely as as petitions to Parliament will shortly be ever; Such is the story. proposed on the Maynooth Grant, I think
I heard lately of the fate of a Bible which so important a question might be discussed
had been smuggled into Nice. A lady on at some Conferences at your side of the leaving Nice gave a French Bible to her water, previous to the adoption of petitions
6 notitione temme-de-chambre. The femme-de-chamon the subject. For my own part, I am for
bre went to the landlady of a lodging house a petition for the withdrawal, considering
next door, and told her she had a Bible, but that the oaths taken by Protestant M.P's that she must burn it, as she had no desire and the language used in the Articles and to go to prison for it. “ Well,” said the Homilies of the Church, which are part of
landlady, “let me have a look at it first."the “ law of the land," justify us—to say
She did so, and read a great part of it, and nothing of God's word-in demanding that
then they burned it. Perhaps the ashes of no state support be given to the Church of
f that Bible may rise up to do a more effecRome.
tual work than it ever did while it was whole If through the press you would start the
and unhurt. She does not forget that she subject, it may be taken up, and good arise
has burnt the word of God. Perhaps she from its publication.
may be induced to treat the next that comes I trust you will excuse me for this com
in her way differently, should God in his munication, and believe me,
long-suffering let her have another opportuYour obedient Servant,
nity of reading one. And a Member of the Cork
The government punish both giver and Protestant Operative Association,
receiver of Bibles, but most severely the EDWARD HARPER.
receiver. Observe how cunning their policy. The Editor of the
Let us pray for this poor benighted people, Penny Protestant Operative.
chained down to ignorance by the iron arm of bigotry, backed by despotic power: God
can cause His light to shine here as well as Nice, Piedmont, elsewhere, perhaps his time is already nearly
Dec. 2nd, 1842. come. Let us pray Him to hasten it. To the Editor of the Penny Operative.
I remain, Mr. Editor, Mr. Editor, I do not know whether you
Most truly yours, have received news of the miracle performed
R. O. P. E. at Nice lately; it was copied into two or three Paris newspapers—it is something as follows. The daughter of the present Ğo
CABINET. vernor of Nice, Madlle. de Maistre by name, went into a convent in Turin, where the bad In the worst of times there is still more treatment and hard work she had to undergo cause to cor
she had to undergo cause to complain of an evil and corrupt as an expiation of her sins, brought on a sort heart, than of an evil and corrupt world. of disease in her knee (rheumatic I suppose), F which contracted it till her heel was embeded in her thigh and she could not unbend sistance.
* Nine days prayers to a saint to implore his as