An interpretation of the number 666 wherein, not onely the manner, how this number ought to be interpreted, is clearely proved and demonstrated : but it is also shewed [that] this number is an exquisite and perfect character, truly, exactly, and essentially describing that state of government to [which] all other notes of Antichrist doe agree : with all knowne objections solidly and fully answered [that] can be materially made against it
Potter, Francis, 1594-1678.

CHAP. 21. That as 12000 furlongs are the solid measure of a Cube, whose perimeter is equall to the compasse of the new Hierusalem: so 25000 furlongs are the solid measure of a Cube, whose perimeter is equall in compasse to the City of Rome.

THE next degree of application which remaineth yet to be proved, concernes the measures of the Circuit and com∣passe of the City of Rome: and by that which is already above said, this point is driven unto this issue, that if the Pope be Antichrist, and Rome that City in which Antichrist was chiefly to e∣rect his kingdome, then the measure of the compasse or circuit of Rome must be plùs minùs between 116 and 117 furlongs, that is, 14 miles and an halfe, and almost halfe a quarter of a mile; and certainly this measure fitteth so just∣ly, and is placed so exactly in the midst of that latitude which is admitted by diversity of the opinions of divers Writers concerning the com∣passe of this City since the Pope ruled in it, that Page  149 I doe not believe it to be possible by any one o∣ther measure, more truly to expresse it. J need not in so cleare a matter set downe many mens opinions, especially being I shall have occasion to say more of it, when I come to speak of the Figure of this City, & of the Figure of the num∣ber 666. But briefly it may be observed, what a a late Writer, in his Commentaries upon the Revelation, hath already observed out of Lipsius concerning the compasse of Rome, his words are these. I am verò Roma hodierna, seu pontificia ambitum habet non nisi 13 aut 15 milliarum, ut nô∣runt, inquit Lipsius, qui dimensi sunt. And of these two measures the same b Author supposeth 15 miles nearest unto the truth. But Georgius Brau∣nius, and FranciscuscHoggenbergius write thus. Quòd si urbem ad nostrae aetatis consuetudinem me∣tiri volemus, vix passuum millia quatuor decem omnis Romae, & I aniculae transtiberinae regionis, & Ʋa∣ticani ambitus implebit. And dOnuphrius to the same purpose in these words; Vrbis moenia aeta∣te nostrâ vix quatuor decem millibus passuum com∣plectuntur. Other Authors there are, which make the compasse of Rome to be 16 miles and more, and some that affirme it to be lesse then 13 miles: but where diversity of times, and di∣vers mens opinions have made such a diversity Page  150 of measures, I leave it to any mans judgement, whether the measure of 14 miles and an halfe, and somewhat more above mentioned, be not more probable then any of them; because it is placed (as it were) in the very middle between them. I conclude therefore that as an imagina∣ry Cube, whose solid measure is 12 thousand furlongs, is equall in compasse to that City in which Christ erected his kingdome; so an ima∣ginary Cube, whose solid measure is 25 thou∣sand furlongs, is equall in compasse to the City in which Antichrist hath erected his kingdome.