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. 24. A briefe and cursory recitall of some other lesse re∣markable particulars; in which the number 25 is remarkably applicable to the City, and Church of Rome.

BUT I come now to a multitude of o∣ther remarkable particulars belonging to the Papacy and Church of Rome, in which their affectatiō of this number 25 may also be observed: and these things I will reite very briefly and cursorily, because I take them to be adventitious and supernumerary, and no essentiall part of this interpretation, yet are these things for the most part answerable in some sort to such things to which the number 12 is applied in divers places of the Scriptures. As the land of Canaan was divided into 12 jurisdicti∣ons Page  167 and Divisions, which were governed by the heads of the Tribes, and did perhaps type out that division which aEzekiel fore-telleth, or that Ecclesiasticall goverment which the 12 A∣postles did exercise, not onely over the City of Hierusalem as Pastors, but also over the whole Country belonging to that City as the first Christian Bishops. So perhaps, the Antichrist of Rome, in those Kingdomes where conveniently he might, and in those times when he had ful∣lest power, hath also divided certain kingdoms, into 25 provinces or other divisions, and hath placed 25 men of note and eminency in severall Kingdomes who by their power could rule and governe others. There were heretofore 25 Ab∣bats in England, as Camden witnesseth, which had voyces in the Parliament house. And al∣though I could set down some other particulars to this purpose, concerning other Kingdoms, yet I chuse rather to leave it to those, who are better acquainted with the histories of forraign nations; who, if such observations shall be thought necessary, have better meanes and op∣portunities to search after them, then I can have. It shall be sufficient for me, onely to touch brief∣ly upon some common and obvious things in Page  168 which the number 25 is remarkablely applica∣ble to the Papists: rather to give an hint unto o∣thers, then that I doe conceive the number of those particulars which I shall here set downe, to be so much as considerable in respect of those, which may be found out hereafter.

In the first place their affectation of the num∣ber 25, is remarkable in respect of the num∣ber of their Monks, Friers, and singing Masse-Priests in divers of their Abbies, Priories, Mo∣nasteries, and other their societies and cor∣porations: and because there are no others in the Romish Clergie more fitly answerable to those singers mentioneed in the 25 chapter of the first book of Chronicles, then these Monkes and Friers, therefore it is so much the more observable, that the number 25 should be re∣markable in respect of these, as the number 12 appeares to be in that Chapter, in respect of those. The book called Bibliotheca Cluniacen∣sis, in which are recited the Abbies, Priories, and Deaneries belonging to that Order, te∣stifieth, that in all those societies, where there is any setled number of Monks and Friars, there is none so frequent, & remarkable as the num∣ber 25, as by these particulars gathered out of Page  169 this one book onely may appeare.

    De Provincia Lugdunensi.
  • Prioratus de Gigniaco Lug. Dioecesis ubi per defini∣tionem factam anno 1266 Monachi fuerunt re∣ducti ad numerum 25.
  • Decanatus de Paredo Eduensis Dioecesis ubi debent esse—25 Monachi, Priore non computato, & notandum est per literas benae memoriae DominI Bertrandi Abbatis Cluniacensis quòd debent esse 25 Monachi in hoc Decanatu. pag. 1706.
  • Prioratus Naluaci Lug. Dioec. ubi debent esse—25 Monachi. ibid.
  • Prioratus Sancti Marcelli Cabilenensis Dioec: ubi debent esse—25 Monachi. pag. 1706.
    De Provincia Franciae.These in some sort are to those orders menti¦oned, 1. Chron cap. 25. verses 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
  • Decanatus Sancti Petri de Lehuno in sanguineter∣so Ambianensis Dioec: ubi debent esse Decano computato—25 Monachi. p. 1712.
  • Prioratus Sancti Lupi Bellonacensis Dioec: ubi de∣bent esse Priore non computato—25 Monachi. ibidem.
  • Prioratus Monalium Sancti Ʋictoris LeodiceNsis Dioec: ubi debent esse—25 Moniales. p. 1716.
  • Prioratus S. S Petri & Pauli de Raallo Meldensis Dioec: ubi debent esse—25 Monachi. p. 1717.
  • Prioratus de Arenthona in Anglia ubi debent esse 25 Monachi▪ p. 1719.
  • Page  170Prioratus beatae Mariae de Gernago Parisiensis Dioec: ubi debent esse—25 Monachi.
  • Prioratus Sanctae Crucis de Volta, Sancti Flori Dioec: ubi debent esse—25 Monachi. p. 1737.
  • Prioratus Sancti Orientii Auxitanensis Dioec: in quosunt de praesenti—25 Monachi. p. 1740.
    De Provinciis Angliae & Scotiae.
  • Abbatia de Passaleto Glascoensis Dioec: in qua de∣bent esse—25 Monachi. p. 1748.
  • Prioratus de Arenthona subditus Prioratui de Cha∣ritate in quo debent esse—25 Monachi. p. 1749.

To these might be added many other in Englād and elsewhere, but these are sufficient to shew, that there are not so many corporations of any one other number belonging to the Cluniacen∣sian Monkes, as by the Catalogue exhibited in this booke called Bibl. Cluniacensis. pag. 1715 plainly doth appeare. And it is very probable that he that would trouble himselfe to find out the ancient numbers of other corporations, be∣longing to other Orders, might easily make (if it were necessary) the like observation. But in∣steed of those many particulars which I might in this kinde set downe, I will mention onely the last Order of note that the Popes have ere∣cted, and this is the order of Knights of the most Page  171 glorious Ʋirgin Mary (as they call them) insti∣tuted at Rome by Paul the fifth, An. 1618. which Order, as it is a supposed, will be the most fa∣mous throughout all Christendome, and there is no other determination concerning the number of the Knights of this Order, but onely this: That of the Knights of this order, there shall alwaies remaine * Resident at Rome, in the Court of the holy Father 25, having 20 Du∣cates by the moneth, and the like number at Lo∣retto.

Next unto the numbers of these Societies & Corporations, it may be here observed, that the number 25 is also remarkable, in respect of cer∣taine Officers of great note and estimation, be∣longing to the highest Courts of justice in*Rome; of which Courts and Officers Franciscus AbrahamusaBzovius writes thus: Inter Cardina∣lestria officia sunt magni momenti, primus est Poe∣nitentiarius, huic subsunt Poenitentiarii minores aud puci, & scriptores 25. And a litle after, con∣cerning another Court, he saith, Militant circa Rotam inter alios officiarios, Abbreviatores non minus 25.