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.
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CAP. 25. That the number 25 is remarkable in divers things pertaining to S. Peters Church in Rome. Of the measures of S. Peters Altar, and the Characters imprinted upon it, and other Popish Altars.

I Come now to their Altars, and first to that Sanctum Sanctorum, that great and high Altar in S. Petersa Church at Rome, of which Altar and Church divers things are written very remarkably by divers authors: upon the top and high Terrace of this Church, as Angelus Rocca witnesseth, is placed upon a guilded Globe of brasse, a guilded Crosse of b 25 hand-breadths in heigth. In the forepart of this Church are 5 Gates, which are commonly used, and one other Gate called Portasancta, which stands open only one yeare in c 25, and the twenty fifth yeare being ended, it is againe shut by the Pope. In this Church (as also in the

Page  173a Church of S. Mary the greater) have been a∣bout 25 Altars as bOnuphrius particularly recites them, besides the great Altar or Sepulcher of S. Peter, which is, as it were, their Sanctum San∣ctorum, upon which no man may celebrate Masse but the Pope onely. This is that before which the Roman Emperours have prostrated themselves and their Crownes, and this is that Sepulcher which (although it be not so) the Popes of Rome doe account and esteeme to be the Altar of Christ, as cOnuphrius makes Saint Augustine and S. Hierome to witnesse. This Al∣tar or Sepulcher is made foure square of a per∣fect Page  174 Cubicall figure; the length, breadth, & the heighth of it are equall; the measure of every side or area of this Altar is precisely 25 foot of square measure, as the words both of aBaronius & Onuphrius doe testifie to all those that know what superficiall or square measure is.

But the number 25 is most remarkably im∣printed upon all their Altars, because Christs 5 wounds, as they call them, are in five severall places ingraved upon the top of every Altar; which their multiplying of our Saviours wounds from 5 to 25, what it may signifie, ei∣ther in their intention, or beyond their intenti∣on (either that they offer up Christ many times whom the Iewes crucified but once, or that their apostacie hath given him more wounds then the Jewes cruelty) it is not materiall to in∣quire;* but certaine it is, that usually and ordina∣rily, there are precisely 25 prints, markes, dents, or Characters ingraved upon all their Altars. And that the square measures of S. Peter his Se∣pulcher or Altar above mentioned, & the man∣ner how their Altars are characterized with the number twenty five, may be more plainely understood, let this figure following be con∣sidered.

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That the nū∣ber 25 should be remarkable in respect of their Altars is so much the more to be ob∣served, be∣cause the nū∣ber 12 is ap∣plicable to certaine Al∣tars mentio∣ned in the Scriptures; as 1. Kings c. 18. v. 31. Ezekiel c. 43. v. 16.