Now Available: Time and the End of Time – John Fox

Time and the End of Time


John Fox

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Publisher’s Preface

Little is known about the author of this small volume. He is often confused with John Foxe, the famous author of the Acts and Monuments (known commonly as The Book of Martyrs), yet the preacher of the following discourse lived in a subsequent era of English history.

This latter Fox received a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge in 1624. During the Puritan commonwealth, he was a vicar at Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire. After the Great Ejection in 1662, Fox became pastor of a Nonconformist congregation at Nailsworth.

In 1665, England was struck by a rampant plague, followed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. The death toll was staggering, and the events left sobering impressions on the population generally, as well as faithful pastors such as Fox. His sermons ring with the urgency of a watchman who sees death approaching as the common lot of sinful mankind. Thus it behooves us all to contemplate the tremendous value of time that we might heed the apostolic admonition to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16)—for “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).

This reprint of the sermons is based on an early edition, issued around 1670. May this small volume prompt readers to “number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).