In this Puritan treatise, Thomas Vincent shows that Christ will most suddenly and certainly appear to judge those who have not submitted to the rule of Christ as Lord. This entire treatise is based on Revelation 22:16: “Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.” The book leaves no brimstone unturned as the author appeals to sinners to come to Christ in love before He comes to them in judgment.
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Thomas Vincent (1634–1678) was born in 1634 in Hertford, England. He was the second son of John Vincent and the elder brother of Nathaniel Vincent. He was educated first at Westminster School, then at Felsted School, Great Dunmow, Essex, an institution of strong Puritan convictions. In 1648 he was elected to Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1652 and a master of arts degree in 1654. Leaving Oxford, he served as chaplain to Robert Sidney, Second Earl of Leicester. In 1657, Vincent succeeded Thomas Case as rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Milk Street, London, where he remained until he was ejected for nonconformity in 1662.
Between his ejection and the Great Plague of 1665, Vincent assisted Thomas Doolittle in educating children at Doolittle’s nonconformist academy at Islington. During the plague of 1665, Vincent showed great courage and godly zeal by serving the sick left behind by the conformist ministers who fled the city.
For the last twelve years of his life, Vincent preached to a large congregation gathered at Hand Alley, off Bishopsgate Street. He was fined and probably imprisoned at least once during those years. He devoted himself extensively to educating young people. Vincent died in 1678, survived by his wife, Mary, and at least four children.