“Neither the backwash of sin’s bitter aftertaste nor the firstfruits of its lethal harvest can soften hearts of stone. Only God’s Spirit, applying the gospel of grace, can turn stony hearts into hearts of tender flesh, but the bowls show us a moment in time when the Spirit’s gentle and irresistible wooing is complete, the Son’s sheep have been gathered, and the Father’s patience has waited long enough.” (Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 239).
“It is not just Rome or some later great capital of evil that is decimated but all the world’s cultural, political, economic, and sociological centers. They fall because they are part of the Babylonian world system.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 843).
Quotes use in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.