What is the purpose of the Revelation Project?

The purpose of the Revelation Project is to help young people understand and experience God’s message of love, care, and hope through the book of Revelation.

What is the central message of the book of Revelation?

Jesus is the central message of the book of Revelation, revealing a full picture of who Jesus is and how He announces the world’s future to us. Amidst wars, strange animals, beasts, dragons, chaos, and seemingly imminent global catastrophe, Jesus reigns forever and will return with all power and glory. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is not a man dying on the cross, but a King who reigns throughout eternity.

How many lessons will be available in the first launch phase?

The first twelve lessons will be available, inviting young people to dive into the journey and discover an amazing God who wants to be present in our lives and is continually inviting us to experience a real relationship with Him.

The First Twelve Lessons


The book of Revelation is centered on Jesus, revealing a full picture of who He is and how He announces the world’s future to us. The first five words of the book tell us that it’s about “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1). According to Dr. Ranko Stefanović, “the phrase ‘of Jesus Christ’ may refer to Christ as the One who reveals (“Revelation from Jesus”) or as the One who is revealed (“Revelation about Jesus Christ”)”. The book of Revelation is not about beasts and dragons; it is about Jesus, the savior of the human race.








The book of Revelation is indeed a peculiar book with strange animals, symbols, codes, and characters. This fascinating book talks about seven churches, seals, horses, trumpets, wars, armies, persecution, people crying, multitudes, beasts, and dragons. There is such varied imagery that we might lose the real reason why this book was given to us. The last book of the Bible reveals how this world’s history will end, and the winner is already seated on His throne. There is no surprise in the book of Revelation. Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end . . . the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One” (Rev. 1:8). He is in control of the past, present, and future.





The book of Revelation is centered on Jesus, revealing a full picture of who He is and how He announces the world’s future to us. The first five words of the book tell us that it’s about “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1). According to Dr. Ranko Stefanović, “the phrase ‘of Jesus Christ’ may refer to Christ as the One who reveals (“Revelation from Jesus”) or as the One who is revealed (“Revelation about Jesus Christ”)”. The book of Revelation is not about beasts and dragons; it is about Jesus, the savior of the human race.








The cross is the most important event of all time. On the cross, there is a final victory. We can’t understand; after all, we don’t see death as the ultimate goal to conquer anything. When life ceases, everything ceases with it. But at the cross, eternal life was offered to every person who ever lived. Salvation is not exclusive to one group, but is for “every tribe and language and people and nation.” It is an open invitation to every human being on the face of the earth. You may feel neglected, or at the bottom of the social chain, but Jesus—God Himself—died for you. We have not been bought with money or material things, but we belong to the One who shed His blood to save us.












The book of Revelation describes the exaltation of Jesus Christ after His ascension to heaven. He is victorious over sin, and now He is seated with His Father on His throne (Rev. 3:21). The throne concept in the Old Testament signifies God’s power over all other thrones (Pss. 93:1–2; 97:1–9; 99:1–5). In John’s day, his message reminded all Christians that they should not worship Caesar. And today, it is a command that we should take the idols down from our hearts and surrender and render worship only to the One who sits on the heavenly throne. When we understand the greatness of God, our desire for human grandeur disappears. Whatever we do and whoever we are, it is insignificant before the majesty of the Lord. When we bow down before God, our talents, position, or resources do not matter. We are all the same before Him—worshippers of the only true God (Rev. 4:11; 5:9–10).






There is only one mention in the Bible of the word Armageddon: “They gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Rev. 16:16). What is Armageddon? Is it a global war? Is it a specific place in the Middle East? Is it a final battle between the powers of darkness and the kingdom of God? How can we show the world which kingdom we support? Find out how the book of Revelation unveils the great controversy between good and evil.


















One of the fundamental messages for Christians is the second coming of Jesus Christ. The first chapter of the book of Revelation starts with this promise: “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen” (Rev. 1:7). It also ends with the same promise: “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book” (Rev. 22:7). Are you ready for His second coming? How will Jesus come back? Will it be a secret? Will a rapture occur? Did he leave signs of His second coming?





Revelation 21:4 contains one of the most beautiful promises in the Bible: that one day, “there will be no more death,” and that death will no longer be part of the human experience. Though every day we are reminded of the fragility of life, we never get used to the idea of death. The book of Revelation opens seemingly locked doors from the past to the present and to the future. We recognize that the wage of sin is death. In this study, you will find the answer to the most asked question in life: what happens during the state of death and beyond?






“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come” (Rev. 14:7). The book of Revelation teaches us that all will be judged by God. Eternal life, or eternal death, is at stake on judgment day. We may ask, how can we appear blameless before God? Or what should we do to be guiltless before our Creator? Join us to discover how the book of Revelation shows us the right perspective about judgment day.









The book of Revelation gives us a guide to be governed. When sin entered the world, God intervened. He not only put into motion a rescue plan to save us, but also set up guardrails for humanity to live with respect and care for each other. However, that’s not how we’re living; the indifference, apathy, and disregard for God and human life is growing day by day. The book of Revelation points us to the guardrails God gave us thousands of years ago. If followed, they would bring decency, care, and respect for each other and love for God. This study discusses God’s plan to live a better life in this world.





Do you remember how you started 2020? Were you full of expectations, plans, and dreams? When the pandemic hit the whole world, perhaps, instead of building your dreams, you only tried to survive. The pandemic isn’t over yet, and we’re still experiencing the effects of it. Are you feeling tired, stressed, and exhausted? God left a plan for us to find rest and recharge our body, mind, and spirit. The book of Revelation presents war, suffering, and many other stressful situations, but God tells us how to find rest in the midst of chaos.







In Revelation 14, three angels appear coming down from heaven, each with a distinct, urgent message to share with the world. These are God’s special messages for last-day Christians. What are the messages that God has sent to us through the angels? Why are these messages so essential for us to understand in the twenty-first century? And how are these messages connected with the last-day events before Jesus comes?











Paulo Macena


Paulo Macena was born and raise in Brazil. He is married to Cristina. They  have two young adult children: Luisa and Paula. He is the lead Pastor of the Ellicott City Church in the Chesapeake Conference, and he also leads a church plant and a Center of Influence in Baltimore 

(www.urbanlifecenter.org). He is also the founder of the Adventist Leadership Institute (www.adventistleadership.com), and the Revelation Project. Pastor Macena holds an M.A. in Youth Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership, both from Andrews University. He is the author of the book, 'The Missing Power', published by the General Conference Ministerial Association.

Patrick Graham


Pastor Graham was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and shares his life with the former Natalie Bernard. Together they have three adult children. Patrick Graham is serving his second term in the Allegheny East Conference as Youth and Children’s Ministries Director, a position he held since October 2012. During this time he has shown great love and skill in serving, training and developing leadership skills to adults and youths in this Conference. Pastor Graham also serves as the Black Adventist Youth Directors Association (BAYDA) President, an additional responsibility that gives him the opportunity to impact young lives across the United States. He is also the co-founder of the Revelation Project. 

Gary Blanchard


Pastor Gary Blanchard is married to best friend Erica! They have three wonderful young adult children (Gary, Ben Sierra). Gary loves long walks in the woods, studying his bible and playing with their dogs Sadie and Hank. Gary believes young people who have experienced Redemption through Christ’s blood, Revival through His Spirit and Right training through His youth leaders, are to be sent as missionaries across the sea or across the street. Gary has worked with youth and youth leaders for over twenty years and currently serves as the General Conference Youth Director.

Debbie Rivera

Ellicott City Church Associate Pastor

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John Rengifo

Ellicott City Church Associate Pastor

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Josant Barrientos


Josant Barrientos is currently studying for his Master of Divinity at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. and has served in a number of capacities for the Potomac Conference Corporation. He has been a part of many youth congresses, evangelistic series and youth retreats around the world. Josant is a gifted speaker and has an incredible talent for connecting with all ages and cultures. As Potomac’s youth director, Josant will not only focus on event planning, but also finding ways for youth to connect within their local churches.

Paul Graham


Paul Graham accepted the call to be an associate for pastoral ministries in October of 2020. Graham most recently served as senior pastor of Potomac’s Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, Md. Graham spent 13 years in ministry in the New York area, engaging in youth and young adult ministries, striving to present each message with the intention of motivating his listeners to prepare themselves for the soon coming of Christ. As a result, in 2002, Graham launched Full Circle Ministries to empower youth and young adults to participate in evangelism and wholesome activities, reaching both churched and unchurched individuals. Graham loves teaching the Word of God and helping as many as possible gain a better understanding of the Gospel and stronger walk with the Master.

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October 09, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30


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