Gateway's students in grades 7-12 are beginning an exciting journey through the last book of the Bible, Revelation. It is one of the most important books of the Bible. Without it the Bible is not complete, and many of the prophecies of the Old and New Testament are yet to be fulfilled. Unfortunately, many Christians have ignored the study of this book. Gateway students have a unique opportunity to go deep in the study of this amazing book.
Ira Hostetter, one of Gateway's elders, will lead the study. He will help the students see God’s sovereignty in his plan for the judgment of the wicked, justice for those who have suffered in the name of Jesus, and the ultimate reign of the majestic Christ in the new Heavenly Kingdom. Since Revelation was written in apocryphal style it has been open to many interpretations over the centuries. Ira will review the leading views of current scholars with the students, but also will base his teaching on his understanding of the rapture of the church, a 7 year period of tribulation, and a literal 1000 year reign of Christ who will fulfill the covenants made to the Jewish nation and finally send Satan and his followers to a place of everlasting torment and set up his everlasting Kingdom. The study also will look at how Christ commends and admonishes several first century churches with applications for us today, and how we are called to persevere in the midst of persecution in order that we might obtain our reward in the new heaven and earth where we will praise God forever.
The study will be on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in Gateway's student center. To find it, enter the gym building (the right building looking from the front of the campus) then go down the first hall to your left.
Each student also will be given a copy of the ESV Scripture Journal (click the link to learn what they are) for the book of Revelation to help in their own personal study and note taking.