Jack Van Impe
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|Jack Van Impe|
|Born||Jack Leo Van Impe
February 9, 1931
|Education||diploma, Detroit Bible Institute|
|Occupation||Evangelist, Author, Apocalyptic Bible Prophet, Biblical Scholar, TV show host, Television Personality|
|Known for||Founder of Jack Van Impe Ministres International (JVIM)
Host of the Jack Van Impe Presents syndicated TV program
|Title||Dr. Jack Van Impe|
|Religion||Evangelical Christian, Baptist|
|Spouse(s)||Rexella Shelton, 1954 - present|
Jack Leo Van Impe (born February 9, 1931) is a televangelist who is known for his half-hour weekly television series Jack Van Impe Presents, an eschatological commentary on the news of the week through his interpretation of the Bible. The program airs throughout the United States, Canada, and several other countries through both religious broadcasters and the purchase of paid programming time on commercial television stations. Van Impe's website claims that he is known as the "Walking Bible" because of his extensive memorization of Bible verses. Van Impe's wife Rexella (born Rexella Mae Shelton on November 29, 1932, in Missouri) shares his TV ministry as co-host. Rexella was named after her father, Rex Shelton.
According to Jack, he and his father Oscar played the accordion at night clubs, and Oscar regularly swore and drank alcohol, and believed that religion was hogwash. At meals, Jack would drink alcoholic beverages along with his father. Then when Jack was twelve years old, Oscar converted to Christianity, and Oscar and Jack together smashed all of their bottles of alcoholic beverages, and since that event Jack Van Impe has not drunk any alcohol. This was a major turning point in Jack's life.
Van Impe then played accordion duets with his missionary father across Michigan and other states. In 1948, Van Impe graduated from high school and entered Detroit Bible Institute, earning his diploma in 1952 and beginning his career as a preacher and evangelist as well as an extensive recording career. Jack notes that during his years working with the Billy Graham crusades, when he was at a Youth For Christ rally with Chuck Ohman, Van Impe met his future wife, Rexella, who was an organist with the crusades. The couple were married on August 21, 1954, and started their own joint ministry.
Since the 1950s, Van Impe has released dozens of Gospel and spoken word recordings. His first album Presenting the Van Impes features Van Impe on the accordion as well as Rexella's organ playing. Subsequent musical recordings featured the accorgan, a type of electronic accordion.
Detroit-area rock singer and songwriter Bob Seger features an audio clip of Van Impe criticizing rock and roll music in the introductory portion of his song "Heavy Music Part 2," the B side of his 1967 regional hit single Heavy Music.
Jack Van Impe Ministries
On a typical show, Rexella begins by reading recent news headlines. Van Impe then applies his memorization of Bible verses to interpret the news stories, generally in an attempt to show that it is another manifestation of biblically-predicted signs of the end of the age.
Twice during the broadcast, once in the middle of the broadcast and once at the end, announcer Chuck Ohman, who many years before was a trumpeter for Percy B. Crawford's "Youth on the March" television broadcasts, describes a DVD that is being sold by the ministry, and how to order. Near the end of the broadcast, Jack looks at the camera and makes a personal prayer to Jesus, and he asks the viewers to make the prayer with him. At the end of the broadcast, Rexella says the goodbyes.
Recurring topics include a New World Order consisting of one world government and one world religion, prophecies of future wars and the second coming of Jesus, modern Chrislam, differences between the biblical Jesus and the Jesus of Islam, the proposed United Nations blasphemy law and radical Islam, the removal of crosses from churches, the importance of doctrine, and criticism of such individuals as Barack Obama, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, and Oprah Winfrey. Jack also cites numerous bible verses.
According to his official magazine, Van Impe has 15 doctorates, the most recent of which was obtained in 2004 from Pacific International University, a non-accredited conservative Christian university.
Biblical prophecy beliefs
Jack believes that, according to Revelation 13, a single world political leader (The Beast) and a single world religious leader (the false prophet) will emerge, but the rapture will happen before either leader comes to power. He believes the Bible teaches that the world will be organized into ten political subdivisions, based on the ten-district plan set up by the Club of Rome, and that this ten-division world empire will be jointly ruled by the European Union and the Islamic world, which Jack believes are represented by the two iron legs of the prophetic dream statue in the Book of Daniel.
Van Impe also believes a one-world religion will form, named "Chrislam", the joining of the world's two largest religions, Christianity and Islam. Jack believes the Bible states that the world political leader will "come in peaceably" (per Daniel 11:21) and create a seven-year peace deal involving Israel (per Daniel 9:27). Then, three and a half years into the peace, Russia (the interpreted meaning of 'Rosh' from Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:1; Jack also identifies Meshech and Tubal from the same passages as Moscow and Tobolsk respectively), along with its Middle Eastern allies ('Persia, Cush, and Put', from Ezekiel 38:5), will break the peace by invading Israel, according to Ezekiel 38, and the military of Russia and its allies will be decimated by nuclear warfare and pushed back to Siberia. Then China (the interpreted meaning of 'kings from the east' from Revelation 16:12) will invade, and the military of China will likewise be decimated when Jesus returns.
Van Impe's most recent broadcasts have contained sweeping denunciations of Islam, such as "a religion where they control people and put them into bondage", and referring to a "demographic strategy to flood Europe with Muslim immigrants and create an Islamic continent", according to the 9 February 2013 broadcast.
In an episode of Jack Van Impe Presents aired the week of June 19, 2006, Van Impe disclosed that he had undergone two total knee replacements in early 2006. He gave thanks to God for his recovery and for leading him to the "wonderful surgeon" who did the operation. Subsequent to the problems with his knees, Jack has suffered from cancer, a severe sepsis attack, and blood loss resulting from holes burned through his stomach by his NSAID arthritis medication.
For over 20 years, Van Impe has sold low-budget films supplementing teachings from his television program. These films depict themes of apocalypse, Christ's second-coming, modern oppression of Christians and dystopian themes. The films range from $9.99 - $39.99 and market without any "free" online alternative.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel mocked Van Impe for stating that the word "computer" added up to 666 by adding up the number of each letter in the word multiplied by 6, and for saying that the antichrist will use computers to keep track of people. Kimmel further criticized Jack Van Impe Ministries for giving instructions on how to access and download content from their website, right after talking about how evil computers are.
- Jack Van Impe at the Internet Movie Database
- Religious Leaders of America, 2nd ed., Gale Group, 1999
- Jack Van Impe website, "About" section
- Jack Van Impe Presents, 12 May 2012
- Vancil, Ken (2004). "Now it's Dr. and Dr. Van Impe". Today (September/October): 25. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Announced in “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System,” as part of the Strategy for Survival Project. This revealed the Club's goal of dividing the world into ten political/economic regions which would unite the entire world under a single form of government. These regions are: North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, Rest of Developed World, Latin America, Middle East, Rest of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and China. The same plan was published in a Club of Rome book called Mankind at the Turning Point: Club of Rome Report, REGIONALIZED AND ADAPTIVE MODEL OF THE GLOBAL WORLD SYSTEM, Report on the Progress in the STRATEGY FOR SURVIVAL PROJECT of the Club of Rome, Mihajlo Mesarovic and Eduard Pestel, Directors, "C O N F I D E N T I A L," September 17, 1973.
- "The 2001 Ig Nobel Prize Winners". improbable.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "Computers = 666!?". Jimmy Kimmel Live!. YouTube. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- Jack Van Impe Ministries World Outreach Ministries website
- Jack Van-Impe Presents at TBN
- Jack Van Impe at Rapture Ready
- Jack Van Impe - Streaming Videos www.TheGospel.com
- Jack Van Impe (And Rexella): Premillennial Dispenationalist Preterist Study Archive, preteristarchive.com
- Heart Disease in Christ's Body Book review from Middle Town Bible Church
- Gallery of Van Impe album covers