Jack Van Impe
Jack Leo Van Impe
February 9, 1931
|Died||January 18, 2020 (aged 88)|
|Education||Detroit Bible Institute|
|Occupation||televangelist and author|
|Known for||Founder of Jack Van Impe Ministries International (JVIM)|
Host of the Jack Van Impe Presents syndicated TV program
|Title||Dr. Jack Van Impe|
Dr. Rexella Mae Shelton (m.
Jack Leo Van Impe (/ˈɪmpiː/ IM-pee; February 9, 1931 – January 18, 2020) was an American televangelist known for his half-hour weekly television series Jack Van Impe Presents, an eschatological commentary on the news of the week through an interpretation of the Bible. The program airs around the world through both religious broadcasters and the purchase of paid programming time on commercial television stations. He was known as the "Walking Bible", having memorized most of the
King James Version of the Bible. His wife, Rexella, shared his television ministry as co-host.
1 Early life and marriage
3 Biblical prophecy beliefs
4 Jack Van Impe Presents
5 Health and death
6.1 Dispute with TBN
8 External links
Early life and marriage
Van Impe's parents, Oscar Alphonse Van Impe and Marie Louise, née Piot, immigrated from Belgium to the city of Troy, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, in the United States in 1929. Jack Leo Van Impe was born on February 9, 1931, in Freeport, Michigan. He was the couple's only child. Van Impe decided to become an evangelist after he saw his father become a missionary with very strong faith.
According to Van Impe, 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, Van Impe would drink alcoholic beverages along with his father, which is a European tradition. Then when Van Impe was twelve years old, Oscar converted to evangelical Christianity, and Oscar and Jack together smashed all of their bottles of alcoholic beverages. Since that event, Van Impe did not consume any alcohol.
Jack Van Impe 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, where he earned his diploma in 1952. It was then that he began his career as a preacher and evangelist and extensive recording career.
While working with the Billy Graham crusades, he was at a Youth For Christ rally with Chuck Ohman (a friend of Jack's who was a trumpeter for Percy Crawford's "Youth on the March" television broadcasts). Here, Jack Van Impe met his future wife, Rexella Mae Shelton, who was an organist with the crusades. Rexella was born in Missouri on November 29, 1932, and was named after her father, Rex Shelton. The couple were married on August 21, 1954, and together started Jack Van Impe Ministries.
Beginning in the 1950s, Van Impe released dozens of Gospel and spoken word recordings. His first album Presenting the Van Impes features Jack on the accordion and Rexella on organ. Subsequent musical recordings featured the accorgan, a type of electronic accordion.
Biblical prophecy beliefs
Jack Van Impe believed in one particular interpretation of the literal meaning of the Bible (King James version) that states, according to Revelation 13, that 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 believed that 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 he believed are represented by the two iron legs of the prophetic dream statue in the Book of Daniel. Van Impe believed in the Prophecy of the Popes, and that according to said prophecy, Pope Francis is Peter the Roman, the predicted pope who will preside during Armageddon.
Van Impe preached a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of "The Body of Christ" and also said a one-world religion will form, named "Chrislam"; the joining of the world's two largest religions (Christianity and Islam). He believed that 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; Van Impe also identified 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.
Jack Van Impe Presents
Jack Van Impe Presents is a weekly telecast produced by Van Impe's non-profit organization at the Jack Van Impe Ministries World Outreach Center, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Van Impe's wife, Rexella, co-hosts.
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, usually to show that they are manifestations 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 describes a DVD that is being sold by the ministry, and how to order. (Rexella announced Ohman's wife's death on the March 12, 2016 broadcast.) Near the end of the broadcast, Jack looked at the camera and said a personal prayer to Jesus, asking viewers to say the prayer with him. On the Christmas and Easter broadcasts, a video of Rexella singing a hymn in her younger years is aired.
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 Islamic extremism, the removal of crosses from churches, the importance of doctrine, and criticism of such individuals as Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, and Oprah Winfrey. Van Impe made favorable mention of retired Pope Benedict, Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald Trump. He also cited numerous Bible verses, with emphasis on various selections that were his favorites, using the King James Version of the Bible.
In 2017, Van Impe began referring to himself as a prophet and holy man, with a particular commission from the Holy Spirit to announce the return of Jesus Christ, a commission he attributed to his extensive memorization of Bible texts cited with chapter and verse. However, in the June 30, 2018 program, he admitted that "The verses have all come back, but sometimes the numbers are a little difficult", referring to his illness and coma. For the October 6, 2018 program, Jack stated that his wife, Rexella, was also chosen with him by the Holy Spirit to reach the 7.6 Billion people on Earth.
Health and death
In one episode of Jack Van Impe Presents, which aired during the week of June 19, 2006, Van Impe informed his audience 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 performed the operation. Subsequent to the problems with his knees, Van Impe suffered from cancer, a severe sepsis attack, and blood loss resulting from stomach ulcers which he attributed to his NSAID arthritis medication. On the episode which aired during the week of May 31, 2015, Jack Van Impe was absent from the program, and Rexella Van Impe explained that he had been hospitalized for triple by-pass heart surgery. Carl Baugh co-hosted the program until Van Impe's return to his weekly show on October 3, 2015.
On January 7, 2017, Rexella Van Impe announced that Jack Van Impe had broken his hip, but was recovering. Carl Baugh co-hosted that program as well. In Jack's absence, Rexella Van Impe co-hosted the program with various guests: Carl Baugh for six episodes, Dave Williams for six episodes, Dr. Robert Jeffress for two episodes, and Walt Sheppard for three episodes. From April to May, 2017, re-runs were aired until the May 27, 2017, broadcast when Jack Van Impe reappeared beside Rexella, and the couple announced that, under doctor's advice, they were ending the TV broadcast. Thereafter, weekly videos were posted on the organization's Web site. In 2018, radio and television broadcasts resumed, with Chuck Ohman serving as their announcer.
Jack Van Impe died on January 18, 2020 at a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan at the age of 88.
In 2001, Jack and Rexella Van Impe won the parodic Ig Nobel Prize in Astrophysics "for their discovery that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell".
Dispute with TBN
In June 2011, Trinity Broadcasting Network refused to air an episode of "Jack Van Impe Presents" that criticized Robert Schuller and Rick Warren for promoting "Chrislam". In response, Van Impe ceased airing his show on TBN.
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