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Will the righteous resurrect on December 21, 2012?  Televangelists Jack and Rexella Van Impe think something big will happen.

Will the righteous resurrect on December 21, 2012? Televangelists Jack and Rexella Van Impe think something big will happen.

December 21, 2012, is an important day for Christian televangelists Jack and Rexella Van Impe.  Jack Van Impe says that all sorts of things are going to start happening after that day and that Jesus' return is imminent.

Many doomsday believers think that the December 2012 date marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the end of the world as we know it.

According to Rexella Van Impe, one of the signs is that the Hadron Collider is expected to "solve" the God particle question by the end of 2012, which she characterizes as a "very, very serious thing."  (The term "God particle" is referring to the Higgs boson which could explain why mass is formed.  Scientists do not care for the term, "God particle." Research is being conducted to verify whether a particle announced on July 4 is actually the Higgs boson or some other type of particle.)  Jack Van Impe says that the Hadron Collider is "a monstrous machine" and he will reveal God's word about it, along with the Big Bang Theory, next week.  But in the meantime, the Van Impes point to material published in the book, The Ark of Millions of Years, as evidence that December 21, 2012, is "the resurrection date" in the prophecies of many religions.  Among other things, the book claims that "the Zodiac Clock in the main reading room of the Library of Congress portrays the Roman god Saturn holding the sickle of the December 21, 2012, harvest."

"What's shocking is that these people said this a few thousand years ago," Jack Van Impe remarked about the book.  "They weren't trying to frighten someone into becoming a member of their religion because of that date.  They looked ahead and all of them — the pagan religions — predicted that the resurrection of their dead in their religions would happen December 21st, 2012.  Now, wouldn't that be something if our rapture also occurred then?  We're not setting dates, but this is exciting stuff."

Jack Van Impe thinks that something cataclysmic will happen after December 21, 2012.  "Now listen carefully," he admonished.  "We are to be looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because we're going to miss all the horrendous things that will happen probably from 2012 onward, because I believe the tribulation hour is going to begin very soon."

Christians will be "caught up" and ascend to heaven, avoiding the tribulations that everyone else will go through, he explained.  "I'm not setting dates now, but God showed me something about a year ago and I've used it once on television already.  A generation is not 40 years," he said, recounting some biblical math. "It comes out to 52 years for a generation.  [...] Get ready, this is exciting!"  Counting from the 1967 6-day war in Israel, he said that Jesus could return by 2019, and minus the 7 years of tribulation before Christ's return, it would be 2012.

"Wouldn't it be exciting if all of us were resurrected on the same day, some to eternal life and some to eternal shame?" he speculated.

Recent storms and power outages are some of the biblical signs that people should be watching for, the Van Impes said. According to Jack Van Impe, a dark supernatural presence created the power outages in early July in the midst of heat waves and extreme weather. "You know who's behind it, all these power shortages? We don't have electricity and light? The Prince of Darkness, Satan. He controls space. God gets the bad rap for everything — Oh, it's an Act of God. No, no. Satan is the god of this world's system (2 Corinthians 4:3). He is the prince of the power of the air and the airwaves. He controls what's going on there. To bring all this darkness into our lives, as the transmissions go out so that we can't have a cool home and we can't turn on the lights, it's satanic power."


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One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • Rob S

    Ah jeez! Where do they dig up these nutcases? And where, exactly, do they get all the money for hairdos and laughable stage presence?

    • Deborah_B

      I have to admit, the first time I saw them, I thought it was something from the Onion.

  • Rob S

    The Communist-Socialist-Evangelical-Vegetarian-Nonsequitur conspiracy – that's where Rob S!

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    You know, Dec 21 is the Winter Solstice. Of course the sun is going to return, along with other natural events. These guys really don't get what they are talking about, but yet it is so obvious to those who don't buy into the mythology and anthropomorphasize it.

  • jane

    only God knows when our end will come.all that dont believe in God will soon enough find out the day they pass away

  • Troy

    It's cheap to tear the Van Impe's down, even if they get dramatic. …yet with Mayans, Zodiacs and Tibetians (three independent sources) all signifying that specific date of Dec 21, 2012, then deciphering the 52 years for a generation after the 1967 war over Jerusalem…it still seems worth a discussion – perhaps more about the book's, The Ark of Millions of Years, views on those dates rather than the Van Impe's reporting.

  • Jay

    Thank you Jesus! By he blood of Jesus Christ deliver us from all evil. Amen!

    • skater60

      Jesus' whole point was not His blood but His resurrection. Just like YOUR blood is not the point, your afterlife is. Your body is not the point, your spirit is. The cross is a lousy symbol for Christianity, but it's easier to draw than an empty tomb. If you can understand that then you are enlightened, if you can't well then…. there's always that Mayan calendar. LOL

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        I don't think they'd understand that either.

  • skater60

    Well of course the righteous will resurrect December 21, 2012!!! Du-uh!! I thought everyone knew that. The question is are they gonna give me all their money and stuff before that date, since they won't be needing it anymore.

  • skater60

    This site seems to always search out for the weirdos in religion. I don't really see any meaningful discussion of God here – it's just the nutcases who are held up for ridicule, as if there is only them or an Atheistic point of view to chose between. But then maybe I should have never expected to see God stuff on an Atheistic site? Ya think? It's like trying to have a discussion of Chastity while visiting a whorehouse.

    • Deborah_B

      Read the faith section if you are looking for religion, Skater. Here's the link:

      http://www.goddiscussion.com/category/faith/

      • skater60

        Oh…. yeah!! Thanks Deborah_B! I must have missed the tab or whatever. More fun over there, makes me think, and I could use the exercise. Thanks again.

        • Deborah_B

          Enjoy, Skater. Pastor Kevin puts a great deal of thought and effort into his articles, and he tackles some of the tougher subjects, as do several of the others such as Bob in Desim and Sheri in the metaphysical section. We are always looking for folks to write, if they would like, for 50% of ads generated on their pages. I'd personally like to have a much broader perspective here, but unfortunately, I am spending so many hours writing and doing the administrative work, plus working in the real world to pay for all of this, that I've run out of time to recruit more writers.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Are you calling the Episcopalians weirdos? Excuse me, I was once an Episcopalian and even though I'm a humanist now, I rarely take issue with the Episcopalians- the liberal ones that is- and quite often report on what is happening with them. If you remove the religious practices and God belief, I still share the same views as I did when I was a practicing Episcopalian. The only things that have changed with me is that I cannot believe a human concept of a deity nor participate in religious practices. However, my views concerning abortion, LGBTs, racism (although I do not call it a sin, I do see it as wrong), sexuality, animals, science etc (basic humanistic values) have not changed. Then again, if you call the liberal Episcopalians weird, then I guess I've always been weird and still am. It's the Fundamngelicals and alike that I have a problem with. However, I would gladly defend the views of the more liberal Episcopalians over the views of Fundamngelicals any day, even though I am an apostate. I left, not because of their humanistic views, but due to a lack of religious beliefs.

      Secondly, I think your comment of comparing such things as a "discussion of chastity while visiting a whorehouse" is a bit offensive. It makes me wonder where else you would say that.

      • Deborah_B

        You do an excellent job on keeping up with Episcopalian news. We also report quite a bit on the Catholic church and many others — I think some folks like to race toward conclusions without reading the about page or reading further.

        Of course, if all we did was report on bland religious news, like Church X had a bake sale, and Harry Joe is on his way to heaven, no one would bother visiting the site.

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          Thank you. :) And I agree, that would be boring to report only on bake sales and the subjective views on who's going to heaven and who's not. I think reporting on special religious services for animals and special blessing rites for LGBTs is much more fun than that. Also, diverting from the usual craziness of Fundies and reporting on the humanistic movements of more liberal churches is less angering too, esp when they strive to show love for and acceptance of our fellow human beings, without trying to dogmatically change them.

        • skater60

          You have exactly (and more succinctly) made my point, thank you. This site posts a lot of outrageous stuff so that folks WILL visit the site. I can understand that – weird sells and it's fun to have at it.

  • Bible Bob

    There
    is nothing at all that is going to happen on the date suggested except that the
    sun will come up and go down just as it has since time immoral. Those who say
    anything differently are doing nothing more than praying on the fears and inadequacies
    of terribly frightened and insecure little people. Who was it that suggested Jack
    Van Impe is a raving nut case. Whoever it was, he was not too far off the mark.
    There is nothing at all that is out of the ordinary that is going to happen on
    the 21st of December 2012, and as far as the world coming to an end that is
    never ever going to happen anyway. How do I know that, well simply put the word
    of God does not teach the end of the world and so sleep soundly in your beds on
    the eve of the aforementioned date because I certainly will be.

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