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."