Jack Van Impe has spoken out about Harold Camping’s failed May 21, 2011 rapture date. On a recent episode of Jack Van Impe Today his wife Rexella asked him why he didn’t believe Harold Camping:
“…120 times God says the world will never end….We’ve always had these false prophets and Jeremiah 14:14 says ‘the prophets are lying prophets in my name and I have not sent them.’…In 1843 we had William Miller. Again in 1945, Herbert Armstrong. And then in 1988 Edgar Whisenant. And now this man for May 21st in the year 2011, and I said it wouldn’t happen because my Bible says it won’t happen. And everybody comes along with the same nonsense – ‘Nobody knows the day or the hour.’ That’s not what it says….We will know when it’s near, but not the day and hour.”
Van Impe goes on to explain that this passage is referring to the time when Christ returns to set up His kingdom, not to the rapture.
To begin with, despite the newspaper headlines, Camping was referring to the rapture of the church, with the end of the world occurring on October 21, 2011.
Secondly, Jack Van Impe has done his share of predicting when the rapture would take place. You can listen to his words on the accompanying video from 2007, titled Could the Rapture Happen in 2012 (Click photo on left to watch the clip). In this video (beginning 2 min. 43 sec. into the clip) he goes into elaborate mathematical detail about the length of a generation being 52 years. He then tells us that according to Luke 3 there were 77 generations from Adam to Christ. He says
Divide 77 generations into 4000 years, you come out to 52 years for a generation
Never mind that it’s an established fact that generations were regularly skipped in these biblical genealogies so that it’s impossible to know that there were 4000 years from Adam to Christ. Van Impe then says,
Add 52 to 1967 and you come out to 2019. Take seven years off of that for the time of the rapture, you come out to 2012. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know when it’s near. And God only knows what could happen, because if Russia marches during that time and the greatest war in history is on during that date that so many of the seers and prognosticators have given, the Bible teaches that we will be gone before it begins. So we’re in the time frame…..If it all happens by December 21st, we better be ready. I don’t know. I’m just saying, get ready!
Now if this isn’t a strong hint at December 21, 2012 for the rapture of the church, I don’t know what is! In addition to that, he is lending credence to the writings of non-Christians seers in his prediction.
Of course, Harold Camping should be taken to task for his false prophecies. But Jack, before blasting Harold Camping, perhaps it would be wise to take a look at your own predictions of the end days?