Famous televangelist Jach Van Impe, best known for his end-times teachings died at 88.
Van Impe passed away on Saturday 18, and his ministry website confirms it; although it does not give details of his death.
“The beloved Dr. Jack Van Impe was welcomed into Heaven by His blessed Savior and Lord who he had so faithfully served in ministry for over 70 years. Please pray for his beloved wife and lifelong ministry partner Rexella and their families as they grieve this immense loss and for wisdom as she and the Board lead the ministry in the days ahead,” the Ministry wrote in a statement.
“Further details about Dr. Van Impe’s homecoming celebration will be published later,” it added.
Information about the evangelist’s career
The evangelist spent a career of more than 65 years involved in the ministry. For more than 30 years Van Impe presented his own weekly television series called “Jack Van Impe Presents”
The program was broadcast from Detroit, at the headquarters of his ministry. There he offered end-times comments on the news of the week using the interpretation from the Bible.
His wife, Rexella, was a co-host. Surprisingly, the television series was a success as it managed to air in 150 countries around the world, according to reports.
“We only report the news from the latest papers and magazines,” Van Impe once said, “but we use the Word of God to show you that it means Christ is coming.”
People called Van Impe the “Walking Bible” after he memorized most of the King James Version of the Bible.”
Historian Paul Boyer praised Van Impe‘s work in his landmark study of prophecy belief in modern America
“Bible quotations studded Van Impe’s apocalyptic predictions, including not only the familiar ones from Revelation, Zechariah, and 2 Peter … but also more obscure selections from Joel, Zephaniah, Malachi, and … Ezekiel,” Boyer wrote.
A brief story of the evangelist
Jack Van Impe was born in 1931 in Freeport, his parents were immigrants from Belgium. His father taught him to play the accordion at an early age. Together they played the instrument in Detroit nightclubs.
When he was 12, his parents converted to Christianity, so they stopped playing music in those places to start playing in local churches.
After leaving high school, he studied at the Detroit Bible Institute as he had decided that he wanted to become an evangelist.
He met his wife Rexella Shelton while working for the Billy Graham Crusades, as she was one of the event organizer.
The minister also released dozens of gospel music recordings. He played the accordion and his wife the organ.
Evangelist Franklin Graham published a tweet expressing his condolences when getting the news about the minister’s death.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) 19 de enero de 2020