... so when did the world suddenly become one great big Left Behind novel, anyway?
August 13, 2003 6:39 AM   Subscribe

Apocalypse Sooner or Later? "I am not sure whether he knows all of the prophecies and how deep of a student he has been in God's Word, but I was contacted a few weeks ago by the Office of Public Liaison for the White House and by the National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to make an outline. And I’ve spent hours preparing it. I will release this information to the public in September, but it’s in his hands.... He will know exactly what is going to happen in the Middle East and what part he will have under the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. So, it's a tremendous time to be alive."
posted by grabbingsand (17 comments total)
Now... this is nothing new for Rev. Jack. He's been calling for the World's Last Call for over 30 years, only changing the name of the enemy to suit current events. In 1973, it was Russia. But what happens when you combine a Doomsaying Reverend with a personally-directed-by-God President?
posted by grabbingsand at 6:42 AM on August 13, 2003

Or, he could just follow this time line.
posted by jozxyqk at 6:52 AM on August 13, 2003

Part of me says this can't be true. I tried to find an e-mail address for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House. Although I found that the office exists, there is no web page or contact information... I guess they have a "Don't call us; we'll call you policy'. It seems to be directed by Karl Rove, which explains much.
posted by ALvard at 7:18 AM on August 13, 2003

Mark 13:32:

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."

So this guy is claiming to be God, and to be more all-knowing than Jesus? This is stupidity if you're not a Christian, and blasphemy if you are.
posted by unreason at 7:47 AM on August 13, 2003

Here's a handy chart to keep track of humanity's March To The Rapture!

JVI is a collosal joke, surpassed only by his wife's "sincerity" and pleading.
posted by davidmsc at 7:49 AM on August 13, 2003

He's been calling for the World's Last Call for over 30 years, only changing the name of the enemy to suit current events.

So I suppose September's announcement will be suitably vague as well.

Eh, I like the Hopi prophecies much better, anyway. But this is always the stuff that really sounds pagan, doesn't it?:

12:14 Two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, so that she might be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

12:15 The serpent spewed water out of his mouth after the woman like a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream.

12:16 The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon spewed out of his mouth.

Full text here ;-)
posted by Shane at 7:52 AM on August 13, 2003

White House Office of Public Liaison
(202) 456-2930

The White House just isn't big on e-mail, or contact info of any kind, but this phone number is out there on the Web. When I called, they only giggled. Still, you might ask for Justin Bush, whom Jack Van Impe's man told me is the public liaison who contactated them this summer.
posted by inksyndicate at 7:58 AM on August 13, 2003

Apparently, the Apocalypse somehow involves the Borg.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:21 AM on August 13, 2003

... or perhaps a giant Pez-themed pinball machine.
posted by grabbingsand at 8:30 AM on August 13, 2003

When I see such things I think of that background line in "Repo Man" where Emilio's dad is watching the evangelist on TV "God doesn't need your money, I do!" and laugh.

Of course, its bittersweet as I lost somebody very dear to these end of timers and they were deeply influential on Reagan and Reagan Jr aka Bush Jr.
posted by infowar at 8:45 AM on August 13, 2003

For those who need an update on the Book of Revelation, try this handy flowchart.
posted by jokeefe at 9:09 AM on August 13, 2003

The White House consulting religious nut fundy wacko cases for their input. Who would have thought it of them? John Ashcroft maybe?
posted by nofundy at 9:26 AM on August 13, 2003

Are there any independant reports verifying that indeed this happened?

If so - this is, as we like to say in the vernacular, very bad.
posted by swerdloff at 9:51 AM on August 13, 2003

Since this morning, when I first read this post, the first link has been changed.
posted by pejamo at 4:17 PM on August 13, 2003

For those of you who missed the orginal Question of the Week, here is a copy.
posted by samuelad at 7:01 PM on August 13, 2003

Jack Van Impe is an anagram for Men Pick Java. Coincidence?
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:19 AM on August 14, 2003

For those of you still checking out this thread it looks like the story has some legs.

Jeannette Walls at MSNBC has mentioned it in her scoop article (although it could just be a slow news day for her) -- hopefully if the press does become involved we'll find out if this weirdo really did talk to Rice (unlikely) or is just making it (likely) or is the victim of a prank (also likely.)

Aug. 13 — Is the Bush administration turning to a televangelist doomsayer for political predictions? Apocalyptic preacher Jack Van Impe is claiming that he was contacted by Condoleezza Rice’s office and the White House Office of Public Liaison for an “outline” of his take on world events.

more here
posted by wfrgms at 8:41 AM on August 14, 2003

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