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Will the world ever end? Jack Van Impe says no, never!

Televangelist Jack Van Impe, whose broadcasts focus on the fulfillment of end times prophecies in the news, has stated several times this year that those who believe the world will end one day are misinterpreting scripture. He has then gone on to say he knows at least 120 verses in the Bible that prove the world will never end. His teaching was to address the belief by some that the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on December 21, 2012.

To conform the Bible to his teaching that the world will never end, Van Impe gives the line that is ever popular today about the translators (in this case the KJV translators) mistranslating the phrase “the end of the world” in Matthew and then gives his “proper translation” that wherever the “incorrect” phrase appears, it should be translated “end of the church age.” He then explains his translation is in keeping with the Catholic Catechism, as if the Catholic Catechism is the standard for truth.

You can see his explanation in this YouTube video of his broadcast at about 8:28 to 12:20.

Among the verses he quotes are Ephesians 3:21 which says “world without end;” Ecclesiastes 1:4 which says “the earth abideth forever;” Psalm 37:29 which says “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever;” and Psalm 104:5 which says “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”

If Van Impe is correct, then what are we to make of the following scriptures?

  • 25Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: Psalm 102
  • 17For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65
  • 31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Mark 13
  • 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3
  • 1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21

Is this a case of the Bible contradicting itself? That isn’t possible, so another explanation is in play here. I’ll admit, I’m stumped on the comparison between the scriptures Van Impe highlighted and the ones I highlighted. However, of this I’m sure–the present Earth will indeed end after the Millenial reign, just as Revelation says. I also know this–when Van Impe talks about the “end of the church age” that’s not possible because the church age will never end, for the church is God’s kingdom which stands forever (Daniel 2:44) and we will rule and reign with Christ forever, according to the scriptures.

–Harry A. Gaylord–

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7 thoughts on “Will the world ever end? Jack Van Impe says no, never!

  1. Well presented, Harry…I tend to think when God in His Word says the elements will burn up…they will…And indeed, it is beyond any of us, let alone Jack Van Impe, to propose to say how God will do this or that. We’re not God. God IS! And God calls us to trust…and believe HIS Word…not to invent our own version(s).

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  2. The Mayan Long Count calendar does not predict the “end of the world.” It purportedly has to do with the end of one cycle of time and the beginning of another. The current cycle is supposed to have begun on August 11th, 3114 BC.

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  3. Maybe jack is wrong then and maybe the verses he quoted means thet the Church ages will never end instead of meaning the world will never end.

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    1. Sorry God’s world will never end it will have many ages and yes it will burn but not destroyed forever but renewed or reborn like us he takes away the old and makes all things new again.

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  4. The scripture does not contradict itself. Jack is right, but so are the verses you used. The physical heavens and earth are in mind in the verses that Jack uses. In the verses you quoted, the spiritual heavens and earth are in mind. Spiritual heavens and earth represent the Old Covenant, Jewish system involving the Law of Moses and the physical temple building. New heavens and earth represent the New Covenant, Law of Grace and truth. Christ reigning over all His enemies. We who believe in Him are in Him and rule and reign with Him.

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