Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Is Bush getting apocalyptic advice? 

That's the question Jeannette Wall Of MSNBC's The Scoop is asking.

In her Aug. 13 column, Wall wrote, "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."

The author of such books as “Israel's Final Holocaust” and “The Great Escape: Preparing for the Rapture, the Next Event on God's Prophetic Clock,” Van Impe, according to Wall, "has predicted that the end of the world will strike somewhere between 2003 and 2012 and one reviewer has called his TV preaching show with wife Rexella 'a fantastically loopy apocalyptic take on the week's news.'"

Wall said the disclosure of the alleged involvement between Van Impe and the Bushies came in a response to someone who asked on his website, "Do you think that President Bush, apparently a Christian man, believes and knows he is involved in prophetic events concerning the Middle East and final battle between good and evil?"

Van Impe reportedly responded, "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."

Wall said NSC spokesman Sean McCormack contended his "investigation" into Van Impe's claim showed "that there's no truth to it, but I'm continuing to look into it."

It would behoove Wall to ask if McCormack's investigation showed there is no truth to it, what is he continuing to look into.

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