Endtime Ministries

Endtime Ministries is an American Pentecostal Christian organization.[1][2] It defines itself as a teacher of biblical prophesy[3][4][5] founded and headed by minister Irvin Baxter Jr. The organization is based in Plano, Texas.

It focuses on explaining world events from its view of the Bible, with an emphasis on prophecy and exposition of eschatological theories. Some of these predictions include a new world war that will kill up to two billion people, and the identification of Britain, the reunified Holy Roman Empire, Russia and Germany with the "four beasts" of the Book of Daniel.[6]

ControversyEdit

In 2006, Endtime Ministries hosted a rally in its home city of Garland, Texas to protest the REAL ID Act of 2005, which Baxter linked to the Mark of the Beast prophesied in Book of Revelation 13:15-18.[7]

In 2020, Endtime ministries applied for and received $300,000 or more from the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program. At issue is repayment or loan forgiveness. Endtime relies on contributions through sales of its magazine, Internet presence, and radio broadcasts. As a non-profit organization, Endtime ministries pays no taxes to the federal government.[8]

In 2020, Irvin Baxter Jr. suggested that the coronavirus pandemic was a warning from God about the “sin of fornication”.[9] Baxter Jr. died on November 3 from complications with COVID-19, his Plano-based ministry announced.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Televangelist who blamed pandemic on 'sin of fornication' dies of coronavirus". The Independent. 10 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Anti-gay pastor who claimed COVID-19 was judgment on gays dies from virus". Metroweekly.com. 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ "When is the End of the World? | Endtime Ministries | Irvin Baxter and Dave Robbins". Endtime.com. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ "When is the Rapture? | Endtime Ministries | Irvin Baxter and Dave Robbins". Endtime.com. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ "What Is Armageddon? | Endtime Ministries | Irvin Baxter and Dave Robbins". Endtime.com. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Irvin Baxter: Ministry says Armageddon is near". Religionnewsblog.com. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2009-07-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2020-12-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Plano televangelist who linked pandemic to premarital sex dies of COVID-19". Dallas News. 2020-11-10. Retrieved 2020-12-26.

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