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Irvin Baxter, who preached the end was near, dies at 75

This obituary is part of a series on people who died in the coronavirus pandemic. Learn about the others here.

“We are on the brink of the greatest prophetic fulfillment in 2,000 years,” said Reverend Irvin Baxter Jr., founder of Endtime Ministries, opening an April episode of “End of the Age,” his television show. “It looks like all the pieces of the puzzle are in place for the last seven years before Armageddon begins again this year.”

Mr. Baxter had spent decades finding signs of impending final judgment in an amalgamation of Bible verses and current events. His April prediction was based, among other things, on his reading of the developments of the Israeli-Palestinian accord pushed by the Trump administration.

“The way it looks to me like it’s going to fall apart,” he told his listeners, “it’s very likely that you and I and the whole world will still enter the last seven years of Armageddon in 2020. “

Mr. Baxter, who was 75, died on November 3. An announcement from Endtime Ministries said the cause was complications from Covid-19, a disease that Mr Baxter had implicated in other shows was punishment from God for the world. sins, which for him included homosexuality, abortion and unmarried couples living together.

The ad does not say where he died. The headquarters of the ministry are in Plano, Tex.

Irvin Lee Baxter Jr. was born July 8, 1945 and raised in Richmond, Indiana, in the east-central part of the state near the Ohio border. His father was a Pentecostal pastor and pastor of Oak Park Church.

One teenage night, listening to a traveling preacher at a revival meeting, Irvin Baxter was defeated.

“I heard someone speaking in tongues on the microphone system,” he said, and he realized that the voice was his. He had found his calling.

He became a traveling evangelist at age 19, and in 1973 he was pastor of Oak Park Church, a position he held for over 30 years. But he found himself devoting more and more energy to what he saw as a calling: alerting the world to prophecies that he said would soon come true.

In 1991 he founded Endtime Magazine. He also started a radio show and began marketing DVDs and other materials to sell his vision for the future. He left Richmond and the Oak Park Church and moved his Endtime business to Texas in 2005.

Mr. Baxter’s shows have been broadcast by various media, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He has been quoted in news articles whenever End Times fears have increased – in 2003 as the United States prepared to invade Iraq, in 2018 during a celestial phenomenon known as blood moon name.

Its reach was moderate compared to that of famous televangelists like Billy Graham. One of Mr. Baxter’s regular “prophecy conferences” in Texas drew 2,500 people; Mr. Graham regularly filled the stadiums. The Endtime Ministries Facebook page has 211,000 subscribers; the Billy Graham Evangelical Association has 2.5 million.

Mr. Baxter was a strong supporter of President Trump and his policies. This included Mr. Trump’s downplaying of the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When you talk about the coronavirus, the choice is this: either we open our backs as far as we can as fast as we can, or we close everything,” he said on an October 23 broadcast. . “If you shut down everything like we did once – it has had disastrous effects. President Trump rightly says we can’t do this anymore. The cure is worse than the disease.”

Mr. Baxter was hospitalized four days later, the ministry said.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith; three daughters, Karla Denise Sistrunk, Kara Michelle McPeak and Jana Gayle Robbins; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.