Population: 17,363,894 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: White and non-indigenous 88.9%, Mapuche 9.1%, Aymara 0.7%, other indigenous groups 1% (includes Rapa Nui, Likan Antai, Quechua, Colla, Diaguita, Kawesqar, Yagan or Yamana), unspecified 0.3% (2012 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 66.7%, Evangelical or Protestant 16.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1%, other 3.4%, none 11.5%, unspecified 1.1% (2012 est.)
On 6/18/2003 at 1259hrs., Rev. Hansen received this prophecy for Central and South America:
"Witchcraft and voodoo, chants and charms, spirits, demons, devils and gods are worshiped and adored. Your past is haunting; your past is destructive; your past is cursed with disease, plagues and death. Yet, your past is mild in comparison with the turmoil coming in the future -- earthquakes, disease, calamities and death.
Your gods, sorcerers, witches and magicians will not be able to save you from what I am allowing to come upon your nations, lands, water and oceans.
You have denied the Truth of the Ages and I am about ready to deny you of my protection and love. Cry out to your gods and see if they will or can answer you now. They are dead and they will burn with the fire of my wrath as I clean the land of its curses, plagues, disease and death.
Yes, a New Earth is coming and you will know that I live. Come under my blood into the arms of my love, so I can protect you from what lies ahead. Come now unto me, the Spirit of God Jesus Christ is saying."
History of Chile:
Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca ruled northern Chile while the indigenous Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. In 1541, Pedro de Valdivia, a Spaniard, founded Santiago. Chile won its independence from Spain in 1818 under Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martin.
Diego Portales, dictator from 1830 to 1837, fought a war with Peru that expanded Chilean territory. Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific from 1879 to 1883 and won its northern regions. Pedro Montt led a revolt that overthrew José Balmaceda in 1891 and established a dictatorship.
Arturo Alessandri was elected president in 1920. After growing frustrated with Chile's Congress, he voluntarily went into exile on September 15, 1924. On March 20, 1925, he returned on condition that the constitution be rewritten giving the president greater power. He became president a third time in 1932.
Marxist groups formed following industrialization before World War I. Juan Antonio Ríos, president during World War II, was originally pro-Nazi, but led Chile into the war on the side of the Allies in 1944.
In 1970, Salvador Allende became the first president in a non-Communist country freely elected on a Marxist program. Allende quickly established relations with Cuba and the People's Republic of China, introduced Marxist economic and social reforms, and nationalized many private companies. In September 1973, Allende was overthrown and killed in a military coup led by Army Chief of Staff Augusto Pinochet, who assumed the office of president.
Pinochet's brutal dictatorship led to the imprisonment, torture, execution, disappearances, and expulsion of thousands of Chileans. A government report in 2004 indicated that almost 28,000 people had been tortured during his rule, and at least 3,200 murders and disappearances had taken place.
In 1989, Pinochet lost a plebiscite on whether he should remain in power. He stepped down in January 1990 in favor of Patricio Aylwin. In December 1993, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle was elected president.
In October 1998, Pinochet was arrested and detained in England on an extradition request issued by a Spanish judge in connection with the disappearances of Spanish citizens during his rule. British courts denied his extradition, and Pinochet returned to Chile in March 2000. He died in December 2006 at age 91, before facing trial.
In March 2000, Ricardo Lagos became the first Socialist to run the country since Allende. Chile's economic growth slowed to 3% for 2001. There were several financial scandals in 2003 involving insider information and bribery. Chile passed a law permitting divorce for the first time in 2004.
Socialist Michelle Bachelet won the 2006 presidential election. Bachelet took office on March 11, becoming Chile's first female chief of state. In May, 700,000 of the nation's students organized a national boycott demanding educational reform. The students called off the strike in June after the government agreed to address their concerns.
In January 2008, president Bachelet swore in six new ministers to the cabinet. The most notable change was the appointment of Christian Democrat leader Edmundo Perez Yoma as Interior Minister.
In January 2010, Chile elected billionaire businessman Sebastián Piñera. He defeated Eduardo Frei of the Concertacion in the second round of voting.
Chile was hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in February 2010. Chile's electricity grids, communication, and transportation systems were damaged, severely hampering rescue and aid efforts. The epicenter of the quake was 70 miles northeast of Concepcion in central Chile.
In March 2010, Sebastián Piñera was sworn in as President of Chile. One of his first acts as president was to form an emergency response team to deal with Chile's reconstruction in the aftermath of the earthquake.
On August 5, 2010, a tunnel collapsed at the San José mine, trapping 33 miners 2,000 feet below ground. All of the miners survived. Rescuers drilled a small borehole to provide the miners with food, lights, and liquids and to allow them to send notes to and from family members as they wait to be rescued. They were lifted to safety one by one in a rescue capsule in mid-October.
An environmental commission approved the $3.2 billion HidroAysén electricity project in May 2011, prompting a protest movement. The protests led to injuries to 28 police officers. One protest in early June involved 30,000 demonstrators marching to the presidential palace, with some protestors throwing stones at police vehicles. Police fired back with water cannons.
On August 4, 2011, some protestors set up barricades around Santiago while others banged on pots and pans. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of high school and college students. Also in August, nearly three dozen university and high school students went on a hunger strike to show their disapproval of President Piñera's government. Students organized rallies which were attended by 100,000 people. The protestors were demanding a more accessible and affordable university system as well as higher quality and equal funding for elementary and middle schools.
In October 2011, student representatives attempted to negotiate with government representatives led by Felipe Bulnes, the education minister. However, the students withdrew from the negotiations, reporting that Bulnes attacked a student representative, David Urrea. A spokesperson for the government blamed extremists for the breakdown of negotiations. Bulnes resigned in December and Harald Beyer replaced him as education minister.
Michelle Bachelet won a runoff presidential election against Evelyn Matthei on December 15, 2013 becoming the first person to be elected for a second term since Arturo Alessandri. Bachelet took office on March 11, 2014.
In September 2014, an explosion at the subway station in Santiago injured 14 people. Government officials called it an act of terrorism.
In October 2014, tens of thousands marched in protest against plans to phase out subsidized schools as part of President Bachelet's education reform plan.
© 2003 World Ministries International
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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