Population: 11,047,251 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: White 64.1%, mestizo 26.6%, black 9.3% (2012 est.)
Religions: Nominally Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jewish, Santeria
On 6/24/2004 at 1218 hrs., Rev. Hansen received this prophecy for Cuba:
"Change is coming to Cuba! Sudden change, like lighting brought on by the Holy Ghost. Look to the Lord; there will be such a sudden change that you will be amazed. Pastors of Cuba, do not be discouraged! As I, Jehovah Jireh, your provider, supplied manna to My people in the wilderness, so I will provide for all your needs.
I am the God who sees the affliction of My servants. As I saw the faithfulness of my servant Joseph betrayed by his brethren and imprisoned by Potipher's wife's lies, so I see your trials. As I elevated Joseph and brought him through his troubles, so I will do for you. I Am that I Am. I change not. I see, I deliver. I am the author of life and I will take the breath away from your enemies as it is appointed unto man once to die and then comes judgment.
Idolatry, immorality, killing the innocent and dividing the land of Israel brings a curse. Repent of all these sins, so I will protect and provide for all your needs. Come under My blood, so My wrath that destroyed My people's enemies in Egypt, will not hurt you, but prosper you. Do not be afraid for the Holy Spirit, I Myself, am visiting your land, Cuba, and change is coming. Get ready and preach repentance, be restored, for I am coming in My glory and none can withstand My mighty hand. The wind is blowing and revival and restoration is at hand."
History of Cuba:
Spain conquered Cuba in 1511. Diego Velázquez de Cuéllarled the conquest and was appointed governor. He founded several Spanish settlements, including Baracoa in 1511 and Havana in 1515.
African slaves were imported to work the sugar plantations. An independence movement turned into open warfare from 1867 to 1878. Slavery was abolished in 1886. In 1895, José Marti led the struggle that ended Spanish rule.
The Treaty of Paris came into effect in 1899 making Cuba an independent republic under U.S. protection. The U.S. occupation ended in 1902. The 1901Platt Amendment allowed the U.S. to intervene in Cuba's affairs. Cuba terminated the amendment in 1934.
In 1933, a group of army officers, including army sergeant Fulgencio Batista, overthrew President Gerardo Machado. Batista became president in 1940, running a corrupt police state.
In 1956, Fidel Castro Ruz launched a revolution. Raúl Castro, brother of Fidel, and Ernesto (Ché) Guevara, were his top lieutenants. The U.S. ended military aid to Cuba in 1958, and on New Year's Day 1959, Batista fled into exile and Castro took over the government.
Castro established military tribunals for political opponents and jailed hundreds. Castro disavowed Cuba's 1952 military pact with the United States, confiscated U.S. assets, and established Soviet-style collective farms. The U.S. broke relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961, and Castro formalized his alliance with the Soviet Union. Thousands of Cubans fled the country.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave the go-ahead to CIA-trained Cuban exiles to invade Cuba. The landing at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961, was a fiasco. The invaders did not receive popular Cuban support and were defeated by the Cuban military.
A Soviet attempt to install medium-range missiles in Cuba capable of striking targets in the U.S. with nuclear warheads provoked a crisis in 1962. President Kennedy promised a U.S. blockade of Cuba to stop the missile delivery. Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the missile sites dismantled and returned to the USSR in return for a U.S. pledge not to attack Cuba.
The U.S. established limited diplomatic ties with Cuba on September 1, 1977. Castro opened the port of Mariel to a "freedom flotilla" of boats from the U.S., allowing 125,000 to flee to Miami. After the refugees arrived, it was discovered that their ranks were swelled with prisoners, mental patients, homosexuals, and others unwanted by the Cuban government.
Russian aid ended when Communism collapsed in eastern Europe in 1990. In 1993, Castro permitted limited private enterprise. In March 1996, the U.S. tightened its embargo with the Helms-Burton Act.
Christmas became an official holiday in 1997 following a visit by Pope John Paul II to Cuba in 1998.
In June 2000, the Clinton administration sent Elian Gonzalez, a young Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube near Miami, back to Cuba. The Cuban community in the U.S. demanded that the boy remain in Miami rather than be returned to his father in Cuba.
In March and April 2003, Castro sent nearly 80 dissidents to prison with long sentences, prompting an international condemnation of Cuba's suppression of human rights.
The Bush administration tightened its embargo in June 2004, allowing Cuban Americans to return to the island only once every three years and restricting the amount of U.S. cash that can be spent in Cuba to $50 per day. In response, Cuba banned the use of dollars.
In July 2006, Castro temporarily turned over power to his brother Raúl. In October, it was revealed that Castro has cancer. Castro released a public statement declaring that he was not healthy enough to campaign in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Both Fidel and Raúl Castro were re-elected to the National Assembly during January 2008 parliamentary elections. In February 2008, Fidel Castro announced his retirement. Raúl Castro succeeded him on February 24, 2008.
In February 2008, Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights at the UN. Roque also announced that the United Nations Human Rights Council will be allowed to examine Cuba at will.
In March 2009, the U.S. Congress voted to repeal restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting Havana and sending money into Cuba.
On April 19, 2011, José Ramón Machado was appointed to fill the second-highest position in the Communist Party. It was the first time since 1959 that someone other than the Castro brothers has been named to the position.
In October 2011, buying and selling cars became legal. Also, Raúl Castro started allowing Cubans to go into business for themselves in a variety of approved jobs. The government also began allowing real estate to be bought and sold. A new law, applying only to permanent residents, went into effect on November 10. The law limits Cubans to owning one home in the city and one in the country. The new law also requires all new real estate transactions be made through Cuban bank accounts.
In December 2011, the government pardoned more than 2,900 prisoners, but not Alan Gross. Gross, an American contractor, began serving a 15-year sentence in 2009 for distributing satellite telephone equipment in Cuba.
On March 26, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI visited Cuba. Around 200,000 attended the Mass in Santiago de Cuba. Many attendees said they were pressured to attend by employers or members of the Communist Party.
On October 16, 2012, the government announced Cubans would no longer be required to have an exit visa when leaving the country. Cubans could leave the country on vacations or forever beginning January 13, 2014. However, the new policy also stated that Cubans could be stopped from leaving the country for "defense and national security" reasons.
On December 17, 2014, the Cuban government freed Alan Gross. U.S. President Barack Obama responded by announcing that the U.S. would resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
© 2004 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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