Population: 15,654,411 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 71.9%, Montubio 7.4%, Afroecuadorian 7.2%, Amerindian 7%,
white 6.1%, other 0.4% (2010 census)
Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%
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 Ecuador:
The tribes in the northern highlands of Ecuador formed the Kingdom of Quito around 1000. It was absorbed into the Inca Empire. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro conquered the land in 1532. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The first revolt against Spain occurred in 1809. In 1819, Ecuador joined Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama in a confederacy known as Gran Colombia (Greater Columbia).
When Gran Colombia collapsed in 1830, Ecuador became independent and the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Revolts and dictatorships followed. Ecuador had 48 presidents during the first 131 years of the republic.
Peru invaded Ecuador in 1941 and seized a large tract of territory in the Amazon region. In 1981 and 1995, war broke out again. In May 1999, Ecuador and Peru signed a treaty ending the nearly 60-year border dispute.
In 1998, Ecuador experienced one of its worst economic crises. El Niño caused $3 billion in damage. In 1999, the government was near bankruptcy, the currency lost 40% of its value against the dollar, and the poverty rate soared to 70%. The president's economic austerity plan was protested with massive strikes in March 1999.
President Jamil Mahuad was overthrown in a military coup in January 2000. The military junta gave power to the vice president, Gustavo Noboa. In February 2001, the government cut fuel prices after violent protests by Indians. Ecuador's economy grew by 5.4% in 2001.
Lucio Gutiérrez became Ecuador's sixth president in seven years when he was elected in 2003. His attempts to introduce austere fiscal reforms quickly alienated his political base, and numerous national strikes took place throughout 2003. In April 2005, Gutiérrez was ousted by the Ecuadoran Congress, after replacing much of the supreme court with his allies. Alfredo Palacio took over as president.
In 2006, huge nationwide protests took place concerning a potential free-trade agreement with the U.S. In the November 2006 presidential runoff elections, Rafael Correa won with 56.7% of the vote, defeating businessman Alvaro Noboa. Correa took office in January 2007. In an April 2007 referendum, voters overwhelmingly approved his call to re-write the constitution. Correa's critics accused him of trying to consolidate power.
In March 2008, Colombian forces crossed into Ecuadorean territory and killed FARC rebel leader Raúl Reyes and 20 other rebels. In response, Venezuela and Ecuador broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia and sent troops to the Colombian borders. Attempting to cool diplomatic tension between the countries, the Organization of American States approved a resolution, which declared that the Colombian raid into Ecuador was a violation of sovereignty. On March 6, Nicaragua broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia to demonstrate unity with President Rafael Correa. On March 7, 2008, during a summit meeting in the Dominican Republic, the leaders of Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua ended their diplomatic dispute over Colombia's raid into Ecuador.
In September 2008, voters approved the new constitution that increased presidential powers and allowed Correa to run for two more consecutive terms. General elections, under the new constitutional framework, were held in April 2009, and voters re-elected President Rafael Correa.
In September 2010, police protesting Correa's plan to end bonuses and reduce other benefits for the force fired tear gas at the president and then held him captive in a hospital for more than 12 hours. He was rescued by special forces. Correa accused the officers of attempting a coup and declared a state of emergency.
A package of ten constitutional amendments tackling judicial and media reforms went to vote on May 7, 2011. President Rafael Correa's "Yes" campaign won all the questions. Correa claimed the referendums were needed to support the police and eliminate corrupt and inept judges. Opponents say the reforms were a power-seeking move.
In late February 2012, President Correa pardoned three newspaper executives and one columnist in a libel case. The pardon came months after Correa sued El Universo. The lawsuit was over a columnist accusing him of ordering troops to fire on a hospital during an uprising. Correa denied giving the order. The courts ruled in his favor.
On August 16, 2012, Ecuador announced that it was granting political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The night before the announcement, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño reported that British officials had threatened to invade Ecuador's embassy. Britain maintained its legal obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden, where Assange was wanted for questioning over accusations of sexual assault.
President Rafael Correa was re-elected in February 2013. Correa began his third term on May 24, 2013.
© 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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