Population: 24,851,627 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese
Religions: Traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)
Note: autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide
illusion of religious freedom
On November 28, 1995 between 2100 and 2119hrs., Rev. Jonathan Hansen, a prophet of the Lord, received the following message for the people of Korea:
"Korea, Korea, A land of pride and arrogance; you have flaunted yourselves before one another; you have flaunted yourselves before humanity. Do not take the glory unto yourselves, for you have been blessed with my grace -- my grace, not your own. Your thoughts have grown inward thinking; your achievement politically, religiously and economically is self-potential, but I want you to know they are from me. I gave you time to become filled with self-righteousness and self-achievement, but you have forgotten to look to me and give me proper credit and recognition. The glory is mine. For I AM has allowed you to prosper. You could have just as easily perished into oblivion, but I have thus far spared you from yourselves.
Look to me, look to me now while you still can; for I am coming with a sword of righteousness to cut the proud, the high and mighty down to earth again. From your lofty height that you have placed yourselves, you think you can teach the world something; but I want you to know that I will teach you humility and grace. You have begun to see me shake your place, but as yet you do not recognize that I am responsible for your troubles. Look to me now, quickly before you come crashing to earth. The humble shall be exalted and the proud shall I abase, thus saith the Lord your God who created thee and causeth you to prosper, who now will take away unless you call upon my name. Jesus is my name. Jesus Christ of the Holy Scriptures who you daily crucify and abase with your continual self-righteousness and self-reliance. Call upon me, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and I will reveal myself to you as you earnestly seek and desire after me as you have desired after your own glory and strength."
God uses Rev. Hansen in the interpretation of visions and dreams as well as prophecy. The interpretation of this prophecy from the Creator is this:
God is telling the people of Korea, including those who call themselves Christians, that they have become independent, proud and even arrogant. He continues that the people of Korea, from the politician, to the cleric, to the ordinary citizen, have come to believe that their achievements are from their own efforts. But, the Lord God Almighty, the one and only God, manifested through his Son Jesus Christ, is warning the people of Korea that he has given them the time, ability and mercy to prosper and even survive. People need to immediately repent of their self-righteousness (pride in themselves) and become gracious, polite and meek people again. For God's mighty hand will stretch across Korea and start to humble politicians, clergymen, businessmen and society itself until they start to realize they are not so mighty, but ordinary citizens of earth. The accomplishments that you like to show off to the world will start to come down: the politician will be shamed; the military will fail; the infrastructure will start to collapse; the economy will falter. Both church and pastor, who have become repugnant in God's sight for their arrogance and misuse of the glory and name of the Lord, will fall. Note: This is not saying every church and pastor, but those that are supposed to be part of the elect, the true believers who are guilty of self-exaltation, God will chasten.
The message/warning is clear and simple: Earnestly, seriously, and immediately allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and determine to genuinely repent before God and man of the sin of arrogance; wait at length before the Lord under your own choice now; repent before God of all that the Holy Spirit reveals to you, or you will be forced to wait upon the Lord later and repent after the shame has occurred. Those servants of the Lord that are innocent need to pray as never before for your fellow servants. Pray for those that the Spirit of God has already placed a burden on concerning their various sins and follow the Word and the Spirit in ministering to them.
After a time of purification, the innocent servants need to preach this message from the Lord to the people throughout Korea. Let us all be faithful to what the Spirit and Word are saying!
History of North Korea:
According to ancient lore, Korea's earliest civilization, known as Choson, was founded in 2333 B.C. by Tan-gun. Between its initial unification in the 7th century until the 20th century, Korea existed as a single independent country. Following the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, Korea became a protectorate of imperial Japan, and was annexed as a colony in 1910. After Japan's surrender at the conclusion of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel as the result of a 1945 agreement reached by the Allies at the Potsdam Conference with a Communist government in the north.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was established on May 1, 1948, with Kim Il-Sung as president.
Hoping to unify the Koreas under a single Communist government, the North launched a surprise invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, starting the Korean War (1050-1953). The North Korean invaders seized Seoul. UN Commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur ordered an amphibious landing at Inchon on September 15 and routed the North Korean army. Communist China then entered the war. An armistice was achieved on July 27, 1953.
On December 28, 1955, Kim Il-Sung delivered a speech titled "On Eliminating Dogmatism and Formalism and Establishing Juche in Ideological Work", which is the first known reference to Juche. Kim Il-Sung elaborated the Juche Idea into a set of principles that the government uses to justify its policy decisions. Juche is a Korean word meaning "main body" or "mainstream".
Kim Jong-il assumed the mantle of leadership when his father, Kim Il-Sung, died on July 8, 1994. Kim Il-Sung ruled the nation with autocratic power and established an all-pervasive cult of personality. In June 1995, North Korea received a South Korean nuclear reactor.
Two years of floods followed by severe droughts in 1997 and 1998, caused devastating crop failures. In 1998 and 1999, severe famine claimed an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives.
In September 1998, North Korea launched a test missile over Japan raising suspicions regarding North Korea's nuclear intentions. In June 2000, South Korea's president, Kim Dae Jung, met with Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. The summit marked the first-ever meeting of the two countries' leaders.
In January 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush described North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as part of an “axis of evil.”
In September 2002, the North Korean government acknowledged that it had kidnapped Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s for the purposes of training North Korean spies. In October, North Korea admitted that it had violated a 1994 agreement freezing its nuclear weapons program and had been developing nuclear bombs.
In late December 2002, North Korea expelled UN weapons inspectors from the country, and in January 2003, announced that it was officially withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In July 2003, North Korean officials reported that the country had reprocessed enough plutonium to build six nuclear bombs. The United States informed the nation's diplomats that it would not begin to negotiate until North Korea first dismantled its nuclear program. Meetings between officials from the U.S., North Korea, China, Russia, South Korea, and Japan in 2003, 2004, and 2005 ended in deadlock.
In July 2006, North Korea launched seven missiles. In October, North Korea tested a nuclear weapon. President George W. Bush called the test a "threat to international peace and security" and called for sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear facilities in February 2007 and allow international inspectors to enter the country in exchange for about $400 million in oil and aid. In July, the country shut down its weapons-making nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.
In April 2007, Parliament fired Prime Minister Hong Song Nam and named former army and navy minister Kim Yong Il as his successor. For the first time in 56 years, trains passed between North and South Korea in May 2007.
In October 2007, Kim Jong-il and South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun met for their second ever inter-Korean summit. The leaders forged a deal to work together on several economic projects and agreed to move toward signing a treaty that would formally end the Korean War.
In May 2008, North Korea turned over to U.S. officials about 18,000 pages of documents detailing its efforts to reprocess plutonium for nuclear weapons. It did not hand over information on its uranium program or its efforts to sell nuclear material. In June, the country turned over to China a list of its nuclear facilities as well as information on the amount of reprocessed plutonium in its possession and destroyed a cooling tower at its main reactor in Yongbyon.
On April 4, 2009, North Korea launched what it said was a satellite, but other governments claimed was a test for a long-range missile. The international community condemned the test. North Korea dropped out of talks to end its nuclear program. Two weapons tests followed: an underground nuclear test on May 25, and a short-range missile test on May 29. The nuclear test was North Korea's second.
In March 2010, the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk in an area of the Yellow Sea that is in dispute with North Korea. South Korea suspected North Korea was responsible. In May, investigators produced a piece of a torpedo propeller they believed had a North Korea serial number. South Korea formally accused North Korea of launching the attack. North Korea denied the accusation and threatened "all out war" if South Korea moved to retaliate.
At the Korean Workers Party conference in September 2010, Kim Jong-il promoted his son, Kim Jong-un, to the rank of four-star general, gave him a seat on the party's Central Committee, and appointed him as vice chairman of the military commission, paving the way for him to take over as president.
In November 2010, North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at soldiers and civilians on Yeonpyeong Island. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack "one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean war." The South Korean military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert.
Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011. Known as "Dear Leader" to North Koreans, Kim left the economy in shambles. Kim Jong-un succeeded his father and was given the title "Great Successor."
On April 12, 2012, the country attempted to launch a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit, but the rocket blew up seconds after launch. The launch coincided with the celebration of the 100th birthday of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung. In response, the U.S. suspended 240,000 tons of food aid.
North Korea successfully launched a rocket on December 12, 2012. The launch was followed by another round of UN sanctions that were supported by China. Astronomers reported that the satellite was spinning in orbit, a sign that it had failed post-launch.
In February 2013, North Korea said it had detonated its third nuclear bomb. A round of UN sanctions followed, as did joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea near the border. President Kim Jong-un said he would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against his country's enemies.
In December 2013, Kim Jong-un sacked his uncle, Jang Song-thaek. Jang was accused of corruption, drug use, gambling, and womanizing. Days later, North Korea announced that Jang was executed for attempting a coup.
The U.N. Human Rights Council released a report in February 2014 accusing North Korea of crimes against humanity and compared the regime to Nazi Germany. The council recommended that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court.
On March 9, 2014, legislative elections were held. Only one candidate appeared on the ballot for each district and government candidates received 100% of the vote. Later in March, North Korea test fired two mid-range ballistic missiles, which landed in the sea. On March 31, North and South Korea exchanged artillery shells across their disputed western maritime border.
In April 2014, Parliament re-elected Kim as first chairman of the National Defense Commission, the body that controls the country's military.
© 1995 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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