Population: 321,834 (July 2014 est.) - Note: estimates take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS
Ethnic groups: Black 90.6%, white 4.7%, black and white 2.1%, other 1.9%, unspecified 0.7% (2010 est.)
Religions: Protestant 69.9% (includes Baptist 34.9%, Anglican 13.7%, Pentecostal 8.9% Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%,
Methodist 3.6%, Church of God 1.9%, Brethren 1.6%), Roman Catholic 12%, other Christian 13% (includes
Jehovah's Witness 1.1%), other 0.6%, none 1.9%, unspecified 2.6% (2010 est.)
History of The Bahamas:
The Arawak Indians were the first inhabitants of the Bahamas. Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World in 1492 when he landed on San Salvador. British settlement of the islands began in 1647. During the late 1600s to early 1700s, many privateers and pirates arrived. The most famous ones being Blackbeard and Calico Jack. The "pirates' republic" came to an end in 1718, when Woodes Rogers, the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas, reached Nassau with a small fleet of warships. The islands became a colony in 1783.
From 1861-1865, the islands enjoyed prosperity as a depot for ships running the blockade against the Confederate States during the American Civil War. Economic decline followed compounded by a severe hurricane in 1866.
The Bahamas were granted internal self-government in 1964. The islands moved toward greater autonomy in 1968 after the victory in general elections of the Progressive Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling. Pindling's government negotiated a new constitution with Britain. The colony became the Commonwealth of the Bahama Islands in 1969. The Bahamas became an independent nation on July 10, 1973.
The Duke of Windsor was installed as Governor of the Bahamas in 1940. The Duke resigned the post on March 16, 1945. During World War II, the Allies focused their flight training and anti-submarine operations for the Caribbean in the Bahamas.
The Free National Movement (FNM) was voted in as the new government on August 19, 1992. Hubert Alexander Ingraham became Prime Minister.
Once heavily reliant on agriculture and fishing, the Bahamas diversified its economy into tourism, financial services, and international shipping. Because of its geography, the country is a major shipment point for illegal drugs and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the United States.
In September 2004, Hurricane Frances swept through the Bahamas, leaving widespread damage in its wake. Three weeks later, Hurricane Jeanne struck the islands.
Hubert Ingraham became prime minister again in May 2007 after his Free National Movement party won parliamentary elections.
On May 7, 2012, the Progressive Liberal Party took 29 of the 38 seats in parliamentary elections. Perry Christie was sworn in as prime minister and finance minister.
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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