Population: 28,868,486 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people
Religions: Nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%
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 Venezuela:
When Christopher Columbus explored Venezuela on his third voyage in 1498, the area was inhabited by Arawak, Carib, and Chibcha Indians. A subsequent Spanish explorer gave the country its name, meaning "Little Venice." Caracas was founded in 1567. Simon Bolivar, who led the liberation from Spain of much of the continent, was born in Caracas in 1783. With Bolivar taking part, Venezuela was one of the first South American colonies to revolt in 1810, winning independence in 1821. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). A period of unstable dictatorships followed. Antonio Guzman Blanco governed from 1870 to 1888, developing an infrastructure, expanding agriculture, and welcoming foreign investment.
Gen. Juan Vicente Gómez was dictator from 1908 to 1935, when Venezuela became a major oil exporter. A military junta ruled after his death. Dr. Rómulo Betancourt and the Democratic Action Party won a majority of seats in a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution in 1946. A well-known writer, Rómulo Gallegos, became Venezuela's first democratically elected president in 1947. Within eight months, Gallegos was overthrown by a military-backed coup led by Marcos Peréz Jiménez, who was ousted himself in 1958. Betancourt served from 1959-1964, while Rafael Caldera Rodriguez, president from 1969 to 1974, legalized the Communist Party and established diplomatic relations with Moscow.
In 1974, President Carlos Andrés Pérez took office, and in 1976 Venezuela nationalized foreign-owned oil and steel companies. Luis Herrera Campíns became president in 1978. Declining world oil prices sent Venezuela's economy into a tailspin, increasing the country's foreign debt. Pérez was reelected to a nonconsecutive term in 1988. Military officers staged two unsuccessful coup attempts in 1992, while the following year Congress impeached Pérez on corruption charges. President Rafael Caldera Rodríguez was elected in December 1993. In 1997, the government announced an expansion of gold and diamond mining to reduce reliance on oil.
In 1999, Hugo Chávez became president. A constituent assembly was formed to rewrite the constitution in July 1999, followed by the creation of a constitutional assembly made up of Chávez's allies that replaced the democratically elected Congress.
Chávez was re-elected to a six-year term in July 2000. Troops were called in to quell protests over the election in several cities. In 2000, Chávez became the first foreign head of state to visit Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War.
In December 2001, business and labor organizations held a work stoppage to protest Chávez's authoritarian government. In April 2002, workers reduced oil production to protest Chávez's policies. Following a massive anti-Chávez demonstration during which 12 people were killed, a coalition of business and military leaders forced Chávez from power. International criticism of the coup and support from Chávez's followers returned Chávez to power two days later.
Beginning in early December 2002, a general strike was called by business and labor leaders. Strike leaders pledged to continue until Chávez resigned or agreed to early elections. In February 2003, the strikers conceded defeat.
In August 2003, a petition with 3.2 million signatures was delivered to the country's election commission, demanding a recall referendum on Chávez. The Chávez government challenged the referendum process and petitions submitted were rejected as invalid. The electoral board finally accepted a petition in June 2004. Chávez won the referendum with 58% of the vote.
In December 2005, Chávez's Fifth Republic Movement won 114 of 167 seats in parliamentary elections. The remaining seats were won by his allies. President Chávez won re-election in December 2006.
In January 2007, Chávez announced the nationalization of major energy and telecommunications companies. Days later, the National Assembly voted to allow Chávez to rule by decree for 18 months. In May, Chávez shut down the main opposition television station, RCTV, which had been critical of the government. In August, the National Assembly voted to abolish presidential term limits.
On July 31, 2008, Chávez approved 26 new laws that significantly increased his control, enabling him to delegate regional leaders with separate budgets, create a new military branch, and temporarily control private companies, among other powers. On September 4, the Venezuelan parliament voted to give Chávez control of the country's fuel distribution. Chávez won a referendum in February 2009, giving him the ability to run for re-election indefinitely.
In September 2010 parliamentary elections, opposition parties won a narrow majority of the vote, taking 5.7 million votes to 5.4 million for Chávez's United Socialist Party. A gerrymandered electoral system awarded Chávez's supporters 98 of the 165 seats in the National Assembly, but he will no longer have the two-thirds majority required for laws affecting constitutional rights and for judicial appointments.
In early June 2011, while visiting Cuba, Chávez was hospitalized. Doctors removed a baseball-sized cancerous tumor. While Chávez received care in Cuba, doctors at Venezuela hospitals went on strike to demand better pay. Also, frequent blackouts caused unrest and more than 20 people were killed in a prison uprising. On June 30, Chávez appeared in a televised address and confirmed suspicion that he was battling cancer. On October 20, 2011, Chávez declared that he was cancer free.
On November 9, 2011, Wilson Ramos, a catcher for the Washington Nationals, was kidnapped by several men outside his parents' home, just east of Valencia. Kidnappings have been a problem for Venezuela, but this was the first time that a Major League Baseball (MLB) player had been abducted. The country has one of the world's highest kidnapping rates.
On November 12, 2011, Venezuelan police commandos rescued Ramos during a gunfight. Eight people were charged in the kidnapping, including a 74-year-old man and 60-year-old woman who supplied food to the kidnappers from their home. Ramos was informed by his kidnappers that they had been watching his movements for some time before the abduction.
In December 2011, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met for a two day summit in Caracas. At the summit, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela called for an end to the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine is a policy of U.S. intervention stated by U.S. President James Monroe in 1823. Before the summit officially began, Ortega said, "We are sentencing the Monroe Doctrine to death."
In February 2012, millions of voters chose Henrique Capriles Radonski to challenge Chávez in the presidential election. On July 9, 2012, Chávez stated that he was "totally free" of cancer.
On October 7, 2012, Hugo Chávez won the presidential election, receiving 54 percent of the vote. Radonski received 45 percent. Even though it was the narrowest margin of victory, Chávez won his third six-year term as president.
In December 2012, Chávez informed the nation on television that he needed another operation for cancer. He named Nicolás Maduro, the vice president, his successor should Chávez be unable to lead the country in the future.
On January 4, 2013, Vice President Maduro said that Chávez could be sworn in after the start of his term according to the nation's Constitution. The night before Chavez's inauguration, the Supreme Court ruled that the inauguration could be postponed and advisers could begin the transition to the new term in his absence.
On February 18, 2013, President Chávez returned to Venezuela after being in Cuba for more than two months recovering from surger. Chávez succumbed to cancer on March 5, 2013. On March 8, 2013, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in as interim president.
A special presidential election was held on Aprl 14, 2013. Nicolás Maduro won over Henrique Capriles Radonski by a slim margin. Maduro assumed office on April 19, 2013. Maduro kept Elias Jaua as foreign minister and Diego Molero as defense minister.
On February 12, 2014, thousands of demonstrators poured into Caracas. The protests turned violent. Three people were killed. Government officials blamed the deaths on opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez denied any responsibility, but was arrested and taken to a military prison. The next week, Venezuela gave three American Embassy officials 48 hours to leave the country, accusing them of recruiting students to join the demonstrations.
On March 13, 2014, three protesters were fatally shot during demonstrations. President Maduro invited leaders of the student protests to meet, but also ordered riot police officers to use pepper spray, water cannons and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators.
© 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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