Population: 202,656,788 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: White 47.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 43.1%, black 7.6%, Asian 1.1%, indigenous 0.4% (2010 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2% (includes Adventist 6.5%, Assembly of God 2.0%, Christian Congregation of Brazil 1.2%, Universal Kingdom of God 1.0%, other Protestant 11.5%), other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)
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 Brazil:
Brazil is the only Latin American nation that derives its language and culture from Portugal. The native inhabitants mostly consisted of the nomadic Tupí-Guaraní Indians. Adm. Pedro Alvares Cabral claimed the territory for Portugal in 1500. Explorers brought back a wood that produced a red dye, pau-brasil, from which the land received its name. Portugal began colonization in 1532 and made the area a royal colony in 1549.
During the Napoleonic Wars, King João VI, fled Portugal in 1808 and set up his court in Rio de Janeiro. João was drawn home in 1820 by a revolution, leaving his son as regent. The prince declared Brazil's independence on September 7, 1822, becoming Pedro I, emperor of Brazil. Pedro I abdicated in 1831 in favor of his five-year-old son, Pedro II, who became emperor in 1840. Brazil maintained a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889.
Coffee exporters politically dominated the country until Getulio Vargas rose to power in 1930.
President Wenceslau Braz cooperated with the Allies and declared war on Germany during World War I. In World War II, Brazil again aligned with the Allies, joining the invasion of Italy after declaring war on the Axis powers.
After a military coup in 1964, Brazil had a series of military governments until Gen. João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo became president in 1979 and pledged a return to democracy in 1985. On January 15, 1985, Tancredo Neves was elected as the first civilian president since 1964, but he died several months later. Vice President José Sarney became president.
Collor de Mello won the election in 1989, but resigned when facing impeachment by Congress because of a corruption scandal. Vice President Itamar Franco assumed the presidency.
In October 1994, Fernando Cardoso won the presidency. Cardoso sold off inefficient government-owned monopolies in the telecommunications, electrical power, port, mining, railway, and banking industries.
In January 1999, the Asian economic crisis spread to Brazil. Rather than prop up the currency through financial markets, Brazil opted to let the currency float. Cardoso was praised by the international community, however, the economy remained sluggish throughout 2001. Brazil also faced an energy crisis. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) offered Brazil an aid package in August 2001. In August 2002, the IMF agreed to lend Brazil $30 billion.
In January 2003, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, leader of Brazil's only Socialist party, the Workers' Party, became president. In 2005, a bribery scandal led to the resignation of several high government officials. Another corruption scandal surfaced right before the October 2006 election. Lula won only 48.6% of the vote, forcing a runoff election on October 29. Lula was re-elected with 60.8% of the vote.
A new oil field, called Tupi, was discovered 16,000 feet below the ocean's floor in November 2007.
In October 2009, Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first South American city to host the Games.
In the second round of presidential elections in October 2010, Dilma Rousseff defeated José Serra to become Brazil's first woman president.
On April 7, 2011, a former student returned to his public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro and began firing, killing 12 children and wounding 12 others, before shooting himself. Wellington Menezes de Oliveria, entered the school telling a teacher who recognized him that he was there to speak to a class. Oliveira opened fire a few minutes later.
In June 2011, top cabinet official Antonio Palocci resigned. Palocci was accused of increasing his personal wealth as a corporate consultant while he also served in congress and coordinated Rousseff's presidential campaign.
Around three thousand soldiers and police officers moved into Rocinha, one of the largest slums in Rio de Janeiro, on November 13, 2011. It was part of an operation by the government to gain control over troubled areas cracking down on drug traffickers before the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. The operation, named "Shock of Peace," involved military helicopters, tanks, snipers stationed on rooftops, and police squads patrolling alleys. Shock of Peace was made possible by the arrest of Nem, a drug lord whose real name is Antônio Bonfim Lopes.
On January 27, 2013, a fire broke out in a nightclub in Santa Maria. The cause of the fire was a flare from pyrotechnics used by a band performing on stage at the club. More than 200 people were killed.
On May 14, 2013, the National Council of Justice ruled that notary publics could not refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Notary publics would also be required to convert same-sex civil unions into marriages.
Nationwide protests were held in June 2013 over increases in bus fares. The protesters were mainly part of an organization called the Free Fare Movement. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in São Paulo. Protests also occurred in Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Natal and Goiânia. On June 25, President Rousseff met with members of the Free Fare Movement and proposed a Congressional overhaul as well as a change to campaign-finance methods.
© 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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