Population: 14,647,083 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish - in local Spanish called Ladino) and European 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%,
Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi 6.3%, other Mayan 8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%, other 0.1% (2001 census)
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs
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 Guatemala:
The Mayan civilization flourished in Guatemala during the first millennium A.D. Guatemala was conquered by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in 1524. Guatemala won its independence in 1821 and became a republic in 1839 after the United Provinces of Central America collapsed. From 1898 to 1920, dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera ran the country. Lazaro Chacon Gonzalez became President in September 1926. He resigned in 1930 after having a stroke. Gen. Jorge Ubico Castaneda served as strongman from 1931 to 1944.
After Ubico's overthrow in 1944 by the "October Revolutionaries," coalitions led by Juan Jose Arevalo and Jacobo Arbenz Guzman instituted social and political reforms. Col. Carlos Castillo Armas led a coup in 1954. By 1960, Guatemala was plunged into a 36-year civil war, the longest civil war in Latin American history. In 1977, the U.S. cut off military aid because of the country's human rights abuses. The indigenous Mayan Indians were singled out for special brutality. By the end of the war, 200,000 citizens were dead.
A succession of military juntas dominated during the civil war until a new constitution was passed. Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo was elected and took office in 1986. He was followed by Jorge Serrano Elias in 1991. In 1993, Serrano moved to dissolve Congress and the supreme court and suspend constitutional rights, but the military deposed Serrano and allowed the inauguration of Ramiro de Leon Carpio. A peace agreement was signed in December 1996 by President Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen.
In 1999, a Guatemalan truth commission blamed the army for 93% of the atrocities and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit for 3%. Alfonso Portillo Cabrera became president in January 2000. In August 2000, Portillo apologized for the former government's human rights abuses and pledged to prosecute those responsible and compensate victims.
To stimulate the economy, Guatemala, along with El Salvador and Honduras, signed a free trade agreement with Mexico in June 2000. In August 2001, plans for tax increases prompted widespread protests.
In July 2003, Guatemala's highest court ruled that former coup leader and military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of civilians during the civil war, was eligible to run for president. The ruling conflicted with the constitution, which bans anyone who seized power in a coup from running for the presidency. In November, Rios Montt was soundly defeated by two candidates, Oscar Berger and Alvaro Colom. Berger was elected president in the December runoff election.
In 2005, the government ratified a free-trade agreement (CAFTA) with the U.S.
Three Salvadoran politicians, all members of the Central American Parliament, and their driver were found murdered on a road near Guatemala City in February 2007. Four Guatemalan police officers were arrested in connection with the murders and later shot dead in their prison cells. Three other officers were named as suspects. Guatemala's security minister, the national police chief, and the director of the country's prisons all resigned in the scandal.
Fourteen candidates, including 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, competed in the first round of presidential elections in September 2007. Otto Perez Molina and businessman Alvaro Colom advanced to the second round. Alvaro Colom, of the National Unity for Hope party, defeated Otto Perez Molina in the presidential election on November 4, 2007.
In July 2011, Waqib Kej, a Guatemalan indigenous organization, sent a letter to the United Nations accusing Otto Perez Molina of genocide and torture in 1982, during the civil war.
Otto Perez Molina was elected president in November 2011 defeating Manuel Baldizon. The first ex-soldier elected since democracy was restored in 1986, Perez Molina vowed to fight hard against organized crime. Guatemala has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
In July 2012, dozens of people were injured in clashes with police in Guatemala City when students protested education reforms.
On November 7, 2012, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake rocked Guatemala. At least 48 people were killed. At a news conference, President Molina said it was the strongest earthquake since 1976. San Marcos was the hardest hit.
On May 10, 2013, a tribunal found General Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of several rapes and massacres. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. On May 20, 2013, the highest court in Guatemala overturned the genocide conviction.
In May 2014, former president Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to jail in the U.S. for accepting bribes from Taiwan in exchange for a promise that Guatemala would recognise the island diplomatically while he was in office.
© 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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