Population: 127,103,388 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6% (2004) Note: up to 230,000 Brazilians of Japanese
origin migrated to Japan in the 1990s to work in industries; some returned to Brazil
Religions: Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8% (2005)
On October 8, 1994, Rev. Hansen received this revelation from the Lord:
Warning: Divine Messages To Japan
"Judgment is coming upon Japan. Japan is bound by giant deception as a thick forest. The Word of God uncompromised, used as a sword, will start to cut down the forest; but a catastrophe will strike the nation and the church will start to draw nigh unto God."
At 5:46am Tuesday morning, January 17, 1995, catastrophe struck the nation of Japan. Over 5,000 people died and 300,000 were left homeless. The city of Kobe, which many in Japan thought was quake-safe, was devastated by a killer earthquake. Newsweek magazine reported the following statements in the January 30, 1995 copy, "Hell in 20 seconds: To those in Kobe last week it must have seemed that, in just 20 seconds Japan's magnificent postwar rise to economic superpower had been reduced to an illusion. One moment they were dressed, propertied and secure; the next they were refugees shuffling threw rubble-strewn streets fretted by flame; they were lugging bundled possessions on their backs, while they discovered the corpses of loved ones and neighbors. Many Japanese were shocked to the bones not just by the tragedy but by their nation's ill-preparedness after years of government assurances about the state-of-the-art earthquake proofing."
The word of warning from God on October 8, 1994 came true!
Japan's attitude of superiority and self-reliance was shattered in less than one minute. Their trust in scientific technology turned out to be a myth. As God says in 1 Corinthians 1:19, "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
On January 28, 1995, Rev. Hansen received another revelation (word of knowledge) from the only true and Living God. The warning was:
"The nation generally has not recognized God's hand trying to draw their attention toward him. Instead, they remain self-reliant and proud. More earthquakes will fall upon Japan. Also, another catastrophe of a different type will fall upon Japan. Through these series of events the Word will be received in greater proportion than before by some of the church; and some people in Japan will turn to the living God."
The warning and messages from the Lord are clear! Many Christians and others in Japan are spiritually bound by deception. This is the result of not allowing the Holy Spirit, through the Scriptures (Bible), to change one's heart, mind, personality, values, beliefs and lifestyle. When believers continue to resist the operation of the Holy Spirit in their lives, through Scripture, they become spiritually bankrupt. In their own self-reliance, they become unaware of their rebellious nature. Instead, they become vain, callous and cold to the truths, mercy and love of God. Through the warnings (catastrophes), God in his grace is trying to get man's attention and enable him to see his true spiritual condition (Romans 1:16-32).
On March 20, 1995, a "catastrophe of a different type", warned by God, hit Japan. 12 people died and 5,500 were injured. The Tokyo subway was the scene of a bizarre attack on millions of people. The April 3, 1995 edition of Newsweek magazine reads, "It was a mystery why many more people didn't die."
Japan was once again left in a state of shock as fear gripped the nation.
It is believed that Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinsikyo Sect, was behind the sarin gas attack. Newsweek magazine cover edition April 3, 1995, reads Cult of Terror. Newsweek reports, "Venerated Master, Shoku Asahara says sarin will be a primary weapon in the final world war set to begin as early as 1997." According to Newsweek magazine May 29, 1995, Aum devotees are accused of helping to amass enough chemical and biological weapons to kill millions of people. Police suspect Aum tried to smuggle nuclear weapons from Russia. Time magazine, June 12, 1995 reports that Asahara planned to start a world war in November 1995 by, "Attacks on government buildings, the Diet and the Imperial Palace. One plan called for releasing sarin over Tokyo from 1.65-m-long remote-controlled helicopters. Asahara would follow up the attack by overpowering the Japanese Self Defense Forces, and taking control of Japan with his own tanks and fighter jets."
Once again, God's word and revelation January 28, 1995 of the future came true!
Two major catastrophes leave Japan questioning their values, beliefs and meaning to life. Newsweek May 29, 1995 reports, "Our system created people who may be smart with high marks, but don't have any feeling about hurting others. This country is not so healthy mentally," says Hideo Takeichi, a journalism professor at Tokyo's Sophira University. "We Japanese university professors, and also the Ministry of Education, should have some sense of responsibility for this sarin gas incident. It's a chance for a paradigm shift - for a change in our basic social values." A private institution in Tokyo last year found 15 percent of Japanese white-collar workers in their 20's to be 'mentally unstable.' For a while the economic ride was enough for some people, but there isn't a whole lot you can hook into in Japanese society if you're looking for something to give your life meaning."
There are over 180,000 religious groups nationwide in Japan today. The Bible tells us that religion is not the answer; there is only one true and living God revealed through Jesus Christ. There will be more catastrophes in Japan on an increasing scale in the future as God, in his mercy, tries to reveal himself to the people in Japan.
Many people will die -- damned and rejected by God because they would not heed the warnings and turn to the true God.
THERE IS HOPE!
Christians in Japan, it is time to live and preach the Word of God faithfully to bring salvation to yourselves and set the captives free (the people blinded in selfish deception).
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." II Timothy 3:16
People of Japan turn from your present values and seek the only TRUE GOD as your only source of security.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
This prophecy was recorded October 8, 1994 and conveyed to church leaders at that time.
On May 28, 2004 at 3:30am, the Lord told Rev. Hansen:
"Your idols, the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist Temple and the Yasukuni Jinja Shinto Shrine will crumble and fall, and you will know that I, Jesus Christ, am the Lord of all. Turn to Me while you can, while there is still time; for total judgment is at hand."
History of Japan:
The chief of the Yamato clan became the first emperor of Japan around 400 A.D. Contact with Korea introduced Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century. The first permanent capital was founded in 710 at Nara, which became a center of Buddhist art, religion and culture. Through the 700s, Japan was influenced by China, and the Yamato clan set up an imperial court similar to that of China.
In 794, the national capital was moved to Kyoto and certain noble families, especially the Fujiwara family, gained control of the government.
Warrior clans rose to prominence as a distinct class known as samurai. The Minamoto clan set up a military government under Yoritomo in 1192. He was designated shogun (military dictator). For the next 700 years, shoguns ruled in Japan, while the imperial court existed in relative obscurity.
Portuguese ships arrived in 1543. Portuguese traders, Jesuit missionaries, and Spanish, Dutch, and English traders followed. Tokugawa Ieyasu seized power in 1600 and became the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, a feudal military government. Japan terminated Christian missions and prohibited trade with foreign countries.
Western attempts to renew trade relations failed until 1853, when Commodore Matthew Perry sailed an American fleet into Tokyo Bay. Trade with the West was forced upon Japan under terms less than favorable to the Japanese. In 1868, the emperor Meiji came to the throne, the shogun system was abolished, and the capital was moved to Tokyo.
In 1889, Japan established an imperial army and formed a parliamentary government. After a brief war with China in 1894-1895, Japan acquired Formosa (Taiwan), the Pescadores Islands, and part of southern Manchuria.
In 1904-1905, Japan defeated Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, gaining the territory of southern Sakhalin (Karafuto). In World War I, Japan seized Germany's Pacific islands. The Treaty of Versailles awarded Japan a mandate over the islands.
At the Washington Conference of 1921-1922, Japan agreed to respect Chinese national integrity, but invaded Manchuria in 1931. In 1932, Japan set up Manchuria as a puppet state, "Manchukuo," under Emperor Henry Pu-Yi, the last of China's Manchu dynasty. On November 25, 1936, Japan joined the Axis in World War II and invaded China the following year. The Pearl Harbor attack on the U.S. took place on December 7, 1941. The dropping of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 by the United States brought the government to admit defeat. Japan surrendered formally on September 2, 1945, aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur was appointed supreme commander of the U.S. occupation of postwar Japan (1945-1952). In 1947, a new constitution took effect. The emperor became largely a symbolic head of state. The U.S. and Japan signed a security treaty in 1951, allowing for U.S. troops to be stationed in Japan. In 1952, Japan regained full sovereignty. Japan became an economic power and an ally of the U.S.
Japan suffered an economic downturn in the 1990s prompted by scandals involving government officials, bankers, and leaders of industry. The Asian economic crisis in 1998 led Japan to experience its worst recession since World War II. Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto resigned in July 1998. He was replaced by Keizo Obuchi.
Prime Minister Obuchi died of a stroke in May 2000 and was succeeded by Yoshiro Mori. Mori resigned in April 2001 and was replaced by Junichiro Koizumi of the Liberal Democrat Party.
In September 2002, President Kim Jong Il apologized at a summit meeting for North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese citizens during the 1970s and 1980s. Koizumi was re-elected in September 2003.
In August 2005, Koizumi called for early elections, when the upper house of parliament rejected his proposal to privatize the postal service. Koizumi won a landslide victory in September. Shinzo Abe succeeded Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister in September 2006.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Japan in July 2007. The tremor caused skyscrapers in Tokyo to sway for almost a minute, buckled roads and bridges, and damaged a nuclear power plant. About 315 gallons of radioactive water leaked into the Sea of Japan.
Prime Minister Abe resigned on September 12, 2007. The Liberal Democrat Party elected Yasuo Fukuda to succeed Abe. Fukuda was elected to Parliament in 1990 and held the post as chief cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
In June 2008, the upper house of Parliament, censured Fukuda, citing his management of domestic issues. The lower house supported him in a vote of confidence. Fukuda resigned in September 2008. Shortly before he stepped down, Fukuda made several cabinet changes and announced a $17 billion stimulus package. Taro Aso was elected as president of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. On September 24, the lower house of Parliament selected him as prime minister.
In August 2009 parliamentary elections, the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won in a landslide. Yukio Hatoyama became prime minister. Hatoyama campaigned on promises to move the U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma off the island of Okinawa. The U.S. insisted that Japan comply with a 2006 agreement to relocate the base to a less populated part of Okinawa. In early 2010, as tension mounted between North and South Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship and China indicating it planned to beef up its military, polls showed that most Japanese endorsed the role of the U.S. as a protector. Hatoyama resigned in June 2010. The Democrats elected Foreign Minister Naoto Kan to replace Hatoyama.
Japan was hit by a massive earthquake on March 11, 2011, that triggered a tsunami in the north. The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake and revised its magnitude from 8.9 to 9.0, which is the largest in Japan's history. The earthquake struck about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo.
Disaster struck again on March 12 when an explosion in reactor No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station caused one of the buildings to crumble to the ground. Officials said they believed that partial meltdowns occurred at reactors No. 1 and No. 3. More than 200,000 residents were evacuated from surrounding areas. By March 15, two more explosions and a fire had officials and workers at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station struggling to regain control of four reactors. The fire at reactor No. 4 was contained, but not before the incident released radioactivity directly into the atmosphere. The government called in troops to aid in the relief effort.
On August 26, 2011, Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned. The Japanese Parliament elected Yoshihiko Noda as the new prime minister. Noda became the sixth prime minister in five years.
On December 2, 2011, Tokyo Electric Power released the results of an internal study on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The study found that the power plant withstood the March 11, 2011 earthquake. The report revealed that the tsunami, which followed the earthquake, caused the damaged to the plant. Also in December, Prime Minister Noda announced the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were under control.
In February 2012, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would impose sanctions on Yakuza, Japan's biggest organized-crime syndicate. In the U.S., members of Yakuza have been involved in drug trafficking and other crimes.
In August 2012, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited Liancourt Rocks, a pair of islets that are the subject of a territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan. Tokyo said the move was "unacceptable," and withdrew its ambassador to South Korea. Also, in August 2012, Japan arrested 14 Chinese citizens after they arrived on an island claimed by both countries. Japan calls the island Senkaku. China calls it Diaoyu. The 14 prisoners included journalists and protesters.
On September 21, 2012, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda won re-election as president of the Democratic Party of Japan. Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka, launched a new political party, the Japan Restoration Party (JRP).
In December 2012 elections, the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Shinzo Abe, won in a landslide. Abe became prime minister again on December 26.
In August 2013, Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force reported that radioactive water was seeping from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean. NRA went on to say the situation was more extreme than previously reported and that it was an emergency.
In April 2014, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a measure lifting Japan's ban on weapons exports. Arms sales remain banned to countries in conflict and nations believed to undermine international peace.
© 1994, 19995, 2004 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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