Population: 5,848,641 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 69%, white 17%, black 9%, Amerindian 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 58.5%, Protestant 23.2% (Evangelical 21.6%, Moravian 1.6%), Jehovah's Witnesses 0.9%,
other 1.6%, none 15.7% (2005 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 Nicaragua:
Nicaragua, which derives its name from the chief of the area's leading Indian tribe at the time of the Spanish Conquest, was first settled by the Spanish in 1522. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. For the next century, Nicaragua's politics were dominated by the competition for power between the Liberals, who were centered in the city of Leon, and the Conservatives, centered in Granada.
To back up its support of the new Conservative government in 1909, the U.S. sent a small detachment of marines to Nicaragua from 1912 to 1925. The Bryan-Chamorro Treaty of 1916 gave the U.S. an option on a canal route through Nicaragua and naval bases. A guerrilla leader, Gen. Cesar Augusto Sandino, fought the U.S. troops from 1927 until their withdrawal in 1933.
After ordering Sandino's assassination, Gen. Anastasio Somoza Garcia was dictator from 1936 until his own assassination in 1956. He was succeeded by his son Luis, who alternated with trusted family friends in the presidency until his death in 1967. He was succeeded by his brother, Maj.Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle. The Somozas ruled Nicaragua with an iron fist, reducing its dependence on banana exports, exiling political foes, and amassing a family fortune.
Marxist Sandinista guerrillas, who took their name from Sandino, launched an offensive in 1979. After seven weeks of fighting, Somoza fled the country on July 17, 1979. The Sandinistas assumed power two days later. On January 23, 1981, the Reagan administration suspended U.S. aid, charging that Nicaragua, with the aid of Cuba and the Soviet Union, was supplying arms to rebels in El Salvador. The Sandinistas denied the charges. Later that year, Nicaraguan guerrillas known as "Contras" began a war to overthrow the Sandinistas. Elections were held on November 4, 1984, with Daniel Ortega, the Sandinista junta coordinator, winning the presidency.
Violetta Barrios de Chamorro, owner of the opposition paper La Prensa, led a broad anti-Sandinista coalition to victory in the 1990 elections, ending 11 years of Sandinista rule. Enthusiasm for Chamorro gradually faded. Former Managua mayor and Conservative candidate Arnoldo Aleman won the 1996 election. Former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was his closest rival.
In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Many people fled to the U.S., which offered Nicaraguans an immigration amnesty program until July 1999.
In the November 2001 presidential elections, Enrique Bolanos, the ruling Liberal Party leader, defeated Ortega, who was attempting a comeback. In August 2002, former president Arnoldo Aleman was charged with fraud and embezzlement, and in 2003 he was sent to prison for 20 years.
Nicaragua received an enormous show of support from the international community in 2004 when the IMF and World Bank forgave $4.5 billion of Nicaragua's debt. In April 2006, a free-trade agreement (CAFTA) with the U.S. went into effect.
Former Sandinista president Daniel Ortega won the November 2006 presidential election and took office in January 2007. In early 2008, Eduardo Montealegre was forced out of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN) and formed his own movement, Vamos con Eduardo (VCE), and ran for mayor of Managua. The VCE and Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) formed an electoral alliance to compete under the same banner during the November 2008 municipal elections. Those elections were marred by a number of serious irregularities and were denounced as severely flawed.
Official results released by the Supreme Electoral Council awarded 105 of Nicaragua's 153 municipalities to the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). As a result of the electoral fraud, over $100 million in international assistance was lost beginning in 2009. A subsequent regional council election in March 2010 on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast was also marred by election fraud that favored the FSLN.
In November 2011, President Daniel Ortega was re-elected in a landslide victory. Ortega's party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front, also won big. There were complaints of voting irregularities. The European Union's electoral mission called the vote tally "opaque and arbitrary," and observers were blocked from monitoring some polls.
Ortega ignored Nicaragua's constitutional law, which does not allow leaders to serve consecutive terms. The constitution also limits the president to two terms overall. In 2009, the Nicaraguan Supreme Court, controlled by Ortega, ruled that the constitution's limits were a violation of human rights.
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 Chavez of Venezuela called for an end to the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine is a policy of U.S. intervention in the region, instated by U.S. President James Monroe in 1823. Before the summit officially began, Ortega said, "We are sentencing the Monroe Doctrine to death."
© 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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