Population: 3,219,775 (July 2014 est.) - Note: immigrants make up 30% of the total population, according to UN data (2013)
Ethnic groups: Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African
Religions: Muslim (official; majority are Ibadhi, lesser numbers of Sunni and Shia) 85.9%, Christian 6.5%, Hindu 5.5%, Buddhist 0.8%, Jewish <.1, other 1%, unaffiliated .2 (2010 est.) - Note: approximately 75% of Omani citizens are Ibadhi Muslims; the Omani government does not keep statistics on religious affiliation (2013)
On 11/5/2007 Dr. Hansen received this prophecy for the People of Muscat, Oman:
"My name is Jesus whom some of you reject. Only I can save you from the plagues that are coming upon the world before I return to earth to judge the nations and bring peace to mankind.
I will return to earth when the armies of the world come against Jerusalem. My feet will stand on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will split in half. I will go forth and fight those nations that come against Jerusalem. (Zech.14:1-4)
Terrible plagues are coming upon the earth to show people and nations which serve other gods that I am the true living God. As Pharaoh in Egypt learned when I sent My 10 plagues to defeat his 10 gods that I am the living God.
Turn to Me, people of Muscat and all of Oman, so I can shelter you and protect you against these terrible plagues. The wind, weather, water and sand will come against nations and against you if you reject Me. Water from the sea and the sky will hurt you. Sand from the desert will pound on you and rocks from the mountains will fall on you and there will be no place to hide. No place to find safety from the storms that bring disease, destruction and death."
History of Oman:
Arabs migrated to Oman from the 9th century BC onward, and conversion to Islam occurred in the 7th century AD. Much of the coast of Oman was controlled by Portugal from 1508 to 1659, when the Ottoman Empire took possession. The Ottoman Turks were driven out in 1741 by Ahmad ibn Sa'id, and the descendants of Sultan Ahmad rule Oman today.
In the late 18th century, a sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony.
In the early 19th century, Oman was the most powerful state in Arabia, controlling Zanzibar and much of the coast of Iran and Baluchistan. Zanzibar was lost in 1856, and Gwadar, was ceded to Pakistan in 1958. The sultans and imams of Oman clashed throughout the 20th century until 1959, when the last Ibadi imam was evicted from the country.
In 1965, the United Nations called for the elimination of British influence in Oman. In a palace coup on July 23, 1970, the sultan, Sa'id bin Taimur, was overthrown by his son, Qabus ibn Sa'id, who promised to establish a modern government and use oil wealth to aid the people.
Oman joined the UN and the Arab League in 1971, but did not become part of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In 1981, Oman joined Persian Gulf nations and Saudi Arabia in founding the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and sought to promote ties among the participating nations.
Oman does not have a constitution, but the Basic Law, which was promulgated by royal decree in 1996, is considered by the government to be a constitution. In 1997, Sultan Qabus granted women the right to be elected to the country's consultative body, the Shura Council (Majlis al-Shura).
In 2003, the sultan extended voting rights to everyone over the age of 21. Previously, voters were selected from among the elite, and only about a quarter of the population was allowed to vote.
In June 2007, Cyclone Gonu hit Oman. It was the strongest storm to hit the region for decades, killing about 70 people.
Oman was rocked by protests that swept through the Middle East in early 2011. In late February, protesters took to the streets of Sohar and demanded higher salaries, more employment opportunities, and political reform. Police fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators, reportedly killing two people. After the violence, Sultan Qabus promised to create 50,000 jobs.
In September 2012, trials begin of activists accused of posting "abusive and provocative" criticism of the government online. Six were given jail sentences of 12-18 months and fined.
In March 2013, Sultan Qaboos pardoned all activists.
© 2007 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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