Population: 49,039,986 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)
Religions: Christian 31.6% (Protestant 24%, Roman Catholic 7.6%), Buddhist 24.2%, other or unknown 0.9%, none 43.3%
On November 28, 1995 between 2100 and 2119hrs., Rev. Jonathan Hansen, a prophet of the Lord, received the following message for the people of Korea:
"Korea, Korea, A land of pride and arrogance; you have flaunted yourselves before one another; you have flaunted yourselves before humanity. Do not take the glory unto yourselves, for you have been blessed with my grace -- my grace, not your own. Your thoughts have grown inward thinking; your achievement politically, religiously and economically is self-potential, but I want you to know they are from me. I gave you time to become filled with self-righteousness and self-achievement, but you have forgotten to look to me and give me proper credit and recognition. The glory is mine. For I AM has allowed you to prosper. You could have just as easily perished into oblivion, but I have thus far spared you from yourselves.
Look to me, look to me now while you still can; for I am coming with a sword of righteousness to cut the proud, the high and mighty down to earth again. From your lofty height that you have placed yourselves, you think you can teach the world something; but I want you to know that I will teach you humility and grace. You have begun to see me shake your place, but as yet you do not recognize that I am responsible for your troubles. Look to me now, quickly before you come crashing to earth. The humble shall be exalted and the proud shall I abase, thus saith the Lord your God who created thee and causeth you to prosper, who now will take away unless you call upon my name. Jesus is my name. Jesus Christ of the Holy Scriptures who you daily crucify and abase with your continual self-righteousness and self-reliance. Call upon me, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and I will reveal myself to you as you earnestly seek and desire after me as you have desired after your own glory and strength."
God uses Rev. Hansen in the interpretation of visions and dreams as well as prophecy. The interpretation of this prophecy from the Creator is this:
God is telling the people of Korea, including those who call themselves Christians, that they have become independent, proud and even arrogant. He continues that the people of Korea, from the politician, to the cleric, to the ordinary citizen, have come to believe that their achievements are from their own efforts. But, the Lord God Almighty, the one and only God, manifested through his Son Jesus Christ, is warning the people of Korea that he has given them the time, ability and mercy to prosper and even survive. People need to immediately repent of their self-righteousness (pride in themselves) and become gracious, polite and meek people again. For God's mighty hand will stretch across Korea and start to humble politicians, clergymen, businessmen and society itself until they start to realize they are not so mighty, but ordinary citizens of earth. The accomplishments that you like to show off to the world will start to come down: the politician will be shamed; the military will fail; the infrastructure will start to collapse; the economy will falter. Both church and pastor, who have become repugnant in God's sight for their arrogance and misuse of the glory and name of the Lord, will fall. Note: This is not saying every church and pastor, but those that are supposed to be part of the elect, the true believers who are guilty of self-exaltation, God will chasten.
The message/warning is clear and simple: Earnestly, seriously, and immediately allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and determine to genuinely repent before God and man of the sin of arrogance; wait at length before the Lord under your own choice now; repent before God of all that the Holy Spirit reveals to you, or you will be forced to wait upon the Lord later and repent after the shame has occurred. Those servants of the Lord that are innocent need to pray as never before for your fellow servants. Pray for those that the Spirit of God has already placed a burden on concerning their various sins and follow the Word and the Spirit in ministering to them.
After a time of purification, the innocent servants need to preach this message from the Lord to the people throughout Korea. Let us all be faithful to what the Spirit and Word are saying!
History of South Korea:
According to ancient lore, Korea's earliest civilization, known as Choson, was founded in 2333 B.C. by Tan-gun. Between its initial unification in the 7th century until the 20th century, Korea existed as a single independent country. Following the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, Korea became a protectorate of imperial Japan, and was annexed as a colony in 1910. South Korea came into being after World War II, the result of a 1945 agreement reached by the Allies at the Potsdam Conference, making the38th parallel the boundary between a Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern half and a Communist government in the north.
Elections were held in the south in 1948 for a national assembly, which adopted a republican constitution and elected Syngman Rhee as president. The new republic was proclaimed on August 15 and recognized as the legal government of Korea by the United Nations on December 12, 1948.
On June 25, 1950, North Korean Communist forces launched a massive surprise attack on South Korea. U.S. intervention was ordered on June 27 by President Harry S. Truman.
During the Korean War (1950-53), U.S. troops and UN forces fought alongside soldiers from the ROK to defend South Korea from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) attacks supported by China and the Soviet Union. An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.
President Syngman Rhee was forced to resign in 1960. Po Sun Yun was elected to succeed him. In 1961, Gen. Park Chung Hee seized power and began a program of economic reforms designed to stimulate the economy. Park was assassinated on October 26, 1979 by Kim Jae Kyu, head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. Choi Kyu Hah became president.
The release of opposition leader Kim Dae Jung in February 1980 sparked riots, which were brutally suppressed by authorities. Kim was imprisoned again. Choi resigned on August 16, 1980. Chun Doo Hwan, head of a military Special Committee for National Security Measures, was confirmed as president on August 27. In 1986-1987, South Korea's opposition demanded that the president be selected by direct popular vote. After weeks of protests and rioting, Chun agreed. Roh Tae Woo was elected as president on December 16, 1987.
In 1993, Kim Young-sam became South Korea's first civilian president. In August 1996, Roh Tae Woo was convicted on bribery charges, and Chun Doo Hwan was convicted for bribery as well as his role in the 1979 coup and the 1980 crackdown on rioters.
In 1997, Kim Dae Jung become the first South Korean president ever to be elected from the political opposition. In 1998, the Asian economic crisis bottomed out in South Korea.
In June 2000, President Kim Dae Jung met with Kim Jong-il, North Korea's president, in Pyongyang. The summit marked the first-ever meeting of the countries' leaders. Kim Dae Jung won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2000 for his Sunshine Policy, which included initiating peace and reconciliation with North Korea.
Roh Moo Hyun, of the Millennium Democratic Party, became president in February 2003. His vow to pursue his predecessor's Sunshine Policy toward North Korea was put to the test as the North continued to boast about its nuclear capabilities. In March 2004, the conservative national assembly voted to impeach Roh, claiming he had violated election laws. More than 70% of the public condemned the move. The constitutional court dismissed the impeachment in May, and Roh was reinstated as president.
In May 2005, researchers led by Hwang Woo-suk announced they had devised a new procedure to produce human stem cell lines from a cloned human embryo. In January 2006, a Seoul National University panel reported that Hwang had fabricated evidence for his cloning research.
Prime Minister Lee Hae Chan resigned under pressure in March 2006 after facing criticism over the national railway workers' strike. He was replaced by Han Duck Soo.
On October 13, 2006, Ban Ki-moon, a diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. He officially succeeded Kofi Annan on January 1, 2007.
President Roh Moo Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il met for their second Korean summit in October 2007. The leaders forged a deal to work together on several economic projects and agreed to move toward signing a treaty that would formally end the Korean War.
Lee Myung-bak, of the opposition Grand National Party, won the December 2007 presidential election. In January 2008, he named Han Seung Soo as his prime minister. Lee said he would work to improve South Korea's economy and forge closer ties with the United States.
In June 2008, Lee faced massive protests in Seoul over his decision to resume imports of American beef, which was banned in 2003 after mad cow disease was diagnosed in the U.S. Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and all 15 cabinet members submitted their resignations. Three ministers were replaced, but President Lee refused to accept the other resignations. South Korea and the U.S. reached an agreement that said the U.S. would not export beef from cattle under 30 months of age.
In March 2010, the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk in an area of the Yellow Sea that is in dispute with North Korea. South Korea suspected North Korea was responsible. In May, investigators produced a piece of a torpedo propeller they believed had a North Korea serial number. South Korea formally accused North Korea of launching the attack. North Korea denied the accusation and threatened "all out war" if South Korea moved to retaliate.
Prime Minister Chung Un-chan resigned in July 2010 after parliament rejected his plan to move several ministries out of Seoul. Parliament approved Kim Hwang Sik as prime minister in October.
In November 2010, North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at soldiers and civilians on Yeonpyeong Island. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack "one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean war." The South Korean military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert.
In 2011, Ban Ki-moon ran unopposed for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. On June 21, 2011, he was unanimously re-elected.
In November 2011, South Korea approved a free-trade agreement with the United States. During the vote in the national assembly, an opposition member detonated a tear-gas canister.
In August 2012, 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.
In December 2012, Park Geun-hye, of the Grand National Party, was elected president, becoming the country's first woman to hold the post. She defeated Moon Jae-in, of the Democratic United Party (DUP).
South Korea successfully launched its first satellite into orbit in January 2013. Authorities said the satellite is mainly intended for gathering weather data.
In February 2013, North Korea said it had detonated its third nuclear bomb. A round of UN sanctions followed, as did joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea near the border. North Korean president Kim Jong-un said he would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against his country's enemies.
On March 31, 2014, North and South Korea exchanged artillery shells across their disputed western maritime border.
In April 2014, the Sewol ferry, carrying 459 people sank off the southern coast of South Korea. Most of the deaths were students from Danwon High School, who were on a field trip. Kang Min-gyu, vice principal of the school, survived the accident, but later committed suicide. The ship's captain, Lee Jun-seok, was not at the helm when the ship began sinking. Lee and other crew members were among the first to escape. Lee was arrested to face charges. Prime Minister Chung Hong Won resigned over the tragedy.
In May 2014, Lee Jun-seok and three other officers were charged with accidental homicide in the Sewol ferry sinking.
© 1995 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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