There is a covenant associated with this land written in the Book of Ether: 10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off. 11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done12 Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written. (Ether 2)
Well, this means a few things I hadn't realized before.
One is that the events of the last days have been given to us who are faithful as a sign to watch in these times. When we know the covenants associated with this land, we can watch the events of the last days and be comforted and know what will and will not work and be brought to pass - we have been given a sort of "who's who" playbook of the last days so to speak.
For example, right now, the government that now occupies the land - the head of it - is corrupt beyond anything I imagine we have seen in its 200+ year history. He is trying to establish a government like those overseas, but the simple fact is that they won't be allowed to stand and can't stand because of the covenants associated with the land.
But when contrasted with Ether, we can know that he and what he is doing is not only not of God, but is quite literally anti-christ and it is being done without a knowledge or the enlightenment of the covenants of the land on which they are building/destroying. Given that it is a choice land above all other lands, perhaps only "the" anti-christ could attempt to stand to topple the liberty that exists upon it in these last days. Given that it is here from where liberty will be proclaimed to the world by the Lord in the New Jerusalem, is it any wonder that satan would bring his forces all the way from Africa, a land cursed by God anciently, to bring more curses here?
Once again, the Book of Mormon, a sign and a safeguard and a comfort in our day.
I know there is a lot of trepidation on the part of people to speak out and not be targeted as he and they work through fear but who is to say we won't be victorious in the defense of right? Well, the Book of Mormon says we will, via Ether, written some 5,000 years ago. And it has shown it to be right already several times over.
Not to say there won't be a fight and all fights that are the continuation of the war in heaven down on earth are ugly, but, we're good to go in the victory department if we are but faithful.
Just a thought.