Second Coming: Whatsoever Nation Shall Possess This Land Shall Serve God or Be Swept Off

Destruction of Jerusalem by Gary L. Kapp. Courtesy LDS Media Library

The Book of Mormon is a textbook for the latter days. Most everything that happened to the previous nations that possessed the lands that we now call North and South America will happen to us. One of the things that will happen is that the wicked will be swept from the land when the fulness of God’s wrath will be visited upon them.

Near the end of the book, Moroni wrote these words as he related the history of the nation of the Jaredites from the Book of Ether:

And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them. And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity. 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. (Ether 2:8–10; emphasis added.)

This seems to apply to any land of promise. For example, when Jerusalem fell into spiritual ruin, the Babylonians (pictured above; see 2 Kings 24, 25) and the Romans destroyed and flattened the city. In the Book of Mormon, insuperable destruction swept the land of wicked inhabitants at the time of the Jaredites, at the time of Christ’s death, and when the Nephites were destroyed by the Lamanites in the early centuries after Christ appeared in America.

I wish to say that there is a difference between the wicked and the righteous. Given the political rhetoric of our day, sometimes we hear evil called good and good called evil (see Isaiah 5:20), but rest assured that there will be a day that will burn as an oven where all the proud and wicked will be as dry stubble in the field and the righteous “shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of [their] feet” (see Malachi 4:1, 3).

We seem to live in the midst of a cyclone of iniquity. The storm could quiet through repentance, through the acceptance of God’s existence and laws, but such will not be the case. Not in this era.

4 thoughts on “Second Coming: Whatsoever Nation Shall Possess This Land Shall Serve God or Be Swept Off

  1. Rozy Lass August 2, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    We are reading the BofM as a family again and I recognize the same things; we (collectively as a nation) are ripening in iniquity and are in danger of God's wrath. It is a scary thing to contemplate, but I trust in the promises of the Lord to the righteous and pray we'll, as a family, be numbered with them. Thanks for sharing this.


  2. Anonymous August 4, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Do we really live in a cyclone of iniquity? Worse than the 20th Century? By what standards do you make this judgment? We always believe the current time is the worst, don't we? We've been doing it in the church as long as I've been alive.


  3. Michael James Fitzgerald August 5, 2015 / 2:54 am

    I don't believe we live in the worst of times. Not at all. In many ways these are the best of times. However, there is a lot of research that indicates that we are in very troubling moral times. Let me cite a few examples. There have been 1.3 billion searches on pornography in 2015 alone and 68% of young men view pornography at least once per week. And the numbers are growing rapidly. When I search on statistics on such things as out-of-wedlock marriages, marriage rates, illicit drug usage rates, atheism, among other things, I am finding that we are at all-time historical extremes. Because of those extremes—and the signs of the times—I believe we are truly in a cyclone of iniquity and that the storm is growing.


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