!) If you are referring to the state of Israel, yes, at least when it comes to Middle Eastern nations.
Chastisement does begin with the elect first. This nation, America, was founded on Biblical principles, at least where many of the Founders were concerned. We who claim the name Christian have been lax in our responsibility to be salt and light, and to share what we believe winsomely. We have fallen into a trap by behaving 'holier than thou', and thus have brought chastisement upon our selves. (Does the DHS Intelligence Assessment of 2009 ring any bells? It calls many of us Right Wing Extremists, and not just on our political positions! Those who believe the Bible is to be taken literally are included, specifically) Obamacare could be considered another chastisement, as there is no exemption for any Christian Business, not even Bible publishers like Tyndale House.
I hope this answers your question sufficiently.
But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15