It is hard times,
In the time of the prophets there were nations that "God" favored above others. But that did not stop god for taking it out on his chosen ones when he thought they were getting out of line, albeit, at times with some prior warning. Now that the god is out of the business of such choosing and playing favoritism, and ther are no prophets, we are only left to our own assumptions that who may or may not be the god's favorite children.
As the nations go, today there is a list of these contenders, The Saudis, the Iranians and of course the United States think they have been chosen by god to pick up the mantel. I am not taking sides, since many of His previous favorites ended up with plagues on their houses also.
The humanity today
LIFE IS A GAME OF CONNECT THE DOTS, IF YOU DON'T CONNECT ALL THE DOTS OR DON'T CONNECT THEM IN THE RIGHT ORDER YOU NEVER GET THE PICTURE