Christ God kept silent concerning Himself, and Judaism willingly drifted into darker and darker ignorance and perplexity. She had her Scriptures, but her teachers had taken away the key to them (Luke 11 v.52), and the words of Isaiah 29 vv. 10-12 came to pass. The Book, which was meant to enlighten, instead misled and baffled. Yet even in those days there were those, like Simeon and Anna, who had a glimmer of light. How remarkable it is, though, that John Baptist for all his knowledge of the Scriptures and his divine mission, yet when he actually saw and heard the Son of God—doubted! (Matthew 11:2,3).
There was, however, breaking in upon the world a revelation of God so astounding as to be at first unintelligible even to those who like Nicodemus knew the Scriptures best. The Son of God Himself was to enter this earth and reveal to men the Father God with whom He had lived from eternity. So intimate was this revelation of the heart and mind of God, that even to believe it changed a man's whole outlook and nature, and made earth, his former habitat, a mere place of pilgrimage, and lifted him up from earth to Heaven as one superior even to angels, and worthy to be called the Brother of God's Son, Jesus Christ. (John 20:17).
Moses and the Prophets were faithful in all God's House as servants, and John Baptist came at the end of a long line of those to whom Jehovah spoke; but from Moses to John many prophets and kings "desired to see those things which ye see and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear and have not heard them". For there is a limit to the intimacy between master and servant, and they had but a partial knowledge of their Lord (Genesis 22:5).