God had been quiet for a long time. Unlike the rest of the world, the Jewish nation was accustomed to hearing God speak. They heard Him literally at Mount Sinai. It scared them to death ... well, almost; they were so shook up they asked Moses to speak to God for them because they were afraid to hear His voice again. Their forefathers had heard God speak, too. God spoke to Adam, Cain, Noah, Abraham, just to name a few. And God spoke to this nation by various means for a period of about 1,000 years. But at the time we call 1st century B.C. God had not spoken for about 500 years. The world at large was probably not even aware. They had never really been interested in what God had to say. There were times and places when God spoke to non-Jewish people and sometimes they listened. There was that time, for example, when God spoke to the people of Nineveh through Jonah, and they listened. And what about the time that God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon through the prophet Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar's response was incredible. But, for the most part the Gentile world had little interest in God.