10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, – 1 Peter 1:10 NKJV
When the Holy Spirit would come upon the Old Testament prophets, they would prophesy about the coming Messiah, His suffering, His resurrection and the magnificence of His glory. How their hearts must have longed for the day that He would come, But it was revealed to them that they would not see it with their eyes. Even the angels longed to look into the mystery of this plan of salvation. But only hints and shadows would be revealed to each prophet, that the complete plan would be kept a mystery until the exact time that God chose to reveal more of it. God had a reason for not revealing the whole mystery any earlier than He did. If satan had been aware of God’s plan, the crucifixion would never have taken place.
7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. — 1 Cor. 2:7-8 NIV
The revelations that the Holy Spirit was giving them were for our benefit that we might understand the faithfulness of God in keeping His promises. It is also a lesson to us that there is a reason that God sometimes delays the answer to our prayers. We measure time by seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc. The eternal God has planned eternity and knows exactly when we to give us the things we need. Just as the Old Testament prophets prophesied and longed for the first appearance of the Messiah, we should be longing for and telling the world that Jesus is coming again. Just as Ezekiel (read Ezekiel 33) and the other prophets were the “watchmen on the wall” to spread the warning, so are we the modern day watchmen. We are to just keep telling the “Old, Old Story” until Jesus comes back!
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous