The book of Nehemiah was the last one written in the old testament. There was no prophets in Israel who could bring the word of God for 400 years. The next prophet in Israel was Jesus. John the Baptist was the last levitical priest recorded in the bible. Jesus was a priest after the order of Melchizedek, not the sons of Aaron. Life went on in Israel, but the Ark of the Covenant wasn’t in the temple. Jeremiah hide the treasures of the temple when Nebuchadnezzar invading Israel. The Ark is still not in the Israel. It will not until the last days of earth. Right before Jesus returns the temple will be rebuilt and the Ark found. Sin is a hard thing and will separate us from God. And you will not hear from God until you repent of your sins. God will be silent, hopefully not for 400 years.