After Nehemiah, many things happened to the Israelites. First, God didn’t speak to them for 400 years. Then Alexander the great conquered Israel and the rest of the Middle East. Then in 167BC, Mattathias Maccabee lead the Jews in a revolt against the Greek rulers and won. This is when the pharisees began. A 100 years later, the Romans came and conquered the Middle East. The Romans put Herod the great as governor of the province. By the time Jesus was born, Israel was an occupied country. The Romans allowed the Israelites to practice their religion and to govern themselves. The Ark of the covenant wasn’t in the temple. God resided above the Ark. So there was no presence of God in Israel. This was God’s plan to reveal Jesus. The word of God was given to man to reveal the knowledge of God and Himself to mankind. As one reads the bible, the picture of Jesus Christ becomes very clear. 1 Peter 1:13 “wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ” KJV.