After 400 years of silence God spoke a prophetic word, not to the Jewish nation at large, but to an ordinary priest and his wife. And He chose to speak to them in an extraordinary way, through the angel Michael. Michael had a miraculous message for them, and for all of creation. The fullness of time was nearing. The eternal purpose, the purpose for which God created the world, is about to be made known. This unprecedented plan of God is being put into motion.