The days and the years must have gone by slowly for the people who lived in Palestine before Jesus was born. Many, many years before, these people had been promised by our Heavenly Father that He would send them a King who would be their Savior and teach them to love each other and make each other happy. The people knew that our Father in heaven would keep this promise and send his Son, Jesus, to be born as he told his prophets he would; but the people did not know exactly when this great event would take place. The prophets gave the people promises that certain things would happen that would let them know when Jesus was born. The righteous people in Palestine watched and waited for the promises to be fulfilled.