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This first example is where God hid his eternal purpose that he wanted to accomplish in the world in the nation of Israel. Even though the Old Testament was full of the future concerning this. It was written in code to hide it from the eyes of the whole world. The book of Genesis is full of prophecy concerning the future as it related to the New Covenant hidden away in the lives of the patriarchs and then the nation of Israel. A must read article in Wordservice.org covers those prophesies in Genesis. 

Ephesians 3:1. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to about you: 3. How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, 4. Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7. That's why  I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power. 8.To me, who is less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 


This next example is where God wanted some people to understand things of the Kingdom of God,  many of which related to the future. While he did not want others to understand. 

Matthew 13:10. And the disciples came, and said to him, Why are you speaking to them in parables? 11. He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12. For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have an abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. 13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: 15. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17. For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which yousee, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them. 18. Hear  therefore the parable of the farmer.


The final example is where God did not want the believers of the first century to understand.....for instance: What the gospel would create say... in the 21st century. They understood that God would change the world for the better. The Old and New Testament are full of prophecies about this. Because of the judgments prophesied they seemed to assume that the old world would be destroyed and a new world would be established. They were correct about this, however incorrect if they thought this meant the physical planet earth. The destruction of the old world was speaking about the practices of the old world. The new world being the righteousness that the gospel creates in the hearts of mankind. 

Acts 1:6. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7. And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

2009 Daniel Martinovich