Said Zeiri said R. Hanina, “The son of David will come only when arrogant people will no longer be [found] in Israel, as it is said, ‘For then I will take away out of the midst of you those who rejoice in your pride’ (Zeph. 3:11), followed by: ‘I will also leave in the midst of you an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of the Lord’ (Zeph. 3:12).” (Sanhedrin 98a)
This was the mission of Yochanan the Immerser. The angel spoke thusly in relation to Yochanan:
“…for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:15-17 ESV)
But the people were not ready to receive him, his message, or our Righteous Moshiach.