When Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah) came to this earth, the Holy Spirit revealed this truth to the first two human prophets-witnesses. Who were they? An old man and an old woman. They both waited separately in the temple for this Savior. This vital record of Luke showed the heart and will of God: He had no favoritism. Both man and woman are to be saved by Jesus. Both. God is no respecter of persons, old or young, man or woman, rich or poor. He even exalted the lowly, the widow as in this case.
It is notable that the old widow Anna who was also a prophetess became the first evangelist. On the other hand Simeon was recorded as a godly man with the Holy Spirit upon Him and He was content to leave this world after seeing Jesus and speaking the prophesy to Mary.
(NLT Acts 6:4 “Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word”( (NKJV Acts 6:4 “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word”) It is pertinent for churches to take heed the revelation here that Anna had the qualities of the apostles: giving herself continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word (the Good News of Jesus)! God has spoken. All who have ears let them hear!
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.