Comment by Adamantine:
I find it interesting that we know very little about why God chooses certain people to be prophets or to have certain of the prophetic gifts. God has not given me the gift of Tongues and i often wonder why not ?
Many people seem to assume that these people were Gods favorites or the most Holy men and women of the day. At one point God had to remind a prophet that there were 7,000 others who had not bent the knee to Baal. God had seven thousand others who even in that day of apostasy were in God’s camp. We do not know the actual reason God chose to speak with that one and today the names of the other 7,000 are unknown to us. Most simply assume that they were the most Holy. I suggest that they may have been the ones whom God could trust to speak while the rest were like Jonah. When they heard the message they were too unsure God has spoken or they did not wish to pay the price of the unpopularity which might come their way. Some knew it might place their lives at risk. The bible is not fully clear as to why Jonah fled. He may also have had some fear for his safety to enter the evil empire. Most have heard far too many sermons which chalk it up to his lack of a desire to see the city saved.
Sometimes God may lead it seems by near hits. Someone else saw Gold at 666.30 July 2006 and commented on its interest to those following JS. This near miss played a part in leading others to pray and then to discover the 2006 connection and to look a priori to July 14, 2007 when it did hit 666.00. I did not discover this information by accident but was specifically going to the site to check after a specific time in prayer with others. I had no obligation to share the observation with anyone but did send it to Holly at FP who did not make use of it or ever comment as to its significance or lack thereof. The observation was simply shared for others to consider on FP if Holly decided to do so.
I also had no responsibility to share my concern that the dollar would lose value and gold skyrocket. I did share that with a few who I know personally who visit this site and they were pleased to have acted. Some put there proverbial money where their mouth was.
Some people are so locked up by their possibly mistaken understandings of prophecy that they could never be used by God. If anyone’s observations have been leading anyone away from Jesus Christ then they would be a false prophet. I would say consider that in everything you have to say. To be afraid to speak because you might be wrong puts you among the unchosen.
I have always wondered how often God has offered some spiritual task to someone and they did not take it. God has said that He has at times been surprised that He could find no one to stand in the gap.
Personally how exactly God acts remains much a mystery to me. He seems to do things in strange ways and often in new ways.I would hope there is someone in this audience who is hearing from God. I do not think God speaks to cowards however who upon hearing will not take the risk to share if God leads. That is one of the lessons of Jonah.
Herb Peters fasted and prayed and only then did he see rec. 666 coming off the teletype. He was not a coward as so many are and he reported it. He also spoke to what he thought it meant.
He usually said God chose him to report it because he would speak it because he did not have anything to lose. I think God chose him because God could trust Him to speak it. Many thought his observation wrong and simply a cute coincidence. At present it is not possible to say he was correct. Because Herb Peters spoke we have the opportunity to consider it. He was banned and prevented from speaking about it in most prophecy sites and so he HAD to start a web site. Others hindered his attempts.
Jonah was also angry that God stayed His judgment on Nineveh and we have no proof God explained His stay of execution to the city. They were thankful but I suspect that later many became unthankful and I venture a number decided Jonah was a false prophet. They then began to sin again. God did have to destroy the city later. We do not know if He warned them again. Not every act of God is recorded in the Bible. We are told that all the books in the world at the time of Jesus would not hold all that Jesus said and did.
There is a time when wisdom is really fear. Many are afraid to be wrong. Gideon took a lot of extra encouragement. How many other Jonahs has God had?
Let us assume that I am wrong about any of the observations in my life that ever involved discerning what God was doing. I have been wrong in a lot of things in my life and so to add misreading what God may be saying is quite wise.
Next let us ask ourselves if God were to warn of an earthquake how would He have to do it so that you would tell others?
What would He have to do so that you would listen ?