Cool Bible Happenings Worthy of Going Viral
Teleporting is in the Bible. It’s a real thing that has actually happened on earth by the power of God! A man outrunning a chariot with horses over a long distance happened in the Bible, a donkey talked, and a fish provided tax money! We serve an all-powerful Creator who has unlimited capabilities. The coolest thing about it is that God allows us to be part of these miraculous events.
Philip is Teleported
Teleporting is described in dictionaries as an event in science fiction in which there is an instant transport of things or people across space and distance. This is exactly what was happening when William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek would say, “Beam me up, Scotty.” The captain would disappear from where he was and immediately appear on the Starship Enterprise. Cool but that was so two-centuries-ago!
There was a faithful believer named Philip, and his story happened not long after Jesus:
- Died on a cross,
- Rose to life again,
- Visited on the earth for about 40 days doing things like teleporting (John 20:19),
- Instructed His followers to be His witnesses throughout the earth, and
- Returned to heaven.
An angel of God instructed Philip to go to an Ethiopian who was traveling between Jerusalem and Gaza. Philip obeyed. The Ethiopian eunuch was struggling to understand scriptures. Philip explained the scriptures, and the eunuch gave his life to Jesus and got baptized right there in some water by the road.
That’s when it happened. After baptizing the man, Philip was teleported! God caused him to disappear from the water and reappear in a city called Azotus. From there, he traveled around sharing the gospel message. This is found in Acts 8:25-40.
Now, there is no evidence that Philip mentioned to God that he had an appointment in Azotus that he would miss because of the mission he was sent on. We don’t have any indication of why the Spirit of the Lord suddenly transported Philip. But this is just an example of how there is nothing God can’t do.
Elijah Runs Faster than Usain Bolt!
Elijah achieves a feat more impressive than the achievements of the fastest man ever in recorded history, Usain Bolt of Jamaica. On August 16, 2009, in Berlin, Bolt ran the 100m sprint in 9.48 seconds. He had previously made the largest margin of improvement in the same race, shaving 0.11 seconds off the former fastest time—then he beat his own record.
No one had a stopwatch, except possibly God, when Elijah was given supernatural power to outrun a chariot. This happened right before a drought and famine Elijah had prophesied about was on the verge of coming to an end (1 Kings 18:41-46). Through a messenger, Elijah sent word to the evil King Ahab to ride his chariot to Jezreel before he was stopped by the coming rain.
“Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.” 1 Kings 18:46 NKJV
Other Incredible Happenings
If captured on video, many things in the Bible would certainly have gone viral. There was the time a donkey talked, found in Numbers 22:21-39. Once, God used a fish to provide tax money for Jesus and the disciples, a historical account found in Matthew 17:24-27. These are not all of them. There are more!
Do You Need a Miracle?
We can get a lot more out of these amazing stories than perhaps meets the eye. Whatever type of miracle you need right now, do you believe God is able to do it? If He can teleport people, give us supernatural abilities, and make a donkey talk, can’t he answer your prayers? Keep in mind that God isn’t a genie in a bottle, but He answers the prayers of those who humble themselves and pray (2 Chronicles 7:14). Very cool!