On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”
(Acts 21:8-11 ESV)
In Philip, we saw that after his encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch Philip was “snatched up” by the Holy Spirit and placed by the coast where he travelled north back toward Caesarea. After posting that blog, the question was raised, “You mean like ‘teleported’ or something?” Yea something like that. Something more spiritual than technological. I’m not saying that I know how that kind of thing works, I’m just saying that that’s what the Bible says.
Now we find Philip back home with his family. Paul knows him or at least has heard of him. Philip now known for being an evangelist, some one who spreads the Gospel. His daughters were known to be prophets. Agabus visited Philip’s home too. Maybe Philip often received such guests as Paul and Agabus? Maybe Agabus heard that Paul was their and so came to deliver him a message from God? Scripture doesn’t say.
Scripture does say that these people heard directly from God. An angel spoke to Philip and he was transported via the Spirit as well. His daughters prophesied. Agabus says that his message came directly from the Holy Spirit and all those who heard him believed him. In fact, Scripture goes on to bear out his message. The Bible says that these things happened, therefore we must believe that they did. I’m purposefully just speaking plainly about these things and merely reporting these Biblical observations because I want to ask you a question or two.
Why not us?
Does God change or is God unchangeable?
My personal answer is that if God does not change, then these and other gifts/ demonstrations of the power Holy Spirit and God’s messengers then, why not us indeed? If God does not change, then he must still be speaking, it’s our problem if we are not or refusing to listen. That’s the first step to full participation in His kingdom.