I daresay that no one in all of Scripture had more extraordinary, life-altering experiences with the Holy Spirit than the great Ezekiel. We’d discover that the Holy Spirit filled him twice (Ezek. 2:2, 3:24), came upon him once (Ezek. 11:5), verbally spoke to him on at least three occasions (Ezek. 3:12,24, 11:5), took away his ability to speak for a time (Ezek. 3:26), and twice the Spirit gave him visions (Ezek. 8:3, 11:26).
But my favorite aspect above all is that the Holy Spirit took Ezekiel on these wild rides in what I lovingly like to call “The Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service.”
“And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy” (Eze. 8:3).
Man, I wouldn’t mind taking a ride on the Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service! How much fun would that be? Although when the Spirit grabbed Ezekiel by his hair and pulled him up between Heaven and Earth, I’m hoping that didn’t hurt very much.
Ezekiel would also write that twice the Spirit had set him upon his feet (Ezek. 2:2, 3:24), that He also brought him unto the east gate of the Lord’s house (Ezek. 11:1), and also “set [him] down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones” (Ezek. 37:1). At the end, Ezekiel would write that the Spirit took him up and brought him into the inner court wherein he beheld the glory of the LORD, which had filled the temple (Ezek. 43:5).
When the Spirit took you for a ride, you knew He was the one giving you the lift, and you always reached your destination immediately.
There is even more evidence in the OT of the Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service.
Elijah was on the run from Ahab and Jezebel. So Ahab and Obadiah went looking for him. Obadiah found Elijah. Elijah told Obadiah to go back to Ahab and tell him I want him to meet me right here. And Obadiah’s paranoid response was hilarious.
He said, “And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me…” (1Ki. 18:12). It was a known fact that the Holy Spirit might suddenly carry you away somewhere with zero warning. And Obadiah is basically saying that if Holy Spirit carried you away and Ahab doesn’t find you, I’m a dead duck!
Elijah had to reassure him and tell him in vs. 15, “’As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.’”
Years later, when Elijah died and was carried in a whirlwind to Heaven in chariots of fire and horses of fire, the sons of the prophets bowed down before Elisha. They begged him to send 50 men to search for Elijah. Why? Because they thought the Holy Spirit might have carried Elijah away up into a high mountain or maybe a valley or something.
“And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley…” (2 Kings 2:16).
Elisha’s response was, basically, “Umm, no, we’re not doing that.”
But there’s more.
Consider the story of Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-21.
The disciples took off on a boat without Jesus. They encountered a storm. Then they saw Jesus walking toward them on water.
“So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, ‘It is I; be not afraid.’ Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went” (Joh. 6:19-21).
How was it possible for the ship to be “immediately… at the land whither they went”? Was not John intimating that something miraculous took place after Jesus came onboard? I’ll tell you exactly what happened. That boat arrived at the port immediately because that boat took a ride on the Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service.
Consider the story of Philip and the eunuch, which I love. In Acts 8:26, an angel speaks to Philip and tells him to go to Gaza where he meets the Ethiopian eunuch. Then, in Acts 8:39, Philip takes a ride on the Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service.
After Philip baptized the eunuch, “the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea” (Acts 8:39-40).
The reaction of the eunuch was totally hilarious. How does he respond when the man who just baptized him disappears? Oh, he “went on his way rejoicing”. LOL
And yet, in an moment, Philip traveled some 34 miles away to Azotus. He was instantly transported by the Holy Spirit so he could continue his evangelistic efforts.
Why do these stories exist?
The Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service is not some arbitrary bit of trivia. I’d suggest these stories exist because they foreshadow life in the Kingdom for all the world. Do you need to travel halfway around the globe to bring an offering to the Lord Jesus Christ upon His holy mountain in Jerusalem (Isa. 66:20)? The Holy Spirit will take you there instantly. Have you received an invitation from the Lord to partake of the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God (Rev. 2:7)? The Holy Spirit will take you there instantly. Or maybe you’ve received an invitation from the Lord to dine with Him at His table in Zion (Luk. 22:30)? The Holy Spirit will take you there instantly.
In the Kingdom, you can go anywhere around the world in an instant.
Have you ever wished you didn’t have to drive so far and you could use something quick like that transporter beam on Star Trek? Or maybe you have to fly across the country and instead of waiting for hours to reach your destination, you could instead take a ride on a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, which can reach speeds over Mach 3?
All of that is child’s play to God. Nothing any of us can even imagine will ever compare to the instantaneous thrill of the Holy Spirit Crazy Transportation Service.