Maybe the number of nights slept away is added to the departure time so he doesn't return before he left. Whatever. My point is, whenever you are, it's the present. If you go 2000 years into the "future" or the "past" you have no more control of events than anyone else
Absolutely. This kind of relativistic phenomenon is a characteristic of miracles.
A Muslim cleric, a Roman Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi were discussing their individual experiences of miracles.
The Muslim cleric said, "Once I was riding a camel alone, in the middle of the Sahara desert, and suddenly a fierce sandstorm appeared from nowhere. I truly thought that my end had come as I lay next to my camel while we were being buried deeper and deeper under the sand, but I did not lose my faith in the almighty Allah, and I prayed and prayed and recited passages from the Koran. Suddenly, a miracle occurred, and it seemed as though for a hundred metres all around me, the storm had stopped, but I could see it still raging beyond that distance."
The Roman Catholic priest spoke up next, "My experience was very similar. One day when I was walking down a street in Belfast in Northern Ireland, during the time of the Troubles, I was walking past this pub when people ran out screaming 'It's a bomb!'. Well, I just stood still, put my hands together, and prayed, thinking to protect all the poor people who might get hurt if it was indeed a bomb. Sure enough, just then, a bomb went off inside the pub, and blew out the wall next to where I was standing, throwing bricks, nails and bits of glass in all directions. When the dust settled, I was still standing unharmed, in what seemed to be circle of safety all around me in a radius of about a hundred feet. Inside that circle, no-one had been harmed."
The Jewish rabbi said, "I too have had an experience similar to this. It was one Sabbath (a Saturday) when I was walking down the street to my synagogue in London. I like to walk along past the Mercedes showroom, to look at the cars. I would have loved to buy a new 350SL - it's my favourite car - but I could never afford it unless they sold it for half the price! As I approached the showroom, I saw a sign in the window that said 'Today only! One only! Special offer! Brand new 350SL demonstration model at half price!' I nearly cried! What could I do? It was a Saturday, and Jews are not allowed to handle money or engage in commercial transactions on the Sabbath, so I could not buy it even though I could have afforded it. So I put my hands together and prayed and prayed. Suddenly, in answer to my prayers, a miracle occurred - for 500 feet all around me, it was a Tuesday!"