Recently, I heard the Lord say, “You are expecting Me to come through the front door, but I am about to enter through a side door”!

It reminds me of times in the Gospels, when Jesus came in a way the disciples weren’t expecting—

  • Walking on the water at night (Matt 14:26-27)
  • Stepping into a locked room, without opening a door (John 20:26)

And then, there was the moment Jesus surprised two of His disciples on the “Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35)

Emmaus: 5 Signs of a Visitation from God

Right now, many of us are on an Emmaus journey.
The Holy Spirit is moving us through transition, into a season of visitation. [1] And the story of what unfolded on the road to Emmaus, and the “visitation” of Jesus, holds prophetic lessons for us today:

1. You’ve Been in a Difficult Time of Transition

“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:13, NKJV)

It was only a few days after Jesus’ crucifixion, and Cleopas and his friend were still reeling from what had taken place.
Just before they left Jerusalem, the two disciples heard rumors of Jesus’ resurrection.
But these reports, instead of filling them with joy, confused them. And apparently, they didn’t believe the stories, for they were walking away, without investigating them further!

This is where Jesus—in His grace and mercy—stepped into their painful journey.

Like Cleopas and his friend, you may find yourself in transition right now, but be assured, while you are wondering, God is working.

2. You Have Trouble Seeing God in Your Circumstances

“But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.” (Luke 24:16, NKJV)

These disciples knew Jesus well, yet they were prevented from recognizing Him.
It was the Holy Spirit at work.

During times of transition, God is operating in His wisdom, in ways we don’t understand.

Jesus was hidden in plain sight, but He had a purpose.
For though the disciples’ physical senses were in darkness, their hearts were awake and listening. And Jesus was able to enlighten them from the Scriptures, about how His (the Messiah’s) suffering and glory was a part of God’s plan.

It may be hard to see God in your circumstances right now.
But He says, “I am with you! I have never left you!”

God is present in your mystery! He is strengthening your faith.

3. You Sense God Calling You into a New Conversation

Cleopas and his friend were deep in conversation, processing the events of the last few days. We’re told they were “reasoning”.

Jesus came alongside and said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” (Luke 24:17) Of course, Jesus already knew what they were talking about—but He was seeking to enter their conversation.

Like the two disciples, we often tell the story of the “what, where, when and why” of our situation.
We are reasoning.
It is our own version, our own view—it may be all we know, but it is not the full picture.

You have a conversation going on, that your Father wants to be a part of.

Be assured that nothing is “off-limits” to God.
Your authenticity will lead you to answers.

4. The Holy Spirit is Opening the Scriptures to You

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32, NKJV)

The disciples told Jesus their view of events—their story and the meaning they attached to it—and in return, He gave a different perspective.
A Biblical one.

God wants to reveal more of Himself from His Word!

This is what Paul spoke about when He said, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18, NKJV)

The insertion of Scripture, into your story—illuminated by the Holy Spirit—will turn depression into delight, and pain into breakthrough.
You discover that God’s word is burning in your heart.

Hear your Father say, “As you see Me in My Word, you will see My footprints, you will see My face—and you will see your future.”

5. You Get Hungry Enough to Pull on God

“As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.” (Luke 24:28-29, NIV)

What struck me about this encounter, is that Jesus acted as though he would go further.

His intention was clear, by what unfolded.
This was a Divine appointment!
Cleopas and his friend were about to recognize Jesus, know Him as the Resurrected Christ, and become witnesses and evangelists.

Yet His appearance—every indication Jesus gave—was that He was moving on.
Why? There was something necessary and valuable in the response He was drawing from them.
And it speaks to where we are today:

“And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13, NKJV)

The disciples’ response to Jesus was not only forceful, it was time framed. It was urgent. [2] “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.”

In those moments, their destiny hung in the balance.

Like the two on the road to Emmaus, you may have felt as though the move of God is passing by you.
Be assured that God’s intention is to visit you.
He is awakening your heart to seek Him.
To pull on Him!!

The Power of a Visitation from God

During Jesus’ visit, everything changed. As He broke the bread for dinner and gave thanks, the disciples’ eyes were suddenly opened and they recognized Him.
Yet, He had already been with them!

Just as Jesus was present with the disciples on their journey, we know God is already with us, by His Spirit.
But sometimes—especially when we have been through hardship—our sense of His Presence dims.
Doubts press against us. We have difficulty recognizing Him.

We are due for a visitation.

A Visitation is on God’s Mind

The Bible tells us that visitation is on God’s mind. [3]
Jesus’ words, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” are given to His church. (Rev 3:20) “I will come in…and dine'”. He again wants to reveal Himself to us in the breaking of bread!

But visitation is not only for the church.

During a visitation, the work God is doing in His people becomes visible to the world (Is 60:1-2).

“Don’t pass us by!”
The lesson of Emmaus is that God wants us to PULL on Him. To say, “Lord! This is the time. We need you now! Not a moment longer.
In this generation, night is coming on!”

He is moving us, to move Him.
For now is the time, for the world to see Jesus.


[1] I share here about 6 times the Bible says God “visited” his people, and what happened as a result –  Divine Visitation: 6 Ways it Can Touch Your Life

[2] The Greek word for constrained parabiazomai, Strong’s G3489 – “to compel by employing force” or “constrain one by entreaties”. Translated “urged him strongly” (NIV)—they “constrained Him” (NKJV).

[3] A dictionary definition will tell you that a visitation today has reference to the appearance of a Divine or supernatural being—or in everyday terms, it is used of an “official visit” (Google search, 26 June 2020)

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58 thoughts on “Emmaus: 5 Signs of a Visitation from God”

  1. This has really spoken to me like many other blogs you share. It’s literally an answer to my prayer. It hasn’t been an easy time for me but as time moves, I kind of feel this need to hold on even longer as God is about to sup with me. And I am about to recognize Him as we break bread. I’ve definitely been on the Emmaus road. And it’s been hard to recognize God as He conversed with me. Thank you for pointing it out. God bless you and continue to use you.

  2. Words cannot express the appreciation I have for your ministry and timely words. THIS IS SO ENCOURAGING ABOUT THE VISITATIONS FROM GOD! This word hits home, so close to the heart. Thank you for being obedient to our kind, loving, heavenly Father, Who’s goodness chases us down!

  3. Daniel Hardawaysr

    Daniel Hardaway sr
    thank you for your prophetic word God is good I am a pastor I believe God word for us to follow him closely, that’s encouragement
    I follow you on the page ,so exaltation mean a lots to me so blessing your ministry.
    Bishop Daniel Hardaway sr.

  4. Mikell Anderson

    All five of these signs is happening in my life right now. I am being led into a time of being fully committed to the purposes of the Holy Spirit. He is revealing things in His Word that are unique and powerful. He has baptized me with the fire and has removed the spirit of fear and timidity. I sense the spring welling up and the river about to pour forth.

    Thank you for your commitment to training Kingdom people for service.

  5. Amen and Amen
    Whilst God’s promises are Yes and Amen, we cannot figure out How God shows up on our behalf. His ways are far higher than our ways and so are His thoughts (Isa.55). We only advance in our callings by trusting and obeying. Shalom

      1. The massage from the road to Emmaus, is a spiritual awakening many of us are working blindly with God, and sometimes it might be too late before recognize his presence is not with us anymore. May we never loose our greatest opportunity and divine encounter. Shalom.

  6. Thank-you Helen. Arriving home after yet another health care appointment for my daughter, your email popped up “God is working in your situation!” I do know & have known the truth of this in so many situations over a lifetime, but it was so encouraging to be reminded again. He walks with us each step of the journey, regardless of our disappointments. He also won’t leave my daughter and will work things out in His time & His way. I’d really value your prayers for her at this time, that she would recognise Jesus walking beside her & for her to have a life changing personal encounter with Him. We truly need Him to open up a way for her – front or side! ?

    1. I’m praying for you and your daughter right now… this is the power of prayer, that He’s working behind what is currently visible.
      May you be encouraged, and I pray you begin to see these signs and stirrings of Holy Spirit at work in her.
      And this also reminds me of the words of that wonderful song, “Waymaker”. <3

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