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

  1. [26 June 20]: Holy God, I ask You to show me how I am a blessing to the body. Someone told me this week, “You are a very powerful writer.” How does this connect to Your body? I ask You for wisdom in how to share Your message. We are encouraged to hold up our cup and to receive of You. We did drink from the cup that You drank from, just as You said that we would. (Mt 20:23). I’ve been told, “I do hope you find encouragement in your work and advocacy.” Where? Please show me my portion this season. I don’t just write for myself. Show me where I belong. Joy and justice are intertwined? I don’t see Eli and Sons [1 Samuel] being held accountable. Heaven and earth should collide. The blessings can’t just be spiritual all of the time. I get no compensation. I understand that justice may not look like what I expect. The violent have already stormed heaven by force. Make things right. I ask for eyes to see the increase and to steward Your favor with wisdom. I’m listening, Lord Jesus.

  2. Good afternoon Helen,
    This message was exactly what I needed at this time.
    I have been on a fasting program for a week for financial breakthrough. I believe that God is coming through for me.
    Thank you for this.

  3. Prudence Myeni

    Thank you for the message it’s a pleasure to hear from you. I learn much from you, that the calling of God continues no matter what. and I thank
    God we are still alive although we don’t know what next but we will hang in there until the end. We trust God for our lives and thank Him for keeping us to testify of the signs of coming of Jesus.
    God keep you and give peace in the midst of all troubles

  4. Thank you for the message. Am inspired. I feel as if the message speaks at my current life and thirst for Jesus Christ.

  5. Evangelist Karen Holmes

    Good afternoon Helen, as I lay in bed reading for approximately 40 minutes at 1:10 am, I am experiencing pain in my stomach and possibly heartburn, but I ate 5-6 hours ago. I was awakened from my sleep with pain, and decided to stay up and read and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to me as I read. I’m asking for prayer for healing, this is the second time this week that this has happened, each time as I’ve begun reading your book. I believe in the healing power of Jesus’ name! Thank you!

  6. Thank you Helen. I needed that. You can’t beat the good old Aussie prophets. YouTube is full of American prophets but the one or 2 Aussie prophets I know of, very reliable, stable, steady and proven.

  7. Helen, what an encouragement you are–thanks for a great message spoken in times such as these. In fact, each post brings much joy as I read, ponder, and pray. May you know blessing and continued fruitful service to our King, Lord Jesus.

  8. Naomi Testimony

    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.”
    Timely message for the saints.
    Thank you Helen Calder for sharing.
    I like the new face of the website.

  9. Thank you Helen Calder for this inspiring message of hope and trust in the Lord. May God continue using you in his vineyard. Please remember me in your prayers for God’s deliverance from a moving object in my stomach which could not be detected medically that has lasted more than fifteen years.

  10. Praise king Jesus.
    I bless God for using you to share the message so powerfully.i keep pondering on what God spoke to you about you expecting him to come through the main door and he says he will come through the side door and I immediately connected to it, I have been so anxious on how Jesus visitation will be and I feel I’m on alert but also too much pain may have dimed my presence of him and I pray I don’t miss out on his visitation.
    I too cry out to Jesus, I need you now not a moment later and I receive Isaiah 60:1-2 in Jesus mighty name I have prayed.
    God bless you Woman of God.

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