I just woke up with my entire body shaking with cold shivers. I was not sick, or feverish, although the thought did cross my mind.
Last night I completed the book you are reading, after working twenty four hours straight through. I was completely exhausted. The day before, I spent twelve hours writing and now this twenty four hour shift of writing seemed to have taken its toll on me.
I told my wife at around eight that I was going to lie down for a while and give my body a rest. I told her to call me when she was going to bed, as I went to lay down in my prayer room.
She never did — and I fell into a deep sleep. As I slept, the Holy Spirit carried me away into a vision.
I don’t know exactly for how long I experienced what I did, but when I came out of this Vision, it was a few minutes before midnight. I felt the LORD nudging me to begin writing it before midnight — since He indicated that this was prophetic too, and an important part of what He had to say.
In my vision I began physically feeling extremely cold in my sleep, then something very peculiar began to happen — My entire body as well as the bed I was sitting on, began shaking violently. (Keep in mind that in my vision I was not sleeping, but acutely aware of everything that happened).
It was like someone or something very powerful had taken hold of my bed and me, and was shaking me to the point where I rattled as a reed that had been caught up in a hurricane.
At the same time the cold shivers intensified, going right through my being.
Then after a while, everything got quiet — In my vision I noticed that it was only me and the bed that had shaken, and that everything around us seemed perfectly normal and still.
I was completely puzzled and ‘shaken!’ — What had just happened? While still thinking about it — I felt the vibrations coming on again — I cried out — “Oh No! — LORD, please help me, not again!” — But the violent shaking began all over again and the cold shivers increased!
It was around about at this time I began to wake up, shivering all over and icy cold. I suddenly realized that I was not in a dream! What was happening was really happening in “live time” — I was inside of a Vision and a part of it!
As I woke up, I began pulling my blanket tightly over me. I added a thick fleece gown on top of that too — But I just continued rattling on!
I placed my hands under my body in the hope of warming up and shaking the shivers. In my confusion I reached out my one hand to touch my forehead, to see if I was really as cold as I felt — But it was not cold at all — I was burning up with heat!
I took hold of my phone to check the time, not knowing how long I had slept and noted that it was just a few minutes before midnight.
As I looked at the phone — The Holy Spirit began speaking to Me …
He reminded me of a Word He had shared with me earlier that same day, and how what He had said, was directly relating to what I was experiencing now, in real time!
Here is what He showed earlier that day —
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he,” Proverbs 29:18.
Let me spell it out for you as the Holy Spirit revealed it —
- Vision: Open revelation in the Spirit. Being able to clearly discern and know the revealed Truth in the the Holy Spirit.
- The Law: (The Word) – God’s revelation of Truth, rightly divided and discerned.
- Perish: Kept in a state of bondage, unable to live in the victory that the Holy Spirit brings through the revelation of the Truth of His Word.
In plain English:
Where people walk in the darkness of their own ideas or are bound by ideologies of dead traditions, erroneous doctrine, or their own wrong beliefs, they perish as a result of living under the bondage of that which keeps them blinded from the Truth.
But those who have yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit to be instructed in the Ways of God’s Truth, they walk joyfully in the Light of the revelation they have received through imparted Wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Many times what keeps us from growing past the place we are is the wrong theology we have received and which casts a veil over our eyes preventing us from walking in the Light of open revelation with the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we have to get free from our theology, before we will live free, dance free and rejoice freely in the Light of God and in the freedom of His Spirit Truth released in us.
Break Free – Be Free!
What I had just encountered was the confirmation of God’s Word, shared with me earlier that afternoon!
He showed me how we were entering a season of time, wherein He was sending new Truth and revelation to His children, that will come to shake everything they had previously received and understood in error, and had been taught in erroneous doctrines, out of them!
He showed me that the “cold shivers” I had experienced, will be the “withdraw symptoms”, as He would begin to cleanse His people and shake all error and falsehood out of their lives.
He was coming to detoxify His children from every false teaching and every binding lie of the enemy, so that He could bring them into the fullness of the revelation of His Light!
God wants to cleanse you and to detox you, and to remove from your life, everything you have received as untrue doctrine and false beliefs, and everything you had become as a result of receiving them and allowing them to shape you, your beliefs and your life.
Here is what the LORD told me in sharing this with —
“Tell my My children that I AM coming to them individually and that My Spirit will begin to show them what I want to remove in them, and what I want to replace of Myself, in them.
But tell them that I will not and cannot, force Myself upon them in doing so.
They will have to willingly respond and willingly surrender and allow Me to lead them into the Way of the Truth by My Spirit working inside of them, and bringing illumination to them in those things which need to be removed and replaced inside of them.
No matter how challenging it may be — they must choose to let go! And no matter how uncomfortable — and it will be!
They have to want Me to bring the change and to prepare them in this last hour. Moreover, tell them that the time is ONE MINUTE before midnight!
That they should allow me to make them ready and to trim their lamps and fill their lamps with My Oil and Anointing Salve.
That they should purchase it from My Spirit, in surrender to Him and in allowing Me to heal them and cleanse them, and to reveal Myself both in them and to them, as I promised I would.
For thus says the LORD, Only those who have eyes that have been Anointed, will be able to see Me when I come!”
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven is in South Africa. He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America. He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa. For more information about him and his ministry visit Fellowship of Believers or Revival.