in sharing this, I want to make it clear that this is a prophetic dream that God shared with me.
I have never visited the establishment mentioned and other than in the Spirit, I have no idea whether it actually physically exists in the natural or whether God purely used it for the purpose of this dream.
Some time ago The Holy Spirit led me into a heavenly dream. Heavenly dreams are different by nature than ordinary dreams — they are an open vision shared with us in our sleep and are powerful instruments of The Holy Spirit to communicate hidden mysteries to us that we otherwise would never come to know.
In this dream, I was invited to a “Revival” in one of the foremost and well known churches in Johannesburg area that I had never visited or seen before.
This church was led by someone who has boosted his own popularity in recent years and has used several connections to set him up as a recognised and leading authority in religious circles.
As I entered this building, it was absolutely magnificent in the way it had been designed.
It was clear in all of the finishes, that money abounded and that there was certainly no shortage of it.
A beautiful carpeted stairway, tapering and broadening towards the top, with large natural yellow-wood balustrades on each side, led the way to the top of an elevated platform where a baptismal pool was situated.
The area surrounding the pool was generous, allowing for people to be able to view the baptisms and was covered by a luxurious thick carpet on the floor.
This area was shaped like a hexagon and elevated over the main arena and had a balustrade that allowed for open viewing from below.
Extended cables coming from the roof seemed to help in supporting this suspended, almost “floating” area above the arena.
The arena was ahead of me and open areas flowed on either side of the stairway allowing, free access to the main floor.
As I entered, I could already hear the sound of hundreds, maybe even thousands of youngsters who filled the place, who were singing, dancing and excitingly rejoicing with flags waving everywhere.
The place was packed to capacity and the atmosphere was loaded with what seemed like the “Anointing”. The band and sound was super professional and there was not a thing out of place.
The leader was on top of his game and “on fire,” ministering to these kinds from the platform.
Kids were falling all over the place, shaking and laughing. The atmosphere was loaded and it seemed that there was a powerful outpouring of God in these kids and in this place.
The baptismal pool was overflowing as kids were baptised — the area upstairs were filled to capacity with people watching, as many lay on the carpet who had fallen out in the pool while being baptised and had to be carried out of the water.
It truly seemed as if God had chosen to visit this place in person!
Although I had come there for the first time, these meetings had been ongoing on a nightly basis for some time and people were visiting from everywhere!
Then I found myself walking deeper into the building, to look for the Men’s Room. I walked along what seemed to be the inside open corridor of the building, passing by a few private offices as I did, and then I reached a door that I opened, as I stepped through the door, I found myself outside — I had stepped out the back door and was standing at the back of the building.
In front of me there were hundreds of kids laying on either side of the stairs that led down this exit to the back. They had been carried out back to recover. Some were jerking, some laughing, others periodically barfed.
What I saw next I will never forget :-
Looking at these kids, they seemed to be filled with The Holy Spirit in their expression, laughing, etc..
But suddenly, and without warning, their faces seemed to become transparent — almost as if disappearing into the background, and I found myself starring into the faces of demons looking back me, laughing at me from inside these kids!
They had fully possessed them and were causing their bodies to shake and jerk, riddled and controlled by their power!
Suddenly to my horror, I realised that these kids had not been filled with The Holy Spirit, but with demonic powers!
It was not a Holy Spirit Revival, but a demonic impartation into the lives of hundreds of kids who had been exposed, while believing they were encountering The Holy Spirit of God!
Then The LORD spoke to me and said :-
“This is what is going to happen to those who submit themselves under false teachers and leaders, who have been lured into the trap of being obsessed with fame and fortune, who have been blinded by false doctrines and have embraced the teachings of demons.
They will become agents of Satan, used to mimic the real — to lure the innocent and the non-discerning to be brought under Satan’s spell, just as they gave themselves to be bewitched!
They will deceive many using clever arguments, false teachings, and abusing their appointed positions and self imposed titles!”
The LORD said that the “Root and the fruit” will become more important than ever when it comes to His People.
“Everyone uses the scriptures as “My word” — it is only those who are My Own who are able to discern My Voice!
In the last days, it will not matter whether you know or follow the letter, for the master deceiver of all men will use the very same to confuse a great many.
It will only matter whether you truly know Me, and if you are truly possessed by Me and led of My Spirit — if you know My Voice!
If you are truly a part of Me and I of you — for only My Holy Spirit will be able to lead you to discern and to test the spirits, to correctly discern what is of Me — and what it cloaked in what seems to come from Me!”
A few days ago I received the sad and shocking news that miracle services were now conducted where money was being received, and people being encouraged to lay thousands of Rands($) on the platform, before this particular preacher in my dream, would pray for them to receive the miracles they came for!
Dreaming the realities of our times
Here is what I want you to see and understand. Hear God’s heart as I share this :-
I want you to imagine the most beautiful Angel standing in front of you, with a glorious radiance, bathed in pure light that is so bright that you can hardly look into it.
I want you to hear the most prophetic and perfect words flowing from his voice.
Words that seem to be bathed in God’s Glory. I want you to feel the seeming holiness of the moment as you do, the supernatural power that emanates from his being……
Then I want you to see how in the fraction of a second, this image suddenly fades into the skin of a serpent appearing!
That is what The Holy Spirit talks about when He speaks of the “Angel of light” — having the appearance of everything that looks like God, feels like God, sounds like God, and even seems like God’s power!
That is who Satan is — a deceiver!
Jesus warned us that in the last days false prophets (men presenting themselves as anointed servant messengers of Christ, operating in His Power and acting in union with Him as He performs his miracles through them) would rise, who will do miracles and signs and heal people in His Name!
They, who will falsely represent His Power, while operating in the powers of demonic spirits, mimicking everything authentic from God to the point of performing miracles and healing the sick – in the Name of Jesus!
Who are these men and women?
I propose to you that many are standing in our pulpits right now!
I propose to you that they are of the kind God warns us about, in my dream.
Now remember — these men and women are blinded by Satan. What does that mean?
It means that they themselves do not see that they have gone into error!
They fully believe that where they are and what they are doing is inspired by God and that they are acting as the “Man of God” at this time.
They are confident in the way they believe God is using them and in the manifestations, signs, wonders and miracles happening through their hands!
They are blinded and in being so, are leading thousands of others into blindness also!
Can you see how the “great falling away” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) is going to come (and has already begun!).
Can you see how that millions are about to be led astray and how the “great deception” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-17) is about to unfold?
It’s not from outside — it’s from the very pulpits of the churches where people go to meet with God!
It is coming in mighty signs, wonders and miracles that are performed in God’s name — but not in God’s power!
How will we be protected?
In one way only — by knowing God in person and in a way where we have open communication with Him.
Where we know Him and know His Voice! That is where discernment lives!
We need to be led of The Holy Spirit and truly know God and then we will never fall to be led by the voice of another – even if they claim to raising the dead!
A few years ago the LORD led me away from the ministry of the supernatural in the way of the manifestations, demonstration and outpouring of his power.
He said to me, “There is a new glory coming. A new way in which My Glory will manifest.
I AM going to manifest My Glory through Rhema Word. The power will manifest through My Living Word.”
We have been seeing this for the past three years.
Now I understand why God has said that — because He foreknew that this time would come, where His Works will be mimicked and where it would be needed to operate in such a way that can never be copied, where He would speak and in His Truth being released in His Words — His Power would be released to flow!
There is the real — we can never deny it, or else we will deny God ! He is the God of wonders!
The importance is to know the difference and the difference is in what is being presented in fruit.
Now we are preparing for impartation meetings…. They will be small, for now at least, intimate and founded upon personal discipleship and a true and genuine union with Christ!
They will allow God to scan the hearts of individuals and to tests the motives of every heart. No one will “Disappear” in the crowd!
It’s time to have great discernment in a time of great deception!
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of the LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.revival.co.za