Living the Christ-life & Becoming the Anointed of the LORD


LIVING THE CHRIST-LIFE - image An extract from “Living the Christ-life & Becoming the Anointed of the LORD” – written by Johann van der Hoven (First edition 2016).


INTRODUCTION :- It’s one minute before midnight as I begin writing

I just woke up with my entire body shaking with cold shivers.

I was not sick, or feverish, although at the time, the thought did cross my mind.

Last night I completed the book you are reading and after working twenty four hours straight through, I was completely exhausted.

The day before I had had spent twelve hours in writing as well.  I told my wife at around eight that I was going to lie down for a while and give my body a rest.

I asked her to wake me when she was going to bed, as I went to lie 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.

In my vision I was extremely cold, shivers ran through my entire body and down my spine.

It felt as though I was exposed to extreme temperatures without the proper clothing to protect me from the severe cold.

Then something very peculiar happened — 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, or lying down, but sitting and aware of everything that happened around me).

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 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 had only been me and the bed that had been shaken, and that everything else around 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 intensified!

It was round about this time I began to wake up shivering all over my body and feeling 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 placed my thick fleece gown on top of that also — but I could not shake the shivers and just continued rattling on!

I placed my hands beneath my body in the hope of warming up and shaking the shivers, but this did not help either.

I wondered whether this could really be happening, as we were living in a tropical climate at the time.  How could it be this cold?

I reached out my one hand to touch my forehead to check if I was really as cold as I felt — but I was not cold at all — I was burning up with heat!

The thought crossed my mind for a moment that I may have a cold fever, but then I realised that I was not feeling sick at all, I was just extremely cold.

I picked up my phone next to my bed to check the time and to determine how long I had been sleeping and noted that it was just a few minutes before midnight.

Then the Holy Spirit suddenly began speaking to me.

He reminded me of a Word He had shared with me earlier that same day and showed me how it related to what I had just experienced.

In plain English He was saying —

Where people walk in the darkness of their own ideas, or when they are bound by ideologies of dead traditions, and erroneous doctrine and their own wrong beliefs — they perish as a result of the bondage of that which keeps them blinded from seeing the Truth.

Those who have, however, yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit to be instructed in the Ways of God’s Truth, walk joyfully in the Light of the revelation they have received through the 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 which casts a veil over our eyes, preventing us from walking in the Light of open revelation in the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes we have to come 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.

The LORD showed me that what I had encountered in my vision was the confirmation of His Word shared with me earlier that afternoon.

He showed me how we were entering a season wherein He was sending a new Word of Truth and of revelation to His children, that will come to shake everything they had previously received and understood in error right out of them!

He showed me that the ‘cold shivers’ I had experienced will be the ‘withdraw symptoms’ some of His children would experience, as He would begin to cleanse His people and remove 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 everything you have received as untrue doctrine and false beliefs in your life — and everything you have become in your personal beliefs as a result of receiving it.

He said — “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 from them, and what I want to replace in them with Myself.

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.

They will have to allow Me to bring illumination in them to those things which needs to be removed and replaced by My Truth.

No matter how challenging it may be — THEY must choose to let go!

And no matter how uncomfortable it may be — and tell them that it will not be an easy process for many!

They have to want to allow Me to bring the change and to prepare them in this last hour.

Moreover, tell them that the time is ONE MINUTE before midnight!   

Fill their lamps with the Oil of My Anointing that they should purchase it from My Spirit in surrender, 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 see Me”


~ Johann van der Hoven

Johann van der HovenJohann 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.

Back to Top


Please Share this Article:


Living the Christ-life & Becoming the Anointed of the LORD — 1 Comment

  1. WOW! I also had a dream early this morning it was different from yours but it was so real when I woke up I felt sick and I began to call on the Lord for help never before has the dream spoken to my life this one was for what God had for me. I was under attack from the enemy. Then The Holy Spirit said I have great thing for you, you have been deep in the word this is why you were attack from the enemy. Praise God for his protection.❤