(Jer 23:9 NIV)  Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.

(Rev 1:17 NIV)  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

(2 Chr 5:13-14 NIV)  The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, {14} and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.

The following persons fell to the ground like being “slain in the Spirit” when they had contact with God or an angel of God: Daniel (Daniel 8:16-18), John on Patmos (Revelation 1:17).

(Dan 8:16-18 NIV)  And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.” {17} As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.” {18} While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.

(Rev 1:17 NIV)  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.


Are the manifestations from God?

(Mat 12:33 NIV)  “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

How do we decide whether a movement such as “holy laughter” is from God or from the devil? One way is to look at the fruits. The devil will not initiate a ministry that results in the building up of the body of Christ.

Reason for manifestation

If we touch electricity, our body will shake. Therefore it should not surprise us that if we are touched by God, our body will shake.

When the natural touch the supernatural, it is natural that there should be some kind of a response.


(1 Tim 4:14 NIV)  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

(2 Tim 1:6 NIV)  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

(Acts 8:14-17 NIV)  When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. {15} When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, {16} because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. {17} Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

One of the means of receiving the gifts or baptism of the Holy Spirit is through the laying of hands by the church leaders.

Non-Charismatic response

If the Holy Spirit can be given by laying on of hands, then why didn’t Philip lay hands on them, and save Peter and John the long journey? Hence it is wrong to conclude that receiving the Holy Spirit requires the laying on of hands. Philip could not do it, hence we cannot impart the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands.