Well, thanks to the Carolina Panthers’ loss last night, America’s third great awakening may just have to wait—at least according to Rick Joyner. Last week, the founder of MorningStar Ministries suggested in no uncertain terms that if the Carolina Panthers won the Super Bowl, the United States would experience “major moves of God” and “revival.” His reasoning is part of long story: Back in the late 1980s, he said, Bob Jones (as in, the founder of Bob Jones University) told Joyner that a group of black panthers (the animals) were inexplicably showing up around a downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, lumber yard. Then, in 1995, the city got an NFL franchise called the “Panthers”—with a stadium built on that same lumber yard. “So, we knew there was a prophetic destiny to this team,” Joyner explains in this clip. And, sure enough, Joyner says the ups and downs of the Carolina Panthers have often paralleled the ups and downs of the Church. Obviously, linking prophecy to professional sports isn’t exactly conventional in most church circles. But in this case, it seemed to line up: way back in the mid-'80s Bob Jones "foresaw" that the Kansas City Royals would win the World Series, apparently associating a Royals championship with spiritual blessing. It's no small fact to Joyner that Kansas City won the series again this last season. He said:
Well [the Royals winning the World Series] really got our attention. And we said, ‘OK now, if the Panthers win this year, we know. It’s all hands on deck.’ And we are going to see the outbreak of, I believe, the third great awakening in America.
Thanks a lot, Peyton. Discuss