False Prophet Claims Panthers Win in Super Bowl Will Usher in Third Spiritual ‘Great Awakening’

Joyner-compressedFORT MILL, S.C. — A false prophet from South Carolina is predicting that if the Carolina Panthers win the Super Bowl on Sunday, it will usher in the third spiritual Great Awakening in America and possibly “the greatest in-gathering of all time.”

Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, South Carolina explained his position on his broadcast “Prophetic Perspectives” on Tuesday, which was also posted online. He said that the first person to make the prediction was the late Bob Jones, who he also billed as a prophet.

“[Jones predicted that] when our Carolina Panthers won the Super Bowl, major revival, awakening, moves of God are going to break out in America,” Joyner said.

He told the story of when the Black Panthers, a black power organization, came to Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1980’s. Joyner said that he received a call from Jones about the development, which he found to be concerning.

“Bob calls me [and] he says, ‘The Black Panthers are coming to Charlotte,’ and I said, ‘What does that mean?’ Joyner outlined. “He wasn’t sure what it meant. I said, ‘Sounds like an attack.’ And he said, ‘Well, it may be. I don’t know. But they’re coming to the lumber yard in Charlotte.”

He said that the men then found it to be prophetic when the Panthers football team later built a stadium where the Black Panthers had met at the lumber yard.

“Several years later, we get this professional football team, and they name them the Panthers—their panther is a black panther—and they build a stadium on the lumberyard downtown. So we knew there was a prophetic destiny to this team,” Joyner asserted.

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He said that many in the prophesy world soon began to remark how the ups and downs of the football team “would be teachings for us (the Church)” and would be an “incredibly accurate parallel of things we were going through.” He said that it was believed that many of the football stadiums being built were actually for revival purposes and would one day be “filled with worshipers and people seeking the Lord.”

Joyner explained therefore, that when the Panthers ascended to the Super Bowl in 2004, he thought it might signal revival.

“When they went to the Super Bowl once over ten years ago, we thought, ‘This is it. Revival’s breaking out in America,'” he outlined. “Well, they didn’t win.”

Joyner said, however, that if the Panthers win this year, he believes it will serve as a sign that the next Great Awakening has arrived.

“If they do [win], to me it is a very definite marker of something remarkable breaking out,” he stated.

Joyner noted that one of his friends had predicted that when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, an outpouring of God would take place.

“Of course, they won the World Series again this year—the first time in 30 years since 1985,” Joyner said. “Well, that really got our attention.”

“And we said, if the Panthers win this year, we know it’s all hands on deck,” he continued. “And we are going to see the outbreak of, I believe, the third Great Awakening in America.”

Joyner opined that it could even bring about the “greatest in-gathering of all time.”

“It would not surprise me if the revival that breaks out in America starts getting so much attention, it starts getting covered more than our NFL is being covered on the news now,” he said.

Some are now remarking that Joyner’s words are absurd.

“You better not be rooting for those Denver Broncos, folks! That’s to be rooting against the Holy Spirit and His plans for the ‘greatest in-gathering’ harvest of all time,” joked Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith. “Uh-huh, right.”

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  • gizmo23

    What is with the marriage of God and sports?

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Yeah, what is with that? That’s almost as disgusting as the union of God and country.

      • gizmo23

        Very true

  • FoJC_Forever


    How can anyone say this type of thing with a straight face? Sadly, there are a bunch of people who will root for the Panthers because they believe this type of nonsense.

    There are prophets. This gifting from God is still active, but there is a whole “movement” filled with liars and scammers who lead the foolish down dark paths filled with false light.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

    • afchief

      True, there are still prophets today. But, most prophets today operate out of the flesh, not the Spirit. How many prophets do you find that follow this scripture?

      Revelation 19:10 (NASB) Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

      “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Hmmm……..I think with most prophets today one just has to follow the money……….

  • Amos Moses

    So are we sinning if we want the opposing team to win? This is, after all, being promoted as a word from God/Christ and should be treated as scripture, should it not? Did not David Barton tell Glenn Beck we were in the “third awakening” last year?

    ““You better not be rooting for those Denver Broncos, folks! That’s to be rooting against the Holy Spirit and His plans for the ‘greatest in-gathering’ harvest of all time,” joked Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith. “Uh-huh, right.””


    But the other team has a player that others are claiming that God/Christ is going to give that player a “high five” during the SB. So who is right?

    False Prophet? Yes, and thank you CN.

  • bowie1

    Not being a sports fan I can’t see how it will elicit from me, at least, a yawn. The guy is just a little bit goofy!

  • marg

    What I find even more comical is thinking Bob Jones (founder of the school) was a prophet. Doesn’t that go completely against what he preached was evil???

  • Becky

    “Joyner said, however, that if the Panthers win this year, he believes it will serve as a sign that the next Great Awakening has arrived.”

    “If they do [win], to me it is a very definite marker of something remarkable breaking out,” he stated.”

    “It would not surprise me if the revival that breaks out in America starts getting so much attention, it starts getting covered more than our NFL is being covered on the news now,” he said.”

    Prophets from God know what will come and do not use the word “if”.

    “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20,21

    “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

    “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20, 21

    “You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” Deuteronomy 18:21,22

  • http://www.maplesministries.org/ Steve Maples

    Silly garbage like this hurts the church – who in the world would want to become a Christian if idiots like this are large and in-charge, geeeeshhh

    • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

      Most of the agnostics and atheists I converse with over the internet have never heard of people like Rick Joyner. But they do know the likes of Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Jim Bakker, Kenneth Copeland, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump. And they are absolutely livid over some of “garbage” that comes out of their mouths. When they do get wind of stories such as this one they keep adding it to one gigantic subconscious pile or wall of “garbage.” And that gigantic subconscious “wall of garbage” is just one of numerous walls I must overcome to reach them for Christ. Sad to say these walls have become absolutely impenetrable. Unless the Body of Christ awakens and matures thus demanding Church and Political leadership of the high intellectual rank, noble character and charitable conscience I see no great evangelistic movements occurring in America.

    • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

      You may not realize this but your post is probably true and extraordinarily funny!

      • http://www.maplesministries.org/ Steve Maples

        I am glad you enjoyed it – truth is often best served with a smile, smirk and a laugh – everything I write is laced with humor, and or sarcasm to a fault.

  • softengine

    Idiocy. Par for the course, anymore.

  • jael2

    Clearly, Rick Joyner has no fear of God. To insinuate that God would use idolatry to further His kingdom is blasphemy.

  • Dan Olinger

    Just for the record, the alleged prophet named Bob Jones never had any relationship to Bob Jones University. Completely different guy.

  • storie

    Go Broncos!! Lol

  • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

    Rick Joyner loosely quoting Bob Jones, “When our Carolina Panthers won the Superbowl, that a, this is a time when, you know, major revival, awakenings, moves of God are gonna break out in America.” This leaves only one of the following conclusions to be drawn.
    1. God is a big Panther fan holding out for a Panther win before he is willing to begin revival.
    2. God has predetermined or predestined the Carolina Panthers to win the Superbowl.
    And of course if the Panthers don’t win this year, there is always next year. And the year after that. And the year after that. And the year after that. And so on………………………………………………

  • thelordlives2011

    This guy is a crackpot all the way.

  • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

    Whenever I visit this website along with Charisma News I never ceased to be amazed at how much those commenting find their leadership lacking discernment and totally distrusted. You would think by now these individuals would have gotten the message and stepped down. I guess the money is just too good to give up on a voluntary basis. So I can’t help but wonder why Christ as the Head of the Church doesn’t throw these bums out?

    • afchief

      Don’t look to man to see Christ. You may never see Him.

      Revelation 3:20-21 (NASB) Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

    • Gary

      Matthew 13:24-30 has the answer: “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

      “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so…” (Jer. 5:31)?

  • Chris Michals

    Hilarious that everyone is considered a “FALSE PROPHET!!!” Hilarious!!! Find out how many prophets there were in Acts (there were several). Nowhere does it say these (& apostles) ever ended. Thank God I’m no longer in the pharisee camp that believes these offices ended in 95 AD. I used to & at that time I had a lot of dead academic “religion” & lived very worldly life, just like every other person in my former nondenominational mega churches. So you think Joyner says foolish things? That’s because you are what I once was:
    1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
    But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    • FoJC_Forever

      No, you are being led astray by people who move in false spirits, not the Holy Spirit. I know you won’t believe it, because you’re immersed in the hype, but one Day you will see just how foolish you were to participate in this false movement.

      • Chris Michals

        Hype?? Ok whatever you say. Please respond with something other than your opinion next time. Or just don’t cuz I’ve already been where you are & I know both sides.

        • FoJC_Forever

          You are filled with arrogance and pride. Your flesh is ruling you mind and you wander in the Darkness of false doctrine.

          • Chris Michals

            Thank you! Yes, you are correct and I see that now. I appreciate the genuine concern you have about my salvation and eternal destiny and the fact that you took the time to write and the manner that you are approaching all this which reveals this concern. Actually this helps answer my own question about how to interact with people who believe the way I used to. What you said along with the accompanying Biblical support was very effective and influential and really caused me to seriously consider my own beliefs in comparison to yours. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to see how different styles of discussion lead to positive outcomes and produce fruit of the Spirit and how my own style may be improved accordingly and any weak areas that I need to fix. By the way, I use my real name and yours is?

          • FoJC_Forever

            Sarcasm, like anger, is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, but of the flesh. When you finally see who you really are, then you will be able to follow Jesus (the) Christ.

            Follow Jesus, find Truth.

          • Chris Michals

            Thank you yes. Neither is accusation. Nameless wonder.

    • afchief

      That is not a valid scripture to determine if Rick Joyner is hearing from God. Revelation 19:10 is; “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”. Where does Rick Joyner’s prophesy line up with this word?

  • Reason2012

    “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
    2 Timothy 4:1-4

    “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
    Deuteronomy 18:22

  • Josey


    • Bob Johnson

      Ya, we all know the Dallas Cowboys are God’s Team. They even have a hole in the roof so He can watch them play.

      • Mike M


  • Oboehner

    Joyner: Are you ready kids?
    Congregation: Aye, aye Captain.
    Joyner: I can’t hear you…

  • TheKingOfRhye

    So what happens if Denver wins? The world will become a wretched hive of scum and villainy or something like that?

    • Oboehner

      That ship has sailed.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        By 2 TD’s too. 🙂

  • TheKingOfRhye

    Not looking good for that spiritual awakening as the 4th quarter starts….

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      🙂 Loss by 2 TD’s. Oh well, we will just have to do it without the false prophet. 🙂

      • gizmo23

        Darn it! I was hoping to make a killing on that tent and tambourine stock

  • Oboehner

    No Awakening this year, darn that heathen Von Miller!!

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      He deserved the MVP though – completely!

      • afchief

        That Denver defense is tough! Almost as tough as my 85 Bears.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          I thought of them too – and the 70’s Steelers. But, the Denver D was SO fast!

      • Oboehner


    • Basset_Hound

      A Dallas boy (DeSoto, actually). Good humble guy who still keeps up with a lot of his high school teammates.

      • Oboehner


  • Rick

    He’s fortunate he wasn’t trying these types of antics 3000 years ago or at this point he would be confirmed as a false prophet and would be stoned.

  • gizmo23

    Well I guess my tent and tambourine stock just tanked

  • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

    Like I said the morning before the big game. If the Panthers don’t win there is always next year. And the year after that. And the year after that. And so on……….

  • Amos Moses

    From the Museum of Idolatry:

    1. Charisma Magazine declared 2016 the year of the Re:

    2. Lana Vawswer declared that the Holy Spirit told her that 2016 is the year of the slipstream.

    3. Steven Furtick of Elevation Church claims that the word God gave him for 2016 is crossover.

    4. Keith Craft claims that the word God gave him for 2016 is excel [insert Microsoft Office and spreadsheet jokes here].

    5. Cindy Jacobs claims that God has told the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders that 2016 is the year the tide turns.

    6. Robert Hotchkin of the Prophetic Holy Orders Network Information Exchange Syndicate claims that God told him that 2016 is the year that God reintroduces himself as El Shaddai.

    7. Jim Bakker and his guests have predicted that the Great Tribulation will begin in March of 2016 and the Anti-Christ will walk on the world’s stage in 2016.

    8. Joel Osteen says that the word God gave him for 2016 is Accelerate.

    9. John Kilpatrick says that this is the Year of the Wind.

    10. Dr. Paul Dhinakaran says that this is the Year of Edification and Equipping.

    11. Jerry Savelle says 2016 is The Year of The Great Breaking Loose.

    12. Dr. Jerry Brandt says 2016 is The Year of Manifestation.

    13. The “Apostle” John Arcovio says the Lord clearly told him to Beware of Elymas for 2016.

    14. The “Prophet” Brian Carn says 2016 is the year to Get the Anointing to Increase.

    15. Wayne Sutton says 2016 is the year to Awaken in Spirit and Change Your Name.

    16. “Apostle Prophet” Elizabeth Elijah Nikomia says (under the trusty anointing of Ruach Ha Kodesh) that Devastation is Coming! Devastation is Here!

    • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

      I do not wish to appear in bad taste but it is the very things you point out here that give ex-Christian atheists on Disqus excuse to say, “Holy Spirit speaketh with forked tongue.”

      • Amos Moses

        “I do not wish to appear in bad taste but it is the very things you point out here that give ex-Christian atheists on Disqus excuse to say, “Holy Spirit speaketh with forked tongue.”‘

        And they would be dead wrong. Man speaks with forked tongue, as pointed out above, and the Holy Spirit is not schizophrenic. Therefore none of these men spoke from the Holy Spirit, they spoke of themselves and are false teachers.

        FYI, “ex-Christian atheists” do not need an excuse, they do their own will.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Thank you for taking the time to put that list together – very informative!

      • Amos Moses

        Not my list – Pastor Chris Rosebrough

  • Basset_Hound

    I watched the game with a bunch of friends from my church LifeGroup in suburban Dallas. The people in the room ranged from a couple of teenaged boys to sixty-somethings. I looked at my LifeGroup leader and asked “do you think any of the people in this room are going to be alive when the Cowboys win their next Super Bowl”.

    “The Rapture will happen first”, he replied.

  • TheKingOfRhye

    I don’t have to deal with this kind of stuff, being an atheist, because, of course……atheism is a non-prophet organization.

    Ba dum bum.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I’m up-voting you for humor. 🙂

  • Peter Leh

    What a “homer”.

    See what mixing religion and sports does? I wonder then what happens when one mixes religion and politics? Wait for it….. 🙂

  • The Guest

    “I did **not send these prophets,** yet they have run with their message; ***I did not speak to them,*** yet they have prophesied.” Jeremiah 23:21

    “Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and ***lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,***” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:32

    “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily **shall bring in damnable heresies,** even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

    God will take care of the false profits. If you claim to be speaking for God, you should make sure that what you are speaking is of God, and about His Son. If not, the word is nothing. “The prophets are **but wind** and the word is **not in them.**” Jeremiah 5:13a

    “***But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!*** As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, **let them be under God’s curse!** Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10

    “At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the ***Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.***” Revelation 19:10

  • Gabriel A. King

    What a bunch of idiots. Probably paid by the government to make Christians look stupid and mislead sheeple….