Super Bowl 52 filled with prophetic messages

God imparted many prophetic messages through Super Bowl 52 to those able to hear them.

It was a story of David against Goliath, an unknown second string quarterback, Nick Foles, against a superstar, five-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady. Even at age 40, Brady still led the NFL this season with 4,577 passing yards. Meanwhile, Foles only played in three games, replacing Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz after he was injured in game thirteen.

The Eagles had never won a Super Bowl before, while the Patriots had won five times, so the Eagles weren’t expected to win the game and their quarterback wasn’t expected to win the Super Bowl MVP Award, but they did and he did after he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards, including three touchdowns.

In the Bible, eagles represent the prophetic ministry because of their keen eyesight, seeing things clearly from far away. Just as the Eagles arose to win the Super Bowl, the prophetic ministry is now arising in the earth to the place God intended, as foundations of the Church as recorded in Ephesians 2:20. The ministry of apostles and prophets were given by God as foundations for His house because they’re founded upon the solid rock of revelation, insights revealed to them directly by God, not just the written Word of God, but that’s the very thing that makes them seem spooky and weird to much of the Church, which is why they often get treated like outcasts.

It took 52 Super Bowls before the Eagles finally won one, but their long drought finally ended. In the same way, many of God’s people have patiently endured a long dry season of many losses and disappointments, filled with waiting and hoping, but not seeing the fulfillment of promises given to them by God long ago. Their story closely parallels the career of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. After being drafted to play for them in 2012, he found himself falling way short of his NFL dreams, standing on the sidelines instead of on the field. By 2016, he had lost his love for the game and seriously considered quitting, as he explains here.

“A year ago. I wanted to retire from the NFL, and I really struggled. I couldn’t pick up a football for about eight months. I had no love for the game, and it was tough. I kept reading scripture, I kept praying, I kept asking God — and so many of us ask God for signs, we ask God, ‘Hey, please just put it on the wall, like, I want to know,’ but that’s not how it works. He’s not always going to do that. He was shaping me. He was bringing me down to my knees.”

He believes God said to him, “Hey, just take a step of faith. You’re either going to stop playing the game of football and you’re going to go onto a different area of your life and I’m going to be with you, I’m going to be the most important thing in your life, or you’re going to step back into football and you’re going to continue to play and I’m going to be with you every step of the way and you’re going to play to glorify me.” (Source: cbssports.com)

Looking back on his decision to return to football, he calls it “the greatest decision I ever made because of what I went through.” Out of those struggles, he returned with a “completely reinvigorated outlook on the game.”

Many of God’s people have felt like giving up, like their dreams were never going to be fulfilled, like God’s promises to them were just lies because they waited far longer than they ever imagined, yet it looked like nothing was happening and as far as they could tell, nothing was ever going to happen. Their faith level waned and their passion for God’s word grew cold, but now God has started doing a new thing, shifting the winds to blow in their favor, causing hope to arise in them once again. Like Nick Foles, their outlook is being completely reinvigorated.

Nick Foles was an unknown player, like so many who have answered the call of God, enduring His long training season. They’ve been hidden away from the eyes of the world, standing on the sidelines, because it has not been time yet for them to enter the game and run their plays. Nick Foles’ sudden promotion to starting quarterback late in the season represents the sudden promotion many of God’s people will receive in these last days. Their days of waiting patiently on the sidelines are soon coming to an end. Soon, God will put them in the game and when He does, they will find they have been well prepared.

Many expected Nick Foles to be rattled by the enormous spotlight of the whole world watching, but he was not rattled. Instead, he was focused on the game, even in the most crucial moments. In the same way, when God puts His people into their new positions, they will find God has trained them well. Their surroundings might change, but through it all, they’ll just keep doing what they’ve been doing all along, walking closely with God, holding His hand each day, only now they will hold more tightly than ever as their love for Him and their dependence on Him grows far beyond anything they’ve known before.

Like Nick Foles, they’ll look back on all they’ve endured and see how God was shaping them, bringing them to their knees, and they’ll know the only reason they’re still in the game is for His glory, to bring honor to His name.

Each team made one attempt to pass the ball to their quarterbacks in trick plays. The Patriots tried first and their veteran superstar Tom Brady was wide open, but he dropped the ball. Later, the Eagles ran a similar play, but Nick Foles did not drop it. He caught it and scored a touchdown. In the same way, many of the biggest names in the Church have dropped the ball by putting their ministries ahead of God. They’ve learned how to do church without Him, but God will not allow their mega churches and mega ministries to continue going their own way and doing their own thing. He is sending His holy fire to the earth in these last days and it will consume whatever stands in its’ way.

God is raising up a new generation of servants who are willing to follow Him wherever He goes. Unlike the old guard, they won’t be big name superstars. Their names will not even be known, but when the ball is thrown to them, they won’t drop it. They’ll catch the fire from heaven, the dreams, visions, words of knowledge, and promptings from the Holy Spirit, and by doing so, they will reap great rewards for God’s kingdom.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were losing. Trailing by one point, 32-33 with only 5 minutes left, they put together a game winning drive that nearly stalled at mid-field when they came up short on 3rd down and were forced to go for it on 4th down. They made it and went on to score the touchdown that put them ahead for good. In the same way, God’s righteous remnant won’t be moved by the way things appear to be, even when it looks like they’re in danger of losing. They’ll persevere until the end when the cross the goal line.

They won the game by exactly 8 points, 41-33. In the Bible, the number 8 represents new beginnings. For example, the 8th day marks the start of each new week and 8 people were on Noah’s Ark. I believe the Eagles’ 8-point margin of victory confirmed this is the start of a new season, a new beginning for the prophetic eagles who will now begin to soar and also for those called to a Joseph ministry, as confirmed by the final score, 41-33. The modern-day Josephs are now arising, like Joseph did in Genesis 41:33.

Now let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:33)

As the supreme leader of Egypt, Pharaoh represented God setting Joseph over the land of Egypt, sending him ahead of his brothers to make provision for them during a great famine. God is doing the same thing in this final generation, making provision for His people because a great famine is coming before He returns. Just as God prepared Joseph, putting him through many hardships for many years in preparation for his assignment, God has been preparing many trusted servants in our generation to step into similar roles as trusted stewards over a great wealth transfer, which is soon coming for the advancement of His kingdom, as recorded in scriptures such as Exodus 12:35-36, Proverbs 13:22, Isaiah 60:4-5, and Haggai 2:6-9.

Nick Foles was not his coach’s first choice. He was second string because another was more talented than he was. In the same way, many of those whom God is raising up in these last days were not His first choice. Many more distinguished, more intelligent, more charismatic, more successful people were called by God to serve Him, but they failed to answer the call, so the gifts God planned for them were given to others less qualified because they were willing and obedient to do what He asked them to do.

The Super Bowl victory ended the long drought for the Eagles and redeemed their 2004 loss in Super Bowl 39. They waited 14 years for a second chance to play in the Super Bowl against the team who beat them before, the New England Patriots. God often works in our lives in seven-year seasons and fourteen is seven times two, double sevens. Seven represents completion, so double sevens is a double completion, showing it is fully established, the old season has passed and the new has begun. For example, consider Abraham, the father of our faith. After trying on his own strength to fulfill God’s promise to him, his son Ishmael was born, but God’s promise was not fulfilled through Ishmael. Ishmael was 14 years old when Isaac, the son of the promise, came forth supernaturally from 90-year old Sarah whose womb had been dead many years.

Even though the Eagles were underdogs, they didn’t play like underdogs. They played like they expected to win, taking the game from the Patriots fearlessly and aggressively. For example, with just 38 seconds remaining in the first half, after driving all the way down to the one-yard line, they faced fourth down. Most teams would have played it safe and settled for a 3-point field goal, but the Eagles went for it with a trick play, throwing a one-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles. After the game, commentator Chris Collinsworth said, “This play was for me what turned this football game around.”

When no one else believed, they still believed. A lot of people were surprised, but they weren’t surprised. In the same way, God has been preparing a people for Himself who will believe Him even when no one else does. By faith, they will receive the winning plays God has for them and will fearlessly and aggressively execute them exactly like He drew it up, not shrinking back in fear or doubt, but believing they can do it, and they’ll do it. Fears that bound them in the past, causing them to suffer losses, will not bind them any longer. All fear of man will be gone because they will seek to please God alone.

After the big victory, the Vince Lombardi trophy was presented to the Eagles.  When Coach Doug Pederson was asked about the game, he replied, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.”

Next, they interviewed wide receiver Zach Ertz because he caught the winning touchdown pass. His answer was similar, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.”

Finally, they brought up Nick Foles. Like his teammates, the first thing he said was, “All glory to God.”

For the first time ever, the Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. God is doing a new thing and it is happening now. (Isaiah 43:19)

James Bailey

Author: James Bailey

James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.

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Bobbi Mercer
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February 5, 2018 1:22 PM
Here is a story of the natural eagle—quite a spiritual picture, and how it will apply to those who have humbled themselves under His Mighty Hand…in due season they shall be lifted up….Which brings the hard truth home: Many are called but few are chosen. I heard this powerful story about an eagle in 1991 when I was living in Ft. Payne, AL. Here is the eyewitness story: The man who shared this story actually met and walked with a “brother in the faith”, a native american-Indian. He took him to a gorge that was surrounded by cliffs. The Indian said that in midlife the eagle goes through a “humiliation transformation”. It looses all its feathers, and has to walk around on the ground like a chicken. Other eagles that made it through that rough time, hunt and drop food for the eagles on the ground. The Indian went on to say, that at one point, there were five eagles on the ground; with tears in his eyes, he continued the story. He said of the five, only two made it. The three other eagles died because they would not eat the meat that was provided for them. He lovingly buried the three eagles. The other two, that humbled themselves to eat – were strengthened to make the next phase of this journey. What the eagle does after he has gained strength, is to climb the steep rocks to get to the cliff. While the eagle is hopping and climbing the rocks, he beats his beak on the rocks to break off the calcium deposits that have formed on its beak. When the eagle arrives at the top of the cliff, he sits and waits for his feathers to grow back. Then one day, when his feathers are fully grown,… Read more »
Rosemary
Rosemary
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February 5, 2018 4:19 PM

Bobbi, your explanation of the steps to reach to top of a cliff to soar ministered to me. Yesterday I was shown my current state of being raised like under a blow up balloon to only half up a straight mountain on a narrow cliff. I looked up to see there was more to go to the top! A snippet from this article also explained the process: Like the Eagle (scroll to the top of the article)

https://books.google.com/books?id=WyZbDQAAQBAJ&pg=PT150&lpg=PT150&dq=breaking+off+calcium+off+a+beak&source=bl&ots=r-y4ge1iir&sig=uDtCWymtxqM8JyDoeZZEZ7nyXuA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5xuyc14_ZAhXKyVMKHbbKALwQ6AEIRTAF#v=onepage&q=breaking%20off%20calcium%20off%20a%20beak&f=false

Heather C-littledove
Heather C-littledove
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February 5, 2018 4:31 PM

Bobbi and rosemary -both of these parables about the eagles have ministered just mountains to me today !! Thank you ladies and Jesus -just what I needed !

Rosemary
Rosemary
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February 5, 2018 9:27 PM

Yes Heather C-littledove – we might just have to get the book since these were just excerpts and cut off! I want to understand it all Lord!

Helen McCarthy
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February 5, 2018 11:55 AM

Thank you James for this wonderful prophetic insight into last night’s game. After watching the game and witnessing the dramatic victory, and especially after a season of controversy, I felt God was lifting up this team as an example to all who were watching. Imagine the whole world hearing the testimonies of coach Pederson, Nick Foles and Zach Ertz – “I can only give the praise to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.” We witnessed the amazing ways the Lord can work though his people to reach across the globe!

Carolanne
Carolanne
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February 5, 2018 2:47 PM
To God be all the Glory. I hesitate to write this, but my heart pounds in disobedience when I delete draft after draft. You are called to the NATIONS as an overseer, an apostle, a Joseph. Exponentially, you will be used because of a small mustard seed you planted in Z3, in faith. You took many hits on the chin along the way. I have been spiritually attacked for days trying to sort out how to get this word out, but I’ll slay dragons to try. Awhile ago you had a post about a silver dream and in the dream you had, you were annoyed with a girl that was digging through your desk drawers that you caught redhanded. I was convicted that was me because I hadn’t donated any money to Z3 but I visited the site often, being blessed in many ways I continued to give all my tithes to local causes and not Z3. Then I was led to buy FAZ in December. The Lord reminded me not to be like the 9 lepers, if FAZ truly hit the roof as it promised to do in your now famous prophetic dream, and that you were the only reason I ever would have heard of FAZ. What’s more, that FAZ dream was what led me to Z3 in the first place. I hope you can repost that silver dream so people can put this story together. In the photo of that post was a girl with platinum blonde hair. In my 20s when I was reckless, selfish and lost, I wore my hair that color and cut for a while. I was really convicted about not supporting Z3, because that girl’s expression is a hint at how I behaved apathetically and arrogantly before I was baptized into the… Read more »
Mikey H
Mikey H
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February 6, 2018 10:53 AM

Wow, a lovely post Carolanne, bless you, and a huge Amen to this !!

SwissT
SwissT
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February 5, 2018 11:33 AM
Very touching the whole story of that Super Bowl. I know this is just the beginning. I also know this is the Holy Spirit in Action, but Big Time. I think the Donald started the “time of the outsiders” and that God-initiated paradigm shift that took place and will change the whole world now. Also in the light of what happend and confirmed 2 prophecies on Z3 for me I keep re-reading those 2: 1. https://z3news.com/w/met-lord-told-buy-faz/ 2. https://z3news.com/w/philadelphia-eagles-walking-victory/ and one comment of Carolanne (below). I live in Switzerland, am 58, never before bought 1 share in my life but now did (FAZ). God blessings to all and the right decisions. — Carolanne on Feb 3rd before the game: Great and timely message, James. Praying for the Eagles victory has been placed on my heart, and I didn’t understand how important it is for the spreading of the Gospel and to give God all the glory until you shared this word. Winners get a huge platform in the spotlight after the game. Losers just go home and are forgotten. This team has an anointing on them to ignite an outpouring of the Holy Spirit not only in America but worldwide. I have spotted bald eagles twice since I was led to pray a few weeks ago, which in my twelve years of living near the river has been a rare occurrence. The second sighting was a powerful story. I was walking downhill to the river and slipped on some ice that was hidden under a dusting of snow. As I picked myself up, I heard the Lord in my spirit lead me to go to the river and wait for an Eagle. As I often struggle with doubt, I thought it wouldn’t happen, and was anticipating waiting in vain in the… Read more »
Stanley
Stanley
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February 6, 2018 12:41 AM

Yes, the time to buy FAZ is now. Actually Friday but now is good.

Carolanne
Carolanne
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February 6, 2018 6:33 AM

Friday?

Corrine
Corrine
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February 5, 2018 11:28 AM

James, what a beautiful article!! Thank you for writing this , you are truly talented, I like the way you tied everything together. Blessings, Corrine

Marcio Ferez Jr.
Marcio Ferez Jr.
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February 5, 2018 12:19 PM

James, I agree exactly with Corrine. You consistently put out awesome articles.

Lydia Hodge
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February 5, 2018 11:41 AM

Thanks for this article. It really speaks to me. I’ve had many dreams in the past where I was playing on a team except I was sitting on the bench and toward the very end of the game I was chosen to play. I got up to play and I would feel the spirit of God come upon me and I would outrun everyone on the court or on the field. God is so good. To him alone be the glory.

SaraM
SaraM
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February 8, 2018 9:56 PM
This relates to something that happened to me today. I have always felt guilty and ashamed that I as a Christian never wanted to minister to others. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want to be pushy. It’s not that I didn’t want to play, I just hadn’t been refined and with the right equipment yet. During the past year I was so humbled and so broken by my husband wanting a divorce and not loving me any more. I wallowed and cried to God. I was fully broken. Then I was sad for my husband and began to claim our marriage and him for God, casting out any evil demons who threatened to be near him. I prayed and prayed and prayed. I actually grew to love my husband more, even though he was terrible (last July). It was Christ’s love because I wasn’t strong enough to stand without Christ. Ever so slowly the tides turned. (This was all over the period of a full year.). Just a few weeks ago he told me he loved me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Now there are people I feel called to tell my story to. I pray it strengthens the faith of many. I am ministering the FULL POWER of Christ’s love. HE IS SO AMAZING. My story is all due to God. I have the equipment to play now and I just wait for instructions from the coach. And even though it was mentally and emotionally the most extreme worst time of my entire life, bar none, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I also have Z3 to thank for this. I came here for inspiration to remain strong in faith, that God would win the war. I would like… Read more »
Carolanne
Carolanne
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February 5, 2018 1:28 PM

That’s beautiful, Lydia. I always feel the Spirit of the Lord when you “get up to play!”

Krista West
Krista
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February 5, 2018 11:27 AM

I didn’t even watch the game, but I feel the truth of this word in my Spirit! Praise be to God for the Eagles.

Lester
Lester
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February 5, 2018 5:52 PM

Your perspective of the Eagle win is God given. May all of His Prophets have eyes to see and ears to hear Him just as Jesus did. Prophets are so essential to declare what the see God doing and what they hear him saying. I pray that many will forward this message to their friends and relatives that need to hear this word of encouragement. Only God can open the eyes and ears to hear His word. He alone can open prison doors and set the captive free. This is so evident from the response of so many after the game.Many became drunk, others partied, some even rioted. So many did not even hear the praises to the Lord given by the coach and players. Yet God’s Word went forth and it Will Not return to Him void. May God use this long awaited Eagle victory to turn many to Our God of miracles. May the future ministry of Nick Foles bring many souls to repentance and salvation.

Christine Beadsworth
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February 5, 2018 10:32 AM

What came to mind is ‘ living and playing for an audience of one’. Each player in the eagles had a different journey, different tests and trials. It took the whole team playing to win but each had different roles. It speaks to me much of the crypto investment journey. People have had different instructions from the Coach. Best to do your bit, not just do what the other players are doing.

Helen McCarthy
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February 5, 2018 1:29 PM

Just ran across this inspiring article that supports James’ message-
Did Eagles have God on their side?
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich and de facto “pastor” on the team said, “I think it helps you be a better teammate,” he says. “Our primary calling in life as a Christian is to bring out the best in other people. That’s the primary message of Christianity. We’ve been created to glorify God. How do we do that? He gives us gifts and abilities, and we’re supposed to bring those out in other people.” Eagles players even held baptisms in the team’s cold tub and at a hotel pool. About 30,000 people have viewed a Bible study that features the Eagles and other NFL players. Reich spent time in the ministry after his NFL career was over, serving as a pastor and seminary professor before becoming a coach. A large group of players meet for Bible study on Thursdays and hold a study for couples on Mondays. They get together for prayer and devotionals the night before games.
http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/did-eagles-have-god-on-their-side/

SaraM
SaraM
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February 8, 2018 9:58 PM

I hadn’t heard that! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!

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