On Sunday February 3, my Daily Prophetic Word was, “A Prophetic Sign from God will be seen around the world.” During the third quarter of the Super Bowl game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, half the lights went out for thirty-four minutes in the New Orleans Superdome. This was the sign from God seen around the world.
Details to the Super Bowl Power Outage
So let’s take a look at the significance of the numbers involved. It is quite fascinating!
- When the lights went out, the score of the game was 28-6. Twenty-eight plus six equals 34.
- The lights were out for 34 minutes.
- The power outage sign happened in the third quarter (3/4).
- The winning team’s score was 34.
God spoke to me in more detail about the prophetic significance of the repeated number 34 and the fact that only half the lights went out.
First of all, God’s heart right now is for people to encounter His love, power, and acceptance. I have been prophesying for a while about a revival coming to spiritual outcasts; that is people who have been wounded by Christians and the Church. This includes (but is not limited to) people involved in New Age, the tattooed and pierced, and the gay and lesbian community. I have been reaching out to all three of these groups for a number of years and finding that people really are open to God. One problem we are having with reaching people is that Christians have been judging these people harshly for their behavior.
The significance of the sign at the Super Bowl
We are the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14). Half the lights went out because God wants us to notice that we operating at half power. Many Christians keep thinking that God is judging our nation and the world. Yet God is actually holding the Church accountable right now for not extending love to those in need. Love is powerful!
Revival is waiting to happen in San Francisco and other areas but many Christians have gotten caught up in their opinions and dislikes for the spiritually outcast people groups, causing their own light to diminish or “go out.” God spoke to me that pride and prejudice have blinded many Christians. At least half as only half the lights went out.
The significance of 34
During a time of prayer last week, I had an encounter with bright flashes of angelic light and the Holy Spirit spoke to me about the details of the number 34. Ezekiel 34 makes a prophetic comparison: people who need God and sheep. It goes on to say that shepherds who do not have God’s heart of love are allowing the enemy to ravish the sheep. God spoke to me that this prophetic application of Ezekiel 34 is about Christians who have not had God’s heart for people in need and have driven them away. This chapter in Ezekiel is widely used against leaders, but God isn’t talking about Christian pastors or leaders in this context, just regular, everyday Christians.
Many Christians have driven people away from God
“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals” Ezekiel 34:4–5.
“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another” Ezekiel 34:20–22.
God is looking for people who show love
God is the judge of each person’s heart and motives. This is a time to step up and be the light in darkness. We really can love people who have been wounded by religion and by Christians who don’t love as Jesus does.
“I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken” Ezekiel 34:23–24.
David is symbolic of someone who loves God and will be a warrior to protect and draw the outcasts to God (David’s mighty men were outcasts, 1 Samuel 22:2). This is a time in which we need to have a heart like David for people who have been wounded and driven away from having a relationship with God.
God is making a making a covenant of peace with those who have been wrongly driven from churches and judged harshly. He is repaying them with blessing as a tipping point has happened in the spiritual realm and their cries for justice have reached His ears (Ezekiel 34:25–26). It is interesting that this chapter of Ezekiel ends with verse 31, which was the exact Super Bowl ending score: 34:31.
“You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord” Ezekiel 34:31.
Similar prophetic word December 2011
I prophesied on my blog and webcast in December of 2011 that something centered around Candlestick Park (where the 49ers football team plays) will be seen around the world. On December 19, 2011 during Monday Night Football the power went out twice in Candlestick Park. A power surge blew out the old generators. This was a sign saying the old ways of operating will not be able handle the new power coming from God to reach places like San Francisco.
New ways to operate
God is revealing new strategic ways to operate so that we can be more effective in our changing times. Here are a few things you can do now:
- Break through religiosity, which is being too religious to connect with people.
- Love people unconditionally like Jesus did. You don’t have to agree with people to love them. Being nice in the face of disagreement is a start.
- Separate religion from politics. God’s heart is for people not political parties. You can indeed be politically active but we cannot justify hatred toward people as “hating what they represent.”
- Allow people time to experience God. Sometimes requiring them to change too quickly will do more harm than good.
God’s job versus our job
Jesus said in John 16:8 that the Holy Spirit will come and convict the world of guilt in regard to sin. God’s task is to convict people of sin, and ours is to love people. “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (Matthew 22:39). And when we do love people, and also love one another, they will know that we are true followers of Jesus (John 13:35).
I realize that this may be a difficult prophetic word for some people. I am doing my best to present what I heard from God without sounding judgmental myself to those who are inadvertently mistreating people. My hope and prayer is that we can all love one another without judging. Love conquers all!
God, help us to love freely like Jesus did. Give us the power to love wholeheartedly, especially those we haven’t loved in the past.
Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade. Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.