The Case for New Orleans:
It might seem obvious at first that the Christian should root for the New Orleans Saints, after all, “saints” are holy ones, those set apart by God.
Much like the martyred saints of Revelation (1), Saint fans have cried, “How Long?”
Of course, the city has suffered greatly as a result of Hurricane Katrina, and God cares for the broken-hearted (2) and rebuilding/restoring houses (3), such as the SuperDome.
The Case against New Orleans:
The term, “saint” has also been corrupted in the common vernacular to refer to a special, higher class Christian. And as the Bible clearly states, “Pride goes before a fall” (4).
The city doesn’t have a very saintly reputation. It seems to be set apart more for lasciviousness and debauchery. And sin can only lead to death (5).
The Case for Indianapolis:
But let’s not forget that the book of Revelation also has a Colt/Horse, and the Messiah, Divine Warrior is riding upon its back (6).
Jesus also chose to ride a colt when entering Jerusalem as King that last week of his life (7).
But what of this Peyton Manning? He seems to have an intuition as to what will happen next…..prophetic even….while at line…..as the play clock winds down.
He is able to thwart their attempts. He seems to know the heart and intent of every safety and linebacker (8,9,10).
He has a famous father. His own people are against him, having grown up in New Orleans. He is facing his father’s people and his own people. Sound familiar?
The case against Indianapolis:
In John’s Revelation chapter 6 (11), horses/colts symbolized war, death, and famine.
1 Samuel 2 (12) records the prophecy of the Lord’s Judgment against the House of Eli, and of course, Peyton’s brother is Eli. Unless it refers to the rest of the family (parents and brother Cooper) who are Saint fans. This one is unclear yet the game may hinge on this prophecy.
The Final Pick:
Henceforth, from much Bible study and prayer, my Super Bowl prophecy shalt be-eth that Indianapolis defeateth New Orleans: Colts 37-Saints 31!
- Rom 6:10–“How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true”
- Psalm 34:18–“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”
- Amos 9:11–“In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be,”
- Prov 16:18–“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
- Rom 6:23–“For the wages of sin is death”
- Rev 19:11-12–“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
- Mark 11:4-7–“They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.”
- John 2:25–“He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man
- Rom 8:27–“And he who searches our hearts knows”
- Luke 16:15–“And he who searches our hearts knows”
- Rev 6:1-4–“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.”
- 1 Samuel 2:30-33–“”Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your family line 32 and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man. 33 Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your heart, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.”
All Scripture NIV.
Final Pick KJV.