Had God been seen visibly? explanation

Had God been seen visibly? explanation

 

Here are some questions related to this subject, which we are answered with Scripture based and under their own context. It’s unchristian and an unethical to forced a passage of the Scriptures to try to prove a fallacy, false teaching, false doctrine or man made theory. This is how religions and cults justified their own beliefs, which end and destruction will be suddenly. By the way, God or His Word DOES NOT have nothing to do with them. The Gospel of Christ IS NOT nor ever WILL BE a religion or cult, but it’s THE POWER OF GOD to TRANSFORM lives, to CHANGES paths and to GIVE hope where there is none. Rom. 1:16; John 14:6; Col. 1:27. It’s true that many man of God had changed the Gospel into a religion or cult, but that doesn’t mean that God or His Word have failed, God will never fail nor will His own Word. The Integrity and immutability of God doesn’t depend on the failures of man but it’s based on God’s own essence, which is “Incorruptible”. Num. 23:19; Psalm 33:11; 119:89; Isa. 46:10; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 1:23; 11:29; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:17; 13:8; Jas. 1:17.

  • Had God been seen visibly? Yes, Many times the Scriptures registered that God had been seen bodily.
  • What form or shape God have? God created man in “HIS OWN IMAGE and LIKENESS”.
  • What about the belief that God is a “floating cloud” that doesn’t have a form? that is totally unscriptural, since there hundreds of passages that described God as a “person” and not as a abstract form as many are teaching today.
  • What Jesus meant when He said “God is spirit” in John 4:24? We will explain in-depth what is the meaning of it, based in the language of the text.
  • The eternal kingdom of God on earth, will be visible or just spiritual? It will be literal and visible as the earth is. Many people had questioned the reality of the visibility of God’s person and kingdom just because they don’t see them, just because you don’t see them it doesn’t mean that they can’t be seen.
  • What Jesus meant in John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time“. we will explain it according to the Scriptural context of the text, in which Jesus spoke.
  • What Paul meant when he said “the image of the invisible God” in Col. 1:15?
  • and many more..

Many people had write about this subject and they had argued to support their own point of view, but what the Scriptures really says about it? Can we read the Scripture without any preconceived ideas about this subject and really extract what God had expressed about himself? Most of us read the Scriptures with a predetermined mind and when we read The Word of God, we just adapt what we are reading with what we think its saying and that way fabricating in most cases, a fallacy or false doctrine. One of the deadest weapons that satan and his demons are using against the born again Christians, is to influence their mind to rely on their own “reason”, so that everything that they read in the Scriptures, must be question, instead of believing it. This is a infection in the body of Christ that is killing the spiritual lives of many believers. One of the mayors and effect way to spread this influence of “everything must be reasoning or questioned”, is through books, which writers are inspired by their own interest, and not by The Holy Spirit.

When we read the Scriptures, we must BELIEVE what we read as it is WRITTEN and not changing what it is really saying. This is a very important aspect that we need to consider, if we want to know the Truth about God and who He is.

In this study guide I will do my best to layout the passages of the Scriptures without taking them out of their own context and keeping the line of thought expressed within the Scriptures, which MUST be respected by any writer or reader. It’s very critical that we must put aside any preconceived ideas or concepts about the Scriptural subject, and rely on the guidance of The Holy Spirit, to extract the meaning of a specific passage, doctrine or any divine principle that God had expressed in His own Word. We will use in this study guide only the Scriptures, which is the source of the divine truth.

Let’s breakdown the key passages of Genesis 18:1-23:

“And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?”

–”And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre” v.1 The Hebrew word used for “appeared” is “râ’âh”, which mean “to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, to be visible, to look at each other face, to look at, gaze at, to be seen visible.” Connecting the Hebrew word with the context of verse 1 it is very clear that Abraham SAW The Lord visible. whether you believe it or not, God appeared visible to Abraham. Also, the Hebrew word used for “The Lord” is “yehôvâh”, which is in reference to God, The Lord, 9 times in Genesis 18.

–”And he (Abraham) lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground” v. 2 Abraham saw “three persons”, which are describe in verse 2 as “men”. So, here is a very good question, If these three men are God and two angels, in what context the word “men” apply to them? Only in the sense of the being in the likeness of man, which is the outward form. We must not forget that God created man in “His Image and Likeness” as it is stated in Ge. 1:26-27; 5:1-2; 9:6; Psalm 8:3-8; James 3:9. Every time God had appeared visible has been described in the same way that is expressed in Gen. 18:2. Now, here is what made these three persons distinct when Abraham saw them, the substance in which their bodies were made of. This was the difference between any other man and these three persons that even made Abraham to “bowed himself toward the ground” v. 2. If these persons didn’t looked like in the outward form of man, why Abraham offered them to following:”Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and WASH YOUR FEET, and rest yourselves under the tree” Gen.18:4. It was customary to offer water to wash the feet of the visitors, because of the long walking and the wearing out of the sandals. Gen. 43:24; Luke 7:44 It’s obvious in these passages that God in these two angels were wearing sandals but what type is not stated. They weren’t flying or hovering, they were walking just as any man walk and this is the reason why Abraham offered water to wash their feet. Even more, in Genesis 19:1-3 when Lot, the nephew of Abraham, saw these two angels, he had the same reaction that Abraham had when you saw them. Noticed what it says “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot SEEING them rose up to meet them; and he BOWED himself with his face toward the ground” Gen 19:1 just exactly as Abraham did in Gen. 18:2. Next verse says “And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and WASH YOUR FEET, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.” Gen. 19:2, next verse says “And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them (the two angels) a feast (banquet), and did bake unleavened bread, and they (the two angels) did eat.” Gen. 19:3. This passage stated that the two angels eat and this is confirmed in Gen. 18:8 that says “And he (Abraham) took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them (God and two angels); and he stood by them under the tree, and they (God and two angels) did EAT.” These are statements from the Scriptures. Even more, in the book of Psalm 78:23-25 says “Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did EAT ANGEL’S FOOD: he sent them meat to the full.” Many people have the wrong idea about God as person, believing that The God of Heaven is just a ghost, a floating cloud or spooks, without any form, but all these are just fallacies. In fact, the Scriptures contains over 20,000 statements about God as a person, which included the description of God’s feet, hands, hair, seated on a throne, etc. We will a in-depth explanation and analysis about God as person in the study guide of “The Godhead”. But he fact of the matter is that God and two angels eat food and washed their feet in both chapters. Let’s keep explaining each of the passages of Gen. 18. There is a lot more Scriptures that prove that God and the angels eat food and that all the glorified saints will eat in heaven as Jesus ate after his resurrection. Luke 24:40-43

–”And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.” v.5 The Hebrew word for “Morsel” is “path”, which mean “fragment, bit, morsel (of bread), piece”. The three persons agreed to wait while the food is been prepared “for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

–”And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth”. v. 6 The Hebrew word used for “hastened” is “mâhar”, which mean “to hasten, prepare quickly, do quickly, bring quickly” but also it’s connected with the the context of the text with other words: “And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah”, “Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal”, “And Abraham ran unto the herd”, “and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.” Abraham didn’t sent any servant to do things, which he could it as the master of his house, but having the God of heaven and two angels as his guest, that changed everything.

–”And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.” v. 8 Abraham, along with his servants set all the before God and these two angels: “and set it before them”. Now, Abraham didn’t eat with them, why? it was customary to served the meal and enjoying the guest eating while he stand there.

–”And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.” v. 9-10 God predict the birth of Isaac “And he (God) said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son” this was fulfilled in Gen. 21:1-8. as God had said it.

–”Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” v. 11-12 If Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born according to Gen. 21:5, one year after God predicted it, then Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 89 years old. compare also Gen. 17:17

–”Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.” v.15 The Lord did not rebuked Sara for lying but instead He corrected her. Why Sara was afraid? that God might change his mind about the son as a punishment for her lie.

–”And THE MEN ROSE UP from thence, and LOOKED toward Sodom: and Abraham WENT WITH THE to bring them on the way.” v. 16 The Hebrew word for “Rose up” is “qûm”, which mean “to rise, arise, stand, rise up, stand up”, which implied “They were sitting while they were eating”. God and these two angels were NOT hoovering nor floating but sitting. The Hebrew word used for “Looked” is “shâqaph” which mean “to overlook, look down or out, overhang, look out and down”. Why is this so hard for some people to believe? when in these passages plainly says “Wash your FEET with water”, “God and two angels eat: butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed“, “They have MOUTHS to eat and speak”, “They spoke audible voice: “And Sarah heard it in the tent door“, “Abraham heard them and talked with them as well”, “They were sitting and rose up and looked into Sodom”. All these are actions of a person and not some ghost or spook, as many people think that God is. The expression “Men” is perfectly connected with the actions and attributes of a persons, denying all these facts is basically twisting what God had said about himself.

–”And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” Gen. 18:17-23 Jews and Gentiles are blessed through the seed of the woman, who is the Messiah: “and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him“. v. 18. The punishment of Sodom is according to the level of their sin in the eyes of God and before the judgement was unleashed upon Sodom, God COMES DOWN TO SEE FOR HIMSELF. According to the Book Zechariah chapter 1:7-11 and 6:1-8 described angels riding spirit horses which mission is to gathering information, by reconnoitering the earth and bringing back to God. Observe what Zech. 1:11 says “And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We (Angelic horse riders) have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, ALL THE EARTH SITTETH STILL, and is AT REST“. In Zech. 6:5 these angelic horse riders are called “These are the four spirits of the heavens“. In The book of Job it’s used the same Hebrew expression that was used in Zech. 1:11; 6:7 “And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence COMEST THOU? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Job 1:7; 2:2. This is how angels collect information of the affairs on earth and bring it back to God. Satan gathered information about Job and used it against him, just the same way demons collects information or when they inspected us to put pressure on us based on their findings. The following passages refers to “spirit horses” 2 Kings 2:11; 6:14-17; Rev. 19:11-21. Many have never heard about these subjects but it’s in the Scriptures, we just need to spend more times reading the bible and believe that what we are reading it happened or will happen as it is stated in the bible. The bottom line is that Gen. 18 and 19 among others passages, detailed some aspects of God’s person and the angels as well. All these arguments might sound like a false teachings or doctrine but we had made a compelling argument. Now, it’s to you to search the Scriptures and find out the truth about this subject. John 5:39

In another occasion the God of Heaven allowed a certain group of men to see Him. Let’s break them down the key words in the same way as we did with Gen. 18.

Exodus 24:9-11:

“Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they (Moses, Aaron, Nabad, Abihu and seventy elders) SAW the God of Israel: and there was under HIS FEET as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they SAW God, and did eat and drink.”

Here we have conclusive prove that God can be seeing and had been seem bodily or visible. These passages are in complete harmony with Gen. 18-19 and assured that fact that God had been seen visible.

–”Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel” v. 9 Here we have 74 witnesses  that SAW, ATE and Drank with God. What type of meal or drink is not stated, neither who cooked that banquet.

–”And they SAW the God of Israel” v. 9 The Hebrew word used for “Saw” is “râ’âh”, which is the exact same Hebrew word used for “appeared” in Gen. 18:1 which mean under the same context:”to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, to be visible, to look at each other face, to look at, gaze at, to be seen visible.” In fact, in Exodus 24:9-10 emphasized that “They (74 witnesses) SAW The God of Israel” twice.” No only that, but these witnesses invited by God, experienced the same as Abraham in Gen. 18:8 where God and two angels, “drink and eat” and also in Gen. 19:2 where Lot made a banquet for the same two angels that had drank and ate in Gen. 18:8. Now, we have to decide whether to believe what the Scriptures says or believe fallacies that some people says. I rather believe God and His Word. I believe that Abraham served God and two angels real food, washed their feet and that God spoke with Abraham visible as it is stated in Gen. 18. The same statement will apply to Gen. 19:1-2 and Exodus 24:9-11.

–”and there was under HIS (The God of Israel) FEET as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone” Exo. 24:10 Again the statement about having “Feet”, which again is connected with characteristic of a “person” and not just some cloud, mystical abstract form or spook. Noticed what was “Under the feet of God” according to verse 10 “as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone” what does it mean? It means that the floor in which God placed Hi feet had some work of brick, tile or pavement of sapphire stone. In the book of Rev. 4:6 it’s stated that following “before the throne (of God) there was a sea of glass like unto crystal” That’s the floor in front of the throne of God. Also in Rev. 15:2-4 we have more details related to “sea of glass mingled with fire and the glory of God”. One peculiar detail is this:  “THEM that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, STAND on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” Rev. 15:2. So many beautiful things created by God, which some are revealed to us and some will be reveal to us, as it is written in 1 Cor. 2:9-10 ““But as it is written, Eye hath not SEEN, nor ear HEARD, neither have entered into the HEART of man, the things which God hath PREPARED for THEM that love him. But God hath REVEALED them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

–”And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he (God) laid not his hand” v. 11 That is in “Judgement” for seeing Him, this is because God invited them to go up to the Mountain but if they even touched it before they were invited they would have been killed, as it is stated in Exodus 19:12-25 “Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death“. also Heb. 12:20. So The God of Israel invited these 74 people and the Scriptures says “also they saw God, and did eat and drink.” Exo. 24:11.

One more note on the use of the Hebrew word “râ’âh”, which is used in the above events and it’s related to the fact that God has been seen visible. On the following passage the same word “râ’âh” is used:

“And when the woman SAW that the tree (Physical) was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes (Physical), and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Gen. 3:6

Is the meaning of the Hebrew word “râ’âh” used in Gen. 3:6  figurative or literally? It is LITERALLY and not FIGURATIVE, for “the Tree and fruit were LITERAL, which are connected with their physical eyes. So, the experience was LITERAL and NOT FIGURATIVE. They both SAW a LITERAL TREE AND FRUIT WHICH THEY BOTH EAT. The same application of the word “SAW” its used in Gen. 18; 32; Exo. 24:9-11, etc. which is a LITERAL application. God had commanded Adam NOT to eat of the tree in Gen. 2:17. Some writers and preachers had said that the used of “eat of the tree” means to have sexual intercourse, which according to them is the original sin, but that is foolish to say that. why? Because the Scriptures says this statement in Gen. 3:28, which follows the creation of Adam and Eve:

“And God blessed THEM, and God said unto THEM, Be FRUITFUL, and MULTIPLY, and REPLENISH the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

How can the earth will be REPLENISH without sexual intercourse? To say that sexual intercourse  was the original sin is just one more fallacy. Also, when God said in Gen. 2:18 “…It is not good that the man should be alone..” What God meant in this passage? He meant that “Without a companion, Adam couldn’t multiply himself as man”.

So, the used of the Hebrew word “râ’âh” is used in a LITERAL sense in Gen. 3:6, which also affirmed the used of the same word used in Gen. 18: 2; Exo. 24:9-11, etc. To deny the Abraham, the 74 witness and others SAW God visible, is to deny that Eve SAW a literal Tree and a literal fruit. Not only She SAW a literal tree and fruit, but she TOOK OF THE FRUIT, and SHE EAT”, and (She) gave also unto her husband with her; and HE DID EAT.” Gen. 3:6. We all know the implications of the disobedience of Adam and Eve.

In Genesis 32:21-32 we found the story of Jacob, who had a visible encounter with God. Again, many people had tried to discredited the literal meaning expressed in these passages by spiritualizing them and also saying that this event never took place in the physical realm. The literal meaning of this events doesn’t relied upon the twisted interpretation that many had forced upon this literal event. We can extract a “spiritual application” within the Jacob’s experienced with God but the literal meaning can’t never be change. If you removed the literal meaning to this event, then, we must do that to every true story said in the Scriptures, and that is impossible to do. why? because by doing that we will crossed the boundaries placed God in His Word and we will be walking in heresy, which is belief contrary to divine doctrines.

Let’s analyze these passages within the context expressed in the story, as we had done with the previous passages:

“So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two women-servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Peniel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.”

These passages described a physical encounter between God and Jacob, in which God will breakthrough “Jacob’s own way to deal with thing”. The result of this process will changed Jacob’s life forever. In fact, without Jacob experiencing this process, he wouldn’t allow God to bless him in the way God wanted. It’s a painful process because deals directly in those areas where we rely the most, leaving us just with one option, to trust God and allowing Him to archive His plan and purpose for us.

–Verses 21-23 described Jacob  running away from his brother Esau, as it’s stated in Gen. 32:11 “Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.” Jacob was so afraid that he sent his wives, children and possessions to crossed the brook.

–”And Jacob was left alone” v. 24 This is how God deals and process every person to achieve His purpose. When we are “left alone” we have nobody else to blame but to admit that we are wrong. In that moment when God is just starting to “knock down” those areas where we rely on, which purpose is to reach total dependency on Him. It’s just you and God in that moment but first we must be alone with him. All material dependency becomes an obstacle in our lives and we trust more on these material things than God. So, in that sense God is NOT the center of our lives. Unfortunately, today we are in a society that relied on the material things, which is an obstacle for them to follow God. Mat. 19:16-30 The story of the rich young ruler is the perfect example of what things might stop someone to follow God’s path. There is nothing wrong with having possessions as long as these things doesn’t became your god. Many preachers and men of God had been caught up in a gospel that only relies on material blessings, and many of them had became corrupted and lost. The true prosperity starts in your inward person and affects everything in the outside, as it is stated in 3 John 1 :2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth..” If any Christian person is pursuing the material blessings alone, such person had departed from the true path and purpose of God. Regardless of your position in the body of Christ, we MUST do what Jesus said in Mat. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is the priority number one of any believer, which is above anything while we are here on earth. But again, the vanities of this corrupted world had sucked in many Christian leaders and followers of Christ, from which we MUST reject and depart, and not being deceive by sleight of satan and his demons. 1 John 2:16-17. We have many examples of men of God left alone. Moses Exo. 24:2; Jeremiah Jer. 15:17, etc. even though we feel alone in trials, tribulations, attacks, etc. God has promised to NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Deut. 31:6-8; Joshua 1:5-9; 1 Chr. 28:20; Psalm 23; 55:22; Isa. 41:10-13; Mat. 28:20; Phil. 4:6-7; Heb. 4:16; 13:5-6.

–”and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” v. 24 If you take a look at all these bible commentaries, all refers to this “Man” mentioned here as “an angel”, others as “The Word or Son of God”, and others as “God in a form of a man”. But none provided you with a strong Scriptural proof to back up their statements. If you read the passages and believe what you’re reading, there won’t be any contradictions. In Gen. 32:21-32 DOESN’T mentioned the words “angel”, “Son of God”, or any other name given by these writers.  Although in Hosea 12:4 God is called “an angel”, which we will explain later. Here is a very simple question, What the SCRIPTURES says that Jacob wrestled with? “and there wrestled a MAN with him”, Gen. 32:24. Now, The context of God as been seeing in the already mentioned events: “And he (Abraham) lift up his (Physicals) eyes and looked, and, lo, three MEN stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.” Gen. 18:2The outward form of God and the two angels was as “MEN”, just same as the one that Jacob saw in Gen. 32:24. The believe that God took a “shape or form” as man to revealed Himself is NOT based on the Scriptures. Why is that? Because God created man ON HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS. God doesn’t need to take the shape or form of any of His creature to be Known by. Why God created man on His image and likeness? Because He knew that one day, one of the divine persons of the Godhead will become flesh, and will have the same shape or form for eternity. In the book of Hebrew says about it:”Who (Christ) being the brightness of his (The Father) glory, and THE EXPRESS IMAGE of his person (of The Father), and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (The Father).” Heb. 1:3The glorified body of Jesus still have the marks of the wounds that He suffered for us upon the cross and He always will have the same glorified body.”And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zech. 13:6″Jesus (The Son) is seated at the right hand of God (The Father)” Many times is used in the Scriptures to refer to the actual position of both distinct persons of the Godhead. Many fallacies are being taught about this subject. Please read the extensive study about “The Godhead”, which unfortunate most people don’t know about it.So, who Jacob saw in Gen. 32:24? at first, Jacob thought that this was “an ordinary man”, not realizing what really was going on until the wrestling was under way. Why God didn’t disclosed  Himself immediately to Jacob? The answer laid on the purpose of God visiting Jacob, which is different in every event that God has been seen visible. God can concealed his identity or revealed Himself depending upon the purpose of God manifestation. God revealed Himself to a lot of people in the Old Testament (Abraham, Moses, Samuel, etc.) but in some cases He kept His identity undisclosed, like in the case of Jacob, which was revealed in the midst of God’s breaking through process. Even Jesus kept his identity and appearance hidden until He wanted to reveal Himself. Read John 20:14-16; Luke 24:13-35. Jacob was a deceitful, cunning, calculated man, who didn’t like to lose. This encounter with God will change everything in his life. God couldn’t raise an nation based on the principles in which Jacob build up his life. So there must be changes in Jacob life, so that the blessing promised by God could take place. We must not forget why Jacob is running away from his brother. In Gen. 27 Jacob deceived his father by pretending to be Esau, his brother and steals Esau’s birthright. Even the name Jacob (which mean “heel holder”, “supplanter, deceiver”) will be later changed to Israel. Gen. 32:28Let’s define the meaning of the word “Wrestled” used in connection with the encounter of this divine appearance and Jacob. The Hebrew word used for “Wrestled” is “‘âbaq”, which mean “to wrestle or grapple”. Under the context of the text means: “to engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; physical wrestle.” Not to be confused with “naphtûl”, which is used in Gen. 30:8, which refers to a “Mental struggles”, while in Gen. 32:24 it’s used “âbaq” where the fight or struggles are physical. So, here is the scenario: This man shows up and He started a physical wrestling with Jacob, who is not used to lose, as it’s recorded of him. But all that is about to change. In cases you have doubts about the physical wrestling in these passages, the Hebrew word “âbaq”, it implied “dust” as a result of the physical wrestler. The principles in this encounter between God and Jacob is to change “The old form of behavior” in Jacob, which was in the way of God’s purpose.

Let’s explain Hosea 12:4 where God is called “an Angel”:

“Yea, he (Jacob) had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us.”

How we know that “the angel” of Hosea 12:4 is God and not an average angel? Well, the answer is given in verse 5:

“Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial.”

–In Hosea 12:4 expand the details of what took place in Gen. 32:21-32: “He (Jacob) wept (shed tears), and made supplication (implore favor) unto Him (The Lord God): he (God) found him (Jacob) in Bethel, and there he spake with us.”
Jacob confirmed that the man that had wrested with him was God: “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Gen. 32:30. “…For I have SEEN God FACE TO FACE..” The Hebrew word used for “SEEN” is “râ’âh”, which we had already explained before. Jacob SAW God visibly or bodily and wrestled with him. God persevered Jacob life, because the encounter had as purpose the changed of direction of Jacob’s principles, so that the nation of Israel can be established.

–God Himself dealt with Jacob: Some people had suggested that The Lord God used satan as His “Servant” but there no such thing in the Scriptures. Satan, the fallen Angels and demons rebelled against God and are bound to be condemned into the lake of fire for ever.  Some fallacies are the results of the poor understanding of the book of Job, which chapters are taken out of their own proper context. God had established “Boundaries and Laws” for every creature He had created, and satan, the fallen angels and demons have to abide by them. Some even had taught that The God of Heaven use satan to perfecting the believers. That is a foolish thing to say, because the One sent by The Lord to guide, teach and perfecting the believers is The Holy Spirit. John 14:26; 16:13; 1 John 2:27. To teach or say that God uses satan and his demons to perfect the believers is against all the principles and truths placed by God himself on His Word.

Other people that SAW the Lord:

The Prophet Amos

“I SAW the Lord STANDING upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.” Amos 9:1

“Saw” from the Hebrew word “râ’âh”, which definition has already been provided in the beginning of this study guide. Amos clearly said “Standing”, not “Seating”, which mean that The Lord have FEET, LEGS, and others bodily parts as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Daniel and others in the Scriptures saw The Lord.

The Prophet Isaiah

“In the year that king Uzziah died I SAW (Heb. “râ’âh””) also the Lord SITTING upon a THRONE, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isa. 6:1-4

Moses

” And the Lord spake unto Moses FACE TO FACE, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” Exo. 33:11

In Exodus 24:9-11 God invited 74 people to His Mountain and verses 12-18 God invites Moses alone back to His Mountain to receive The Law, in which Moses stayed forty days and forty nights. Moses Saw God again. Many people mistakenly have misunderstood Exo. 24:17 he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud..” . This verse DOES NOT MEAN that God doesn’t have form as many have concluded from this passage. The God of heaven is Not a cloud nor a spook that just floats around. These passages are just revealing “The glory and power” that emanates from God’s presence.

“And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and THE GLORY of the Lord appeared (“râ’âh”) unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when ALL THE PEOPLE SAW, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” Lev. 9:23-24

Fallacies about God not having a form or outward shape are the results of extracting the wrong idea from the context and the language of the text. We MUST harmonized the meaning of any word in the Scriptures with the context in which such word was written. If any passage is in contradiction or conflicting with another passage of the Scriptures is because we are some how removing the passage in question from the original context. This is why we have so many theories, beliefs, fallacies and doctrines, using the Scriptures as a source, but there is only ONE meaning for any particular passage of the Scriptures, which is the one intended by the writer of the bible, who is The Lord God. Instead of trying to discredited the Scriptures by using someone else’s misused of the rules of interpretation, verifying the facts according to the context within the Scriptures. Putting aside any fallacy or false doctrine and search God’s truth expressed in the Scriptures. John 5:39.

Isaac

“And the Lord appeared (“râ’âh”) unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.” Gen. 26:2
“And the Lord appeared (“râ’âh”) unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.” Gen. 26:25

Samuel, The prophet

“And the Lord CAME, and STOOD, and CALLED as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” 1 Sam. 3:10

If the voice that Samuel heard was AUDIBLE to Samuel’s physical ears that made “The Came and Stood” visible under the same context, which happened in the physical realm and NOT in some figurative or mystical appearance. The voice was strong enough to WAKE UP Samuel from his sleep  and so real that Samuel thought that Eli was calling him. v. 3-9

“And the Lord appeared (“râ’âh”) again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.” Sam. 3:27

Gideon

Judges 6:11-23:

The reference to “The angel of the Lord” is to one of the divine persons of the Godhead, for this “angel” is called “The Lord” within the same passages.

“And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.” v. 11

“And the angel of the Lord appeared (“râ’âh”) unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” v.12

And THE LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?.” v. 14

The Hebrew word used for “Lord” in this passage is “yehôvâh”, which is used for God. So, The Lord appeared to Gideon in a visible appearance to called and assigned Gideon to save Israel from their enemies. The Lord is called “an angel”  in verse 11-12, which is used as The Lord given out a message to achieve a specific purpose related to Israel. In this same sense The Lord is called “an angel” in Hosea 12:4. Also, in the New Testament the word “Angel” is used in reference to a leader of the church in a specific area in Asia manor, as appeared in Rev. 2:1 “to the angel of the church in“. In fact, each of the seven letters addressed to each of the local churches in Rev. 2-3 started with that expression and the used of “Angel” is connected with a “MESSAGE” to them. So, when “Angel”, which mean “Messenger” is used in the Scriptures is related to “someone that bring a divine message”, whether is God, man or any heavenly beings.

Now, in Judges 6:14-16 it refers to “The lord” directly. As a point of observation in Judges 6:11-23, notice the following details about God’s person expressed within the passages:

♦ “And there came an angel of the Lord, and SAT under an oak” v.11

♦ “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and SAID unto him” v. 12

♦ “And the Lord LOOKED upon him” v. 14

♦ “Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I (Gideon) come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he (God) said, I will tarry (Heb. “yâshab” “tp main seated) until thou come again. “v. 18

♦ “And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him (God) under the oak (Where He remained seated) , and presented it.” v.19

♦ “And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.” v. 20

♦ “Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff (a walking stick) that was in his (God) hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his (Physical) sight.” v. 21 Supernatural consumption of food by fire COMING OUT of the rock.

♦ “And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.” v. 22 The Hebrew word used for “perceived” is “râ’âh”, which mean “to be visible”, this is why he exclaimed “Alas (oh!, ah! in Hebrew), O Lord God!” for because I have seen an angel of the Lord FACE to FACE.” The same expression used by Jacob in Gen. 32:30 “for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Why these men weren’t killed when they saw God?

The answer is given to us in Exodus 24:11

“And upon the  (72) nobles of the children of Israel he (God) laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.”

The judgement of God didn’t destroyed these 72 elders of Israel that SAW, EAT and DRINK with God, because God Himself ordered but if they (or anybody else) would had done it before God allowed as it was commanded in Exodus 19:21-22

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.”
“(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)” Heb. 12:20-21

Also, we have two men living in the third heaven with their natural bodies in front of the throne of God. Rev. 11:3-4; Zechariah 4:1–14.

“These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks STANDING BEFORE the God of the earth.” Rev. 11:4

Who are these two man? Enoch and Elijah who were raptured to the third heaven and are before the throne of God. They will return to earth to die as it is expressed in Rev. 11:4.

Why they can’t just stay in heaven? These two witness will bring back Israel back to God in the middle of the great tribulation and They must fulfilled Heb. 9:27

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”

The fact that these two men are in the third heaven and before the throne of God in their natural bodies shows the power that God possess that sustain these two men in conditions where without God’s permission they wouldn’t survived. Enoch and Elijah lives were surrounded by miracles in various aspect, even their translation or raptures and living in the third heaven, their return to earth, death, resurrection and ascension back to heaven again.

Let’s explain what Jesus said in John 1:18:

“No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

First, Let’s breakdown the passage and detail the key words in it:

♦ “No man hath seen God at any time” v. 18-a What is the meaning of the Greek word “hath seen”? The Greek word used for “seen” is “horaō”, which has various meaning from the original language, which are as follow:“to see with the mind, to perceive, to know, to comprehend, to see with the eyes, which implied acquainted with by experience or to experience, to care for, pay heed to, I was seen, showed myself, appeared, to take heed, beware and to look to”.
One word that expressed many different meanings, so, how would I know what meaning this word can have in a passage of the Scriptures? The answer is “The meaning that harmonized with the context of the text, which won’t contradict or disturb the line of thoughts placed on it. Here is where must people failed to complied and respect the integrity of the context. Most people read one passage of the Scriptures and disturb the harmony of the context by forcing the text something that is not expressed in it. And I have to repeated this again but religions are the results of the mix up of the context where the text has been placed and placing it where it doesn’t belong.
So, out of these meanings which one harmonized with “No man HATH SEEN God” of John 1:18? Jesus couldn’t refer to “see with the eyes”, because that would contradict so many passages where God had been seen by men. The meaning that “merge” John 1:18 with Gen. 18; Exodus 24:9-11; Gen. 32:22-32; 1 Samuel 3:1-10, etc. is “to see with the mind, to perceive (as reasoning), to know and to comprehend with the mind”. No one in the Old Testament  could ever “Comprehend or reason God with their minds”. Why not? because of their spiritual conditions, which was corrupted by the sinful nature that they inherited from Adam as it is expressed in Rom. 5:12:

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

“For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made (born) sinners (by nature), so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous (by nature).” Rom. 5:19

“For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death (spiritual); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23

For that reason “No man Hath comprehended God at anytime”. so, “Seen” expressed in John 1:18 implied “to comprehend with the mind”. How can I be certain of what you are explaining about this passage is correct? well, the rest of the passage amplified the explanation. As it read:

“No man Hath SEEN (comprehend) God at anytime, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he (The Son) hath DECLARED him.” v. 18-b The Greek word “Declared” used in John 1:18 is “exēgeomai”, which means:
“to lead out, be leader, go before, to unfold, declare, the things relating to God, metaphorically “to draw out in narrative”, unfold a teaching.
So, what the passage of John 1:18 is expressing is “No man hath comprehended God in His complete fullness at anytime, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath unfold or revealed Him.” Because Jesus was the first man to fully comprehend God in every sense and He came to reveal The Father to us. By the way, the Greek word “exēgeomai” used for “Declared”, is related to “exegesis”, which is used to “extract” the meaning of a word, to reveal or expose what is in it. Jesus came with the purpose of redeeming us back God through his sacrifice and with a new nature (Eternal life) we can be able to comprehend God. We are able to comprehend The Godhead and how God works, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross, things that men in the Old Testament couldn’t comprehend of God. Being born again (John 3:3-6) is the first step toward the comprehension of who is God and His purpose for us. Observe what Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM and REVELATION in the knowledge of him: THE EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him (Jesus) to be the head over all things TO THE CHURCH, Which is his body (The identity of the church), the FULLNESS of him that filleth all in all.” Eph. 1:16-23

These passages are very explicit and clear about “the level of comprehension and understanding we have received through Christ”. The Old Testament people understood in part The Lord but they couldn’t comprehend Him in all His fullness because of the spiritual separation created by Adam’s disobedience. The body of Christ is “The Fullness of Christ, which is the head.” Eph. 1:23 and Col. 2:19-20:

“For in him (Christ) DWELLETH ALL THE FULLNESS of the Godhead BODILY. And ye (The Body of Christ) are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”

What Jesus stated in John 1:18 is related to “The Limitation” of men to understanding God, so He came to manifested and revealed the absolute truth about God. John 14:6. Summing up this section, we concluded that God had been seen visibly by men, and that the statement made by Jesus in John 1:18 doesn’t contradict these events but rather bring forth the fact that even though they saw God (Not in His fullness) visibly, they didn’t comprehended God, so God in the flesh came so that now we can comprehend Him. John 1:1, 2, 14:

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) FULL of GRACE and TRUTH.”

Let’s also clarify Exodus 33:18-23

“And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

In-depth analysis:

♦ “And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee (The Lord), shew me thy glory” v. 18 First, Moses is NOT asking to see God’s face, for in Exodus 33:11 says “And the Lord SPAKE unto Moses FACE to FACE, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Moses is asking to see “God’s fullness or glory”, in other words, Moses want to experience “a deeper aspect of God absolute presence”, which would had killed Moses right on the spot and God knew it. The Hebrew word used for “glory” is “kâbôd”, which is related to “The splendor of God in His complete manifestation”

♦ “And he (The Lord) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee” v. 19-a Moses wouldn’t survive such experience, for God needed Moses to keep guiding His people. God will never harm anyone but instead He will protect us, even when we are asking for things that we are not yet ready for them. Here we have the perfect example of it. What “all my goodness” mean? The Hebrew word used for “Goodness” is “ṭûb” (noun), which means:”goods (as properties), good things, goodness (of taste or discernment), fairness, beauty, joy, prosperity, goodness (abstract)”The meaning of the word “ṭûb” that harmonized with the sentence “I will make all my goodness pass before thee” is “Beauty” as express in God’s back parts. Moses original request was to see “God’s countenance as it’s express in God’s absolute presence”, which NO MAN CAN’T SEE. Moses SAW God’s face outside of God’s absolute presence, which kept him from harm. Keep ion mind that God gave permission to Moses to experienced this event, otherwise he would have died, as it was expressed to Israel in Exodus 19:12-13; 1 Chr. 15:25-16:1. One of the reasons why we will have a “glorify body” in the rapture, is that we can experienced God’s absolute presence and see God’s face as it’s express in His glory.

“And they (The glorified Saints) shall SEE HIS FACE; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:5

♦ “and I will proclaim (Call upon you Moses while my glory passeth by you Moses) the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” v. 19 The manifestation of God to Moses’s request was made because of God’s grace and not because of Moses’s own merits. No one can earn God’s grace and boast about it. Psalm 86:15; Exo. 34:5-7; Eph. 1:5-7; 2:8-9

♦ “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” v. 20 What is the context in which “Thou canst not see my face”? doesn’t say in Exodus 33:11 “And the Lord spake unto Moses FACE to FACE, as a man speaketh unto his friend.“? Are these Scriptures contradicting each other? The answer is no, there is no contradiction in them, if we put them in their right context. So, how can I conciliate the mentioned passages and others where it stated that God has been seen visibly? Here is the context in which “Thou canst not see my face” and “The Lord spake unto Moses FACE to FACE” harmonized.− The context of “Thou canst not see my face…and live” Exodus 33:20 is connected with the request of Moses, in which he asked The Lord to “I beseech thee, shew me THY GLORY”. What Moses was asking to is to see “God’s face in His full glory”, which would kill Moses right on the spot: “for there shall no man see me (God’s fullness), and live.” v. 20 Why no man can see God’s fullness and live?  If you can’t look at the Sun without going blind, imagine for a moment to be standing in front of it. The surface if the Sun burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. Now, Imagine to be standing in front of God’s full glory? This is why God answered to Moses “Thou canst not see my face (The fullness of my glory): for there shall no man see me, and live (remain alive).” v. 20. One thing to observe very close, is how Moses asked to see visibly “God’s glory” and The Lord answered “Thou canst not see MY FACE”. So, “The face of God” in these passages is connected with “The fullness of God’s glory”, which no human being can survive. Let’s see other Scriptures that expand the concept of God’s fullness expressed in His glory:blockquote style=”3″]”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17[/blockquote]

“The Father of lights” expressed the magnitude of pure light that precede from God’s fullness. Another passage that shed light about this subject:

“Who only hath immortality (meaning He is the source of it), DWELLING in the LIGHT  which NO MAN can APPROACH UNTO (Greek word is “aprositos”, which mean “unapproachable or inaccessible”); whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16

We can only experience this glory with a glorified body, which all redeemers will receive at the general rapture stated in 1 Th. 4:13-17. It’s promised to each overcome to “see God’s face expressed in His fullness”:

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:4

− The context of “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” Exodus 33:11 and many other passages already mentioned where men saw God visibly, is extracted from God allowing men to see His face outside His fullness with the purpose of making Himself known. The manifestation of God bodily to all these men was to “Revealed Himself to them” in connection with His promises and eternal plan. The purpose of God being manifested in a “cloud” to the nation of Israel, does not prove that God has no form as many had suggested. Exodus 19:9 says:

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that THE PEOPLE may HEAR when I SPEAK with thee, and BELIEVE THEE for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.”

We pray in Jesus name that this study had enlighten your spiritual understanding of who is your God. Amen!

Blessing upon you and yours in Jesus name!!

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