49. Can God be seen?
Yes, many have seen him.
Abraham saw God several times.
And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto
the LORD, who appeared unto him. Genesis 12:7
Isaac saw him twice.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said
unto him.... Genesis 17:1
And the Lord appeared unto him [Abrham] in the plains of Mamre. Genesis 18:1
And I [God] appeared unto Abraham. Exodus 6:3
And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham,
when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran Acts 7:2
And the LORD appeared unto him [Isaac], and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which
I shall tell thee of. Genesis 26:2
Jacob saw God face to face and beat him in a wrestling match.
And the LORD appeared unto him [Isaac] the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father:
fear not. Genesis 26:24
And I appeared unto ... Isaac. Exodus 6:3
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 called the name of the place Peniel:
for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Genesis 32:30
Moses spoke to God face to face and even got a peek at God's backsides!
And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.
And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan.
And I appeared unto ... Jacob. Exodus 6:3
The LORD God ... appeared unto me [Moses], saying, I have surely visited you.
Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders saw God.
That they may believe that the LORD God ... hath appeared unto thee [Moses].
And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a
man speaketh to his friend. Exodus 33:11
My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches;
and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold. Numbers 12:7-1
And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses,
whom the Lord knew face to face. Deuteronomy 34:10
And I [God]will take away my hand, and thou [Moses] shalt see my
backparts. Exodus 33:23
Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of
the elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel ... They saw
God, and did eat and drink. Exodus 24:9-11
God talked face to face to all the people of Israel, and plans to do so again someday.
For they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that
thou Lord art seen face to face. Numbers 14:14
Manoah and his wife (Samson's parents) saw God. (Manoah thought God would kill them for it.)
The Lord talked with you [the people of Israel] face to face in the mount out
of the midst of the fire. Deuteronomy 5:4
Afterwards he was seen upon earth, and conversed with men. Baruch 3:38
And I [God] will bring you [the Israelites] into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.Ezekiel 20:35
And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we
have seen God. But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us,
he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands,
neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have
told us such things as these. And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson.
Micaiah saw God sitting on his throne.
I [Micaiah] saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host
of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
1 Kings 22:19
Job saw God after God and Satan tormented him and killed his children.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Job 42:5
David saw God in the sanctuary.
To see thy power and they glory, so as I have seen thee
in the sanctuary. Psalm 63:2 (Supposdely "A Psalm of David")
Isaiah, a man of unclean lips, saw God sitting on a throne below some six-winged seraphim.
I [Isaiah] saw, 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. ... Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am
a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King,
the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:1-2
Ezekiel saw God's loins, which appeared to be on fire.
And I saw ... the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward,
I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. ... This was the appearance of the likeness
of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face. Ezekiel 1:27-28
Amos saw God standing on a wall with a plumbline in his hand.
The LORD stood upon a wall
made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. Amos 7:7
Habakkuk saw horns coming out of God's hand.
I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said,
smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake. Amos 9:1
God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran ... He
had horns coming out of his hand. Habakkuk 3:3-5
And Jesus said that angels see God's face, and whoever has seen Jesus has seen God.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto
you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. John 14:9
No, God is invisible and cannot be seen. (And if you do see him, you'll die.)
There shall no man see me, and live. Exodus 33:20
No man hath seen God at any time. John 1:18, 4:12
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
Not that any man hath seen the Father. John 6:46
...the invisible God ... Colossians 1:15
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the
only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:17
Whom no man hath seen nor can see. 1 Timothy 6:16
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